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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: Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You.

Sometimes singers (Sam Smith, for example) seem to find it difficult to spill their emotions into a song without attempting to make the song bigger than what they’re feeling. The best ballads are almost always the simplest, the most powerful the weakest. You can say a million times more with a whimper or a muted gasp than you can by screaming into a microphone in an attempt to overwhelm your audience into accepting your pain. Gwen does this to perfection. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Pentatonix – Pentatonix.

Pentatonix is the newly released self-titled album from the a cappella super-star band. This is their first album of entirely original music (with a few cover songs chucked in as bonus tracks in order to continue their extremely successful promotional strategy of drawing listeners in with stunning versions of already popular songs). First single Can’t Sleep Love (my review of that HERE) is being promoted in an attempt to be the band’s first breakthrough mainstream single, but does the rest of the record live up to its expectations?

Na Na Na, the first song on Pentatonix’s brand new self titled album of all original songs, is a perfect introduction to the rest of what is an incredible album not just “for an a cappella group”, but an incredible album full stop. Na Na Na, the shortest song on the album, packs a neat little punch with endless energy and a sound just as full as anything a band backed by guitars, drums etc. could offer, made all the more impressive by the fact that they did it with their voices alone. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Sam Smith – Writing’s on the Wall.

When Adele made “Skyfall”, it was a Bond theme sung by Adele. “Writing’s on the Wall” is a Sam Smith song clumsily mashed into a vaguely Bond sound, more about promoting himself and building up his ego than promoting the film itself.

You can’t blame Smith for taking the opportunity, when someone tells you they want to give you the coveted position of singing a James Bond theme song you don’t turn it down, but in no way was he the right person for the job. Often touted as the “male Adele” Smith was simply the lazy and obvious follow up choice which, surprise, surprise, resulted in a lazy and obvious song. Continue reading

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