Summer 2017 Playlist

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Today is finally the day we discuss the summer anthems of 2017!

Unlike last year when EDM basically ruled the charts from top to bottom, the list of summer anthems I thought for 2017 was fairly low! Even I was bummed because I love whenever the DJs release banging music during the summer months. Everybody is looking for a party so it’s a good time to release music in this genre. However, I don’t usually like when artists, especially pop singers release new albums from June to late August, because you can clearly tell that were only made for the summer. They have those like Caribbean and exotic music and it honestly gets annoying pretty quickly!

Here are some of the popular tracks I heard this summer!

Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
Slow Hands by Naill Horan
Sign Of The Times by Harry Styles
Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
Weak by AJR
Sweat by All-American Rejects
Help by Papa Roach
Issues by Julia Michaels

Believer by Imagine Dragons
Now Or Never by Halsey
Galway Girl by Ed Shereen
Despectio by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

I never create this playlists according to charts or anything like that, I just try to pay attention to what I hear on the radio or Spotify and make my selection from there! So we can agree to disagree on this batch of songs, if you have any others that you think did fairly well this summer you can also create a mini playlist in a comment  down below and we can talk about them! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this mini playlist!

If you’d like to listen to Summer 2016 Playlist, click here!

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September Playlist

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It’s time for another monthly playlist!

I had a difficult time figuring out if I wanted to put up two playlists in the same week, but I needed more time to finish a review. On Thursday, you will get my annual summer playlist. I have to remember for next year to make a list of songs that I hear starting from March, because I think that could’ve helped a lot! Anyways, today you get everything I listened to for the month of September!

And like what I did with August, I will give you the Top 10 songs I constantly played or heard on the radio. So here you go!

Lilith by Butcher Babies
Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson
No Limit by G-Eazy featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B
…Ready For It by Taylor Swift
OMG by Camila Cabello featuring Quavo
Killing Strangers by Marilyn Manson
STREET by NGHTMRE
Walk On Water by Thirty Seconds To Mars
California by Dzeko featuring Brynn Elliott
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William (Cedric Grevias Remix)

If you’d like to listen to the full Spotify playlist for September, please click here! I also did some album reviews this month, not a lot, but still I should share them with you once again if you weren’t able to catch them the day they came out.

Nervous System by Julia Michaels | Rhapsodies In Black by Exit Eden

What were you listening to this month? Do you have you a song of the month?

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The Memory House

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Why is it about moving that is good for the soul, but it also feels like your heart being ripped into a million pieces at the same time?

In every house I’ve ever lived or much less stayed a few nights in, I usually remember maybe a couple of small details of it, it really just depends on whatever happened there. I don’t know why my mind allows me to be haunted by these things but it does. However, there was one house that has a lot of good memories attached to it, so much that it stings of the situation that bubbled up to the surface recently.

My grandparent’s house that has been in my family for decades. If you’ve read my earlier posts about “the aunts” as I’ve recently figured out they are my great-great aunts. They’re parents George and Olive lived there before them, and I think it was only Regina (Ra-kee-na), Lula, and Elsaleah that spent their entire lives there and then my grandparents moved in to help but after all of the aunts died, they were just left with the house. The only difference was instead of it having elderly people in the household, now there were grandchildren around and we began to spend our birthdays and holidays there as a family.

I’ve spent countless days there throughout my life. I’ve slept on the couches and floor, trying not to look up the dark staircase. I’m pretty sure this is where my paranoia really flourished because I remember my papaw saying that there was a ghost up there. When my sister got her first iPod, she had an app that told you whether a room was paranormal or not, well this always seemed to fire up their dog Casey and once Blondie would come into the kitchen they’d race off into the living room, a half dead iPod in head ready to find the ghosts! This did nothing for my anxiety over the years I have to say!

