Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year 2OO6!

Woo hoo, according to my time zone, I’m in 2006 now. Feelin’ so damn good. Really looking forward to this year, I hope things will only get better for me, brand new hopes, brand new heights! My best wishes to my family and friends, and everyone in the universe, you all rock!
Good night, I need to sleep for the next morning. Peace.

Friday, December 30, 2005

2005: Year in Music

Okay, here comes my list of ‘Music in 2005’. I put pretty much effort into this, and I hope you’ll like it. This year there’s been a lot that I missed, so my list isn’t that accurate, I will just rank what I already heard, so don’t be mad if I left out something you like (even if you do, feel free to post a comment to tell me what I missed out).

First, I’ve got top 10 Albums of 2005. Note: These are the ones I have heard entirely. There are other great ones, I know, but I have just listen to a few tracks of those, so can’t include them.


Top 10 Albums of 2005


1.Coldplay – X & Y
2.Kanye West – Late Registration
3.Natalie Imbruglia – Counting Down The Days
4.Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business
5.
Shakira – Fijacion Oral Vol. 1
6.Sheryl Crow – Wildflower
7.Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
8.Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better
9.Shakira – Oral Fixation Vol. 2
10.Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts


Top 40 Singles of 2005

1.Coldplay – Speed Of Sound
2.The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – Don’t Cha
3.Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
4.Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop – Lose Control
5.Black Eyed Peas – My Humps
6.Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes
7.Anna Nalick – Breathe (2 AM)
8.Weezer – Beverly Hills
9.Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
10.Weezer – Perfect Situation
11.Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
12.Madonna – Hung Up
13.Coldplay – Fix You
14.Amerie – 1 Thing
15.Joss Stone – Don’t Cha Wanna Ride
16.Fiona Apple – O’ Sailor
17.KT Tunstall – Other Side Of The World
18.James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
19.Ashlee Simpson – Boyfriend
20.Natalie Imbruglia – Shiver
21.Santana feat. Michelle Branch & The Wreckers – I’m Feeling You
22.Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
23.The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
24.Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body
25.Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us
26.Shakira – Don’t Bother
27.Girls Aloud – Biology
28.Garbage – Run Baby Run
29.KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
30.The White Stripes – My Doorbell
31.The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
32.The Magic Numbers – Forever Lost
33.Sheryl Crow – Good Is Good
34.John Legend – Ordinary People
35.Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
36.Daniel Powter – Bad Day
37.Ciara feat. Ludacris – Oh
38.Hilary Duff – Wake Up
39.Charlotte Church – Crazy Chick
40.Jem – They


Top 10 Sexiest Female Artists in 2005

1.Shakira
2.The Pussycat Dolls
3.Gwen Stefani
4.Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas)
5.Destiny’s Child
6.Mariah Carey
7.Joss Stone
8.Girls Aloud
9.Amerie
10.Ciara


Breakthrough Female Artist: Anna Nalick. Honorable mention: Missy Higgins.

Breakthrough Male Artist: James Blunt.

Breakthrough Band: The Magic Numbers.

Sucker Of The Year: Crazy Frog.

The Coolest Album Cover of 2005:


Coldplay – X & Y





The Shocker of 2005:

Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty. (He should have been in jail now, sick freak)

Top 20 Music Videos of 2005

1.The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – Don’t Cha
2.Black Eyed Peas – My Humps
3.Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
4.Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
5.Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop – Lose Control
6.Shakira feat. Alexandro Sanz – La Tortura
7.Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You
8.Destiny’s Child – Cater 2 U
9.Jessica Simpson - These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
10.Weezer – Perfect Situation
11.Daniel Powter – Bad Day
12.The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
13.Rob Thomas – Lonely No More
14.Ashanti – Only U
15.Weezer – Beverly Hills
16.Coldplay – Talk
17.Amerie – 1 Thing
18.Fiona Apple – O’ Sailor
19.Shakira – No
20.Goldfrapp – Number 1

Sum-up: This year continued the reign of hip-hop/r&b/rap genre all over the charts. This is also a year of great comebacks (like Mariah Carey, Weezer, Madonna...). A new trend in music appeared as artists open up their family issues more in songs (like Kelly Clarkson's 'Because Of You', Lindsay Lohan's 'Confessions of a Broken Heart'). In the music video field, 2005 has been the year of director Marc Webb who directed so many great videos for My Chemical Romance, The Used, Weezer, Daniel Powter...

Looking forward to a brand new year full of promises.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My Last CD Reviews of 2005: Shakira & Lindsay Lohan!

Shakira/ Oral Fixation Vol. 2

I was eagerly waiting for this sequel to Fijacion Oral Vol. 1, because now I can actually understand what she sings about. Not to forget that cd cover is sizzling hot, too. However, this album doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. First, the songs are not all new. ‘Something’ is the English translation for ‘En Tus Pupilas’, as ‘The Day And The Time’ is for ‘Dia Especial’. Both songs are really great in Latin, but somehow in English they just lost part of their appeal. Maybe it’s because of her way of words are different, or I’m just too used to the Latin versions. Secondly, the vulnerability of this cd is a little higher than its first volume. All of the songs are likeable, but the tunes are a bit less attractive and catchy than those on first volume. Musically, the compositons are really creative and energetic, no song sounds like the other ones. Lyrically, this time Shakira touched on more serious stuff like religion, the entertainment industry, Timor… and that’s a good thing indeed (though I have to mention her major grammatical errors, like ‘She never lose her nerves’ or ‘This is the day and the time’ ;-) So my conclusion is : this cd is just as good as its previous one, however, I just found it hard to pick out as many real favorite ones as those in Vol. 1. Still a formidable showcase of her amazing talents, so yes, this one I recommend.

