January Playlist

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We’re at the end of the first month of 2019! Well, I am! I have decided that there will be no blog posts next week. I’m still moving into my room so I thought with taking out that week that maybe I can get a jumpstart on my plans for February.

Here are my Top 10 Songs for this month!

Close To Me by Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee
Let Me Down Slowly by Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara
Scared To Be Lonely by Martin Garrix featuring Dua Lipa
Heart To Break by Kim Pietras
Waiting For The End by Linkin Park
Machine by Imagine Dragons
7 Rings by Ariana Grande
Never Be by Meg Mac
More Than Words by Little Mix featuring Kamille
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
To The Water by Moya Brennan

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do a lot of reviews like I wanted, but I was happy with what I was able to find on YouTube though. I’m hoping to add more next month, but I also don’t want to push myself any more than I should, so we’ll really have to see what happens. You might get a surprise or two! If you have yet to read the ones I published earlier they were:

LM5 by Little Mix | Singular: Act 1 by Sabrina Carpenter

So what was your most played song of the first month of 2019?

Album Review: “LM5” by Little Mix

I am a BIG Little Mix fan! I’ve reviewed two out of the four albums, and now I get to listen and chat about their new album that came out in November. I’m always late to the party, but time and space on my blog gets away from me and it is best to wait it out. It gets me going in the right direction for the new year too!

I think Little Mix is unique because even though there are four girls in the group: Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade, and Perrie – they sound like one person, especially when it comes to their ballads. This album consists of 14 songs, with an addition of four more songs in the deluxe edition. I will not be talking about those tracks unfortunately, because the regular amount is a lot for me anyways. So, how about we get started, huh?

The first track of the album is “The National Manthem” and I tried my best to come up with what the title could mean before listening to the actual song, but I came back empty. I ended figuring it was actual an introduction of the whole thing, so that made me feel a bit better about that. You only hear the girls sing in harmony without any music in the background. It was different but I liked it for some odd reason. So, that means “Woman Like Me” is actually the first real song of the album. It features Nicki Minaj and I really enjoyed the tropical and hip hop mixture of the beat. It’s fierce and fun at the same time. Third is “Think About Us” and it has a prominent pop-y sound that I could get behind, towards the choruses the beat grows and considering the theme and lyrics, I was half expecting the song to have a softer sound, but I was okay with this though. I liked the fact that I could not stop dancing to it while it played on, so that’s a good sign!

The fourth track is “Strip” it features Sharaya J., who is a rapper and former choreographer. I thought that was interesting! Anyways, this song is very seductive but I loved it. I liked it for the minimal music on the track. The popping sound gives it all it really needed because the girls’ personalities and voices made it better than anything that I’ve heard in a while, like no joke! I also liked it for the body positive message of the lyrics. Next we have “Monster In Me” and I was really hoping for a banger so imagine my face when it become a slower track. I cannot win. However, as it went on, I did like the calmer vibe it brought and since it was gloomy as hell outside on the day I wrote out this review, it matched my mood for that moment. I really love it! “Joan Of Arc” is next and I was really curious about this track. I always love when artists and bands talk about historical figures, even if the lyrics don’t go well with the person. I just like the different ways they can use the figure in their message, and this was no different. This is definitely a song about independent women, feminism theme. I’m not about feminism message, but I liked this though!

Seventh track is “Love A Girl Right,” the song has a real pop-rock sound. It kind of reminded me of a recent song; the beat, especially the usage of a guitar sounded like DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” and at first, I wasn’t really feeling it but it started to kind of grow on me. I don’t know what I really think about it. We move on to “American Boy” and even though it’s about the love of American boys, it has a real tropical sound to it. I kind of thought that was a bit weird, to me this wouldn’t be the first beat I’d choose for these lyrics, but okeydokey! I was hoping “Told You So” was better than the last two, and I am happy to say we finally have our first acoustic song off the album. I figured this one would be a ballad, but I didn’t think I’d like it this much. This is a beautiful about supporting your best friend through a breakup or cheating scandal.

The next song is, “Wasabi” and I would be lying if I didn’t tell you, how confused I was about this one. When it finally started those thoughts went away quickly. If you liked the monotone speaking of the fourth track, you get a second slightly different version of it. I like the quirkiness of it. And of course, the little rock-y elements in it too. It gave it a whole different edge and I loved it! Next is, “More Than Words” it features an artist by the name of Kamille. She is a notable songwriter and has worked with Little Mix throughout their career, so I thought was a cool thing to finally be featured as a guest singer on a track she helped write for them. The song is a good medium between a ballad and having an upbeat sound. I really liked this one too!

