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[single]Ikimono Gakari- YELL

2009年 10月 6日

“YELL” is Ikimono Gakari’s 15th single, released on September 23, 2009. It is used in the drama “Boku no Imouto” (My Little Sister).

Yell began in a completely different direction than what I had expected. I was anticipating some sort of wild  song with blaring brass and heavy guitars.   Yell however, uses techniques usually employed in ballads. The song opens with a melancholy piano motif. Kiyoe’s vocals are calm and plaintive. Listening to the chorus  I can easily picture this song as a theme for a drama. The song takes a bit of a different direction at the bridge. The strings set the stage for a major key, and they are soon followed by an upbeat section with Kiyoe and background vocals. The harmonies were perfect. The bridge is a nice respite from  the sad (albeit beautiful) theme of the song.

Joyful takes a course I was expecting in Yell. I don’t like Joyful as much though. The song features rapid piano chords, guitar motives,  and bubbly voice from Kioye. The song uses a lot  of synth elements, especially during the chorus. Although I didn’t like Joyful as much as I did Yell, it’s still a solid song and a nice distinction from the title track.

Overall: A very strong single from Ikimono Gakari. It shows the breadth and musicianship of Ikimono Gakari nicely, and I can’t wait for more of their releases.

If you liked this, try these by Ikimono Gakari: Tayumu Koto na Kinagare no Naka de, Boogie Woogie

Rating: 8.5/10

Tracklist

1. Yell

2. Joyful (じょいふる)

3. Yell: Instrumental

4. Joyful: Instrumental

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