Rating: 3,25/5 stars
Trackworthy: All 13 tracks.


Lindsay Lohan/ A Little More Personal (Raw)

I still don’t know why I like to give to a try at most overhyped pop records. Maybe just to hope that there’s something real good there that I could be missing. Not this one, though. I wouldn’t mind at all if I didn’t choose to try this one, it would be just enough waiting for the follow-up singles to arrive, if the singles could be that good. This album is probably one of the weakest pop records of 2005. The sophomore effort from triple-treat Lindsay Lohan is just a failure. First, I must mention her vocal abilities. As much as I like her as a beautiful and talented young actress, I must admit that she’s not a good singer. She sounds okay on her previous three singles from ‘Speak’, but this time around her voice’s become so annoying and mediocre. She tried real hard to sound all loud and angry, but to me it’s like a little girl whining at her mom. Except the melodramatic, emotional track ‘Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)’, the rest of the album is all kinda pointless listening, it’s unlikely you can feel anything from her personal lyrics if the tunes are too much a mess. The two covers ‘I Want You To Want Me’ (which I guess could be the next single) and ‘Edge Of Seventeen’ are okay, in demo quality.Overall, what she thought to be a good move actually turned out to be a bad move. If this is what she called ‘Raw’, then I’d prefer ‘Ripe’.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Trackworthy: Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father), I Live For The Day, I Want You To Want Me, My Innocence, If It's Alright, Fastlane.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Picks Of The Week #4

Lyrics Of The Week

This week, the lyrics of Anna Nalick ‘Breathe (2AM)’ will be posted. I think it’s safe to say that the lyrics for this song is one of the most well-written in 2005. Anna’s really got a bright future ahead.

Breathe (2 AM)
Anna Nalick

2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake,
"Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?,
I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season"
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You're all here for the very same reason

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe... just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

In May he turn 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
"Just a Day", he said down to the flask in his fist,
"Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year."
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe... just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

There's a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you only try turning around.

2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them, however you want to.


But you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe.


Download This!

Coldplay/ Gravity

This can be found as a B-side in Coldplay’s new ‘Talk’ single cd. Chris originally wrote this song for Embrace and it was a hit single, now Chris sang his own song again. A real touching song. This is a must-have for Coldplay fans.

Flashback

Damien Rice/ The Blower’s Daughter

This song was released in his 2003 album ‘O’, and featured in the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’s 2004 movie ‘Closer’. The song is very moody and stripped-down, but somehow it can be quite tearjerking, especially if you just had a painful breakup and still can’t get over it. So give it a listen today.

Coming Up: On the last day of 2005, I’m gonna post a special ‘Music in 2005’ post where I will bring out my list of the best offered in this year, and then in the New Year’s Day, I will present 2 new features in the weekly ‘Picks Of The Week’. Also to come is my part 2 of my Grammy predictions. So be sure to check back soon.

Christmas CD Review: Diana Krall's "Christmas Songs"!

Okay, it’s way too late to review a Christmas cd now, but I’ll finish it any way.

Diana Krall/ Christmas Songs


Every year, some renowned artists put out their own Christmas albums in which they try to perform those classic Christmas songs in their own way in order to cash in some quick cash because it’s the holiday season, people’s gonna what’s new out there as gifts to give. And every year, there’s always the one that stands out. This 2005, it’s Diana Krall turn to have her own renditions of the songs we’ve probably heard a hundred times before, so the question is : Can she bring anything new to the table this time? My answer would be: No, not really. If you want the kind of jazzy, fuzzy, classy Christmas record, this one is for you. There’s just nothing breakthrough here. We’ve got all that we can expect: a huge orchestra accompanying the singer’s breathy vocals in a proper, flawless way as she sings off key the classic tunes and plays her piano so smoothly. The results are actually quite enjoyable and this is that kind of record that you want to listen and groove alone after locking your room, just relax, stretch your bones, close your eyes, and look out at the window as the snow’s falling outside. The outstanding track is the last one ‘Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep’, which is a perfect song to make you fall asleep just right after the record ends. So if what I describe above is what you imagine your winter night would be, go for it. Merry Christmas and a super duper New Year, by the way. ;-)

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy: Just try all 12 tracks.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

My Grammy 2006 Picks! Part One

Okay, the 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards is coming soon (David LaChapelle did a great job on the official poster, by the way) and the nominees list arrived one week ago. So here ‘s what I decided to do to celebrate. I’m gonna guess who will win what in 2 ways: my own picks and what I think the academy will pick. This will come in many parts, like a countdown to Grammy 2006, so stay tuned, and if you want to say anything, just click the comment button. Here we go, first I start off with Pop and R&B categories. Just a note, I will just do the important ones.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Will win: Good Is Good- Sheryl Crow
Should win (my pick): Since U Been Gone-Kelly Clarkson

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Will win: Fine Line-Paul McCartney
Should win: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing-Jack Johnson

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Will win: More Than Love-Los Lonely Boys
Should win: it’s a tie, can’t decide between Don't Lie-The Black Eyed Peas and My Doorbell-The White Stripes

