Album Review: “Liberation” by Christina Aguilera

33830132_10204311988437936_4957651496750546944_nToday, we’re going to be talking about Christina Aguilera’s new album “Liberation” and I have been looking forward to this since before she had her daughter Summer back in 2014. Her last album “Lotus” came out in 2012 so it’s been a good six years since she’s put out a good batch of songs so I was more than ready to see this pop up on my Spotify on June 15th!

Let’s get into this, shall we?

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about listening Christina’s music, especially her albums is how she tells a story within each song, including little introductions that go with the next track. So when the album begins, you have the title track “Liberation” and all it is, is a very elegant, orchestral and you hear a happy little child in the background with it. It’s very mysterious but gentle too. Next is “Searching For Maria” and this is a great example to the real beginning to the song that starts afterwards. Again, it’s only a snippet of Christina’s voice in the softest quality. Finally, the albums starts with “Maria” and it has a sweet, string introduction but then turns into this sharp hip hop beat, which is really good. I like it!

Fourth is “Sick Of Sittin'” and I really liked it, but at first I was little weirded out on how it sounded, because it reminded me something that we’d hear from Joss Stone, not Xtina! However, I thought this was a different song and I actually like it. Next is “Dreamers” which is another introduction to “Fall In Line” but firstly we have to discuss how cute but powerful hearing those girls, in various ages, say what they wanted to be when they grew up and I thought was such a touching reminder to put in front of a popular song that “Fall In Line” has turned into, because you have both Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato! They’re telling other little girls to not fall in line with what other people expect them to be. Personally, I don’t like the song, it starts off good, but towards the end, having both of their voices at full blast is kind of annoying.

As we discussed the musical direction of “Sick Of Sittin” when have “Right Moves” and it also has a different route than we’re used to hearing from her. This definitely has a smooth, slow Caribbean beat. You can dance to it, more like sway but still it’s good. This features both Keida and Shenseea too. Next there’s “Like I Do” and this has GoldLink in it. When I first listened to this song when it came out, I didn’t really like it and now as I am hearing it again, I still don’t know what I think of it. A part of me thought the beat is so chill that it doesn’t really mesh with GoldLink. I feel like he wasn’t needed for it, but I do think Christina’s vocals are okay, but I still don’t like the track as a whole.

The ninth track is “Deserve” and when this first started, I thought to myself, is this going to be dance beat? I was a little disappointed when I was wrong, but I do love the lyrics though so that made up for that. Afterwards, we have “Twice” which came out probably four days after the first single, and I absolutely love this one. I like the acapella beginning and the piano, it’s beautiful and raw.

Now she has also an interlude on this album, and it’s titled “I Don’t Need It Anymore” and I was fairly curious on what we would hear on this. The track is of her and her background singers, singing acapella and it’s so dreamy! I really wish it was longer, I had an issue with another of her many interludes on her Back To Basics album in 2007.

Her first single was “Accelerate” and it features both Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. I like the beat and I’m perfectly fine with the sexual messages mentioned in it, because if you call yourself a hardcore Xtina fan but yet you hate it when she talks about sex, you’re not a real fan! Sorry not sorry! I will say, I didn’t like either rapper on it. Whoever’s on the chorus with her, did a bad job! His voice cracked and it just sounds weird. “Pipe” is afterwards and it has XNDA I figured once we’d get through the interlude, we would see the sexy songs of the album, but I do like this one. I like the sultry, but chill tone of the track.

The final two songs of the album begins with “Masochist” and I’m not going to lie, but I had to look up what this word was, because I didn’t know it. So thanks to Google I now know that it means, “a person who derives sexual or other gratification from their own pain or humiliation.” After reading the definition, and begin to really listen to the lyrics, everything started on make a little sense to me. The beat itself is very light and sweet, despite the direction you take the meaning of the lyrics. And lastly, we have “Unless It’s With You” and I really liked the soft piano introduction. I really enjoy hearing a singer’s voice, especially ones like Christina Aguilera. She has such a large range, but here she is, in the smallest quantity. It’s so pretty!

