So i realised there's no thread like this,everyone's posting their reviews on the news thread,so for those of you who haven't reviewed yet or wanna do it again,post your thoughts here.
Obviously i'll go first,since i started this thread,and...
I think i rattle on too much.
Let's start with the album itself.In some ways i thought it was innovative,Timo finally has a bass solo (Which,by the way,absolutely blew my mind away,far enough to visit their Space Ranger),and i didn't expect MAMI to sing the whole of Shoujo M.I can say that out of the 9 new songs (Not including the previous singles),I liked 5 songs on my very first listening,which is good,because some of the songs on BEST SCANDAL took me a while to like,i only got hooked onto Hitotsu Dake,Kimi to Yoru to Namida and Maboroshi Night after watching the BEST SCANDAL Live DVD.
EVERYBODY SAY YEAH is easily my pick of the lot,because it sounds raw enough,meaning guitars,bass,drums,vocals.Sayonara My Friend gives me almost the same feeling as Sakura Goodbye,but the difference is that Sayonara My Friend is something like "Oh,i don't want you to go,but okay,goodbye" whereas Sakura Goodbye is more melancholic,like "Oh,please don't leave" kinda feeling.
Playboy Part II made me smile,with one of the reasons being reading the lyrics and knowing that RINA wrote em,but somehow it's missing that KOSHI-TANTAN or Space Ranger feel,it feels more like somewhere in between Koi Moyou and DOLL.I thought Aitai was nice,but the hype from all you guys made it sound nicer than nice.I dunno.LOL
Mayyyybeee Timo was singing a little too high on HoukagoH1,but...that's her voice,and i think,well,it's high usually anyways. /shrugs
Nau for the not-so-good comments,just a few though.I thought that the album was a little lacking in guitar solos,i thought there was going to be a solo in songs like Playboy Part II like you know,the standard after-the-2nd-chorus-and-before-the-bridge solo.They could've included maybe 1 or 2 more.Shoujo M sounded a little too electronic in the beginning,but the instruments came in and redeemed the song for me,i don't think i can quite like it if it was all electronic effects.
Enough of songs,nau for the photobook.
In one word,
Yesh,that's one word. >-
This is muchmuchmuchmuchmuchmuchmuchmuhcmuch machi machi machi better than the first photobook.Shots of them at the beach,holding balloons,in a grassy area with their instruments,nau that's what i call girls having fun.This photobook completely destroys the first one,and i think many will agree.The CD was differently packaged if you get the photobook version as well,you can see that they really designed it well.
DVD wise,well,it's another digest movie,isn't it?Though,i must say that this is what i would personally prefer to watch,what the girls are like outside performances,how they feel before performances,etcetcetc in a nutshell,their lives.I didn't know before this DVD that Timo actually still suffers from stage fright,and she can recover quite quickly from it.I thought a hardened performer like herself was immune to such things,and apparently i'm very wrong.You also get really silly commentary from the girls inside their dressing room,for example:
(Just a rough sketch)
TOMO:Just now during the performance there was this guy who was leaning against the railing so hard,he sounded like -insert hoarse voice- "Rerr rerr rerr rerr rerr err errerererrrrerrrr!" (She imitated this guy who was singing/shouting along with the song and even the guitar riffs.)
TOMO:Yeah!And he was leaning so hard,his friend beside him leaned towards him and wiped his head on his friend's sleeve like -Insert head rubbing against sleeve scene-
Y'know,stuff like that.Personally i'd prefer this kind of stuff rather than see them heavily made up and going off for a photoshoot kinda video or something.Timo always made me smile,i remember one scene where she was jumping around non-stop while the others were talking,and HARU singing the wrong lyrics to Space Ranger and then stopped and half-sung-half-shouted "It's wronggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!" and the rest of the girls were laughing at her.Y'know,LOL-ness moments.
Anyways,enough of my grandad stories.Do post up your thoughts about this album in general,including your thoughts on the photobook and if you want,the DVD.