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  1. Review

    I'm back with an album review of a record where praise seems hard to come by! There's like a million editions of this album with various bonus tracks and they're all messy so I'm just going to go with the version I created for my iTunes. THE TRINITY: Halo, If I Were a Boy, Ave Maria #LachlanDELETES: Radio (fight me Lord Stoneheart), Hello OVERALL SCORE: 76/100 --- ALBUM RANKING SO FAR B'Day - 81 I Am Sasha... Fierce - 76 Dangerously In Love - 72
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    From TLC to the Pointer Sisters, check out the top girl groups ever, based on the Billboard charts. At, we're celebrating Girl Group Week by looking at the biggest songs, best music videos, current state of girl groups, drafting our dream girl groups, scoping out post-girl group solo songs and a whole lot more. NOTE: This ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart through the tally dated July 22, 2017. Artists are ranked based on an inverse point system, with a song's weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 chart earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Each act's collected titles that charted over the course of their career were aggregated to determine the final ranking. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years. Source: Billboard
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    We Told You This Was Melodrama Hello and Welcome to Lorde's Melodrama Megarate hosted by yours truly, @SWINΞ Final Results:
  6. Hello and welcome in "My First Listen" cycle! Today I am going to listen to Back to Basics. Event starts within one hour (9PM CET). Are you guys with me? Recap:
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    In celebration of Kylie Minogue's permanent section, I have decided to share my favorite Kylie album and the top 5 songs from it. Please don't drag me because I know I might deserve it but not this time lmao. So yes my favorite album from Kylie Minogue is her sixth album Impossible Princess, the album cover itself is one of the main reasons why I love this album so much. These 5 songs below are basically my favorite songs or songs that stood out to me! 1) Too Far: I was shaking because in the beginning it sounds like Kylie is rapping tbh, she's trying to snatch my fave's queen of rap crown and I was all here for it. Anyways can we talk about how this is such a flawless way to open an album, these other basic bitches could never!!! The bass in this song >>>> My speakers were blasting tbh. 2) Did It Again: Do I even have to explain why I like this song? It's catchy as hell, once you hear the chorus it's not gonna leave your head tbh. You did it agaaaaaain btw! 3) Dreams aka my FAVORITE song from the album: CAN WE PLEASE APPRECIATE THIS MASTERPIECE?? I love the strings, her voice, the lyrics.. just everything about this song. The bridge of this song makes my wig FLY TO SPACE I CRY EVERYTIME. Kylie did what??? Oh bitch she did THAT!!! 4) Drunk: Another masterpiece, I remember when Hylia did a listening thread for this album. I fell in love instantly.. this song reminds me of like space music like I feel like I'm in space fighting aliens doing bad ass action moves and flips LMAO. When her vocals go from ear to ear, it gives me the craziest chills down my back. A bop!! 5) Cowboy Style: Ok don't drag me but I like this song.... I know it's weird but I actually appreciate this song but I do. Something about Kylie's vocals makes me feel very calm, it's very therapeutic if that makes sense Also the title sounds like a sex position also I love how the song totally switches up towards the end, it's so unexpected.. she did that once again!!
  8. The Fame I always listened to some of the songs on the album but when I listened the whole album I realized how beautiful and well done it is, for me, it's Gaga's best album at the moment Favorite Tracks: 1.Paparazzi 2.Paper Gangsta 3.I Like It Rough 4.Brown Eyes 5.Disco Heaven Special Mention to: *Summerboy *Beautiful, Dirty, Rich *LoveGame I have always loved Paparazzi, I Like It Rough, Disco Heaven, Summerboy, LoveGame and Beautiful Dirty Rich, Paper Gangsta and Brown Eyes were a surprise for me, I used to skip them but hey are SO good, I wish that Gaga would consider to perform them on some tour, but... I kinda doubt it, Paparazzi is THAT song, it's the best single of the album, and Paper Gangsta should have been single too, I Like It Rough is kinda repetitive but it's a bop, Brown Eyes is a very lovely song, Disco Heaven is one of my all time favorite bops, same with summerboy, which is sooo cute and BDR and LoveGame are bops too Less Favorite Tracks: 1.Starstruck 2.Again Again 3.Just Dance You may want to kill me (maybe ) BUT Just Dance is so... meh, I get it, it was the hype for Gaga back in time, but that song is sooooo MEH overrated, is a bop? yes it is, but it's just that, sometimes I skip it Starstruck is idk, and I know Again Again is just like a bonus track but it's still meh Favorite Videos: 1.Paparazzi 2.Beautiful Dirty Rich 3.Poker Face 4.Just Dance 5.LoveGame 6.Eh, Eh Well Paparazzi's video is iconic, I LOVE Jonas work with videos, and even thought I really like Eh,Eh the video is A MESS it could have worked better with Summerboy tbh, it's kinda weird but it's not as good as the others released this era it could have been better My singles choices would be like: 1.Poker Face 2.Just Dance 3.Paparazzi 4.Paper Gangsta 5.I Like It Rough 6.LoveGame 7.The Fame 8.Summerboy Poker Face and Just Dances are a MUST on her discography, because we can't deny that these songs were the ones that give her a lot of recognition as an artist, so they are a must, Paparazzi would have been a better third single, more than Eh, Eh, anyways, then Paper Gangsta, amazing song to be single! then maybe as a promotional single I Like It Rough, maybe just in Europe, just a radio single, then LoveGame, then The Fame because i think it's good single material too, a video would have slayed tbh, and Summerboy as a closer, cute song, cute video, cute ending of this era, I think that with a good promo and a good video, maybe an edit or remixes, Summerboy would have been at least at top 15 single Just Dance 5/10 LoveGame 9/10 Paparazzi 10/10 Poker Face 7/10 Eh, Eh 8/10 Beautiful, Dirty, Rich 9/10 The Fame 8/10 Money Honey 7/10 Starstruck 3/10 Boys Boys Boys 8/10 Paper Gangsta 10/10 Brown Eyes 10/10 I Like It Rough 10/10 Summerboy 9/10 Disco Heaven 9/10 Again Again 5/10 Retro, Dance, Freak 6/10
