Album review| ‘Future Nostalgia’

On Friday, March 27, during the dark times, I decided to take a dive into Dua Lipa’s sophomore album “Future Nostalgia.” I had limited non experience with Dua, Miss Lipa if you are nasty. The only thing that I knew about her is what an anonymous friend who visits concerts frequently said about her; “She looks bored on stage.” With that being said, here’s my thoughts on “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa.

You want a timeless song, I wanna change the game

“Future Nostalgia” is a Europop album that creates an nostalgia feel with the blending of disco and pop music together.

“What I wanted to do with this album was to break out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to make music that felt like it could sit alongside some of my favorite classic pop songs, whilst still feeling fresh and uniquely mine,” Dua Lipa said in an interview with Metro, “My sound has naturally matured a bit as I’ve grown up but I wanted to keep the same pop sensibility as I had on the first record.”

The entire album is just a joy to listen to from start to finish. The album is broken up into two sections: Track 1-5 is more upbeat and banger while Tracks 6-11 is more of slower tempo songs and have a little more deeper lyrically meaning. And it transitions between the two sections so well.

None of the songs are fillers and you won’t filter through the songs because all of the songs are that good. The album is inspired by music of artists that Dua listened like Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Outkast. You can definitely tell that as she samples their styles in the song.

“Future Nostalgia” is the perfect pop album. Words cannot describe how well this album is. I’ve been listening to it non-stop and haven’t gotten tired of it. I brings on all the feels. I highly recommend checking out the album because it’s that good.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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The Battle of Demi Lovato’s discography

Back in the day, I would place two artists in the Pop Project Arena for a little column that I like to call Pop Project Versus. The problem with this comes when an artist is still releasing music and those numbers are constantly changing because they were based in sales. I do not have the time to literally update every single article. So I had this little idea: why not take an artist put their albums ratings up against each other to see which album will reign supreme.

So how this will work: I’m taking the album ratings from Metacritic, a site that takes all the reviews and gives an average based on the scores. This is a test run of it so please kind to this idea. To give this a test run, I thought we would start with the rankings of Demi Lovato’s albums. Now the only thing going against this is that her first album “Don’t Forget” doesn’t have a Metacritic score. I decided to make my own based on the reviews. So let’s dive into Demi’s discography and rate her albums.

Last Place

“Unbroken”

Click here for our positive review of “Unbroken”

Demi’s third studio album, “Unbroken,” is her lowest placing album in the rating. Released in September 2011, “Unbroken” scored a 59 overall. Surprisingly, it got decent reviews. If you have listened to the album, you understand why this album got the score. It was her best work. In fact, it’s probably her most meh work. “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break” were the singles for the album and where frankly the best songs off the album.

Fifth Place

“Demi”

Click here for our Review of “Demi”

Demi’s last album solely on Hollywood Records, “Demi,” comes in at a fifth place. Released in May 2013, the overall reviews for this album were mixed but favorable, which is shocking because it wasn’t a bad album. “Demi” scored at 64 overall. It wasn’t her best work, but it definitely better than “Unbroken.” Everything is better than “Unbroken.” Besides the singles “Heart Attack,” “Made in the USA,” “Neon Lights,” and her sad collab with Cheryl Loyd, “Really Don’t Care,” “Nightingale” is one you need to listen to it.

Fourth Place

“Here We Go Again”

This one is frankly shocking, but Demi’s second album “Here We Go Again” isn’t in the top two. In came very close to being in there. It had favorable reviews with a 65 score when it was released in July 2009. One of my favorite albums from Miss Lovato. The singles, “Here We Go Again” and “Remember December,” are bops, and most of the songs are there are great. “For the Love of a Daughter” was suppose to be on this album but ended up being on “Unbroken.” It was such a shame. This version is the better version. 

Third Place

“Don’t Forget”

Produced by her former Disney pals, the Jonas Brothers, and their producer, “Don’t Forget” is her debut album. It was Demi’s way of introducing herself to the world when it came out in September 2008. It also set up her two-album rock sound. Sure, it sounds like the Jonas’ third album “A Little Bit Longer,” which came out one month prior, but it still rocked hard. “Get Back, “La La Land,” and “Don’t Forget” are the singles and the songs to rock out to. “The Middle” and “Worlds Collide” also bops, and you need them in your life.

Second Place

“Tell Me You Love Me”

Released in September 2017, almost ten years after “Don’t Forget,” this is the latest album from Miss Lovato. “Tell Me You Love Me” ended with a rating of 72 and received favorable reviews. The vocals on this album are straight fire. It’s probably her best album for that. I would literally sit here and list all the songs that you should check out, but just check out the entire album. Seriously this album is everything. Such a good album.

