SCANDAL SHOW Album Review
by The Captain @Cosplay-Fun Malaysia 2012.
Courtesy of Sony Music Malaysia
SCANDAL is an ALL-GIRL Rock band from Japan. I first caught them live in 2010 at the Anime Festival Asia – I Love ANISONG Concert. They really ROCKED the stage & the crowd though I do believe they have a little PUNK-Rock style within. Now when I say they rock, it is due to the point where they are a 4 piece band that is very tight & all 4 musicians try to sing parts during the songs.
SCANDAL SHOW is a compilation album consisting of hit songs & also popular B-sides. I found this out a bit later after I got which is good if you’re a new SCANDAL fan. I noticed that they like to release a lot of E.P.s & singles in the Japanese music industry. And I also heard that CD albums are really expensive compared to the price selection we have here in Malaysia.
Now this album, priced at RM59.90, comes with a DVD of SCANDAL’s travels during their first ever tour outside of Japan, which took place in 2011. They went to Taiwan, Hong Kong & ended in Singapore. It runs for about 30mins but I think it is a MUST-GET for all SCANDAL fans because it is a behind-the-scene kind of video, in which you can get to see their real personalities apart from their stage rocking presence.
The other disc is the SCANDAL SHOW audio tracks & here is a brief review of it.
1. HARUKAZE lyrics by SCANDAL & Noriyasu Isshiki
HARUKAZE is the 12th major single (15th overall). It is also the 15th opening theme for the anime Bleach. It is best recognized by its beautiful guitar intro harmonies. This hit track shows a lot of maturity for a all-girl rock band with a flare for belting out punk like attitude as they rock the stage. It starts slow & quickly picks up the pace from the 1st verse to the pre-chorus… then it takes-off at the chorus. Tomomi’s vocal fits in lovely to back up Haruna in the second part of the 1st verse & when all get involved in the chorus the song is lifted to heavenly places with angelic harmony of voices. Then to change the feel around Tomomi takes the 2nd verse & later backed by Haruna. HARUKAZE is truly a beautiful song. The music arrangement & pace keeps building to a crescendo that doesn’t lose its musical momentum despite returning the intro. I think this song should be the SCANDAL theme in their 2nd Wave. It has all the great elements of a Western ‘Alternative” hit in the glorious days of the mid 90s. I do believe it’s the most beautiful way to beginning a concert.
2.少女S (Shōjo S)lyrics by TOMOMI
This track is famously known as the tenth opening theme for the anime BLEACH. Put your PUNK attitude on!! It’s SHOJO ! or in English = Girl S!
3. DOLL lyrics by TOMOMI
Punk style style girl power song! 😀 Not a surprise when the song title is DOLL. Everyone sings on this one.
4. BEAUTeen!! Lyrics by TOMOMI & Kyon
I do feel some ‘bubble-gum’ pop style in this song. But the melodic fast pace chorus is set to send the crowds of fans into a chanting frenzy. The 2nd verse reminds me of the signature style of No Doubt which made me a fan of theirs in the first place.
5. 太陽とキミが描くSTORY (Taiyō to Kimi ga Egaku Story) – ‘The Story Drawn by You and the Sun’. lyrics by TOMOMI, Hidenori Tanaka
This song has some great movements & transitions. I like how the solo comes in as a sort of prelude to the end that keeps the
6. LOVE SURVIVE
7. PRIDE lyrics by TOMOMI & Hidenori Tanaka
Pride is the second ending theme for the anime Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
8. スイッチ (Switch) lyrics by TOMOMI, Yuichi Tajika
9. 瞬間センチメンタル (Shunkan Sentimental) lyrics by Scandal, Natsumi Kobayashi
More commonly known as the end song for Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (4th Ending theme). The song starts of with another strong a memorable guitar riff which becomes the hook for this song. Then the first line of the chorus brings in another hook but this time it is the vocals pulling of a catchy hook with the back-up that continues to lift the song, definitely fitting of the end theme of a anime theme because it starts strong & slowly hooks you with the hook.
10. ハルカ (Haruka) lyrics by HARUNA & Hidenori Tanaka
This is my most favourite song from this album. It really caught my interest in both the mood & music feel in which it communicates. They say music is a universal language & I agree! I also believe it transcends language too. Anyways, this is song had a hook which locked in to my subconscious & it also brought to remembrance the ‘melancholy sweet love’ theme. That’s the best I can describe it with words. You have to listen to it to know what I’m trying to get at. This song was used as the theme song for the animated film Tofu Kozō.
11. スキャンダルなんかブッ飛ばせ (Scandal Nanka Buttobase)
12. EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!
This is one of the fan favourite songs that has even become an anthem phrase for the fans. Usually K-pop group have what they call ‘fan-chants’ but with SCANDAL Fans aka Scandalous, this gets them psyched up before the concert as I found out at the recent SCANDAL Special Live in Malaysia concert 1 Dec 2012. It’s almost compulsory for the fans to reply when you chant “Everybody Say Yeah?”, they will all reply “YEA!”. Now that makes a bonafied anthem phrase!
13. カゲロウ (Kagerō) lyrics by TOMOMI & Masterworks
14. SAKURAグッバイ (Sakura Goodbye) lyrics by Tomomi & Masterworks
This is the track most know as the song to commemorate Mami and Tomomi’s high school graduation. I can just imagine this song being apart of the K-ON repertoire… or even role-play… to say if I was a musician when I was in school, I would written a song like this. This uplifting track just oozes their youth that wishes a sort of ‘last kiss goodbye’ to that fun filled period of our lives we called High School – “HELLO GOODBYE!
15. SCANDAL BABY
This track is very typical of the Punk element that the girls bring on aboard. Heavier power chords are used to form the foundation of the song & Mami’s guitar brings the raw & aggressive tone to the hook. All & all it’s part of the charm & talent that is SCANDAL.
16. SCANDALのテーマ (Scandal no Theme)
This is their THEME!! It reminds me so much of Suede’s ‘Introducing the Band’. Not that it sounds similar but more for the purpose that your band has an introduction song or theme song. “We love music”, “We love singing” – that’s all true to the core for these girls. In just 1:36mins, this song gives a preview of what character SCANDAL have in their music – Bubble Gum Pop, Punk, Rock. Watch out for this one live.