Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The RIAA are having words with Muxtape, so none of my songs can be listened to at the moment. Quite a disaster, but I still recommend every one of them, and they can all be found on YouTube or MySpace, so there's no excuse not to be getting your groove on while Muxtape is down. I'm going on holiday on Friday and I won't be back for a week, so I'm going to see what the situation is when I get back, and then I'll know if I need to find an alternative to Muxtape. Have a jolly week, hope you don't miss me too much!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I expect most of you, like me, had forgotten all about Brandy, but now she is back to take on the hoardes of r'n'b divas who have taken over the charts in her absense. Her new single is very strong and sunny, and I think it's excellent, with a big chance of being a hit. Although she hasn't released an album in four years, and her last one (Afrodisiac) wasn't all that successful, she has stayed in the public eye with a reality TV show, Special Delivery, and as a judge on America's Got Talent. Right Here sounds similar to Brandy's past hits from the Full Moon album, but an updated version. She's worked with Taio Cruz and Natasha Bedingfield on her new album, so I look forward to hearing what they've come up with.
Friday, August 15, 2008
This isn't the return of Lia Andreen (although she is back under another name
), but a new r'n'b singer who used to be in a girlgroup called BitterSweet. Her music overall isn't outstanding, but this track is fabulous - think Vanessa Hudgens or Monrose at their best. I've been listening to quite a lot of female r'n'b lately, with Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Jordin Sparks and many others creating brilliant pop songs. I wouldn't say I'm an r'n'b fan in general, but the female r'n'b singers tend to be the sassiest personalities and the strongest vocalists, so they are easy for producers and writers to create great pop songs for, and the fact that r'n'b is more popular worldwide than pure pop music means these ladies are a great opportunity to get poptastic singles to the top of the charts.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
What a pleasant surprise - Agnes has 'done a Keane' and gone unboring! She was the first female Idol winner in Sweden, and her sound pretty much fits that category. She may not look much like Michelle McManus (quite Leona-ish actually in this photo), but she doesn't sound too far from her vocally. She has released a few acceptable songs before, and one really good one called Stranded, but she's even beaten that with this new single. It's not a huge surprise, though, when you consider that it was produced by Anders Hansson, who works with BWO and Lena Philipsson, the latter of whom Agnes is beginning to sound quite similar to. If one style led to comparisons with Michelle McManus and another to Lena Ph, I think we can quite safely say that she's made a huge improvement. Now, let's see her back in Melodifestivalen this year, and try not to get disqualified this time, OK?
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Wow! On their first album Keane were an OK band with a few good songs, on their second an OK band with a few brilliant songs, but now they have developed into a fully-fledged acetastic superband, with synths and oohs and a talky bit that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys! Not only could you quite feasibly dance to this, but I'm bopping along without even meaning to. It's like Keane, as produced by Alphabeat! I'd forgotten all about Keane until today, and now I'm looking all over to find out more about their new album. Apparently they're working with Stuart Price, as well as the producer of Rufus Wainwright's first album, which sounds very promising indeed. I've just uploaded Spiralling to the Muxtape, but you can actually download it yourself, legally and for free, on Keane's website until next Monday. I can't believe a song this good is not even the proper first single! The album, Perfect Symmetry, is released in October.
Friday, August 01, 2008