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Release the Line-Dancing Cyborgs January 8, 2011

Filed under: Pop,Synth-pop — Charley @ 8:00 am
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‘Better Than Today’ is a Synth-Pop song by Kylie Minouge from her 11th (Crikey!) studio album. The song was originally by Jersey-born singer/songwriter Nerina Pallot, and was included in a 5 track EP released way back in the spring of 2009. Miss Pallot swapped the acoustic instrumentation for a full on pop number before letting Kylie do her thing.

It received generally positive reviews from critics, with my favourite review being from BBC Music, which said the song was a “tech country strut” that “throws up imagery of Line-Dancing Cyborgs”.

I personally view this song as my favourite from the whole album, (which you can buy for £3 on Amazon.co.uk!) as its one of those tracks you can keep going back to and not get bored with, despite listening to it 100 times over.

I was amazed to find out that the song was only released as a single in the UK, but a comment on the YouTube Music Video by member WillSonq summed up why for me:

“and if she wants to enter US market…no way with this song and video…….tho it’s very Kylie, but she needs a next big step!”

So what direction do you think Kylie should head in to appeal worldwide?

And now I leave you with dancing Pacmen. Enjoy!


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Who Owns Her Heart? January 7, 2011

Filed under: Electro-pop — Charley @ 8:00 am
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The song for today is ‘Who Owns My Heart’ by Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus. (To be honest I never know when to call her Hannah and when to call her Miley, but for this we’ll stick with Miley)

The song has received mix reviews, with Bill Lamb of About.com saying that despite its beat, the song is ‘dull and faceless’, while Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly stated:

“This song is a pulsy, possibly club-ready jam that deserves single status.”

I’m on the fence with this one. I don’t hate it, and I definitely don’t love it. I think it’s one of those songs you can have on in the background while you’re doing the washing up. You’re always to busy thinking how much you hate washing up than taking any notice of what is playing in the background. And to be honest, I’d much rather listen to this song than do the washing up. So at least that’s something.

The song is up-tempo and heavy in rubbery and bubbling disco synths and the keyboard riffs really drive the instrumental side of the song. It’s most definitely a club-oriented dance-pop number, most probably inspired by 80’s anthems. It probably would do rather well in a club after everyone has had a couple of drinks in them.

The song questions if you can meet a potential love interest in a club, or whether the emotions you feel when you dance with someone in a club are just built from the ambience in the club. With such lines like:

“And I feel you,
Coming through my veins,
Am I into you?
Or is the music to blame?”

The song was a Europe only released single, and it made its biggest debut in Germany, where it managed to make it to no. 24 in the Singles Charts.

So my overall thoughts of the song?

A good background filler and the best song from her album, ‘Can’t Be Tamed’.

 

What is it Like in New York City? January 6, 2011

Filed under: Acoustic,Indie-Pop — Charley @ 8:00 am
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The first time I heard this song and the Plain White T’s for that matter, was in the summer of 2007, two years after the songs release when it became the number 1 downloaded song on the U.S iTunes Store and the number 1 played song on the radio. So I was clearly not the only one who enjoyed it.

‘Hey There Delilah’ was written after Tom Higgenson from the Plain White T’s met Delilah DiCrescenzo, a nationally ranked steeplechase and cross-country runner.

Normally songs about a guy missing a girl who lives miles away, comes across (to me anyway) rather cheesy and the lyrics they’re singing don’t seem genuine. This song seems different though. The lyrics do feel genuine, and you actually wish you were the Delilah that Tom is singing about (if you’re a girl obviously,  otherwise that would just be odd).

This song is definitely a left-field song for the Plain White T’s, as normally their songs leans towards the pop-punk genre, and most of their dedicated fans were probably left quite puzzled when this song was released. But I think this song was a risk worth taking, as it opened the band up to a bigger variety of fans, instead of being just punk lovers group.

If I had to sum up this song in sentence, I couldn’t do it better than About.com, who said:

“This is exactly how simple, straightforward love songs are supposed to make you feel.”

So go on, click play below and get lost in the song. Imagine you are Delilah and lose yourself in the lyrics. Become a Plain White T’s fanatic.


 

We’re Thinking About You Olly January 5, 2011

Filed under: Pop,Reggae Fusion — Charley @ 8:00 am
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Many know Olly Murs as the X Factor ‘Reject’ (or Runner-Up, whatever you want to call him) from 2009. And I’m sure, like myself, many were worried that he wouldn’t be offered a record contract after the show. Fortunately for us though, (and Olly of course…) in February of 2010 he was offered the contract he had dreamed of for so long, and work on his debut album began.

I managed to snag Olly’s debut album on the second day of its release for £3 from Amazon.co.uk, a real bargain if you ask me. While I was waiting for it to download though, a second of hesitance ran through me. “Surely this album can’t be very good if Amazon are only selling it for 3 quid?” I thought to myself. But my skeptical thoughts soon rushed out of my head when I started to play the album.

I was amazed at the sheer number of songs written by Olly, he really showcases his songwriting talents. I would hate to think what kind of songs he would be singing if he had won the X Factor, it would probably be full of overly commercialised same as songs. Much like his successor Joe McElderry’s debut album. (Not that I don’t like Joe, but the album really didn’t showcase his amazing high notes he throws out with such ease. But hey, that’s another blog for another time.)

So onto the song. I chose Thinking of Me, which is number 3 on the album track list, and the second single Olly released.

