I haven’t been catching the SCANDAL fever as many others have been recently. It’s almost frustrating how their recent ‘Nanka Buttobase’ is their biggest seller, when in my opinion this would be considered a low point in their career, musically. Sure, their music videos look a lot nicer than they used to, but their recent releases have been lackluster and derivative, unable to hook me in any way.
Their early releases had a bite that gave them considerable edge, but around ‘Namida no Regret’, or maybe even before that, their songs have been completely toothless. SCANDAL’s 2010 album ‘Temptation Box’ had some good songs, but I’ve stopped anticipating their upcoming singles.
So when I heard ‘Haruka’, SCANDAL’s latest, it was a pleasant surprise. It’s not the gritty “I don’t wanna be girly” SCANDAL sound, but the melody is great and I’ve had it playing on repeat for some time now. The hefty five minute track goes by deceptively fast, an indicator to me that this song has great pacing and composition.
The song is calm but has a very strong undercurrent; I actually get a ZONE vibe from this song, which is always welcome. This is world’s better than their past string of emasculated singles, and I’m pretty excited about SCANDAL again. I’ve been going back and listening to their past singles and albums, and finding that there’s a lot more to like than how I’ve been feeling about them recently. This coincides perfectly with the (practically confirmed)rumors of SCANDAL coming here to California for AM2con. If they do, there’s no way I’m missing them. Who knows, maybe seeing them live can bring me back completely.
P.S. As a sidenote I just want to dote on my favorite member—the bassist, Ogawa Tomomi. I love her singing voice and she’s an irreplaceable personality in the group. Her antics showcase SCANDAL’s charm, and it’s always great when other members follow her lead. She’s recognizable as the one with long bangs split down the middle, and the one always hopped up on sugar.