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Will win: A Time To Love-Stevie Wonder Featuring India.Arie
Should win: Feel Good Inc.-Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul

Best Pop Vocal Album
Will win: Extraordinary Machine-Fiona Apple
Should win: Extraordinary Machine-Fiona Apple

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Will win: We Belong Together-Mariah Carey (somehow this seems so obvious)
Should win: 1 Thing-Amerie

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Will win: Ordinary People-John Legend
Should win: Ordinary People-John Legend

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Will win: Cater 2 U-Destiny's Child
Should win: Cater 2 U-Destiny's Child

Best R&B Song
Will win: We Belong Together
Should win: Ordinary People

Best R&B Album
Will win: Unplugged-Alicia Keys
Should win: Unplugged-Alicia Keys

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Will win: The Emancipation Of Mimi-Mariah Carey
Should win: The Emancipation Of Mimi-Mariah Carey

That’s all for this part. I’m not really sure about my picks, though, maybe they’re just crap. You gotta wait to see if I’m right. For next part, I’m gonna go with Rock and Alternative categories. See you soon. Peace.

Lyrics,Download and Flashback of The Week!

Lyrics Of The Week

This week’s choice of lyrics is Do What You Have To Do by the one and only Sarah McLachlan from her 1997 album Surfacing. Simple, yet beautiful and connecting.

Do What You Have To Do/ Sarah McLachlan

What ravages of spirit
Conjured this temptuous rage
Created you a monster
Broken by the rules of love
And fate has led you through it
You do what you have to do
And fate has led you through it
You do what you have to do ...
And I have the sense to recognize that
I don’t know how to let you go
Every moment marked
With apparitions of your soul
I’m ever swiftly moving
Trying to escape this desire
The yearning to be near you
I do what I have to do
The yearning to be near you
I do what I have to do
But I have the sense to recognize
That I don’t know howTo let you goI don’t know how
To let you go
A glowing ember
Burning hot
Burning slow
Deep within I’m shaken by the violence
Of existing for only you
I know I can’t be with you
I do what I have to do
I know I can’t be with youI do what I have to do
And I have sense to recognize but
I don’t know how to let you go
I don’t know how to let you go
I don’t know how to let you go

Download This!

Weezer/ Perfect Situation

Weezer’s new single is once again another song that’s so fun to sing along to, with a catchy hook that already got stuck in my head although all it had was the oh-ohs. Definitely worth downloading.

Flashback

Eva Cassidy/ Fields Of Gold

Christmas is just one week away. This song is actually not a Christmas song, but it’s just perfect for a late winter night, and Eva’s soaring vocals can put you to sleep in a good way, with nice dreams. So try this one out. Have fun. Still more to come.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Late cd reviews of Fiona Apple & Franz Ferdinand!!

These are the two cds that I picked up a long time ago but never found time to write a proper review for each of them. However, they’re both really cool cds.

Fiona Apple/ Extraordinary Machine

How fast time flies by. It’s been 9 years since Fiona first stepped in the music scene with that moody Mark Romanek-directed music video ‘Criminal’. That song’s still in my list of all-time favorites, and now after a long hiatus, she’s officially back with her third album. She may not still look like 18, but nothing changed. Her style of music is still the same, but improves in a more mature way. Those catchy, groovy drum beats. Those haunting twinkling piano melodies. Those introspective, creative lyrics. Her dark, signature voice singing about broken relationships. Those amazingly off-beat tunes. This is a tough listen, but that’s a good thing indeed. You may need some time to really feel for a song, but that’s the way it is when you listen to Fiona Apple. It’s nice every now and then to see a comeback of one of the established artist who doesn’t follow the mass to write top 40 songs, but always has their own way of alluring fans. Fiona Apple is one of them, and if you’re new to this lady, be sure to check out her old hits as well, because she’s really one extraordinary machine.

Rating: 3,5/5 stars
Trackworthy: O’ Sailor, Extraordinary Machine, Parting Gift, Tymps (The Sick In The Head Song), Window, Waltz (Better Than Fine). If you like these ones, then don’t miss the rest of the album.

Franz Ferdinand/ You Could Have It So Much Better

One of the greatest breakthrough acts of 2004 doesn’t want to let their fans wait for so long for a new album. So here they arrive with their second release. Still the good old’ Scottish rockers with their loud and proud sound of old school glamorous rock, guarantted to keep your feet stomping. This is such a feel-good party album, that kind of album you turn on in your party and then drink some beer, unabashedly dance while talking to your friends. The tunes are not strong enough to get stuck in your head for a few weeks but they’re for sure catchy enough to rock you up every time you hear them. Full of loud, blistering guitars and sing-along choruses, however, Franz Ferdinand also found a new way to calm you down with 3 bittersweet mellow songs ‘Walk Away’, ‘Eleanor Put Your Boots On’ and ‘Fade Together’. Managing to make cool, fun indie-rock music so effortlessly, Franz Ferdinand may never, and should never reach a too popular audience, but still keep their indie fan base rocking happy.

Rating: 3,25/5 stars
Trackworthy: Do You Want To, Walk Away, You're The Reason I'm Leaving, Eleanor Put Your Boots On, What You Meant, Fade Together, I'm Your Villain.

