EP Review: “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers

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It’s crazy to think that last year The Chainsmokers finally released their debut album to the world! It was a long time coming for not only Alex and Drew, but for their entire fanbase, myself included of course. Now we move on to 2018, where the guys are still in fact touring all over the world, but now they’ve been slowly but surely putting out new music. This EP was released on the 20th of April and is properly titled “Sick Boy” and it has four tracks. So let’s get on with the review, shall we?

First we have “Somebody” which has two Drews in it. The other singer is Drew Love of the R&B duo THEY. He brought in some soulful elements, to an already chill beat. I really like it for the quietness, it’s the ideal song for those gloomy days. One thing that I’m learning to love is the fact that The Chainsmokers are sort of growing out of the EDM (electronic dance music) standard. They have a more mainstream sound, but it still has that dance-y feel to it. This track itself is very mellow, but it’s still dance worthy!  Next we have “Everybody Hates Me” and this one has a summer vibe. It might’ve been the fact they say “tequila” a few times, but I think it’s more upbeat; where you feel like you feel the need to jump up and down to it, even though it’s a little slowed down on tempo. It’s good!

We move to “You Own Me” and this is another unique track. The first thing that it made me think of was driving around in a small town. I know it’s completely random, but that’s just what popped up first and I ran with it! You definitely hear an overwhelming low horn sound in the background of this one. It’s very chill and different, but in a good way! And finally, we have “Sick Boy” and from the moment I heard this on the radio, I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t know what the term “Sick Boy” means, but I’m not asking so I’ll just assume it’s a good thing, possibly?

I like the fact that the guys have added two really, chill and slowed and two upbeat and dance-y tracks onto this EP! It’s a good introduction, if we are getting ready for another big release in the next coming months! I want the songs to be as unique like these were on this effort. I don’t want to assume the rumors are true, and I don’t want to be a pest and ask anybody, so we’ll just have to see.

Are you a fan of The Chainsmokers too? Would you like to hear another record soon? If you’ve listened to their “Sick Boy” EP, were you happy with the tracks they included or not? Let me know below!

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Album Review: “America” by Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Today I am reviewing an album, that surprisingly, I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I wouldn’t say that I’m like a big Thirty Seconds To Mars fan, but I’m like right in the middle of it. The songs that I’ve listened to, are really good and “Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams” is probably one of my favorite albums to date, but I still don’t consider myself a really big fan of theirs. Maybe after doing this review, that’ll change, huh?

Thirty Seconds To Mars is a rock band coming out of California. It still surprises me that there are only three guys in it and roughly two of its members play instruments live. What I mean is that, Tomo and Shannon play the guitar and drums respectively and they’re the ones who play the most while on stage. Jared has played guitar live on several songs, but majority of the time he just stands there. This is the reason why I’ve always been amazed in a way, because they always sound like a six piece band since their songs are so jam packed, it doesn’t seem like it was made with only three people! Anyways, their brand new album is called “America” and it was released on the 6th of April.

We start the album off with their first single release, “Walk On Water” and this song was EVERYWHERE after it came out! I’ve seen it on different commercials, mostly on sporting events, which I thought was nice! It has a nice light, but energetic feel to it to match that kind of vibe you’d expect for those types of advertisements. I actually like the song a lot, it’s a nice opening to the album and this cycle! Second is “Dangerous Night” and I have to say, I was less than pleased with this one when I first listened to it. I go back and forth if I really like it, because I liked how it started with only Jared’s very seductive voice. Yes, that’s the word I’m using for this! It’s very mellow, and the tempo and sound changes a bit towards the end, but I’m not meshing with it as I thought I would and I’ve heard it a few times since it came out. Next is “Rescue Me” and even though 30STM are a rock band, they have sort of a pop vibe going on with this album. I have to say, I like this song, it has a soft California rock n roll vibe to it, but it also has this quirky sound on top of it, so it makes it really unique.

