SCANDAL Take Me Out

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Track Listing

Limited Edition A

  1. Take Me Out
  2. Sekapero
  3. Take Me Out (Instrumental)

Limited Edition B

  1. Take Me Out
  2. Dobondobondo Dungeon
  3. Take Me Out (Instrumental)

Regular Edition

  1. Take Me Out
  2. Sekapero
  3. Dobondobondo Dungeon
  4. I want you
  5. Take Me Out (Instrumental)

Review

Take Me Out is SCANDAL’s 23rd single release that takes a cue from American and European alternative/indie Rock music with its strange off kilter sounds, quick staccato rhythms and vocal phrasing. There’s also a fair bit of funk thrown in for good measure. Yes, this is a continuation of their self-produced musical experiments from the YELLOW album so If those types of tracks are not your cup of tea then you probably won’t enjoy this single either.

However, you can always hit up the b-sides starting with I want you. Written, composed and sung by the group’s drummer Rina. What is immediately noticeable is this song is probably the most pure pop than anything else previously done by SCANDAL.

It incorporates bits of 80’s synth pop and dance music in a rather pleasing package. Just a warning, Rina has a fairly cutesy and squeaky singing voice. I find that endearing personally. So if you like sugary sweet bubblegum pop you should get a kick out of this song as well.

On the other end of the spectrum are the combination of Donbondobondo, the Hip-Hop project consisting of Mami and Tomomi. They get 2 songs on which they wax their own brand of poetic. Sekapero is song that does not take itself seriously at all and it sounds like it also belongs in the 80’s. To be honest the beat makes it more appropriate for an early era Rhymberry single than anything. That might offend some SCANDAL fans but you should really take that as a compliment.

Dobondobondo Dungeon on the other hand, is the pairs attempt at sounding “hard”. For what it’s worth, the beat is pretty hot and is more New York style Hip-Hop than anything else. Neither Mami or Tomomi will be dropping heat and destroying MC’s in rap battles, but they can hold their own when it comes to dropping them verses.

Overall this single package is a blend of different kinds of music that may alienate those who prefer SCANDAL when they are on the train of “rocking out”. Those who are more open to the band’s current incarnation will probably like this a lot more.

Take Me Out (Regular Edition)

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Take Me Out (Limited Edition A)

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Take Me Out (Limited Edition B )

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