I didn't liked most of the Checkmate songs, and overall it's a weak album. I'm biased, but I think that some of the new songs would be much better only with Namie singing, specially Black Out. Verbal's rap are getting boring and Lil Wayne only helps to totally fuck up the song. And I didn't liked Kawabata's voice in #1 and those cloned korean girls screaming in the background to show their 'vocal abilities' in make it happen annoys me.
On other hand I loved Fight Together, but it seems most people here didn't liked it.