It’s finally heerreeeeeee!
I’m super excited for this album (I’m sure most fans do) as this is created entirely by SCANDAL!
Released last March 2, Yellow is composed of 12 tracks with the English version of Your Song as the the bonus track. I’ve been listening to this non-stop since it arrived at my doorstep. Yellow captured my heart instantly, becoming my fave album from the band. My previous favorite album was, wait for it… Temptation Box! lol
Yellow has the kind of songs you’d listen to when you’re out for a drive. Heck it even has a song Sunday Drive. The album gives off a light and feel good vibe, in contrast with the cool and rocking SCANDAL I’ve loved. But I still love this album. Since I can’t drive, I’ll just enjoy the songs when I feel like the world is going too fast and I’d like to be reminded of all the other good things that I’m missing. That it is okay to step back and slow down.
The band have really grown in terms of their musical abilities, personalities, and their world views. I’ve only started noticing it in Hello World, how their songs are quite different from before. I’m happy with the change because despite the changes, it is still very much SCANDAL-ish.
Now for the songs:
- Room No. 7 – is instrumental and a good opening music for the album. It has that retro vibe that is apparent in all the songs in Yellow.
- Stamp! – When this first came out, I was a little meh about this. The PV is like one of those let’s ditch work and play kind of song, or what I call the YOLO song www. But when I listened to it again, it has an inspirational lyrics. It’s all about having the right attitude in this kind of imperfect world.
- Love Me Do – their first reggae song. Listening to this song is soooo much fun! The PV is cute too! It’s like listening to Love Me Do on a bad day can instantly brighten your day. This is the very representation of the entire album.
- Morning Sun – I remember reading an interview that Rina wrote the lyrics as she was watching the movie Neko Nanka Yondemo Konai. I like how it’s melancholic and hopeful at the same time.
- Sunday Drive – like I said above, Yellow is best played while on a rode trip.
- Konya wa Pizza Party – Am I the only one who isn’t surprised that Tomomi wrote this song? www Eating things you like to cope up on a bad day.
- Heaven na Kibun – I’d like to think that the life of the band is not all sunshines and rainbows but since they have their music, they can still go on, rocking everyone’s world. I like how it sounds laid-back and chic at the same time.
- Suki-Suki – I immediately fell in love with this song (instant love for every song Mami writes). It’s light yet kickass, add Haruna’s upbeat voice – a complete recipe for perfection.
- Love – Reggae-ish again. It’s a sweet love song for your beloved.
- Sisters – Despite many people hating on the auto tune at the start of the song, Sisters is one of my favorite songs included in the album. It has a strong girl power message. The kind of song I’d like to send to all of my girl friends (along with Cute!).
- Happy Birthday – need I say more?
- Chiisana Honou – This song sounds like other previous SCANDAL songs which is in stark contrast with the rest of the songs in Yellow. But it does not mean that this is less than stellar compared to the other songs in the album. In fact, this is one of the best. Heartfelt and inspirational, this reminds me of other emotional songs from the band like Burn.
Bonus track: Your song – English ver – I like the original song and it’s meaning but the English version is a little =.= in my taste. But hey, it fits the album’s message nonetheless and the abundance of English words included in the lyrics.
I’m so happy for SCANDAL, for producing this kind of album on their 10th year. If there’s something I regret, that would be not getting that one with the shirt because I totally want to have even a single SCANDAL shirt in my wardrobe. Maybe next album!
Also, here’s hoping for Mami’s recovery from Influenza! (*゜▽゜ノノ゛☆