I've owned this disc for a while, but wanted to put in my two cents worth anyway...Shonen Knife have captivated me for years and have been woefully underappreciated in the USA. The rock press tended to either dismiss them out of hand or write them off as a novelty act. But SK are, in fact, one of the most entertaining bands in the business, with material that far outshines much of what passes for rock music today. Naoko Yamano has always been adept at writing songs that stay with you, and writes in several different styles: surf-twang, British Invasion, Floydian etherealism, and even jazzy lounge music. But when SK cut loose and break into flat-out punk and metal mode, it's truly a riot. These more raucous tunes dominate GENKI SHOCK!, making it Knife's most fun CD since HAPPY HOUR. Of course we have songs about food and animals, as well as junk e-mail, anime and odd fantasies. My fave cuts are GIANT KITTY, SPIDER HOUSE, and THE QUEEN OF DARKNESS, Naoko's tribute to (or lampoon of) Ozzy and Black Sabbath. To nitpick a bit: yes, I dislike the male vocals too: it hasn't been done too much, but it does kill the song when it is done and should be avoided. Atsuko, also, has been called upon to do too much...it surely must say something about Michie Nakatani's talent that, several years after her mysterious departure from Shonen Knife, a suitable permanent replacement has still not been found. Lest I forget the annoying paper sleeve: it's difficult to get out the lyric sheet without tearing the package, and I failed at that task. Nitpicking aside, please buy GENKI SHOCK! if you haven't already done so. It's a fine CD, and Naoko could use your support. At this writing, she is the last original SK member still in the band. (Atsuko retired in 2006.) The new Shonen Knife includes drummer Etsuko Nakanishi (who played on GENKI SHOCK!) and a new "support bassist" known only as Hatsue. A new CD, FUN! FUN! FUN! is out in Japan, is every bit as good as GENKI SHOCK and may or may not see a USA release. Only by supporting this underrated and very lovable band can we make that happen.