Nick Lachey’s ode to Chicken of the Sea

banner pop In honor of all the new material from reuniting artist, we decided to bust out some “old school reviews” of some popular songs. So what do we consider to be old school? Any music from 1960’s to 2010. So buckle up for what should be a good trip down memory lane because we start starting off this week’s “Old School Single Review” with 98 Degree’s Nick Lachey’s biggest and most personal hit “What’s Left of Me”

Background

The song was released in 2006, after the divorce of “Pop power couple” Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The song is Nick pulling a Taylor Swift in a classy way.  Like most of Nick’s second album, the song is fuel from the Jessica telling him that their marriage is over and the feelings that Nick had. The song is Nick’s most successful solo single to date. Fun fact: His wife in the video turned into his new real wife Vanessa Minnillo. Yeah, Nick met his new wife on the set of his music video, which was for a song about his ex-wife, that Vanessa played (Wifeception). In the end, Nick would have the last laugh because Jessica’s love life and career would tank after the divorce while Nick’s love life and career exist.

The review:

The song is pretty much the perfect formula for a pop break up song. It has raw emotion and it’s pretty easy to make an emotional connection with the song, especially if you have had your heart-broken. It paints the picture of someone who loved someone and isn’t sure what to do because they feel only half alive/complete. The song progression is pretty legit and is kinda upbeat-ish for a sad song.

The video itself is also amazing because it takes place in the house that Jessica and Nick lived and filmed their reality show in. The story of it takes places as soon as they stopped filming. The furniture and items in the house slowly start to dissolve away which kinda is like his life starting to unravel.

The only thing that doesn’t really work in this video is the fact that Vanessa Minnillo plays his wife. We all know that the song is about Jessica so they might as well had a blonde play her. Overall, the song and the video is really moving and profound.

Rating: 4 Cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna out of 5

What Old School song would you like to see us review? Leave it in the comments below!

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New Album on The Block

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It’s time to adventure back to a time where leg warmers were in and Mark Wahlberg was still with the Funky Bunch and believing that he could rap because New Kids on The Block is back and they have released their newest album. “10” is the newest release from the group and let me tell you; it’s pretty much a trip down from memory lane with the style of music. The album is the group’s seventh studio album in their two-decade span.

Ironically, the album reminds me of the Backstreet Boys’ extremely popular 1999 album “Millennium”.  Basically, it reminds me of 90s pop, which is weird since NKOTB has been around since the 80s. Anyways, this album is great especially if you just want relaxation music because that is what you will get with this album. All the songs, especially their single “Remix (I Like That)”, bring something to offer to this album. Most of the songs are what would be considered ballads, which is rare in this day and age.

What didn’t work? Well, the album is just one big ballad fest. Some of the ballads are upbeat but the only song that’s even brings up the thought of dancing is the single. Granted, this isn’t really a bad thing but it’s not something that you would bring to a hardcore dance  party. It is the thing that you would bring to a nice tea party or even a small party. I’m going to take it as a good thing that this is the only problem with this album

Overall, this album is a step up from their 2008 release, which we won’t even discuss. If you are a boy bander or just a fan of pop music, then this album is pretty much is a buy for you.  This album also sets the boy band album standards high for 98 Degrees, whose album will drop the next month!.

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Remix (I Like that)

Rating: 5 NKOTB members out of 5

 

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Come & Get it, Justin Bieber!

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I know we might seem like we are Selena Gomez’s number one fans with all the post about her but is it our fault that she’s awesome? No! Anyways, her new single “Come & Get it” “leaked” today and let me tell you about how many levels of awesomeness it is. No, seriously, let me  tell you because this is a review of it.

Selena told us in about her new music earlier in the year and it finally happened. According to basically every source and Selena herself, it was “leaked” today. I’m calling bs on that because her single has been pretty much hyped up since Spring Breakers came out (BTW it was bad) and after she leaked the lyrics on her official site, the single ” just happened to leak in the same week and two days before it was going to be released”. Look Selena, you might be the Russo Family wizard but you aren’t fooling anyone (not that I’m bitter about the single leaking).