We’re starting to get to the end of the line, “Motivate” gave me a some party vibes. I did this post on NYE, so I was dancing and enjoying myself a little too early, but it’s not like I would stay awake until midnight anyways! I didn’t! The song has a sexy sound to it, but I didn’t care about that at this point. Next, we have “Notice” and this had a mysterious introduction and the seductive tone continues through the entire thing, but I think I liked this one compared the last song. The girls’ voices are so powerful in this song, so really this is right up my alley! And finally, our last song is “The Cure” and thankfully it is a ballad. I felt there wasn’t enough of these types of songs, which made me kind of sad but I liked the ones we were given though. You still hear the girls and their emotions in each song, and this was no different. It was so good!

The album itself was pretty good, it had a lot of different genres and topics mentioned so I definitely appreciated that a lot, but I think my favorite part was how mature their music is becoming with each album. They’re no longer young girls that won The X-Factor, and the fact they’re no longer signed to Simon Crowell’s recording company, I think of that as a good thing. They can grow as women and don’t have to worry about having to hide themselves in their music.

Have you listened to Little Mix’s new album yet? If you have, what were your favorite song(s) in it? What other thoughts did you have about it? Let me know!

Album Review: “Glory Days” by Little Mix

12963825_581651975344801_7071364152317692484_nI’m back with another review and it is all female British group Little Mix newest album “Glory Days” and I was very intrigued about having a new album to listen to but has it really been a year since “Black Magic” came out? It’s shocking to me how much time can pass! And also how these singers can put out another album within a year since all they do nonstop is touring and promotion! That’s one thing I’ll never understand I guess!

If you’ve never heard of Little Mix they consist of Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirwall. They competed on the British version of The X Factor and was the first girl group to win on the show in 2011.

The first song to start off the album is “Shout To My Ex” and I love this track a lot, I just wish it got more air time on the US radio ways. It’s the ultimate pop, break up and motivational song. There’s not too many times a song can bring out three different topics but in this, it works. Second is “Touch” and I get an airy vibe out of it. It is very catchy in the choruses and that works great with the exotic groove it has throughout. There is an acoustic version of this song on their deluxe edition. “F.U.” is next and it has a very simple introduction, light beat and the girl’s vocals shine. It has a jazz/soul sound but it is definitely a “screw you” to a boyfriend, somehow this works and what really gets me is that I actually really like it.

Next is a track called “Oops” and again, it has this cute, soul/bluesy feeling with the piano and drums. It features American singer Charlie Puth and I love how deep his voice against the girls – they’re not going too crazy but it’s a nice balance. Fifth is “You Gotta Not” and again, I love their sassy attitude! This is what got me interested into the group so much; the introduction to this one kind of had my name written all over it. It’s fun and has a perfect dance beat I think. If you think it sounds like a Meghan Trainor song, you should probably know that she was one of the co-writers! This next one is down to my style as far as the amount of bass it has, it might actually rival “Grown” in their last album. It is called “Down & Dirty” it has a deep bass-y and electronica sound, and they don’t really do these normal EDM sounds but it has a nice tone to it. It makes it raw and dirty, it’s really good!

I was very happy to see how another badass song was after that banger, it is appropriately titled “Power” and it starts out with these fierce stomps, it has that pop but in-your-face sound and between both Perrie and Jesy’s vocals. I’m just blown away, it’s so good! I actually hope some DJs make a few remixes out of it, because it’s worthy of it for sure! Of course, nothing lasts forever and we have to go back to discussing the ballads on the album, the next is “Your Love” and even though it is slower, but it’s still a mellow beat. I guess if you’re going to talk about how love makes me feel like, you’re going to want something that would go with that feeling, so it works!

This next track is called “Nobody Like You” and this is a ballad at its best. Little Mix has the best ballads, that’s one thing that they truly rock at because of their diverse voices. I also love the eternal sound, as it continues the true sound never fades it actually grows with increased tempo. It’s gorgeous!

I love the fact that “No More Sad Songs” has an upbeat sound, there’s nothing more annoying when certain people title songs like this and they’re disgustingly slow and sappy. This one is in the middle but it’s still something I’d prefer to listen to any day! And we are back on the dance-y side of music again, the first thing I thought of what it started was old school hip hop, like something of Will Smith in the late 90s! Anyways, I think the song is really good even if it has a sexual motive behind it… Last song of the standard edition is “Nothing Else Matters” and surprising it’s not a slow track! I know this will be another weird description but I get like an early 2000’s pop song, at least that’s what I pictured into my head when it first started playing! It’s pretty good too!

It’s so hard to put together a summary of an album at the end of these reviews because you feel like you just put all of your thoughts while talking about each song, but as a whole you have to basically give it a mental rating. I do think it’s a great pop album, very different from their previous albums as far as how many ballad-like tracks are included, but I don’t think it’s so good that I would give it a full 10/10, you know? Which I hardly ever rate my reviews, but for this I think it would be fair to give it an 8 out of 10, and that is still very good!

