Youth & Hysteria: 2013 in review

December 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thanks for an amazing year!! Let’s strive for even bigger moments in 2014! You all are great, thanks again for reading & supporting Youth & Hysteria.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Beyoncé – Beyoncé: Album Review

December 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

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On December 13, Beyonce had the entire world in a media frenzy as she dropped a musical bomb – her fifth, self-titled album. After a year filled with constant confusion, endless snippets and unanswered questions, the singer finally shut everyone up with the release of a surprise record. What makes Beyonce so special is the combination of the flawless execution (zero promotion, zero announcements) and the music, which is arguably the best she has ever recorded. Beyonce has come into her own as a person and an entertainer, as she has found the balance between mother, wife, artist and woman.

The album opens up with “Pretty Hurts,” a heartfelt testament to the cruel world that women live in as they struggle to keep up with society’s idea of perfection. Beyonce has always been about self-empowerment, but what saves this tune from becoming another cheesy anthem is its more personalized turn – thanks to its hints about the singer’s own experience with pageants: “Mama said, ‘You’re a pretty girl. What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter’.” Following is “Haunted,” one of the more overlooked songs on the album due to Beyonce’s departure from generic R&B sounds.

The mysterious, trip hop-meets-PBR&B inspired mid-tempo is truly haunting – as it begins with Beyonce denouncing the “boring” media and record labels in a refreshingly new spoken word flow that echoes inspiration from Andre 3000. The song then transforms into a “Justify My Love” for the new generation, complete with weighty bass drops, chilling 808s and Beyonce’s seductive vocals commanding the listener to slap, kiss and bite her.

Beginning in 2003, Beyonce and Jay Z have been “Crazy In Love,” Dangerously In Love” and now in 2013 the power couple is happily “Drunk In Love.” Producers Detail and Timbaland lay out a smooth trap beat for Beyonce to rap (yes, she’s rapping!) about how she’s going to give it to her man using naughty, made-for-Instagram entendres (wood graining and the ubiquitous surfboard).

Beyonce takes it back to the carefree, feel-good B’Day era with the innuendo-laden “Blow.” The tune continues the sexually liberated Beyonce as she discusses oral sex, which is masked underneath an insanely catchy disco-ready, funk beat courtesy of Pharrell. Following is the ode to Houston – “No Angel.” The singer channels her inner Prince as she uses her vocals as an instrument to create breathy and beautifully pitchy sonic tics in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading!

New Music: Drake – “Trophies”

December 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

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After teasing fans with brief snippets for the past few months, Drake has now released the official version of his much-anticipated song – “Trophies.”

Produced by Hit-Boy, the song is a triumphant anthem – complete with blaring trumpets and a stomping bass. The rapper continues his Eminem-inspired angered flow as he reflects on his success, his parents’ divorce and more.

 Listen below:

2013: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

As 2013 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Diamonds” by Rihanna

R&B Song of the Year: “Love and War” by Tamar Braxton

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “New Slaves” by Kanye West

Rock Song of the Year: “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

Indie Song of the Year: “Retrograde” by James Blake

Remix of the Year: “Jump” by Rihanna (Club Cheval Remix ft. Theophilus London)

Electronic Song of the Year: “F For You” by Disclosure

Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Business” by Vybz Kartel

Reggae Song of the Year: “Fight This Feeling” by Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond

Street Anthem of the Year: “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” by French Montana

Dance Club Anthem of the Year: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

Urban Club Anthem of the Year: “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross

2013 MVP: Justin Timberlake There’s plenty more…keep reading!

New Video: Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Eminem teams up again with Rihanna for the new video “The Monster,” the latest single off the rapper’s eigth album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The dark clip shows Eminem looking back at major moments from his lengthy music career as well as some of his biggest videos as Rihanna serves as the rapper’s therapist.

Watch below:

Youth & Hysteria Picks: Top 20 Albums Of 2013

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

2013 proved to be an interesting year for music, as we saw major pop releases fail to catch steam (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) while other alternative artists sought out to concur their genre (Charli XCX, Disclosure, Chvrches, AlunaGeorge) and bring us some of the best and freshest music of recent years. Other artists made 2013 the year of the comeback (Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Kings of Leon), while some used the new year to continue to release great music (Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce).

With that being said, I officially present my list of the best albums of 2013 – which ranges from my favorite artists to a few new faces!

20. AlunaGeorgeBody Music

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19. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

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18. DrakeNothing Was The Same

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(Read my review here!)

17. Jay ZMagna Carta Holy Grail

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(Read my review here!)

16. Haim – Days Are Gone

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15. LordePure Heroine

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14. James BlakeOvergrown

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13. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP

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(Read my review here!)

12. Major LazerFree The Universe

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11. Sky FerreriaNight Time, My Time

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View my top 10 albums after the jump! Keep reading!

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