Release Date: January 11, 2017
- Don’t You Tell Me
- Take Me Higher!!
- So, What?
- Decided by Myself
- Secret My Lips
After three mini-albums, an appearance at Sakura-con and a world tour that took them to South America, Europe and Asia; BAND-MAID have released their first full-length studio album Just Bring It. Its featured singles are YOLO and Don’t Tell Me.
There has been some significant growth for this band since we last visited them on their first mini-album Maid In Japan. They sound like a more refined unit, and their songs seem to have an added bit of polish on them.
That might not satisfy folks who like a bit of a rawness in their rock acts, yet one cannot deny that their formula is rather successful regardless of whether there’s some pop sheen on this band.
BAND-MAID has gone into full “rock on” mode for their first full full-length. You will not find anything resembling a true ballad on Just Bring It. The blistering pace might wear some listeners out early as some songs might start to sound similar to each other rather quickly. A lot of how much you can take will depend on your tolerance.
Besides the two singles, other songs worth checking out include CROSS and Take Me Higher!! Those four tracks should give you a good representation of what to expect from this album.
If you are looking for any reprieve from the frantic energy, the album slows down when you get to a track called Awkward. It is deceiving as it does pick up speed midway through the song. Then it’s business as usual.
Overall, Just Bring It boldly states what kind of sound BAND-MAID wants to be their trademark. Sure they don’t veer off from what has made them increasingly popular over the years, which isn’t bad. There’s nothing wrong with consistency, after all.
If you have not had the opportunity to give this band a chance, Just Bring It is an excellent entry point to get into BAND-MAID. Should you already be part of their fan base, then you will be treated to more goodness to add to your collection.