Song review: Ariana Grande and Cashmere release ‘Quit’

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Featured on Cashmere’s newest album “9,” Ariana Grande is featured on one of this tracks. While I’m offended that Cashmere doesn’t wear cat ears, probably because Ariana wears them for him, this marks the third collab between Ariana and Cat.

“Quit” is a ballad with a slower tempo that also features a slight island/getaway instruments breaking up the chorus from the rest of the song. It feels slightly at out place at times but I understand the idea behind it. It just doesn’t go with the backing instrumental. If the rest of the song had the same vibe to it, then it would have totally worked. But it just fails to really help a song that produced nicely without that.

The vocals are surprising but in a good way. Ariana isn’t belting out but rather controlling her vocals to where they are low and feel like she’s holding back on them, which is good. Ariana’s vocal style in this song is close to being like Sia, and it really works for her. We are so used to Ariana powerhouse vocals, it’s refreshing to hear what she can do without being a powerhouse. I really want to hear a song with her and Sia now because I’m pretty sure it would be a smash hit. It’s on my bucket list of “Artist that Ariana Grande needs to collab with.”

The lyrics of the song are deep and meaningful. I know I’ve been saying that a lot lately but we’ve been getting rather good lyrics lately. The song is about how she’s in a bad relationship but she can’t leave and she’s not sure why. When I heard the chorus where Ariana is singing about how she can quit him, It made me think of the scene in “Brokeback Mountain” where the Jake Gyllenhaal asked, “I wish I knew how to quit you.” I’ve never seen the movie but that line is pretty much iconic. That’s why I think Ariana is singing this song to her lady lover…allegedly.

Overall, the song is quite a good song that really shows off Ariana’s vocals like we haven’t heard before. Besides the issue with the instruments separating the chorus, it’s not a horrible song. Is it radio friendly? nope. I don’t see it being a single. But it’s good for Ariana’s discography. I really would like an acoustic version because I think that would make the song even better.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Video Review: Kygo releases ‘It Ain’t Me’ video with no Selena Gomez in it

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After having the song being released for two months, Kygo gave us a music video for his collaboration with Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me.” It felt me more confused and in need of answers than anything else. Also, you might need to have a drink while you read this/watch the video. It’s that kind of video, especially if I italic a word.

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In order to do try to understand anything about this video, you will need to forget about what you know the meaning is behind the lyrics of the song. It won’t matter at all. This video isn’t anything like the song suggests. The video starts off with a couple getting on a motorcycle and end up getting into an accident with it appearing that the girl is the only okay. The boy is rushed to the hospital where it’s pretty much just shots of him in a comatose state with the girl being by his side, some drug like thoughts in his heads, and doctors trying to figure out what’s wrong with him. This is pretty much it. The video ends with the girl dancing to music before putting the headphones on the guy and disappearing when he wakes up with a butterfly on his face. Yeah, you see why you need to throw out previous knowledge of this song?

This music video doesn’t support the song at all, but rather hinders it. Besides the fact that it’s a few weeks too late, it’s just so much to process and the fact that the lyrics don’t really fit with whatever story they are telling with the music video. It feels like they spent too much trying to figure out what to do for the video and then realize they need to get this video out. The thought was there but it’s just too much thought. The kind of thought you would get if you were to over think something. Videos need to tell a story while also promoting the song. It just tells a confusing story.

Another aspect that hinders the video is that it totally over the head of its intended audience. It’s art and art is in the eye of the beholder but it takes more time to try to figure out what the video’s storyline is. Most people would watch once and then turn it off and think that it’s just a horrible music video. I had to watch it multiple times to slightly grasp what is going on. It was only when I read the comments that I had a better idea. In this day and age, videos like this will get skipped over because it doesn’t have any replay value. Unless you are looking to understand it, it will be watched once and then move on.

So here’s my interpretation of video: The song is about being by someone because of their death. Yeah, this song is fucking depressing now if that is true. So how does a song go from a breakup anthem to a depressing piece? I get a song having certain meanings and videos adding to the meaning but this just comes out of left field. Sure, it makes you think but not for the right reasons.

Overall, the video doesn’t do anything to help the video. Besides the fact it came out too late, the video hinders the song than help it. The new meaning of the song actually ruins slightly ruins the song.  If the video was less of what we got and when with the breakup anthem like everyone thought it was then it probably would have been a hit than a miss. While I will admit it’s art, it’s art that goes over it’s intended audiences head. Also, I don’t think I ever wrote this much for the “overall” section of a review. This video wasn’t anything I expected and this isn’t a good thing this time.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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New single: Lady Gaga releases ‘The Cure’

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Last night, Mother Monster headlined the biggest concert festival Coachella. During her set, Lady Gaga premiered a new song, “The Cure.” It’s the first single that isn’t off of her latest album “Joanne” and has people wondering if this is the start of a new era for the lady who once wore a meat dress to an award show.

“The Cure” isn’t really anything we’ve heard from Lady Gaga before as it is a different sound that what Lady Gaga has done. It’s actually just something that fits more with what we are hearing on the radio. The song doesn’t really make Lady Gaga stand out like her past songs. It was rather refreshing because it’s such a simple song. It’s nothing over the top but rather a classic pop song.

Her vocals on the song are something you would expect from but they really showcase her vocals more because it is way more relaxed. She’s isn’t belting anything out on the song. But it shows what we already know, Lady Gaga can sing anything and sound amazing. Lady Gaga could sing about using the bathroom, and it would sound like a dream. Her vocals are very underrated.

The song flow is rather good. It just the song doesn’t have a fulfilling ending. It leaves you wanting more, which could be the point of the song. If that is so, then it’s working fine. But it just felt like a one-way road that was straight as can be and then just ended quickly. I would have liked to have some sort of ending that felt like an ending.

Another problem with the song is that it doesn’t feel like a Lady Gaga song. It sounds more of something she was singing as a demo. While I applaud her for trying something that is relatively different, it just didn’t feel like her. The song isn’t bad it’s a very sweet song, but it just doesn’t feel like her.

Overall, the song is a good job. It just doesn’t feel like a Lady Gaga song. It also feels like one rollercoaster ride that ends early and doesn’t have any drops in it. I am excited to see where this goes but this isn’t a “huge” start.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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