Talking about The ᗅᗺᗷᗅ Generation

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In honor the recent début of the ᗅᗺᗷᗅ museum in Sweden, I thought it would only be fitting if we did a review of music by the 4 sexiest swedish teens of the 90s- ᗅᗺᗷᗅ TEEN, better know as The A*Teens. Today we start with their first album: The ᗅᗺᗷᗅ Generation.

This album was pretty much not your average run of the mill tribute album. They took a normal tribute album and pretty much gave it a dose of ecstasy. They reworked all the ᗅᗺᗷᗅ hits and made them more toward the genre that was taking the world by storm- Europpop. Europop was more trance and club oriented. A*Teens helped fuel what was becoming more and more a Europop music scene in America (thanks to Eiffel 65 and Aqua). This album delivered high amounts Europop with every songs creating that you were going to become a slave to music and force to dance (sidenote: I wonder if this was what Britney was taking about).This album was perfect for just driving in your car and dancing.

What didn’t work?: The Ballads. Slow songs like “One of Us” and “Our Last Summer” just didn’t sound and just felt awkward because of the beat. It fit but it still just felt like awkward. I do give them a props for reintroducing the world to the music of ABBA but they should have spent more time on the ballads.

 

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

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Demi Lovato new CD send fans into a glitter attack

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The clock is still ticking for Lovatics everywhere.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 months, you know that Demi Lovato’s fourth studio album, self titled as “DEMI” drops on May 14th.  Eager and ruthless Lovatics however have recently tweeted their little hearts out, myself included, to unlock each song on the upcoming album a WEEK EARLY.  Yes, each song from DEMI is now able to be streamed via her official Vevo page, DemiLovatoVevo.  So as a self proclaimed and quite extreme Lovatic (I have a tattoo dedicated to the girl for God’s sake), who was recently blessed with this opportunity to listen to each song from the album IN THEIR ENTIRETY a week early…I feel it is my duty to present you with a track by track review of each song on DEMI, and give my overall thoughts on the album. So, here goes nothing…

 

Heart Attack:

The first single that was released in March starts the album off with a familiar bang.  You know the song, you love the song and it sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Favorite parts: That crazy run of high notes in the bridge…Damn girl.

Made in the USA:

This track was recently announced as the next single and music video from the album, which Demi directed herself.  The track is lighthearted and poppy, and sounds like a radio station’s dream.  Perfectly mainstream with just the right amount of uniqueness that is quintessentially Demi.

Favorite parts: The banjo picking near the end of the song, and the catchy chorus.  “Our love was made in the USA…”

Without the Love:

Upbeat track with a slightly depressing theme, once again perfectly and totally Demi.  The melody to this is hella catchy and seriously makes me wonder who this song is exactly about, as do the majority of the songs on the album…where are the T-Swift type hidden games in the liner notes when you need them?

Favorite parts: The bridge, and the chorus are so powerful. “What good is a love song without the love?…”

 

Neon Lights:

THIS SONG! Oh my god…SO different from anything Demi has ever done on an album.  Mainstream sounding? Yes. But in this case it works perfectly. The chorus is crazy catchy and was stuck in my head long after I first heard it.  The little breakdown after the chorus makes me want to fist pump…and I don’t fist pump. Ever. It’s safe to say you actually see neon lights in your head as you listen to this song, and long after it ends.

Favorite parts: That frickin’ chorus is LIFE. “Baby when they look up at the sky. We’ll be shooting stars just passing by. You’ll be comin’ home with me tonight. And we’ll be burning up like neon lights…” And not to mention those notes are CRAZY.

Two Pieces

Demi tweeted lyrics to this song last week, sending myself and all Lovatics into a tizzy.  This song is beautiful.  The melody is so unique and different in the pre-chorus, then that drum that comes in when the chorus hits is perfect.  Simply put, it is too good. Perfect, and very reminiscent of something that could have been on “Here We Go Again”.

Favorite parts: The lyrics. “There’s a boy lost his way looking for someone to play.  There’s a girl in the window, tears rolling down her face…” So youthful and just plain pretty. Loving it.