Fourth track is “One Track Mind” and I thought this was really great. The beat makes it really sexy and I thought Jared’s low and slow voice makes it that much better! This features rapper A$AP Rocky in it, and I thought he gave it a different edge that in a way, it didn’t need, but I’m glad he was added to the ending result. Plus, can we just talk about the guitar solo at the last too? Good god. I seriously thought it couldn’t get any better, but I guess I was wrong? Next we have an instrumental called “Monolith” and they are kind of known to have a little break in their albums, a breathing and thinking time in between the songs. This one very in your face, cinematic worthy track! You know how I am. It also conducts as an intro to the song behind it, which is titled “Love Is Madness” and it features Halsey in it. The song has a bit of a drumline vibe going on, but it’s sexy and smooth too. I really wasn’t expecting it to be like that, but I love it anyways!

We move on to the seventh song, “Great Wide Open” and this starts off really slow and you kind of get that it’s going to sound maybe like a 80’s ballad, they’re not acoustic enough to be a straight slow song, but they’re not so upbeat where you feel like jumping up and down a thousand times, it’s the perfect medium. I really like it. After that, we have “Hail To The Victor” and I’m happy to say this one is very different, I had seen that it was produced by Yellow Claw, but didn’t think it would sound like that! However, I don’t hate it. The song has a nice, dark, but mellow bass drop to it. It’s very unique and I really enjoy it! Ninth track is “Dawn Will Rise” and since I try to guess how a song will sound whenever I see the title of it, I was thinking that it would be really out of the box vibe and I wasn’t wrong with my guess. I don’t really like the autotone of Jared’s voice, but overall I like the exotic/electronica sound to it!

We’re almost done, “Remedy” is next and this is definitely considered an acoustic ballad, but I am confused because that doesn’t sound like Jared at all. I really like it, but I would like to know who the vocalist is, Shannon or Tomo? If anybody knows, please comment below with the answer! Thank you in advance. Next is “Live Like A Dream” and again, it has this sort of soft rock but climbing introduction that I feel like 30STM are getting better at producing with the more songs they include it in, so thank you Shannon for that build up! This song in general has another feature that they’re kind of known for, they like to add choirs into their songs, but this one is giving me “Closer To The Edge” vibes. I don’t consider it a bad thing, but that’s what I keep thinking of while listening to it. Last song is “Rider” and we have another slow beginning, but the sound does kind of “explode” in a way. If you’re going to end an album, you should always leave with a bang and I think it is a good song to use.

You’re probably thinking about why I said that they have a pop sound going on, like that they’re sounding like Maroon 5, but I’m not saying that by any means. The band is taking a gentle approach to it, and they’re not going too far with it. To be quite honest, I really don’t care if they want to incorporate some of the mainstream music into their stuff. I just want to hear something different from those pop-rock bands and right now, Thirty Seconds are doing a good job at keeping themselves separate from the pack. Overall, I thought this was a really good album. I’m not really surprised by the songs itself, because I know they make good music, I’m more shocked that I ended up liking almost every track. I think I will grow into “Dangerous Night” the more I listen to it, so don’t worry about it.

Have you listened to Thirty Seconds To Mars’s new album? If you have, what were some of your thoughts that you had? Do you have any favorites yet?

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Top 4 Songs That Got Me Thru High School!

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Howdy!

This was inspired by a recent guest post written by friend and fellow blogger Rachel McRad on her Top 5 Favorite 80’s and 90’s Rap Songs! I had plans on telling you guys some of my favorite rap songs but then I came up with this alternative and figured that this would be better for me since I was listening to a bunch of different music while I was in high school.

I decided to talk about different artists and the albums they released throughout the years! It gives a better insight to what I liked to listen to in the different stages of my life. There are acts that I highlighted that will make you feel extremely old, and I even show you how influential every person was that I came into contact with at the time. If you’d like to see what all I was listening to after 2009, you can read this post as I published it in 2014! If you’re interested in seeing a blog post about my favorites prior to 2006, please let me know, and I can get started on it. I hope you’ll enjoy this for now though!


2006-2007

I started high school in the fall of 2006, as it was the same year that my family on my mom’s side watched two of my older cousins graduate high school earlier that spring. Boy, doesn’t that make you feel old?! Freshman year was a fairly easy time academically, socially was a totally different story and I’d rather not talk about it today!

