Shonen Knife - Brand New Knife (1996) 
FLAC+CUE+LOG or MP3 CBR 320 | Complete Scanwork | 533 or 161 MB
US version, Limited Tour Edition with 7 Bonus tracks | Big Deal Records # BDG 9035-2
Shonen Knife (少年ナイフ) is an influential all-female Japanese pop-punk band formed in Osaka, Japan, in 1981. Heavily influenced by early Rock & Roll bands, 1960s girl groups, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock acts, such as The Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs expressing infectious melodies and simplistic, exuberant lyrics sung both in Japanese and English.
Well, not exactly brand new; they still sound like Shonen Knife. There was a time when this all-femme trio from Japan was the hands-down queens of cute, but while their chops (and English) have improved with time, the rest of the world has climbed aboard their junk wagon. Heck, they may not even be the cutest band from Japan anymore! Here in the present, the marriage of bristling garage-rock with go-go girl vocals isn't exactly cause to stop the presses. Still, the cheeky charms that have served them well throughout their career are still intact, evidenced on shiny, irresistible trinkets like "The Perfect World" and "Frogphobia". No longer danger dolls playing muddy slop pop, Shonen Knife fairly flaunt their instrumental prowess. The snappy guitar solos on "Wonder Wine" or "Magic Joe" (a shaky "Hey Bulldog" rip) would have been out of the question ten years ago. "Fruits & Vegetables" is delightful, but they might want to shy away from food songs--that's Cibo Matto's turf. It's unfortunate that there are so many bands doing cute for cute's sake, because Shonen Knife have still got the beat.
~ John Chandler, Amazon.com
02. Wind Your Spring
03. The Perfect World
05. Loop Di Loop
06. Wonder Wine
07. Magic Joe
08. Fruits & Vegetables
09. Tower Of The Sun
10. Keep On Rockin'
12. Buddha's Face
13. One Week
14. Explosion! (Japanese) onus track
15. Wind Your Spring (Japanese) onus track
16. E.S.P. (Japanese) onus track
17. Wonder Wine (Japanese) onus track
18. Fruits And Vegetables (Japanese) onus track
19. Tower Of The Sun (Japanese) onus track
20. Frogphobia (Japanese) onus track
all songs written by Naoko Yamano, except "3, 8 & 11" by Michie Nakatani