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Single Review: Matt Cardle – When We Collide

So series 7 of the UK X Factor is officially over. And by that it means, we finally have a new winner – a new winner we would like not to suffer the fate of Steve Brooks, Shayne Ward (almost), Leon Jackson and the recent Joe McElderry whose new single btw peaked at #68 in the UK charts this week. Anyway, that also means we will not see Cheryl and we’ll be Danii-less until next year. The good thing is One Direction didn’t win and the ‘person who came out of her shell’ Rebecca came 2nd which isn’t really a bad thing since she’d be off to a proper mega career soon. Then there’s Matt Cardle, the once sleeveless Painter-Decorator from Essex who seems to have loads of likable things about him. Although we didn’t expect this, his untimely cover of Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many of Horror’ is a very clever and risque thing to do and we applaud him for that.

It seems that Matt is one of the favourite acts to win since the series started and week by week he gave us stunning big performances in which he utilised his huge vocals to his advantage. So the winner’s single, a cover of an ‘underrated’ track which we seldom get from ‘The X Factor’ with an intended name change just to suit the music buying public’s preference is a brilliant one. Although personally, I prefer the original he did a solid, well-arranged version that will probably zoom into the charts without a doubt. And for the record, it’s a big relief that we won’t have to worry about this winner’s capability of superstardom or eligibility for the Christmas #1. It’s already given.

RELEASED: December 12, 2010 (UK)

LABEL: Syco Music

 

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bruno Mars – Grenade

It’s highly justifiable that Bruno Mars is one of the best male artists to come out and shower us with amazing talent and music this year. He’s name got the biggest impact as his début single, ‘Just The Way You Are’ became a monster single and went number 1 across the globe. The Filipino-Puerto Rican crooner has a stunning voice and magnificent songwriting skills that carves into the hearts of every girl who hears him. ‘Grenade’ for example is straight to the heart with enough conviction and power to put chills running down on your spine.

‘Grenade’ – another track that speaks of his thoughts about the opposite sex but is somehow opposite to the message of ‘Just The Way You Are’. The big powerful impact of the tracks instruments has provided an extreme atmosphere to the message of the track itself. Bruno sings with enough disappointment in ‘I would go through all this pain, take a bullet strike through my brain…’ – an assuring line that he would do everything for the woman he loves and still won’t get the love he deserves. It’s kind of depressing if you’d look into it but it’s a brilliant song incorporated with an amazing vocal that gives him an assurance that he can do a lot more things than what we know. Mega.

And check out the super cool video below:

 

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FIRST LISTEN: Adele – Rolling In The Deep (New Single)

British Grammy Award winner Adele premieres the much awaited first single off her sophomore album, 21. The track ‘Rolling In The Deep’ will be featured in her new LP set to be released early next year.

‘Rolling In The Deep’ is still pretty much in the same element as Adele’s other tracks from ’19′. You actually don’t expect so much difference from artists like her because the soul in each song is pretty much just the thing you’re looking for. The jazzy, soulful beats of this track isn’t striking at first listen but it’s getting more interesting as you hit the play for a few  more times. Compared to ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the entirety of ’19′, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is a sign that ’21′ might produce a more adult, contemporary and jazz incorporated with enough soul for our earbuds. Let’s just hope this is true.

 

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DAILY BEAT: Ke$ha – Cannibal

I ended the ‘Animal’ era on a negative note when I told myself Ke$ha’s just a party animal who decided to get drunk and make such catchy, record-breaking music. Unfortunately, with the string array of singles she has released – I’m forced to eat those words. From the quirky ‘Tik Tok’ rip-off ‘We R Who We R’, to the  sounds of  ‘Sleazy’ I’m convinced her new EP, ‘Cannibal’ might sound actually a lot better than what I am expecting.

This new track, released to the Australian iTunes (it’s like they’re always getting the new Ke$ha singles) ‘Cannibal’ is ferociously brilliant. With explicitly clever lyrics, ‘Use your finger to stir my tea, And for dessert I’ll suck your teeth, Be too sweet, and you’ll be a goner. Yep, I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer’. and an interesting party beat – you’ll love this the more you spin it. Well, it’s one thing Ke$ha’s music have been proved of.

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Single Review: McFly – Shine A Light (feat. Taio Cruz)

I don’t know what happened to McFly when all of a sudden they’re back with their fittest bods, oozing sex appeal and a more pop sounding music. Usually, the punk/rock band gives us those head banging rock tunes but with their new-found change of style, they’re becoming like the male counterpart of The Saturdays and a new rival for JLS, The Wanted and OneDirection except they play bloody good with their instruments. Adding to the surprise, their new single features UK R&B sensation Taio Cruz in this poppy, boy-band sounding ‘Shine A Light’.

