Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blog update

I'll be back to posting reguarly from next week Sunday at the latest, there's only 2 weeks left of my vacation. I wanted to use today to make some posts for August, so when I look back it doesn't seem so empty. And I still don't know what I'm going to do about my chart--what's the quickest way to fill in four (soon to be five weeks) of missed chart enteries?

The Wanted "Heart Vacancy"

It hurts to be so late on things (that's why I hate going on holiday's I don't really want to go on) but it looks like there's finally a (good) boyband giving current frontrunner's JLS a run for their money. The English pop group have already scored their first chart topper four weeks ago with their debut single "All Time Low," and now are looking to do the same with follow up single "Heart Vacancy," which I like much better. I couldn't find a clip so here's a live version:

Britney on GLEE

It looks like I'll be watching my first full GLEE episode soon. Following in the footsteps of Madonna, pop singer Britney Spears will be starring in her own episode of the cult hit, in which she re-creates her collaboration with the Q.O.P. herself on "Me Against the Music."

Now, I'm no fan of GLEE, but I have been reading people's comments about how the show's become somewhat of a novelty since Spears has received her own episode--to that I just think; it's so easy to count her out especially when you bring in names like Madonna (innovation), Beyonce (voice) and Lady Gaga (creativity) but however virtually talented or untalented Britney is--she still defined a genre of music and you do that mental timeline of female artists that made an impact on pop music her name will always come up.

New videos: Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

I'm sure this has been out for awhile I only saw it for the first time yesterday (on Ghanaian TV!). Amazing video. Dramatic, cinematic and engaging, Eminem's on a roll this year and also very awesome scenes from Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan. It's also nice to know a video doesn't always have to be 10 minutes long to make an impact.

New videos: Alexandra Burke - Start Without You

I can't help but be a a little disappointed with the new Alexandra Burke video for "Start Without You." The original concept seemed so much better and less... whatever this is, so why re-shoot it? It reminds me of Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical," In any case I'm convinced this will still be a hit. Apparently this is also Burke's debut single for the US market.

New videos: Brandon Flowers - Crossfire

I've only gotten access to the Internet today, which probably won't last for long and I'm pretty pissed that I haven't been able to update my chart for the past four weeks but anyway, here are some new videos that have surfaced over the last couple days:

Brandon Flowers - Crossfire

Lead singer of Alternative rock band The Killers, Brandon Flowers releases the epic accompanying clip to his first solo single "Crossfire." I've been listening to this for awhile now and it never really did anything for me, but now I'm really taken by it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Album Review: Eliza Doolittle - Eliza Doolittle (4/5)

British singer Eliza Doolittle's self-titled debut packs in a cool soulful collection of coherent acoustic-pop, soul and folk influenced songs presenting the same lyrical quirk strung from the same vein as the acoustic-pop and lyrical quirk of fellow English singer Kate Nash. The folky "Money Box" kicks things off, stringing together the drums, bass and jaunty guitars--setting the albums lighthearted tone early on, the more mellow "Rollerblades" lays off the guitars and ups the precussion.

The old-fashioned static covering the opening piano notes of "Go Home" evokes a 1950's feel but not without a modern touch as the drums and guitars are charged in the chorus. Following up on that 1950's sound is current single "Pack Up" sampling George Powell's "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag" bringing the collision horns, jaunty basslines, strings and piano keys. I love how the chorus of Powell's "Pack Up..." is used in the song, it works very well.

Suggestive lead single "Skinny Jeans" is a welcoming telling of how problems in relationship can be overlooked as long as the sex at the end of the day is good ("Sometimes I fake that I hate you and make up so you end up next to me"). Next up is "Mr. Medicine" is noticeably upbeat in comparison to everything else. Guitars, strings and kinetic handclaps re-calling the same joyous upbeat feel of American singer Colbie Caillat. Radio friendly "Back to Front" is a nice slice of melody-charged contemporary acoustic-pop--even stringing the whistles from "Skinny Jeans" to round out the chorus. I can see this being future single. Soulful ballad "A Smokey Room" hits all the right notes with its excessive precussion, horns and guitars, so does "So High" which is even more ballad sounding--drenched with more soul almost re-calling the same soul as Sade.

Even with such a coherent premise, there are a few bum notes but nothing major, more songs that just don't hit as hard as some the others such as such the filler material "Missing" and "Nobody." Closing the album is the whimsical "Police Car" a plodding mid-tempo, it's interesting but pretty much the same alignment of precussion, guitars and horns. Eliza Doolittle is a nice debut, showcasing a lot of versatility both vocal and production wise. Definitely a must-listen.

Best: Pack Up, Skinny Jeans, A Smokey Room, Back to Front, Mr. Medicine, Go Home