About the album, for me it seems that a lot of songs on it were remixed - and it isn't a bad thing at all. Listening to songs I haven't been listening for a while (some with a proper audio quality) - like "Aitai", "Bitter Chocolate", "Pin Heel Surfer", "Hello! Hello!", "one piece" - really made me a bit nostalgic. I'm a fan since their major debut, so a lot of memories came to my mind while listening to a compilation full of well-known and personally important (for me) songs. Each era of them correlates with each era of myself through all these 9 years. I'm growing up with them. I'm growing up and the background music is SCANDAL. That's incredible. So, I'm enjoying everything about this release - and, guess what, it also came just when I was needing it! This super best-of album is healing me from some emotional wounds I've been making to myself recently, so it really is as important to me as to the girls, as they come better and better at sing-songwriting their own songs, and the two new songs can show it, two sides of the same powerful girl band.
"FREEDOM FIGHTERS" is "fast & furious" side, aggressive as hell, with such a strong message; I see the instrumental as an improvement of their "garage rock" sound of their so-commented early days, with a glam-punk accent. I love it and I'm actually addicted. "HELLO" is "sweet & romantic" side, the instrumental is pretty complex, a very well arranged song, perfectly combined with HARUNA's gentle tones. It makes me thinking of snow falling, just like "SUKI-SUKI" - maybe a counterpart song? By now I'm not into "HELLO" that much, but I can say it's growing on me. By the way, this is the first time that "Flashback No.5" appears on an album release. I'm glad that it's included. I forgot how danceable this song is. Thank you, fans!
PS.: The comment from Yuu Takahashi was the most touching. I almost cried while reading! Many thanks for the translations.
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