98. Rawhead Rex
96. The Toxic Avenger
94. Night of the Demons
93. Time Bandits
92. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
90. Peggy Sue Got Married
89. Enemy Mine
88. Near Dark
87. The Dead Zone
86. The Dark Crystal
85. The Last Starfighter
83. Robot Jox
78. *batteries not included
77. The Secret of NIMH
76. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
75. Blade Runner
74. Basket Case
73. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
72. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
71. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
70. From Beyond
68. Night of the Comet
67. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
65. Flight of the Navigator
64. Somewhere in Time
62. The Witches of Eastwick
61. Flash Gordon
60. Sleepaway Camp
58. The Entity
57. Superman II
55. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
54. Repo Man
53. A Nightmare on Elm Street
52. The Terminator
51. The Company of Wolves
49. The Lost Boys
47. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
46. Altered States
45. The Little Mermaid
44. The Return of the Living Dead
40. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
39. Little Shop of Horrors
37. Fright Night
36. Clash of the Titans
35. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
34. The Blob
33. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
32. Return to Oz
31. The Shining
30. Ghostbusters II
28. The Howling
27. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
26. The Princess Bride
25. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
21. Escape from New York
20. Back to the Future Part II
19. The Monster Squad
17. The NeverEnding Story
15. An American Werewolf in London
13. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
12. They Live
11. Day of the Dead
9. The Fly
8. Big Trouble in Little China
7. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
6. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
4. Evil Dead II
2. Back to the Future
1. The Thing
As many of you might already know, via various tabloid reports that me and @Hylia's relationship has been rocky. Reports saying that we are living apart, our kids are emotional disturbed and we hate eachother. I just want to say that this is false. My love for Hylia and our three kids (Mariah, Tori and Sylk Jr.) is unending, unconditional and unadulterated. But I must also say this, my love life over the past few weeks has been a whirlwind and I want to address some rumours and set things straight, because you, my fans, deserve that. Firstly, me and @Vulnicura. are not dating. I know about the reports of us being spotted together at multiple events and places. Vulni has been very close to me during these tumultuous times so I spend alot of time with him seeking emotional comfort, he has been the bestest friend I've ever had.
Next, yes @Javi did re-enter my life once again. He arrived at my doorstep come December 1st, boombox in hand playing my fav Christmas song (Christmas Time Is In The Air Again) with a ring in another. I am saddened to say that I had to reject him for the 8th time. Saddened because he's a great guy and when we make love there's so much fire and passion, however I just feel like we're both not ready for eachother yet.
After Javi left, I started getting text messages from a stranger number, I was annoyed to the point where I called the number to tell them off and to my surprise it was none other than my ex @Aidan. begging to take him back. I must say I was a bit shocked, how is it that flames reignite in the December snow? Aidan was hysterical, threatening to break his Fever vinyl if I didn't change my relationship status on facebook to 'in a relationship with Aidan'. I must admit, I was fearful but thankfully I was able to pretend THE line was cutting out and hung up. Then i blocked hiS number. It broke my heart, but I will never forget how he broke mine first.
Next morning, I wake up and smell something, this is a smell I've smelt before yes, the woody scent of the forest with hints of sweet notes like honey, Winnie the pooh was here. I had forgotten to change my locks and I knew he had a key. He went by @NicoleRichiePurpleHair.jpg now. "Hey, babe! Just making you breakfast" he said as I entered the kitchen. He looked so different yet so familiar, I could not remember why we broke up. I wanted to call security but I decided to wait until I tried some of his pancakes, he made the best pancakes. I didn't say a word, sat down, he came around me and plopped a plate of hot cakes in my view, fluffy and shiny stacked on top of eachother, leaning like the tower of pisa. Being forced into submission by droplets of thick honey and a slab of butter oozing from the sides. I picked up my spork, and went in. Before the sliced cake touched my lips, I had relived our entire relationship in a flash of seconds. I remember now, I broke up with him because he's a fattie. A bear's appetite is far greater than a humans. Determined to stay skinny, I dropped the plate of cakes in the garbage and phoned security.
to be continued...
Bob's Burgers Christmas Episodes Ranked!
Since I'm obsessed with anything Bob's Burgers, and Christmas is my favorite time of the year (and just around the corner) this was bound to happen.
Allow me to rank the Christmas episodes from least favorite to absolute favorite!