Coming Up: Reviews for new cds of Shakira, Lindsay Lohan, Diana Krall, The Strokes, and plus my own predictions for Grammy 2006. Stay tuned. Don’t forget to comment and don’t be afraid to click on the ads. They won’t do you any harm. :)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Lyrics,Download and Flashback of this week!

Okay, for this week, I'm gonna post the lyrics of this classic rock song 'Creep' by Radiohead. I've been feeling for it recently, so here we go.

Creep
Radiohead

When you were here before, couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel, your skin makes me cry
You float like a featherIn a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You're so f**kin' special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doin here?
I don't belong here

I don't care if it hurts, I wanna have control
I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice, when I'm not around
You're so f**kin' special
I wish I was special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doin here?
I don't belong here, ohhhh, ohhhh

She's running out again...She's running out, she runs, runs, runs, runs... runs...
Whatever makes you happy

Whatever you want
You're so f**kin' special
I wish I was special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doin here?
I don't belong hereI don't belong here.

Download This!

Shakira/ Don't Bother

Hot song, she really sings her heart out for this one and the pop rock tunes are simply infectious. A real nice breakup song that's definitely worth checking out.

Flashback

Jimmy Eat World/ The Middle

Back in 2001, this rock song came out and was overplayed by radio stations all over the world. If you haven't heard it, give it a try, you'll find yourself nodding your head at the first listen, if you have heard it before, listen to it once more. It just takes some time...:)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Alanis Morissette and Santana cd reviews!

Alanis Morissette/ The Collection

Finally, her greatest hits album. Wait a minute, it's not your usual 'Best Of' album, it's got tracks included in movie soundtracks too, even some of her previous singles were left out . So it's supposed to contain all the best from Alanis, right? It should be a kickass record where every track is a wonderful listen, huh? You've got it so wrong. Half of the songs in this are not even close to that. Now that I realize that Alanis doesn't have much under her belt to be proud of after all these years. I know recently she's been tired, 'So-called Chaos' is crap, and the acoustic version of 'Jagged Little Pill' is just a poor cash-in. But now even her greatest hits album is not great, either. Sure there are some truly fantastic,classic songs like 'Thank U' or 'Ironic', but the others are just so average. She tried to showcase a different her this time, so in the non-single tracks, we've got her to sing a new electro-rock song 'Crazy', a jazzy number 'Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)', which is pretty good, and an opera-like 'Mercy'! It's a shame her great vocals, which can release so much anger and emotion, can't accompany with decent tunes. She was considered one of the best female rockers of the nineties, but I just don't get it. The only thing that's gonna make this album sell real well is putting the uncensored version of 'Thank U' music video for the extras ;-). It's been a long road, Alanis, you have a more than ten years career to achieve this 'much' and now dating Ryan Reynolds, isn't it ironic? Don't cha think?

Rating:2,5/5 stars
Trackworthy: Thank U, 8 Easy Steps, Crazy, Ironic, You Oughta Know, That I Would Be Good, Hands Clean, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (From The De-Lovely Soundtrack).

Santana/ All That I Am

Okay, this trend is getting old. More collaborations with big names, almost all of the stars in the music map are here, Santana's got Joss Stone, Sean Paul, Big Boi, Will.I.Am, Michelle Branch,Steven Styler…the list goes on, to join him and help sing his tunes. And the guest list already proves the commercial value of the cd. However, the results are quite unimpressive. What the collaborations lack are inspiring, catchy tunes and brilliant guitar riffs, the guests did their job well enough but most of the collaborations seem to be a clash and mismatch. The Spanish tracks where he's on his own with his group are also a failure. There's just nothing much to enjoy and get you in the mood for rock n' roll. In the end, I don't find myself willing to click the 'Repeat' button, except for the true gem of the record-'I'm Feeling You' feat. Michelle Branch and The Wreckers. Again, the two of them get together in harmony, though not as great as in 'Game Of Love'. Overall, the latest effort from Santan seems to fall short show the sign that he's getting old.

Rating: 2,25/5 stars
Trackworthy: I'm Feeling You (Feat. Michelle Branch And The Wreckers), Just Feel Better (Feat. Steven Tyler Of Aerosmith), I Am Somebody (Feat. Will-I-Am Of Black Eyed Peas), Twisted (Feat. Anthony Hamilton), Cry Baby Cry (Feat. Joss Stone And Sean Paul).

Do you agree or disagree with my reviews, or just have something to say? Feel free to comment.

Friday, November 25, 2005

New sections added! Lyrics of the Week, Download This! and Flashback

It’s time I expanded my blog a little bit. More features will be coming your way soon. I’m gonna have a separate section beside my cd reviews in which I will give you Lyrics of the Week, Download This! and Flashback. Each week, I will post on one of my favorite song lyrics for you to read, recommend a new hot song that I think you must download, and a good song that you may not know ‘cause it was released a while ago. All for your own music pleasure. Moreover, each month I’m gonna give a small talk about one of my favorite artists, about how I become their fans and how their music influences me. I’m really looking forward to this, I will try to update the blog more often. So get ready!
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Lyrics of the Week
I’m really into this song right now, as it really kind of tells how I’ve been feeling recently. Heard it for the first time on VH1 about two weeks ago, and it just poured into my heart. This song was included in the American Pie soundtrack!