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    Metascore 92 Universal acclaim 80 Rolling, NYT, AllMusic, Guardian 88 Pitchfork 90 Slant & Spin 100 NME, EW, Telegraph
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    Let's move onto her sophomore effort! I have no idea what edition this is but it has a bulk of the songs. THE TRINITY: Beautiful Liar (feat. Shakira), Kitty Kat, Freakum Dress #LachlanDELETES: World Wide Woman OVERALL SCORE: 81/100
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    01 . Material Girl02 . Angel03 . Like a Virgin04 . Over and Over05 . Love Don't Live Here Anymore06 . Dress You Up07 . Shoo-Bee-Doo08 . Pretender09 . Stay I have never listened this album, I'm not a Madge stan but I still lover her and ha music, so amma check this album out, does it only have 9 tracks tho?
  14. ~ Dairy of an Otaku ~ #2 Hi, guys! Another week has passed, so thought it was about time to post a new entry. Let's get on to what I watched past week and what I'm gonna try out next week. FINISHED PAST WEEK Attack on Titan (Season 2) WHOA! #SHOOK! OMG! I literally just finished this, and I can't even find words to describe how obsessed I am with this! I binged it within 2 days and now I'm gonna feel down, because I'm gonna have to wait a whole year for the third season. If we're lucky... if you know what I mean. This was an amazing watch and I'll be in suspense 'til 2018 for sure! This left me with more questions than the ending of the first season tho. So many plot twists, so much mystery, too many questions! Of course I'm giving this a 10/10 stars! She and her Cat: Everything Flows This was a very short watch as there were only 4 episodes and they were all about 7 minutes. I can recommend this to all animal lovers, and especially for owners of the feline furries. WARNING: straight-in-the-feels-alert ! I'm giving this 9/10 stars. :3 ON BOARD TO WATCH Alice & Zouroku I tried out one episode, and I was pleasantly surprised. At first when I saw the art work of the Anime, it looked cutesy and heartfelt / uplifting. It turned out to be way more dark and grim than I expected though, and I ended up being really intrigued and interested to see how the rest of this story unfolds. The final episode will be uploaded next week, so I'll be reviewing the first season in my next blog entry. Polar Bear Cafe This looks totally adorable and goofy enough for me to absolutely LOVE! It does have 50 episodes though, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to put up a full review by next week. Hinako Note I've already seen the first episode and completely fell in love with it. Next week the final episode will be uploaded, so full review coming up soon. TRY-OUTS FOR UPCOMING WEEK: The Eccentric Family First things I noticed about this Anime is that it involves; animals, magic, slice of life, perfect ingredients for an Anime that I'll love! Trying out the first episode upcoming week. There are already 2 seasons, with a total of 25 episodes and the final one will be uploaded June 25th. Summary: n Kyoto, there are three kinds of residents: humans, raccoon dogs, and tengu. Shimogamo Yasaburou is the third son of the Shimogamo raccoon dog family. His father, Souichirou, had been the head of Kyoto raccoon dog community until he was eaten by the human members of "Friday Club". While taking care of old tengu, fighting with other raccoon dogs, and playing with a psychic human girl, Yasaburou approaches the truth of his father's death. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? / WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? I'm really excited to try out one episode of this Anime. On first impression this looks witchy/magical/distopian.. Final episode of the first season will be uploaded on June 27th. Summary: The fleeting and sad story about little girls known as fairy weapons and an associate hero that survived. This is a world after it was attacked by unidentified monsters known as beasts and many of the species in the world, including humans, had been destroyed. The species that had managed to survive left the ground and were living on a floating island called Regal Ele. Willem Kumesh, wakes up above the clouds 500 years later and couldn’t protect the ones who he wanted to protect. Actually, he was living in despair because he was the only survivor. He then ends up meeting a group of girls while starting an unexpected weapon management job. Tsuki ga Kirei This just looks very cute and light, which Imma need after those slaughters in Attack on Titan. The final episode of the first season will be uploaded on June 29th. Summary: It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival, and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe. Side-Note Clione no Akari This one finally has a premiere date, so I'm gonna mark my calendars on July 13! I enjoyed the first episode of Sagrada Reset, but the final episode is planned for September, so I'm gonna put that one on hold 'til then. Well, see you guys again next week! Recommendations are still more than welcome and I'll try to fit them in as much as I can. Let me know if you no longer wish to be tagged as well.