Also, helps me get even more pumped about the fact that this upcoming weekend, we'll be getting an hour long Christmas Special from the Belchers!
I can barely conceal my joy!
Sadly the first two seasons didn't have a Christmas episode. But starting season 3, annual Christmas episodes it is!
Here we go!
Season 5 / Episode 6 "Father of the Bob"
Okay, it's not like I don't like this episode at all, but one of them has to be placed lowest, right?
Reasons to love this episode;
- We take a trip down memory lane and get some more background information on why Bob and his dad have such a troubling relationship
- Seeing the Belcher kids searching for a perfect Christmas present for Bob in the basement is amusing to say the least.
- Also Bob and his dad line dancing ... need I say more?
Season 3 / Episode 9: "God rest ye merry Gentle-Mannequins"
This one is funny, just as much as... disturbing? There are still some amazing comical highlights though.
Definitely worth the watch to get into the festive mood!
- What's on the kids' wishlist this year is also amazing
- Linda stumping her feet while yelling at Bob; priceless!
- Was he really a mannequin or what?
Season 7 / Episode 7: "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left"
Linda and her Christmas caroling, Bob in his building gingerbread houses competition,
one of the sweetest polar bear babies being born.. It doesn't get more festive than that!
- Mr. Fischoeder and Felix are making an appearance!
- Them thinking that guy murdered a bunch of people...
- And all the cuddling with the cute polar bear!
Season 6 / Episode 5:" Nice-Capades"
This is an amazing runner-up for #1! The Blecher kids go full out to convince Mall Santa that they've been good this year.
They make a song and costumes and everything, and of course embellish their stories a tad to perform the perfect nice capades.
- Felix in ice-skating costume, eat your heart out, Yuri!
- Mr. Fischoeder singing Bourbon about a thousand times..
- Louise asking for her own pet shark
A definite must watch for the season!
Season 4 / Episode 8; "Christmas in the Car"
This is my absolute favorite Christmas Episode!
There are too many good things to mention, so allow me to bombard you with gifs of some of the greatest moments from this masterpiece:
To start off with Tina accusing Bob he has this girl walk, and apparently he goes like;
Linda putting up the Christmas tree waaay too early.. something like, this;
Onto this amazing priceless dialogue!
And with that, I rest my case! A Merry Christmas to all of you lovely people that celebrate! <3
I might also be doing this in the future for their Thanksgiving, Halloween and Valentine Days episode.
Have you ever felt like something's wrong with you? As if you're not good enough? Do you ever think that other people are better than you because there are things that they can do that you can't? I feel like that everyday. I feel that I don't really have the same mind set as anyone else, like I can't do anything right. I'm not smart, I probably don't know how to solve problems by myself. It's like I'm unable to do anything. But I'm not in a wheel chair so I can walk, I have hands and arms to reach and grab things. But that's not the issue, the issue is my mentality. I wish I was like other people who knows how to work hard and think straight. I don't know why God even punished me like this I don't like the way I am, I never asked to be born, why do I feel like I don't belong or that I'm a waste of space? Sometimes I'll have nights where I cry, feeling sorry for myself and that I'm not good enough for anyone or that I'm too much. I don't know why I have people who care about me (friends, family etc) when all I do is cause trouble or push them away. I was trying to escape from home, not caring if I die in the streets because all I wanted to do was not exist anymore. I would always have thoughts of self-harming because all I wanted to do was feel pain, and the more I cause harm to myself maybe eventually I'll lay on the floor not being able to feel pain anymore. I don't want anyone to feel bad for me because I'm no one to have a pity party. To be honest, I'm not super open about how I feel so telling you guys these things really help me. Thank you for reading I know I don't come often because of so many things I'm dealing with but as always stay in tune with my blogs you guys know I enjoy you reading them and giving them likes. You guys are my little pumpkin patch and i love you!
