Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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‘Final Destination 3’ takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions

After watching “Final Destination 2,” my faith in humanity and movie sequels were slightly restored. It didn’t last long as soon as I decided to watch continue down the path of the “Final Destination” franchise with the third movie. Ugh. Let’s chat about “Final Destination 3.” Don’t worry, we can only go up from here. Sigh.

Me watching this movie

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You can run, but you cannot hide. This is the beginning of the end.

“Final Destination 3” was released in February 2006. It was directed by James Wong, who directed the first movie, and would be the final movie in the series that he would be a part of. This would also be the last movie that has the original creator in it. This is the first movie in the cast that doesn’t have any connections to the original film. They bring it up but that’s more to continue the plot just a little continuity. The movie’s two main stars are Ryan Merriman (“Smart House” and “Luck of the Irish”) and
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and “Passions”). Some other names in the movie are Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star” and “So Weird”) and the late Cory Monteith (“Glee”).

I really like Ryan and Mary in their roles. They honestly were the best in the entire film. The way they did their characters and interacted with each other. They really carried the film and made their characters. I also really like hearing Ryan Merriman swear. Former kid/teen stars swearing is literally like seeing and petting a unicorn. But the others acting was okay. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t like anything that we have gotten in the past two movies. And

“Final Destination 3” follows the same plot as the first two. It just so happens that they are in an amusement park this time and they were all supposed to die on a roller coaster. But Wendy (Mary) has a vision of their deaths and saves her, Kevin (Ryan), and five other teens. By using the pictures that she took of them from that night, Wendy and Kevin must try to help the rest of the survivors cheat death and live.

The one good thing about the film is how they changed the visions up compared to the last two movies. I liked how they are pictures were the visions. It added more of a mystery to each death. Like you have an idea on how they were going to die but it was so vague that you didn’t find out until it actually happened.

The death scenes in this movie aren’t very good. They are just so fake and too much CGI. I think they tried to change to get more innovated with the deaths but it just honestly fell flat. The deaths in the last two movies featured realistic deaths. That’s what made them so great. They were deaths that could happen to you, for the most part. Not so much in this movie. They were going more for the shock of creativity and not the shock of realism, which it should be. Probably the most iconic death in the entire series is when two characters die in a tanning bed. Just the way it’s handled and shot is literally everything.

“Final Destination 3” isn’t anything compared to the first two films. It’s not the worst film in the franchise, we’ll get there. But it’s not the best. I do like how they handled the vision with this movie. It was a welcome changed. The deaths in this movie aren’t very good, besides the tanning bed deaths. They aren’t realistic and just come off as a CGI fest. They tried but it just didn’t work. I recommend watching “Final Destination 3” just for Ryan Merriman swearing and his and Mary Elizabeth Winstead acting in the film.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Top 5ive: Jessica Simpson

After going down the well with my Top 5ive list for the lovely Mandy Moore, I thought it would be fitting to adventure back to Jessica Simpson’s music career. While she goes by Jessica Johnson now and beauty and fashion guru, we all remember how much we loved her on “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” as well as her iconic role of Daisy Duke in the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jessica is an underrated pop and country princess. To celebrate her, here are her top 5ive singles.

Classic Jessica Sim

5. “Where Are You” Featuring Nick Lachey

We all remember where we were when we heard that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced they were getting a divorce. Behind Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, they were the IT Couple. This song was their first duet. It’s extremely adorable with the vocals being everything on it. The video itself is iconic as it’s literally Nessica, or Jick just be adorable in various romantic locations. It’s a “musical couple goals” video.

4. “I Wanna Love You Forever”

Jessica’s first single, “I Wanna Love You Forever” is probably the strongest single that she released off of her first album “Sweet Kisses.” It really shows off Jessica’s vocals and really set her aside from Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, 2/3 of the Holy Trinity. The video itself is random and weird but seeing Jessica Simpson in a field of sunflower while she hits those high notes is adorable.

3. “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

When you think of Daisy Duke, besides the iconic jean shorts, you think of Jessica Simpson. Her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” appeared on the soundtrack for her movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The music video is just her in a bar with Willie Nelson while clips from the movie played around it. The song is extremely catchy. It will get stuck in your head. It also came out right after she and Nick ended their marriage. So she sexed up her image with for the role and video. She pretty much became more of a sex symbol.

