RE: Negative comments on Youtube/other places on the internet. Well, as they say haters gonna hate. There is little anyone can do about that. As the band gets bigger the number of haters will increase in conjunction with the number of fans. It's just the way it is. After 7 years, I think (hope) the girls can handle it. Especially Japanese society, it's doubly hard which makes me respect them even more. It can't be easy to deal with that kind of thing.
Anyway, I never put any weight to troll comments posted by uninformed people and this goes for everything I'm interested in including SCANDAL. At best, these people are just casual listeners who base their opinions on popular songs, like some of you here have said. So I'm not surprised when I see comments like those wishing that the next SCANDAL song to be Shunkan Pt.2 and for the next album to be BEST SCANDAL 2.
These people don't "get" the band like we do.
As for the "becoming more pop" question, the thing about SCANDAL is that to me, they technically never really were a proper "rock" band. From Maido! SCANDAL Desu! to QAT the biggest changes are production (which became more polished), arrangement complexity, increasing variety (from the softest of soft pop/rock to things like Hoshi no Furu Yoru ni) and the girls' individual playing skills.
The music, to me has remained broadly the same. Pop rock and power pop. I think what people mean when they talk about their "rock" sound is the rougher, sparser production of their earlier work.
And to get back on topic, once again if they had stuck to their earlier relatively lo-fi production values not only would they not be as big as they are now, their music would eventually become stale.
And RE sexism? Have you ever heard/read/said something like the following:-
"Gee RINA's a really good drummer for a girl".
If you've been saying/thinking things like this even without malice, it's better if you stop it.
Btw, this is a great thread with lots of good discussion. I like it
@bleachnlife: Nice comments. I agree especially with that Shunkan cut and paste thing. If people want to listent to the same thing over and over, they should listen to Nickelback
@spacecadet: Thanks for mentioning The Bangles. I love them to death and yes, my favourite Bangles songs are not their singles either and it gets my goat when I hear people insist that Eternal Flame was their best song ever. It's a good song but no, just no.