I have to say I’ve actually only loved one of her albums straight through and that is “Lotus” so in a way, I knew there would be a 50/50 chance that would actually happen again. Overall, the album is good. There’s not a lot of heavy hitters, but I liked the many different musical changes she went through, but it’s not that bad, I just know how I am whenever I listen to her music, and unfortunately I don’t think that part will ever change about me.

Have you listened to Christina Aguilera’s new album “Liberation” yet? What did you think about it?

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Music Video Review: “No” by Meghan Trainor

I have been loving Meghan Trainor’s new single!!

I told you last week that I would do a review of my thoughts of both the song and of course, music video! I’ll start off with the actual song. I only had to hear it once, that was it! After that first time I did have to rewind my TV to hear it again because I thought it was the best damn thing I heard all day long! I think it sounds a bit old school pop, like early 00’s Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera! That record static in the intro makes it like Christina’s Back To Basics era, but the whole thing is so catchy and gives you those happy vibes from start to the end. I seriously can’t get enough!

The music video had a similar vibe especially when you first play it and it has a futuristic theme, at first it made me think of Britney Spears’ video for “Hold It Against Me” but you see Meghan and these other women dance together. Meghan did a lot of sexy dancing in this video! …I am loving the red hair by the way! As much as I love dancing in music videos, I didn’t think the moves were very sharp. I think I might be watching too munch DWTS because I sound like Len Goodman! I mean, it wasn’t bad. I felt some of the arm gestures weren’t “attacked” enough, it was very loose and maybe that’s what she wanted who knows!

Do you like Meghan Trainor’s new single? 

 

Album Review: Christina Aguilera’s “Lotus”

It is here!!! Finally after two years since Bionic was released. She finally released her new album, Lotus. She has said in many interviews, that this album is an empowering album, and she was right. I have funny story to tell before I go on with this album review. When “Your Body” came out, Spotify was very quick to put it on and I listened to it immediately. I was up at 11pm last night and I was very tempted to wait up and see if they put it up at midnight. I ended up taking off my headphones and falling asleep. I got up again, at 4am and it was the first thing I did, I clicked on her name and it was there, waiting for me to listen. Like I said though, it was four in the morning, nobody was awake, and I had my headphones off. So many wrongs. I went back to sleep, but got up again a little before 8am and I plugged in my speakers and started listening to it. Both of my parents were in the living room. I couldn’t wait any longer, so you can’t blame me really.

The lotus introduction starts off the album. It is very relaxing and something interesting. It is a very empowering beginning to the album. It sounds so calming but you could dance to it as well. The second song was part of the album listening she had for some of her fans (lucky fans!) and she said it is supposed to be “Fighter 2.0” for the new generation. Honestly, when I listened to it at first, it was good, but nothing can be like the original. This song is called, “Army Of Me” and it kind of sounds disco-y, yeah, I said DISCO-y. You could easily put it in that category. That doesn’t mean it’s not good. I’m listening to it again for my second time and I like it more than I first did. So don’t worry.  The next song is called, “Red Hot Kinda Love” and how the chorus sounds it will make you dance. The “ooh’s” and the car horns make it different from other pop songs. Next is one of two songs with her fellow The Voice coaches, Mr. CeeLo Green features in this song and it’s called, “Make The World Move” and you can the light piano and old school hip hop throughout the song. It’s like a bit from her Back To Basics days. I like what CeeLo brings, that added bonus to give it some soul. Such a fun song to listen to!