2. “Irresistible”

“Irresistible” was Jessica’s become a pop sex symbol like her holy trinity members. She was actually the first to really sex up her image. This song came out in April 2001, Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” came out in September 2001, and Christina’s “Dirrty” came out in July 2002. You can thank Jessica for that. The song was extremely well done. It’s honestly one of my personal favorites of hers. “Irresistible” is an underrated bop with a video that slays.

Honorable Mention

“A Public Affair”

Just because “A Public Affair” didn’t make the list, doesn’t mean that we should honor this song because it was ahead of its time. It came off of her fifth album of the same name, the song was different than what we had gotten previously from her. It was more synthpop instead of just Pop with a little flare to it. The video had a rather all-star cast with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Maria Menounos, Andy Dick, and Ryan Seacrest. It’s just her and her friends having a fun time while dreaming of having an affair with a guy that looks like her ex-husband. “A Public Affair” got a bad wrap when it was first released. #JusticeforAPublicAffair.

1. “With You”

This song is probably Jessica’s best single and it’s for obvious reasons. It’s an anthem for being so in love that with someone that they don’t care if you are dress extremely nice, put on a lot/any makeup, etc. It’s an anthem for letting someone just fall in love with you and how you make yourself to look like. The video itself just shows Jessica living her life and being sexy doing things around her house. There’s even an iconic scene of her seductively eating wings. This video sums up why we all love Jessica Simpson/Johnson.

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A postive review of Demi Lovato’s ‘Unbroken’

Back in January 2019, I wrote a positive review of Britney Spears’ worst received album “Britney Jean.” That was probably the hardest review I have written. It’s harder than it looks to write a positive piece about something that was crappier than a sewer pipe in Manhattan. Because a little part of me like pain and torture, it’s time that we take a look at Demi Lovato’s “Unbroken.” The vain of every Lovatics existence.

This review will be reaching as I try to make this album seems less crappy

You’re my only shorty

How this is going to work is that I’m going to talk positively about the album without mentioning the singles. So “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break” won’t be mentioned at all. It’s like they never existed, what we all wish would happen with this album. If I do a good job, then I’ll allow myself one paragraph to bitch and moan about this album.

At least the photoshoot was pretty, unlike that hat

“Unbroken” was released in the fall of 2011. It was Demi’s first album since having to go to rehab and dealing with her personal issues. It’s a lot more mature than the previous two albums. Demi wrote the album based on her personal struggles that she was facing at the time. She worked with artists such as Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Dev, Lyaz, and Jason Derulo. It was very nice of her to give these people clout and relevancy again.

The album has one consistent theme throughout most of the album and that is party song. Those songs touch on things like having fun, self-empowerment, and love. I appreciated that Demi tried her hand at creating something different with her music. I also appreciated that she took the time to make something for her fans.

There are some ballads on the album but dance-pop/R&B music make up most of it. Those party songs are good to dance songs if you are either high, drunk, or all of the above. Demi’s vocals are rather good on the album. But it’s Demi Lovato. She could be singing “Baby Shark” and it would sound amazing.

If you don’t want to hear my actual thoughts then I would just skip what follows. I earned my right to bitch and moan about “Unbroken.” So without further ado, here are my thoughts on “Unbroken:”

This album isn’t very good as Demi openly admits that she wrote this album when she wasn’t sober. It very much shows. You know what an album this is going to be when both the song titles and artist that she is working with make you go “what the fuck?” I don’t know why Demi would pick a song called “You’re My Only Shorty.” Unless it’s a subtle sorry to the dancer she punched in the face, Ariana Grande demoed the song and didn’t like it so why did she? Probably the drugs and booze. And I’m not making fun of Demi’s addiction. I’m just saying it had a lot to do with the quality of the album.

“Unbroken” is a sentiment that even talented people can release shit every once and awhile. I hope you enjoyed my positive review of “Unbroken.” I hurt every fiber of my soul to write this. I’m very glad that Demi took the time to make something. I just wish next time, someone lets her know when it’s not good.

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