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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:20 am

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@hogradish: If you read my initial comment after listening to the full album, I was a little disappointed that it was so similar to their other stuff, down to individual songs!

I don't think the problem is that they're trying to "move forward". Moving forward doesn't mean just adding a bunch of electronic effects to your songs. Again, none of this is really new for them, so it's not like they're experimenting or pushing in different directions. I... kinda wish they were doing that! I'd love to hear something from them that I've really never heard before. (Something like "Heaven na Kibun" on Yellow was a song like I'd never heard from them before - that was moving forward!) But "Tonight" especially, and also a few other songs on KFTD, are like other songs they've done in the past that I also haven't liked. So, not new, and their "newness" is certainly not why I don't like them... it's just not their best side. It's a common straw man argument in music to say people don't like stuff because it's new; that's just not what this is about.

All that said, I do want to reiterate that I don't dislike the album or anything. It's not my favorite Scandal album, but that's like saying chocolate isn't my favorite ice cream flavor or puppies aren't my favorite baby animal. All their albums are great, and I'd take any of them over anything from most other bands. But they've got 9 studio albums now (not including Encore Show, which is certainly a full album's worth of songs not on other albums), and I'd have to put KFTD in the bottom half, unfortunately.

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:55 am

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Hello, spacecadet,
I'm sorry, but I didn't read your post. I just plopped my opinion down in what I thought was the appropriate thread. Since I didn't read the preceding posts, and since I'm quite new as a Scandal fan, I'm afraid it wasn't a very informed opinion.



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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:13 am

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Tonight has really grown on me a lot. I enjoyed it already from the start, but now I can't get it out of my head. I keep whistling the melody all the time when I'm doing other things at home.

It's a really catchy tune.

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:31 pm

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It may be true that there's nothing actually new, but this album is a mix of all their previous styles. Definitely their maturity album. And that's why it doesn't have a central theme. Nothing to care about that.

Only one thing is disappointing for me: there's no song sung by Mami

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:13 pm

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So I was checking the weekly Oricon Chart and I think I'm not understanding it

This URL says that KFTD ranked at #6 with 18 615 copies sold, but if you check the album information , it says that rank is #5 with 17 146 copies sold (you can click the #5 and it will take you to this URL)

If KFTD ranked at #6, I think this will be the first time ever where a "main" SCANDAL album doesn't rank on top 5 right?

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:11 pm

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victor_survive wrote:So I was checking the weekly Oricon Chart and I think I'm not understanding it

The album did in fact debut at #5 on the Oricon "Weekly Album Ranking" chart.

This page you linked to is the "Weekly Combined Ranking" chart which combines the physical sales and digital sales + streaming on paid sites and ranks releases based on points (read more about that here ). KFTD debuted at #6 on this chart.

This page you linked to is simply the main "Weekly Album Ranking" chart that lists the combined sales of physical and digital sales + paid streaming. This goes by sales numbers and not points. Therefore, this chart is more important overall. KFTD debuted at #5 on this chart.

So yeah, it debuted on the "Weekly Album Ranking" chart at #5 with 17,146 copies sold for the week of February 10-16. That does mean that all nine of SCANDAL's original albums so far have in fact continued to rank within the top 5 spots of the Weekly Album Ranking chart!



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2011.7.3 AM2 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 QAT Tour @名古屋 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 HELLO WORLD @ Paris 4.26 London 4.30 Essen 5.15 Chicago 5.20 MEX 5.22 LA 5.23 Anaheim 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD 5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @茨城 7.15 水戸 7.17 東京 2018.9.5 Special Thanks @NY 9.7 SF 9.9 Anaheim 9.12 MTY 9.14 MEX 9.16 TX 2022 KFTD @Paris - London - Berlin - Toronto - NY - Anaheim - Dallas - Atlanta
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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:10 am

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My CD finally arrived today. After the first listen, I am enjoying the album. It flows a lot better than I thought it would, considering how different all of the singles sound. It's not as good as "Honey", but KFTD is still a great album. BTW, it was a fun surprise hearing Tomo and Mami rapping simultaneously on "You Go Girl!".

