Fan Art Fridays: Tove Lo

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I was listening to Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams on Spotify today and I got really excited when I saw that Tove Lo is featured on their song “Fun.” She brings an interesting vibe to the album with her alt-pop vocals and multi-dimensional personality.

Her voice blends very well on the ballady track as a backup vocal to Chris Martin. “Fun” is one of my favorites on the album, along with “Army of One” and “Adventure Of A Lifetime.”

The song inspired me to look around for some cool fan art of Tove Lo, and I came across this cartoon portrait by Lily-the-Animator on Deviant Art. You gotta love her somber-looking, droopy, googly blue eyes!

View the original fan art here and check out “Fun” for yourself on Spotify!

 

This Week in Music: Justin Bieber’s Music Monday Track “Bad Day”

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Justin Bieber’s new Music Monday track, “Bad Day,” dropped early this morning at 12:01 am.

Music Monday is Bieber’s new way of releasing his album. Every Monday from October 7th until mid-December, fans get a song from the singer, totaling ten brand new tracks.

As his manager, Scooter Braun stated in an interview with Billboard:

“Justin had this complete body of work that was very different from the stuff he had done in the past — very R&B-driven, personal songs, not necessarily songs that he was thinking of as radio records. That’s why he called them ‘journals.’ They’re very, very personal to what he’s been feeling over the last six months, going through a tough time. If you listen to the lyrics in these songs — “Heartbreaker,” “All That Matters” — he’s pouring his heart out. When I looked at that, I looked at it as, “He didn’t write one journal.” He wrote them in different days, [with] different emotions at different points, and I wanted people to experience what he was feeling, week to week… As each week comes, people will have a different type of song, and understand the different experience he’s going through week to week.”

Said “journals” sound like a mating call to his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, as he sings songs such as “Heartbreaker” and “Recovery” to beg her forgiveness.

Bieber’s now mature voice might drive the ladies absolutely insane. His voice coach has worked miracles to bring his boyish charm to manhood.

Monday, November 4th’s song released for the series is called “Bad Day,” echoing the infamous David Powter tune.

Bieber’s “Bad Day” begins with a sweet, romantic guitar melody. The song is more of a ballad with its slow tempo and legato vocals.

Justin Bieber goes the extra mile to show off his voice with a nice falsetto in the hook as he sings, “Didn’t waste any time /  Like you had already made up your mind,” and later, “And I didn’t think it was over / Until you walked away.”

This song is the shortest of the series so far, coming in just under 2:30. The other Music Monday tracks are over three minutes long.

The R&B feel of “Recovery” and “Heartbreaker” fit Bieber’s style better. “Bad Day” didn’t really strike a chord with me this week.

Enjoy “Bad Day” and the other Music Monday tracks on Spotify.

Album Review: Yuna’s ‘Nocturnal’

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Yuna’s second album is finally here!

The Malaysian singer’s new album, Nocturnal, released on October 29th, 2013, has proven to be a step up for the artist. She’s back with some very sassy tunes just a year after the release of her first self-titled 2012 album, Yuna.

Yuna is an album characterized by very soft, sweet sounds with songs like “Lullabies” and “Tourist.” Nocturnal is definitely a slight turn away from the sweet innocence that Yuna brought to fans back in 2012.

Yuna opens the album with “Falling,” because she must assume that after hearing her voice for the first time, listeners will “keep falling” for her voice.

She’s right. You will.

The ballads on this album are “Lovely Intermission,” “I Want You Back,” “Call Everyone,” and “Colors.” The song “Colors” features profound lyrics, and the sentiment shines through beautifully as Yuna’s sweet voice sings “Don’t let all the colors fade away.” It is clear in this song that she is begging a lover to stay and continue to bring color to her life.

Some of the more upbeat tracks on this album include “Rescue,” “I Wanna Go,” “Bravest Thing,” “Come Back” and “Hanging On.” The track “Come Back” is medium tempo, with a beat held by the snare, sounding like a cute hand clap. “Hanging On” is one of the more interesting tracks on the album, as it features an oriental sound of bells and gongs in the background, intro, and outro.

Nocturnal also features two songs of the R&B genre. “Escape” and “Lights and Camera” are quite different from Yuna’s previous album. You can’t help but want to escape with Yuna’s voice as she sings “I could use an escape” on the track “Escape.”

“Someone Who Can” is a track that screams sassy. On this beautiful track with rapid violin melodies in between the chorus and verse, she sings about moving on to another guy since the one she’s with doesn’t treat her the way she knows she’s supposed to be treated. This track is also featured on NPR‘s “Fall Music Preview.”

You go, girl!

My absolute favorite on this album is “Mountains.” The ukelele chords have an intriguing Bollywood influence mixed with a Westernized violin melody. The way she sings the lyrics of the song are just so sassy!

Overall, I enjoyed Yuna’s new album, but I will admit that if I had to choose between Nocturnal and Yuna, I think I’d choose Yuna.

Enjoy the album on Spotify!

Album Review: Parachute’s ‘Overnight’

Today marks the release of Parachute’s new album Overnight!

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I’ve been in love with Parachute ever since a friend got me hooked on their song “She is Love.” Since then, I’ve also been hooked on “Mess I Made” and “All I Know.”

Now Parachute is back with a brand new album that I am listening to for the first time as I write this review. So, all of my opinions will be first impressions.