Nightingale

Probably the most hyped up song on the album.  Demi had tweeted about this song in early 2013 when work first began on the album, and Lovatics have been awaiting this song in particular the most.  The melody is beautiful, and her voice is spot on. Not a speck of autotune here. Crossing my fingers I will get to hear this song live because I feel like she will just kill it. So good.

Favorite parts: “Can you be my nightingale? Sing to me, I know you’re there…”…and those notes she hits. Woah.

In Case

Not gonna lie. I heard the demo version of this a week before it was released, and I wasn’t thrilled. However after hearing Demi’s version of the track, the song has grown on me. A depressing song? Yes. But beautiful nonetheless.  Not my favorite track on the album, but still very good.

Favorite parts: Some pretty damn powerful lyrics here…”Strong enough to leave you, but weak enough to need you. Cared enough to let you walk away…”

 

Really Don’t Care” (feat. Cher Lloyd)

LOVE this song. So catchy. Definitely one of those taunting kind of songs to say “Guess what…I hate you.” Also one of those that makes me die wanting to know who it’s about. “I can’t believe I ever stayed up writing songs about you…” WHAT?! Who is this about Demi?! I need to know. The only confusing part of this track is the Cher Lloyd collaboration.  The girl is in the song for a total of 15 seconds, if that, and is rapping a little diddy that Demi herself could have done way better. I mean it’s a cute little rap but…still…

Favorite parts: Has to be this line, “Now if we meet out on the street I won’t be runnin’ scared. I’ll walk right up to you and put one finger in the air…” Hmm…I wonder what finger that would be? 😉

Fire Starter

MY JAM RIGHT NOW. Seriously this song is amazing. I could also see this being a single, and doing very well on radio if given the chance. So catchy and very upbeat. Also one of many songs that have a “fire” theme to them. This album is the epitome of Demi Lovato being represented as a phoenix. Rising from the ashes stronger than ever before…

Favorite parts: “I’m a badass jumping off a moving train. I’m a Jane Bond puttin’ all them guys to shame…I’m a firestarter. I’m a sweet disaster. I melt hearts like water.” LOVE…

Something That We’re Not

Very much like “Really Don’t Care” in that it’s one of those “eff you” kind of songs. Demi apparently has some dude that just needs to get a damn clue and leave her alone. Very catchy song. Love the beginning too.

Favorite part: The point in the song when everything stops, and Demi just says straight up: “Not gonna happen dude.”…OOOOH! Do you need some ice for that BURN?

Never Been Hurt

Pretty good song. But very similar to the track “Unbroken” from her last album. The lyrics are also quite similar. “I will love you, like I’ve never been hurt…” Still very catchy and good beat though.  It has one of those breakdown moments at the end of the chorus that seems very T-Swift in “I Knew You Were Trouble”.  One of those songs that probably should have been a bonus track, but still sits contently on the album anyways…

Favorite part: The little breakdown post-chorus, and the bridge.

Shouldn’t Come Back

Slower song. Bit of a sad song…But the vocals on this are unbelievable. The falsetto on the chorus is a refreshing change of pace, since the majority of the tracks on the album are Demi full on belting. For some reason I feel like this song could be about her estranged biological father…but that’s just my opinion. These lyrics are also some of the most powerful and deep on the entire album. You can just tell that Demi was in tears as she recorded the track. Powerful and perfect. Rounds out the second half of the album nicely.

Favorite part: The lyrics are crazy deep and too long to list…and the hauntingly heartbroken melody is beautiful.

 

Warrior

If ever there were a Demi song to describe my life, this is it. This is basically the “Skyscraper” of this album. This is without a doubt the most powerful song on the album. Not gonna lie…I cried when I first heard it. Demi lays everything out on the line in this song. Basically saying she’s been through hell, and has made it through stronger than ever. Once again the fire and ashes references run all through this track for an even more present phoenix theme. Although this song will most likely never be a single, I feel like it would have the same radio appeal as Christina Aguliera’s “Beautiful” once did. Beautifully composed and arranged, with deep and powerful lyrics. If you don’t feel Demi’s struggle and triumph, or your own for that matter in this song, then you obviously have no soul. Sorry about that….

Favorite parts: The entire thing. Listen to these lyrics. They represent not only my life and most likely many other girls, but more importantly Demi’s life, struggles, and rebirth as a stronger person…”I am a warrior.”

