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Howdy!

It’s been a while since I’ve actually reviewed anything besides albums or EPs, but today is different. As the rest of the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving!) I thought I should probably have an easy going post for today. I actually had this figured out but I just needed a day to get it up and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do it!

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Beware!

Liar is a series that premiered in the United Kingdom first, as it is set there in the first place. Here in the United States, we ended up getting the first episode two or three weeks after they did, because it came on before the start of October. I actually never saw the promos for it, all I kept seeing was everybody on Twitter talking about it and I just figured that I’d never be able to watch it, because I follow a lot more UKers than Americans on my social media accounts. And then one day I was searching on my guide and found it on the Sundance Channel and I became a happy camper after that!

The story is about a woman, by the name of Laura Nielsen, played by Joanne Froggatt, she is newly single and a teacher at a school somewhere in England. Laura meets one of her students’ dad, Andrew Earlham, played by Ioan Gruffold. He is a doctor that works at the same hospital as her sister Katy. Laura and Andrew go out on a date and when they get back to her flat or apartment things apparently go array.  She wakes up, feeling strange, after she thinks that Andrew has raped her. The show is about what Laura and Andrew do in their lives while the allegations linger over them.

There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this show.

I loved not really knowing if Laura is telling the truth in the beginning, they don’t really show you how that night really unfolds until episode four, they mostly show you flashbacks of how the date went and then they show you how he was able to do it and get away with it. Andrew drugged her with GHB, which is a clear liquid that can be poured into someone’s drink undetected and they can feel really drowsy as it takes effect on the body.

Laura is such a strong character in the show. She tries her best to do everything in her power to make sure he does not do this to another woman. However, a man of her past reappears and wants to make sure that her case doesn’t go through. When lawyers hear of this man’s testimony, the case against Andrew doesn’t go to trail. And then the female detective Harmon, goes to Andrew’s house to personally tell him that piece of news and Andrew boldly tries to ask her out, but that’s when red lights flash in her mind (they did in mine too!) and she declines his offer but not without giving him a warning. The next day, she goes home and she’s in the early stages of pregnancy and apparently a lesbian, she has a different juice drink for everyday of the week and she falls asleep. She goes to the bathroom after getting up and she goes to stand up and she notices there’s quite a bit of blood below. So she suspects something happened right away.

This isn’t the only thing that is going on with story line. Laura’s sister Katy is having or had an affair with Laura’s now ex-boyfriend Tom. They both are interested in helping Laura capture Andrew doing something wrong, but then this secret comes out and it’s really sad for both Laura and Katy, as they seemed to be there for each other and after that, the trust isn’t there and to top it all off, Katy’s husband Liam basically kicks her out of their family home with him and their children. So it’s sad all around.

I think the first, fourth and sixth episodes were my favorites. We start to see the things coming together after the fourth episode, things make more sense and then Laura gets Andrew’s phone. She goes over to the old lady’s house and is inside that shed looking inside that gym bag, that whole scene was so uneasy for me because Mia was on the phone trying to call Andrew and I kept imagining him driving over there to come get her, but he never shows up. Laura turns in the case of SD cards of the recordings of the rapes, and the baggy of GHB bottles to the police.

And then the biggest bomb drops, as the end of the last episode shows Andrew Earlham in the middle of the marshes with what looks like a slash around his throat. So the question is who the hell killed him?!?! My money is on his kid honestly! I think the pressure was too much for him. I feel a child can deny an allegation one time, so when the detective pressed charges, I think that was his breaking point. The last scene we have of Luke’s life three months later and you see the screen of what kids that he went to school with were saying about the two of them kind of gives you an insight into the pain that Luke has been feeling lately; plus he looked like pure shit too.

I honestly can’t wait for season two now!

What did you think of Liar? And who do you think honestly killed Andrew at the end?

snowflake

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Album Review: “Waves” by Rachel Platten

Back in 2015, we were inspired by the first single “Fight Song” by this unknown singer Rachel Platten. It became one of the most popular songs of the year, until she released her second called “Stand By You” that at first, I didn’t like because I felt it sounded too much like the first one. Later on, I didn’t care anymore and ended up falling in love with enough to learn both of them word-for-word.  In January of 2016 she released her second album Wildfire. I remember listening to the whole thing the day it came out, I just never got the chance to review it.