As soon as I heard the first song on the album, “Meant to Be,” I knew this was going to be a good album. I just love lead singer Will Anderson’s voice! The lyrics as so captivating, as he sings,

“When I found you
You could run so fast
You never really wanted love
And it couldn’t really hold you back.”

This song set the bar high for the rest of this album.

I had already heard “Can’t Help” and “Hearts Go Crazy” before the album was released. “Can’t Help” is one of those love sick songs with an addicting piano melody. I love the bell sounds in the song “Hearts Go Crazy.”

“Drive You Home” was kind of a let down for me, because the intro led me to believe that it was going to be a really slow tempo ballad, but it isn’t. I think the song would have been better if it were slower.

“Hurricane” has a bit of an R&B feel. The drum is like a heartbeat throughout the song. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. Will Anderson’s falsetto is great in this song.

I really like the beat of the song “Overnight”, the song that the album is named for. They layer some really cool beats, including the cool guitar rift and snare on the chorus. I also love it when “I should be sleeping” repeats for the bridge.

I think “Didn’t See it Coming” is the most creative and catchy song on the album. I love the talking bits, especially when he says, “And I was told don’t speak with your mouth open / But I couldn’t help it…” I also love how Will Anderson goes up the scale as he sings the word “coming” in the chorus. This song is brilliant, and will most likely be stuck in my head all night.

“The Other Side” is a sweet, slow ballad. Anderson sings “Darling don’t look back, no need to worry / I’ll be here waiting on the other side.” So heartwarming. “The Only One” is also a ballad, although the lyrics are much more powerful than “The Only One.” The chorus is so beautiful:

“Standing by the bedroom door
Staring at an empty face
I can see it in your eyes
Some things you can never change
Nothing else that I can do
While I’m waiting for the end to come
I know youre gonna walk away
But you should know that you’re the only one
You’re the only one.”

The way the word “one” echoes at the end of each chorus really gets to me.

The song “Waiting for that Call” will have your feet tapping and your head bobbing up and down. I love the slight raise of volume on some of the lyrics. Anderson even swears in this one. It was well placed, though.

“Disappear” is really heavy on the acoustics. I guess they decided to focus more on the lyrics for this one.

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of weirded out when I heard the intro for the last song on the album, “Higher.” Its a mixture of crashing sounds, combined with a church choir and a loud guitar. I kind of like it.

In general, I think this album was alright. Parachute tends to grab me with 3-4 songs every album, so I guess this time my favorites are “Meant to Be,” “Didn’t See it Coming” and “Waiting for that Call.”

Check out the album on Spotify!

This Week in Music: Selena Gomez’s Leaked “Love Will Remember”

What’s life without a little bit of leaked music, eh?

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Yesterday, Selena Gomez’s song “Love Will Remember”, which will be released on the Stars Dance album on July 23rd, got leaked.

She doesn’t seem that upset about it either. She embraced it, posting a video to her YouTube sending fans to the song via Soundcloud link.

Yay?

The big hype about this song is the fact that the intro features a voicemail. Said voicemail might be a real voicemail from her ex Justin Bieber.

Well.

I will admit that it does sound like Bieber. And its a pretty sweet message.

Is it wrong that this little detail reminded me of that article I read on Hollyscoop about Justin Bieber (aka Bitter Bieber, haha) banning all Selena Gomez songs from his photoshoot?

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (Jelena)

I bet this song is at the very top of his banned list now!!

Selena Gomez admitted to InStyle that the song is about Bieber. “That’s the most personal track on the record, for sure. I think it’s a sweet way of releasing it. It’s not an aggressive approach to what people are probably expecting,” she said.

“Love Will Remember” is a ballady type song. It’s not too slow, but the tempo is light enough to evoke more of an appreciation for the lyrics.

I think the lyrics are the best part of this song. Writers Antonina Armato, Desmond Child, David Jost and T. James did a mighty fine job of working with Selena to create such profound lyrics.

My favorite lyrics from the song are the first verse and the bridge. I especially like the part that goes:

Now’s all we got,
And time can’t be bought,
I know it inside my heart
Forever will forever be ours…

I also really like the bridge where Selena Gomez sings, “Somewhere in forever we’ll dance again.”

So romantic! Brings a tear to my eye!

I think the underlying “Oh”‘s in the chorus are a nice touch as well.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really like the song too much when I heard it the first time. It took three listens to really get into it.

Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album later this month!

Album Review: Demi Lovato’s ‘Demi’

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 marked the release of Demi Lovato’s senior album, Demi.

This excited me, because any mention of this girl opening her mouth to belt out a tune is an opportunity that should not be taken for granted!

Demi took to the streets of NYC to promote her album on the day of its release. “Buy it on iTunes!” she kept screaming at the passersby.

This girl knows how to get the attention of the New Yorker!

Ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas tweeted, “Congrats @ddlovato on the new record! So happy for you!”

Aww! See? There’s no hard feelings!

Rumor has it that some of the songs on the album are about her ex, Wilmer Valderrama. Oooo, JUICY!

Which ones do you think are about him? “Shouldn’t Come Back”? ”

The album is currently number two on iTunes.

Below is the track listing:

1. Heart Attack

2. Made in the USA

3. Without the Love

4. Neon Lights

5. Two Pieces

6. Nightingale

7. In Case

8. Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd)

9. Fire Starter

10. Something That We’re Not

11. Never Been Hurt

12. Shouldn’t Come Back

13. Warrior

If bought at Target, the album features a bonus track titled, “I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me.”

The next single is rumored to be “Made in the USA.” Can’t wait!

I had a listen and put together a video review for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!