Album Review: “Revival” by Selena Gomez

11149585_10153174655560975_3486450607504209385_nI actually wasn’t going to do a review per se. In the past couple of months I’ve been losing my will to do album reviews, these EPs are much smaller and they’re a little bit easier to get through, but then I started listening to this album and somehow I started describing each song in a way I would to do in this type of post, so I took that as my hint. I was looking forward to this album when I first heard “Good For You” play on Sirius XM Hits 1. You can’t deny yourself of Selena’s music. I thought that single was a game changer because the lyrics are more mature than some of her older songs. I’ve been wondering when we’d start to see more grown up topics of explicit stuff pop up into our most loved Disney stars. Everybody still think Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato are itty bitty and they’re not anymore. We need to be more accepting of that. My sister and I have grown up with these stars so we shouldn’t be so surprised to hear these types of topics appearing in a line or two. Especially after what Miley Cyrus did last year in her music!

I think using the word “Revival” as the title of the album was a great choice. I don’t usually like having a track as the title because I feel it’s a bit too cliché. As far as the title track, I am a little bit of a fan of this song. It’s got a good pop/electronica  vibe to it but it also seems futuristic too with how every element is placed! It’s different and I like it. The second is called “Kill Em With Kindness” and this starts off a bit soft and as it becomes the chorus, it has this funky sound. I actually like this high-pitched whistle along with this disco like beat. I kind of wish there were more words as far as lyrics go in this one, I feel it’s a little boring that way but if you’re going to “kill them with kindness” maybe there’s a reason why there’s not a lot to it, but it’s not that bad! The third one is a little interesting. I actually love this song. It’s called “Hands To Myself” and she’s talking in a very soft voice. I like the mellow beat, There’s nothing really to it, very pop but it’s unique.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to keep myself contained. Hold out until the release, but then I saw this one and it all went to hell. “Same Old Love” is another favorite of mine. I can already hum to it I like it that much. I think this track sounds kind of elegant vibe to it; classic R&B is what I’m getting out of it. I really need to learn the words now! The next one is “Sober” and I’m really torn because I like the beat better than the lyrics. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard of other songs from artists using breakups in their songs as a way to look back at their “sober” moments. If I could dance like professionally, I would use this song as a backdrop. I don’t have much to say about it, I’m sorry! The sixth song is her first single “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky. If you want to read what I thought about this song, click this. I’m not over this song yet! Next up is “Camouflage” and I really like the use of only a piano with her beautiful voice. It’s so beautiful, very proud of her for creating a very real song for people to relate. This next one appeared on Spotify a week before the album came out. I decided to hold out until the whole was released to hear it and I’m glad I did! It’s called “Me & The Rhythm” it’s another funky-R&B track. It doesn’t sound as dance-y as the first two, but it has a subtle soul beat, very difficult to describe again. I didn’t really like this one.

The last two songs are next. The ninth track is “Survivors” and it’s about time we heard something in the electronica genre. It’s not a in your face kind of beat, it’s more chill. I would consider putting it in the House category. I like the beat more than the song itself. I can’t exactly tell what she’s trying to tell us in the actual song. The last one is called “Body Heat” and I love when the first track starts off pretty slow but the last one is very upbeat and fast. I feel it’s an ideal way to end an album. This one is exactly what I like. It’s intense in every sense of the word. It has some mexican influences with the use of a guitar and wicked drums to give it some body. It definitely makes you want to get up and dance! So I love it! I am VERY impressed with this album. I only disliked two songs out of ten tracks. That’s pretty good for me!

Have you listened to Selena Gomez new album yet? What do you like or hate about it?

Song Review: “Do You Know Who You Are” by Atreyu

Since I’ve been listening to a lot of dance music in the last few months, I haven’t found a lot of great rock tracks. I know even I’m a little disappointed at myself! I’ve been listening to Sirius XM Octane like crazy though trying to break this cycle a bit and I think I’ve found the song..

I’m technically not a big fan of Atreyu. I’ve only liked maybe two songs over the last four years and for some weird reason I was actually excited when I heard they were releasing new music this year, but unfortunately I haven’t been keeping up with the band or listen to their album “Long Live” all the way, but then again I still haven’t finished listening to FFDP’s album either! My dad isn’t too happy about that, but I heard this song “Do You Know Who You Are” the other night and when I heard it the first time it was like in the middle of the song and I didn’t care much for it. And then I heard the beginning of it and I had to rewind my TV just hear that introduction again. Those types of drum intros make you think of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” and I HATE when songs remind me of other songs but this one is really badass so there!

