Kyarypamyupamyu – Nanda Collection

July 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM | Posted in Kyarypamyupamyu | Leave a comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Kyarypamyupamyu – Nanda Collection

1. Nanda Collection
2. Ninjari Ban Ban
3. Kimi ni 100 Percent
4. Super Scooter Happy
5. Invader Invader
6. Mi
7. Fashion Monster
8. Saigo no Ice Cream
9. Noriko to Norio
10. Furisodation
11. Kura Kura
12. Otona na Kodomo

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Nanda Collection is the second studio album by Japanese singer Kyarypamyupamyu, released on June 26, 2013. The album debuted at #1 on the Oricon Charts and has sold 191,972 copies to date.

Nanda Collection is the intro track to the album and it’s actually pretty much fun. It has taiko drums and Kyary chanting ‘pamyu pamyu’ in the background, so that’s pretty tribal, but then some bagpipe music comes in to change the vibe. Short, but pretty awesome.

The addictive Ninjari Ban Ban, beware. This song has a very Japanese and ninja-ish feel to it indeed, including the signature Nakata sound. It’s just a silly song, but I remember really liking the single because this song is bound to stay in your head all day long. It’s not something Kyary releases everyday, so among all those cute and silly songs she has something here that really stands out.

From the very beginning I really liked Kimi ni 100 Percent, mostly because of its amazing synth arrangement. It wasn’t as heavily promoted as Furisodation, which was a major song for Kyary, but I feel like this song should’ve gotten more attention. It’s a short track, but very catchy and cute and Kyary’s vocals aren’t overly cute o anything. Everything is just right, love it.

The first new full track on the album is a capsule cover, Super Scooter Happy, and it’s one wacky song. Including scooter sounds, really. It’s like a children’s show gone wrong (in a good way, how weird that may seem). It’s over the top cute and it has this bouncy children’s song quality, including a high xylophone and weird sound effects, but I guess it still works because it’s Kyary we’re talking about. Not too bad eventually, once you get over that ‘wtf’ feeling. It’s just a little too long at nearly six minutes.

The next track is the latest A-side, Invader Invader. It’s less of Kyary’s usual techno music and more oriented towards electro and dubstep, which I love. Finally she’s going places. It’s still silly to the core, but it’s amazing how the song suddenly drops into a dubstep break to really catch your attention. It surely caught mine. When it comes to the music, this could easil be one of the best A-sides of this era (together with Kimi ni 100 Percent).

Mi starts off with some kind of marching band drum, which is pretty cool, and it carries on that sound into the song by the use of some brass instuments as well. Mixed together with the techno dance sound, it’s pretty catchy. The only problem I have with this song is how repetitive it is, especially when it comes to Kyary singing the title words in the chorus. Like, that’s the only lyric she has. Nope, definitely not her best work.

Fashion Monster is the song I consider as essential for the album, since it completely changed how I felt about Kyary’s music. Before this A-side was released, her music was more of the same everytime. This is like Halloween gone wacky. It has some cute elements hidden in the arrangement, but most of the time it’s so much edgier and grittier than Kyary’s other songs. Major song, recommended.

It’s amazing how Saigo no Ice Cream has a slight 80s sound (and I ADORE 80s music). It really packs a punch, and I don’t know what it is but together with the cool ‘ice cream, ice cream’ lyrics in the chorus it just has this catchy groove that keeps me listening through the entire track. There’s something about the arrangement that is a little bit different too. Anyways, cool song.

I loved the drum intro that opened Noriko to Norio, but when the other instruments drop in it just sounds really off. It’s also like Kyary is sooo out of key, which is a total shame because I really feel this song could’ve had potential. It feels more poppy because of that real drum instead of a drum machine, but this song just hurts my ears.

The birthday song! Furisodation was meant to be the song to celebrate Kyary’s 20th birthday and it’s one happy and quircky song to do so! It’s all over the place with super fast beats and synths, it completely makes me forget the mess that Noriko to Norio was. It’s a wake up call, but it never becomes too much for me to handle because it actually makes me happy. Definitely one of my favorite songs of this era.

Kura Kura brings back the quirckiness in a major way again. It’s the shortest song on the album and just like the previous one all over the place, and although it has its good moments this one could become a little too much to handle indeed. Luckily, it’s just within my capability. Actually, once you give it a longer listen, it becomes weirdly cool. I don’t know where I stand with this song yet, to be quite honest.

Closing the album, Otona na Kodomo is less hyperactive and actually nicer to my ears. It has a nice arrangement with even some piano notes somewhere in the background, and ofcourse it has a cute ambience. In one way it reminds me to much of other songs, but on the other hand it has something unique as well, I just can’t seem to figure out what. Still, it’s a good song. Not the best, not the worst.

Nanda Collection is a better album than PamyuPamyu Revolution, but only slightly. The A-sides really kicked ass and they were well distributed over the album (I hate it when all the A-sides are clumped together) and some of the new songs were good too, but all the icky songs were new, which is not a very good sign. Luckily, there weren’t many songs I had a problem with, and except for Mi I could handle things very well. It looks like Kyary is really developing a good star status and she finally decided to incorporate some new musical elements in her songs. I’m curious to see where she’s going from now on.

Favorite songs: Ninjari Ban Ban | Kimi ni 100 Percent | Invader Invader | Fashion Monster | Saigo no Ice Cream | Furisodation

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars

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