SCANDAL YELLOW Cover

Release Date: March 2, 2016

Track Listing

  1. Room No. 7
  2. Stamp!
  3. LOVE ME DO
  4. Morning Sun
  5. Sunday Drive
  6. Konya wa Pizza Party
  7. Heaven na Kibun
  8. SUKI-SUKI
  9. LOVE
  10. Sisters
  11. Happy Birthday
  12. Chiisa na Honou
  13. Your Song – English ver. – (Bonus Track)

Review

YELLOW is the seventh studio album from Japanese Pop/Rock bank SCANDAL. It features the previously released singles Stamp! and Sisters. It also contains two theme songs, Morning sun (theme for the movie Neko Nanka Yode mo Konai) and Chiisana Honou (theme for their documentary film SCANDAL Documentary film HELLO WORLD).

SCANDAL have come a long way since their humble beginnings performing on the grounds of Osaka Castle Park. Entering their tenth year as a band they are now polished musicians, songwriters and producers. With that said it should be no surprise that they have taken full creative control for this album. After all, no one knows more about what to express musically than the members of the band.

Of course this does come with a few compromises. SCANDAL has always been known to effortlessly walk the line between pop and rock. Some have dubbed them a “bandol” (a cross between idols and a band) because of this. On YELLOW we see SCANDAL slowly crawling away from the pop side both in image and music, transitioning into edgier and experimental territory.

Right from the start there are songs with a bit more bite as exemplified by the opening track Room No. 7. It’s a quick instrumental that should give you an idea of the template many of the up-tempo songs on this album will sound like. The logical follow up to that track is Heaven na Kibun. It has a heavier sound accented by a somewhat eastern European-like guitar riff. This is certainly not the typical SCANDAL kind of song and it may make take extra spins to absorb completely.

The greatest shift in sound is evident in the Reggae infused track Love. For you old(er) people out there think of UB40 type songs. Maybe you youngsters should look more towards a group like MAGIC! if you want some comparable artists to reference. The rest of the songs on this album represent what makes SCANDAL so endearing. There’s the playfulness of Love Me Do and Konya wa Pizza Party to keep Pop heads happy. While tracks like Happy Birthday and the bonus track Your Song will keep those who like the straightforward Rock in line.

As a whole YELLOW is a very fun album to listen to and if you’re new to SCANDAL this is probably as good a place as any to start in their catalog as it does represent them at their most mature point musically. If they have you hooked then I highly recommend you work your way through the rest of their discography.

YELLOW (Regular Edition)

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YELLOW (Limited Edition)

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