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Album review: Natsume Mito - Natsumelo

The first comparison that will undoubtedly be made with Natsume Mito is to that of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Not just visually, but musically. Both girls have had their albums produced by Nakata Yasutaka, but they also share songs which are slapstick and downright silly, with the occasional song about coming of age. Neither Pamyu Pamyu nor Natsume seem to have gotten into music to leave any form of musical legacy, but purely for the hell of it and to soundtrack their own careers. So I doubt Natsume cares too much about such comparisons and that she's just grateful for the ride. Pamyu Pamyu on the other hand may have some things to say, given that Natsume's debut Natsumelo is much of what her third studio album Pikapika fantajin should have been.

As is often the case with any album helmed entirely by Nakata, the production on this album is meticulous. Natsumelo features what are quite possibly some of Nakata's best productions in quite some time. Some songs have feel disjointed a…

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