To be roughly honest with you, I didn’t really pay attention to McFly’s music way back then when they started in 2004. I had a couple of tracks on my iPod which I liked before but they kind of veered away into my music circulation since then. ‘Shine A Light’ boosts a typical boyband chorus – a midtempo, electropop track that oozes with Cruz’s synths and a catchy ‘Eh Eh’ squirming around the background. At first, you may kind of think that this pair won’t work but the result is quite convincing and we’re loving every minute of it.

RELEASED: November 8, 2010 (UK)

LABEL: Island / Universal UK

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B-Side: Nadine Coyle – Enough Is Never Enough

The Irish part of Britain’s most successful girl band has finally arrived. Nadine Coyle and her incredible vocals spawns us with a taste of her true identity as a singer. ‘Enough Is Never Enough’ – a demo version was included as a B-Side to Nadine’s highly anticipated debut single, ‘Insatiable’. Although we all think Nadine isn’t given the fair chance of promoting her music as she had limited promotion and radio airplay prior to the release of the single – we all expect she won’t perform like Cheryl did on the charts eh?

‘Enough Is Never Enough’ – released digitally certainly fits the sultry and sexy rock vibe produced by the single. The track’s mediocrity in production just made Nadine’s vocals stand out and for some reason it just makes you want to appreciate the track more even with the simplicity of it as a whole. Combined with her inevitably good vocals – she just crushes Cheryl’s neck even with this B-Side. Let’s just hope Nadine gets what she truly deserve in the near future.

Catch the stunning new track included in the UK Digital Single of ‘Insatiable’ out NOW.

DOWNLOAD:Insatiable - EP - Nadine

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DAILY BEAT: Rihanna – What’s My Name (feat. Drake)

‘OH NA NA, WHAT’S MY NAME’ - that line has been stuck in my head for the past two days now. Thanks to Rihanna’s latest smash single, ‘What’s My Name’ off from her much anticipated LP, ‘Loud’ out November. The new track co-written and produced by hit factory Stargate is expected to be making impact as to precede the release of her album.

‘What’s My Name’ blurts out every bit of swag glittering all over the entire track. There’s so much hip-hop going on but  it didn’t blur out that Rihanna’s an R&B singer and with the help of Drake’s rapping abilities- it sort of balanced everything just right in the box. The production is amazing and didn’t mind Rihanna showing off some of her finest vocal chops towards the bridge there. ‘What’s My Name?’ seems to be another one of her effortless hits in the making.

This ladies and gents puts Rihanna back where she belongs – not in those creepy leather knickers she has been wearing over the ‘Rated R’ era.

RELEASED: November 1, 2010 (US Download)

LABEL: Island Def Jam

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B-Side: The Saturdays – Had It With Today

Oh yes. Another single and it means another new track from our current favourite British girl band – The Saturdays. The girls have teamed up with Flo Rida in their new single, ‘Higher’ to be released Monday and along with it is a new track titled ‘Had It With Today’ – a poptastic, bit of everything with its synthy undercurrents and magnificent vocals as usual from the girls. Not their best B-side to date but is a million times better than their previous one, ‘Ready To Rise’.

‘Had It With Today’ is included in band member Una Healy’s first solo EP back in 2006. Back then it received an acoustic/rock feel and their producers realised that it would definitely be a bore if they didn’t spice up the track a little bit. Unfortunately, even though the re-work is brilliant – you’d have a sense that the Una’s solo version before would’ve been better and suited ‘Higher’s electro bonanza. But still, I think we have to thank the girls for pulling this off and presenting us with new stuff every now and then.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Cheryl Cole – Messy Little Raindrops

‘Messy Little Cumshots’ I-I mean ‘Messy Little Raindrops’  – I absolutely thought it’s a brilliant album name but never would’ve thought in a million years that Cheryl’s going to name her album like this. It’s not bad for an album full mainly of personal maladies about a broken marriage, being sick with malaria and a budding romantic affair. She’s got 12 tracks to prove she won’t be called a ‘National Treasure’ as the Brits call it for nothing. Here’s a semi track by track commentary on CHEZZA’s new record.

