Meghan Trainor

                              

"Me Too"

"Who's that sexy thing I see over there,

That's me, standing in the mirror."

 

Let's talk about Meghan Trainor's recent single, "Me Too." I'm quite fascinated by this song for a few different reasons. Before I dive into it too much, I do want to mention that after listening to the song once, it was buzzing around in my head all day (and I mean... ALL DAY).  Be forewarned!

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:03

California Dreamin' - Sia

California Dreamin'

Song Critique

By: Gabriel ILiadis – written on May 25 2016

One of the best songs ever written in my opinion is California Dreaming by John and Michelle Phillips (before their inception of The Mamas & the Papas), written in 1963 and recorded by Barry McGuire. The song has been covered by a large number of artists since then.  Although, most know this song from its original version by the Mama & the Papas, my favorite cover is by Sia released in May of 2015 which was also used as a soundtrack for the movie “San Andreas”.

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LIVE REVIEW of

Adam Lambert’s “The Original High” Tour

Let me preface by saying that Adam Lambert is my favorite artist. His vocals are beyond inspiring, and he stays true to himself and who he is as a person. Let me also say that I’ve seen him in concert six times…

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… what makes a good concert?

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Saturday, 05 March 2016 18:22

Song Critique: “Bird Set Free” by Sia

What happens when Sia and Adele Co-Write a Song?

Song Critique: “Bird Set Free” by Sia

 

Whenever I think of Sia, I think of her as the antithesis of pop music, in the best way possible. When you hear the term “pop music”, it’s unfortunately and unfairly attached to an image of a young American starlet who sings about boys and parties. But it is what it is, and if that’s what people think of, Sia is the exact opposite of that: she’s a 40-year old singer/songwriter from Australia, who sings about pain, emotional heart ache, and overcoming obstacles. What’s even more fascinating about her is, she didn’t really become a pop star until 2014, even though she had been in the business since 1997. She has written many songs on other pop star’s albums, and she finally had a hit of her own with “Chandelier”.

But what happens when so many great, rejected songs, from other pop stars, are just sitting around? The answer is “This is Acting”, Sia’s seventh album, and it debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard charts, the highest she’s ever had in the U.S. The album contains a lot of songs that were written for other pop stars, but they were eventually rejected. The song I am reviewing is my favorite song from her new album, titled, “Bird Set Free”.

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:55

Adele: A Message of Strength

Adele's Message of Strength

A Reflection on "All I Ask"


Not many people can seemingly fall off planet earth, let it continue to spin for four years without you, and then come back with a CD and have it be so well accepted by the public. That is, unless you are Adele.

As many of you know, her latest CD was released in November of 2015. Following the birth of her son and overcoming a songwriting hiatus, Adele has made a comeback with an album that is richer, deeper, and more powerful.  Is it a coincidence that some of her best work has come after her songwriting recess?

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Sunday, 07 February 2016 05:36

"Death of a Bachelor" by Panic! at the Disco

Song Critique: “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco came to my attention pretty late, which is a shame because I think Brendon Urie, the lead singer, is a genius. Everyone might not be open to Panic’s genre, but the fans that are open to it recognize this quality in him. Who else can blend pop, punk, alternative, baroque pop and glam so easily together?

Panic! at the Disco’s latest album came out out on January 15th, 2016 and it was reported on Monday, January 25th that it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts! This is Panic’s first number one album, which is a great feat since the band has been releasing albums since 2005.

I am here to discuss the wonderful title track, “The Death of a Bachelor”, because it is my favorite song on the album.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 03:01

"This Ain’t Over" by Alex Newell

Song Critique: “This Ain't Over” by Alex Newell

 

Adam Lambert is one of my favorite vocalists of all time. I obsessively watched his journey on American Idol, have seen him in concert at least 5 times (once with Queen, and it was epic), and have met him. This year, he’s gearing up for another world tour, but this time, for his latest album, The Original High. So who could be worthy enough, in my eyes, to open for him?

Alex Newell was just announced to open for him on January 15th. One quick look at him, and you can easily find out that he has been on the television show, Glee, and that he seems to have powerhouse vocals.

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Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:07

"When We Were Young" - Adele

 Song Critque: "When We Were Young" - Adele

 

It’s hard to discuss Adele’s second song released from her latest album without briefly mentioning her first single, “Hello”. I was beyond ecstatic that she was finally returning. There’s only so many times in the pop world you can listen to Taylor Swift’s unoriginal, overly produced singles.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:43

"Writing’s on the Wall" by Sam Smith

Song Critique: "Writing's On The Wall" by Sam Smith

 

What makes a great Bond theme? Is it the melodies that pound away into your head and never leave? Is it the certain instruments that automatically transfer you into a world of espionage and adventure? Or is it the lyrics that stand out and make an impression? Usually, for me, it’s a combination of all of the above. Two of my favorite Bond themes are “Die Another Day” by Madonna, and “Skyfall” by Adele. Those songs are completely different, yet have that special trademark that a Bond theme needs. So, does Sam Smith’s new song, “Writing’s On the Wall”, have that certain something?

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