Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne (会わないつもりの、元気でね; I Don’t Intend To See You, Take Care Okay) is SCANDAL’s 15th Major Single and was released on the 22nd of May. It is used as the theme song for upcoming movie: Ore wa Mada Honki Dashite nai Dake (俺はまだ本気出してないだけ)
Title: Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne (会わないつもりの、元気でね; I Don’t Intend To See You, Take Care Okay)
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Oricon Ranking: 4th (32,553 copies sold on the 1st Week)
Since SCANDAL’s songs have been fluctuating in genre and quality lately, I was a bit iffy to listen to this one given that it is used for a movie (and most of the time tie-ups limit a lot of aspects in the song) But since the day the radio rip was released online, I have been listening to the song every day and I have to say that I initially liked it. It was very SCANDAL, the way it sounds. The balance of the instruments and vocals is spectacular. Whenever I listen to the song at full volume, I can feel each of the instruments’ power and emotion. I wasn’t expecting much out of the single given that most movie songs are common sounding but this single managed to keep SCANDAL’s identity. Although none of the girls worked on creating the songs in this single, it is indeed impressive. It was missing on the solo and bridge though. At the end of the song, the chorus (which is already lengthy without repeating) was only escalated and repeated to build the climax and excitement till the end but it actually bored me. The transition was fine but I really think there should’ve been a bridge and solo. It would’ve been perfect then but as it is, I enjoy the song anyway. I especially like the intro and outro being connected. The lyrics too are wonderful. Not to mention a good moving-on, spring kinda song indeed. :)
However, the coupling song, 24時間プラスの夜明け前 (24-hours Plus Before Dawn) won my heart over Awanai. It’s edgy, bordering punk-rock and it wakes your blood up. It’s a perfect LIVE song and I just can’t wait for it to be performed LIVE!! Although I’m not too used to the evenly split up vocals between HARUNA and TOMOMI (I found it weird that it was so evenly cut up) but it’s really amazing how well each member just works well together. I think it’s SCANDAL’s asset that they are compatible with each other and can work well as a team. This song is a testament to how well they’ve developed throughout the years. The thing is this song also ended abruptly just like Awanai. But what compensated for that hole, I would say, would be the outro. It was a very powerful end and in that way, SCANDAL gave me goose bumps yet again. This song is just rocking awesome!
Overall, this single: Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne is a very good single worth recommending to new listeners of SCANDAL. It presents their identity as a band and shows how well they have improved through the years.