these cunts who take the religion of Islam which is supossed to be about equality and peace then twist it and interpret it into whatever suits their motives and goals using it to promote fear and scare everyone
making the phrase “Allahu Akbar” god is great , a word of fear when it’s not supossed to be
I’m sick of ignorant fucks not even spending a few minutes of research and just saying “ MOSLEMS ARE BARBARIC ISLAM IS BARBARIC ERADICATE ALL MOSLEMS “ not even realizing that isis is bombing mosques and mainly invading MUSLIM populated countries
I’m sick of Isis making islam look like a barbaric religion , killing innocents and destroying countries like Syria
you don’t see people putting #pray4syria? Or talking about it in news or Iraq they don’t give a shit all they’ll do is ignore it While isis is killing millions news channels are busy reporting on what trump fucking ate for dinner because that’s way more important
i saw a disgusting video of this son of a bitch saying he’s gonna blow his daughters up while he’s SMILING and HUGGING them
i felt like throwing up how could someone be so fucking cruel and disgusting to do that
these cunts are ruining millions of people’s lives
yet no ones doing shit about it
USA doesn’t give a fuck
Saudi Arabia doesn’t give a fuck
the list goes on
perhaps instead of saying “ Pokémon is a distraction from the Jews!!!!! “ , “ fidget spinners are satanic !!!! “ or posting pics of obviously photoshopped pictures and being like WOW LOOK AT GODS CREATIONS
maybe these idiots can do something useful and condemn these disgusting pieces of shit
its like you’re a person and you have a tiny scratch and a giant wound bleeding
what you do is over exaggerate over the scratch and let your wound keep bleeding
people are so fucked up
fuck this , fuck isis and fuck society
Now, before it's time to ring out my favorite 2017 albums/songs/etc. (ones that were released in 2017, didn't exist before 2017, yada yada) I want to do something different. My favorite DISCOVERIES of 2017 - that is, my favorite albums and songs that existed before 2017 but that I didn't discover until 2017. So, here we go!
Albums (NO ORDER because orders are annoying):
Kehlani - Cloud 19 (I know it's technically an EP but so what)
Kehlani - You Should Be Here
Bjork - Vespertine
Bjork - Homogenic
Bjork - Post
Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
Tori Amos - Boys For Pele
Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
Tori Amos - To Venus And Back
Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
Tori Amos - Night Of Hunters
Madonna - Rebel Heart
Songs (see previous):
Kehlani - First Position
Chr*s Br*wn - Party (feat. Gucci Mane & Usher)
Bjork - Army Of Me
Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
Tori Amos - Mary Jane
Tori Amos - Mrs. Jesus
Tori Amos - I Can't See New York
Tori Amos - Teenage Hustling
Kehlani - Act A Fool (feat. IAMSU!)
Kehlani - FWU
Kehlani - Alive (feat. Coucheron)
Bjork - There's More To Life Than This
Bjork - You've Been Flirting Again
Bjork - Venus As A Boy
Bjork - Big Time Sinsuality
Bjork - basically every single song on Vespertine
Tori Amos - Professional Widow
Tori Amos - Muhammed My Friend
Tori Amos - Snow Angel
Tori Amos - Wild Way
Madonna - Wash All Over Me
Madonna - S.E.X.
Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
I knew about Tori Amos before 2017. I had listened to her albums Little Earthquakes and From The Choirgirl Hotel, which are two of my favorite albums... ever. But thanks to @Hylia and @Vulnicura. I dove into the rest of her discography. I still have yet to listen to Gold Dust or Strange Little Girls, but I've listened to every single one of her other studio albums now, and last night we listened to her Christmas album too (thanks @Aidan. for that thread).
I also knew about Bjork before 2017. Back when Spotify was first starting out and not at all the giant it is now, I asked my alternative friend for music recs so I could expand my music taste. Amoung others he recommended me Tori Amos, Liz Phair, and Bjork. He recommended me Post and Debut. Well, once again, Spotify wasn't a giant back then YET. So it didn't have Post and Debut - it only had Post Live. I listened to Post Live and I liked it, but not enough to get addicted to it. Fastforward 6 years to now, on FOTP, when those same people mentioned above (Hylia and Vulnicura) strongly hint that I should give her a chance again. So I do. I've so far listened to Post, Debut, and Homogenic, and I've loved every single one. So even though I TECHNICALLY listened to "Post Live" in 2011, I still count "Post" and its songs as a 2017 discovery.
As for Kehlani, I did NOT know about her before 2017. But thanks to one of my Twitter friends named Anita, as well as @QUINN and Hylia, I dove into her work this year - starting with her album released in January, SweetSexySavage. Obviously that album isn't on this list because it came out in 2017, BUT I also dove into Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here (her two pre-2017 mixtapes). And I am so glad I did. And then as you all should know by now, I later got to meet her. She is the sweetest girl ever and I'm so glad I discovered her in 2017.
