Scandal keeps Standard high

Scandal keeps Standard high

The fact J-rock band Scandal's members wear school uniforms rather makes them wolves in sheep's clothing: behind their innocent attire lies their high-energy rock music. The melodic zest lives on in their fifth album, Standard.

The band's drive to keep their music raw is especially clear in Awanai Tsumori No, Genki De Ne ("I Don't Plan on Seeing You, Take Care") and Over Drive, which features diverse guitar work, with skilful solo riffs and precise chord progressions. Other tracks also offer a similar kind of straight-up rock, powered by thumping drums and signature vocals.

But the quartet have more tricks up their sleeves: Orange Juice starts with jazzy vocals that morph seamlessly into full-out J-rock, an unusual yet impressive feat.

Adding to the list of perhaps surprising facts is that Scandal songs have appeared on soundtracks of popular anime series such as Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, with Koi No Gestalt Houkai and Namida yo Hikare potentially next.

This album is a reminder that these musicians can do anything they want to - and that judging a record by its cover is never wise.

YP Rating: 3/5

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