The Wanted Owns the Night

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The bad boys of the United Kingdom’s music scene are back and they have released their newest single, “We Own the Night”. Take a listen to the newest The Wanted single:

The new single is very much a The Wanted song. It’s musically different from their hit “Walks like Rihanna” but still sounds like a normal song they would put out. It also reminds me a lot of Ke$ha’s “The Last Goodbye” with the melody and chorus. The irony about this situation is that The Wanted is singing out partying and Ke$ha isn’t (never thought I would see the day). The song is pretty much a wonderful end of summer anthem, which is coming up soon.

My favorite part of the song is the ending because it’s a kind of acoustic slow down part of the song where it still carries the overall theme and riff of the song but on a piano. And we all know that Piano’s makes things classy. The chorus is also extremely catchy like anything that has a na-na-na part (I called it the Na-Na-Na effect).

What we didn’t like? It sound like something we have heard before, i.e. Ke$ha. The song doesn’t sound like it’s a brand new single from them. It sounds like a song that we have all heard before (it might to do with the fact that every artist/band these days has a song and/or album called “We Own the Night”).  The other songs by them have sounded like fresher than this song.

Song is still a good song and a good end of summer anthem, it’s just sounds like something we’ve heard before, which will ultimately be the downfall of this decades music.

 

Rating: 3.5 bottles of Jack out of 5

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Katy Perry makes it roar

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The queen of cupcake bras and fireworks is back and she’s ready to make her new music shine. Katy Perry released her newest single, “Roar”, today and let me tell you….it’s sounds like a Katy Perry song. Take a listen:

The song starts out sounding like “Hard knock life” from Annie and that rap song of the same name by a little rapper known as JAY-Z (I’m eagerly awaiting for a mash-up called “Hard Knock Roar” so get on that internet). The lyrics are very “Firework-y”, and by that I mean they are inspirational. The only difference is that these lyrics paint a better picture than what “Firework” did, which we can thank her “boyfriend” John Mayer for. The lyrics in “Roar” talk about coming out on top when the world is out to get you while “Firework” talks about feeling like a plastic bag in the wind. While one can argue that “Fireworks” is more metaphoric and that the lyrics aren’t meant to be taken literally, I say you’re overthinking it and just to move on with your life.

The song itself will get stuck in your head and make you want to beat it out of your head, which is a standard practice with any Katy Perry song.

What didn’t work for the song? Well, it’s suppose to be musically different than her “Teenage Dream” stuff but it’s realistic isn’t. The lyrics are a thousand times better than the “Teenage Dream” stuff, but the music itself is what’s holding back the song. Katy Perry shouldn’t be playing around with her sound on her fourth album, “Prism”, either. Usually by the fourth album, an artist knows what their sound is and can play around with it a little bit but not totally take their career in another musical direction. Artist that do that, i.e. The Simpson sisters, don’t have success with that album most of the time. Hopefully, Katy will be the exception there but we will have to wait to see if that is the case when she releases “Prism” on October 22.

 

Rating: 3 tigers out of 5

Selena Gomez makes the Stars Dance

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The stars are aligning…and dancing…for 21 year old Selena Gomez’s fourth and possibly final studio album release, Stars Dance. Allow me to begin by saying that this is a dance album, with electronic pop, dance, dubstep inspired tracks. If you are expecting something different or groundbreaking, you won’t find it here. But if you were generally pleased with Selena’s previous musical efforts, (her sophomore dance track filled album A Year Without Rain especially) than Stars Dance will do it for you. Before you pick up your copy on July 23, check out this track by track review of the album brought to you by a girl who has had Selena Gomez herself touch her right arm in one of those awkward side hug…Yeah, I’m pretty legit.

Birthday:

The album begins with this upbeat, definitely dubstep inspired track, that celebrates the cliché variety of partying that only a Birthday can justify, which for recently turned 21 Selena is perfect. In the track, Selena taunts: “Tell ‘em that it’s my birthday” at least a hundred times, and wants you to “blow your dreams away with me”….Let’s play a game shall we? How many sexual innuendos can we find in hidden throughout this album. Ready?….Go. *Cue the never-ending awkward moaning in the background of this track.*

Slow Down:

As Selena’s second single, this track is a nice follow-up to the beaten like a dead horse Come and Get It. Dubstep breakdown and all, this is another upbeat dance track (like the entire album is). My favorite line of this entire song would have to be: “I’m good with mouth to mouth resuscitation, breathe me in breathe me out” (Clever Gomez, clever). The only annoying part of this song are the  shout outs to music producers “The Cataracts”. It makes me think of an eye condition, which is gross.

Stars Dance:

I absolutely love how this track begins. I’m a sucker for strings, so the orchestral opening was refreshing. The lyrics for this song are also really pretty, and almost haunting. “I can make the stars dance/Light up the moon/I can make the stars dance for you…” “Everything I touch turns to love…” SO pretty. This song is just very Selena. It’s the kind of song you expect her to sing and has the style that she is known for and executes well. Probably one of my favorites on the album.

Like A Champion:

Selena is a champion….because this song is hella catchy. The intro I could do without, but the beat of this is great. The track has a definite Jamaican/island feel to it that reminds me of a Rihanna song. The song’s just good, catchy, fun. An album standout? No.

Come and Get It:

Everyone on planet Earth, the moon, stars, and Jupiter has heard this damn song, and is now sick of it. Yeah it was good, the video was beautiful but, now we are done with it. Forever. Do you hear me Top 40 radio? DONE. Moving on……..