Sway
Bic Runga

Don't stray
Don't ever go away
I should be much too smart for this
You know it gets the better
Of me sometimes
When you and I collide
I fall into an ocean of you
Pull me out in time
Don't let me drown
Let me down
I say it's all because of you and here I go
Losing my control
I'm practising your name
So I can say it to your face it doesn't seem right
To look you in the eye
And let all the things you mean to me
Come tumbling out my mouth indeed it's time
Tell you why
I say it's infinitely true

Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you

And there's no cure
And no way to be sure
Why everythings turned inside out
Instilling so much doubt
It makes me so tired
I feel so uninspired
My head is battling with my heart
My logic has been torn apart
And now
It all turns sour
Come sweeten
Every afternoon

Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you
Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you

It's all because of you
It's all because of you

Download This!

Fort Minor (feat. Bobo and Styles of Beyond)/ Believe Me

This single comes from the hip-hop group debut album The Rising Tied. Their frontman is Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. A really hot, shaking song with superfly beats, a catchy chorus and good rhymes.Be sure to check it out!

Flashback

Angie Hart/ Blue

A very emotional, melancholy song beautifull sung by Angie Hart. I heard this from the 2003 Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack ‘Radio Sunnydale’ (huge fan of the show). You’ll definitely get some true blue moments from its haunting tunes.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride cd reviews!

Martina McBride/ Timeless

After listening to this album, the only thing I wonder is: Is classic country music that lame? I’m no big fan of country music, and I only picked this up for a try because of her music video ‘Gods Will’ (make no sense, I know, but that video, which I first saw on VH1, should be the ultimate fall video. It’s got everything: beautiful woods with leaves falling down to the streams, Martina sitting on a bench, and kids in Halloween costumes!) 18 tracks, 18 classic country songs she chose to cover. The album has a fair share between the honky-tonk-attitude songs and the drowsy, mournful ones. It sounds just the way you expect a classic country record should sound like, except the extra cheesy additional background vocals. Martina does possess a beautiful voice, but half of the tracks are just predictable and…old (good example for bad word use right there). Nothing’s really special to dive you deep into the tunes and lyrics. There are a few outstanding ones, though, all heartfelt and melodious, all about love. I’m with a generation that can’t really get into this kind of stuff, but I know the grannies would just love this record, they’re gonna listen to it all day and rock their chairs. Are you one of them? ;-)

Rating: 2,5/5 stars
Trackworthy: I'll Be There , (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden, Once A Day, Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, True Love Ways, Make The World Go Away.

Carrie Underwood/ Some Hearts

The fourth American Idol’s debut has arrived, in country format. This time it’s different, because Carrie put soul, stories, and moral lessons into her music. And I must admit this album is a pretty darn impressive work. No single song really sucks, and Carrie’s got a golden chance to show off her vocal skills in every single track. The most rewarding point is that the record doesn’t try to be your typical, boring country record. It’s got a more pop rock vibe to it and is aimed more at the hip young crowd. That’s great news, ‘cause I was rooting for her when she was still a contestant of American Idol. The lyrics are all adult comtempopary materials, and she even mentions her experience with transforming from a country town girl to a national singing sensation in ‘Don't Forget To Remember Me’ and ‘I Ain't In Checotah Anymore’. The only problem is that her voice is not so distinctive, it’s like a blend between Kelly Clarkson and Faith Hill, she should work more on that. However, this album is a surprisingly pleasant listen, if you had voted for her, go buy it, you’ll be happy to know she doesn’t let her fans down, at all.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy: Wasted, Don't Forget To Remember Me, Some Hearts, Jesus, Take The Wheel, Before He Cheats, I Ain't In Checotah Anymore, Inside Your Heaven.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ashlee Simpson and Alicia Keys new cd reviews

Ashlee Simpson/ I Am Me

I’ve nothing against Ashlee. It’s absolutely okay to me that she sucks at singing live. You can’t get every artist out there to be a good singer. What matter more to me are the lyrics and the melodies. So that's what I expect to get when I listen to her sophomore album, because I know her vocals can never get better. Unfortunately, she doesn't really have much to offer this time. Yeah, she tried to make the lyrics personal and deep, tried to make the tunes rocking and catchy but in the end, most of the stuff just passes you by. More balladry but unmemorable songs (with an 80s vibe track called 'Say Goodbye'), a hip-pop, catchy song called L.O.V.E., 2 songs she mourns about her SNL accident (one of which is 'Beautifully Broken', whose intro and verse sound almost exactly like those of Oasis's 'Wonderwall'!) and the outstanding 'Boyfriend' with great guitar intro. However, this is a typical pop rock album for teenyboppers out there, which probably won't be listened to no more by the end of next year. At least she tried to express herself through music, and she's got fans that love what she does. She's got the strength to stand up and make a second effort, and I give her credits for that.

Rating: 2,5/5 stars
Trackworthy: Boyfriend, In Another Life, Beautifully Broken, L.O.V.E., Coming Back For More, Catch Me When I Fall, I Am Me.


Alicia Keys/ Unplugged

What would you do if your current album sell so well but you just lack inspriration (or feel way lazy) to go back to the studio? You'd release a live album! In Alicia Keys' case, she takes it to a higher level when revived the MTV Unplugged series. And she pulled it off so naturally and effortlessly. Previous hits were sung with new songs and new guests. If you really like her old hit singles, then you can hear them again in the unplugged style. Keys's really got the key to burn up the audience's energy and blow them away, get them so involved in her performances. The new songs sound fine enough (especially the inspirational 'Unbreakable'), the covers are also nice ('Wild Horses' got Adam Levine from Maroon 5 collaborated). Everything's expected. You can surely groove into the tracks. But if you're not that big a fan, maybe you should wait for a dvd release and buy it (although her hair in the show looked ridiculous!).