I want to say from early 2003 to the end of 2007, I really dived into the depths of rap music. I thought it was cool that I grew up with the genre and listened to the legends with my mom, but once I became a teenager, I had to break out and find the next “great rapper” and everybody was either into West Coast or East Coast rap. I would actually go back and forth early on, but what I liked was hearing everything coming out of Atlanta, so there was a lot of Lil’ Jon and The East Side Boyz (they were my first rap album!), T.I., Ludacris, and Ciara.

As I was searching for different albums, I found two acts that I need to talk to about first. Does anybody remember Paula DeAnda? I was obsessed with her music! Her first album was really good, I used to love singing and dancing to her music! The other one though: Pretty Ricky. It’s shocking that all throughout my life I had been listening to rap music, I never once cared about the dirty lyrics that was on almost every song, but leave it to me at age 14 and discovering Pretty Ricky, a part of me is still disappointed with myself, but I loved their music anyways!

The only non-rap act I remember was Taylor Swift. She was just starting to have some radio play, and she was everywhere already! She was doing country music back then and I didn’t want anything to do with that genre. So I actually tried my best to dodge her in the beginning, but ultimately I lost the battle, because she became a staple in my days of high school. There were a few songs featured on her early albums that I couldn’t listen to or sing without thinking about one of my crushes!

2007-2008

Pop music seemed to be something I was really into towards the end of 2007, as I remember being really into both Carrie Underwood and Britney Spears’s new stuff. And poor Brit, this was the infamous year of her whole breakdown! “Blackout” isn’t part of her best work, but I have to say I actually enjoy it! The summer of 2007 saw the release of Paramore’s album “Riot” and since I was listening to both Flyleaf and Evanescene at the time, I do remember hearing both “Misery Business” and “crushcrushcrush”, but was never expressed as a big fan of theirs until much later!

Two acts that I really enjoyed were Danity Kane and Mariah Carey. I had watched the two seasons of Making The Band on MTV and was thrilled that both Aundrea and Aubrey made it through to second season and ultimately won it! I still listen to those early records on my iPod! However, I was never really into Mariah Carey growing up. My mom loved her though but once she came out of retirement, and changed into this diva that we now know her as, neither one of us can really care less! She released “E=MC²” and I actually liked it, but not as much as the “The Emancipation of Mimi” in 2005.

2008-2009

The first semester of junior year was a rough one, so I might be surprised if I even remember anything I liked in the last six months of 2008. This section might be a little bit short too!

One thing we have to point out, is that during the summer of 2008, Katy Perry appeared on the scene with a little song called “I Kissed A Girl” and I literally remember sitting in the backseat of the car with my mom and I had her turn it up because we were sitting out, waiting for dad of course! She and I were both amazed with the song, not because it was catchy, even though it was! It was the fact that it was a female singing the song, we both thought it was a guy! Who knew that song would have blown up as much as it did afterwards!

Another thing that happened during that summer, I got into New Kids On The Block! I know, I still freak myself out because I wasn’t really listening to Backstreet Boys’s newer stuff at the time, but I loved when they released “Summertime” and eventually their album “The Block” and I actually loved the crap out of it.  We saw the start of Lady Gaga’s fame in this year! Before she released “The Fame” in August, she was featured as a new artist on NKOTB’s album. Unfortunately, I never listened to her whole album, same goes with Katy Perry’s “One Of The Boys”. I hardly ever listened to full albums prior to 2011 when I started reviewing them on here.

This was the year I began to see a change in my music. I didn’t want to listen to rap music anymore, well I listened to it, just not as religiously as I had in the years before. If I had included 2004 in this list, it would have been all about rap with a small fraction of pop-rock bands. Anyways, Shinedown released their album “The Sound Of Madness” and a certain song played freely on mainstream pop stations. This was the first album that I took notice before everything blew up for me the next year!

Unfortunately, I didn’t see anything that jumped at me that I would have listened to during the second semester or the beginning of 2009!

