spacecadet wrote:I know a lot of people are talking about Haruna's voice, but I don't really hear it. She sounds the same to me on Harukaze, the same on the b-sides to it and she sounded the same to me at Budokan as at other shows I've heard her at (sometimes she struggles to hit the high notes live, but she always has). I think if anything, the composers who worked on Baby Action just had her singing a little bit out of range a lot of the time - that's not her voice changing, it's the music changing, and singing those songs live is probably harder for her. They just need to write music that plays more to her strengths. She has a pretty low voice and probably only a couple octaves of range, but she sounds great if she can just stick to that range.
If a band or artist in Japan isn't constantly putting out new music, they get forgotten really quickly. And it was that whirlwind year of 2010 that really put them on the map in Japan, so if they want to continue growing their fan base (and I know they do), they need to keep working hard and never stop...
When compared to their early stuff, Haru's voice did sound different. The thing with Haru's voice is that there are many people here who wish she still has her BEST SCANDAL voice. Alas, something did happen to her and her voice, for better or worse, has changed. No amount of rest will ever bring that voice back. I miss her old voice too but what can you do, it's gone now.
Anyway, after watching those clips from the Budokan show I don't worry about it so much anymore. I agree, they need to write more music to suit her current lowered range. There's huge potential there for more hard rocking stuff that sound best with a lower, smokier voice. Those of us who watched the Bokura no Ongaku videos will know what that sounds like.
As much as some of us want them to take a break, well, they can't possibly wait six months before releasing another single. The competition in the Japanese music biz is pretty cut throat and if the girls stay quiet too long they'll get wiped out. Harsh but that's show business for ya.
I have faith in them and their team. I don't think they're working too hard. If they ever reach James Brown territory and do 280 shows a year, maybe then I'll start worrying...