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Here's SCANDAL's Kiss from the darkness "Liner Voice " feature on Spotify (where the band comments on each of the songs on the album) with English subs:




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2011.7.3 AM2 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 QAT Tour @名古屋 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 HELLO WORLD @ Paris 4.26 London 4.30 Essen 5.15 Chicago 5.20 MEX 5.22 LA 5.23 Anaheim 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD 5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @茨城 7.15 水戸 7.17 東京 2018.9.5 Special Thanks @NY 9.7 SF 9.9 Anaheim 9.12 MTY 9.14 MEX 9.16 TX 2022 KFTD @Paris - London - Berlin - Toronto - NY - Anaheim - Dallas - Atlanta
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re: english subs
Posted Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:05 pm

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Thank you again, thoseguiltyeyes. You're like a priest or something, bringing the word to the masses.

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:45 am

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Vinyl LPs have been shipped:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9SykUAj_fY/

Nice collage in this middle of this gatefold double LP

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9S4FBND9Tq/

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【Translated Summary】"her" Diary 2018-2019
Posted Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:15 am

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【Translated Summary】"her" Diary 2018-2019

From Kiss from the darkness DVD Edition


9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」 - Page 11 YtASt52




Opening
•The video starts off with SCANDAL and their managers holding a meeting at the ROOFTOP office. The audio isn't very good, so it's hard to make out what they're saying.

•Next, HARU is shown driving in her car. She ponders what kind of year 2018 was. She finally decides that it was a very weird year. Things happened that they weren't expecting, such as starting their own private record label and feeling like a new wind was blowing for them after 10 years. "It was weird," she concludes.

•RINA is then shown walking while saying "It's really cold." MAMI is shown next and also says it's cold as she meets up with RINA at an elevator. RINA says that they've changed into different outfits from earlier. MAMI says their outfits are pajama-like. RINA shows off her outfit while saying, "It's so cold! I'm shaking!" They say they're looking forward to their new song and their label, because they can now do even more things.




2018.12.28 - "her" Photo Shooting
•The band is seen shooting promo pictures for "her."

•RINA: "Since these are our first promo pictures after establishing "her," we wanted to shoot something evenly leveled, went with all-white outfits, and wanted to shoot in a space where you couldn't discern the location. We wanted to make it feel fresh and evenly leveled."

•HARU comments that it's a very natural location that they're shooting at.

•TOMO jokes that the house they're using for the shoot is her house.

•MAMI is filmed doing kung fu-like poses.

•TOMO and HARU are shown inside wearing heavy jackets and blankets draped on their laps. TOMO mentions that it's so cold she doesn't want to go back outside, and that she's kind of afraid at how cold it'll be by the ocean where they're taking their next pictures.

•MAMI gets her lip makeup touched up as the band stands in front of the ocean. The makeup artist holds a mirror up to her face and the reflection of the sun in the mirror sends a glare into MAMI's eyes. The MUA quickly goes, "Oh, that's too bright!" and brings the mirror back down. They and HARU and RINA laugh hard at what just happened.

•As footage of the band shooting along the beach is shown, TOMO and HARU are heard discussing their thoughts. They mention that a year ago, starting a label isn't something they thought would happen.

•TOMO: "Sticking around [as a musical artist] for 10 years isn't an easy thing to do. When we saw how artists and bands who had their major label debuts around the same time as us were disbanding one by one, we thought about how great it is to be able to continue to be a band even one second longer. It's not always about the good things."

•HARU: "That's certainly true. And that being said, since we're only just getting started, there are still a bunch of mysteries for us to figure out."




2019.02.14 - Recording "Masterpiece"
•The band arrives at the studio to record their song "Masterpiece."

