Bellring Girls Heart Released All of “BEST BRGH” on Soundcloud Hot Damn

In J-school (that’s “journalism school,” not “Japan school,” you weirdos), they talk about headlines that pretty much say exactly what the story is about. I didn’t go to J-school, but I did just that anyway!

So Bellring Girls Heart, the twisted little alt-rock ravens who are easy to love if you like to be challenged and/or love your rock music to come from Great Britain at any point after about 1960 and the earlier the better, and easy to hate if you like things like vocals being on pitch and being the kind of person who chronically misses the point, officially release their best-of album today. BEST BRGH covers really just a slice of their large, varied catalog, with vocals re-recorded with the current members (and they’ve had a lot of members!).

And because Japan has a culture of physical media being important, many groups will happily toss their music onto Soundcloud or other channels, and we benefit. Because, see, the headline.

Here’s the whole thing:

If you count yourself as a Bellheart fan, I’d love for your opinion of the new vs. the originals. I thought it was a mostly harmless effort; I don’t know if any of the songs improved necessarily, but I only thought it missed on “GIGABITE” and “Ice Cream,” the latter being extremely unfortunate because it’s my favorite song of theirs by a country mile and it really misses better singing. “asthma” does sound pretty good; it’s hard to ruin a great rock song like “rainy dance.”

Regardless, this is a really good introduction to Bellheart if you haven’t taken the dip yet. And they still have lots of really good stuff! The rest of their Soundcloud is a really good place to hear some of it, in fact!

*Naw, no need to review it. It’s a best-of, and it’s available for free. May the exposure to it lead people to buy their other albums.

4 thoughts on “Bellring Girls Heart Released All of “BEST BRGH” on Soundcloud Hot Damn

  1. “who are easy to love if you like to be challenged and/or love your rock music to come from Great Britain at any point after about 1960 and the earlier the better, and easy to hate if you like things like vocals being on pitch and being the kind of person who chronically misses the point”
    This made my day, exactly on point! For me loving it, and for most of the people I know, who hate them 😉

    Only gave it a quick listen yet. It is strange for me listening to such well known songs, where suddenly the vocals sound different. It reminds me of seeing a cover group, that sing themselves. Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chfxd-QSS00
    Starless Sorrow and 夏のアッチェレランド sound very nice in the new version. Even Mizuho ;P
    It is a nice effort though in my opinion and I will give it a more extensive listen to the next days. I wish they added more of Kanra to the vocals. She has a strong voice that can be put to good use (Ice Cream).

  2. Been listening to BEST BRGH and all their older material all day yesterday and today. First off this album sounds amazing. The overall sounds are well produced and the re-recording/re-mastering has brought out a lot of different sonic elements into the foreground such as select layers in the instrumentation. It includes a great selection of the group’s best songs (although I would include “low tide” in a ‘Best Of album’) and it is awesome to see songs on here like “Crimson Horizon” and “Kronos no Kama” which I think are really underrated.

    As it has been stated, the Bellheart girls aren’t the most fantastic powerful singers like Aina The End or Maina from Osaka Syunkasyuto, however their vocals fit perfectly on their quirky unorthodox style of music. Constant countless live performances have led them to polishing their harmonies and it is evident on the vocals for these re-recordings. “Hornet ’98” sounds more enthusiastic and the harmony in the chorus is much better than the original. The same can be said for “Crimson Horizon”. The only songs on here which I can argue for are these: TIRA needs to be on “Natsu no Accelerando” as much as Anna needs to be on “GIGABITE” as much as Moechi needs to be on (everything?). Their distinct vocals for their specific parts on each song were perfect in both sonics and emotion.

    I think a major difference between these new recordings and the originals is the addition of Kanra’s vocals. She really adds a unique dynamic to the group’s sound because she can utilize her voice in a manner of ways. From those deep strong vocals in the harmonies and on to the girly sweet calm sound of her voice in “Natsu no Accelerando”. Her voice and delivery of certain lines/adlibs really add a rock/punk type of flavor to the recordings.

    “Starlight Sorrow” is a major improvement on this edition. The song just sounds amazing and the vocal arrangement is excellent on it. “Bokura no Wednesday” also seems to have added a magical touch to it as the song sounds to have more character/personality added to it and also a great vocal arrangement. Other than “low tide” my top BRGH songs include “Ice Cream” and “The Edge of Goodbye” and I am so glad they start off this album with “Edge”. It is definitely one of their trademark songs. It is too hard for me to decide which recording of this is better because to me both songs are great as is and represent the different eras. As far as sound quality though I have to give the ‘edge’ to the re-recording. For “Ice Cream” though, I do prefer the original. There is just this very powerful emotion in the original that I feel is near impossible to replicate. I feel this the most on the second half of the chorus.

    “asthma” does sound really good on here. They really seem to have captured the craziness and anthemic essence of the live performance in this re-recording. I think the one that stands out to me on this album the most is “rainy dance”. The improved sound quality, the clarity of the instruments, and the intensity of the song are flawless here. The vocals are delivered with more charisma and emotion than ever before and I just couldn’t stop headbanging while listening to it.

    Overall, this is a great album to add to any music collection and definitely a must have for alternative idol fans. Even for the hardcore Bellheart fan with every CD/EP/single.

    • That’s one hell of a review, sir! I obviously agree on “Ice Cream.” As a (terrible) bassist, the instrumentation is a big part of what draws me to Bellheart’s music, and that song in particular; for the vocals to not be able to match up is a disappointment. But that’s also kind of like complaining that your actual ice cream is a too cold.

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