Almost Nada right with this

Almost Nada right with this

Some compare Japanese popstar Kiriko Takemura - aka Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - to Lady Gaga or Katy Perry.

Anyone who's ever said that may want to listen more closely, and reconsider their verdict.

Takemura's squeaky, shrill voice is unbearable. Singing in auto-tune without technology should be impossible, but the J-pop singer manages it.

Second track Ninjya Re Bang Bang is the least offensive thing on album Nanda Collection. It's catchy, with whimsical electronic beats. It only goes downhill when Takemura, and her amazingly emotionless singing, kick in.

Invader Invader is also bearable, with its bold, otherworldly electronic beats.

But the rest of the album is akin to the 10-hour version of the Nyan Cat video.

It's hard to say if it's a case of culture-lost-in-translation - the two tracks mentioned made it to the top five of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 - or pure failure.

But one thing is for sure: if there's any musical worth here, all credit should go to songwriter Yasutaka Nakata. Takemura gets credit for dressing like a peacock on the front cover, and wearing an elephant mask on the back.

YP Rating: 1/5

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