2009-2010

2009 was the year that my sister was in eighth grade, also known as her last year in middle school. Now something happens to practically every middle schooler towards the start of that year, your personality changes along with your style. When I was in eighth grade, almost all of my friends turned gothic, like I’m not kidding! Black clothing, fish nets, long-trashy pants that dragged across the floor were all the range! However, when my sister became an eighth grader, her class turned emo. So they had big hair, ten pounds of makeup, but instead of black and red colored clothes, they enjoyed pastels and skinny jeans! Excuse my language, but I was so fucking jealous, because it looked both non-threatening and less creepy compared to everybody I was around in school! Anyways, what does that have anything to do with the music I consumed? Everything.

Since my sister had plunged into the whole scene craze, she actually came out of it with some awesome music and this is where ALL of the rock music makes its appearance and a lot of it has Christian roots to it. So there’s both RED and Family Force 5, they had released albums earlier that year, but I didn’t start listening to them until probably November. She also came home with a lot of Skillet, and managed to get majority of our family into them! One of the others that she liked that I slowly started to listen to was Three Days Grace.

I actually got back into Backstreet Boys a little bit before they released their album “This Is Us” on October 6th. This was the year, I finally got myself a BSB shirt for Christmas! For someone who loved them as a kid, getting that shirt when I was finishing my final year of high school symbolized a lot for me! Now while I was liking some of the songs off of that record, I was more interested the album that was coming out the week after and it was Chester Bennington’s side project Dead By Sunrise, their album “Out Of Ashes” was my jam and it led the way into the rest of the rock acts.

This was the same year that we saw Justin Bieber as a little guy! And yes, as much as I tried to dodge him as well, I also fell into the trip! Thanks Blondie! I blame my sister for it too! As she was a freshman now, she was officially out of the emo scene now and learned how to correctly put on eyeliner. Not only was the Biebs a big hit, but apparently so was Adam Lambert. It still gets all of us that my nana would fall for him, and she still is into his stuff too! She’s even went to one of his concerts too! She had a crappy seat, but she can say that she went to hear him live, so that’s better than nothing!

I want to say that I basically spent the greater part of early 2010 trying to listen to any rock music I could, but of course I fell in love with both Ke$ha and Lady Antebellum. One of the weirdest musical acts I got into was Sleigh Bells. Now if you’ve never heard of them, they are extreme loud and obnoxious with their music, but somehow they worked on me!

So what do you think of my musical timeline? Would you like to see what else I was listening to for the next four years? Do you like you could figure the top four songs you liked while in high school?

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Guest Post | Top 5 Favorite Rap Songs by Rachel of Where The Wild Things Grow

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Today I have a special guest post for you!

Back in early February, I was on Twitter and Rachel from Where The Wild Things Grow, had posted a tweet about how old school doesn’t even compare to the newer stuff that the younger generations are listening to nowadays. We literally had a whole conversation about it, because I completely agree! The message was different, you could understand them, and they used some gnarly beats behind their lyrics! The day after our little chat, I asked her if she’d like to do a guest post about some of her favorite rap songs that came out of the late 80’s and the early 90’s.


When discussing the topic of music with others, I always say that my favorite genre is rap and typically, I’ll receive a response such as, “You don’t seem like the kind of person who would like rap music.” I’m still not entirely sure what that means, but I always assure them that listening to rap music has brought a lot of joy into my life in more recent years. It’s been the one genre of music that never fails to put me in a better mood and provide your girl with a little confidence booster. But allow me to make what may be quite a shocking confession, today’s rap music just doesn’t do it for me. I mean, I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to come up with more than three artists that are still currently making music that I actually listen to, and unfortunately, I can’t.

Thanks to the internet, I’ve been lucky enough to come across some of the most amazing, old school rap and hip hop artists to ever exist, some that make me envious of those who happened to be young adults in the mid-80’s or early 90’s! It’s safe to say, I’m forever hooked on the men and women who paved the way for the young rappers we know today. And with that being said, I have a list of my top five, absolute favorite rap songs ranging from those time periods! Friendly reminder, these are just my personal favorites and are not necessarily the most popular songs ever made in the genre. If I’ve left out one of your favorites, please leave a comment and let me know!

Disclaimer: The songs featured on this list may not be suitable for all ages due to some language and themes, please be aware and if you’re under the age of 18, have permission if needed before listening or watching the included videos. Thank you!

5. Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool (1996)

This song was literally released the year I came into this world, but somehow it still manages to hold up today! I discovered this song a few years back when Apple was still offering their iTunes radio for free, which was ultimately how I discovered most of the artists on this list. My reason for enjoying this song as much as I do, is that it’s completely carefree and most importantly, fun! It’s the kind of song you could play toward the end of your wedding reception, when you’ve got all of the formalities out of the way and everyone is anxious to bust a move!

4. None Of Your Business – Salt N’ Pepa (1993)

I’ve been listening to Salt N’ Pepa for a little over a year now, but it wasn’t until just a few months back, that I was able to dig deep and find this little gem, that would quickly become my favorite from the all female hip hop trio! The song dives in heavily covering the of judgement. Discussing what it’s like when those surrounding you, attempt to pressure you into living life the way they believe you should be, when you’d just like to be left alone to do your own thing. Which I definitely think is something we all have experienced to some degree.

3. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (1990)

Confession time again, I absolutely love Vanilla Ice! His music was what had originally pulled me into exploring more of the older generations that rap music has to offer and I’m almost positive I’m not alone in saying that “Ice Ice Baby” was one of the very first songs I’d ever heard in the genre. I mean, love him or hate him, this song is a total classic, and the odds are, you probably know all of the words and wouldn’t be able to resist rapping along. It can’t just be me, right?

2. It’s Tricky – RUN DMC (1986)

RUN DMC is the kind of group that you can be familiar with even if you’re not that huge fan of rap or hip hop, arguably their biggest hit, “It’s Tricky” can still be found featured in several trailers, promos, and commercials throughout television! Released in 1986, RUN DMC practically ruled the world of rap music at the time and helped elevate the genre to new heights. Plus it wins the award for being one of the songs I blast the most in the my car! I’m sure they’re quite proud of such an accomplishment.

1. Hold It Now, Hit It – Beastie Boys (1986)

I couldn’t complete this list without a song from my all time favorite rap/hip hop group, Beastie Boys. Fresh off of their first album “Licensed To Ill”, I picked “Hold It Now, Hit It” not only for the song itself but for the video that goes with it. Filmed with their fisheye lens effect that went on to be featured in several other classics such as “Intergalactic” and “Triple Trouble” the video perfectly captures the Beasties for what at they actually were, three talented but rowdy teenagers from New York who happened to become accidentally famous.

In conclusion, I’ve always been the kind of person who views music as ageless. Of course, every genre of music has most definitely changed and evolved throughout the years in some way, shape or form. But at the end of the day, when the music was made isn’t nearly as important when you find yourself thoroughly enjoying what you’ve been listening to. In fact, the year something was released, could be the last thing we find out about that new favorite song we’ve been blasting on repeat! Moral of the story, don’t be afraid to educate yourself on different genres of music, both old and new. Because if you limit yourself to the music within your time now, you could be missing out on something great!


Rachel McRad is a lifestyle and self-improvement blogger who covers topics such as mental health and adulthood. She decided to create her blog “When The Wild Things Grow” in order to help provide advice and encouragement to young adults during more difficult times in life. When away from her computer and blog, some of her favorite hobbies include practicing photography, creative journaling and living the life of a proud dog mom.

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March Playlist

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Howdy!

So it’s time for this monthly playlist, but it’s not a Tuesday or Thursday. Since the 20th, landed on a Tuesday, I ended up messing up the last two weeks of March. Tomorrow I have something special for you that goes with the whole music theme so hopefully that’ll make things better for you!

March had a good amount of music and I always think that any new music that comes out this month has the potential of being a big favorite over the summer. Don’t believe me? Look up the release date of “Lean On” by Major Lazer and “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots!

This time I think there’s a lot of variety, some rock and hip hop, plus a lot of pop music in the mix! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the selection below as we’re back to our normal ten songs and a full playlist from Spotify! If you’d like to check that out, click here.