So when I saw this sucker pop up on the “New Music” tab on Spotify, I was both shocked and excited that Rachel had created a new album and it made me realize how much of a gap it has been, she was close to two years between them! This new album is called Waves and it was released the last full week of October, so the 27th was the album drop and I have already listened to it prior doing this review, but I made myself a commitment to actually publish a review this time around and that’s what I’m doing today!

How we start this, is with a song called “Perfect For You” and it seems like the sweetest song, as most of her music is directed to romance and heartbreak. It is very good, I like the dream-y introduction, but I think my favorite section is when the soul groove begins after choruses begins. The bass guitar gives it a nice beat to dance. I like how she’s this pop singer and everything, but I like how she tries to bring an urban feel to her music. It sets her apart from the rest of the pack. Second song is “Whole Heart” and it has this lullaby feel to it, I know what the instrument is that you can clearly hear at the beginning but I can’t think of what it’s called, so I’m sorry about that! I really like the subtle beat, it allows her pretty voice to shine. Next is “Collide” and for some odd reason, I had the worst time trying to spell that damn word! Anyways, this one goes is really good. It has a strong pop vibe to it. The lyrics are full of metaphors that deal with love and heartbreak, in a funny way kind of goes with the title too!

Fourth is “Keep Up” and this one is very sassy lyric wise, the beat is very fast and perfect to dance to! It has a 1960’s Disco feel to it when you get to the middle of the choruses. It kind of reminds me of something that Jennifer Lopez would release, but I actually like hearing Rachel’s voice instead! It could be one of my favorite songs on the album! The next song was the first song to be released in this album’s cycle, I can’t tell you when exactly I heard first, my guess is around May, but I could be wrong considering I had only heard it that one time! “Broken Glass” is such a good song, kind of the perfect first single to come out honestly. It’s hauntingly beautiful, but it has those pop elements that everybody likes. It’s catchy and has a positive vibe to it, plus it has enough beat to make it interesting!

Next is “Shivers” and this has a peppy vibe to it and you can dance to it pretty good. The lyrics are catchy but interestingly, it sounds unique too! I’m still shocked that she is cussing in this song though. It doesn’t have the explicit symbol on the right side of the track label on Spotify, but it’s only one world though so maybe that’s why! Seventh track is “Loose Ends” and when I first heard this song, I kind of liked it off the bat and I’m happy to say I still like it. Even though it does remind me of another song, so it doesn’t have that authentic sound I always look for, but I like it anyways! It’s also the first of three songs in a row that start with the letter “L”.

“Labels” is after and is it weird that I felt that she sounded like Camila Cambello at first? I seriously thought it was her when I listened to it a few days before. Rachel doesn’t have an accent, so that’s one of the biggest differences between them. I do like the song though, I just thought it’s a little dull. The next is my most popular song off the album and it’s called “Loveback” and again, you have this slow but urban beat that is apparently growing on me. I also love the meaning behind it though, for some odd reason I kind of thought of my dad while hearing the choruses. He would disagree with that statement, but he’d say anything to get away from the pop genre entirely! Next is “Hands” and this is such a sweet song! It almost makes you want to cry during the introduction. I’m thinking she wrote the song for her mother, and whoever is talking in the beginning has a special message to her and she repays her with this song. It’s beautiful!

The last three songs start with “Fooling You” and again, you have this dream-y and slow beat in the beginning before turning up the tempo and direction of the lyrics too. You can hear her tell the story in each song and I really enjoy getting inside of her heart and what she feels or felt to a certain person. It’s a magical moment. I feel like “Good Life” in ways should have been the last song of the album because it is the final upbeat song. It has a strong pop but has a gospel feel to it too. I think we can blame it on the choir in the background for that vibe popping in, but I do enjoy it! And finally we have “Grace” and I see why it’s the last because it has this perfect tone, and as much as I love ending something with a bang, I do love this too! You only hear a piano and her voice with a echo-y effect, so it’s very haunting. So I approve of it this time.

