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Puffy AmiYumi - Nice.

On the heels of last year's compilation An Illustrated History, the Japanese duo of Ami and Yumi set out to conquer the Western Hemisphere with these 13 songs produced and mostly written by Andy Sturmer (ex-Jellyfish). Sung mostly in Japanese with a few tracks in English, Nice. boasts all the right points of power-pop reference. From the faux-Buggles fills in "Tokyo Nights," though the Weezer/Cars guitars of "Your Love Is A Drug," to the Byrdsy intro and Blondie-esque bridge of "Sayonara," itís all a manic gas, gas, gas. Sealing the deal, Puffy and Ami re-enact John and Yoko's bed-in on the cover, making this one of the must-own CDs of 2003.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, Sept./Oct. 2003