In the song, Olly is talking about a past relationship which he was reminded of when he bumped into ‘Irene’. The basic message of the song is that Olly’s ex-girlfriend will be thinking of Olly when she does certain things, like picking up pebbles of the beach or listening to Bob Marley.

I really enjoy the reggae fusion in the song, makes you just want to get up and dance a long. (Or is that just me?) The lyrics are extremely catchy, and you will find yourself singing them in the shower. I’m very glad the duet with Professor Green fell through, as it would have made the song a complete mess. So it’s a thumbs up from me!

The only thing I wouldn’t give a thumbs up is the music video… have a look for yourself and tell me what you think!

 

Westlife ARE Cool January 4, 2011

Filed under: Pop Rock — Charley @ 8:00 am
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I was always mocked at school for enjoying Westlife music, and still I get looked down upon when I mention that I like one of their tracks. Until they released their latest number from their new album Gravity. The song is called ‘Safe’ and is all about protecting people you love and feeling safe, so anyone can relate to the song. When I casually and rather cowardly mention that I like this track, instead of being bopped on the head and left dizzy on the floor while the bandits run off with my iPod, I actually receive a smile and murmur of what I think is someone replying that they in actual fact rather enjoy the song too.

When Simon Cowell was interviewed and asked about the song, he said :

“It’s such a fabulous track, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it became a smash song”.

But despite having Mr. Cowell’s backing, the song only managed to reach No.10 in the UK Singles Chart and No.4 in Ireland.
But how do you go about writing a top ten single? Well, writer of the single James Grunder reveals how his writing process worked for the single ‘Safe’.

“We sat down at the piano, and John (Shanks) starting banging some chords out. We just start tapping into the music until it struck a feeling. I left town shortly after because my father was being inducted into his universities athletic hall of fame in Pennsylvania. I kept writing ideas down in the computer every chance I could. I remember sitting on a chair at my aunt’s house, in her basement, when it all clicked. I sang a rough  idea into the computer and sent it to John. We were so ecstatic about the track and knew we had something beautiful, a timeless classic. The lyrics are from an outside perspective, for example, if you were looking at someone from afar, and maybe you have an interest in them, but every time you see them, they look as though they are going through a real rough moment in their life. And, if for that single moment, you wise you could just reach out and make it all better. Inspiration for the track came from a real experience. There is a café that I used to visit when I was meeting my father in Pennsylvania – and every time we were there, I saw this attractive girl sitting at a table in the back. She had this look on her face, as though something terrible had happened, and all I wanted to do was reach out and comfort her. For me it tells the story of courage, spirit, and desire.”

The most powerful line of lyrics for me is the following:

“If you’ve lost your way
I will keep you safe
Well open up all your world inside
So you come alive tonight
I will keep you safe

To me, this song is all about someone you care about trying his (or her!) hardest to help you up, after you have received a blow emotionally (although in the music video it’s more physical as there is a big car crash) and is trying to build you back up, and telling you that they are going to try their hardest to keep you safe so that you’ll feel sad no more.

So my verdict on the song?

I think I will have to side with Simon Cowell, it is a fab song which hasn’t been appreciated as much as it should have. The only reason I can think of why this has happened is that people enjoy the song,  but are afraid to go out and buy the song in case, like me, get teased by their peers for liking an ‘uncool’ boy band.

Well I’m going to set the record straight. Westlife are cool. They may consist mainly of ballads and soppy music videos, but they do churn out brilliant songs, like Safe for example. And now with 11 albums under their belt, they must be doing something right.

 

She’s Always a Woman to Me… January 3, 2011

Filed under: Pop — Charley @ 8:00 am
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I did not hear about Fyfe Dangerfield until iTunes released “When You Walk in the Room” as free single of the week. I thought he was okay, but I never considered buying his album. Until of course, like everybody else, I heard his version of “She’s Always A Woman to Me” on the John Lewis advert.

I, very stupidly, didn’t realise it was a cover until I headed over to Google. I genuinely thought this song had been written for him, as it just suited him perfectly.

The gist of the song is this:

A guy (Fyfe I’m guessing) is singing about how he has fallen for a modern girl, despite her quirks and flaws.

It is a beautiful song both lyrically and melody wise. I’m sure every girl likes to think that when Fyfe is singing this, he’s singing about them.

The song managed to charm its way to number 7 in the UK singles Charts, beating the original by Billy Joel which re-entered the chart and only managed to get to number 29.

So with that I leave you with the song, enjoy!

 

I’ll Never Cry Again! January 2, 2011

Filed under: Pop — xabbielainex @ 8:00 am
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Hey guys, thank you for joining me today for my first ever music blog! Today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on Cheryl Cole’s song ‘Happy Tears’, from her second album ‘Messy Little Raindrops’.

I think this song is probably one of the best songs on the album. It really feels like we are let into the ‘world’ of Cheryl Cole. She talks a lot about what she’s been doing and how she’s been feeling. With such lines like:

“I bet you’ve been trying to call me,
I’ve locked all your numbers so you couldn’t phone.
Don’t wanna hear baby I’m sorry,
You don’t get to apologise.”

With the easiest way to express yourself being through music, I’m sure none of us are surprised  by this song. And from listening to the song, I have definitely felt even more sorry for Cheryl! I personally hope that this song becomes even more popular than it is now, as it is a great listen! My favourite lines being:

“I cried when I slashed your tyres,
I cried when your suits hit the fire,
I cried cos I’ll never see you again,
But those are happy tears.”

On that note thank you for reading and I hope you continue to read our other blogs and of course I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do!

Because every song has a deeper meaning…

~Abby