The 43 minute record starts with the lead single, ‘Promise This’ in which she cleverly used the French word ‘Alouette’ to metaphorically describe basically ‘Derek’ for everything that has happened to her life in the past few months. It’s not bad entirely but it really sounded like a rushed piece of dance record that doesn’t present any premise of a lead single. Unlike ‘Fight for This Love’, ‘PT’ didn’t show a lot of ‘infectious parts’ except for the French phrase she utters throughout the track. In totally it really just fits in in the ‘okay’ level.

Moving on, is the 2nd track, ‘Yeah Yeah’ which features Travie McCoy on this 90’s disco sound infused with a hip-hop influence coming from McCoy’s unnecessary verses. There’s nothing much to adore in this except that it did sound different from the other tracks in the LP. Probably not your choice for single #3 but it’s a nice album filler but shouldn’t be placed ahead of the better songs.

The Flood’ is unarguably the best track on the record in which Cheryl shows every bit of vulnerability she has. I think she just sang it with sincerity and conviction that you wouldn’t notice that this track might have been done before melodically. ‘But you can’t hold on to water that fills you up but never stays.’ – Cheryl sings with purity as she grasps for love. I’m not sure why she’s doing this because I think we can all show some love for her anytime eh? Unless you’re a hater – it’s quite understandable.

I think most of us are expecting that ‘Amnesia’ is a cover of a Britney track when the tracklisting came out for ‘MLR’. I actually won’t mind if that happen because the original was a bore and I thought Cheryl might have done something more with it. Vocally, there’s something I’m concerned about. She’s actually singing these tracks with minimal productions that it exposes her flaws as a singer. Her inability to reach the high notes in these songs makes her sound too trying hard for it. Especially ‘Raindrops’, in which she sounded like her vocal chords are gonna tear-up anytime soon.

Moving on, I commend Cheryl for putting off the misery from our backs towards the latter half of the LP. ‘Hummingbird’ – the LP’s 8th track started the happy, a little bit joyful moments of the mostly bleak record. But to be honest, the latter parts of the song are quite painful to hear. She’s using enough of her narrow vocal range that it sounded like she’s shouting towards the end of the track.  But I have to admit, this really put a smile on my gutted face while listening to the record.

Another collaboration, ‘Better To Lie’ – plays into the safe side as she’s starting to redeem herself from the mediocrity she has been lingering on from the first parts of the record. The collaboration isn’t what I have expected but these are the songs Cheryl should sing. It didn’t push her vocals too hard and it just fits everything. A hip, very radio-friendly R&B track is what she needed after all this.

‘Let’s Get Down’ is actually a fun track to deal with. Cheryl rapping with her Geordie accent – what more could you ask for? Plus you can totally imagine what she’d be wearing if this had a video. ‘Uhl me Leydeis, uhl my gerls, uhl my hunnies, uhl my betchis and meh leydeis’ – it’s a total breath of fresh air to be gleefully honest. I’m quite happy she’s doing tracks like this but I’m not sure but it can be looked as too contrived. But overall, I think it’s lovely to hear her have some fun despite all the drama in her life.

Cheryl keeps the swag on until the last track ‘Waiting’ – a surprisingly Vanessa Carlton sampled pop/dance track. I’m afraid to say this but I think these tracks are what Cheryl should be singing. Fun, upbeat tracks that won’t require her narrowed vocal range to be torn out into pieces. It’s jumpy, fresh and possible dance floor filler. It’s definitely one of the best ways to end an entirely depressing record. I really hope she sticks to this kind of music it fits her vocally.

In totality, ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ maybe filled with sobby, drama inflicted anthems about Cheryl being person, but this record isn’t entirely atrocious. It’s not unusual for pop singers to get personal in their second album or future albums especially if they’ve undergone such media attention because of their personal mishaps. With artists like Cheryl you don’t actually expect their albums to blow you away in terms of its musicality. It’s just that you have to give them the benefit of the doubt whether they’ll deliver or not. But in this case, she didn’t.

RELEASED: November 1, 2010

LABEL: Polydor Records

DOWNLOAD THIS: ‘The Flood’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Better To Lie’

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So this new Black Eyed Single, ‘The Time’…

… Is total crap. Sorry but the same hype we got from ‘Boom Boom Pow’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’ just got lost in this one. ‘The Time’ sounds like a not-so-good cover of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes ‘The Time of My Life’ back in 1987 remixed into something incohesive, scattered in its 5 minutes of utter disaster. Don’t get the impression we’re not going to EVER like this but for now, let’s just put this in the recycle bin for good.

The single will be included in BEP’s new LP, ‘The Beginning’ which will see a November 30th release.


Listen to the horrendous track here:

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