  15. Since her first hit, the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga has kept the gays on the dance floor, belting out tunes along with her. It’s a well-known fact that Miss Germanotta is not only a famed hitmaker, she’s also one of the LGBTQ community's fiercest advocates. From her iconic sartorial choices to her dedication to LGBTQ youth outreach, here are eight reasons (though we could probably find amillion) that Gaga earned her stripes as a gay icon. She came out as bisexual -- and doubled down on it. In a 2009 interview with Barbara Walters, Lady Gaga came out as bisexual, explaining that her jam “Poker Face” was about another woman. While her sex life is none of our business, having a bona fide superstar casually come out before millions on national TV is undoubtedly a milestone. Since coming out, critics have voiced doubts about the singer’s sexuality; however, they were put to rest in an interview with Andy Cohen. During her Artpop-era appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Gaga stated, “It’s not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into ‘she says she’s bisexual for marketing,’ this is a f---ing lie. This is who I am and who I have always been.” Bi-erasure, who? She used her platform to start a massive anti-bullying nonprofit. Since founding the Born This Way Foundation in 2011, Mother Monster -- and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta -- have helped thousands of LGBTQ children and teens. The BTWF has launched initiatives like #HackHarrassment, Channel Kindness, and #KindMonsters -- not to mention a collaboration with Starbucks -- all to help end bullying of LGBTQ youth. Read the full article here: XXX
  16. ~ Dairy of an Otaku ~ #1 Hi, guys! I'm back with a brand new entry after a bit over a week! There's plenty more for me to watch, so I'm just gonna go through this swiftly. FINISHED PAST WEEK. Noragami Okay, so past week I got to finish the two seasons of Noragami. It was amazing! I can recommend this Anime if you're into: Supernatural Spiritual Heartfelt A bit horror/creepy I'm giving this show a 8.5/10 stars! The first season was a bit hard to get into some times, but the second season, surpassed the first in SO many ways! Results; instant new crushes and sobbing at the end was inevitable. Another I also watched the one and only season of Another and the OVA; the Other. This show was amazing! It had 12 episodes (+ the bonus OVA) and I finished it in two days. I was HOOKED! The art was beautiful and it gives you this constant eerie feeling. I would definitely re-watch this and I recommend to all who love: Suspense Mystery Gore Thriller/Horror I'm giving this show a 10/10 stars! It's definitely one of my new favorites, even after finishing it about 4 days ago, it still crosses my mind. ON BOARD TO WATCH: Grimoire of Zero I tried out the first episode of this Anime, and it was kinda too slow paced for me. There was a lot of talking, which I understand is of course a big part of the world building, but I felt like half of the episode had just one same scene. But the ending however had me intrigued enough to give it a full try another time. The full first season will be completed on June 26th, so I'll be giving it a try during the end of this month, or begin July. Hinako Note Okay, I tried out the first episode from this one and was instantly in LOVE! These kind of slice-of-life Anime shows are so adorable and relatable! The scenery is amazing and you get this 'home' vibe from which I personally really love. As you can see in the gif, there's Chibi in this as well, KAWAII <3 The full first season will be here on June 24th, so I'm definitely gonna binge-watch it then to leave a full review. Side-Note: I also listed Natsume's Book of Friends, but I discovered it wasn't the first season premiering at all, it's season SIX! So for that one I will have a lot of catching up to do, so for now, it's on a slow burner. TRY-OUTS FOR UPCOMING WEEK: She and her Cat: Everything Flows Okay, so I love cats, I love Anime, this has to be amazing! It's only 4 episodes long, so this one will be easily finished. Summary: For the longest time, it's just been the two of them. "Kanojo" and her cat Daru are inseparable, having grown up together. Now a junior in college, Tomoka—her roommate of a year and a half—moves out of their shared apartment, and in order to keep her living space, Kanojo must find a job. Day by day, Daru watches her continued efforts from a cat's-eye view, eagerly awaiting his owner's return. When she gets back, once again, it's just she and her cat. Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows is a charming short series about the bond between a pet and his owner. Sakurada Reset This one just looks cute and sounds very interesting, so I'm gonna give this one a try as well. Summary: Almost half the population of the town of Sakurada possess special abilities. Misora Haruki has the power to reset time for a maximum of three days into the past; Kei Asai has a photographic memory that allows him to remember everything he sees and hears, even after Misora resets time. Together, they use their powers to help others… It is set for 24 episodes which will finish in September this year. (according to Alice & Zouroku The summary really reeled me in for this one. It is set to have 12 episodes and the final one will be on June 25th, so if the first episode is interesting enough, I know what I'll be watching end of this month. Summary: A group of young