Kahimi Karie

I Am a Kitten: Kahimi Karie Sings Momus in Paris

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AllMusic Review by Ted Mills

The maturation of Kahimi Karie was aided by teaming up with such writes as Momus, who saw in this charismatic girl with the whispering voice a chance to subvert the image of the Japanese female in the pop world. Not that there weren't tough women in Japan, but Karie seemed especially all-surface. But like his song here, "The Poisoners," it's the sweet chocolates that one has to look out for. Karie sings like she's sweetness and light, but the lyrics (one needs a lyric sheet and a knowledge of French and Italian to do it justice) are anything but. Momus brought to the studio some of his most Serge Gainsbourg-sounding work, and much of this EP is terrific, especially the dark satin of "Nikon 2" and the sexy and sexual "Giapponese a Roma," in which a tourist sleeps her way around the Italian capitol. With this coming soon after her "My First Karie" EP, 1995 was hers for the taking.

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