I would go into the living room every once in a while, I would never go in there by myself though. I always went when somebody else was in there with me. However, my papaw would like to play piano in the most random times of the day, mostly when everybody was talking the mouths off, so mostly me! I would stop the conversations sometimes because I would hear these noises and realize they were papaw upstairs probably either destroying something or like I said, playing some notes on the piano. I remember a few times that I just sat on the floor by the couch and listened to him play a few keys and then watched him leave without ever saying anything about how I got there. He knew though. Once he’d leave the room, I would debate whether or not to head back into the kitchen or not to join the rest of the hens.

As I got older the house started to represent something else entirely. Since our house was so wacky I was unable to do things for myself. I was also growing (weight wise), so my family has a difficult time getting me on and off the floor. I started to feel really restless I think, and I didn’t hit my breaking point until one Christmas. I was really wanting to create homemade gifts for my family and I thought it would be a good idea to do it with my dad but I later realized that it wasn’t… He bought everything and he ended doing it all, within four days later I asked my nana if she’d feel comfortable in helping me do the crafts next year because there was no way in heck I was allowing that to happen again. If you didn’t know the background story to the annual DIY Christmas gifts, now you do!

I think that was the same year that I was given the freedom to really do things for myself. I’m only so limited to things in my room because whenever I’m in my wheelchair, the room itself gets smaller! So when my nana was letting me do things for her, like clean and organize different areas of her office or kitchen – since that was our most popular place for our talks and had the most light and space in the entire house to work on our crafts I began to enjoy it more! And I even have memories from my days in preschool where it was time to clean up from recess and as everybody was cleaning up, I’d be cowering underneath the table! I hated cleaning as a child, but since I was allowed to do what I wanted like organize in whatever way I saw fit I began to fall in love with it. Of course, asking your parents if you could your room with no seatbelt so you could reach better does not do anything to calm their nervous, but it is fun to watch them squirm I’m not going to lie!

The last two or three years were spent on trying to decorate cakes and sugar cookies. Creating our first (and probably last) Christmas bark ever! I figured out how to put on a fairly large trash bag on the can itself and open up a pop can with my toes! Towards the last I finally figured out how to open the refrigerator and that took a lot longer than I wanted to honestly! Why do they have to make those doors so heavy is beyond me!

It’s strange one of the last memories of being in that house is of me cleaning out an area of papaw’s room that I was hoping would become my office. An act of freedom that I was given became something that I did not want to do, you know? It was only fairly small corner of the room that was full of things that would come to live in my room. It feels weird to have these pieces of furniture that belong in different places in that house that are no longer there, it’s an empty space now.

I’ll remember the large amounts of light green on the interior, from the walls to the shaggy, 70’s carpet that did not like push wheelchairs. Okay, so I won’t exactly miss the carpet itself but perhaps only the feel of it.

The pink (or peach, the exact color is debatable), white, and blue bathroom that in the beginning of time didn’t exist. George and Olive had an outhouse! It wasn’t until later that they added it in and made it the smallest room in the whole house! The closets had more room than this sucker! Sidenote: The doorways weren’t made for wheelchairs either!

Always calling the kitchen the front end of the house. Nana would say all the time to us that where the kitchen was places was really a back porch, when they put in the bathroom they redid the kitchen too and added on bigger cabinets and put in a cold linoleum floor that even in the hot summer you could sit on it and your butt would feel pretty nice. However, the winter it was just standard to wear blue jeans or just stay out of there because it was so damn cold!

One of the hardest memories that’s going to be difficult to cure is whenever we’d leave the house, they lived on a block so there was two ways you could leave (well, technically three if you could park into the driveway and go to the right line) and those paths there’s some distance but they could always hear us holler bye and they’d wave with their hands or do the symbol for “I love you” in sign language as we took off to go home.

Since this has happened I often wonder if there will be a house I will live in that will make feel these things ever again? Will I continue to collect memories from every house I enter? It’s a big possibility. You’re never fully ready to put your trust into anything or apparently leave everything behind but it’s part of life. You go on and parts of me think I will be back, back then I thought it was because I’m always coming back but then once the decision was made that the house would be sold I still had that feeling. I think it’s a form of denial but who knows, maybe God or some universal divine will take me back to the memory house.

