Perfume – One Room Disco

by 1337rice on March 25, 2009 · 8 comments · AddThis

One Room Disco
Perfume promoting One Room Disco
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73430/5
Release Date: 2009.03.25
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Just 3 months into 2009, Perfume has released their 1st single of 2009 called One-Room Disco. Fans have high expectations for this single as the word “Disco” should be an improvement of it’s predecessor Chocolate Disco. It certainly didn’t take long for Perfume to announce their new single in January after their New Years message showed signs of slowing down after a surge of popularity hit them in 2008.


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1. One-Room Disco

One-Room Disco is described as a danceable spring-like song. Sadly, it didn’t sound spring-like to me, nor did the lyrics had anything to do with Spring. The opening starts off nice and heavy with the synthesizer, very Nakata-ish, it sounds like it came from those party mix CDs. The chorus starts off with several repeats of the words One-Room and Disco, again, it’s a nice start. The voices are vocoded quite similarly to the songs from capsule., but still retains the Perfume cuteness.

Let’s get to the bad part. I suddenly found that the synthesizer at the beginning didn’t quite mix with the vocals nor the general theme of One-Room Disco. Starting around 3:50 to 4:30, the song sounded so “draggy”, the beat was causing it to become more repetitive than it already is. That was the downside of the song, I felt that the song could’ve ended about 30 seconds earlier.

The PV is probably the most interesting part of One-Room Disco. According to Fuji TV, it took around 30 hours to get everything right. One-Room Disco looks similar to Secret Secret in some ways because of the studio layout concept. The song, as always, fits with the PV really well.

Compared to Chocolate Disco, this song has more of a disco feel to it, it doesn’t carry a corny opening, and best of all…A-chan cannot screw up this song by ruining the whole point of lip syncing in their dance performances (search for Chocolate Disco Live on Youtube and you’ll know what I mean).

Overall, it is an enjoyable song at certain points, but it is not their best song and will never be.

Rating: ★★★½☆


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2. 23:30

23:30 carries this jazz feel and brings along a mix of Negai in between. After the upbeat song from track 1, this track heads towards an completely opposite direction. It is slow, the entire beat repeats for the whole song and that goes for the tone. I literally fell asleep when this song came on, like a lullaby. So, consider this song to be boring…or soothing. Now you guys might question why Negai got a entirely better review, well it’s because I didn’t fall asleep from it.

In my opinion, 23:30 revolves around the time concept (11:30 P.M), it’s difficult to explain as it can mean various things if this concept is taken differently based on your own character. Listen to the song and reflect back what you’re thinking about while that song is playing. To me, it’s like a song where you can just play while you sit and relax after a hard day at work.

It’s not an entirely bad song, but it carries a deep meaning behind it. Now it’s to you to decide whether this song is good or bad. I’m taking this both worlds.

Rating: ★★★½☆



This single lacked a punch compared to Dream Fighter. In fact, it was quite similar too. Dream Fighter had more upbeat and I figure that technopop sounds better when it’s upbeat. Nakata should stop playing around with this group too much. Stick back to previous concepts from the GAME and Complete Best albums, I like the old ones better. It’s lean, mean and sticks to your head. Now they’ve become too pop and cute (song wise).

Now this brought up one thing, how long will this group last? We’ve seen a similar situation for HINOI Team, where Para-para lasted for 3 years and just died not because of inactivity, but it was a fad and it was supposed to die. Technopop is now a fad, with Suzuki Ami, Aira Mitsuki, SAWA, etc. continuing this genre, will we eventually get sick of it?

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆


CD+DVD (First Press)

CD only

CD Tracklist

  1. One-Room Disco
  2. 23:30
  3. One-Room Disco -original instrumental-
  4. 23:30 -original instrumental-

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About the author

1337rice was formerly active as a moderator for Channel-Ai and Nigihana. Currently busy with school work; he devotes most of his free time towards listening to music, meddling around with photography, and gaming. His favourite artists include AKB48, Nishino Kana, and Hilcrhyme.

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Yuna-chan UNITED STATES July 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of listening to their songs but not over and over I can’t wait to see them in concert!!♥ This album was okay nice review.


Bunny UNITED STATES December 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm

yeah i agree i love perfume but i get sick of it for awhile its all the same to me :/


Steve UNITED STATES July 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

I’m right there with you! Their new material sounds too similar to their old material. I hope they change things up in the future, at least on a few songs as a test.


savannah April 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

their awsome!


1337rice March 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

yeah, this one wasn’t really an epic single…but oh well, I have to buy SOMETHING from Perfume, I just can’t watch other ppl buy their stuff and see the limited editions all gone.

Now for the album, I think there should be at least another single to come out first. It’s still way too early.


DJAeon UNITED STATES March 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I’m not fond of the more pop approach perfume has been taking, I hope that it wont last long. And enough with the snore-fest b-sides! I can listen to elevator music for free, I don’t want it on singles…

Anyway Nice review rice I enjoyed it, I really like how you closed this one.


savannah March 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

thank you very much. i love 23:00, but i honestly i think that ther voice blends to much in the background. Overall it is a great release for perfume, and Iam proumd of them. I can’t wait for the next album and EDGE LIVE.


oroitsme UNITED STATES March 26, 2009 at 1:51 am

I actually like One Room Disco quite a bit – it’s cuter and poppier than their latest works, but it shows they’ve still got versatility within their style. The song itself is catchy too.

However I’m not as forgiving as you are towards 23:30 – I did like the song at first, but musically, the song is pretty much the exact same short portion looped for five minutes – it’s like Nakata didn’t even try for this one.


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