girls possesses a mysterious power which gives them the ability to materialize their thoughts. Detained and experimented upon, these youths are locked away in secret until one of them manages to escape. Her name is Sana—a girl with the power to ignore the very laws of physics. When this wilful powerhouse crosses paths with a stubborn old man named Zouroku, his carefully-ordered life will never be the same again! UPCOMING: Clione no Akari This will be dropped somewhere in the Summer but it looks interesting and when I read the Summary, I got even more excited for this one! Summary: Minori is an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan. After one rainy day, she doesn't turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl's two school friends, Takashi and Kyōko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town. MANGA Sadly, I had no time more Manga last week. Thing is, I'm still waiting for two volumes to arrive. Either way, upcoming week I do want to get started on my Death Note omnibuses, so I hope to have a Manga review up soon! Again; any recommendations are welcome and if you wish to no longer be tagged, let me know.
  17. Hello grateful grapefruits, flop queen @Vulnicura. here with an opinion no one really asked for but I do take request so if you read this feel free to give requests. Will be doing all sorts of other (pop mostly) albums as well. Just decided to post this since it came out and has been overhyped. Green Light - Wow still that fucking bop probably one of my favorite pop songs of 2017. It's almost manufactured to be a perfect song, which normally I would hate, but this was just so unexpected and again WHAT A FUCKING BOP and the build up throughout the song to the final chorus is just amazing. 10/10 Sober - Actually thought it was just gibberish at the beginning. It is very calm in comparison to Green Light which kind of makes it overshadowed by it but it's a solid concept for a song. Not something I could replay a lot though but I kind of like it. 7.5/10 Homemade Dynamite - This has already become a fan favorite but at the moment it's not yet a 10 for me. It gives me Blackout vibes with the drums a bit. And I also see the Tove Lo input in it definitely could work for her as well. Still not packing the energy of Green Light but definitely memorable 8/10 The Louvre - The title and the beginning already sound cool so I have a bit more hope for this song already. Sounds very familiar with the production and overall feel. Sort of reminds me Ellie Goulding. Not too strong of a chorus but an interesting concept. FOXES. It reminds me of Foxes with a bit of 2014 pop. The title also seems to be very appropriate, really gives me Louvre vibes, whatever that would be. For some reason I'm also hearing it as "Broadcast the boom boom boom boom and make 'em my deathwish"8.6/10 Liability - The title had always suggested me some sort of medieval vibe but the song itself is just a short, sweet great ballad. I like the lyrics and the simplicity and how it ends. 9/10 Hard Feelings / Loveless - I'm usually a sucker for longer songs, especially double songs but I feel that there were missed opportunities with this. Hard Feelings itself is quite great but I don't think it would really work out of the context of a double song. Same with Loveless. I love the buildup in Hard Feelings reminds me of Green Light a bit but towards the end it could have been slightly shorter for a equal balance of Hard Feelings and Loveless. As I was listening I also thought that Hard Feelings' end was a part of Loveless' intro or at least something that transitioned into Loveless so when there was a gap in between the songs I thought it was SUCH a wasted opportunity (why bother putting two songs together when they don't fit?!). Moving onto Loveless, I sense that there wasn't really a solid concept for the song since it was so short and just faded out at the end which was another missed opportunity for me (and such a long fade out as well which was pointless). At least make Loveless longer if Hard Feelings was going to make up most of the song. Despite saying all this I actually enjoy the song since it's still a double song. 9/10 Sober II (Melodrama) - It has nice production and all, sounds great, I like it, but I still think it's overhyped. 8/10 Writer In The Dark - It's a very dramatic indie track that I can appreciate but not something that has replay value to me 7.75/10 Supercut - Ooh I like the way this sounds from the beginning. Sounds like something that could really pass as a Taylor song, a more poppy sound than Lorde usually puts out. It could use a really explosive moment at the last chorus instead of having a 1 and a 1/2 minute ending. 8.4/10 Liability (Reprise) - I like how this sounds like it could work being placed right after Liability but also works well after Supercut. I also like how although it's a reprise of Liability it sounds different but doesn't stray too far from the original sonically. A nice little segue 8.25/10 Perfect Places - I've never thought of it as an album closer but it works well. Sounds like something from the Pure Heroine era as well, while still having that Antonoff sound of slightly indie synthpop. I also really like the kicks 8.5/10 Average: 8.45 Overall thoughts: I have to say, I was expecting Lorde to be a fad after Pure Heroine so I was surprised with this album a bit. I like the more poppy direction it has taken but I also wish it was slightly darker sonically to really go all out.
