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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!
"Boogie Woogie No. 5" is their ska song, complete with horns, though not as brassy as Save Ferris.
"Violet" is my favorite song here, and it has that Shampoo sound I referred to earlier. There's a bit of Go-Go's/Bangles influence here too.
"Sui Sui" not to be confused with "Su-i Su-i", is the track that made me think of Shonen Knife.
Spike boasts an ecletic mix of influences. Some of this is limited to a brief melody before bursting into a different sound and rhythm altogether. "Destruction Pancake" has Bowie's Aladdin Sane sound that has been AmiYumi-ized. "Swimming Pool," a 70's disco sound, starts out like the beginning of Van McCoy's "The Hustle," and "Puffy's Rule" like the Clash's "Clash City Rocking."
"Cosmic Wonder" has two melodies, one reminiscent of Huey Lewis's "Heart And Soul" and Prince's "Soft And Wet", with the synthesizer sound of the latter.
"Dec." reminds me of the Turtles' "Happy Together" and B.J. Thomas's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and is my second favorite.
All except one of Spike's songs are in Japanese, "Love Is Pure" being an English version of "Violet."
With the proper marketing and exposure in the United States, Puffy AmiYumi could outdo Shonen Knife, provided their English language albums are of the same calibre as Spike.
Message to Ami and Yumi. Arubamu ga tottemmo omoshiro katta. Gambarre-na! (Translation: Your album was very enjoyable. Keep it up!)
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.