Forget Forever:

Remember when this song was leaked months ago as “Rule The World”? Yeah me too. A decent song, but very repetitive. I also think Selena should have stuck with the original title for this song instead of “Forget Forever”…it just fits better and makes more sense. Another game can be played with this album, called “What songs are about Justin D-Bag Bieber”. This one most likely is….It’s probably also one of the few songs on the album that isn’t Selena begging to get some (most likely from Bieber). Sorry not sorry. It’s the truth.

Save the Day:

Another one of my favorites from this album. Very upbeat and really catchy lyrics. Repetitive? Yes….but then again isn’t all dance music? The chorus of this song is the best part: “When the night starts slipping away, save the day.”…This song reminds me of when my old Walkman used to skip while playing a CD…”When the night starts slippin” x7481734817348374 times….But good nonetheless.

B.E.A.T.:

This track is all about just that, the beat. This song is a bit all over the place in that the elements change at least 5 times between the Pre-chorus, chorus and verses…The bridge is insane as well, and almost confusing….Good song, just confusing as hell. “Oh my God, this beat is crack, when I do this you do that.”…

Write Your Name:

This song reminds me of how little girls head over heels in love scribble their notebooks full of their wannabe husbands names….Don’t even pretend you haven’t done it too. The lyrics for this song are very pretty, especially in the bridge. Another one of my favorites from the album just because I feel like it is actually something behind all the electro-pop mumbo jumbo….Just as long as Selena is not writing “Bieber” across that heart of hers anytime soon. Don’t do it girl….

Undercover:

This song is HOT. Enough said…Also my absolute favorite on this album. Probably the most mature song on the album as well. I mean what do little kids think Selena is talking about when she says she wants to go “Undercover”….Come on. “Find me in the shadows, and pull the shades down…You don’t need no other lover, we can keep it undercover. I want to find a place where we can be alone in the dark. You can navigate me like a map you know by heart.”…I mean HELLO. The melody of this slays. The lyrics slay. This song just SLAYS this album. PS- Innuendos galore if you are still playing the game…

Love Will Remember:

Selena…..why did you not keep the voicemail intro for the album version? I mean it’s not like we don’t already know who this song is about. Irregardless, this song is for sure the “slow song” of the album, even though it isn’t even that slow or ballad-like. Personally this song just doesn’t do it for me. It sounds like it was made on a Casio from 1987, and the lyrics just aren’t cutting it. Sorry Selly G but I don’t want to hear your Bieber trouble . ”I still don’t know just how we screwed it up.”….Uh I do, Bieber is an idiot. Get back together with Nick Jonas. Ok? Thanks.

BONUS TRACKS:

Nobody Does It Like You:

Are you still playing the game? Good. This earns you about 7541823748 points. Although it’s most likely about Bieber, and considered a bonus track, this is also one of my favorite songs on this album. Favorite lyrics: “I wanna be your bad girl, you bring out my wild side. I wanna be your bad girl, you bring out my dark side.”

Music Feels Better:

This song reminds me of one of those quintessential pop songs from like 2002…but I like it. The pre-chorus and chorus are tickled with just enough production behind Selena to make it fun and poppy. A happy song, happy lyrics. Need a song to drive around with the windows down to? This is it.

UNOFFICIAL BONUS TRACK:

Sad Serenade:

Selena-Why was this not on your album? This song technically isn’t on any version of the album, but was leaked prior to the album release. The lyrics are heartbreaking as they are catchy: “It’s a sad, sad serenade for every broken heart tonight…” Find this online and download it to complete your Stars Dance experience. You’ll be glad you did.

So my overall thoughts on this album are complicated. Is it good? Yes. Do I like it? Yes. Did I pre-order it on iTunes? Yes. But could it have been better? Yes. I know Selena loves doing this type of music, and I know she is good at it and it works for her voice. But for this album I was almost wishing she would have done more of a revert back to traditional pop music and roots. Real instruments and less production, almost like “Who Says” style of music from her previous album. I also have an uneasy feeling with this upcoming tour of hers. As someone who has seen Selena in concert three times, I KNOW she can sing live, and can sing live well. But with these tracks, and all the choreography she has planned for this tour, I have a feeling audiences will be watching a dance recital set to backing tracks, while Selena lip-syncs into a sparkly headset microphone. No hate. No shade. Just truth.I just think that as a “final album”, Selena could have ended the musical aspect of her career a bit better. Regardless, the tracks on this album are very catchy, very fun and very upbeat. I know I, along with many other Selena fans will have these songs stuck in our heads for a while. Pick up a copy of the album July 23rd.

Rating: 7.5 bows out of 10.

Ariana Grande makes you say Baby I

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One thing that Ariana Grande is doing right with her music career is she is taking risks. Doing things that no other artist now has done, or is even capable to do. That being said, THIS SONG IS PERFECT! The throwback 90s sound to this track is reminiscent of her first single “The Way”, and is just so refreshing to hear on Top 40 radio once again. And as many others have before, I’m also going to make the Mariah comparison. I mean those whistle tones?! Name one other artist out right not besides Mariah and Ariana that can whistle tone like she does in this track and “The Way”….Just amazing. “Baby, I” was released July 22nd on iTunes at midnight, and is in the #2 position, meaning that Ariana now has not only one, but TWO songs in the top 20 on iTunes at the moment with “The Way” as well. Ariana Grande’s upcoming album is titled “Yours Truly” and has a release date of September 3rd, and has been three years in the making. Seriously, fans of throwback, authentic R&B/Pop goodness, do yourself a favor and get “Baby, I” on iTunes right now-Like now. It also sounds best when you’re wearing a giant pink bow, but that’s just my opinion.

 

Rating: 10 bows out of 10