Favorite albums/songs/etc. that were released in 2017 are here
UPDATE (12/18/17): I added two more albums and a few songs from those albums (as well as one song from an unnamed album ). I OBVIOUSLY knew who Madonna was before 2017, but I fell slowly out of touch with her. I think my days of being a superfan are still long long over but @Monster gave me an excuse to finally listen to MDNA and Rebel Heart a million years later, and I LOVE Rebel Heart a lot.
spent the past week face plastered to laptop, living off asparthame coffee creamers and cheeseburgers from mcd that have 4 extra patties and discarding the bread because im to skinny for carbs keeping in mind the meat probably has rats in it but its the only thing i can afford that isnt canned tuna because america etc how are you spice qirls doing 👄
You say you don’t judge me
Yet you approve the laws that do
You say you won’t hurt me
Yet you do with your words,
Words that say I shouldn’t be allowed to marry the one I want,
Words that say if you can’t create a child you shouldn’t be together
Words that say the only love allowed is the kind you experience
And not mine.
Actions speak louder than words,
And your words of love have no merit if your actions don’t echo it.
You think just because you’re nice to my face that you’re not judgmental
But behind my back ‘prayed’ to fix something that cannot be fixed
To a God that made me this way and wouldn’t want me any other way.
You say you don’t judge me
But you do,
And whether you admit it to yourself or not
It is what is true.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I've begun to delve into my collection of seasonal music. I'm not a huge listener of holiday music, but
I figured I'd write a little something about the albums I turn to around this time of year!
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas
Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album has become a classic, cemented into pop culture by the holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
It is a songI’ve always loved and I enjoy it even more today. It is such a joyous and infectious song, so it isn’t difficult to see why .The album has two
more original songs, with the ballad “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” being another highlight. The rest of the album is made up of covers of
classics and traditional ‘carols’. The upbeat, dance variation of “Joy to the World” is a personal favorite, and Mariah’s voice was made to sing a song like
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Mariah does the songs justice while adding her own personal flair. She and Walter Afanasieff kept the production
simple and classic, which adds to the timeless nature of the music. The album slows down a bit at the end, but there is already plenty to enjoy.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – Once Upon A Christmas
Alright, before any of you judge me for this, this was the Christmas album for me when I was kid. Even without the nostalgia factor, this album
is enjoyable to this day – and I actually recommend it to anyone who enjoys holiday music. Even though both of these performers are
country artists, the album itself has a more traditional Christmas sound. The record is mostly duets between the two, but Dolly and Kenny also
have a few solo performances as well. Dolly’s medley of “Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride” is my favorite version of the classic. It is wonderfully
pastoral and gives the listener a sense of comfort and calming joy. The album features original material as well. The upbeat, infectious “With Bells On”
is a particular highlight for me. The title track is a dramatic, haunting tale of the first christmas. It has since become a classic radio holiday hit.
I understand that this might not be for everyone, but it holds a special place in my heart.
Enya – And Winter Came...
Now we’re moving away from the traditional “Christmas” tunes and more towards wintery, seasonal music. The New Age artist Enya had
released a few holiday music before finally releasing a full album dedicated to the season. There are only two covers of traditional classics,
one of them being a dark rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, which is partly sung in Latin; the other being an Irish Gaelic version of
“Silent Night” – “Oíche Chiúin” – which has become my favorite rendering of the classic. While a good portion of the album is made up of romantic
ballads that only barely fit with the winter theme, there are three tracks that have come holiday classics for me. “Journey of the Angels” is Enya’s
version of a Christmas hymn, “White Is in the Winter Night” is a jolly, 20th century style carol, and “One Toy Soldier” is like an inspiring children’s book.
The title track, a simple piano composition, is a particular highlight for me as well. I applaud Enya for not relying too much on Christmas
stereotypes and cliches, and gives the listener a unique experience.
Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas
As I’ve grown older, I have become less interested in the usual Christmas songs that crowd radio station during the holiday season. This is why
I really enjoy listening to Vince Guardaldi’s soundtrack for the 1965 cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas. The entire album is, for the most part,
instrumental in the piano-jazz variety. It is wonderfully comforting background music and perfect for a cozy day home in next to a fire with the
snow falling outside. The composition “Linus and Lucy” has become a holiday classic, but also has the appeal of not being inherently Christmasy.
