Tuesday, June 28, 2011
"4". A pretty simple number when it comes to most people, but true fans of Beyonce' must know this only means one thing. You guessed it! Beyonce's 4th album aptly titled "4" hits your shelves today. One can only wonder what to expect from this magical disc, or download that just so happens to blast Beyonce's latest material into your ears so, join us for a sit down...
At the press of a button, the album starts off with something that sounds foreign in this day and age, a ballad. The emotional "1+1" strips Beyonce' down from the on stage "prowess", to bare vocals that are so full, make you feel fully clothed. lyrics like: "When the world's at war/let our love heal us all", shows us a different side of Beyonce' that from play smells faintly of lyrical legacy. The ride continues with a woman scorn on "I Care". Solemn as can be beat wise, which matched the vocal pain without competing with the "story", that is until a bright light in the form of this chorus wakes the male listener up completely, and flows into Beyonce competing with a roaring guitar taking her vocal ability to another level, also the first sight of her ever growing vocal range.
We stay on complete cruise control through "I Miss You", & "Best Thing I Never Had", without having to turn on a signal, or switch to gas, being that one shows the same venerable Beyonce', and "Best Thing I Never Had" wakes up from her crying corner, and waves goodbye with a: "Thank God you blew it/thank God I dodged the bullet/I'm so over you/so baby good looking out/". But a fast, swift, and complete BRAKE comes when the Kanye West produced " Party" hits, and the memorization of the basic "ABC" song hit my cranium with every punch of this stale beat. Lyrics that try to disown the wheel chair, (aka "stand alone") end up completely falling flat on its face with a nice size ouch!
The baffling lyrics:
"I told my friends you can get it" and "your touch is driving me cra-zay".......
Made me ask myself "was this 14 time Grammy award winning producer doing a song for "Girls Tyme"? or Beyonce the 16 time Grammy award winner?" To add a lately unseen, and very talented Andre 3000 in this mix of "plumfuckfoolery" was outrageous in every stretch of the imagination, and to act like the song isn't there would do a justice to the album as a whole. VERY lazy track.VERY lazy.
Moving on...With our ears back on track, "Rather Die Young"- a very sweet song that helps us over come the previous effort. this one's reminiscent of early puppy love, with a man that "drives to fast and smokes to much", but its nothing when you have a feisty Beyonce that's "addicted to the rush". Through this one Beyonce' continues to show vocal growth, weaving in and out through "Start Over". The Song "Countdown" Which starts off rocky, but reminds us of the older "B-day" Beyonce, helps us signal towards an exit until we hit the monster track, "End Of Time", Which is the strongest "single ready" song on the album hands down. The Jaw dropping Diane Warren penned "I Was Here" makes for a beautiful ending to complete the journey and we end where we began with " Run The World" (Girls).
Vocal Growth - A
Production - C+
Songwriting - B-
WWA (World Wide Appeal) - C
SAU's Official Grade B-
Friday, June 3, 2011
A big sigh of relief comes over the music industry this morning being that Coldplay finally made a move in the form of "Every Tear Is A Waterfall" Check the single available on iTunes now! **(EXCEPT IN THE UK, WHERE IT'S RELEASED AT 12.01AM ON SUNDAY 5 JUNE)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
This friendly face will not be on our local shelves this July, but rather a detour until August is what we can now expect. Yup! you heard right, the next edition of "The Carter" (Which is "The Carter IV")will now hit stores August 29th. Not all bad news though, Last week the Lil' Wayne released a new single titled "How To Love" and although VERY different from what we're used to hearing from Wayne... You know damn what SAU? I'm starting to like it! I know, I know, the hardcore fans from "that boot" might call it "sell out-esq" but who says the man can't grow as an artist? I mean hey, the singing has actually gotten better, and it doesn't sound like a violent trip to the bathroom anymore... nice topic aswell...
Lil Wayne- "How To Love"
It looks like the hour is about to strike and B.o.B is on his way..you Guys ready?