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What My Zodiac Sign Says About Me

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I would like to say this post was inspired by Safe Haven: Anonymous Letters 30 Day Challenge they did in August! I decided to do it about my zodiac sign: SCORPIO! They’ve actually inspired me to do the summer playlist and four others I might do sometime in the future! So you’ll have to venture on the site and guess which ones I might use.

I am a lover of horoscopes! I really am, I don’t look up mine as much anymore but I do love reading it every once in a while. It’s become a bit of a tradition to look at mine on my birthday, because if anything does happen on that day, you basically live by your horoscope and trust me, it has happened before and I will admit to it!

I really love my sign. I think it goes well with me really well. Everything honestly makes sense when you look up some of the characteristics that comes with it. Of course, a normal person will think it could all be part of your DNA and I can believe that too, but there are too many things, like strengths and dislikes that feel too much of a coincidence when you put it together with your sign than your heritage.

One thing that I’ve learned about my sign is that it’s normal to for me show my emotions. I am a strong person. I can hold it in for as long as I can, before I turn into a sobbing mess. This is because my element is Water, we waver back and forth of our decisions. Since we’re passionate people, we also have anger tendencies as well. This is the reason why I’ve seen “most serial killers are born in November” pop up on Facebook. Now I’m not saying I’m one of those people, I mean I can get angry, I’m just not the type of person to yell and fight someone. I like to think I’m classier than that. Scorpios don’t like dishonesty and secrets although the fact as I get older, I don’t want to know certain things, but keeping secrets from me isn’t necessarily so easy either. I’ll find out about it anyways, and apparently that’s also part of this sign too.

I’ve found that we’re brave, resourceful, and stubborn. As a disabled person, we learn how to adapt to our surroundings in that I have definitely become very resourceful, I like figuring how I can get things to go differently. Of course, stubbornness is part of this. I don’t like doing stuff the easy way and hate quitting anything, big or small. If I know something is potentially dangerous, it only makes me want to try it out. So I clearly show all three of these strengths in my daily life!

One thing I recently learned that comes with the sign itself has to do with something hasn’t always made sense. My mom tells me I’m the hard one to shop for and I never feel like I am. And then I read on an astrology site on the bottom section called, “How To Choose A Gift For A Scorpio Woman” we like little things and surprises. I honestly love a lot of things, I just don’t think anybody really listens so when it’s time to get me something for my birthday or Christmas. What they said about jewelry pieces is true, I honestly don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I love anything with spikes and with a “M” or my name in general.

One of the funny things about my sign has a day which holds some significance of some sort, whether it’s good or bad. Tuesday is mine I guess and I find it strange in a way because whenever I was a kid and in the process of losing my baby teeth. I would literally lose my tooth on a Tuesday or Thursday. I always thought it was weird as hell! And then in 2016, they switched the day of when music would be released from Tuesdays to Fridays, which made sense afterwards but Tuesday was my favorite day of the week because I knew new music would be released that morning! I never knew why Tuesdays had so much meaning to me until reading that!

There is honestly a lot you can learn about your Zodiac sign. My favorite way is to go on Pinterest, I have a whole board of different facts, likes and even some risque things, be glad I’m giving you a warning beforehand at least. So if you’d like to dwell into the mind of a Scorpio a little bit more, you can check out my board!

What Zodiac sign are you? Are you a true believer of it or still skeptical? Let me know below!

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Roaring Of Trains II

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Today I have another one of those posts that was fun but also very bittersweet to write, because it has something to do with my papaw. Basically anything to do with trains, just upsets me a bit. I had a difficult time holding back tears when I watched Nat and Wes (and the rest) vlog of their twins’ Liam and Judah’s birthday, because they got a mini train track and it was just a little too sweet for me to bear!

Last year, I wrote a blog post when my northern family went and took many, many pictures of the 767 Nickel Plate Locomotive Train that the Fort Wayne Historical Society had restored, they gave out rides of some of the passenger cars and showed other weathered down trains that were just placed in random areas on the track. My knowledge of trains only goes so far unfortunately, but I do find them fascinating!