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy: Heartburn, Every Little Bit Hurts, Wild Horses, You Don't Know My Name (this live version is really different), Stolen Moments.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

I'm back! Liz Phair and Switchfoot cd reviews!

I’m so sorry that I’ve been on hiatus for a while. It’s not that I gave up on the blog, just because lately I’ve been so damn busy that I couldn’t find time to write reviews for my recent listens. If I worked for a newspaper, I should have been fired a long time ago ;-) . These reviews come to life so damn late, I know, but I hope you’re still around and keep supporting me. Remember to add a comment if you’ve got something to say. Here you go. Keep checkin’ back, I still got plenty to post, including all-new cd reviews of Ashlee Simpson, Franz Ferdinand, Alicia Keys, Santana and more.

Liz Phair/ Somebody’s Miracle

To be honest, I used to have no idea who Liz was when she was an indie rocker, it was only she released those two catchy pop rock singles ‘Why Can’t I’ and ‘Extraordinary’ (which were both added to film soundtracks) that I knew her name. However, her new album didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It’s a clear failure. The songs are mediocre, her vocals somehow sound terrible. There’s almost no potential hit that can score as much as ‘Why Can’t I’or ‘Extraordinary’, except ‘Count On My Love’, which should have been the first single off the album instead of ‘Everything To Me’. It all seems to be an uninspirational, boring mess. Too bad that Liz can never really popular although she tried to change her directions. This time around, she seems lost, maybe what she should do next is go back to indie stuff.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Trackworthy: Count On My Love, Giving It All To You, Everything To Me, Table For One.

Switchfoot/ Nothing Is Sound

What do Liz Phair and Switchfoot have in common? Well, they both receive mainstream attention with big soundtrack hits ( remember ‘Dare You To Move’ from ‘A Walk To Remember’ and ‘Meant To Live’ from ‘Spider-man 2’?) . And neither of their new albums impress me. Except the outstanding track ‘Stars’, the rest of the album can be as boring as the bible (sorry if that offends). Most of the tracks are just bland, they sound like they try too hard to be emotional and rocking and religious at the same time. If you want to learn some diddly-doo lessons from the lyrics, the first thing you have to get through is the music. I just hate it when you get all hyped up for an album and then find out it isn’t as great as you think it’s supposed to be. This sophomore effort won’t ever get near the 2 million copies mark of their debut, those are my words.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Trackworthy: Stars, The Shadow Proves The Sunshine, The Setting Sun, Politicians, We Are On Tonight.

PS: BTW, have a creepy, wacky Halloween, folks! I’ve just finished The Simpsons ‘Treehouse of Horror’ back-to-back marathon, and man, great toon stuff right there.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan new cd reviews

Sheryl Crow – Wildflower

A brand new effort from Crow since her greatest hits album, and this time, she does sound different. Slower, lighter, and more bittersweet. Could Lance Armstrong be the reason for this change? Guess so. Still good old Sheryl Crow with nice vocals, lots of guitar playing, and lyrics about loneliness, feelings of life and conscience. There are many decent, emotional tunes that are just perfect for chilly nights, leaving you wanting for more. The title track Wildflower is a little delicate number, while Perfect Lie, Letter To God and I Don't Wanna Know are touching, along with the rockin', inspirational Live It Up. Although there's no song that can top her old hits, they still prove that Sheryl's one of the best female singer/songwriters out there.

Rating: 3.25/5 stars
Trackworthy: I Know Why, Perfect Lie, Good Is Good, Letter To God, I Don't Wanna Know, Wildflower, Live It Up.

Sarah McLachlan – Bloom: Remix Album

At first, it doesn't seem right as all for a Sarah McLachlan remix album. This is her second remix album, and as a big fan of her, I still don't understand why she wanted to do this. The term 'Sarah McLachlan' and 'dance music' just obviously don't match. Even though the remixes tend to be more like chillout than hardcord techno stuff, they're still so mediocre. How can you expect to hear an angelic voice singing heartwarming lyrics in loud beats and techno tunes? To be honest, it takes me a week to try to get through all of the tracks. They just sound so wrong and mismatched. It's like she just threw a song for each dj and let them do what they wanted with it, and the djs didn't seem to put much effort into their work. The remixes really just passed through my ears, even the wil.i.am remix (wo, he's everywhere now) of Just Like Me (feat. DMC) doesn't do any good either. This album is a such a bad cash-in, the worst album of Sarah it is.

Rating: 1/5 stars
Trackworthy: Not much. Try 'Stupid (Hyper Remix)' and 'Train Wreck (Sly & Robbie Mix)'.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

My rant about iPod nano !


It's not that I hate it or anything. It's such a sweet deal. Thinner, smaller and with the color screen which can display album covers and photos, for the same price of iPod mini before. That's superfantastique! The matter is I already bought an iPod mini a few months ago, so my parents won't allow me to buy a new one. That sucks. I wish I had waited a few months before deciding to buy one.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Guess what's date today?


