Okay before I get on to reviewing this album, know that if you have got all Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's previous releases, "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution" contains three previously released track. It is a minor quibble and I guess that many who buy this album won't have those tracks, although it is hard to imagine any fan being without "PonPonPon" and "Tsukema Tsukeru".
1. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution ('''''''''''''') (130 beats per minute) Another opening march which will serve Miss Kyary well in concerts. Featuring the sound of toy piano, side drum, synth-orchestra and children's voices (?) along with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's own. A charming miniature piece of music.
2. Tsukema Tsukeru ('''''') (145 BPM) With the toy piano sound at the beginning of the song, this song which was previous released as a single makes a logical second song after the opening march. I liked the song, but felt that is wasn't Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's strongest single.
3. PonPonPon (128 BPM) PonPonPon ("Clap Clap Clap") will probably go down in history has the quintessential Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song. With it's skipping beat and use of a counter melody in the instrumental music, it is a well composed Pop song. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but the song is slightly reminiscent of Yuki's famous song, "Melancholinista", at least in regards to some of the melodic material of the song. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has said that Yuki Isoya was an influence on her. Maybe this song is an oblique tribute to Yuki? I can even imagine Yuki singing it!
4. Minna no Uta ('''''') (130 BPM) Ah! some new material! Again, the toy piano sound comes in and the sound of a piano according or a melodica (?). More of an instrumental with some interspersed vocals. A cute kooky little song that doesn't overstay its welcome.
5. Kyary An-An (''''ANAN) (190 BPM) The fastest song on the album. It features a chant from a chorus, an electric guitar sound, some cute 8bit sounds, the toy piano, bagpipe sounds and a potpourri of music, melodic and timbres. Very creative!
6. Candy Candy (130 BPM) One of the strongest and most solid songs on Pamyu Pamyu Revolutio and one of my favourites. Yasutaka Nakata has provided Miss Kyary with a very strong piece of Techno-Pop here, the kind of song that took Perfume, Meg and Capsule to the top of the charts. Mr Nakata never puts all his eggs in one basket and the song saves up some of its best musical moments until the last part of the song.
7. Drinker (100 BPM) Well, who'd have thunk it? A drinking song on a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album! Some Jazzy piano and nice electro-funk music going on in this song. One of the strongest songs on the album and it will no doubt be a big hit in Karaoke bars! Here's the English translation of the chorus:
"drinker drinker drinker drinker An amazing world
drinker drinker drinker drinker Until morning comes
drinker drinker drinker drinker A magical time
drinker drinker drinker drinker Until dawn breaks"
She should have got Iggy Pop to come in and do it as a duet with her! Well, maybe on stage! LOL!
8. Onedari 44°C (''''44°C) (200 BPM?) This song has an almost "Techno-Rock-a-billy" sound to it. The toy piano is back with some jazzy sounds in the background. The bass beat is enormous and I can imagine that it will be danced to by millions of fans. This is the song in which Kyary-san seems to really let loose. A great musical arrangement in this song, too.
9. Suki Sugite Kiresou ('''''''''?) (132 BPM) Another solid Techno-Pop/Club track that would lend itself to a remix. Nakata was channelling Perfume on this song - NOT that there is anything bad about that! One of the stand-out new songs on the album and one that would make an excellent choice for a future single (and remix, of course). Electronic/synthesizer Pop with some nicely contrasting Jazz piano bubbling away just under the surface.
10.Giri Giri Safe (''''''') (140 BPM) Toyland sounds over a very powerful Techno-Pop musical structure. The song is one that will grow on you and it never settles into formula and keeps changing. Listen to the instrumental music to hear the great musical creativity of Mr Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
11.Oyasumi ('''') (115 BPM) Piano and voice for the most part with some toy piano and other toy sounds and a synth bass sound that sounds like a tuba. It may well be a real tuba! Oh, I think I heard a harpsichord and a violin there too. A lovely little song and nice to hear Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's voice nearly naked on its own.
12.Chan Chaka Chan Chan ('''''''''''') (150 BPM) Back into the heavy Techno beats for the finale of this album. A wonderfully fun song and it really does sound like Kyary and Nakata decided to pull out all stops on the last song. I like the way they instrumentally run through the other songs in the album on this album in a short medley in the middle of the song. It was a fun trip and goodnight! "See again! See you next time!" - Kyary sings right at the end of the song.
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution is a well constructed album and the older material sits well with the new songs and the entire album is well balanced and contains a diversity of musical material within what we expected and hoped for, as well as a few surprises. It certainly isn't an album of clones of the song, "PonPonPon" and I expect that this young lady has a fine future ahead of her.
Well done, Miss Kyary, and thankyou thankyou Pamyu Pamyu!