Tuesday, 30 September 2014
How can you improve your chances of a global hit? Squeeze as many country/towns into your three minute song as you can, that's how! GENIUS!
This might be the logic behind BEP singer Fergie's comeback single L.A. Love (La La), where the Diva seemingly opened her atlas app and started shouting random places into the microphone. Ok, so it's a tad more lyrical than that, but even still, if there are more than two writers on this song I will be disappointed...goes to check. Returns disappointed. There are four writers listed: Fergie, Dijon McFarlane, Shomari Wilson and Royce Thomas Theron Thomas. Oh well, I'll get over it.
Yesterday had many of us suffering a Marmite-like response to Aretha Franklin's cover of Rolling In The Deep. Some loved it, some hated it, but with the release also came suspicions!! Suspicions that....brace yourself.... the Queen Of Soul's vocal weren't all her own, having had some help from a computer. SAY THERE AIN'T NO WAY!
Monday, 29 September 2014
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"Drunk aunt" pretty much sums up my thoughts on this, must have been a one-take, cover by Aretha Franklin of Adele's Rolling in the Deep. The addition of Ain't No Mountain High Enough at the end is just as unexpected as some of the weird vocal choices made by the Diva, but I can see why the producer added it. Aretha's improv sounds better, and less jarring, over that than the Rolling in the Deep backing.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Kylie Minogue's last album, Kiss Me Once, didn't exactly set the world alight with its over-produced brand of pop. Though I enjoyed the LP- not as much as her previous releases, mind- something just didn't ring true with its direction or sound. It was as if the album was missing its heart, being a music by numbers creation, rather than a labor of love.
However, Kylie seems to have overcome this with her new EP, Sleepwalker.
Teaming up with music producer Garibay- who has worked with Lady Gaga and Britney Spears- the duo have crafted four tracks that sound so much more "Kylie" than anything found on Kiss Me Once.
Monday, 22 September 2014
I'm a big Jo Hamilton fan, so I'm wondering why I've never featured her on the blog before.
I think my thought process behind this travesty was that I discovered her a while after her first album had been released. Thus, I must have been waiting for some new material from the singer-songwriter to showcase to all of you. However, somehow I missed the release of the video for song Think Of Me back in February, and so a perfect opportunity to create a post slipped by.