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Known as the One Less Problem Diva – Ariana Grande is backed with her second album My Everything and is more audacious than ever. Compared to her previous album Yours Truly which took on a more R&B feel, My Everything adopts a faster cadence that hints a sense of Pop-ish feel. It was a smart attempt of collaborating with artists such as Iggy Azelea, Big Sean, Jessie J and Childish Gambino. It brought about her versatility and divulges her vulnerability.
Comparing the slow ballads to the upper beat singles, I feel that Ariana is better off with her upbeat songs due to her virtuoso vocals! Problem is no doubt the icing on the cake for her latest album. One less problem without ya/ I got one less problem without ya. The song revolves around the failures of a relationships: perhaps this could be based on Ariana’s past relationship with Jai Brooks. Let’s wish Arianna and Big Sean all the best for their everlasting courtship.
Perhaps My Everything is driven by her failed relationship with Jai and the overwhelming extent of pain that she had to overcome with her long flame. Does these phrases sound familiar to you? Break up make up/ Total Waste of time/ Can we please make up our minds and stop acting like we’re blind. Common thoughts that flashes across our mind after a excruciating break up. Could Best Mistake be directed at Jai?
Kudos to Ariana for her bravery in terms of music and love, nailed it overall as compared to her previous album.
Track Cuts: Problem, Why Try & Best Mistake
Reflecting on their emotions and mourning over their past relationships which were filled with ambiguity and agony, American Hi-Fi is back stronger than ever with their new album Blood & Lemonade. This suggests a tinge of robustness and astringency that reflects a more matured and angular approach to their album as compared to their previous releases.
Vengeance and anger can be reflected by the strong emphasis on the drubbing of the drums especially the cymbals and the prodigious guitar solos which is heard in Golden State and Coma. I love the overall appeal of the album as it takes on a fast pace approach which brings out the vigorous side of the band.
Two tracks which piqued me from their latest album will be Allison and Carry The Sorrow.
This place you call your home/ Full of empty promises/ Desires burned out long ago. The first thought which raced to my mind was a broken relationship that will never be savaged. A relationship built on a fort of lies, as both parties start to drift apart from each other. Loved the short bristling dissonances which enhanced the song.
Relatable situations being emulated in Carry The Sorrow. We’ve been living on borrowed time/ Till then I’ll carry the sorrows and I’ll make it a part of myself. Bearing the weight of a cumbersome matter or taking on responsibilities which we don’t intend to carry. There’s no questioning to that as we have to fulfill our role.
Kudos to American Hi-Fi, their hiatus break from music enabled them to develop themselves better as a band with stronger tracks that no longer sound like a high school boy band hankering for new desires!
Track cuts: Golden State and Carry The Sorrow
Photo Credit: Rude Records
As a devoted fan of The Smiths, I've naturally grown to like the somewhat similar work done by The Courteeners and with Concrete Love, the quartet from Manchester's attempt to live up to their Mancurian roots doesn't really match their previous success of Anna.
Despite that, everything here sounds more feel good and very different from their previous records which may suggest they have given up their britpop sound with more electronics going on in my personal favorite White Horse as well as a little modern jangly-pop tune in the extensively-long titled Has He Told You That He Loves You Yet.
How Good It Was is a gem of a track with it's new energy and catchy chorus. "And then she's here, then she's gone" such a perfect starting verse line. The mid-beat International had me thinking do they like singing about boxers? Lead singer Liam Fray mentions Ali and Rocky in this track just like in the previous album which named the former's previous name, Cassius Clay. Weird coincidence.
To me The Courteeners peaked with the work on Anna and some Concrete Love tracks like Next Time You Call and Saboteur really don't progress their potential-filled sound becuase they just don't sound like a Courteeners song. The single Summer stands out for me as it reminds me of their earlier work which in my opinion is a wonderful interpretation of the vague genre that is indie rock.
Track Cuts : How Good It Was, Summer, White Horses
Soulful artist Gentle Bones aka (Joel Tan) is back with a new Extended Play, deriving his endowment from its intimacy and yet he is willing to share it with his listeners.This revolves around the different aspects of love, shunning away from reality or mending a broken heart after a bitter relationship. The roller coaster journey was something which drove Joel to compose tracks such as Elusive, Save Me, Until We Die, Lost and Settle Down. We don’t have to elaborate much about love and Joel allows the lyrics to speak for itself.
There are two tracks which I feel strongly connected with: Save Me and Elusive. Save Me takes on a half rapped and half sung stylistic approach which triumphs in the chorus, in turn channeling out those blunt phrases to convey the pain and intensity of long lost desires. Can’t help but love you more, come back please babe I adore you. Powered by thudding beats and rhythmic grooves, this song edges the listeners to move to the beat.
I love the deep bass tone of the kick drum which resembles the pulsating heartbeat of one when in a desperate situation or it defines ones state of mind after a break up. My interest was piqued after the first listen, and Joel hones the power of composing songs that reflects one's plight. The breathy rasp of his voice accompanied with his falsetto in the chorus brought a crescendo to the song.
While Elusive takes on a mellow approach and I constantly feel myself drifting away to another dimension. And every night I just dream this dream of you/ And calling out the same name over and over again. Love the infusion of the violins which exudes this dreamy feel.
At a tender age of 20, I believe that Joel has a bright future ahead of him. His wistful and resplendent voice injects an appealing depth to tunes. Eagerly anticipated fans of Gentle Bones are in for a treat as his EP certainly meets the benchmark set for him.
Chart topping hit singer Troye Sivan is back with his prior Extended Play entitled TRXYE. The release of single Happy Little Pill made it to the 25th spot on Shazam Australia within 2 weeks.
The animus behind Happy Pill dawned upon Troye when he was swamped by loneliness in LA and someone closed to him started to seek solace in anti- depressants. Happy Pill talks about the aftermath of drugs. My happy little pill take me away/ Dry my eyes / Bring colour to my skies/ My sweet little pill. It reminds me of A Team by Ed Sheeran, both artists are jocular to craft a song behind the abuse of drugs.
Call it love at first sight before sparks is prodded between two love birds, it’s all about the right moment when it comes to love. Touch encapsulates the thoughts of physical intimacy and achieving a close physical relationship based on trust. The slow tempo of the song amalgams with the lyrics as it allows listeners to envision the physical intimacy.
Inspired by the reality of fighting for the army and the current war crisis happening. Fun highlights the truth about the cult reality by joining the army. Just don’t look them in the eyes/ You just gotta take their lives/ Fun you and me in the Middle East.
Are u a victim of a post traumatic breakup? Gasoline will be a perfect fit for you! Troye opens up his feelings in this song filled with integrity which left him feeling doubtful about the release of this song.
Ending it off with The Fault In Our Stars, a ball changing song for Troye. Recorded in his basement and filmed at a local hospital, the video garnered over 3 Million views on YouTube and 100 000 sales from the tracks with all proceedings going to the local hospital.
I certainly wished that there would at least be one up-tempo song as the entire EP is filled with slow tempo songs which has a similar melody!