Red Cold River by Breaking Benjamin
Walking In My Shoes by THE FEVER 333
Friends by Anne-Marie and Marshmello
Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
Vincent by Ellie Goulding
The Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris
High by Whethan featuring Dua Lipa
Empire by Tommee Profitt featuring Steven Malcolm
Get Off by Zo
Happy Place by Alison Wonderland

And I’m trying to do more reviews that were a little out of my comfort for this month too! I’m really enjoying doing them while my folks decide to take a nap in the afternoon. It’s my alone time to really dive into some genres that I don’t normally listen to! If you missed any of them, here they are again!

Sign Of The Dragonborn by Leaves’ Eyes | Fight by Sandra Lynn | Cinematic Songs Vol. 3 by Tommee Profitt | Amsterdam Trap Music Vol. 3 by Yellow Claw | Heavy Rules Mixtape by ALMA (review comes out on Thursday!)

What were you enjoying this past month? 

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EP Review: “Amsterdam Trap Music Vol. 3” by Yellow Claw

28166785_1828856447188103_4844329000008836938_nI wasn’t even going to do this review. It wasn’t on my radar, but I saw it on “New Music Friday” on Spotify and decided to just go for it!

Yellow Claw are a duo of DJs coming out of The Netherlands, which is why their EP is titled “Amsterdam” Trap Music. I love YC’s music a lot! I basically spent majority of 2015 under the spell of Yellow Claw and other Dutch musicians.

I think I should admit this. I really love trap music! I’d rather listen trap instrumentals though, rather than having a female vocalist or rapper in the background, but I really like the first track of the EP! It’s called “Loudest MF” and it features Bok Nero on it. Unfortunately I don’t know if Bok is another DJ or the rapper, so I’m sorry that I’m lacking on that piece of information! One of the things I really like about it is that it doesn’t seem to stay in the melody all the way through, they change it up so it almost sounds like you’re getting two songs in one track. It’s the perfect starter! Second is “Don’t Stop” and it has Valentino Kahn, and I know trap music is usually somewhat dirty in its lyrics and most girls like to twerk to it, but I just like the genre and quite frankly this song because it’s very bass heavy and the sounds are so weird but cool at the same time. It’s unlike anything that I’m used to listening to it when it comes to dance music.

Next we have “Beastmode” and let’s be honest, that’s just the best title ever! It has Stoltenhoff on it. What’s even better is that it does sound like a beast! When the bass drops though, you kind of hear this “what’s up fuckers” and then you hear female vocals get somewhat static-y and the sound itself chills out a bit, it’s not as obnoxious and the entire track is pretty mellow! Lastly, you have “Dog Off” and as far as I know, this is just Yellow Claw on the track. One thing that I’ve loved about all four songs is that they all have a slow build and keep a steady pace throughout unless you have ones that just explode, and this is definitely in that category! Towards the end you get this subtle surprise of high-pitched sounds in your ears. I thought it was a nice touch, it was a great ending to the EP itself.

I actually really enjoyed this! I had a really tough time keeping myself from dancing, which I guess in a way, is a good thing! I also had to use my dad’s headphones and I will say they are definitely not used to that amount of bass! I think you should look into this and the other artists, if you’ve never heard of their music you really need to make sure you check them out!

Have you heard of Yellow Claw before? Or are you into trap music? Do you listen to a lot of electric dance music?

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Album Review: “Cinematic Songs Vol. 3” by Tommee Profitt

28056751_928783327298329_5195588458606626213_nWell, this time I was finally up-to-date on my music and found that Tommee Profitt had released a new volume of cinematic songs to the world! In the beginning of February, I had some issues and couldn’t get my music to work and so I had to resort to going old school and used YouTube again. I love listening to Tommee’s music so I must’ve needed to hear a couple of my favorites from the previous albums, and somehow I found a couple of new songs by chance and at first, I didn’t even know they were really new until later on when I went on Spotify again and the whole thing popped up!

The album itself has a total of thirteen tracks, two of which are instrumentals, and yes I was very happy about that! If you’ve read the reviews of volume one and two, there a few artists that are featured on this that may seem familiar to you. I’m happy to see Tommee has other great people working with him on this one too! I think it’s a nice way to bring out new talent and get their voices heard to a bigger audience since more and more people are starting to really enjoy trailer or cinematic music like I do!