•Before they record, RINA gives the band their customary Valentine's chocolates. Every year, the band does a rock-paper-scissors showdown to figure out who will be giving the rest of the band chocolates. RINA was the winner of the game that year, and you can actually see them doing the game during their LINE LIVE Special last year.

•RINA says she will give an explanation as to what the chocolates are, prompting the band to laugh. She says there are four different pieces of chocolate in each box, and each piece is inspired by floriography . HARU reads the pamphlet included in the box and notes that one of them means "passionate," and laughs that the heart-shaped one means "I'm crazy about you." RINA says that the "passionate" one is passionfruit-flavored, and the "I'm crazy about you" one is a rich praline; she also reads the description: "Like a merry-go-round spinning round and round, it is filled with dazzling emotions." MAMI goes, "Floriography...to include it in chocolate...that's...awesome," and she, HARU, and RINA laugh. RINA jokingly replies, "That's so heavy." (These are the chocolates RINA gave them )

•The band is then shown recording the song.


2019.02.16 - Shooting the "Masterpiece" Music Video
•Next, the band is shown shooting the MV on February 16th, only two days after recording the song.


2019.05.01 - "HUSH!! Full Music 2019 in Macau"
•A small portion of footage is shown from the time when SCANDAL played a festival in Macau.




MAMI at a super-spicy foods festival
•Filmed by her photographer friend Amiri Kawabe , MAMI is shown attending last year's Gekikara (super spicy) Gourmet Festival and eating some of the many super-spicy foods offered there. Based on the foods she ate, it looks like she attended the last week of the festival held between September 13-18.

•The first tent MAMI visits is Akai Tsubo (Red Vase), which has three levels of spiciness: uma-kara (mildly spicy), geki-kara (super spicy), oni-kara (demon-level spicy). She tells Amiri that she's decided she won't go for the oni-kara spiciness because she's a little scared of it, and goes with the geki-kara garlic shrimp instead.

•They both sit down at a table and MAMI starts her taste testing. Amiri says it looks spicy and MAMI wonders if the thing that makes the dish spicy is the sauce. Amiri disagrees and thinks it's the peppers that are added in. MAMI eats one and says it's delicious. Amiri asks if it's spicy, but MAMI doesn't seem to think so.

•Next, MAMI is shown visiting a second tent and getting what looks to be a geki-kara gapao rice from Asian Tawan. The color of it gets darker as she mixes the sauce into the rice. They both say how insane it looks. MAMI takes a bite but doesn't say anything. Amiri is confused and asks if it's not spicy. MAMI thinks for a second and says it's delicious. MAMI then says she's hot, and Amiri says, "It's getting hot in here!" MAMI keeps eating her dish and eventually starts to look like she's in pain, very similar to what happened here .




2019.06.01 - 07.11 - SCANDAL TOUR 2019 "Fuzzy Summer Mood"
•SCANDAL is shown waiting in the dressing room for a staff member to come get them before the very first show of the tour. It's almost time for them to go on, and RINA wonders where their staff is since it's already 6:04 pm and the show was to start at 6. Just as she says that, the door opens and their producer Eisuke takes them to where the other staff members are waiting just before the stage. All of the staff are wearing black FSM tour shirts, which RINA says is adorable. The staff and the band gather round in their customary circle before starting the show, and Eisuke asks for everyone to challenge themselves from the start of this tour.

•As the montage starts, RINA mentions that a highlight of this tour is that they're changing the setlists for every show on the tour, which makes everything feel really fresh. She says that the audiences on this tour are awesome and are very tough, which makes it feel like things are getting cooler and cooler, which is training the band emotionally.

•A montage of MAMI and TOMO eating at shave ice places is shown, as well as TOMO shopping for servingware (here's more info on both of those ).

•RINA talks about how starting "her" was such a big thing for them as well as a good challenge. It's not about showing a flashy side nor explaining things even more with words, but putting everything out in the open without hiding anything because communicating who you are can go away before you know it.

•HARU talks about how about two and a half years ago when they started to get invited to more festivals, her, the band, and the staff's feelings weren't meshing together at all. She knew that things weren't going very well, and it was a really rough time for them. They needed to put an end whatever was going on.