I’m actually still hearing some of her songs from that album on the radio every once in a while so obviously I didn’t plan that much attention to that first listen! I am glad that I held out to write one for this. I think I prefer this one than Wildfire. I came out with more favorites than the other, so that’s a plus!

So what do you think of Rachel Platten’s new album “Waves”? Do you have any favorites yet? 

snowflake

Album Review: “Notorious” by Adelitas Way

21767958_10154764120570966_6708122785896192437_nBack in 2014, I was recommended the Las Vegas native band Adelitas Way from a friend, she told me that I would love the crap out of their music, but unbeknownst to her I had already started hearing their music on one of my music channels on my TV but it was nice for somebody else to send you new music. That’s one of my favorite things about music is that you can send people either a couple different singles or a whole album to a person and you see whether or not they liked it. Sometimes they don’t always appericate the same music choices but it is nice when they surprise you and they end up loving it in the end!

The band consists of Rick DeJesus on lead vocals, Tre Stafford on drums and Andrew Cushing on bass. Unfortunately, I don’t like every single or album that Adelitas Way has released but I’ve been a little pumped for the newest album, Notorious that was released last month. I’m a bit behind on my album reviews and have collected about four others that I need to make a jump on, but I wanted to do this one first!

The album starts with the title track that was released earlier this year and I’ve been loving it! Everytime it comes on, it makes me so happy! I love the powerful and almost motivational tone and way of the lyrics. I feel like if this was out when I was in school, this would probably be my anthem! Technically, it works now as an adult because I am notorious for certain things. My feet are kind of legendary so I’m mainly notorious for having great foot writing amongst other things too. Anyways, it’s a great song! The second track is “Ready For War (Pray For Peace” and I love this song, I’m in the middle of doing NaNoWriMo so this goes with that and what kind of story I’m writing too! I like the fact that the lyrics are so meaty, but yet the music itself is kind of low. It’s not too heavy and powerful, they’re allowing the lyrics do that instead.

Third is “Trapped” and I really liked the low, bass-y sound it opens to. As much as I love drummers, bass guitarists are pretty rad too! I love Rick too, he can create some good songs and I love the story telling in this one. You can see everything unfolding with each verse. It also has a good meaning too, nobody wants to go back where they feel trapped. I definitely don’t want to either! Next song is “Tell Me” and this was released as a single back in December and I kind of forgot about it. Oops! I do love that though, it’s a nice “ballad” it’s slow, but it’s still upbeat musically so I don’t necessarily know how to categorize it. I also think it’s a very sweet too. So maybe that’s another reason why I want to count it as a ballad too.

We have “I Want You” now and I was torn between wanting it to be dirty but yet sweet too. It was literally split right down the middle of how I figured it would go! Once the beat kicked in, I knew it was going to be dirty rock song that I have a love and hate relationship with, but I do love it! Despite the fact that it has a nasty undertone, the music alone is amazing! I’m kind of glad it ended up like this instead. Sixth song is “You’re Not The Holy One” and once I saw the title, I was really intriguted! I love these types of songs that could have a religious vibe to it, I think they’re interesting! I thought the song as a whole was freaking cool! It kind of has this acoustic sound to it at first before it explodes to the chorus and you can hear the full band together. I also love the orchestra in the background, it gives it a bit of an edge to it. I think it could be a favorite of mine!

These are the last three songs of the album. Yup, the whole thing is only nine tracks but they’re all so good that you kind of don’t care until you realize that there’s only nine. They do have four other albums you can look into afterwards though!

Seventh track is “Real World” and I listened to it with headphones and I loved being able to clearly hear the subtle bass in the background. It’s another fast tempo song. It’s good, but it’s not one of my favorites though. After we have “This Goes Out To You” and I feel like I’ve heard this one before, it could’ve been played on the radio but it’s slower. Remember how I said the other one was a “ballad” this one is definitely a ballad. It could be a great wedding song actually! Question, has Adelitas Way released this song already or is it just me losing it? I swore this has a more upbeat version too? Send me a comment to set me straight please! The last song is called “Vibes” and I had some good vibes when it started, kind of dirty but dreamy at the same time. It’s another good one!

The album is a whole is good, really good! It’s been a while that I’ve actually heard a full album by these guys and you’re probably thinking I only wanted to review this because it was so short. I mean, I’m not going to lie, it was one of the reasons but I do enjoy listening to the band and their music so bottom line, that was my main reason for writing this review!