This time, my cousin Kristi wasn’t pregnant and so she got to go to the event and even brought little baby Joseph along! We have to start them young! He’ll probably be introduced to Thomas the train first to get him familiar with them and when he’s older then maybe his papaw or Uncle Chris will show him the importance of the model trains and maybe one day he’ll have himself a large set up like his great-grandpa who knows!

As I’ve tried to explain in the past, trains are a big thing in my family. My papaw was obsessed with them! He seems to have gotten his love of trains from both his father Gene and his grandpa George (I like to call him “Papaw George”) because we have old photos of random trains in black and white and they’re very old and fragile. My aunt scanned a fairly good chunk of family photos of us plus some of my papaw’s relatives, like his parents and the infamous aunts you’ve heard me talk about over the years! We’ve found quite a few pictures of papaw as a youngster climbing the caboose of a train and looking at it in awe, he couldn’t have been more than five or eight years old, but it’s so hard to tell because of how scrawny he was!

I would love to go to one of these events, we find a smaller train that allows rides but those are pretty expensive compared to the tickets to this event. I’ve already been on a train, if you want to call it that. We went to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis years ago as a field trip and I was still technically healing from my surgeries, it hadn’t been a half a year yet and so I wasn’t allowed to go on very many rides at the time. However, my mom and I found this old train and it had screens inside the windows to make it seem you can going places, it rocked back and forth which made mom really worried at times. I think we sat there for two or three rides and that was good enough for me.

My friend Danielle, she went to the National Railroad Museum in York and she wrote three separate blog posts of her visit there and the pictures turned out amazing! I feel I would enjoy it more if it was indoors, my dad would probably do better with it too because hopefully it wouldn’t be so hot, but the only thing that would suck if that the trains itself wouldn’t be able to run like they do at these events in Fort Wayne. And why do they always have to be so damn far away?

Okay, I’m going to shut up now and show you some of my favorite pictures that my cousin Amber and Uncle David took while they were there this past month!

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Top 10 Favorite Chick Flicks!

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If anybody knows me really well, I am not into chick flicks. I have a hard time believing the amount of times of love at first sight but I have noticed over the years that I am watching more drama based films. I like that they’re visually beautiful, there’s little details in the frames and they always seem to capture everything so well! Whenever I watch action movies, I’m looking for clues of who killed this character or that one? In a way, I’m glad these always seem to calm me late at night.

When I was coming up for a list for this post, I tried to keep the romance to a minimum and I realized that was harder than it looks! Surprisingly, there are a few movies where I was left breathless, isn’t that a bit shocking? If you haven’t watched any of these movies, I suggest you do so because they each have their own good points to them and only a fraction will make you cry! However, according to certain family members I’m built like an ox because I don’t really show my emotions that much, so the ones that didn’t make me cry will probably have a different effect on you.

You’ll come to find out through this list that I also have a selective mind, you know I like to watch things with history but I am interested in music and art too. I’ve found a few movies that fit in those areas and the rest are just the coming of age and heartwarming films that we all at some point have loved.

10. Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003 – Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson)

I have to say out of all the movies below, this was my most recent addition. I finally got to watch this mid-August and I’m very glad I kept looking out for it because it was very worth it!

I was very nervous about Scarlett Johansson as Griet though. At the time, I only had a small memory of how the real painting looked like imprinted in my mind and I thought at times she was a good choice but I know her as this ultimate badass so I had a hard time breaking away from that outlook, but she was absolutely beautiful! I wish there were more scenes of Johannes painting, because I mean it didn’t really bring him out to be this artist, it was more at Griet and her life as the family’s maid which was fine but I wanted to see Colin be around the paints more than he was shown!

9. Titanic (1997 – Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton)

Honestly I went back and forth to put Titanic on here mostly because it is such a big movie that I didn’t want it to cloud my judgement for the rest of the films on my list. The main reason why I put it so low is because I’ve surprisingly only seen it probably less than 20 times since it came out.

