This album continues the trend started on "Splurge," with Ami and Yumi working with a large number of songwriters and producers to make a single album (though Andy Sturmer is absent for the first time since Puffy's first album). This time around the formula doesn't work quite as well, but still results in a solid album. The opening track is "Oriental Diamond," a great Tamio Okuda track that recalls Puffy classic sound. Aside from that, though, the songs generally fall into one of two styles: rough hard rock (with Ami and Yumi sometimes shrieking vocals that are just out of their vocal range) or bouncy, synth-driven pop rock (courtesy of Butch Walker). The best songs include the driving rock of "Kuchibiru Motion" and "Kimi to Autobike." The most surprising song is probably "Youkai Puffy," with a three-minute spoken-word skit preceeding a four minute pop/rock song. This is probably of the least diverse Puffy albums out there, but it is still very, very good. If you are a fan of fast-paced guitar rock, give this a spin.
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Description in Japanese
honeycreeper / PUFFY
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One of their best. A solid collection of tracks, consistently enjoyable. The musicians seem to have more chance to show their skills here. The long comedic sketch intro to "Puffy the Monster" was wonderful, even tho i dont speak japanese, because of the sense everyone was having fun. I still seem to prefer the japanese language songs to their english versions anyway. PUFFY ROCKS!
PUFFY's new full-length album will blow you away. The whole tone of the album is mainly a harder, edgier PUFFY, but at the same time, they're still the PUFFY we know and love. All of the songs are acceptable PUFFY classics, and their English songs actually have real meaning to them, and are not cheesy like their past English songs. "Ain't Gonna Cut It" actually mentions being a drug dealer, which I find very funny. Although the overall tone of the album is hard rock, as always PUFFY include songs that don't fit with the others, yet they all merge together wonderfully. "Oedo Nagareboshi IV" is a wonderful, funky ska song ( I enjoy PUFFY's ska), and "Island" is a nice Irish influenced folk song (just when you thought PUFFY played them all!). This album, along with all of their other albums, proves that PUFFY are not typical Japanese musicians. They're different from the rest, and they definitely prove that different is great!
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