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.