Tags: MTV Shows
Until then check out our boy B.o.B on the remix to One Republic's "Good Life"
Also on the new Tech N9ne Album
"Am I A Psycho"
Many people know the very creative Cee-Lo of now but remembering that Cee-Lo was initially in a down south group known as "Goodie Mob" would flip some out. One of my favorite songs "Black Ice" (Sky High) will forever remain...In my book atleast Love it below...
A song that sounds so poetic instrumentally, that is until the beat drops and can "bang" across all genres including Hip Hop and classical. Only peaking at #2 in the U.K. and #12 in the U.S? This has to be left behind.
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" is a song by English alternative rock band The Verve, the lead track on their third album, Urban Hymns. It is based on music from an Andrew Loog Oldham adaptation of a Rolling Stones song, "The Last Time." It was released on 16 June 1997 as the first single from the album, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song's momentum built slowly in the United States throughout the latter months of 1997, ultimately leading to a CD single release on 3 March 1998, helping the song to reach number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became famous for the legal controversy surrounding plagiarism charges. It was the 79th best selling single in the United States in 1998. In the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, 2009 (an online music poll conducted by the Australian radio station Triple J) the track was voted the 14th best song of all time.
...and is so beautiful that it sparks creativity on the spot!
Billboard: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991, and the highest sales week since 2005.
"Born This Way" also marks Gaga's first No. 1 album -- "The Fame" debut peaked at No. 2, while "The Fame Monster" EP reached No. 5 and dance effort "The Remix" hit No. 6.
"Born This Way's" bow reaps the largest sales week of any album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" did 1,141,000 in its first week, in March of 2005. The last time we had a million-plus frame was when Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" premiered at No. 1 with 1,047,000 in November of 2010. The SoundScan-era record week is held by NSYNC's "No Strings Attached," when it debuted at No. 1 with 2,416,000 in 2000.
"One is one to many,One more is never enough"-Glorious Quote By Kenny Chesney
The beautiful duet between Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter will get a visiual later today on CMT at 10:45am.
CMT:In addition to the world premiere of the music video, Chesney will discuss the song and take viewers behind the scenes of the production. He and his duet partner, singer-songwriter Grace Potter, shot the video with director Shaun Silva in Malibu, Calif., among other locations. The track comes from Chesney's latest album, Hemingway's Whiskey. "I'm so excited to have made this record and video with Grace Potter," Chesney said. "Everything about it was inspiring and fun -- the way music should be." The video will be available for streaming on CMT.com shortly after the premiere on CMT.
***Updated with official video***
"You And Tequila" Official Video
Bite your knuckles and cringe under your sheets, the assassin has confessed to us all who they are. A brother sister Duo who actually get along in the form of music...Different right? That's the Swedish-American duo Dag for Dag, which consists of Brother and Sister Sarah and Jacob Snavely. This haunting song "I am The Assassin" caught my ear something serious after I listened to it...Stopped...thought about it, and came up with this, Follow me: The song is called "I am The Assassin" but taking the title a tad bit deeper could be looked as something on the lines of "Genius". Looking at the drum pattern as "the chase", the singing as taunting us (the chaser), and the brief break at 1:18 as it is, but a smooth transition and start up again you get a full 2:06 chase folks what does the assassin do? Stay on the run :0..So so so so sweet! You guys follow me? Chase The Assassin Below
T minus 5,4,3,2,1.. The unique voice/Hook monster behind Dirty Money's "Coming Home", Lupe Fiasco's "Words I never Said, " Dr. Dre's "I need A Doctor", and so much more is just about ready to launch. Artist Skylar Grey's in a world all her own, looking out to see just who's actually paying attention. Welp, it looks like she's on track to find that out with her new single "Dance without You". In this teaser (which artists love to do now a days) the singer proceeds to take us on a miniature journey through some of her hits, only to end with just a bit of whats soon to come.
The song will be available for FREE download June 7th
Kings Of Leon have been pushing their latest effort "Come Around Sundown" since last October, selling around 183,000 copies in their first week, and around 694,300 copies to date in the U.K....But push they must with their new single "Back Down South" taking us on a country hay stack trip to "round their parts". Dig the beer drankin' toe tappin guys in action below...