Are you a fan of Adelitas Way? Have you heard of Notorious yet? Or have a favorite album? Let me know!

snowflake

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Album Review: “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” by Nothing More

18766020_10155371710959287_3595486704059865356_nWhen I decided to review this album by the band Nothing More, I just figured it would be with the standard 12 track setlist and I’d get through it fine and dandy. Well, the day it came out and I saw the exact amount of songs it actually included almost talked me out of it. The only reason why I voted against myself is because I wanted to listen to it and not just hear the singles throughout the rest of the year and beginning of 2018 on the radio, so I figured I would suck it up and do the review no matter what!

The alternative metal band Nothing More has been creating music since 2004. The members are Johnny Hawkins, Mark Vollelunga, Daniel Oliver, and Ben Anderson. They had released two albums but they have been growing in popularity after the release of their hit “This Is The Time (Ballast)” in 2014 and I really began to keep an eye out for their newer stuff but I haven’t actually listened to the other albums. This is my first one!

Everybody knows how much I like little introductions or skits as they’ve been called in the past. Several artists and bands put them in front of a song or batch of songs to start a certain theme. Swedish singer Tove Lo has done this before, especially on her first record “Queen Of The Clouds” so I find it very interesting whenever metal and rock bands do the same thing, it kind of gives the album a different edge to it. So we’re starting with the first intro track called, “Ambition, Destruction” which sounds interesting doesn’t it? It’s very static-y and you can hear a faint scream sort of build before it stops and the actual first song starts and this is “Do You Really Want It?” and I really like the lyrics and meaning of it. It’s true, if we really want to change something we have to do something about it. It has a great sound, very heavy and could be a great workout song! Second track is “Convict, Divide” and you can hear an older men speaking and it sounds like an old tape of a lecture. After we begin the second song “Let ’em Burn” and it has the same tone of the skit playing before, the beat itself is pretty tame despite the very rushed vibe you have before the choruses, but I like it.

Third song is “Ripping Me Apart” and this has a true rock and roll feel to it in the beginning, I loved the gritty guitar strumming through my headphones. It’s nothing but that and Johnny’s vocals in the first parts of the verse before it breaks and the rest of the band joins in, this continues for the second verse as well! I like it, it’s smooth and explosive at the same time! I think it could be one of my favorites!  And next is “Don’t Stop” a song that came out with another track in early June, I don’t think this one has been played as much as the other but I like it just as much! I like the electronica vibe it gives off in the beginning, very much an alternative angle that I love a lot! I also like hearing the bass guitar, sometimes it can be hard to spot in the fast paced songs that we all love so it’s nice to clearly hear it every once in a while! “Funny Little Creatures” is just a funny thing to say out loud, but when I first saw it I had figured out the meaning of it. It’s playing on the idea of our demons and running away from them or so I got when listening to it. I like the lightness of the sound, it’s not too chaotic but it spiral feeling you get while you listen to it. It’s good!

Now we’re back on the skit train with “React, Respond” and again, you hear this static-y voice and this old man is back. This is actually longer than the previous ones, so you have the lecturer and the soft music in the background. It’s kind of interesting to hear this piece together. Once it’s over, you have the next song and it’s called “The Great Divorce” and again, it has a great alternative sound that I feel like I haven’t heard much in this album. It’s soft like the skit, but not as quiet. Surprisingly, I go back and forth whether I like it, because I just like the softer moments and wish it was like that throughout. I really like the section of the bridge, it’s very echo-y and almost dreamlike, it does build in tempo but it’s not annoying. So I’m pretty conflicted by it really. Next is “Still In Love” which sounds about right, considering titles alone. This also has a calming beginning, like you’re drifting out in the sky. I have the weirdest metaphors sometimes! I like this though, it’s very sweet. It has a nice sound, mellow and almost pop-rock. How many people will freak out that I just said that?