September 15,hah.It’s my birthday today! I just wanna give a big shout out to… myself! Man, am I a big loser ! ;-)
Wanna give thanks to those who’s been reading my blog, and those who just stopped by for a few seconds. I hope I can continue to run this for another period of time.
Peace, y’all. Good nite!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Pussycat Dolls PCD review

The Pussycat Dolls/ PCD

'Don't Cha' is one of the few fresh, upbeat, creative top 40 hits of this summer. And it seems like The Pussycat Dolls continue their good job with their debut album PCD, proving they're no one-hit-wonders. For sure, these girls are real eye candies, but when it comes to singing, they can pull it off quite well. If you're stuck to 'Don't Cha', there's more of that vibe and style in this cd. Some of the tracks seem to be written in a rush, but that's not a big matter. The beats are saucy, and the collaborators are all big names: Busta Rhymes, Will.I.Am (from The Black Eyed Peas), and Timbaland. However, not the whole album is Don't Cha-like. There's a techno dance track called 'Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)', there's this poppy ballad 'Stickwitu', and the last 3 tracks are sung with their original burlesque style. And those 3 tracks are the ones where the girls get the chance to show off their vocal abilities most. The lyrics are all about girl empowerment and stuff, but hey who cares about the lyrics? After all, it's all fun, delightful music they're giving. This album should be a nice guilty pleasure, you can find yourself pushing the repeat button over and over again. This cd will definitely get a high place in the charts.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy: The only track I don't recommend is Bite The Dust.That's…it!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Craig David & Rihanna cd reviews

Craig David/ The Story Goes

It’s clear that Craig didn’t try hard to refresh himself this time around.His third album is no groundbreaking material.Sure,it’s packed with smooth,acoustic guitar R&B songs. But somehow we’ve already heard it all before. Nothing new,actually quite lame. Craig’s vocals are still amazing, and he can still throw out some decent tunes, but in this era when r&b/hip-hop songs are all over the place, his style of music seems to become dated. The lyrics of this album can be put into two categories: girls/partying (he took one step further in ‘Take ‘Em Off’) and breakups .There’s one exceptional track called ‘Johnny’, which is about…bullying! It’s supposed to be personal and deep, but I just don’t really feel it.Overall, this album has its moments, but nowhere can you find another ‘Fill Me In’ or ‘7 Days’.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy:All The Way, Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry), Hypnotic, Separate Ways, Johnny, One Last Dance.

Rihanna/ Music Of The Sun

From the impression of her debut single ‘Pon De Replay’, I kinda expected this album to be really reggae upbeat. However, it turned out to be more R&B than reggae, and what it really lacks, suprisingly, is upbeat tracks. Imagine a Ciara-meet-Ashanti-meet-Britney (if that makes any sense ;-), and you’ve got Rihanna. Most of the tracks are way too poppy, mellow and cheesy, all about teen love and stuff. The reggae tracks (mostly at the first half of the album) are uninspiring, maybe they can shake you up a little bit at the time you’re listening but you can forget them instantly after that. The most redundant track is the thirteenth one, where she’s trying to be like…Mariah or Whitney singing out her knowledge about true love in an ill-hip-hop language with funny big-sound piano playing behind. And her vocals are just average, not distinctive at all. This girl’s got no future, my prediction is that she’ll be fading away after her second album. However, chicks may dig this album way more.That’s the audience range she should cling on to. Me, I got enough of music of the sun.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Trackworthy: Pon De Replay, You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No), La That La,La ,Willing To Wait, Music Of The Sun, Let Me.

Do you agree or disagree with my reviews? Post your comments and let me know.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Kanye West/ Late Registration cd review

Kanye West/ Late Registration

So what made Kanye really stand out from all those popular hip-hop artists out there? Well, he doesn’t need to wear hip-hop stuff to get an attitude.He doesn’t need to rap passionately and constanly about partying and sex.And most of all, he’s got a real old school gospel/soul/funk vibe in his music.That’s where he tries to head his direction in his sophomore album.Hell yeah, he definitely, successfully avoided the sophomore slump, proving he’s more than just a one-album wonder.The instrumental part alone is already a success, really outstanding and classy with lots of saxophones,pianos,choirs and crazy beats.When it came to producing his own stuff, Kanye knew exactly what he wanted and each track in this album fit in with each other quite well.The rapping is still well-done, he rapped about politics, drugs, girls, partying, and…his mama. This is the kind of rap that’s got depth,stuff that makes you think.Oh did I mention the insane amount of collaborators? Jamie Foxx,Brandy,Adam Levine,Nas,Jay Z,The Game, just to name a few.Still I wonder where that track featuring John Mayer went :-)
Maybe Kanye’s way to confident when he said this album can stand the test of time against those of Stevie Wonder. However, I have no doubt that Late Registration will proudly be among the best albums of 2005,from both artistic and selling aspects.

Rating: 4/5 stars.
Trackworthy: You should hear ‘em all, better not miss anything. Well,you could skip the skits,they’re quite unnecessary.

Friday, August 19, 2005

August's cd reviews (Missy,Faith and James Blunt)

Sorry for the lack of updates.Y’all know I’ve got a life out there,too, and that life doesn’t allow me to listen to many cds recently.Or maybe I’m just plain lazy.Anyway,I’m back with my reviews of 3 new albums.