Renditions of traditional music like “O Tannenbaum” and “What Child Is This” adds a certain familiarity to the music, while original tracks
like “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Skating” are easy additions to the holiday canon. The album is a must have for the holiday season.
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
I wouldn’t really expect someone like Kate Bush to make a straightforward Christmas album, and neither should you. Even though
she tried her hand at a Christmas song in 1980, she returned to the concept in 2011 with her album 50 Words For Snow. The album doesn’t
have any semblance of Christmas cheer, however, and instead captures the season of winter in her own, strange fashion. Just like with
A Charlie Brown Christmas, these songs are mostly piano-driven with hints of jazz elements, which might be a reason why I am drawn to it. The tracks
are anywhere from seven to thirteen minutes long, making them perfect for moody background music. The opening track “Snowflake”
features vocals from her young son Bertie, singing from the point of view of a falling snowflake. The track ambles and drifts around wonderfully.
Every track on the album has hints of darkness to it. “Lake Tahoe” is a ghost story, “Misty” is about a woman who sleeps with a snowman,
“Wild Man” is a sympathetic look at the Yeti, and the title song is a poetic rambling of made-up words. It’s certainly not a holiday album,
but I think it’s perfect for Winter; which often isn’t so cheery as Christmas music makes it seem to be.
Bonus – Other Christmas Songs I Enjoy:
Last Christmas (Wham!)
Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses)
Santa Baby (Kylie Minogue)
Christmas Day (She & Him)
O Holy Night (Celine Dion)
Step Into Christmas (Elton John)
in no real order but Into the Light, Piece by Piece and Praying have to be the top three
In This Moment - Into the Light
makes me cry
Kesha - Blow
i love the loud vocals toward the end. so much anger
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Ariana Grande - One Last Time
Miley Cyrus - See You Again
Kelly Clarkson - Piece by Piece
My life has never been like those that are told and passed down through generations, like the lives that seem to always find a 'happily ever after.' I've seemed to tread through hardship after hardship, bellowing my barks for guidance. Yet, none seemed to find my soul. I've witnessed agony, sheer dread, and utter desolation. Never seen selflessness, pure love, nor absolute satisfaction. I had almost abandoned chasing happiness round and round in circles screaming out in the name of forgiveness, almost reliquished the light that held me on, that so many others christiened "life." But you; you delivered me from the murk and revealed to me the wonders of the universe. I almost gave up.
You found me alone on the pursian rug my mother had given us during holiday, tears, wetting my face. I discovered your hand upon my chest, causing ripples of hope to flourish from your body into mine own. My eyes unsealed to find yours looking fixedly into mine, bearing the same wetness mirrored in mine. I felt my body rise, and my arm extend to dust the tears from your cheek. The repentance I meet within my spirit sends sparks of self-disgust into every crevice of my being. Your hand closes around mine as I feel my body grow weak. What I have done is unforgivable. Your eyes begin to fade, my breath growing heavy. "Love," the only word that finds the energy to escape my lips. My ears catch their final input, your voice whispering your final words to your dying lover, "Goodbye."
Adele, despite all of her commercial success, awards and critical acclaim, hasnt released much in her career(i know, a shocker)-as a matter fact only 14 singles in total from three albums, a timeline that spans a decade. Here i will rank this icons singles so far, since it is a bit too small to do an entire megarate on. There will be no comments; i will let you guys who read decide whether the list is overall accurate.
1. Rolling in the Deep
2. Someone Like You
4. Hometown Glory
5. Chasing Pavements
6. When We Were Young
7. Make You Feel My Love
8. Set Fire to the Rain
10. Turning Tables
11. Send My Love(to Your New Lover)
12. Water Under the Bridge
13. Rumour Has It
14. Cold Shoulder
Another number 1 for Jon Bellion with 80's Films making this his 5th number one altogether but falling elsewhere on the chart. New artist on the chart scene Shawn Hook is catching up to Jon for domination, debuting at #2 on the Artist Chart with 4 new songs. One of those songs, Never Let Me Let You Go comes in at #2 with 37 plays. Another discovery is Todrick Hallwith with the very catchy song Low with RuPaul.
#RoyaltyListens #22: Taylor Swift - reputation (2017)
Wow this picure is big. Bigger then I expected. I hope it doesn't stretch the page. If it does, then I'm sorry. Hi, you guys! O my God I am SO excited to finally be able to listen tot his album with you guys. Actually, this is the first time I'm gonna listen to the album in its full length. I listened it once but didn't pay much attention to all the songs individually. So let's do that now! Are you guys ready?