  18. Condé Nast has announced that it will be launching "up to six" newsstand-only special editions starting later this summer. The specials will be published under the Bon Appetit, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker and Vogue brands. According to the company, the editions will leverage the magazine brands, but will focus on specific content verticals or features—such as Glamour’s Dos & Donts franchise. Glamour will also be the first special edition, hitting the stands in August, says a spokesperson. The specials will be priced in the $9.99 to $12.99 range, the spokesperson says. While special editions have traditionally been solid performers on the newsstand—leveraging a long shelf life and high price points—the retail environment has been less than cooperative. In the last two years, annual unit sales of audited publications are down 23 percent. In January, Meredith scaled back its special interest publications from 150 to 90, citing the recession’s impact on home improvement projects. Preview of the Gaga special issue: I want this
  19. Review

    For those who care. It's not a bad review at all, and they don't really get into the music as much as you want. Terribly overhyped just so people could drag her. It gets a 4.8 from them With Witness’ confounding combination of songwriting sloppiness and sleepiness, broad strokes are the really best Perry can hope for these days. We all know it’s near-impossible for pop this focus-tested to drop truth bombs about America’s fractured state, but Perry’s efforts to finally transcend Top 40 confectionary with a cohesive album leaves her in a tough spot. She aimed for pop-game Chipotle, complete with enlightened prose on the cups. She landed at sad fast-food-chain salad. Nevertheless, she persisted: Bon appétit, baby.
  20. Review

    The revered and controversial review series returns to FOTP for Mrs Carter! Starting off with her solo debut, Dangerously In Love. THE TRINITY: Crazy In Love, Naughty Girl, Speechless #LachlanDELETES: What's It Gonna Be, Gift from Virgo OVERALL SCORE: 72/100
  21. Witness - feels slightly overproduced from the demo. not sure if it's representative to name the entire record after this song. 3.5/5 Hey Hey Hey - I love the prechorus and bridge. the entire instrumental is solid but most of the but lyrics feel ODD. 3/5 Roulette - gorgeous instrumental ruined by a repetitive chorus. 2.5/5 Swish Swish - I don't like the suspenseful gaps in the song but it's a bop! 3.5/5 Deja Vu - I'm sorry but I feel like this song goes nowhere. Nice instrumental again. 3/5 Power - Love the drums! Don't like the edit on her voice in the chorus 3.5/5 Mind Maze - I'm familiar with Purity Ring so this song doesn't awe me at all. Sounds like she purchased this off them and slapped "woke" lyrics. The chorus disappointed me. Kind of makes me cringe. 2/5 Miss you more - snooze. 1/5 Chained to the rhythm - it's grown on me tremendously. I wish we had a solo version. 3.5/5 Tsunami - LOVE the chill vibe of this song and the lyrics are some of her best imo. 4/5 Bon Appétit - I fucking love this song and it deserved to smash. 4/5 Bigger than me - europop vibes. hate it. 1/5 Save as draft - the fans will appreciate this. But idc about John Mayer. Overall feels limp. 1/5 Pendulum - cheesy song but it's nice and upbeat. 3/5 Into me you see - skip. 1/5 Dance with the devil - shouldn't have seen daylight. 1/5 Act my age - miss tongue-in-cheek Perry but this is cringe. Also the CD rip I have is damaged so I get a loud chipping sound that hurt my ears. 1/5 OVERALL THOUGHTS OKAY (49%) Credits to Katy for finally exploring new sounds - level of quality drops as the record continues though. The instrumentals of the vast majority of the songs are GOOD. My issue is the lyrics, sound structures, disjointed tracklist and vocal delivery. Perry's signature humor is largely MISSING. Oh also - The album cover art is incredible.
