March 29, 2011 § 1 Comment
Britney Spears is back & is ready to bust through your airwaves! Femme Fatale, Spears’ seventh studio album, was released today with much anticipation. Many have stated that the superstar was making a grand comeback, but in my eyes she was never gone. With the album’s techno bass-driven sound that we usually attribute to the pop star, this album proves just that. With collaborations with mega-producers Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Will.i.Am, and more, this album is a pop music fan’s dream. Britney keeps her audience satisfied with club-dance songs like “Till The World Ends”, an electro-heavy track that is best paired with neon glow sticks and a cocktail in hand. Bubbly tracks like “I Wanna Go” are filled with infectious bridges infused with synths similar to those of Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi.
March 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
To say that Lupe Fiasco’s third studio album, Lasers (released on March 8th 2011), was a long-awaited record (two years to be exact) would be an understatement. After pressures & arguments from his label (Atlantic Records), postponing production dates, and intense fan petitions, I have to say that we were ALL waiting for this album to drop. But when it did, it didn’t explode with that unique fervency that we attribute to Fiasco. Lasers is a VERY commercial album, the type of hesitant commercialism that would put Lupe in the same category as Eminem, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not what we would expect from the socially conscious Chicago rapper.
The underlying current of Lasers is the struggle of creating and releasing this album, which provides a surreal touch to the record that both fans and other artists in the industry can relate to. “Letting Go”, the first song off the record, is one of the greatest opening tracks I’ve ever heard. With its booming bass, exposed lyrics, and Lupe’s voice drifting in & out of your ears, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Sounding like Lupe is on the verge of suicide, the track is guilt-ridden, eerie, self-loathing, haunting, and brilliant.
“Till I Get There” is a Mea Culpa to the fans. With opening lyrics: “Album on hold, whole world on hold. The crowd is like ‘ho!’, operator’s like ‘hold’. Man, now ain’t that cold?” The song acts like Lupe’s diary, spilling his inner thoughts into the ears of his listener. But the album isn’t all melancholic; songs like “Out of My Head” (featuring R&B singer Trey Songz) is a feel-good jam that would fit on Lupe’s first album, Food & Liquor.
March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
F.A.M.E, the fourth studio album by R&B crooner Chris Brown, was released on March 18th 2011 with very high expectations. The record, standing for “Forgiving All My Enemies” or “Fans Are My Everything” (a direct nod to anyone who has discredited the 21-year old due to his attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009), combines all of Brown’s best attributes: a swagged-out “rapper” demeanor, sexy ballads for his female fans, and energizing beats that are club-ready.
The album is solid, but I wouldn’t give a majority of the tracks a second listen. But there are many stand-out tracks that reflect Chris Brown’s budding artistry. “Look At Me Now”, the MVP track of the record (produced by Diplo), is a confident song with an intriguingly futuristic sound that only Diplo could master. Backed by mega rappers Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne, Chris Brown taunts us with smooth & positively arrogant lines that solidify his status as a pretty decent rapper. But the true star of “Look At Me Now” is Busta Rhymes; his effortless way of spitting out words at top speed is very commendable & sonically playful to the ears.
March 25, 2011 § 3 Comments
Being a huge fan of The Strokes ever since I heard “Juicebox”, I was ecstatic to hear that the New York City-based band was gearing up to record their fourth studio album. The Strokes, known for their fresh spin on the “Indie” sound, haven’t released an album since 2006, so the wait for a new album was much-anticipated. Angles, released on March 18th 2011, was met with mixed reviews. Being a dedicated fan of the band, I feel this album did not have the punch I was expecting. Sure I enjoy the album, but it isn’t a memorably hard-hitting record.
March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Rebecca Black, an unknown 13-year old girl from Anaheim Hills, California put all of America in a tizzy when the video for her song “Friday” went viral around March 14, 2011. With its lyrics that state the painfully obvious & a low budget video, Black was met with instant critique that ranged from the “Eww, WTF is this shit?” commentary to the hurtful: “OMIGOD, I hope you go cut yourself & DIE!” When I first heard the song, I immediately laughed. I thought, “This cannot be real!” Being a dedicated listener to pop music, the song came off as a joke to me, because aesthetically it was a sound I was used to.
As soon as the “Friday” video was uploaded to Youtube with 43 million views and beyond, the song spread like wildfire. Social media proved its power and influence as the song become inescapable, clouding newsfeeds on Facebook and becoming the ultimate GIF on Tumblr. It came to the extreme point where Rebecca Black was a Trending Topic on Twitter for an unheard of 12 days straight!
March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve never been the type to be vulnerable & open up about the thoughts that ramble inside my head. Privacy is the one thing I covet in life. I think this is the reason I began this blog. Not only to comment on fashion & music, but to learn how to be unafraid of sharing how I feel with others. This being said, one thing that has been on my mind lately is the idea of love. Not teenage, unmeaningful love, but something that is true and pure. I don’t have a desire to attain true love at this very moment (I believe that true love is nonexistent with young people), but I do think about how my life will turn out. Will I be in a relationship? Will I die alone? I will never be able to tell, since I belive my fate isn’t up to me.
But is love actually real? I always see couples holding hands, giggling, brushing stray hairs off each other’s faces, yet I never saw these people as lovers. With divorce rates rising & shotgun engagements announced daily, I’ve come to see “love” as forgery. Does it really mean anything to anyone anymore? Young, old, guy, girl, it seems like everyone around me takes love for granted nowadays. Long gone are the days where couples stuck together for better or for worse.
The majority of my poems are centered around the idea of love, but the images aren’t pretty. They’re based on regret, despair, physical/emotional pain, etc. I’ve never experienced any of these things due to the fact I’ve never been in a relationship; most of these ideas stemmed from events I’ve seen others experience (or what I perceived their experiences to be). The rest was based on my hidden jealousy of surrounding relationships. Maybe the issue of true love isn’t based on society; it could very well be that I subconsciously tell myself to steer away from love. Maybe deep down inside, I choose to not believe in true love because I don’t see it ever happening to me.
Photo Courtesy of: Le Love