Haunting and beautiful. Something just swirl into your heart - chilly but pretty. Coincidentally, just like Maria, ”We Don’t Eat” is on the brighter side, with higher spirit while the cover song “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood) is cold yet emotional and touching, and only left you craving for more.
This is massive. Would you expect something this beautiful from a song titled “Video Games”? lol… Amazing vocal, beautiful melody suitably matched with a bare/minimum/subtle arrangement. Watch out for this girl, she’s gonna be big. Song of the year contender.
After the delightful and highly catchy “Sister Wife”, I’m in love with 2 more Alex Winston singles. Her voice and music are very unique, a mix of bits of eerie, weird, vintage and sweet? Deep impression after first listen! “Locomotive” is actually a single prior to “Sister Wife”, light and very catchy too. “Velvet Elvis” is even more upbeat and teasing, but just what is “objectum sexuality”? Um, very interesting… All in all these are surely some of the best indie pop ever heard in recent years.
genre: indie pop rock, indie pop, soul rating: L: 4/5 stars, VE: 4/5 stars
Instantly gained my attention and very moving. This time the repeating issue seems doesn’t really bother me, and the prettiness is still pretty there. I’m just greatly impressed and touched. What a clever use of vocal processing, it makes his vocal so affectionate, full of emotion and powerful, good job!!
Special: Similar & Different - Olly Murs, Will Young
They both return, they have something in common and they have something different from.
Similarity: I think I had once mistaken an Olly Murs song as a new Will Young song or was it the other way round? I mean the vocals, I think many agree, they’re quite similar, at least on the surface. And they are both from tv singing competitions, one winner (Pop Idol), and one runner-up (X-factor). Difference: While they both sing pop music, their styles are different. Olly Murs music often reminds me of summer while Will Young music sometimes reminds me of autumn. This time, Olly continues and intensifies his cheeky reggae pop with some hip hop elements, while Will is taking his adult soul pop to a light dance direction:
I don’t know but Olly Murs music is playing magic on me, I think I have played his debut album an incredible amount of times. And this new single once again gained my attention immediately. It’s so catchy and yes, official forth summer tune this year. He gained one last year, scored another this year, will he continue next year?
genre: pop, reggae-fusion, hip hop, soul rating: 4/5 stars
He’s on fire and jealous, these could be good signs ‘cos these two new songs are superb. I was very impressed with “History”, his collaboration with Groove Armanda. And I’ve always like to hear him in dance beats. And he’s finally doing it, I couldn’t be more excited. However, the dance direction taken on “Jealously” is light and is not instantly catchy, but a grower, give it some time and you can really start to get into the mood and groove. The dance feel on bonus track “The Way I See” is much more heavier and could be probably considered a dance-floor banger. I really like the arrangements here, it’s wonderful and delightful.
We have to admit we’ve lost a great talent, and it’s time to remember some of her best moments. Amy only has 2 albums, while I think “Frank (2003)” is a great jazz/soul album, to be frank, um, my favorites all lie in “Back to Black (2006)”. Here are my 3 favorite Amy Winehouse singles:
The title seems sad, but oh my dear, this is like spring, it’s beautiful and shiny all over the song you can feel it, the “sha-la-la” ending just confirms it! A very interesting and sturdy number and the video is interesting too, look at Amy in there, it’s quite funny, lol.
It’s dreamy and slightly sad. It’s also very soft, soothing. Despite the title, it actually doesn’t feel that bad after hearing it. And the flow is very good. Outstanding track.
genre: r&b, soul, doo-wop, jazz rating: 4/5 stars
It’s probably Amy’s bad habits that took Amy’s life, but Amy’s an undeniably talented artist, let’s learn from her good but not her bad. I think she’ll be holding a place in many music lovers’ heart forever.
said your all mouth and no brains all rock stars go to heaven you said you’ll be dead at 27 when we drunk in a English tavern the owner poured you the Bourbon and you drunk your self so rotten he got so rich he bought a Bentley and moved himself to Devon
you started dirty dancing and you bar tended a dozen i took you to the clinic to get you clean but you couldn’t said in 2 days ur 27 and and ur destiny was comin and ur papa passed so sudden and left you with lil somin
you blew that money on a mountain of drugs and staged your self a bedin a month later when i popped in your still high but the winter set in i bought you a coffee and a muffin and you quoted me some Lenin i wished i was that clever but thats what kept me coming your friendship did mean somin but you left me for nothin when i left, you befriended a rope and i found you both were hanging.
The video features the first part of the song, and the whole thing is quite epic. The first part is this little charming but sad, soulful piano number that is ok easy on ear. However the whole song takes a little bit more patience to appreciate. It may seem long and dull but pay more attention, the song wraps itself up beautifully and closes with a beautiful paino ending, and look back, the whole thing starts to make sense and then you may fall in love. According to Erykah, it’s a “3 movements” song. It’s fragile when you fall so deep in love I can understand. She presents many frustrated feelings in a relationship really well here. And I like her solo dance in the video too - lovely.
Oh yeah, double A side, the one problem I have with his record is that it’s a little bit too repetitive for me, sometimes. I mean I don’t mind all the challenges he set up for his listeners, it’s just when you go to the center, you’re greeted with all these small, pretty but repetitive vocals. For times, I think I don’t mind to be brainwashed by them since they are pretty sweet and em, pretty, but other times, I still have doubts. But generally this is still an challenging but enjoyable album. Lindisfarne on the album is an two parts affair, this single is a combined edit of the two. It’s mild, it’s warm, but maybe a little bit nothingness-like for me, pardon for my cheesiness. Unluck on the other hand is an instant like though, yeah catchy enough for me, lol. I think “dubstep” is a little bit debatable, let’s just say it’s minimalist electronica to a new height.
* I have to warn you about the video for Lindisfarne, if you’re ok for some unpleasant, even disgusting visuals, then proceed…
This song has grown so much on me! I love that it’s so atmospheric and beautiful. Just like the song title, yes, it’s dark, but it’s breezy, gives out a weirdly pleasant feeling, his singing voice doesn’t even suggest that, but it has this feel. This is very elegantly done.
My wonderful soul girl is back with this great new offer! It’s still a little dark, still Adele, but surprisingly upbeat and exciting!! Retain the good old stuff, bring in some great new stuff, great great great, now all I have to say is clever!! ;D