  22. I have a Whitney Houston track-by-track review i have to do today, so this one is gonna be quick. Today I will be listening to Katy Perry's fifth studio album, Witness, which was released on Friday. Witness-8/10 Now lets get this clear. I disapprove of the hype for this song when it really isnt THAT great. But off the album, it is a highlight and truthfully is a song her fans can be proud of. Hey Hey Hey-8.7/10 Now that I'm re-listening to the album, Hey Hey Hey is a nice record. I like how she sounds so baby-ish and the lyrics are, like some others say, an anthem. Roulette-10/10 The lyrics are fun. The production is great. She sounds great and i officially deem this song one of the best in her career. A clear single choice to end this era. Swish Swish-8.5/10 Why does Nicki have to drag her beef in this song? Didnt she already address her Remy Ma thing with No Frauds? Anyways, the song has a nice beat, but as a follow up to Bon Appetit single-wise it falls a bit short. Deja Vu-7.8/10 Katy seemed to be dreaming when she made this song. She doesnt sound as focus as the last three tracks, but the chorus in some ways saves it. Power-8/10 I like how this track is, too me, drastically different from her previous material. The beat drops, the key changes, not much of the TD or PRISM Katy. And to be quite honest it isnt bad. Mind Maze-7.5/10 Mind Maze was panned by the iconic critic @Royalty giving it a 5/10. I say 8 because i find it, like Power, artistically intresting...a rather deep saying for an artist like Katy Perry. Miss You More-8/10 This song was crafted well and the lyrics are heartfelt. Chained to the Rhythm-10/10 I expressed my like for this song since it was released. At first, i didnt really grasp the hook and the melody was a bit off, but after listening to it a couple times, i confirmed its greatness. Tsunami-7/10 Ok song. Not marvelous and not bad, Its cute. Bon Appetit-10/10 This bop doesnt deserved to be disliked. I know the Migos controversy makes it a bit uncomfortable to listen to, but its a song radio should click to as its great. I to be quite honest, i like the Migos part on it. Bigger Than Me-8.6/10 Its a fan favorite and its conusing, but the"its happening" part is echoing in my head so it must be a hook. Save As Draft-10/10 Probably the most sentimental track on this album, it reminds me of "Unconditionally" Pendulum-9/10 This has some R&B influence, a bit of a 70s groove melody-wise. I think its one of the truly best off the album. Into Me You See-8/10 The first verse made me so sad. She must have wrote this from the heart. My only complaint is that it too soft. I almost forgot it was playing at one point. Overall Rating:8.606
  23. I'm back back back back back again for my second review because I'm bored as fuck! Today I'm going to review Carly Rae Jepsen's "Emotion" (stylized as "E•MO•TION"). At first, diving into this album I didn't have too many high expectations. I was tempted to listen to the whole album after hearing the brilliant singles "Run Away With Me" and "Your Type", both songs making a lasting impression on me, however my thoughts on Carly Rae Jepsen were still conflicted after the bubblegum pop endeavours of her earlier work including the single we'll never forget, "Call Me Maybe". Although both singles blew me away I still assumed they were singles for a reason and that the rest of the album would be mediocre at best by Jepsen's standards. However, my bias was certainly proved wrong because this is such an incredible and underrated pop album, definitely proving Jepsen as a strong pop musician. Unlike her earlier work, although this album still has a fun and light-hearted feeling to it, it simultaneously feels much more creative and intuitive which makes the biggest difference in Jepsen's overall presentation and makes for an album that proves able to be fun and entertaining yet insightful to some degree, which is what I think Jepsen was really missing in her early stuff. Without further ado, let me jump into a track-by-track review. 1. Run Away With Me: Honestly, an absolutely perfect album opener. This is one of the strongest lead singles from a pop album I've heard in a long time and it's a shame it didn't receive the mainstream recognition it deserved. Right off the bat, this is my favorite track off of the album. Sometimes, having the first track be strongest can be a weak quality in an album, because it sets up for disappointment. However, although Run Away With Me is the strongest track, the others manage to keep up with the mood and path that it sets, which allows this song to serve as a brilliant opener which gives us an opening vibe to prepare us for the rest of the album, which is wonderful. Not only that, but the upbeat thematics of the song also make it a strategic placement for the album opener. Everything about this song makes for a perfect pop song. Not only are Jepsen's vocals amazing, but the synth production is absolutely outstanding and puts me in such a good mood. Also, for such a light hearted song, the lyricism is actually not bad, and there are some really awesome lines thrown in there, such as "I'll be your sinner in secret". Overall, this is an absolute flawless execution of a pop song and I think it's by far one of the standouts on the album - and an obvious choice for lead single. 10/10 2. E•MO•TION: Ironically, after the absolutely brilliant standout as our opener, I feel like this title track is one of the weakest. Now, thankfully it doesn't necessarily ruin the brilliant vibe that "Run Away With Me" sets us up with, but it definitely throws it off a bit. The production on this one is much less distinct, and an overwhelming upbeat-ness clouds the fact that this song really lacks any unique character or personality of it's own. It gets lost in the midst of the album as a filler track. This lack of distinction also makes this song a let down as a title track. It's mostly the production on this one that sets it off course, opting for a briskly bubblegum sound which does little to solidify the uniqueness Jepsen aimed for. Lyrically, it's nothing special either. The vocals are yet again quite nice but nothing to save this song from being any less forgettable. If this song wasn't the title track, I would forget it existed. 