I think I added it for the history aspect of it. I will admit for a long time I thought the whole thing of Rose and Jack was real. I think I was like ten when my mom basically told us that despite the fact that sinking of the ship itself was real, the characters weren’t, so it’s safe to say I believed it wholeheartedly. And it helped me learn more about the people that were on the Titanic, like Molly Brown and John Astor and his young wife. I also know a lot of about the lesser known people who were on board, and one day I would love to go to Branson, Missouri because they have a whole Titanic museum.

8. Thirteen (2003 – Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Holly Hunter)

I am obsessed with this film! I first found it by accident I think, because I don’t remember how I even saw it the first time. I do think we had it on DVD at one point of time. I even remember a somewhat awkward babysitting situation that involves my cousin Chris; I asked him if he wanted to watch it and I was an idiot for making him watch it with me in the floor because it had some racy scenes in it and I was literally too young to be watching it, as it was rated “R” but he was older like sixteen at the time.

It’s really a coming of age story, and it definitely wasn’t my first film that had teenagers who were dealing with drugs, sex, etc! I was watching Lifetime movies too and I can name close to four of them that could rival this movie. I will say that after watching this, everytime I saw Nikki Reed starring in another movie I’d always wanted to watch it. Now you know what really made me want to watch the Twilight films!

7. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008 – Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson)

This is going to sound really funny coming out of me, but I actually have a list of annoying actors and so I don’t necessarily like Brad Pitt, but yet I love this film!

I remember watching it the first time and when Thomas leaves Benjamin on those steps and Izzy is walking backwards down the stairs just made me cringe, it actually still makes feel uneasy just thinking about it. I thought the story itself was very heartwarming and surprisingly not weird considering Benjamin starts up this friendship with Daisy when he’s an old man and she’s a young child, you can kind of see him falling in love with her at the same time. I just loved how as time went on they’re friendship thrived when they were going in two separate direction, age wise.

6. Love & Basketball (2000 – Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps)

Love & Basketball has been a favorite of mine. It always has been but I’m still unsure on how I would have seen it the first time. My mind is taking me back when the TV network Oxygen was at its prime (I used to watch Xenia: Warrior Princess on that channel too) so maybe that’s where I must’ve watched it.

I have always gone in and out of basketball. I’ve never understood the right terms and positions so that’s why I’m still so shocked on how much I really watch it as an adult. It is also the film that got me interested in Sanaa Lathan, I have basically seen seven movies with her in them since I first watched this, Brown Sugar is another one of my favorites. They each have their romantic notes to them but they also use different topics to help create the love of the main characters. One uses hip hop music while this is about basketball, surprisingly I am more into this movie than the other since I know a lot about music, funny how that works huh?

5. Sweet Home Alabama (2004 – Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey)

I went back and forth whether to add this because I felt it is too much of a comedy-romance film than just a drama, but then as I was thinking about the rest of the list I figured I might as well include it! My mom is going to freak that I didn’t add Legally Blonde though! Maybe I should just do a romance list later on?

Anyways, I love this movie! I do remember how I got into this though! My dad had a friend years ago, he had two dogs that were just gorgeous! The female was pure white and part wolf, well she had puppies and wouldn’t take care of them so he asked my parents if we’d take care of them. We did. Blondie and enjoyed their company and were deeply sad that we weren’t able to keep one. I was especially upset over this because I have a love for huskies and wolves!

Anyways, the friend had a daughter who was older than me, but she brought over this movie to see if I liked it because I was really obsessed with LB and Reese Witherspoon. I cannot tell you how many times I borrowed that movie from her! I still don’t think she ever got it back during that last time! I remember we found a damaged case without the disc one time. Now I have it on my DVR and see it every once in a while on our movie channels.

4. Where The Heart Is (2000 – Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing)

This is the last film that I will say I don’t remember how I got into, but very happy I was introduced to it! Honestly, I’m thinking it was aired on Oxygen too! They used to play it like crazy and they were the only ones that left in some of the racy scenes too! As much as I don’t like watching movies on CMT or any other network channels, I will watch this movie on them. It’s not so much because I need a break in between, which helps sometimes, it just feels good to watch it on a slow afternoon or something!

