Category Archives: Music

REVIEW: Meghan Trainor – No

 

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Meghan Trainor is what I tend to refer to as a “periphery artist”. While she’s releasing good songs and music she manages to push into people’s line of sight and get rightfully noticed, but as soon as the quality of her material diminishes she’s pushed back into the periphery, waiting on the outskirts, only just visible until she releases something worthy of bringing her back into centre stage.

Her new single, “No”, from sophomore album, “Thank You”, at least in an isolated audio form, is the kind of material that’s going to keep her lurking in the wings waiting for her time to shine. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Fifth Harmony – Work From Home.

Comparisons in pop music can be frustrating. In an industry where pretty much every thing has been done before it can be difficult to produce original content, which is why it’s so important that if an artist is going to rehash a sound or visual, they need to either execute it to an incredible standard, or find some way to put their own twist on it in a way that keeps it feeling fresh, new and polished.

Upon listening to and watching Fifth Harmony’s new song my first initial thoughts were “Ciara did it better years ago” and “Rihanna is literally currently doing it better”, which aren’t thoughts that scream, “Fresh! New! Polished!” in any way whatsoever. Continue reading

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REVIEW: What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has released his brand new single “What Do You Mean” (WDYM), and it may be the most authentic advancement in his career yet. “One Time” and “Baby” pandered to his overwhelming teenage girl audience, “Boyfriend” did the same but with a dash of trying to break out of the mould his fans had created for him with an awfully transparent “look I’ve grown up” rap. WDYM is a logical move forward from the success of Skrillex and Diplo’s EDM song “Where Are Ü Now” which Justin sings on, especially when paired with the more relaxed look and vibe Justin has been creating for himself over the last year or so. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion.

Carly Rae Jepsen has released her new album “Emotion” and it is essentially a new version of the underrated “Kiss”, but fine tuned to near 80s synth pop perfection. She delves into her love life with the intensity and naivety of a 15 year old experiencing love for the first time, but instead of coming off as childish it gives off a sense of nostalgia, making listeners wistful for a time when love was new and fresh, when the pain and joy of it eclipsed everything else.

Emotion is a whole lot of snapshots into various stages of falling in and out of love, like Carly is lost in thought and her love life is coming back to her in bits and pieces, some intense, some more mellow, but all important. Grab a handful of songs from “Emotion” and you’ll have a story of a relationship, trade some songs in for new ones and you’ll have a different kind of story. It’s almost like a choose your own adventure, all of the elements are there you just need to put them together.

Love seen through the eyes of someone experiencing it for the first time, with the overwhelming emotions that this entails, all put to the beats of 80s synth pop – this is “Emotion” in short. The producer list for the album is varied, each team of people putting together music and lyrics to fit a specific moment, memory or emotion, but all these things are brought together to create a cohesive album describing the many stages and experiences a person can have when dealing with love.

Read below to delve deeper into each song’s specific meaning: Continue reading

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REVIEW: Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break

The first verse of Carrie Underwood’s new song “Smoke Break” talks about a working mum with three kids and, honestly, you couldn’t be blamed for assuming that’s who wrote the song. Storytelling is usually Carrie’s forté (in fact her upcoming album is fittingly called “Storyteller”), but she drops the ball on this song with clunky lyrics and clunky production. Continue reading

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