Various Artists

TV Anime K-ON! Gekichuka

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Attached to the K-ON! anime series, Gekichuka is a rapid-fire set of immature-voiced, power pop-heavy, keyboard-driven J-pop. The album opens with "Curry Nochi Rice," a wildly ranging piece with mixed time signatures roving around the spectrum. With "My Love Is a Stapler," the tone turns a bit more staid with a line-by-line delivery, longer pauses between sections, and a single voice trying to keep up with the pitch changes (with varying success). "Brush and Ball-Point Pen" speeds up a bit, but additionally goes into more standardized territory in its composition. Luckily for the song, a trio of singers joins in for the choruses, adding an element that hadn't been present for much of the earlier pieces. The first disc ends with another collaboration between the three vocalists, a peppy bit of upbeat pop. The second disc of the set reclaims all four of the previous tracks, but in a live setting, utilizing a rotated set of singers and remixes. They're the same songs, re-rendered as though the first versions were missing something. It's not a bad set, but the hyper-cute singing styles are ultimately going to be fit only for pre-existing fans.