I do know that it was the film that started my obsession with Natalie Portman. I loved her as Novalee! I loved everyone, but I began to regret watching The Tudors, The White Queen and True Blood back to back because James Frain is all three so beforehand, I did love him as “Forney” but I would be lying if I didn’t say that watching all three really annoyed the crap out of me.

3. Brooklyn (2015 – Saorise Ronan, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters)

Out of all the movies I’ve seen, this is the only one that wasn’t released in the early 2000’s! I actually saw it for the first time last November I think. It’s literally became one of my favorite movies and not surprisingly I want to read the book now!

I love everything about this film! I basically love anything set in Ireland, especially if they discuss life in different parts of the history. In this case, it is set in the 1950’s and you have a young woman being set to America away from her mother, sister and just her home in general, but she acts like me where she wanted to get away from everything and do something different. And when she makes it Brooklyn, she’s staying with a bunch of other Irish women in a boarding house and she meets this guy, who’s Italian and he changes her outlook on life and it’s so beautiful!

2. White Oleander (2000 – Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright, Renee Zelleweger)

I think once we get over Brooklyn, I think saying “this is one of my favorites” is kind of weird, because why would I put these next two at the top if they weren’t, you know?

I think this is one of the most hauntingly beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve always been afraid of Michelle Pfeiffer and that started when I first watched this and now every film that I watch and she appears makes me weary. I liked the layout of events and how Astrid managed to get through it all in one piece. Over time I’ve wanted to read the book, but like Where The Heart Is I don’t know if I could get through because I’ve seen it so many times. I mean, there’s a reason why I couldn’t read all of Prisoner of Azkaban!  

1. The Red Violin (1998 – Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideu, Sylvia Chang)

I’m very weird when I say that I hardly ever watch films that were made past 1999, mostly because the special effects are awful and the quality is really bad, almost worse. I’m too into my HD television I think!

I watched this back in June actually. I was looking through my TV guide and saw this on one of our movie channels and thought the description was interesting so I recorded it. When I first watched it, I was somewhat confused at first but then once you got to the third chapter the whole thing started to make sense. It is about a red violin and a series of events that happen over the course of its life which was a long time and the people that were affected by it and prophecies you hear in the beginning. It’s such a beautiful story and wouldn’t you know it, I deleted it and I haven’t seen it. That’s just my luck!

Now that you know some of my favorite chick flicks, tell me some of yours? Have you seen any of the films I’ve listed above?

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Album Review: “Rhapsodies In Black” by Exit Eden

18951120_415097612216750_3197680066864352688_nSo I have a new band for you, they’re called Exit Eden! If you are into the symphonic metal scene then you might know some of the ladies in the group. Oh yeah, all four singers are WOMEN! You know, there are a lot of female fronted bands that don’t like their bands called “female fronted” but I think it’s awesome! And I love the fact that these four powerhouses that have either fronted or were background singers for other well-known bands is amazing!

American singer Amanda Somerville and Brazilian vocalist Marina La Torraca have both worked with the Dutch heavy metal band Avantasia, while French soprano Clémentine Delauney has previously fronted Serenity but is now working with Visions of Atlantis. The last member of the group is German singer Anna Brunner is also the newcomer too, although I have yet to find if she’s worked with any bands yet or released her own material, she definitely has a strong voice to lend to the ensemble.

The album consists of 11 songs, but they are not singing their own songs. They’re actually covering a very interesting and unique blend of songs. I found it odd that they are covering more songs from the early 2000’s than maybe the 1980’s, but maybe there is copyright issues and were only allowed to do so many, but I still think the setlist is good though. I will say there were a few that I had to look up and see who they were originally by, but I’m hoping who the real artist is won’t cloud my judgement!