We have another skit called, “Alone, Together” and after the last one I’m glad it has a softer tone. I like the melancholy sound of the orchestra in the background, but considering what is after it is the perfect balance. We have “Go To War” now and it has been everybody’s new favorite (mine included!) and it’s heavy and commending. Ahh, it’s the perfect rock song honestly! Next is “Just Say When” and it’s surprisingly a ballad. You have the acoustic guitar and string sections coming in clear as day and it’s actually very pretty; totally not what I was expecting to hear after such a banger of a song before. We move on to “Accept, Disconnect” and we have another beautiful guitar, just strumming by itself and I just liked the “alone-ness” vibe you have of Mark but then towards the end you have that same lecturer speaking but it’s faint and goes in and out, before the next track starts up. “Who We Are” has become another favorite of mine. The moment this song was put up on Spotify, I haven’t stopped listening to it. I like the meaning of it a little more, I think it’s the perfect finish to all of these skits.

We’re on the last ones, starting with “Tunnels” and this was another shocker as it’s soft but the tempo has more of a pop-rock feel to it. Honestly, I didn’t really like it. I just didn’t mesh well with it like I figured I would because it’s a little bit boring. Next is our last skit of the album, called “End; Begin” and I thought seemed interesting in a way, because this could also be a metaphor for something else entirely, but I could be playing into the title a little bit. It has the previous song faintly turning into a game boy tune. Now that I think about it, that sounds appropriate for this type of thing but again we have that same dude speaking. I’d love to know if I’m right and it’s Sigmund Frued but I could be wrong. Anyways, the last song is “Fadein, Fadeout” and it’s the longest song out of the whole thing, over six minutes long. It’s pretty tame, not at all like I figured, but then again I actually like the lyrics. What is with me today? The words saved it I think; honestly though it is good all around so I don’t think it needed saving.

This album was very good. I liked the stories in the lyrics themselves. I was very surprised but also very proud of myself for getting through the entire album. I really committed to it, but honestly I just wanted to hear what the next one sounded and that actually helps the reviewing process! I definitely don’t want to do another deluxe like album again, but if they are as good as this, I might make an exception!

What do you think of Nothing More’s new album “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”? Do you have any favorite songs? Let me know!

snowflake

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EP Review: “The Solace System” by Epica

21192247_10154558066352924_6742503111489932212_nI love Epica. If you’ve never heard of them, they’re a symphonic metal band hailing from The Netherlands, one of my favorite places to find great music especially in this subgenre! There’s six members of the band: Coen on keys, Ariën on drums, Rob plays bass, Issac plays rhythm guitar while Mark plays lead and does the harsh vocals and Simone is the main vocalist of the band.

They are one of those bands that I have a really hard time getting interested into after so long. I loved their 2014 album The Quantum Enigma and I will even go onto saying that it’s one of my favorite albums of all time! However, this was the only album I’ve managed to like from start to finish. When their recent record The Holographic Principle came out in 2016, I wasn’t able to use my Spotify so there were a lot of albums that came out in that timeline that I never got to listen to.

So let’s start on this…

The first song is the title track “The Solace System” and they have a very interesting music video for this song on their YouTube channel. I was glad that I checked it out because I didn’t even know they were even releasing an EP! I was expecting the songs to be in the same themes as their previous album, they seem a bit outlandish but it’s really not bad. I love the shared parts between Mark and his growl-y voice to the choir in the background in the verses. Simone’s voice seems very tamed in this song but I kind of like it though. It’s very heavy though, you hear the guitars and metal aspect of it a lot stronger than the more symphonic sounds. For any skeptics out there, you could actually convert using this song! Next is “Fight Your Demons” and anytime you have this kind of title, I’m always hoping for a heavier type of track and thankfully you get that, the introduction was enough for me! You know that I don’t always follow the lyrics in the beginning but I really like the meaning in this song.

Third is “Architect Of Light” and I’ve seen a lot of praise for this track. The symphonic metal community is basically in love with it, which makes things more interesting! I really love the title so we’re getting there! I absolutely love the intro, those horns sound so cool! I am a bit speechless. The other songs were metal based whereas this one allows the orchestra to shine. It’s powerful but it still has those gritty moments brought by Mark’s voice. It’s glorious! It’s definitely a favorite but now we have to move on to “Wheel Of Destiny” and we have another very fast paced song, which in a way goes with the title well! I like Simone’s low voice in the verses. I really like it a lot. So there’s another favorite in the making!

