Album Review: “Speak Your Mind” by Anne-Marie

31369538_1658698627511837_4508032018632455547_nEverybody knows (or should) by now that I love internationally based music. A lot of the music I listen to does come from Australia, The Netherlands, and Sweden so it shouldn’t come to no surprise that I’m going to be talking about a Swedish pop singer today!

Anne-Marie is an artist that you might’ve heard before as she’s been featured on two songs: “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit with Sean Paul, it came out March 2017, and was a big summer hit for all three acts. And recently, “Friends” is her collaboration with the mysterious DJ, Marshmello, released a few weeks before this record came out. It’s already become a fun-loving jam to everybody stuck in the friend zone.

We start off this album with “Cry” and I liked the quirky introduction. One of the things that I really like about Anne-Marie’s voice, is that it has this cool, exotic tone to it. The more I was listening to this song, I kind of thought back to my original thought and maybe I was being influenced by the beat itself, but I can’t deny it. A lot of British singers have a knack of having very exotic accents, but it just depends on the way they use it. Anywho, I really like this beat, it does have this smooth, tropical vibe, but I really love the usage of real drums on a pop track, like thank you! I love synthic drum beats, but this was a nice change! Afterwards, there’s her second single and it was released in early 2017, “Ciao Adios” which if you don’t know what this means, it’s “Hello, Goodbye” in Italian and Spanish. This is a lot milder than I kind of expected it to be, and funnily enough, I hadn’t heard of it before doing this review.

Third is “Alarm” and I do have to admit again, I’ve only heard the remix version of this song. I heard Marshmello’s remix and that was it for me! I’ve been very curious to hear the original way, so I like the melody is still relatively the same. She still sounds a total badass! This way isn’t that bad, it’s still dance-y, but I still like other way better! “Trigger” is next and this one sounds sweetly, beat wise! The first thing that popped into my mind was walking around a dense forest, seeing all of the new plants and bugs. It just has that kind of vibe to it, very relaxing but fun with the lyrics and sound. It’s a good song all the way around! And then we dive into a slower song called, “Then” and I really loved the air-y, dreamscape environment it brings to the listener; it’s light but still upbeat enough where you can still dance to it. It’s really good too!

The sixth track is “Perfect” and at first, you get this bluesy, soulful kind of sound. I really like the gentle piano, you can hear throughout the song itself. I don’t really pay too much attention to the lyrics, but since this is so mellow, I can actually hear the words very well and I liked the fact that both sides work really well together! I think it could be a favorite, the more I listen to it. And finally we get to talk about of my favorites, “Friends” and I like the fact we still have that same soft, beat in the beginning that has become a thing for this album as a whole. It’s become her quintessential sound now, but I also like what Marshmello was able to do it, without shifting the vibe too much. It has some pop, nostalgic elements to it that I really like about it.

When I first saw this title, I’m not going to lie, I thought she was covering Theory Of A Deadman’s track “Bad Girlfriend” and a part of me was kind of wanting to hear it. I think more pop artists should experiment with covering more rock songs. Anyways, I think this has the same dark tone to it, but it does switch to a urban flow. I think some of the lyrics are absolutely hilarious! I actually had to listen to it twice while working on this post because I liked it so much! Next there’s “Heavy” and again, we have this beach-y sound going on, but it’s a fun and sweet love song, compared to the song before it! Weird how that worked out, huh?

And this one was the single that she put out a week before her album came out, which confused the crap out of me! The song is “2002” and I find it a little strange to title songs like this, because I can’t remember much unless something very significant happened. I think this song is very interesting, especially the beginning lines of the choruses, there are SIX familiar songs in those first two lines, and I didn’t know it until I had to go look it up! I hope she doesn’t get in trouble for it, because isn’t that a copyright issue? We’re almost done, we have “Can I Get Your Number?” and I like the soft beat again, what is with me lately? I’m liking these slow, love songs a lot! We’re approaching summer, so I might as well embrace it. I like it, but it’s a bit boring too. At least I can dance to it. Last song of the standard edition is “Machine” and I instantly had this ominous, but trippy vibe while listening to it. Every once in a while, I can get into this sober, but out-of-this-world state of mind that tends to scare me the most of all, because I actually try to put myself there on my own. Anyways, I like this, it’s gentle and meaningful at the same time.

I was really impressed with this album. As much as the whole Caribbean type of sound was used on it, surprisingly it wasn’t too annoying. It wasn’t over used like some artists tend to do for late spring, early summer releases. You probably think I’m just trying to pull your chain, but I’m not. It really happens! A bit of a sidenote to everybody reading this, Spotify has the deluxe version but I rarely talk about those types of albums, so here are five extra songs included, if you’d like to continue down the A.M. train, starting with “Breathing Fire,” “Some People,” “Use To Love You,” “Peak,” and finally “Rockabye”.