The song after “Your Body” is called “Let There Be Love” showcases her strong lungs during the chorus. It is very dance-y and it will probably be played in clubs a lot. It kind of has that old school vibe too, but it’s more complicated to explain which part it is. I love this song because it’s very inviting and catchy too! The seventh song is supposed to be dedicated for her fans. It is called, “Sing For Me” and it starts out kind of slow and sad. I love songs like these because there are most meaningful songs she has. The fact that this song is for us, her fans. It’s very sweet, but has a strong meaning behind it. I can’t wait until she performs this song live, because you know it’s going to be emotional. There is another slow and sad song after that one. It is called, “Blank Page” and it is just a piano and her gorgeous voice. The next song starts off kind of suspicious. Almost something out of a horror movie, but luckily for me I like those kinds of introductions. That’s how it sounds in the first few seconds, then you start hearing these different drums. This song is called, “Cease Fire” and if you listen very closely, it is very empowering. The next song starts with drums and it is very sexual. It is called, “Around The World” and if you haven’t listened to any of Christina’s past albums, you wouldn’t know she’s very open with her sexuality in her songs. This is very Christina and plus, it’s catchy in the chorus!

I’ve got to say, I’ve listened to a lot songs by Christina Aguilera, but on Bionic, there’s a song called, “Bobblehead” and it is basically for every hater out there. The song on this album for the haters out in the world is called, “Circles” and it is very straight forward and the only song on the album that is explicated. When you listen to it for the first time, you’ll realize why and won’t want to have the uncensored version that’s for sure. Anyways, it is probably my favorite song! That is how much I love it. It has fun lyrics and it is a pop-rock song. Not as “rocky” as “Fighter” was, but still you get what I mean. After that jaw dropper, the next song is called, “Best Of Me” and it is my second favorite song of the album. If you’ve had some rough days, months, or years. People trying to destroy you, this is the ideal song for you. Honestly, this sounds more like a “Fighter” than “Army Of Me.” I love the military like drumming throughout the song. It makes it more and makes you want to stay strong. The last song of the standard edition is the second song to feature her, fellow coach, Mr. Blake Shelton. I don’t think I’d ever hear Christina bring some country to the mix, but might as well. We’ve heard everything else from here, might as well do something new. I love this duet more than her duet with CeeLo. I didn’t think Blake could get that high either. It is definitely a break-up/love song.

On the deluxe edition of the album, there are three other songs, plus a remix of “Your Body” by Martin Garrix. The first song is called, “Light Up The Sky” and it starts out with a piano and then 30 seconds later, her voice goes in and out, and then major drumming comes out during the chorus. It sounds very weird in parts, but overall it is lovely. I love the chorus part and how it sounds. The next song is called, “Empty Words” and it is like, “Best Of Me” kind of like part two to that song. I love these “stay strong” songs so much, can you tell? You can hear the drums, strings, the piano, and every word she says. The last song is called, “Shut Up” and with that kind of title, you know it has to with the haters. It has these weird sounding horns, like an old school hip hop. The one bad thing is it’s not explicated during the chorus. It’s probably the only time you want to hear those words out loud. It is a very Christina song through and through. That’s how you should end an album. End with a bang, right? Too bad, it’s not the last song though because right after it is over, the remix for “Your Body” starts up and it kind of takes over your ears. Thank god it’s a 5 minute song. Yes!

So now that I’ve finished, have you listened to it yet? What is your favorite song(s) off of it? I obviously loved it and the only sad part is I’m probably only going to be hearing by my Spotify account. If anybody gets it for me, I’d have to wait for it since it’s almost December. It’s okay though, in 2011 I got surprised on Christmas morning, when I got the Bionic deluxe edition. Thank god it’s also explicited too. (:

Relatable Lyrics

I must have five relatable lyrics for my challenge today. It was kind of weird at first, because there are a lot of songs that can be relatable for me. The reason why I used these songs were because I listen to them the most when I’m insecurited about things that have to do with me and my life. When I was a senior, originally I wanted to sing “Numb” as my Senior Solo but I was declined by our director. I had to put it on here because it’s still one of my favorite songs by them. I wanted to use a few other songs by Avril Lavigne, but how the verse stopped and chorus began, it would be weird to place them. Her song “Who Knows” is a good optistimic song. I love it. Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” is my third song because I am a fighter. Nobody is going to stop me. I love “Freak Like Me” by Halestorm, because everybody thinks I look like a freak and they are right, but I am proud of it. Last but not least, you got to list “Lies Of The Beautiful People” by Sixx:A.M. I would be a fool if I didn’t have this song on here.