4/10 3. I Really Like You: Now this is "Call Me Maybe" done right! This is what the title track was aiming to create but failed at. Although flamboyantly bubblegum, I Really Like You mixes adorably upbeat bubblegum moods and themes with a synth-pop edge that makes for a song that manages to feel unique and characteristically realized which is exactly what the title track was missing. Probably the most light-hearted song on the album, this song is just pure dreams, smiles and rainbows, and it's amazing!! A brilliant choice as a single, if you ask me. The lyrics are of course quite simple but executed in the best way possible. The instrumental is flawless and the touch of the "hey!"s in the background, and other little details like that, bring the song to it's full potential. Jepsen's vocals once again prove to be really strong, but this time, heightened by a complimentary instrumental and atmosphere. This song is a prime example of the absolute perfect way to create a bubblegum pop song and it's one of the most brilliant standouts on the album. 10/10 4. Gimmie Love: Now, this track is such a wonderful "key change" of sorts through the album. The first three tracks prove to be wholly upbeat, happy and fun, which although really entertaining, could get very tiring and reductive if the whole album was like so. Gimmie Love is the much needed break from overwhelming upbeatness, and in a really strategic position, too, at track number four. The vocals are simple but beautifully executed. Although the instrumental is much lower-key than the other three tracks, it still finds a way to define it's self individually, which again, was what the title track was missing. And even though it's a lower-key song, there's still a wonderful catchyness about it and there's a nice kick and cute beat to make the song remain fun and pop without having to be an overwhelming bundle of joy and happiness. The lyrics are simple and cute, but conceptually, nothing too special, but again, this is a really cute track and a much needed break on the album. 9/10 5. All That: Now, this is TRULY a breakaway track and something so fresh and unseen for the album. I love every single element that Carly experimented with for this song. Although this song had a lot of potential to become any other little sweet ballad or poetic love song, it became so much more because of it's production and full realization. Carly and her team did such a fucking outstanding job at making this a throwback 80s ballad without (a.) becoming lost in trying to recreate a theme and in turn, having the song come off as pretentious and dumb (b.) not committing to the theme enough and failing at paying homage to such an iconic style, or (c.) failing to add a new, unique and individual aspect to it and instead having the song just become a knock-off or nothing more than a parody. The 80s style is recreated in such a brilliant way and the execution is so authentic because it still manages to feel signature - like a Carly Rae Jepsen song, or at least like a song off of this album, rather than a parody or copycat. Even the conceptualization of the lyrics is absolutely fucking genius and this doesn't even have to be the most spectacular song in terms of vocals to really be a huge standout. Flawless! 10/10 6. Boy Problems: Moving on to one of the other singles on the album, we have this adorable little tune, Boy Problems. Firstly, I'd like to say that I really like the concept and the execution behind the lyrics. It doesn't have to be the deepest or most intuitive song ever written to still have some lyrics that are written really, really well, and I actually really appreciate the lyricism in this track - although it's simple in nature, it's effective in concept. This song is super groovy and again piggybacks off of that lovely 80s throwback style that the whole album has been serving. Again, similar to "All That", the song doesn't seem to lose it's own identity in an attempt to pay homage which is key for executing a throwback style. Can I also say that I really appreciate those adorable "na na na na na na"s in the choruses that really add something so spicy and fun to this song. However, I do think that the track, especially as a single, is just missing a certain little something. Maybe it needed a really powerful vocal moment, or some more kick to the production - there's just a little feeling missing that wont let me give this one a ten. Still, though, a great song. 9/10 7. Making The Most Of The Night: My god, this album is just filled with powerful song after powerful song. It's crazy that thus far, the only song that's let me down at all was the title track it's self. And let me say, this track right here is for sure the second best on the album behind "Run Away With Me". From the very start of the song it has such a powerful and unique energy. There's something so whimsical and magical about that intro that makes me vibeeeeeee. Then those beats kick in god damn. In isolation, all of the elements of this track are done brilliantly. The vocals are absolutely lovely, and unlike "Boy Problems", Jepsen varies and fluctuates her voice throughout the track which really adds something big to it's overall feeling. The production is also done flawlessly and is one of the more unique production jobs on the album. The 80s throwback vibes are still there, but this feels completely revolutionized in terms of instrumental, and the uniqueness of those lullaby effects and whimsical sounds means that this song has such a huge identity of it's own. Even the lyrics are really well written and put a smile on my face. This is the epitome of well-executed pop music. 