Haruna- Vocal & Guitar
Mami- Guitar & Vocal
Tomomi- Bass & Vocal
Rina- Drums & Vocal
(Just like leaving the theater too early, you know before the credits have all rolled on past then revealing a special preview or ending or just something unexpected which those who’ve already left the theater had then missed =/!…so you may want to stay tuned to this entire post till its very ending as there’s a special unexpected surprise from SCANDAL♥ there which any fan wouldn’t want to miss, I promise it’s that wonderful!)
Hard to imagine that Scandal just released a few days ago on October 2nd their now 5th album already!…as the garage band that could continues to add to their already deep catalog of signature rock. And while Scandal’s sound evolves inevitably into a much more polished mesh of power chords, sweet harmonies with an always driven backbeat and rhythm their ascension into a maturing rock group has no signs of shedding away any of their garage roots as their music throughout this latest collective effort solidly maintains their musical salute to keeping that unmistakable edge with all of its rawness still intact. Indeed too one of Scandal’s most beloved qualities has to be their ability to keep their music hard while still blending those trademark vocal harmonies with melodies of a poppy nature creating a vast contrast between instrumentation style and lyrical delivery, to be blunt Scandal’s never been about edged compositions under screaming. Songs such as “Orange Juice” and “Koi no geshutaruto hokai” are perfect examples of this very trait amongst many other tracks found on “Standard” where you’re always sure to find in addition, mid tempo melodic rushes as heard in “8 Tsuki” (Hachigatsu) as well as the likes of a power ballad or two such as “Weather Report”, each ever present in their repertoire of songs. And as per usual the band continues to vocalize truly as a group as both solo lines as well as sweetly harmonized ensemble vocal sets (and you gotta love how distinctly different their voices are!) define their very able and diversified members. And still let’s not forget Scandal’s musicianship, which continues to inspire with these girls being as talented and on par with the best of them in the genre and beyond~.
All of them =).
(note: T-shirt version is still available @ HMV Japan =) )
Scandal’s “Standard” album was released in three versions including a CD only regular version, a very limited T-shirt bonus version as well as a CD+DVD version which is still available. Here I opted for the CD+DVD version as I’m always a sucker for music videos♥ albeit the T-shirt version was definitely the most collectible =P.
An external poster bonus is the first press extra as being offered @ Cdjapan while supplies last.
~Lyrics & photo booklet + the songs~
~SCANDAL “Brand new wave” MP3~
~SCANDAL “OVER DRIVE” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Uchiage Hanabi” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Orange Juice” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Metronome” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Weather report” MP3~
~SCANDAL “August” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Awanai tsumori no, genkide ne” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Gegen no tsuki” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Koi no geshutaruto houkai” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Kimi to mirai to kanzen douki” MP3~
~SCANDAL “Namida yo hikare” MP3~
~SCANDAL “STANDARD” mp3~
~STANDARD CD+DVD edition~
3 music videos are included with the DVD extra version.
~SCANDAL “Awanai tsumori no, genkide ne” (pv)~
~SCANDAL “Gegen no tsuki” (pv)~
~SCANDAL “SCANDAL IN THE HOUSE” (pv)~
Okay this is sort of like saving the best for last in the sense that this non~album track “SCANDAL IN THE HOUSE” is sooooooo way out there in terms of well….um everything! Sort of like when Aerosmith suddenly decided to rap or like when Anthrax created that twisted rap masterpiece “I’m the Man” waaaaaay back when! Or when that soap opera star decided it was a good idea to sing. Well. Actually. It’s nothing like that last one xD. But in any case you so must click~* play on this one as the girls of SCANDAL show us a side way outside of their normal skin as SCANDAL even goes all idol~ly on us for this instance….yep cosplay….cutesy poses….bunnies….shameless flirting♥….and it’s all done to a song that is so so so much fun!!! And just wait till the song’s bridge, Haruna and the song itself has a surprise for you there! Also you won’t want to miss Maido Mami, I mean it’s Maido Mami, what’s not to love! =)