Perfume – ワンルーム・ディスコ [15th Single]

April 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Perfume) (, )


Perfume’s 15th single, entitled ワンルーム・ディスコ, was released on 03.25.09.

ワンルーム・ディスコ features an upbeat sound with a cute sound to it. The song begins with a really cool aggressive electropop instrumental that draws the listener in. It’s really mysterious and interesting  but then the vocals come in and it loses that special edge that was so appealing in favor of a slightly  more cute sound. They repeat “disco” various times  in a sort of broken way that sounds nice and fits with the beat of the song before moving into the first verse. As always, the distortion is there and  the vocals sound pretty good with the music although there is just  something missing and it doesn’t catch the listener’s attention as well as the girls usually do. The chorus stands out mostly because  the girls reach a little higher and it’s something fresh for them. Other than that element, it’s pretty basic  and follows the usual formula. Eventually the repeating “disco” gets to be a little annoying since it pops up so much and ends up making the song sound repetitive. One Room Disco does fall flat in comparison to the previous singles (love the world and Dream Fighter) but it does have that distinct Perfume sound, which may or may not be a good thing.

23:00 is the soft and relaxing track. The song starts off with a very mellow and sweet sound and the electropop elements actually don’t come full force right off the bat, which is a nice change of pace. Then the girls come in and there doesn’t seem to be much distortion on the vocals, which is new, but unfortunately the girls come off as sounding  bored and like they’re dragging out those notes. The entire song just sounds very monotone and because it’s over five minutes long, it really feels like it’s going on way too long. This is definitely not one of the group’s better songs and it kind of feels like a watered down of their last B-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for ワンルーム・ディスコ was made.  The video is quite simple, just featuring the girls dancing in what looks like a large dollhouse. They each dance in separate rooms but there are also scenes of them dancing together. One thing that can be said is that the dancing doesn’t look very original for them and it would have been nice to see a little more creativity in the choreography since it doesn’t look like anything special.

Single Ranking: B

It’s sad to see the group deliver this quality when it’s obvious that they can really stand out. ワンルーム・ディスコ is easily the least interesting A-side post GAME but it does have its moments. The main problem is that it sounds so repetitive that it doesn’t sit well with the listener. 23:00 is probably the worst song released after their last album and it just sounds unemotional and long, which is not a good thing. Hopefully the girls will redeem themselves with a much needed album release, full of songs that showcase their true talent.

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