The last two songs start with “Immortal Melancholy” and have I said how much I love these titles? They’re so mysterious and I really like not knowing how each song may sound until it actually plays.  It makes things interesting! I’m glad they put a slower song on this, I think their music is pretty brutal but I do love their softer ones just the same because it’s a nice balance to have, plus Simone always does a fantastic job of controlling her voice in the ballads. It’s very beautiful and not what you’d really except from a heavy metal band. Last one is “Decoded Poetry” and once again, brilliant title! We’re back to the normal sound of Epica, and it seems that it’s only Simone on vocals but thankfully towards the end Mark does make an appearance which made me really happy! There’s a small section that is just beautiful, The band stops playing and all you hear is a choir and the orchestra and it’s a beautiful piece and then all of a sudden, the guitars come in harder than ever and I really love these songs! They’re always so fun for the listener because it’s so many elements at once. It’s great!

I really liked this considering I’ve only heard about three songs of their previous album. Now the real question is, am I inspired enough to go back and listen to it? Not yet, but I’ll never really put off my radar forever because I know one day I’ll be in a big Epica mood and will want to discover new songs from their rooster.

What do you think of Epica’s new EP? Have you heard of any new symphonic metal bands lately? Let me know please!

snowflake

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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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EP Review: “Nervous System” by Julia Michaels

18581722_1057525084392104_2680261785040618447_nWe’re going to be talking about singer/songwriter Julia Michaels extended play! It came out the last week of July, but I haven’t had enough time to actually listen to it and review it for you guys until now!

Julia was strictly writing for other artists like Fifth Harmony, Britney Spears, and Selena Gomez. When some of her songs began to be too personal to give away, she started to keep them to herself and hoped to release them as her own for once. Personally, I’d find this daunting because there’s no guarantee to do this and be on the Billboard Top 100  Music Charts, but she managed to do it on her first try!

Now she has released this new EP called “Nervous System” with seven tracks included on it. Let’s see what we think about it!

We start the mini album with the song, “Issues” and I do remember when it first began playing a lot on the radio, I wasn’t really feeling it, but then I switched and I really like the slow introduction with the zigzag sounds before she starts singing in this very low voice. It has became one of my favorite songs and I might actually put it on my favorite songs ever list – if I ever decide to update that post again. The second is “Uh Huh” and again, I had the same reaction. I just didn’t like it, but unfortunately my outlook didn’t change overtime. It has a more acoustic sound to it, and her voice is very soft and low. It’s a cutesy type of song but that’s about all I can say!

The third is “Worst In Me” and this has a more upbeat type of sound but then again you get this sad vibe as you’re listening to it, but she’s kind of known for her breakup songs now. She’s become a more pop-y Taylor Swift since she’s taking a break right now! Anyways, I like it for its simplicity. Next is “Make It Up To You” and this has an interesting sound kind of has its urban notes and it has a nice groove! I really like it because it doesn’t sound like the other three tracks. “Just Do It” is after that one and I thought we were back on the slow train, but it kind of sounds like “Issues” with its slow and fast tempo changes, but I mean it’s a little boring but it’s not bad either!

I like this next song, it’s called “Pink” and I didn’t really know what to expect with it until I was busy doing something else in the middle of listening and I was pretty thrilled with what I was hearing. The beat has a pop-synth kind of feel to it but it’s different and fun and I really like the story of the guy she’s talking about in this song. It’s not necessarily a breakup song, I feel it’s about admiration. It’s good! The last song is “Don’t Wanna Think” and it’s a real breakup inspired ballad compared to the others. You can feel her emotions and she’s very explicit in her words but I think it works with the song. I also love how it’s just her and a piano in the background. It’s beautiful!

I think the EP itself isn’t that bad. I think I expected more after hearing such a simple but softer tone from her with both “Issues” and “Uh Huh” that I wanted her to get out of that sound and basically out of her comfort zone with the rest of the tracks. However, I can’t say that I hated it and will not listen to it ever again though. I think if I’m in a sad place (which will happen) then I might consider giving this another listen and see what happens.

Have you heard Julia Michaels’s new EP yet? What were your thoughts about it?

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