1. ...Ready for it? - 10/10
2. End Game (ft. Future & Ed Sheeran) - 3/10
3. I Did Something Bad - 10/10
4. Don't Blame Me - 10/10
5. Delicate - 9,5/10
6. Look What You Made Me Do - 10/10
7. So It Goes... - 8,5/10
8. Gorgeous - 7,5/10
9. Getaway Car - 10/10
10. King Of My Heart - 10/10
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied - 10/10
12. Dress - 6/10
13. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things - 10/10
14. Call It What You Want - 10/10
15. New Year's Day - 10/10
Jon Bellion's most popular song All Time Low finally makes it to #1 after 38 weeks in the chart. I was surprised to find out the song hasn't been #1 before since this is my most played Jon Bellion song with 310 plays. Despite overplaying his discography for a 3rd week in a row, other songs by him climb a couple of places with new peaks and even 80's Films enters for the first time. Canadian underrated artist Scott Helman misses out from the #1 spot with Sweet Tooth debuting at #2. Finally, after Unforgettable by Thomas Rhett reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart last week, the song and also Craving You re-enter.
#RoyaltyListens #21: Rihanna - Unapologetic (2012)
So my hunty @Simón. totally shocked me today asking me when the listening thread was. So I was totally shook to the core because I didn't had a listening thread planned for today, but then I realised I had free time so I thought: why the hell not? This time another album from my goddess Rihanna. I might do the same thing as with Taylor & Katy and listen to all her albums, since I have been stanning her since the dawn of day. So without any further bullshit: let's start this already iconic listening thread!
1) Phresh Out The Runway - 10/10
2) Diamonds - 8,5/10
3) Numb (ft. Eminem) - 7,5/10
4) Pour It Up - 10/10
5) Loveeeeeee Song (ft. Future) - 6/10
6) Jump - 10/10
7) Right Now (ft. David Guetta) - 10/10
8) What Now - 9/10
9) Stay (ft. Mikky Ekko) - 7/10
10) Nobody's Business (ft. Chris Brown) - 10/10 (solo version), -1/10 (Chris Brown version)
11) Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary - 10/10
12) Get It Over With - 6/10
13) No Love Allowed - 10/10
14) Lost In Paradise - 9/10
15) Half Of Me - 10/10
Fuck the Diamonds remixes btw.
Debut / Emotions
When Mariah debuted, her tone was very full and rounded – which was probably what lead to initial comparisons with Whitney Houston. But when it came down to it, Mariah’s vocals were very different than Whitney’s. The tone of her lower and mid chest range was husky and soulful, making her sound older than she was. This worked well for soul-inspired songs like “Vision of Love” and “If It’s Over”. Her lower and mid chest belts were technically very well-supported, resulting in great resonance and wonderful vibrato. (examples)
Mariah’s upper chest belts in this era, although seemingly technically sound, sometimes sounded tight or strained. (Grammy's '92) Mariah made little use of her head voice, ("Can't Let Go") and even rarely – or possibly never – used her falsetto. Her head voice had a similar husky tone to her chest range.
Mariah’s whistle register was extremely bright, sharp, and strong. She played around with it extensively, and showed great agility within the register. ("Someday") She often made impressive, several-octave, immediate jumps from her lower-mid chest register to her whistle register. ("Love Takes Time")
Mariah became well known for her use of melisma and her runs, which she usually contained in her chest registers.
There were few negative qualities hindering Mariah’s vocals in this era. She had not yet done extensive live work, so her voice had not been too effected. Her nodules did impact her singing on a few occasions when she was sick or overworked. ("Emotions")
Music Box / Merry Christmas
Like before, Mariah’s vocals during this era were very full and rounded, however, her mature husky tone was replaced by a tone that was more smooth and buttery. Her lower, middle, and upper chest belts were all supported and firm. This era is often noted for its vocal precision and lack of hindrances. The new, creamy tone is often lauded and is considered one of her strongest vocal eras. This type of sound paired well with her music, which was starting to take more of a pop and R&B style.