Besides the straight drums at the beginning, I also love the harsh screams of the lead vocalist too! At first I wish there wasn’t any singing involved but then the more I listened to it, I started to fall for that too! There’s something very weird about this song, because I normally hate like great, fierce introductions but a slow, easy-going track all the way through. There’s nothing about it that I really hate and that is unheard of with me. I usually have something bad to say but I don’t, I fucking love it!

What do you think of this song? 

First Field Trip

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Howdy!

You guys remember my Hawaii posts, right? Well, for those that don’t. I wrote like 8 separate posts for three weeks of my sister and her boyfriend’s trip to Hawaii back in July. I love writing posts about the things that my sister does. It’s actually really fun for me! Today, I have something a little different for you. My neighbor/bestie Sammy has a three year old daughter named Chevy. She is in preschool now and she got to go on her very first field trip a couple of weeks ago. A few days before, Sammy kind of mentioned as they were leaving my room that maybe I can write about it on my blog! I was thrilled because I have mentioned them before and it would give me something to look forward to write about on my blog since they all read it anyways!

I knew that I was allowed to write about it for two weeks and I was reeling with excitement! I didn’t want to tell everybody just in case plans fizzled you know? Everybody in our families knew that I was going to do this, so the week before my dad had gotten confused of what day they were leaving, so I had to text her to make sure that I hadn’t heard differently. I was right of course! They went to the pumpkin patch. Which to me is a quintessential preschool/kindergarten type of field trip! Chevy was so excited to go on the bus with her classmates! While all of the parents were driving behind the bus, the driver made the wrong turn and had to do a U-y in a grovel road along with the other ten cars! Sammy said that the place has been there for 70 years! Sammy’s mom went with them and remembered taking Sammy there when she was in school. I remember going to a pumpkin patch, whether or it was the same one is still unknown. I had to rolled around in a wagon the whole time. I only say that because we have proof of it! They were only there for about three hours, for all that they did it didn’t seem that short of a trip!

It’s now fall here where we live and so the weather is usually breezy/sunny or cold/wet. It had been rainy off and on the whole day I know because I heard it outside my windows. The kids were dressed up in their jackets, hoods on to cover up their little ears, and had their sneakers or rain boots on! Chevy’s very much like her mom. She likes to roam outside in her bare feet and loves mud! This was right up her alley except for the colder temperatures! They got to run around and each bring home a pumpkin. At first Chevy grabbed one for herself but liked the one her momma picked up instead! I could imagine seeing these little kids trying to pick up a big pumpkin like the size of their heads! You gotta feel bad for the parents when they do that, because you know they’re the ones going for the small/medium size ones! They got to go through a corn maze. I always loved corn mazes! Sammy said once Chevy got towards the end of it she just decided “screw this” and jumped over the hay stack instead!!

They got to play this ducky thing. It’s like a slide with water. You have the rubber ducky at the top of the slope and the more water you release through at the top, it slides the duck to the other side. Sammy got a cute video of Chevy doing the lever like a champ!! They also had this “dome” as what Sammy described it as, the way I figured it might be is those things when people go down and a steep slide and the person that went before is sitting or standing on the opposite side of it and when that other person falls down that first guy goes flying through the air because of the pressure of the new person landing on it. Has anybody seen those videos before? Anyways, Chevy and her classmates went bouncing on that. They also did rat races. When I saw the picture at first I didn’t know what the hell they were doing but now it makes sense! I was just surprised Sammy didn’t just go on her hands and knees like Chevy because if you go too fast in those things the speed alone will make you go down anyways! And lastly Sammy and Chevy got to get their picture taken when they placed their faces through the windows of the school bus. So sweet!

Now that I’m thinking about that is a lot on the parents, teachers, and kids for three hours. Sammy said that when it was time to leave, the three of them went home together but first they went to Dairy Queen (lucky!) for lunch. I think this was probably the cutest thing I’ve written about for a while. Wait until Halloween, if Sammy dresses up Chevy and her sister Chey, you know what’ll be on here!

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