 

***BONUS TRACK***

I Hate You Don’t Leave Me

This track is the bonus track included with the Target edition of DEMI. The ONLY bonus track at that…I mean…Why can Taylor Swift have an entire special “Red” edition of her album sold at Target with TONS of bonus goodies, and DEMI get’s one song….Anyways, I digress. This track is perfect. A bit of a mellow, more downer of a song, so I can see why they left it off the album to balance out the feel, but in my opinion it should have taken the place of “Never Been Hurt”. This is another one of those way personal songs. The lyrics are almost whispered in places, and you really hear the desperation in Demi’s voice, pleading her love to stay. The song also addresses abandonment issues and lyrics allude to the root of the problem being once again her jerk of a biological father. The song is beautiful though regardless of the subject matter. Do I think it is work going to Target just to buy this edition? No….But do I think you should download it online like I did? Hell yeah.

 

So there you have it….A track by track review of DEMI.  Don’t forget (hey look, a first album pun right there!) to pick up your copy of the album May 14th, or to preorder on iTunes right now….Thanks Hollywood Records for giving this Lovatic something to keep me satisfied until I can get my hands on a physical copy of DEMI. You’re a peach. 😉

 

Rating: 4.5 Bows out of 5

98 Degrees makes a comeback

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The redheaded stepchildren of the 90s are back and they are coming out full steam ahead. 98 degrees released their first album in 13 years, 2.0, today and while they were everyone’s guilty pleasure back during the golden era of pop, this album brings you equal amounts of classic 98 Degrees plus a touch of a new school with a hint of somewhat subtle sexually innuendoes.

The album isn’t really what I expected, especially after hearing Microphone. I thought it would be a bunch of men in their mid 30 (can I just say that they look like they haven’t even aged since 2002) singing about sex and getting girls in the club. Surprisingly, Microphone is the only song with any “hidden sexual messages”. Most of the songs on the album are normal 98 Degrees style lyrics and music. The album kinda of reminds me of the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience. It’s that blend of pop music with a R&B kind of beat that makes this album what it is. The album is good time and feature ballads, that is 98 Degrees’ speciality.

What didn’t work?: Well, I know that this was a common theme with them before they spilt but Nick Lachey is pretty much featured on most of the songs (He even starts the majority of them). And then when it wasn’t Nick, it was Jeff. While Nick’s voice is the most publicly known and Jeff’s voice match his soulful vocals, it would have been nice to hear Drew and Justin more (especially since Drew is now more relevant than the rest due to his dancing ability). This awkward to hear them since songs about being in a club at first since they all are either married, have kids, and/or both. While I totally understand and get that people still goes to clubs in their mid to late 30s, it’s just something that is less heard of so when you do hear about it-it’s controversial.

Overall, I recommend listening to the album because it’s a quality album (it even has acoustic versions of two classic 98 degree songs).

Rating: 3.5 degrees out of 5

Got any opinion on the newest 98 degrees album? Let us know in the comments below.

Ke$ha gets cray-cray

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There’s a time in an artist second album when they must release their third single.The lovable and glittery miscreant Ke$ha has reached that point in her life with her newest single, “Crazy Kids”.

When I first heard this song on her extremely well done album “Warrior”, It was my favorite song on the album. It’s more mellow compared to the rest of the singles that Ke$ha has released in the past and I like the softer side of K-E-Dollar Sign-Ah. Just by the way the songs starts off, it just sounds like something the you can chill to and it’s hook is catchy (but what Ke$ha isn’t catchy?). Then it just goes to the Ke$ha that we know and love.

Now the single version is way different from the version that is on the album. The single has the one and only will.i.am on it and he “spits some rhymes on it”. This basically ruins the song. Even though he’s on there for like a hot second, it is enough to basically ruin the track. His lines absolutely have nothing to do with the song and it would have been, is, better without it. Granted, Will help Ke$ha write the song and he should have left it at that. Will actually brought something to Britney’s “Big Fat Bass” but this was just “oh, there is will.i.am

Rating: 2 big fat basses out of 5 (the album version was better, actually 5 out of 5)