Perfume – GAME

by oroitsme on May 2, 2008 · 19 comments · AddThis

Perfume
Perfume promoting GAME, L-R: A-chan, Nocchi, Kashiyuka
Artist: Perfume
Product code: TKCA-73320/73325
Release date: 2008.04.16
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Tokuma Japan
Limited Edition: DVD

After releasing their best-of album, the Nakata Yasutaka produced trio Perfume released “Fan Service (sweet)”, a new single with two songs that was their highest charting to its date, as well as “Fan Service (bitter),” their first live DVD. Then, in 2007, their next single “Polyrhythm” was used as the theme song to NHK’s nationwide recycling campaign. It projected the group into the spotlight, charting as high as #7, staying on the chart over numerous weeks, and selling almost 60,000 copies.

In early 2008, Perfume then released their next single “Baby cruising Love/Macaroni.” Despite a lack of tie-in for either of the A-sides, the single shot all the way up to #3 on the Oricon, sold more than 60,000 copies, and is their highest charting and best selling single to date. In the span of just two singles, Perfume turned from a minor girl group to a household name. They became featured on prominent television shows, and during this time their best-of album began charting again. After releasing a box-set collection of their indies singles, Perfume announced the release of their first studio album, “GAME.”

 

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1. Polyrhythm

The album starts off with “Polyrhythm,” arguably Perfume’s most well known song. It builds the tension slowly, adding more elements, until the beat really fills out. It has an infective tune that can stand up to numerous listens. However, the repetition of “polyrhythm” and “polyloop” drags on for just too long – while I do enjoy some repetition, it’s taken too far in this song and makes those parts hard to stand. It’s a shame, because the other parts of the song are amazingly catchy and fun.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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2. Plastic Smile

”Plastic Smile” is lighthearted and simple. Compared to some of their more recent songs that utilize more complicated vocal lines and composition, “Plastic Smile” has a more standard tune and beat. The simplicity works though, and the song is very enjoyable.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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3. GAME

Immediately “GAME” starts off with heavy bass – it’s definitely a heavier sound that anything that Perfume have every put out before, and leans more towards a trance sound at parts. The vocals are in a minor key, which creates a different sound from the usually cheerful Perfume sound. This is a song that focuses mostly on the beat than the vocals; although at times I found the bass too overpowering, for most of the song it adds attitude and is an interesting twist on Perfume’s usual works.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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4. Baby Cruising Love

Before “Baby Cruising Love,” would you have thought it possible to have a danceable techno ballad? The mix of piano with the synth sounds and beats gives the song a delicate sound without sacrificing the rhythm. The vocals here are also not as electronically altered (speaking only in comparison, of course), giving the song a laid-back feel. Everything combines together beautifully – Perfume can do the danceable techno ballad, and they can do it well.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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5. Chocolate Disco

It’s hard to pinpoint what it is about “Chocolate Disco” that’s so wonderful – the lyrics are extremely repetitive, something that hurts a lot of songs. But somehow, although the chorus only consists for the most part of two words, it manages to be repetitive without being overly tedious. The song has a charming melody and twinkly synth backing; although all the girls sing for half the song is “Chocolate Disco,” it still feels fresh.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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6. Macaroni

“Macaroni” actually starts off with a drum set as opposed to their normal drum machine beats; indeed, the whole song sounds more raw and acoustic. It’s not a dance number but instead a mellow mid-tempo. The song has a relaxed and easy going atmosphere; the backing track is simple and light to match the simple vocals.

This is the only single that has its music video included on the DVD. It’s unlike Perfume’s other works: the video has no dancing, special effects, or even lip synching – it’s just filled with home-video style slow motion shots of Perfume walking around town and having fun. The song and video show another side of the usually highly polished Perfume, showing that they can sing slower songs like this too.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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7. Ceramic Girl

The tension picks up again with the cheerful “Ceramic Girl.” The chorus is infective and sweet, while the other lines has a unique and cheeky flow to them. This song has a lighter, more pop beat than many of their techno-infused works. Overall, “Ceramic Girl” is lighthearted and fun song.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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8. Take Me Take Me

While most Perfume songs are danceable, sing-along songs, “Take Me Take Me” is a little different. It’s accompanied by some more conventional instruments and has a dream-like quality both in the delicate singing and the repetition of spoken word. It’s a lot more experimental and alternative, and would sounds almost like an interlude except it does include vocals. A while unorthodox of a typical album track, “Take Me Take Me” is hypnotically ethereal.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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9. Secret Secret

“Secret Secret” builds off of the atmosphere of “Take Me Take Me” by starting with a mysterious sound – but almost bursts into a high powered dance song. It has a painfully addictive chorus line. There are nice touches throughout – the heavy bass around 1:10 was a shocking surprise the first listen, drawing attention to the song as if saying “don’t get bored, you’ll never know what’s in store.” It works in the danceable beat and catchy tune of old Perfume, but integrates new sound elements at the same time – the end result is fantastic and one of the best songs on the album.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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10. Butterfly

The beginning of “Butterfly” integrates, of all things, rainforest sounds, before exploding into the beat. The song uses looping synth runs and a heavy techno beat to create a mix of ambient and danceable sounds. There’s so many different elements of this song that don’t seem like they would fit together – delicate trance-like vocals, heavy dance beat, simple scales – but they click together and create a unique song.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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11. Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow

“Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow” is Perfume as we best know them – a cheerful danceable and catchy techno tune. The song has a great chorus tune driven by its beat. The song isn’t new or experimental, and since it was the first single released after the best-of album, it makes sense that it fits in perfectly with their previous techno-based singles – and, just like those songs, is catchy and fun.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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12. Puppy Love

Last on the album is “Puppy Love,” a song that starts with acoustic bass guitar sounds. It has a pleasant melody set to softer, laid-back vocals but paired with a fast, poppy beat. It ends the album on a happy, uplifting note.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

Conclusion: Perfume is still often described as a techno pop group, but they would best be classified as electronicpop instead. While most techno music suffer under sounding similar, Perfume’s album sidesteps this easily. The songs on “GAME” are all electronic, but range from laid back midtempo songs to cheerful dance tunes to heavy trance. Many of the new songs on the album sound more experimental than the more poppy and fun singles, giving the album a lot of variety in terms of sound.

There really isn’t a single bad song on the album: all of them are intricately crafted and slickly produced. In many ways, the album isn’t by Perfume but by Nakata Yasutaka featuring Perfume’s vocals; Perfume themselves are far more oriented towards the performance than the music itself. However, no matter who the music represents, it is good music in an album full of experimentation and innovation while still firmly keeping a toe in mainstream; it is interesting and varied music that is still pop enough to be accessible to the general public. “GAME” is the first electronic album to reach the top of the Oricon chart in years for a good reason: Nakata’s detailed production of Perfume’s sweet, charismatic vocals creates an irresistible listening experience.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

 

Regular Edition
Regular Edition
Limited Edition
Limited Edition

CD Tracklist

  1. Polyrhythm
  2. plastic smile
  3. GAME
  4. Baby cruising Love
  5. Chocolate Disco
  6. Macaroni
  7. Ceramic Girl
  8. Take me Take me
  9. Secret Secret
  10. Butterfly
  11. Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow
  12. Puppy love

DVD Tracklist

  1. Polyrhythm (LIVE at LIQUIDROOM, November 8 2007)
  2. SEVENTH HEAVEN (LIVE at LIQUIDROOM, November 8 2007)
  3. Macaroni (Original Version) PV
  4. Ceramic Girl (Drama Another Version) PV
  5. Macaroni (A-CHAN Version) PV
  6. Macaroni (KASHIYUKA Version) PV
  7. Macaroni (NOCCHI Version) PV

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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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gusshirow June 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

Meabe its the best close up to the Yasukata Perfume Concept.

Polyrithm its the fact!

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Yuna-chan UNITED STATES July 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

Aww I wish I could buy the limited edition because GAME is my favorite album I’m so addicted to them I love their singing and videos!! ^_^ so Kawaii

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red June 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm

GAME is great!
i came into perfume fans because of this album!!

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Steve February 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I found out about Perfume from this blog back in the day, so it’s the first place I thought of when I saw this youtube video if a bird singing Chocolate Disco. I think it’s either cute, funny, or a bit creepy depending on the time of day you watch it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdvZRUFYxfI

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devina INDONESIA February 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

perfume is so great..
i love their album. the songs are so great… especially, game and polyrhythm
but i love all of their song

GAME is so great!!

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autism109201 UNITED STATES December 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

This is a great review~ GAME is such a good album! I felt the song GAME was more capsule-ish, but my second-to-favorite nonetheless (after Butterfly) xD
Perfume~ so good lol

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Mazonowicz TURKEY October 10, 2008 at 6:56 am

I really enjoyed complete best, but GAME is just incredible. I think it’s my album of the year.

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ketmanee July 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm

ka-wa-ii-ne

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ameer July 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

Perfume did great with this album. You’re rite its painfully addictive.

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Nana May 18, 2008 at 4:55 am

But but but! The repetitive break in Polyrhythm IS the polyrhythm! That’s what makes the song! Try listening to the beats, you’ll hear a lot of interesting things going on at the same time. At least I find it interesting… but I do beats… so I probably don’t count.

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Pao UNITED STATES May 16, 2008 at 11:01 pm

hey! i love this page, thank for this review, i’m been so into korean music these past few months that i’ve kind of forgotten about my beloved jpop! this is a great group, i also love chocolate disco.

thanks!

Pao

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DJAeon May 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm

At first this album didn’t appeal to me but like many other albums and singles, Channel-Ai blog gave me a different view on the songs and I really enjoy it now. As an Album GAME was a real departure from what captured me when I listened to Comlpete Best, but it’s still enjoy-able. Great review!

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fre UNITED STATES May 10, 2008 at 3:25 am

game. BEST albumn ever :D

i think GAME and Plastic Smile is an eh song though haha

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Steve May 5, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I think this album is just OK. It’s not as good as “Complete Best” in terms of sound or videos. GAME seems to be a bit repetitive and makes me feel like things were rushed. Polyrhythm was great until they killed it with the record-skipping action. Who knows… maybe their upcoming video releases will help people get hooked on the songs.

Thanks for the reviews! I’ve increased my JPop knowledge, taste of music, and I appreciate the work you’ve put into them.

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Kirsty UNITED STATES May 4, 2008 at 7:28 pm

thanks for the review, the songs are really upbeat!

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lawby AUSTRALIA May 3, 2008 at 12:02 pm

nice work, well written. Perfume is awesome!

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