First Album

“Confident”

Click here to read the review of “Confident”

Now it’s time where we got what the critics have reviewed as Demi’s best album. “Confident” was released in October 2015. It received a 74 score and great reviews. This album is just filled with pop bangers and is just a great album to listen to if you need a boost in mood. “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident” are usually the standouts that most people think of, and can you really blame them for that? But all the songs are great and something you need in your life. While I don’t consider it personally her best work, that would be “Tell Me You Love Me,” this was definitely a precursor for that album.

HONORABLE MENTION

“Moves Me”

You know the bop. Don’t lie.

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‘Someday (I Will Understand)’ is an underrated Britney Spears song

On Thursday, March 5th, Katy Perry released “Never Worn White,” which was here announcing to the world that she was expecting a child with her fiancè Orlando Bloom. While this is all well and good, and I’m happy for Katy. This brought back some memories. Memories of a certain Queen of Pop’s extremely underrated pregnancy song. It was overlooked as Rolling Stones, the magazine and not the band, called the song a “freakishly sappy flop single.” It brought on the dark times in the life of Britney Jean Spears’ career. “Someday (I Will Understand)” is her ode to her unborn children.

You’ll see it all in your baby

“Someday (I Will Understand)” was released by Britney Spears in August of 2005. It was apart of an EP that Britney released as bonus content for the DVD of her reality show “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic,” which followed the start of her relationship with her former backup dancer, Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed. It officially premiered after the final episode of the show. The song was entirely written by Britney on her own. It was produced by Guy Sigworth, the same producer who worked with Britney on “Everytime.” 

The song is an empowering song about being pregnant. “Someday” was written two weeks before Britney knew that she was pregnant. It’s a simple ballad that isn’t overproduced and kept it simple. Lyrically, it’s deep without you need to sleep on it and think about it. That’s honestly the best kind of pop song. It’s like candy. While the fancy candy is always something good, but the candy-like Skittles will still be delicious.

The music video is just stunning. It’s all in black and white and only features Britney walking around and singing to her unborn child. Slightly strange at the time, but now the video is exceptionally artistic and just beautiful. Before her revealing her baby bump, no one was aware that she was pregnant. This video was her coming out for her baby. The video was somewhat iconic for its simplistic nature. It showcases her transformation into a mother.

Personally, I feel like the song is overshadowed due to what was happening in Britney’s personal life. Her relationship with K-Fed started off scandalously. Eventually, it led up to her, shaving her head, among other things. The song is also get overshadowed by her iconic album “Blackout.” While “Blackout” is her most celebrated work next to “In the Zone,” the songs on that little “throwaway” EP that came with the DVD is actually rather good. That album and her personal troubles go hand in hand. 

Verdict

Overall, “Someday (I Will Understand)” is slow-burn bop. It’s a song that didn’t really get the recognition it deserves until years later. Even still, that recognition isn’t what a song like this deserves. I highly recommend checking out this song and video, especially if you are a fan of high-quality pop ballads.

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‘The Circle’ is something everyone needs to watch

I have a new addiction and boy, it’s one that I didn’t think I would have. Netflix has released its latest reality show, and frankly, it’s much needed in this day and age of reality television. It takes our love for social media and social experiments, and make it all into one big lovely hot mess. It’s time we talk about “The Circle.” Not to be confused with the 2017 film of the same name. Spoiler: it was meh.

It pays to not be yourself

“The Circle” is a reality show where eight players move into an apartment and use a social media app, called The Circle, to compete for $100,000. The players never meet face-to-face but use social media to judge, make alliances, and rank their fellow players. Like most things that we love, it originally came from the British. We have to love the British for some of our favorite shows.

The two players at the top of the rankings will then decided the player that will get blocked, aka eliminated, from the competition. There are games/activities that they use to get to know info about each other. New players join the game at different times throughout. The winner is decided by the player voting and ranking everyone based on who was most popular.

The key to playing and winning “The Circle” is how you are being perceived online. It’s on how you are interacting with your fellow players. It’s a modern take of “Big Brother.” Let’s be real for a moment, US “Big Brother” has been slacking recently and isn’t as good as it once was. This gave me old school BB vibes, and I was all here for it. The personalities are big and bold and actually there to play the game in front of them. Sure, it probably won’t last long, but it will still be good while it continues.

If you like a good reality show, like “Big Brother,” then I highly recommend check it out. New episodes come out every Wednesday, with the last set coming out on January 15th, 2020. It’s worth your time and worth watching. It’s literally everything.

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