We start with Depeche Mode’s single “A Question of Time” and I didn’t know what to expect, but I sure liked it! I imagine the original version is very heavy, so the fact they is somewhat soft is fun. The song itself is very commanding so it works with the slight change of adding more symphony sounds and the male choir in the background. All of the ladies have different tones, but I really like Marina’s fierce vocals in the choruses. I apologize in advance if I get one wrong here and there. I’ve only figured out Anna and Clementine’ voices so far. The second is Rihanna’s hit “Unfaithful” that came out before she went bad. I liked the original a lot, but I’m not going to lie when I heard this one, I was shocked and happy all at the same time! I liked the raw string introduction and I really love Anna’s voice on this track. She has a strong, 80’s power-metal type of voice. It’s gorgeous! Majority of the heavy metal singers do not write personal songs so it’s a little strange to hear something that may not exactly be about them or their struggles, because half the time the music they do is more fantasy, folklore kind of stuff.

Third is another shocker and one that I really tried to keep an open mind about because they went and covered a Backstreet Boys song. Thankfully, not one of their bigger 90’s or 00’s hits, but still it’s a boy band song! However, it’s not bad! I liked the fact they kept the same slow tempo and didn’t destroy the essence of the song itself. I will say I do prefer the BSB version but this is a good effort! Next is Shontelle’s “Impossible” and I thought this was a different one. I remember it was a big hit in 2011 I think but didn’t think I’d ever see it on here. The melody’s not bad and I do like the addition of the guitar solo, but it is a hard song for me to listen to in any version so unfortunately I don’t like it as much as I wish I could and it has nothing to do with Exit Eden!

I wonder if it’s hard to do a Madonna cover? I mean, think about it. If you have listened to a song for years, know all of the words to it. How does one decide they want to not only cover it, but instead of keeping the pop sound, you change it to metal? I feel that would be difficult, but again I like the effort. This is Madonna’s “Frozen” and it’s hauntingly beautiful! Honestly, it could have been better without the beginning part of the guitar solo but that’s my opinion! Now we’re going to talk about a song that when I first heard it, I thought the original artist had covered it. No joke! It was Bryan Adams’s “Heaven” everybody has heard some version of this song at one point in their life! I have to say this is the one that I didn’t care for as much. I think there is too much and it’s mostly in the sound itself, I think the ladies were amazing but it lacked the same flair.

Keeping with the pop theme, we have Katy Perry’s “Firework” and even though Amanda Somerville is the only American singer in the group, and she seems to do most of the vocals, I think they managed to make it sound more Americana. Between Amanda and Anna’s voices, the vibe is unreal. It sounds so simple too! I don’t know how they did it! And then we have a shocker, it’s Adele’s “Skyfall” but it has become another song that has become a real hit as far as covering. The Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation also covered it in 2013. I liked the sound, it still has that powerful sound but I think it would have been better if it was only Clementine and Marina’s voices on the track.

This next one is one that everyone has heard, maybe in the right way. Several of us have only heard the crazy version on the snack commercials, like moi! It’s a good thing my mom doesn’t read my reviews! The song is Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and it does sound roughly the same, the duo vocals between a male and female, but I have no idea who the guy’s voice is. It could be another singer of a band or their guitarist voice. I’m not really sure! I think the song itself is very good though! And then we have Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and I love the playful mobile sound at the beginning before switching to this sharp metal sound. I love Anna’s disornated voice during the bridge. I love the high vocals in the choruses – they’re going to be a bitch trying to hit once I figure out the melody again! It’s one of my favorites on here! The last song is Visage’s “Fade To Grey” and this was another song that I did not know at all. For the last song of the album, it definitely had the vibe “let’s go out with a bang” and I definitely approved of that! However, it does go a bit quiet once the verses start but it’s still very interesting though!

I was really surprised when I listened to this. I had been looking forward to it because I follow both Amanda and Clementine on Facebook, so finally I got to hear it officially was very satifasying! I almost got worried because it released in Europe first and I kept seeing on the band’s Facebook page that it was on Spotify and I kept having to check like every other day before I released we’d be second in line! I felt like an ass afterwards!

Have you heard of Exit Eden yet? Did you listen to the album too? What are your favorite(s)?

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