“I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there,
Become so tired, so much more aware
I’m becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you.” – Linkin Park

“I think there’s something more, life’s worth living for
Who knows what could happen.
Do what you do, just keep on laughing
One thing’s true, there’s always a brand new day
I’m gonna live today like it’s my last day” – Avril Lavigne

“How could this man I thought I knew
Turn out to be unjust so cruel
Could only see the good in you
Pretend not to see the truth
You tried to hide your lies, disguise yourself
Through living in denial
But in the end you’ll see
YOU-WON’T-STOP-ME.”
– Christina Aguilera

“So shout if you’re a freak like me,
You were born to burn,
This is no disease you don’t need a cure!
It’s our time now to come out!
If you’re a freak like me!
If you’re a freak like me” – Halestorm

“Save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people
It’s time to run from the lies of the beautiful people.” – Sixx:A.M.

 

Favorite Song

It’s a new month and I am doing a new challenge even though I’m not even finished with my first one. I need something else to keep me occupied and keep this blog more into what I want it to be. My blog is a personal blog about my life and the music around it. Now, everybody knows I like every genre of music there is. It just takes me some time to get into it all. Ironically enough I am doing a page about this topic. I was working on it yesterday in between those freaking storms and I am on number 18 and I think I’m going to do top 40 or I might go for it and top 100 so I never have to stop anytime soon. So what made it on my list? Well I’m not going to reveal the whole list, but I will reveal the first song. I love this song and I actually listened to it before I went to bed last night. So have a good day! (:

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When was the last time you listened to the radio? Are you the one to plug in your iPod through a cord to hook into your little car radio? My friend has one of those for her car, it’s pretty badass. I remember when I was a kid going to St. Louis, for hospital trips to Shriner’s. The radio was the best thing for us all. The radio kept us somewhat quiet during the trip, until one of our favorite songs came in then it was horror the way to our destination. Because certain people didn’t want anyone to be talking during the song was on.

Last year, we went to St. Louis, and this was our first time were both my sister and I had our iPods plugged into us. We didn’t have to argue about switching radio stations because we hated a song that was playing. She was listening to Justin Bieber and I was listening to Linkin Park. Mom and dad had ahold of the radio the whole way, well I have to take that back. Mom had ahold of the radio. Anyways, seems like nobody wants to listen to the radio anymore. Too old school for everybody. I go back and forth on listening to my iPod and listening to what’s on the radio.

Since my music changes hour by hour, I could be in the mood for rap, pop, and rock at any day. It just depends. When listening to the radio, especially countdown radio stations, they’re an upbeat, pop kind of station. Hardly no rock music. We have the Sirius XM Channels on our TV’s so I am constantly on there and listening in on different channels. I love the Morning Mash Up and the people who run that day-to-day. They are hilarious. They are just amazing to listen to in the mornings. They will definitely get you into a good mood if you’re in a not so good mood. Another channel I can not get enough is Sirius XM Octane. Around noon, I am usually listening to them. Starts my afternoon out great, and my evenings too.

I’m such a music fiend that I can go from my iPod one minute, my TV to the next half hour, then lastly my Spotify account. I love my Spotify account. I’ve got to enjoy different music from there. They have some soundtracks and some tunes I haven’t heard in a while. Yesterday, my Spotify account was replaced with iHeartRadio. When my friend Kate and I were looking to listen to SixxSense, the link to listen to that station took me to iHeartRadio website. Let’s just say, I am in love with it already. It is really easy to use, but you have to take some chances. I have five stations that I can’t stop listening to. I heart SixxSense (of course), Rock Nation, Rock Nation: Top 20 Hits, Linkin Park Radio, and Christina Aguilera Radio. I must have some pop music swirling around in my head. I can’t be lame only liking rock music and nothing else. That doesn’t make me, me.