|Album Title:||My Soul, Your Beats! / Brave Song|
|Anime Title:||Angel Beats!|
|Artist:||Jun Maeda, Aoi Tada, ANANT-GARDE EYES, Lia|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||May 26, 2010|
|1. My Soul, Your Beats!||Lia||4:35|
|2. Brave Song||Aoi Tada||5:25|
|3. My Soul, Your Beats! (TV Size)||Lia||1:35|
|4. Brave Song (TV Size)||Aoi Tada||1:48|
|5. My Soul, Your Beats! (Instrumental)||Lia||4:35|
|6. Brave Song (Instrumental)||Aoi Tada||5:25|
Review: The soothing piano melody in the opening few seconds of Angel Beat’s OP, “My Soul, Your Beats”, belie a rather intense song from Lia. Upon a transition of harsh electronic repetitions, “My Soul, Your Beats” expands once Lia starts singing. Her vocals are smooth and continuous, but they make for a contrast with the rhythmic harmony underneath it all, carried most noticeably by the playful cello vignettes that strike with mischievous regularity.
There’s a very brief moment of tension before the chorus breaks out and the song immediately intensifies even more. Lia’s voice is multitracked and a subtle guitar riff underneath it all signifies a more serious turn in the song. More importantly, the violins follow Lia’s singing by becoming smoother and more deliberate, giving the whole chorus an uplifting feeling. This is repeated again in the final two choruses, but there’s a contrast, as the violins leave Lia’s melody and strike in a way that almost resembles lightning falling down with regularity. The entire motif of the song is rather interesting because the melody carried by Lia’s singing is smooth and continuous, while the harmony that underlies it all is rhythmic and staccato… much like the beat of a heart. The finale of the song is the same quiet soothing piano melody that the song began on, bringing it entirely full circle.
There’s one thing that doesn’t work about this song, though, and that’s the bridge in the middle of the song. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t fit in with the song at all, and feels like it’s been wedged in. When you’re suddenly whisked away to a strange place before being whisked back to “My Soul, Your Beats’” familiar chorus, it makes the entire thing feel like an unnecessary distraction.
“Brave Song”, from Tada Aoi, makes for Angel Beat’s sweet ED, and it’s a soothing, soft and relatively relaxed song most of the way through. The song is simple, no where near as sophisticated as “My Soul, Your Beats”, but it’s uplifting by design, and its power is in its emotional straightforwardness. The refrain of “Itsuka hito ha hitori ni natte/Omoide no naka ni ikiteku dake” is repeated a couple of times during the song, which says, in no uncertain terms, that “Brave Song” is a lonely song. But, the feelings it evokes almost run counter to that, and despite the melancholy of the lyrics, it is ultimately an uplifting and sweet tune. It’s bitter-sweet, which is fitting for the anime it concludes.
Rating: Very Good
Angel Beats OP/ED Single – My Soul, Your Beats