REVIEW: Pray Single [Alexandros]

Released as part of the soundtrack of the Japan release of the Godzilla (2019) movie, this single by Japanese rock band, [Alexandros] solidifies the rock-ballad repertoire of the band. Entitled “Pray”, the single was released on May 13, 2019. The single comes with a live video performance of another of the band’s great song called Arpeggio from their live dome concert ‘Sleepless in Japan Tour’ in 2019.

‘Pray’ is a rock ballad about giving support by means of prayer. The band’s frontman, Yooohei Kawakami’s heartfelt vocals and the superb arrangement of the instruments, gives this song an emotional power without being dramatic. The lyrics goes, “Let me pray for you, to guide you, to shine a light. Every time I see you hurt yourself, you try to hold on with no help, so now just let me pray.” [The italics are translated Japanese lyrics]. This line alone is enough to touch your heartstrings. True to the band’s rock persona, the ensemble of all the instruments towards the song’s bridge makes it a beautiful rock anthem for people who feel alone, whether that is felt in chaos or in solitude.

The band released a music video, with clips from the Godzilla movie and is also the last [Alexandros] video that features their former drummer, Satoyasu Shomura, who left the band due to personal health reasons. The single is available in iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, platforms.

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