10/10 8. Your Type: CAN CARLY SLAY JESUS DO NO WRONG OH MY GOD. Yet ANOTHER amazing fucking track on this album, what the fuck?! Jesus, I have so much to say about this one. This is the song that inspired me to look further into Carly, specifically this album, because of how truly amazing it is, and because of how huge of a stretch it is from her earlier stuff. This song is actually so god damn incredible and is put together with such finesse, it's crazy, honestly. First of all, that absolutely amazing production which manages to keep the song's emotions flowing, yet also have such a sick kick that you can get down to and cry along with at the same time. The lyricism on this song is, in my opinion, the best on the entire album. The lyrics are so beautiful, raw and emotional and they're only heightened by the vocals. I can literally feel Carly' whole heart as she sings and it's so vulnerable and amazing. You can really, really tell that this song was written from a place of some really deep emotion (no pun intended) and that's so respectable. This song is just so intuitive and creative and proves Carly as quite a genuine and artistic force in modern pop. I also love the fact that this track was chosen as a single because it makes it feel even more authentic knowing that it's one of Carly's favorites, too. 10/10 9. Let's Get Lost: To be honest, I'm actually so thrilled to finally have a bad song after that seemingly-endless streak of flawless tracks. Yeah, this one is.... not good. This track is such a vibe-ruiner, to be completely honest. As the album is flowing, we're getting such powerful songs like "Your Type" and "All That - and then really flawless bangers like "Run Away With Me" and "Making The Most Of The Night" and then this song shows up, and honestly, it just feels so juvenile. There's seriously something so kidz bop about this track and it's not cute. The production on this one is so much lower-key than the rest of the album, but still tries to serve some high-energy, dance-power, but it does not work at all. That idea was executed millions of times better on "Gimmie Love". Honestly, this is just a bad song, nothing much to say. There's nothing special in her vocals at all, and she demonstrated some really great range and singing ability earlier on in the album. Hell, even the title track had some salvageable vocals. This one is just boring. I also really dislike the lyrics - they portray Carly as sort of a callous, player-ish character and it gives me bad vibes. 2/10 10. LA Hallucinations: Thankfully, LA Hallucinations jumps in to save the course of the tracklist once again! Thank lord for this song because "Let's Get Lost" really set the album off course. This is such a standout on the album in terms of uniqueness. It's a lot different than a lot of the other material on here, but still manages to feel cohesive and in-place which is a great feat. From the very beginning of that instrumental, you can feel something fresh and new which I really appreciate. I also love that this song actually feels less-80s inspired. It's nice to take a little second away from the whole 80s thing. It's still cohesive in terms of 80s inspiration, there's some digital vibes going on, but overall, it feels like it's its own little moment on the album and I really like that. The verses are absolutely incredible and THAT GIGGLE IN THE FIRST VERSE GETS ME EVERY MOTHERFUCKING TIME HONEY. There's something trappy about this song and I love it. The lyrics are also so fucking cool, and such a brilliant and much-needed break from all of the romance themes. In fact, looking back, all songs except "Making The Most Of The Night" were centered around themes of romance, this break from that is so lovely. The choruses aren't as strong as the verses in my opinion, but still really cool. However, I do think that the bridge is the weakest point in this song, it's not necessarily bad, but not good compared to the rest of the track. Also, similar to "Boy Problems", I do feel like this track is missing a little something something here and there. Never-the-less, a brilliant song. 9/10 11. Warm Blood: Fuck me UP. Talk about a standout!! This song is truly such a special moment on the album and I think everybody who's a fan of this album has so much fucking respect for every single thing that Carly did on this track. This is such a huge step-away from the rest of the album and holy fuck, it's so amazing. Carly really broke away from some of the more commercial, radio-friendly sounds she was rocking with and created something so fucking cool, unique, creative, artistic, intuitive, experimental, and everything in between. Let's start with the lyrics which are AMAZING. Do I care that we're back to romance? Not at all. Wanna know why? BECAUSE BITCH CAN WRITE. The lyrics are actually so flawless and I'm shook. The production on this track is the strongest on the whole entire album which is saying a lot because the production is by far one of the strongest features on the album. Holy fuck, all of the amazing experimentation, the sickening vocal effects, and that deadass amazing synthy kick, this is one seriously well-produced song. Even the vocals are so god damn cool, they're lower key yet they still manage to express some huge vocal talents. This is by far the most unique song on the entire album and it's such a huge standout, I love this one so much. So proud of Carly. 10/10 12. When I Needed You: Blegh. Really, really disappointed in this ending. I'm gonna keep this one short because there's little to say about this song at all. Production is really....... uhhhh. Reminiscent of title track and "Let's Get Lost". Lyrics..... really suck. Vocals are unimpressive. The only redeeming quality in this track is those little "You come to me in dreams at night" moments which are cute. This track is.... bad. Such a weak note to end such a great album on, really, really disappointing. 2/10 Overall: 105/120 or 88% Favorite songs: Run Away With Me, I Really Like You, Making The Most Of The Night, Your Type, Warm Blood Least favorite songs: Emotion, Let's Get Lost, When I Needed You