The Song

 

Oh-My-Gosh! Let’s first talk about the chorus of this song. It’s might be simple but damn, it’s catchy. It’s something that makes you want to dance like no one is watching.

When Seleners first teased us with the a preview, I was a tad scared that this was going to be as bad and disappointing as Spring Breakers but I was wrong. The song is pretty much the best song she has ever released (sorry, but it’s better than “Hit the Lights” and “Love You Like A Love Song”). She should have kicked the scene to the curb sooner because they were obviously just holding her back. Now, it’s obviously the song is a poke at Justin Bieber no matter what anyone says. The way that the lyrics are written only supports this logic. If she didn’t want people to think this then she should haven’t had the lyrics come off like that.

Now what doesn’t work for this song: Sadly, it’s the Bollywood vibe that she tried to add to it. It’s honestly not adding anything to the song itself. If you were to remove it from the songs, it would still be a kick ass song. The Bollywood vibe just feels like it’s just there for kicks.

Would I recommend this song?: Yes, I do! And I even bought the song on iTunes when it came out!

Rating: 4.5 Bottles of Justin Bieber’s tears out of 5

 

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Spring break trailer review, bitches

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Fans of Selena Gomez lost their minds last Thursday after the long-awaited trailer for her new movie Spring Breakers was finally released online.  But don’t be fooled by the film’s cutes-y sounding chick-flick of a title.  This movie is anything but the G-rated Disney fare Selena fans are accustomed to, as Selena herself has stated that “People will be shocked,” by her character and the film itself.

According to imdb, the film basically revolves around four college girls who just want to leave their boring college campus, and have the quintessential spring break trip.  Oh, not to mention rob a bank to fund said trip, party it up, get thrown in jail, bailed out by a sketchy rapper (played by James Franco…seriously?), shoot some guns, do some dirty work, and god only knows what else.  The film is directed by Harmony Korine.  Haven’t heard of him?  He is the director of many equally twisted and obscure films such as Kids, Gummo, and something called Trash Humpers, (which is about exactly what you think it is…let that image just sink in).  Sound like a Disney Channel Original Movie to you? Didn’t think so. Allow us to break down the Spring Breakers trailer for you:

The trailer opens with a giant R rating from the MPAA for “strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout”, meaning that unless you are 17, or have some pretty ingenious (and illegal) pirating skills, you kiddies will not be seeing this movie.  We then see the innocent, baby-faced Selena Gomez being awoken by a few of her familiar Disney-worthy friends Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson…oh and this Rachel Korine person who obviously just got thrown into the film because she is the director’s wife, (for now she is known as “pink hair girl”).  Immediately the girls’ desires are known from a constant, almost tribal chanting of “money” and “spring break” in the background of a montage of classrooms, dorm rooms, and standing in the rain…for some weird reason.  As the broke college girls cook up a plan to fund their escape, gangster rap replaces the chanting, and flashes of their robbery of what appears to be a restaurant are shown.  A split second later, the girls are then whisked away to “Spring Break”, in all it’s booze-y, day-glow bikini, Vespa-riding glory.  Next, it’s hello to Mr. James Franco, looking almost unrecognizable as rapper “Alien”, preaching to a crowd of spring breakers that “THIS IS WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT!” and adding “Y’all” to the end of every sentence, (is that supposed to be a white rapper thing?).  Then just as the party seems to be getting started, we see the girls arrested, in a courtroom, and finally in a holding cell, all the while STILL in those bikinis (you would think they would have packed some clothes).  Busted out of jail by good old Alien, now we see that things are REALLY about to heat up, as Skrillex music blares in the background.  Cue the montage of guns shooting, James Franco’s corn row and grill shots, cases of money, solo cups, day-glow bikinis and blacklights, all the while set to constant base drops courtesy of Skrillex and another round of chanting declaring “spring break forever”.  There you have the glorious, twisted, terrifying, amazing Spring Breakers trailer, and what is sure to kick all that is remaining of Selena’s Disney image to the curb.

Watch the trailer here for yourself…We know we will about a million more times. “Spring break forever, bitches…”

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