Faith Hill- Fireflies

Faith Hill’s back.And this time she can’t excite me much because Cry didn’t do that well back then.This album’s got everything you can expect of.Nice country pop vibe:Check.Cheesy lyrics:Check (For example:”I believe in Peter Pan and fireflies? You should hear the whole song! ;-) A collaboration with her hubby Tim McGraw: Check. However, what this album really lacks is catchy, decent, memorable tunes that are strong enough to get stuck in your head for a period of time.Most of the songs just passed me by, I don’t even remember how some of them sounded like.I thought she could do better for a comeback after 3 years.Pity.

Rating: 2,5/5 stars
Songs I recommend: Sunshine and Summertime, Mississippi Girl,Like We Never Loved Before,We’ve Got Nothing But Love To Prove,Wish For You.


Missy Elliott - The Cookbook

Well, I wanted this one to be real good.The first single Lose Control,really kicks ass and it’s one hell of an upbeat song.But the rest of the album isn’t as good.Even Timbaland-produced songs just sounded okay.The other producers didn’t seem to do a good job.Missy didn’t seem to try her best, yeah she still talks about dirty stuff, still has some creative funny rhymes (like ‘forget it like the world forgets Sisquo’) , she even sings in 2 songs,still gets nice collaborators,but this time she’s kinda of losing it.The Neptunes-produced track On & On is one of the very few spotlights, real slick song.A huge disappointment, considered she’s the best female rapper out there.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Songs I recommend:Partytime,Joy,Lose Control,On & On,My Man.

James Blunt – Back To Bedlam [UK]

I checked out this album mainly because of curiousity.His single You’re Beautiful is a really nice touching song, but I was kinda not interested in listening to the whole album. Then I found out this album topped the UK album chart,so I think this dude must have something more to offer.I did what I did,and it turned out pleasantly nice.That’s my kind of music.Breezy guitars and twinkling pianos, strange vocals singing few words that can touch your heart well.You won’t remember some of the tracks a few months later,but it will be a pleasure for you if you have time to listen back sometimes.However,this album will do its best if you’re in a particular mood,trying to listen to it in rainy days, sleepless nights, lonely morning, can affect you in a different way.Nice stuff across the pond,I say.Hope it will make it way to US soon.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Songs I recommend: You’re Beautiful, High, Wisemen, Goodbye My Lover, No Bravery.

Soon to come: review of Craig David's latest album The Story Goes and the much-anticipated sophomore album of Kanye West-Late Registration.Goodies on the way! Be sure to get back soon for the scoop.

PS: I'll be glad if you can leave a comment to let me know what you think 'bout my blog,so that I can see what I can do to improve it.Thanks.Peace out!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Dido Live cd review

Dido/ Dido Live

Okay, I know it sounds pointless to review a live album,but hey, I'ma huge fan of Dido, so I'm just gonna do it anyway.There's alwayssomething interesting and unexplored enough in a live cd, you justwant to feel it all: the real voice of the singer, the claps,thescreams and the sing-along of the audience.Feel as if you were reallythere.This cd's got that thing going on.There are songs from Life ForRent and a few from No Angel as well. Somehow Dido just sounds…strangewhen she sang live in this cd, but it's not a big problem. Changeswere made for the songs, and they worked out just well, really suitedthe live atmosphere.However, I don't know why a few particular songswere chosen to sing live, because they're not that great for livematerials, frankly. A lovely moment happened as the audience sangalong the chorus of Thank You with Dido, and I suprisingly foundmyself sing with them too.Silly me.The final song See The Sun's a goodchoice for closing the concert, it can really melt you down.So,inconclusion,this live album has his ups and downs,if you're a huge fanof Dido like me,or just don't have enough bucks to get the dvd, buythis.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Must-hear songs: Thank You, See The Sun, Stoned, Sand In My Shoes,Mary's In India, White Flag.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

June's cd reviews


June’s Favorite Pick : Coldplay/ X & Y

My most anticipating cd of the year finally arrived. Let’s say, the first listen wasn’t that impressive,but it really grows on me well.I love almost every single song in this album.The more I hear it, the more I love it.It’s full of obsessive, bittersweet, tragic melodies sung by Chris Martin’s moody voice that will for sure get stuck in your head for a long time.Definitely worth buying.You won’t get a masterpiece this big throughout this year.

Rating: 4,5/5 stars

Must-hear songs: All of them.Yeah,I really mean that.


Black Eyed Peas/ Monkey Business


The Peas really got this monkey thing going on.This album should the best summer party album.Fully packed with phunky, bodyrocking beats, breezy, shiny tunes, lots of rude,silly,funny rappings.Fergie’s vocals proved to be the cool and important addition to the group.Beside partying songs,they’ve got a bit of meaningful ones like Where Is The Love too,this time it’s Union feat. Sting and there’s the country crossover Gone Going feat. Jack Johnson.This one must be a real feast for die hard hip hop fans.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Must-hear songs: Don’t Phunk With My Heart, My Humps, Pump It, Don’t Lie, Feel It, Union, My Style.


Shakira/ Fijacion Oral Vol. 1

Okay,this is the first Spanish album that I fully listened to.I enjoyed it,although I don’t understand what the hell she’s singing ! Shakira’s strange but beautiful voice shines through this album. It’s got lots of groovy pop rock Latin tunes, some make you want to shake your stuff,some make you sit back and nod your head.Nice comeback cd.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Must-hear songs: La Pared, En Tus Pupilas, La Tortura, Obtener Un Si, No, Las De La Intuicion.