Sono Toki, Sekai wa Kimi Dareke no Lane
Appletachi no Dengon
SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase
1. GLAMOROUS YOU
Kickstarting the album, GLAMOROUS YOU brings the energy in straight in right from the get-go. Well, OK I lie, it’s not as brightly energetic like some of the A-sides but it’s great to hear this tune since it’s light and HARUNA and TOMOMI take vocals together and once again they sound amazing together but oddly enough I like them in their solos as well which is straight up awesome. I found this to be quite catchy and made for a good opening song.
2. Sono Toki, Sekai wa Kimi Dareke no Lane
Second song in and I’m once again thinking this lighter side to the band is a good move. HARUNA leads the verses while the other three girls provide backup and then MAMI takes the bridge while TOMOMI takes up the chorus. It’s an interesting mixture of three of the members singing the track and it’s an interesting move. It’s another good tune from them and TOMOMI stood out in a good way for the chorus…catchy!
3. LOVE SURVIVE
Unfortunately there’s a limit to how TOMOMI sounds and she kind of slipped with the era’s fourth A-side. I will say the sudden urge of energy for the song is quite awesome and hearing synths in a SCANDAL song is always a surprising element. Still, this song is pretty damn awesome since it was what I was hoping to hear from the band at one point. I’d say it’s their best A-side but it keeps switching between “Pride” and “SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase” for sure.
It’s no surprise that SCANDAL would include a cute song on their album and Sparkling sounds like a mixture of the first two tracks with the synths from “LOVE SURVIVE”. With TOMOMI leading the song she does kind of rub me the wrong way deeper the song goes but she gets help from HARUNA, but the high-pitched gal is still the lead vocals on this one. Still, I’m not really a big fan of this one.
I like that guitar intro for BURN for some reason. Unlike the tracks I’ve heard prior to this, BURN marks the first rather slow rock track from the quartet and it has this American-rock feel to it that I kind of enjoyed. Sadly, I don’t find the track to be very memorable and just drags the entire way…even if it’s only HARUNA present while the other three gals act as support. I will say that the ending area was a tad bizarre and kind of destroyed the emotion of the song…but I guess since it was destructive it fits with BURNing…get it?
6. Appletachi no Dengon
Hey, is that brass I hear in Appletachi no Dengon?!? Hey, if it’s gonna add spice to the song I’d say let them at it and I found myself jamming along to the song because it’s cute and fun to listen to. I feel they wanted to bring a little nostalgia because this song like it’d fit “BEST★SCANDAL” because of its upbeat and free-spirited nature. I liked this.
7. Tokyo Skyscraper
It was a little strange to hear brass once again in the next song but they aren’t the focus luckily stay as just an extra punch to the arrangement. To me this song doesn’t do much for me until it gets to the chorus. It just sounds like the synth addition in the chorus gave the song a space-ish feel and that caught me off guard. Then again hearing the girls singing the title is LULZY. Altogether, it’s not too memorable for me but it’s good for a listen or two.
I do question why the band crammed 3 of the 4 A-sides towards the end one right after another but I can’t fathom a reason why really. As the second A-side released, Pride was the first track that actually caught my attention since the song felt like a Stereopony song with the hooks and catchy riffs. Even listening to HARUNA was really nice since she sounded comfortable.
At first I thought Haruka was going to be one of the group’s quieter songs and well it’s one of the more lighter ones for sure since it is the slowest in tempo between the four. After time had passed Haruka doesn’t really seem to fit on the album for me but it could be because the piano is featured and the band took things in a slower pace. Ok, since the single review, I kind of started to not really care for it anymore…yeah it’s my least favorite of the A-sides.
10. SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase
It seemed such a long time has passed since this was released and was the only single before they released “R-GIRL’s ROCK!”. I didn’t think the single would’ve made the cut seeing as it was a one-song track but it’s great since it’s one the group’s more edgier tunes on the album and all the members are involved and sound amazing singing. Even RINA gets solos…omg and the melodic parts are great. Yeah, I love this track for sure and happy to see this especially after the disappointing “Haruka”.
11. Very Special
Getting near to the end of the album, we get two more new tracks starting with Very Special and it seems to be the feelgood summery track (but guessing with the arrangement with a LOT of tambourine). I don’t find it memorable really. I mean this is one of the more wary tunes for me because TOMOMI doesn’t sound particularly good. It does have interesting things like sitar and HARUNA’s parts.
12. one piece
I’m not surprised that the album closes out with a slower song with one piece (which isn’t about the manga/anime). Like “BURN” it doesn’t seem to really strike as anything special but the piano here sounds fitting than it did on “Haruka” and all the members sound rather good. I mean cut the band’s instruments and it feels like a typical idol ballad…yeah that’s not good…
Song of Avoidance
I’ll be straight up, TEMPTATION BOX really didn’t do much for me and over time I started to dislike it even more than their debut album. The curse of SCANDAL is still there were majority of the A-sides beat out the album songs but somehow on BABY ACTION, the album tracks actually don’t sound half bad really. It did start to lose steam at the end, but still overall I’d say this is a great jump after their sophomore album!