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REVIEW: Ariana Grande – Focus

Focus; in which Ariana Grande takes the premise for previous hit, Problem, applies it to the chorus, adds a cow bell as well as some Kelly Rowland Work visuals and presents it as a new song. Same trumpets, another male voice assisting in the chorus that is again designed to be minimalistic so that she can pull off some cute dance moves without affecting her voice too much when performing the song live.

Artistic progression? Not so much. But hey, if it worked once, why not try it again, right? Continue reading

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REVIEW: Carrie Underwood – Renegade Runaway

Self referentiality in music is one of my favourite things in the entire world. Britney Spears singing “my loneliness ain’t killing me no more” on Stronger after having sung “my loneliness is killing me” on …Baby One More Time is up there with my favourite pop culture moments of all time. Carrie Underwood doesn’t do it quite so obviously here with Renegade Runaway (RR), but singing essentially a gender-swapped version of her 2009 hit Cowboy Casanova (CC) (I don’t think the alliteration of the titles is a coincidence) is something we probably should have all seen coming. Continue reading

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REVIEW: DNCE – Cake by the Ocean.

If someone had asked me before hearing this song where I thought Joe Jonas would fit best in the entertainment industry post The Jonas Brothers, my answer probably would have been that he doesn’t. With Nick Jonas out in front taking over the role of the Justin Timberlake/Robbie Williams of the group and Kevin Jonas taking up the reality show side of things, it seemed like Joe was left to pick up the scraps of what the boy band once was.

Perhaps, however, the scraps were all he needed to make something great happen. Mid-way through September 2015 Joe released a single called Cake by the Ocean with his brand new band called DNCE. The band comprises of former The Jonas Brothers drummer Jack Lawless, Semi Precious Weapons bassist Cole Whittle and guitarist JinJoo Lee.

From the glimpse into DNCE that the first single gives us, it appears as if this band is what Maroon 5 could have been doing in 2015 if they hadn’t sold their souls to the devils of generic pop. Joe Jonas in DNCE is Adam Levine, with all the groove and falsetto but with out any of Levine’s out of this world arrogance – and the music is infinitely more enjoyable as a result.

Picking up on the current funk trend that has been rippling through much of the mainstream top 40, DNCE fuses it with dance to create a modern, exciting, catchy and fresh disco sound. The name of the song alone is enough to capture anyone’s attention and apparently came from the Swedish producers of the song Mattman & Robin (along with Semi Precious Weapons’ Justin Tranter) muddling up the name for the cocktail Sex on the Beach.

The band performed the song for the first time on television on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and did a fantastic job. Joe’s vocals were for the most part on point and it’s pretty clear that he was born to be the front man in bands. DNCE is full of energy and Cake by the Ocean is a very strong starting point to launch their career as a big name in top 40 music.




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REVIEW: Ellie Goulding – Something in the Way You Move.

Something very, very weird happened while I was listening to this song – I discovered that I actually quite like it? As someone who’s never felt anything more than tolerance for Ellie’s music, I almost decided not to review “Something in the Way You Move” at all. Bashing every song she releases was starting to feel boring and unnecessary, and I was completely ready to give up completely, but I thought I should at least give it one listen.

What ended up happening is that because I was playing it from it’s single page on Spotify it started playing on repeat. I got distracted (as happens far too often) by the various distractions that Internet provides, and before I knew it I was bopping along with it and mouthing the words.

This song takes away all of the irritating repetition most of Ellie’s singles present and replaces it with a chorus that is actually pleasant to listen to. Her voice which often just sounds scratchy and annoying sounds pretty and is put to good use. It’s still not much different sonically to her previous efforts and doesn’t show the progression or point of difference she is in major need of, but for once it’s actually a solid little pop number that I might actually listen to even once I’m done reviewing it.




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REVIEW: Demi Lovato – Stone Cold.

If the songs Demi Lovato has released from her album so far have one thing going for them it is definitely in showing the variety of music that she is able to deliver. We’re now on to the third song released from Demi Lovato’s upcoming album “Confident”. First came the pop-rock glory that was the first single “Cool for the Summer” and the finger snapping Burlesque-esque title track. Stone Cold is the latest release, a promo single that does a fantastic job of showing off yet another side of Demi Lovato, a side that creeps into theatre. Continue reading

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