Have you heard of Little Mix’s “Glory Days” yet? Which songs are your favorites?

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Album Review: “Get Weird” by Little Mix

12193505_709120279189680_7315014755169342993_n.jpgThis has been a long time coming considering this album came out in early November. I know I suck! I really did want to do the review then but that whole month was not the best for me…

I’m a new Little Mix fan. You can blame it on LucyAndLydia from YouTube. They’re the ones that got me started on them. I’m definitely team Jade and Perrie! I think all four girls are gorgeous and have beautiful voices! I’ve been meaning to listen to their previous albums and over the summer I finally had the time to do it. I haven’t finished listening to all of their first album DNA but I did complete Salute. After listening to their recent release I have to say out of the three, this is best album yet! This album sounds more adult against the first two, they were more pop oriented and slightly kind of boring for me. This album has some depth and it’s just different in a good way!

All right, so let’s start off with their first single that came out in late September, just in time to be put into the rest of the classic Halloween related tracks. “Black Magic” is still being played EVERYWHERE! In last Wednesday alone, it popped up on my TV about four times in one hour! This track is definitely pop worthy, I didn’t realize how “dirty” it was until after a month or so. Those titles seem so innocent until you hear the song about 100 times in two months before you find out how naughty it really is! However, it’s still a great song! I am slightly over it though. The second song is called “Love Me Like You” and this one used to drive me nuts! I keep wanting to put the word “do” at the end because of Ellie Goulding! Anyways, this one sort of reminds me of Grease when they say “sha-la-la” in the beginning. The whole song is very slow, pop-y, but has this old bluesy/jazz soul to it. I’m hoping more pop stations play it so they stop playing the other one all the time, that sounds so mean, but give the other singles a chance people!

The next one is called, “Weird People” and I feel like this one is like MY song since I am a very weird person! This is another track that has an old feeling to it, almost 80’s pop vibe! I like it! I love how in every song on this album sounds so different! The fourth song is “Secret Love Song” and I really love this introduction. It’s so slow, almost a capella like. I’m still learning everybody’s voice in the group but I really like how you can’t tell who’s who, they sound like one person which is what you’re hoping that happens in a group. This song features Jason Derulo and at first, I didn’t like it but now I do. It’s a nice balance in voices! There’s a second version of this track, which is basically the same song without Derulo. I actually like it better even though there’s nothing really different with it! Next one is another upbeat track called “Hair” and this one has a total different sound to it. It’s very poppy, but has some hip hop accents. I feel like this is a very honest breakup styled song! I wish you could hear the word that is bleeped out in the choruses!

This one was my favorite tracks when I first listened to it mid-November! It’s called “Grown” everything about this song is on point! I love the sassy lyrics so much! This beat alone is just awesome! The hums make the ending of the choruses that much better! All that bass just makes me so happy! The next one is “I Love You” it’s slower, but not one of my favorites. It kind of sucks sometimes when you go from two great, upbeat song then to a ballad. It’s a total buzzkill for me! The song’s not bad though! The one right after it is luckily back on the upbeat side. It’s “OMG” and I swear I’ve heard it somewhere recently, but I hope I’m not getting it confused when I listened to it the other day! How embarrassing would that be?! This is another song that has a 80’s pop sound to it, but it’s not bad. It’s actually pretty catchy during the choruses. I’ve recently found another favorite on the album, it’s called “Lightning” and it is so different! It’s very slow, ballad-like and then when the chorus starts it kind of climbs higher in tempo and then there’s the weird bass drop, with a child like voice saying “but I do” in the breaks. Whenever the verses resumes though, the tone is back to mellow and it’s a really nice balance especially with the changes. Also, I love the use of singers singing in Latin in the bridge. Like, that’s never in a pop song! It gave this song an added fierce presence to it.

The next batch of songs start with “A.D.I.D.A.S” and of course, I thought of the shoes! They’re definitely not talking about shoes though. This has a nice bass, bluesy beginning to it and I like that. I like the clear sound of the piano and beat together. It’s kind of mellow in sound and somehow talking about sex in this beat is pretty good! The eleventh track is called “Love Me Or Leave Me” and boy, do I love this one! It’s so gorgeous with just the vocals, piano, and violin. It’s the perfect ballad. Another favorite! The one after that is called “The End” and it has a Pentonix feel to it, because there’s no beat, just the “bum-bums” and snapping. The group is harmonizing throughout the whole song. This is so good, it’s another favorite track.

I know the album was released as a deluxe edition, but I’ve decided to end this review here. I hope you all understand. There are four bonus tracks. I have to say I was really impressed with this album. I was not expecting to like it so much! Maybe next week it’ll be featured on my favorite album of 2015? Wouldn’t that be nice?

Have you listened to “Get Weird” yet? If you have, which songs do you like the most?