•HARU then talks about how, for the past 10 years, she had been living her life for others—for her job, her private life, etc. However, about a year ago, she started living for her ownself. She felt that she, as a musician, could convey all sorts of things through SCANDAL to many people. Even since then, her life has gotten easier.


2019. 07.11 - SCANDAL TOUR 2019 "Fuzzy Summer Mood" Finale at Zepp Tokyo
•HARU: "We're having a lot of fun. Thanks so much. We've said this a thousand times today, but 15 performances later and we're at the finale of the tour. It honestly has been so, so much fun. 15 shows went by so fast, didn't they? (RINA: "They did!") This tour went by in no time at all. This isn't meant to be patronizing at all, but our audience has really evolved with this tour! It isn't meant to be patronizing, honestly. It's because we've seen all kinds of audiences in the past 10 years that there have been all kinds of changes, but the audiences on this tour have truly been outstanding and really, really cool. As we're creating these live shows together, we can very clearly tell from up here on stage that everyone's feelings keep growing and evolving. We've always wanted this kind of audience to watch our live shows. You guys truly have been the best. Be at ease and follow us. All of that was what we've seriously thought about during this tour. After all, you guys all lead super busy and varied lives, but you've made time to come and see us. There are fun things in life, of course, but there are many tough and painful things as well. Even so, everyone who comes to see our shows really does act as support for us as well. So, we want to continue to play music for everyone who takes the time to come see our shows. We thought about that all throughout this tour. It's so much fun when we're playing a show. Today has been super fun too. Right? That's why it's okay to for you to have all kinds of feelings. It's perfectly fine for you to bring along sadness, enjoyment, happiness with you—everything—to a show because we'll blast them away, accept them, and return that happiness to you a hundredfold. Let's have a good time at a show together again!"




•TOMO is shown going to "Fender Music Backstage," a showroom that only pro musicians or press can enter, and trying out+going with a black bass (the Fender Made in Japan Modern Jazz Bass used in the "A.M.D.K.J." music video ).


2019.05 - "Tsuki" pre-production
•The band is shown in the studio doing pre-production for the song "Tsuki." After playing through it, they're shown sitting down on the couches discussing what to do next. TOMO verbalizes bass playing, but when they get back up to go back in the studio, she says, "I forgot what to do."

•TOMO is shown driving in her car. She talks about how when SCANDAL first formed and were wondering what kind of live show to put on, they wanted to have their own style but also have a bunch of different styles as well. They thought that what was would make them strong, and as they continued on, they thought they should change it up. It wasn't that they wanted to stop playing with their current style or change it out—expanding their style was cooler and more fun.

•TOMO then talks about how she asked Yusuke Takeda from RADWIMPS to arrange the song she wrote ("Laundry Laundry"), and that was exactly the right thing to do. He improved what she had been imagining. The timing for it all worked out just right. It was a challenging song for her to write, but the completed song made her realize that it is a cool song, and that her range has expanded. It was the first step to solving a problem that was taken at the right time.




2019.05.10 - "Kiss from the darkness" Recording
•The band is shown playing songs like "Ceramic Blue" and "A.M.D.K.J."

•The 16-year-old track maker SASUKE (arranger of "Tonight") enters the studio and helps with the arrangement for "Tonight." He tells TOMO to make it sound as complex as she can. Everyone in the room starts laughing and TOMO goes, "Complex?! I'll do my best!"

•Next, Chiaki Sato (arranger of "NEON TOWN ESCAPE") is shown in the studio with the band. She gives HARU directions on how to sing a part of the song. She is then shown telling RINA to make a drum phrase more bouncy at the end of the first line of the song, which would help it fit the guitars and singing even better.

•The following scene shows Yusuke Takeda of RADWIMPS (arranger of "Laundry Laundry") in the studio with the band. They discuss things like RINA playing a part of the song on a snare drum, which they then cut to her playing it. MAMI is then shown practicing the solo on an acoustic guitar.




