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Perfume ~Complete Best~

Perfume ~Complete Best~

by oroitsme on March 17, 2008 · 15 comments · AddThis

Perfume
Perfume in 2006, L-R: Kashiyuka, Nocchi, A-chan
Artist: Perfume
Product code: TKCA-73086/73167
Release date: 2006.08.02
Highest Ranking: #33
Label: Tokuma Japan
Limited Edition: DVD

Perfume is a group made up of three girls: Nocchi (Oomoto Ayano), A-chan (Nishiwaki Ayaka), and Kashiyuka (Kashino Yuka). While most girl groups are formed by auditions or idol companies, Perfume is unique in that it was actually formed by the girls themselves in their hometown of Hiroshima when they were only twelve. In 2002, they were going the direction of a conventional girl group and released two idol-pop genre singles in their hometown.

In 2003, the entire group relocated to Tokyo, where they were picked up by Nakata Yasutaka of electronic duo capsule. He started producing their songs and gave the group their decidedly electronic sound. They released three singles on an indie label before being signed to a major label. Their music had a distinct electronic style, which they matched with fun synchronized choreography for all their performances.

In 2006, they released their first album, “Perfume ~Complete Best~” that collected their previous singles and many b-sides, with one original song, along with a DVD containing the promotional videos of their three major label singles and one indie single. The album was re-released in a regular edition (although still with DVD) in 2007.

 

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1. Perfect Star Perfect Style

The album starts off very acoustically – piano only, standard drum beat – before the electronic kicks in. “Perfect Star Perfect Style” is the only new original song on the album. It has a cheerful and melodic tune – it’s a great introduction song to perfume.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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2. Linear Motor Girl

“Linear Motor Girl” was their first major-label single, and is also the first out of the trio of singles often regarded by fans as a trinity of Perfume’s great techno songs. It starts off with numerous, numerous repetitions of the phrase linear motor girl. The song itself features a lot of blips and beeps and sounds fun. The song sounds somewhat monotone, like Perfume is chanting their lyrics rather than singing it, and while the chorus is better, it just consists of three words repeated over and over.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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3. Computer City

“Computer City” is a great improvement; it starts off with vocals only before it dives into a heavy beat. Although some parts turn a little monotone, most of the song remains catchy and melodic.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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4. Electro World

Rounding off the trio, the album mix of “Electro World” starts with a haunting chord; that ethereal feeling carries over the whole song. The backing track mixes techno with rock instruments, and despite the strong track the girls’ voices carry both strength and delicacy. Even though it’s electropop, you can hear some emotion within the song; this is definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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5. Inryoku

“Inryoku” is a charming little song – it is light and features simple synth lines that sound like they come straight out of again, mixed with little spurts of twinkles here and there. Tune wise, it’s not that memorable, but it’s not a bad song.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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6. Monochrome Effect

“Monochrome Effect” was an indies single; it’s a pretty good song. It has a catchy tune and a memorable chorus balanced with a light and danceable tune. It’s not as electronic-based as the preceeding songs, which might account for the vocals in the song sounding almost dispirited until the chorus parts, but it is enjoyable.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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7. Vitamin Drop

“Vitamin Drop” was also an indies single, and like “Monochrome Effect,” is not as electronic as their techno songs, but it manages to not sound boring. The song is musically not that special, and is not too memorable, but it has a cute atmosphere and a nice tune.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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8. Sweet Donuts

After the previous few songs, “Sweet Donuts” significantly ups the energy level. The song, yet another indies single, has the sugary energy of its name. Many fans enjoy the song, but I find that the tune is not actually that memorable despite the catchy chorus and sounds a bit rushed and frantic sometimes.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

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9. Foundation

“Foundation” is slower and more mellow than the other songs. The tune is not that great, and that makes the song just another one that blends into the album.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

 

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10. Computer Driving

Once again, energy is increased. “Computer Driving” has the atmosphere of “Vitamin Drop” but with a much more melodic tune; it’s nothing groundbreaking but it’s a fun song and enjoyable to listen to.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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11. Perfume

“Perfume” has a harder beat, more of techno feel, but is paired with sweetly pure vocals. It actually features more of the members singing longer phrases vocally by themselves. The consistent beeping tune that plays over and over is a little irritating, as is the very, very simplistic chorus of just “Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-perfume”, but overall “Perfume” is a nice song on the album.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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12. wonder2

“wonder2” ends the album on a slower note and ends the album on a calm note. By itself though, the song isn’t that great – it’s extremely monotone for most of the song and the chorus has nothing but “la-la-la” over and over. The backing track is pretty though, and it ends the album well.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Conclusion: As an artist, Perfume is hit-or-miss. For people who just can’t stand techno, Perfume won’t be to their liking no matter how catchy the songs are. However, for those who find electronica tolerable or enjoyable, Perfume will be a group to their liking. Their brand of electronic is just vocally-based and mainstream enough to still be infective and karaoke-friendly as pop music, and yet unique enough to garner both electronic fans and catch the attention of normal music fans.

