Pop Project Featured Artist: The Wanted

The Wanted

So this band isn’t really an Indie but they aren’t as popular as they are back in their home of the United Kingdom. The Wanted has been kinda, for a lack of a better word, overshadowed by One Direction in America but have developed a strong fan base and have become the cooler alternative to being a “Directioner”. Musically, they are pretty much what you would expect to hear this day and age (just more in your face kind of beats due to them being from the birthplace of the 90’s Europop movement). The one thing that they offer beside their Europop kind of feel is that they are the honey badgers of the music world.

These guys just do whatever they feel like it and it’s pretty much the reason many people love them. They post videos on their own YouTube channel every Wednesday that shows what they have been up to. They even interact with their on twitter, which not all celebrities do!

If you are looking to listen to some awesome and catchy pop music with some awesome personalities then this is band for you! They are pretty awesome.

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Miley Cyrus will not stop

mileycMiley Cyrus, America’s resident llama impersonator and  Salvia enthusiast, just released her newest single “We Can’t Stop” this morning on “On-Air with Ryan Seacreast” and it’s time for my review of it!

This songs just seems like Miley is trying to relieve her “Party in the USA” summer hit days and she is on the right track if this is true. It’s pretty much one of those songs that you play at a bonfire. It’s a simple song but one that is kinda catchy. It even use one of the many technique the greatest songwriters use that makes hits: random syllables that are used to rhyme with words. I don’t know if this is a statement to today’s society but she used this technique with the word party. Here is how many words rhyme with party:

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While it wouldn’t sound as cool as how it does in the song, I’m pretty sure Miley just got lazy. Anyways, this song is just about having a good time and enjoying life.  The song even shows off her vocal ability, which Miley is on the top of her game even after taking a break from singing after the release of her most controversial album “Can’t Be Tamed” (which was pretty much amazing).

What didn’t work: While it wasn’t much, it was just the overall beat of the song. It just stayed the same through the entire song and didn’t build any moment or anything like that. While it still works with the song, it just catches you off guard at first. Also, the opening with the guy taking isn’t needed. It’s pretty much as need as Miley’s bra. The song also took me at least 2 listens because it started to get catchy and I began to really dig it.

Rating: 3.5 Hannah Montana wigs out of 5

 

Have an opinion on Miley’s new single? Let us know in the comments below!

Sounds like Teen Spirit

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Day 2 of our review of the A-Teens’ discography has held us to their second album, Teen Spirit. The album is the first to feature their own music (minus one cover of a dreamstreet song but I’ll get to that later) and showed that they are a force to be reckoned. A small force like a gust of wind but still a force.

This album is a far cry from their Europop roots. It sounds like it’s more tailored to the American audience with it sounds that reminds me of *NSYNC’s “No String Attached” and Britney Spears’ “Oops!…I Did it Again” albums. Which would make sense why this album is a pretty forgettable minus a few songs. Most of the songs on the album just fall flat and make you skip over to one of the singles.

What did work for this album?: The single were pretty much the best things on the album. They are the best part of the album and are the only reason why you would buy it. “Firefly” wasn’t a single but it’s one of the better tracks that should have been a single. One of the best singles they released was “Sugar Rush”, a Dreamstreet Cover. This song is probably the best tracks they have released and one of their most successful singles.

Rating: 2 generous doses of Teen Spirit of out 5

Pop Project Featured Artist: Alexz Johnson

AlexzDoes the name Alexz Johnson sound familiar to you? It should if you are a child of the 90s because she was a part of your childhood. Alexz Johnson started in the last season of the hit Disney Channel Original Series So Weird along with the hit The N, or CTV for you all your Canadians, show Instant Star. She also was in one of the Final Destination movies but that’s not really why you are reading this.

Alexz Johnson is one of the most publicized Indie Artist in the world. Her music, depending on the albums, can range from rock music to folk pop. While she isn’t sign to a major record company, that hasn’t stopped her as she lives her dreams of making music her way. She even used sites like Kickstarter to get her fans involved in help her make music. She even released the demos of most songs, which most artist don’t even do.

Her music is written by her and her brother/partner in crime Brendan Johnson. Here is some of the songs your listening pleasure:

 

The Bottom line: Alexz Johnson makes wonderful music and you should check her out if you are looking for a change in music or just want to listen to something new.

 

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