I'm so happy he's going to be working with Imai again! I've missed him. The SOTB stuff sounds really good too. I don't know if it's already been mentioned, but the full version of the "I'M FLASH" theme song is up as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yobvoX1wIro
Please don´t get me wrong, i like the new album and there are some really good tracks on it. They also don´t have to change their sound very much, but, as I said, I can´t lose the feeling Chiba has less new ideas and is repeating himself over and over musically. If you compare the sound of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant from the beginning (lets say the song sekai no owari: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PImjio4EPgw) to their later albums (let´s say Turkey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo5Mk-SGCMk), TMGEs sound was so different over time and still so amazing. The Birthday just can´t reach that level.
So far it seems VISION is gonna be my favorite album since NIGHT ON FOOL. I agree it doesn't sound especially original, but I don't mind at all, because why change something that is already perfect :) Can't really say which songs I enjoy the most, whole album sounds equally strong to me. However towards the end with their 2nd single and STORM it gets absolutely stellar.