Perfume’s first album contains both standard and amazing electopop. It’s a very nice debut work for the trio and displays their musical style. Perfume is able to mix catchy pop tunes with varying degrees of electronic influence – some songs are idol pop with with a synth and a little voice alteration, while others are full on techno. Even though it is a best of collection, the album has a sense of continuity. Despite having misses in this album, particularly amongst the not so stellar b-sides includes, “Perfume ~Complete Best~” remains an unique and enjoyable j-pop experience.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

 

Perfume ~Complete Best~

CD Tracklist

  1. Perfect Star Perfect Style
  2. Linear Motor Girl
  3. Computer City
  4. Electro World
  5. Inryoku
  6. Monochrome Effect
  7. Vitamin Drop
  8. Sweet Donuts
  9. Foundation
  10. Computer Driving
  11. Perfume
  12. wonder2

DVD Tracklist

  1. Linear Motor Girl PV
  2. Computer City PV
  3. Electro World PV
  4. Monochrome Effect PV

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About the author

oroitsme loves Japanese music and loves writing about them, both here and at her other blog, She likes a variety of j-pop, from Johnny's like NEWS and Arashi to female artists like Otsuka Ai and Perfume to rock bands like chatmonchy and a picking of everything in between, and hopes you can enjoy them with her.

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March 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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Mary October 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

The album is just Awesome!

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Yuna-chan UNITED STATES July 26, 2010 at 8:18 am

I loveee this album!♥

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Yuna-chan UNITED STATES July 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

I love this album too! so addicted. My favorite song/video is Linear Motor Girl and Electro World♥ ^_^

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Sarkarmurar E'rarno January 11, 2010 at 5:06 am

私ものようなディスコと同じくらい自分の曲の香水のような。彼らはハンサムです!

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Ellisa Davis UNITED STATES January 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

where can i get this DVD in the United States of America in my state New Jersey?

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clegaspi1221 January 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm

i love perfume all of their songs start such a new genre and i think they should be international (while still singing in japanese)

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Gustavo Alonso November 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Well during my trip to japan I was hoping to find music like the one that is played in the dancing machines, I don’t know what’s their name but you have to step on the squares to match the song beat. And well, I asked the salesman about music this kind, and he picked up this disc, I listened to it and I was very happy because this is something better than what I expected. Every song is very cool, I don’t like to dance but this music is perfect for it, speccially for exercising. The quality of the recording is very good, very catchy themes and I believe this is a dics that anyone would like. The DVD is a great plus, cool if you play it in a projector during a party.

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bianca altamirano UNITED STATES October 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm

i really love perfume. i love to dance with them, om my computer, dvd, and i pod.Perfect Star Perfect Style, Computer City, Electro World, Inryoku are GREAT songs! my fav. song is love the world and chocolate disco.. n all thier new song too. i really do enjoy dancing 2 their dance , it keeps me fit. lol

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UltraStationJin September 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Just a typo that I noticed in the DVD Track List:

It should be “Electro World PV”, not “Electro City PV”.

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jenye FRANCE September 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm

i enjoy perfume

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Timothy May 29, 2008 at 12:44 am

I have to agree some of the sweet pop songs don’t fit with their overall techno-ish image and sound but that was really on 2 songs. Perfect Star Perfect Style, Computer City, Electro World, Inryoku are GREAT songs! Their GAME album really hits a home run and continues their trend of off-beat technoish sounds.

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Denis April 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

The album is just awezome! I liked them at first sight when I saw them at Youtube n_n lol can anybody send me the album pls xD in europe i can’t find it and get it (T_T)

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gfdoto UNITED STATES March 27, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for this article! I’ve always been interested in techno/trance but didn’t know about Perfume.

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Yoruko UNITED STATES March 18, 2008 at 2:01 am

I didn’t like the fact that this album had to mix a bunch of techno and idol-pop songs since they sounded so different. By techno, I mean from their Linear Motor Girl single onwards. The others contained electronic elements but weren’t as electronically influenced.

My personal favorite on this album would have to be Perfect Star Perfect Style. As for the singles included, I loved Electro World and Computer City, and the catchiness of Computer Driving has a special spot in my heart too.

Great review, by the way.

Would you be interested in reviewing their album GAME when it comes out in April? Their recent singles are wonderful! (Polyrhythm and Baby cruising love/Macaroni) They’re along the lines of the post-Computer City music style. Which is their best IMO.

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