•The video then picks up from where it originally started: a meeting held between SCANDAL and their managers at the ROOFTOP office. They are picking the official name for the album.

•Some of the words written down on the whiteboard are "anarchy" and "brink," but RINA says that she doesn't think one word for the album would work well.

•MAMI says that as each song on the album was completed, the more the title "Kiss from the darkness" seemed fitting. This album sounds like what SCANDAL has sounded like so far, but it's also a step above that.

•The band decides that the album title will be "Kiss from the darkness" and posts a piece of paper containing the name on the whiteboard.

•The tentative tracklisting for the album showed this:
1. Tonight
2. Ceramic Blue
3. Fuzzy
4. Laundry Laundry
5. Kinenbi
6. Saishuuheiki, Kimi
7. NEON TOWN ESCAPE
8. Mabataki
9. A.M.D.K.J.
10. Tsuki
11. Masterpiece




2019.11.09 - SCANDAL TOUR 2019 "SCANDAL's Joint Band Tour"
•SCANDAL is shown in the dressing room before the first show on their joint band tour.

•RINA says that touring alongside recording makes her head feel like it's going to explode. MAMI jokes that it's painful and hard to breathe. RINA jokes back and says she wants to go home and cry. HARU and MAMI laugh, and MAMI says that she totally gets that. RINA then says it's like she goes home, questions what happened, and then all of a sudden it's morning.

•TOMO practices on her bass while RINA says it's been a while since she's felt this way (due to not having played a live show in a while before this show). HARU, laying back on the couch, says she wants to hurry up and head out on stage.

•The scene ends with the band being led to the stage.





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2011.7.3 AM2 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 QAT Tour @名古屋 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 HELLO WORLD @ Paris 4.26 London 4.30 Essen 5.15 Chicago 5.20 MEX 5.22 LA 5.23 Anaheim 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD 5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @茨城 7.15 水戸 7.17 東京 2018.9.5 Special Thanks @NY 9.7 SF 9.9 Anaheim 9.12 MTY 9.14 MEX 9.16 TX 2022 KFTD @Paris - London - Berlin - Toronto - NY - Anaheim - Dallas - Atlanta
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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:10 am


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Thanks for the translation summary. Makes watching the DVD more involving

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:32 am

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Thank you very much for the summary!!  .hail.

It may be a completely crazy idea ... but as the band already knows "Scandal Heaven" and because this is the only worldwide fans site, do you think it would be possible to get a little interview with Scandal (or at least with one of them... maybe Rina)? The members of the forum could select 3 or 4 questions (maybe more), you send the translated questions by email to the management and then you translate the answers of this exclusive interview?

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:18 am

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izzy wrote:It may be a completely crazy idea ... but as the band already knows "Scandal Heaven" and because this is the only worldwide fans site, do you think it would be possible to get a little interview with Scandal (or at least with one of them... maybe Rina)? The members of the forum could select 3 or 4 questions (maybe more), you send the translated questions by email to the management and then you translate the answers of this exclusive interview?

We've already done exactly that Wink

https://www.scandal-heaven.com/t12292-scandal-heaven-s-exclusive-interview-with-scandal#728335



9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」 - Page 11 39iLxaW

2011.7.3 AM2 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 QAT Tour @名古屋 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 HELLO WORLD @ Paris 4.26 London 4.30 Essen 5.15 Chicago 5.20 MEX 5.22 LA 5.23 Anaheim 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD 5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @茨城 7.15 水戸 7.17 東京 2018.9.5 Special Thanks @NY 9.7 SF 9.9 Anaheim 9.12 MTY 9.14 MEX 9.16 TX 2022 KFTD @Paris - London - Berlin - Toronto - NY - Anaheim - Dallas - Atlanta
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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:23 pm

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At 34:35 Tomomi drives by Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, heading roughly northeast. Victor Studio is up that way. Well, there's a lot of stuff up that way, it's Tokyo.
Thank you for the summary!



