Poppy gets edgy and deep with newest album ‘Am I A Girl?’

She’s your internet girl

Everyone’s favorite YouTube star has released her second album on Halloween of all days. No, it’s not JoJo Siwa. She did team up with Jake Paul for something. I’m talking about Poppy. Everybody loves Poppy. Everyone wants to be her.

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“Am I A Girl?” is Poppy’s second album. Honestly, this is her second strongest release to date. Her strongest was her EP that she released as That Poppy called “Bubblebath.” It’s very much so underrated.  So is some of the promo singles released too. “Am I A Girl?” is a mix of electronic pop music and rock music. I really enjoyed the rock part of the album. I want an entire rock album from her. Her vocals sound extreme good with a metal backing. It was something that was unexpected when I started to listen to “Am I A Girl?” I wasn’t the biggest fan of her first album “Poppy. Computer.” It wasn’t a bad album but it just fell short of what it could have been. It might have been the fact that “Bubblebath” was so good. The lyrics on this album is honestly everything. They have a deep meaning with them. The album is split into different segments. As you get go through the album, the more edgy and rock/metal it gets. There’s even some iconic lines in there that is will make you laugh and just die because they are iconic. I highly recommend giving “Am I A Girl?” a listen. It’s all bops with extremely good and catchy lyrics are meaningful. I love me a catchy tune with a great message. Poppy is still the queen of the Internet.  I hope she is able to capitalize on this album and ride it the metal road into the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ariana Grande sends her exes love in ‘Thank u, Next’

At least this song is a mash

On Saturday, Ariana Grande had a mission. Miss Grande, Ms. Butera if you’re nasty,  spilled that tea on former lover Pete Davidson and then teased the world with information on her newest album. Not to be outdone by her earlier Twitter tea, she gave the world her newest single “Thank U, next.” Yep, Ariana Grande is that bitch that gave the world an empowerment/self-love anthem.

Ms. Butera on Twitter lately. I’m living for it.

“Thank U, Next” is a classic Ariana Grande bop. It’s better than all of the Pharrell Williams tracks off of “Sweetener,” her latest album that came out in August of 2018. The beat is addictive and the lyrics are extremely and openly honest. This is the Ariana that I live for. I like the Ariana that is just feeling things and sharing what she is feeling with everyone. She’s more mature and helping people with how she’s feeling.

The song’s lyrics are very self-aware and self-reflective. She calls out her exes in the song but rather than trash them, she thanks them for helping her in her self growth. No one really thanks their exes in this way before. Most songs are just tearing down their exes for breaking their heart or something like that *cough* Taylor Swift*cough.*

“Thank U, Next” is a quality bopthem. Yep, I created a new word because of Ms. Butera. I’m honestly all for what this album “Thank U, Next” will bring. It sounds like so far like it’s going to be classic Ari.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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An honest talk about Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ is here! I have some thoughts

This isn’t a formal review of Ariana Grande’s newest album “Sweetener.” This is just a collection of my thoughts that I had when I’ve listened to this album. I decided to take the weekend to let the entire album sink in. That’s not a bad thing at all. I can already tell you that it is going to be an album that people will split on. Let’s get started on the breakdown on this album.

Ariana Grande can finger the Earth all she wants. She just loves anything with holes. Remember her licking donuts?

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Let’s talk about it…

I have mixed feeling on “Sweetener.” Ariana is experimenting and growing as an artist and I’m here for it. I really enjoyed the album and thought that it was a fun listen. Stuff like how the lyrics and how she made the littlest thing dirty is what I enjoyed the most. She turned ice cream into a sex reference. It’s that kind of album. It’s those moments that will go unnoticed because of how the album was produced.

Personally, I think Pharrell had too much control on the album. I have nothing against them. In small doses, I think the dude is fine. But some of the album just seems are over-produced and it’s his songs. There’s just too much going on. I enjoyed the second half of the album, which he didn’t touch besides a few. It takes a few listens to like his songs. I like to compare this relationship to the working relationship that will.i.am and Britney Spears had. They did one slightly good song, “Scream & Shout,” and the next thing you know he over-produced her 2013 album “Britney Jean,” which is her worst album. I respect both highly but their contributions to “Sweetener” and Britney Spears’ discography, respectively, weren’t anything good. They are a little out of touch on what sounds like music people would listen to.

The collabs on the album also aren’t anything to go home about. “The Light is Coming” is a hot mess with Nicki Minaj. I would have just placed Ariana and Nicki’s song “Bed” in its spot because it’s a strong and more enjoyable song. Fans made better versions of the song. “Borderline” was just there and has this weak verse from Missy Elliot. It just seemed like both didn’t have time to be there so they rushed it real quick in the studio. I’m just going to ignore the Pharrell collab. You probably could guess my thoughts on it.

Again, I really enjoyed listening to the album. I had a very good experience listening to it. I just happened to really enjoy the non-Pharrell track, or the second half way more. “Sweetener” came across over-produced and lacking a solid direction. There was Pharrell’s direction and what I’m assuming was Ariana’s direction. If it was more like Ariana’s direction, then there would be no division. “God is a woman” and “no tears left to cry” are going to be the standouts of the album. My other favorites are “everytime,” “breathin,” and “goodnight n go.”

There is a song dedicated to those that died at the terrorist attacks during one of Ariana’s concert. “get well soon” is five minutes and 22 seconds long, which is the date that the event happened. “get well soon” is a  lovely track produced by Pharrell. It even ends with 40 seconds of silence in their honor. Before it, Ariana Grande dedicated a song to her fiancé Pete Davidson. It’s a sweet song that doesn’t really add anything to the album. It’s like getting your lover’s name tattooed on you. I wish them both all the love and happiness in the world *sips some of that tea.*

The verdict

Overall, I don’t see “Sweetener” being the album that people recommend when they think of Ariana Grande. That is sad because with songs like “no tears left to cry” and “God is a woman,” it had so much potential. But over-production that caused it to have lack of consistency is its downfall. “Dangerous Woman” continues to be the strongest album of her to date. I enjoyed “Sweetener” but just wished it was more like the non-Pharrell songs. If I had to give it a rating, then it would be a 3.5 out of 5. “Sweetener” needs to work, bitch, if it looking to live up to “Dangerous Woman.”

Oh, here’s the Pharrell songs: “blazed,” “the light is coming,” “R.E.M,” “sweetener,” “successful,” “borderline,” and “get well soon.”

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Cher returns with cover of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

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Has anyone seen my wig? Because it has blown off

Just when you thought 2018 couldn’t get any worse, the goddess Cher came down from the heavens and have kissed the world with the release of her newest single and a date for her newest album. That’s right, we have a new Cher song.

Cher announced that she would be releasing an ABBA cover album when she was doing press for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” The Goddess of Pop and Twitter has teased us for weeks with the track list and teasers for what would be the first song off of the album, entitled “Dancing Queen.” Last Wednesday, we were given “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A Man After Midnight.”

Cher’s version of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” is the best combination of Cher and ABBA that one could ever imagine. It still follows everything that made the original song such a great song. Cher adds a bit of her own charm and style to it. The song sounds like it was ripped out of the same era as Cher’s “Believe.” She made using autotune famously and she is the only one that is able to use and now sound like a total douche.

Overall, it’s an extremely well down song but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Cher. I mean, c’mon IT’S CHER! I cannot wait to see what else she has done with the other ABBA songs that she covered. Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing “The Winner Takes it All.” I love me a good Cher ballad.

Cher’s album “Dancing Queen” is available for pre-order and will be out on September 28th.

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