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!
PS: As you can see, I’ve just added a Google Ad banner up there. Take time to click on those links related to my articles, I’m sure you will find a lot of interesting sites to visit. Keep supporting me! Thanks for your browsing.

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.