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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:41 pm

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A.M.D.K.J. at the official YouTube channel reached a 1 million views!! 

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:33 am

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around 5,200,000 total YouTube views now for the six videos from this album
should be 500 million...

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:01 pm

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Meph1766 wrote:A.M.D.K.J. at the official YouTube channel reached a 1 million views!! 

9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」 - Page 11 Amdkj_10

1k from those are mine  .cool.


Congrats to the girls!

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:54 am

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What about the album sales?

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:33 am

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ELFLOCK wrote:I suppose this will probably be an unpopular opinion but to be honest I think they've actually been doing themselves a LITTLE BIT of a disservice by relying too much on Mami to write pretty much all the music the last couple of years. 

One thing that I don't get is what's happened to Haruna's voice...I know people are talking about 'Autotune' a lot...whatever,there's nothing wrong with a few vocal 'effects' as we used to call them Happy
Agree. The Mami/Rina combo sometimes seem like hit or miss? It gave us great songs like Onegai Navigation and AMDKJ, but others like Fuzzy and Koisuru Universe even though they are nice they feel like there's room for improvement. Since Haruna and Tomomi have show the songs they wrote on KFTD are also nice, hope they continue.

Also agree it's ok to use voice effects. Voice is instrument just like guitar, the girls should feel free to experiment.

as for KFTD album.. I am more recent Scandal fan (last few years only) and personally like this album very much. Songs have variety and the order of the songs is also nice (e.g. having Laundry and Tsuki in the middle and end is a nice break from their "louder" songs). They make 6 MV for 12 songs also shows they are going all out for themselves and their fans, make me want to support them even more even though their concert postponed in my country.  .love.

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:52 am

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After listening to KTFD over and over, I became more disappointed. Sure, it's much better and less "sexualized" than Honey (because of its redundant pop-punk melodies) but it has the feel more of a compilation album than a studio album. It has no central theme and too many musical subgenres which makes it more confusing. However, I love Mabataki, AMDKJ, and Neon City Escape.

Anyway, please bear with my unpopular opinion. The Mami-Rina songwriting combo is becoming more underwhelming for the past two to three years. They’re focusing too much on experimenting with “new music” rather than writing songs with effective hooks which we sorely miss. I'm sorry but their songwriting style has constantly lost its direction. In my opinion, Haruna seems to be the best yet the most underutilized songwriter in the band.



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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:01 pm

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Is there any information about the release of KFTD band score?  9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」 - Page 11 1f3b6

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:24 pm

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MamiNoodles wrote:It has no central theme and too many musical subgenres which makes it more confusing. 

guess this depends on perspective too. the band has said in multiple interviews that the album theme was to reflect who they are in their daily lives... which means the songs cover a variety of different emotional phases / life experiences they went through and tap on a variety of music genres to express them.

so while i do agree that sound-wise there appears to be no theme, i think the band's message to fans is the clearest it's been in years -- that they're humans just like us with ups and downs and different facets. not everything is shiny/happy like in Yellow, or manufactured j-pop like their earliest albums.

it is not easy balancing what they want vs what fans want, but i'm sure they know that at every phase of their career they will lose old fans and gain new fans, and they are fine with it. they seem much happier now than before their "her" label, so as a fan i'm happy for them too, even though i too do have preferences for what their music could sound like  9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」 - Page 11 1f600

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:10 am

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I never really cared whether albums have specific themes but I like that they're writing and producing music that they themselves have more control and say in and reflects feelings more personal to them now. I relly enjoyed kftd

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Re: 9th Album - 「Kiss from the darkness」
Posted Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:42 pm

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dchan419 wrote:I never really cared whether albums have specific themes 
same opinion here! I enjoy variety of sub-genres, makes the album more fun to listen. I listened some albums from other bands that sounds all the same, and it's like one 40-minute song. I prefer that each song has its own identity, kftd is very solid for that reason

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