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Girls Dead Monster’s Keep the Beats! Album Review

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Tracklist:

1-Crow Song ~ Yui ver.

2-Thousand Enemies

3-Shine Days

4-23:50

5-Run with Wolves

6-Morning Dreamer

7-Rain Song

8-Alchemy~Yui ver.

9-Ichiban no Takaramono( Most Precious Treasure) ~ Yui ver.

10-Little Braver~Album Version

11-My Song ~Yui Ver.

12-My Soul, you Beats! ~girldemo ver.

13-Brave Song ~girldemo ver.

Band Members:

(former)Iwasawa – Guitar, Vocals, Composer

Yui – Guitar, Vocals

Hisako – Lead Guitar

Irie – Drums

Sekine – Bass

Review:

This is a rock album. This is japanese rock. This is freaking awesome. Thoughts pop up one another as I listen to the murderous guitar riffs, stylish guitar solos, catchy melodies, energetic feelings, and LiSa dominating vocals in this album. The energy of this album gives us a gotta-watch-this-live kind of desire.

Crow’s Song ~ Yui ver – This is the Yui(LiSa as the singer version) of Iwasawa’s(Marina as the singer) Crow Song which she originally composed and performed in the first episode of Angel Beats! when she was in the band. This is song beats is so… beat-full! this song has so much energy that its so fast paced. The drum beats makes us want to run. With Yui’s singer voice, it as much great as Iwasawa’s. Both versions are awesome!

Thousand Enemies – This is the last song left Iwasawa composed before she left the band making Yui’s debut as the newly incarnated Girls Dead Monster’s vocalist. The guitar riffs again dominate this song. Ahh those murderous harmonics on the guitar.

Shine Days – at first, the intro of this song sounds like Guns n’ Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine, but when the bass and drums took its stage, the impression vanished. Loved this song too. It can’t be avoided to like the melody because its so catchy and sung so good. As usual, the guitar riffs dominate the song. And also LiSa’s great voice also… this song also has a feeling of nostalgia.. it makes us look back on the days we were shining.. hence Shine Days.

23:50 – Hmm.. this is probably the “normal” songs in the album. Despite its struggle to be a good song, sure its a good song, but it doesn’t leaves an impression compared to other songs. Its still a good song though..

Run with Wolves – now this is a good song. The guitar riffs are so catchy. It has a jazz rock feel. It reminds of a feeling when listening to 70-80s jazz in combination of 80s rock en roll style with an additional punk rock rhythm. LiSa’s voice also fits all too well with the song.

Morning Dreamer – a relaxing song to say the least. It starts with an acoustic guitar. Then transcends into a full band progression. The bass line of this song controls the flow of the song. Paired with LiSa’s vocals, it makes a good song. The feeling of this song is when you are feeling better in the morning while daydreaming on the wonderful things you want to do in life.

Rain Song – another great song. Creative guitar riffs, LiSa’s firm vocals, catchy but strong feel chorus, tight drums, and steady rhythm-full bass lines.

Alchemy ~Yui ver. this song was performed and composed by Iwasawa in the 3rd episode of Angel Beats!, it was the 2nd-to-the-last song she performed before she left the band and is Yui’s new favorite song when she was still a fan of Iwasawa. Again with LiSa’s voice singing this song instead of Marina’s voice, the song still rocks. This is song is so awesome, the rhythm guitar and lead guitar matches so much creating a much more great sound . The drum rolls fills in the transmissions with great accuracy, the bass lines rides with rhythm so naturally…

Ichiban no Takaramono (most precious treasure) ~ Yui ver. – the most touching song on the album. Hands down. LiSa’s voice here is beyond greatness. Her ability to make unreachable notes with her voice is a talent to be recognized greatly. A guitar ballad for hopeless romantics, for nostalgia, for inspiration and for the heart. The guitar at the end is so tranquil, its a good way to end a touching song. Tell me what is or who is your Ichiban no Takaramono?

Little Braver ~ Album Version – this song was released as a single to promote the anime Angel Beats! and to provide fans fan service of Girls Dead Monster. This also made the first appearance of singer LiSa on the their PV video of the song backed up with an all female band making it look like the real Girls Dead Monster from the anime. Of course, this was the first song to be released, a good song. Again, guitar and vocals make up the awesomeness of the song. Its says Album version because its a little longer than the single, and theres an additional singing part by LiSa at the end which adds more depth on the song.

My Song ~Yui ver. – this was the song that gave the most impact in the whole Angel Beats! series, both its story and musically. This is the last song Iwasawa sang with only her guitar before she left and disappeared. Her performance in the anime still haunts me. It was so beautiful that words won’t come out and wonderfully enthralled me. This made the anime and the band more recognized. Lots of cover videos swept NicoNicoDouga(japan’s youtube) and youtube after the full song was released making a new musical phenomenon. I even practice this on my guitar, its chord progression a little simple but to be added with such heavenly vocals, words cannot fathom to describe. Marina’s voice is actually more suitable to this song than LiSa’s, Marina’s voice has a feeling of hopelessness but in a positive kind of way rather than LiSa’s is firm and strong however its refreshing. This version is okay and has its own treatment due to the band entering at the chorus making it like Evanescence’s My Immortal Band Version. This is why Marina’s voice is more suitable to this song. After all, Marina is Iwasawa’s singing voice which this song is Iwasawa’s Best Song.

My Song, Your Beats! ~ girldemo ver. – This is the rock and band version of Lia’s(The singer of clannad’s songs such as Dango Daikazoku and Kanon songs) song My Song, Your Beats! which is the OP song of Angel Beats!. This is also the audition song of Yui for the replacement of Iwasawa for the band. This version is as good as the original. Great guitar riffs, LiSa’s vocals to give the song a more powerful rock music feeling, amazing bass lines, and tight drums.

Brave Song ~girldemo – The band version of Aoi Tada’s Brave Song as the ED theme song of Angel Beats! this version is surprisingly good also even though the original was so awesome as it was. They actually did a great job in arranging the song to have a more different kind of feeling. The original song’s feeling was so sad and touching but encouraging to move forward in a way while this version has a new different feeling, its a feeling when you have to be strong even though you are pummeled by hardships, it has a melancholic melody mixed with optimism.

Overall, the album is almost perfect for a band based on an anime, they did it again, music in anime really does leave a great impact in story and content. Nana, K-ON! and Beck did the same. I listen to this album sometimes when I start out my day, it gives me the feeling of “lets conquer this day, lets make this day a better one”.

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