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  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B00000AGAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Morning World
2. Candyman
3. Elastic Girl
4. Mike Alway's Diary
5. Le Roi Soleil
6. Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
7. Zoom Up!
8. Serieux Comme Le Plaisir
9. Lolitapop Dollhouse
10. Dis-Moi Quelque Chose Avant De Dormir
11. The Way You Close Your Eyes

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
OK, so Kahimi's vocals are breathy, underpowered, lacking in range and stylization, and so ethereal they are oftimes buried in the mix; her attempts at enunciating English words are feeble and scatter-shot, to say nothing of her French (in which she sings a couple songs)... but none of that really matters, because, all totaled, the way she-of-the-funky-green-hair sings is utterly sexy, disarming and relentlessly charming, possibly because of all its shortcomings. I shouldn't like this, but I do - a lot. This is pure bubble gum pop, but of the sincerest and most refreshing kind. The final song, "The Way You Close Your Eyes," seems like the perfect end-credits music to a teenage romance where everything unexpectedly works out well in the end - a reassuring message welcome in these bleak days. I have to say, of all the albums released in the 1990's, this is the one I would chose to play over and over again (though I'm not sure if that's more a compliment to Kahimi or a statement about the sad state of current music). This music makes me happy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are so many reasons why I should not like this album.Kahimi writes only one track, and does very little except sing andlook pretty. But I don't think she needs to do anything else. Her true pop sensibilities make her so incredibly adorable, that I can't imagine saying anything negative about her or this compilation. Most of the songwriting on this album comes courtesy of the always over-looked Momus, and the Japanese wonderboy Cornelius. Kahimi's collaborations with both of these artists' songs has breathed life into the compositions. Her breathy, sexy vocals are impressive not because of her vocal range (which is small at best) but because of her innate ability to sing pop songs. And not pop songs in an Aguilera-type fashion, but in a post-post-modern Japanese fashion. With influences from all over the world (Parisian, American, Asian, etc), Kahimi is a true pop artist. And that is what I love about her. She doesn't try to be anything she isn't. There's a truthfulness to her superficiality that is so amazingly NOW...I am smitten.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ZEN on May 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this is simply spellbinding. kahimi's soft voice works a world of sound with ecclectic (not trite) music. it revolves around a world occupied by serge gainsborogh, komida, space and gert wilden. kahimi's background in photography gives her the eye for music; the ear can help you create the music but the eye allows you to see where it's going, and that is her special place in music.....a visionary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Galitt on June 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm a bit late in discovering Kahimi Karie, I know.
But I must say this CD sound much fresher and innovative than many of the CD's I listened to this year.
In a funny way, it sound to me as a combination of Vanessa Paradis sing to the Beatles tunes...
K.K., a Japanese native, Paris resident, sings in English-French with her thin, high whispering voice, which fit together perfectly to the melodies by her collaborators; usually Cornelius - her former boyfriend and Momus. The result is sensual, stylish, unique and pleasurable compilation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By reggie max on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
lighten up, people! this is pure pop music, nothing more, and kahimi doesnt claim to be john lennon or something, so get off her back! in a world where britney spears, christina aguilera and the like are considered "good" pop music by the brainless couch potatoes of the world, kahimi is showing us the potential that fun ear candy can have!word to your mutha!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marty McFly on October 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Japanese, English, and French--three great languages that go great together on this fun album by Kahimi Karie. Her whispy vocals at times stray from being ethereal to almost being grating, but the solid instrumentals backing her save the tracks when they start to wear thin. In particular, the song "Dis-Moi Quelque Chose Avant De Dormir" is a gem, and almost worth the price of the album alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Kahimi Karie from Momus, the "analogue baroque" pop provocateur who raved about her in the liner notes to his album PING PONG, which included a performance by him of the song "Lolitapop Dollhouse" which he wrote for Kahimi. This album is a collection of singles and other tracks compiled as Kahimi's first U.S. release, and I was very excited for the start of her career in this country, even more so after I listened to this album, because it's really good.

Publicized as the Shibuya-Kei Princess in Japan, Kahimi's music is certainly very Shibuya-Kei, mixing in elements of pop (French, American and Japanese), jazz, electro and more. Her kittenish little-girl voice seems limiting, but in fact she's able to tackle big beat pop songs like "Good Morning World", harder-driving electropop like "Le Roi Soleil", and delicate pastoral tunes like "The Way You Close Your Eyes" with equal aplomb. A few songs on the album were written or co-written by Cornelius, with whom Kahimi had a brief relationship, and his lively "Candyman" is one of the high points of the record. Kahimi also has a great way with covers; she stamps a brand-new personality on Astrud Gilberto's classic bossa nova "Take It Easy My Brother Charlie" and Serge Gainsbourg's "Serieux Comme le Plaisir" without erasing what made the originals so good. Possibly the best moment (on an album filled with them) is the bouncy acoustic-led "Mike Alway's Diary", the title track to her debut LP from 1992. I don't know if it's a re-recording or not, because I've never been able to acquire a copy of that album.

Unfortunately, this disc didn't usher in Kahimi Karie's superstardom in the U.S., and after one more domestic release (K.K.K.K.K.), her record labels stopped shipping her albums to the States.
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