Mariah started using her head voice and falsetto ranges slightly more. ("Dreamlover") She began to use her whistle register less, and the quality of it changed. Instead of the very sharp and clear tone of her debut, her whistles started to become a little more airy and breathy in nature; which complimented their use as musical embellishments, as opposed to being a main feature. She did not experiment with octave jumps very often, but she seemed to be able to access her whistle relatively easily.
While her voice in this era seemed to have little downfalls, it is notable that because of illness, she sounded very hoarse and strained on a few dates of her first tour – as well as some performances in 1994.
The overall tone of Mariah’s vocals did not seem to change very much between Music Box and Daydream. It retained it's silky, creamy quality. She began to exhibit strong power and resonance during a few performances that arguably rivaled her previous eras. (Madison Square Garden) She strayed away from using her lowest registers most of the time, staying mostly in her mid and upper chest registers. Mariah seemed to exhibit excellent breath control during this era as well.
It could be argued that during this era, Mariah’s upper chest belts could yet again sound somewhat tight or constrained – not as rounded or supported than her mid and lower registers.
Mariah also began to use her voice differently during this era. Although she was always known for her melisma, she expanded this to new levels during this era. She often made complicated and extensive runs that traversed her many registers – including rapidly sliding in and out of her head voice. (Tokyo Dome) Her runs were considerably quick and agile.
The Daydream Era also saw Mariah making much more use of her head and falsetto registers. ("Underneath the Stars") She often traversed into these registers during her runs and when she was riffing with older material. It had a very smooth, breathy tone, but still supported and strong.
Beyond performing older material on tour that required it, Mariah barely used her whistle during this era. Although detectable in background vocals on the album, it was never at the forefront or used live.
Butterfly / #1s
1997 saw the first big major change to Mariah’s vocals – a change that many may consider to be a negative one. Mariah’s tone throughout her registers lost most of its smooth and silky qualities, and was replaced by a more raspy tone. The level of ‘raspiness’ or ‘hoarseness’ varied depending on performances, but it was a permanent change during this era. Mariah still exhibited control over her vocals, and although she was more prone to audible ‘breaks’ during performances, she still remained in-tune. This change also made it more difficult for Mariah to truly project. It is evident that Mariah was aware of the vocal change, as she would often pull the microphone far away from her mouth during belts to avoid amplifying this feature. One could argue that this new raspiness added a level of emotion to her vocal performances. (Patti Labelle Tribute)
Mariah’s lower and mid registers were stronger and more reliable during this era, although she still used her head voice quite often. Sometimes it was very strong ("When You Believe"); other times it was very flimsy, and her background singers had to support it. ("I Still Believe") Although she was able to accomplish it, it was obvious by her facial expressions that using her falsetto (or high head voice) was a difficult task at times. ("Butterfly")
This era saw limited to zero use of her whistle register. They were used as background vocals on Butterfly, but never at the forefront of the music. She performed whistles during her Butterfly Tour, but it could be possible that these were lip-synced.
There are a variety of reasons as to why Mariah’s vocals seemed to have changed so much by 1997. The long and difficult set-list of her Daydream Tour in 1996 overworked and wore out her vocals. She began recording her Butterfly album immediately afterwards, and the excessive use of her head and falsetto registers could have also contributed to the strain on her voice. Mariah was also going through a great deal of emotional stress with the separation from ex-husband and record label exec Tommy Mattola. The nodules on her vocal chords made her voice susceptible to such stress.
To Be Continued…
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#RoyaltyListens #20: Rihanna - ANTi (2016)
So in the first place, I wanted to celebrate 7 years of Loud with a "Loud listening thread" but then I realised I already did one, and it would be kinda lame to do another one lol. So I took the oppurtinity to do one of my fave Rihanna albums: ANTi. It's her latest released album and one of her best, in my opinion. Without any further bullshit, let's dive into this amazing album, but first: let me tag the Rhats.
1) Consideration (ft. SZA) - 10/10
2) James Joint - 5/10
3) Kiss It Better - 10/10
4) Work (ft. Drake) - 10/10
5) Desperado - 9/10
6) Woo - 8,5/10
7) Needed Me - 10/10
8) Yeah, I said it - 10/10
9) Same Ol' Mistakes - 9/10
10) Never Ending - 8,5/10
11) Love On The Brain - 10/10
12) Higher - 9/10
13) Close To You - 10/10
14) Goodnight Gotham - 5/10
15) Pose - 10/10
16) Sex With Me - 10/10