We start off with “I Know Your Secrets” that features Liv Ash. She was one that was on the last album, and I thought her sweet, low voice was perfect for this song. It kind of adds an edger element to it. She’s very commanding and matches well to the beat itself, but I think the song would be better without the sound in general. I do love the last minute or two, where the hefty bass drops! It’s such a powerful sound! Second is “Empire” with Christian rapper Steven Malcolm, I really liked this! I thought it was very upbeat, I really like the more hip hop sound to it. I know I mentioned this already, but I real weakness for cinematic rap or hip hop and this doesn’t help it, but I don’t care!

Next we have “Will I Make It Out Alive” with Jessica Early and this, along with the first song were the two tracks I found on YouTube earlier last month. They were the ones that made me look into this a little more, because I usually have a pretty good memory, but I needed to make sure I wasn’t losing it! This is pretty quiet compared to the first two, but I’ve really grown to like the mellower ones lately so it’s not bad. After that, we venture into “Rebel Renegade” with Beacon Light, another rapper that I really enjoyed on volume two. First off, I really love the title! It has a nice ominous tone to it, but it also has a strong beat that isn’t too obnoxious. Sixth song is “Only One King” which made me believe that it had some strong religious views to it, and that’s fine. I think some of my favorites might’ve had that as inspiration. It features Jung Youth, who is a rapper out of Nashville. The song itself is pretty low on energy, but it’s not bad though!

We have our first instrumental track next called “Benevolence” and I swear this is one of my favorite words. I think the word has a beautiful meaning and I just like how it’s spelled. I know I’m weird, we’ve already established this a long time ago! I think the sound of it goes great with the meaning, it starts off really soft and slowly comes alive to this beast, but it never loses the sweet notes to it that the piano brings. Next we go back to the vocal tracks and this one has two artists on it. “Rescue” features Raine Wilder and another favorite Svrcina Raine’s mostly works on hip hop and alternative–some people would consider “cinematic” alternative music–projects. Svrcina is purely on the backing vocals, so she’s not prominent compared to him, but I think it is still an interesting dymantic with the strong music that slowly but surely grows.

And then we hear another familiar voice, Sam Tinnesz is back with the first of two songs he’s featured on this album. “The Hate Inside” brings out his mysterious demeanor, and I really like how the beat is somewhat tailored to his low voice. It sort of has a pop-hip hop element to it, as it doesn’t have that recognizable commanding sound like the some of the other tracks. It mostly stays at a hauntingly, slow pace so it’s pretty unique. The ninth song is “When The Sun Goes Down” and it has Laney Jones, and she has this soft little voice, but you instantly know it’s going to be an interesting track after that first ping goes off. Despite this assessment though, it takes it a bit to build into the beast I knew it would be, you just have to patient. You need to hold off until you hear 3:47, trust me you’ll really like that part!

We’re getting down to the wire now with the last four songs! We have “This Ship Is Going Down” with singer Xeah, This one was a totally different take then what I was expecting, because I’m hearing autotone in the choruses. It kind of gives me old 90’s or early 00’s pop music vibes but it’s definitely cinematic, there’s no questions about it. It’s very interesting that’s the only way to describe it! Last instrumental is “Decimator” which made me think it would be big and heavier than the other track, we all know that I can be wrong. Thankfully, this time I wasn’t! It was everything that I thought it would sound and then some with the addition of the choir! It’s very short, but amazing too! We have Sam Tinnesz back with “Cruel World” and I really like the fact you can hear a slight rock sound with this one, at least to me this is what I got from it! It’s not overwhelming, kind of soft and mellow. And lastly, we have “Where You Are” with another favorite Mike Mains. This one has a very soft introduction, I actually liked it. It was a perfect way to end a jam packed album.

I thought this was a very good batch of songs! I actually like it more than the last one, but I don’t know because I was so late to the party, but I think the more Tommee does these albums, the better he gets! And of course, I love discovering new artists and Christian rappers, like Jessica Early, Steven Malcolm, and Xeah! If you haven’t listened to it yet, you really need to find it either on Spotify or YouTube, or hey you can even buy it on iTunes too!

If you have listened to volume three, what are your favorite songs so far? Who do you think Tommee should work with on the next one? Let me know!

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