EVERYBODY SAY YEAH
Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY
Namida no Regret
Playboy Part II
Sayonara My Friend
1. EVERYBODY SAY YEAH
Kickstarting the album off, EVERYBODY SAY YEAH sounds like a definite album opening. Of course HARUNA is singing quite a bit when it comes along which is pretty cool. Though TOMOMI is kind of the songs guillotine which is so disappointing in the least since she sings also quite a lot. Her voice kind of is too high-pitched for the band itself so it’s like a distraction. It’s alright, but TOMOMI is bad here.
2. Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY
Being the second A-side of the era, Taiyou to Kimi ga Ekagu STORY is a bit lighter than the opening song off the album. I actually thought this song was at least tolerable with TOMOMI singing in it. HARUNA is still the better vocalist and the other two when they actually get together with the other girls sound nice, but we need more of that. It’s hard to tell what A-side was my favorite, but I remember this song the most out of the three.
3. Shunkan Sentimental
I’m still kind of thinking “Shoujo S” when it comes to Shunkan Sentimental. I was surprised that the song was a bit harder than their normal releases, but I was even more surprised at the fact that HARUNA was yelling while TOMOMI had the more controlled parts of the song. It might be a little topsy-turvy. I did hear MAMI at one point in the song as well which is OMG good to hear. It’s so hard to choose which A-side was the best x.x
4. Houkago 1H
However, I was instantly turned off by this song quite immediately. I mean TOMOMI was in seiyuu vocal land with this song and reminds me of those Houkago Tea Time songs and those turned me off just as fast. Now I’m sure there’s someone else singing with her acting as backup support in the song, but otherwise this is a TOMOMI solo for all purposes and I disliked her having a solo vocal part.
5. Namida no Regret
Being the final A-side and first rock ballad from the group in their list of A-sides, Namida no Regret is still a strong song from them even though it’s only been out for a short time. I liked the fact that the gals decided to add strings to the song since well it’s kind of meh without it. Since this is a return to HARUNA and she’s by herself except in the chorus where the other girls play background to her. I think it wins just because TOMOMI is absent for main vocals. So happy with this A-side
I’ve noticed the band has taken a liking to using synths in their song and well it shows quite a bit here. Of course HARUNA & TOMOMI are taking up main vocals and they are singing pretty damn quick. I mean I love them being edgy and this sort of worked. TOMOMI sounds so much like Koharu in the song that it isn’t funny. At least it’s an otherwise short song and it made its mark.
7. Shoujo M
Does this mean it’s a sequel to “Shoujo S”? I have no idea but the opening synth and guitar melody is pretty catchy for sure. I’m not sure what to think of the song because there’s no correlation between the two songs since this is more poppy and slower. I don’t know what’s up with the weird filtering going on with MAMI’s vocals, but w/e the song is different and gets us off that rock style for a little bit. At least it’s great to hear a solo tune from MAMI, she deserves at least one ^_^
Is that MAMI opening the song up? I’m not sure but since this is the album’s shortest tune, GIRLism is a short and hard song from them since the guitar riffs are in your face. TOMOMI once again brings out poor vocals, but at least the music is the saving grace and since it’s so short it doesn’t matter too much.
9. Playboy Part II
Wait…there’s a part one? I don’t remember even there being a first one hahaha! Now this is something that reminds me of stuff off their first album. Of course HARUNA leads most of the song and her vocals are well more or less as strong as they are in other songs. TOMOMI doesn’t play as a big role (chorus work and interlude). It’s not bad, since I can stand TOMOMI’s vocals a bit better here. Oh I guess there’s is a first version of it but it was only known in their indies days and never was released (just played live).
10. Hello! Hello!
I was wondering what kind of tune we’d get from this title and of course I was right with it being kind of a genki pop/rock kind of tune and of course TOMOMI makes the most of it. I guess the track isn’t as strong as most of the oher songs off the album, but it’s alright for right now.
I actually thought Aitai was going to be another ballad, but it wasn’t. It’s a mid-tempo rock track from the group and well Aitai actually sounds serious, but good at it. HARUNA though sounds rather stuffed in this song and that’s probably because her vocals are always like that, I’m just noticing it more in this song than in others.
12. Sayonara My Friend
Ending the album, Sayonara My Friend is the final ballad of the album and is pretty fitting because of said title. I don’t know why, but for being a mid-tempo ballad, I actually found myself bored here. It could’ve just been the tempo that was boring me, but otherwise I was just done with this song after the first minute. Srry girls but this wasn’t really that good of an album ender.
Song of Avoidance
SCANDAL’s sophomore album kind of missed its mark this time when compared to their debut, “BEST★SCANDAL”. I mean once again, the A-sides end up being better than the album tracks which isn’t good and even then the album tracks are pretty much forgettable minus two. I think they need a new producer and writer I think.