Fever Fever

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Fever Fever, the second full-length CD by Puffy -- the premier female Japanese pop duo -- is replete with catchy, occasionally rocking, and always well-polished ditties. Opening with repeated references to fishcakes that eventually give way to cackles of laughter, Fever Fever is comprised of 15 smartly constructed pop tunes. Puffy's two members, singers Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki, are backed up by a variety of musicians. With their photos decorating the liner notes, both Yoshimura and Onuki use the CD as an opportunity to showcase their hyper-hip and eclectic fashion sensibilities. Since the vast majority of the songs are sung in Japanese (of course), English-only speakers may feel a little alienated, though they shouldn't. The cute and melodic vocals lines -- whether you understand their literal meaning or not -- emit a bouncy, happy, fun-loving feel that is characteristic of the CD as a whole.

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