ALONES (Limited A only)
*~Asterisk~ (Limited B only)
As the only original song on the single, HARUKAZE is actually tied to the Bleach series so it was known I was thinking it was going to have an anime-ish feel to it. I’m not sure but it feel like a whole new voice I’m listening to during the first set of verses…but I’m sure it’s just HARUNA singing along. From that point to the second verses it’s really good. TOMOMI though is still vocally way high and still doesn’t fit SCANDAL very much and I just didn’t like her vocals in this song as I would in songs from “BABY ACTION”. Besides that blip, the rest of the song is actually nice and fits the series quite well…not my favorite Bleach song but it’s good nonetheless.
The rest of the single contains covers of other Bleach-related songs starting with ALONES which is originally a song done by Aqua Timez. Funny enough, I never liked ALONES because I didn’t enjoy the band’s vocalist very well and kind of gave me a headache. SCANDAL’s version seems to alleviate the problem and I hear MAMI singing as well which gives a bit more movement. This was a good cover here!
The other song they chose to cover is one of ORANGE RANGE’s more well-known songs in the West and that’s *~Asterisk which is based off the single version of course. Sadly, I don’t think SCANDAL should have covered this song because there’s a lot of rapping in the songs and quite frankly, the girls sound awkward and messy doing those parts. I’ll give them props for trying though because it is a tough song to cover.
As the lead-in single into their first best-of album, “SCANDAL SHOW”, HARUKAZE is an odd single for me. The A-side is pretty good, though has flaws but it’s a strong enough song to stand on its own, it’s just that there’s a couple A-sides that are way better lol. The covers were half & half for me. ALONES being the stronger cover while *~Asterisk was kind of weak and very messy for me. At least it’s an intersting idea to make the single all about Bleach right?