Have you listened to Anne-Marie’s debut album “Speak Your Mind” yet? If you have, what are some of your favorite tracks so far? What were some of your thoughts you had about it the first time you listened to it?

snowflake

Album Review: “Things I’ve Never Said” by Frances

frances.pngHello! I am back with another album review! April might have a couple of these bad boys because honestly March had some great music releases! And here I’ve been saying I wouldn’t find a solution to my no new good music attitude in March, I think it’s fair say that came back to bite me in the butt! Oh well, I’m honestly happier being proved wrong any day!

Everybody knows (or should know) by now that I am a metalhead, but I do love my indie music too! I am more into pop indie records and women singers in this genre, I don’t know if it’s because they have more power to make the music feel like a dream or what, but I am addicted to it. Frances is a British singer who makes this kind of indie music. It’s easy going and if you’re having a rough time like I’ve been having lately, it’ll sooth the pain away than using my normal rock bands–which don’t get me wrong, they do the trick, but if I want to chill out and float away in my head, I’d rather use Frances and other artists like her such as Banks, Daughter and Zella Day as my medicine!

Frances debut album was released on March 17, 2017 which was a good day for new music releases you had Zara Larsson, Pitbull and Rick Ross. On Spotify, it has just the deluxe edition but like with my other reviews I only talk about the standard editions, so unfortunately I will not talk about the last five tracks of the album. Sorry!

Okay, let’s get started! First track is “Don’t Worry About Me” and I’m not going to lie, I love how this is how you start off the album. Frances has a beautiful voice and I love a capella beginning but they’re not used in the intro of the albums very much! I also love only having the piano behind her too! It’s such a heartwarming type of song and in the first time I heard it, I realized it had made the decision to be discussed for me! It is that good! The next track is  “Love Me Again” and this one has a more cheery vibe in the way she’s singing it, the whole atmosphere has changed from the first one where that one has more of a somber way about it. Two songs in and you get a very caring feel in the songs as she’s singing them! Another difference in this is the addition of the drums and guitars as it continues through, I just love it!

Third is a song called “Drifting” and I like the uppity sound of the piano in the start, it has a sort of calming but playful vibe in the entire thing. It’s so fun and almost coming of age story within too! Oh, this is my favorite so far! “Cloud 9” is after and it’s so easy-going and absolutely beautiful! I wish I could get my sister to use this at her wedding this summer! Hell, the entire album would be great! I think I’ve heard of this next song “Let It Out” recently, my brain instantly went to some of my shows; I don’t know where it was played on, but I’ll try to find out! It’s a very pretty song though! I think this one sounds more pop-y than the last few songs, maybe it’s because of how the sound and tempo changes at the choruses, but that’s what I thought during the first real listen of the track.

If I thought the last one had a pop-y sound, I apparently don’t listen to a lot of pop music anymore, because “No Matter” has an even bigger pop sound than that one! I suck! Anyways, I really like it though! It has a dance worthy beat, which is a plus with me! Maybe somebody will use it on Dancing With The Stars this season! The next song “Under Our Feet” brings us back to the relaxing feeling that Frances is good at giving to her listeners! I really love her soft but amazing vocals! I am definitely in love with her high notes in this song, she doesn’t push herself and they’re lovely! I also like how it just trails off and you have these little “ohs” and that just sort of fade off into the sunset. I apologize for that metaphor!

The eighth track is “Grow” and this is a very beautiful song! It’s so simple and great that I’m a little bit speechless right now! This will be used on my bad days for sure! Next is “Say It Again” and this has a pop-y vibe but it’s not as much as the others.  I am really loving these “lovey-dovey” songs when my own views of love is a bit blurred at the moment, but hey anything that helps is brilliant in my book! We’re almost finished, “Sublime” is very good, however I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. It’s a bit boring to me and I don’t know why at the moment. I might change my mind later, but right now just not feeling it which sucks! The last song is called, “The Last Word” which I found odd but interesting at the same time! I like how albums sometimes start in one direction and finish in the same way, whether it’s the music or subject of the song. This is a very soft and beautiful ballad.

I am very surprised with this album! It’s an awesome way to start off hopefully long music career for Frances! If I ever get a new stereo, I would definitely purchase this album because I think it’s one of those albums that it’s worth buying the whole thing and not like four singles! I’d rate it nine out of ten, mostly because of my thoughts on “Sublime” but like I said, that could change later on, so it is a good ten!

Have you listened to Frances’ album “Things I’ve Never Said” yet? Which songs do you like so far?

snowflake

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