The real Japanese monster that is now poised to take over the world, having already conquered Asia. Their sound is very western, resonating of Rockpile, Posies, Bangles, Beatles or Brian Wilson. They have the musical agility to create a song sounding like Barry White, rip roaring in rockabilly or genuine hands-in-the-air disco anthems. Jellyfish founder Andy Sturmer has contributed some tunes on this disc. All but one are in Japanese but it doesn't matter! Get ready to party for a long time!
I have more than 1700 songs on my computer from all kinds of music. For the past 6 months, I've been playing songs from this album the most! Yeah, it's in Japanese. So what! You can hum along. And you will. Why? Because it's happy and fun. It's simple without being boring or unenergetic. Enjoy!
As much JROCK as JPOP, this group serves up solid rock licks, inventive pop hooks and sincere grrl-rocker harmonies. From the first 8-bars it immediately had my attention. Puffy has a strong sound that while not as raw and edgy as Shonen Knife is well polished and, thankfully, not over-produced.
They drift around stylistically which can be deadly to an albums rhythm and pacing. In this case, however, this adventuring makes the whole much more enjoyable as each song keeps the album true to its mission. One grooves as much as listens to this CD.
The closest comparison to an American group I can find would be to Athens, GA rockers Little Red Rocket and their CD "It's in the Sound".
I'll definately keep my eyes open for more Puffy.
As one of two Puffy CD's available ion the US, if you are looking to get into Puffy it is a solid pick up after An Illustrated History. If you are a Puffy fan already and have not picked Spike up; shame on you. :)