20
Oct

Olly Murs – Wrapped Up (Feat. Travie McCoy)

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Man, am I a fan of Olly Murs. After his fantastic album ‘Right Place, Right Time’, the former X Factor UK runner-up is back with a brand new single – ‘Wrapped Up’. The track is a brilliant mix of pop and disco and it’s the perfect way to introduce his new era. Vocally, Olly shines on the track and the track impresses lyrically as well. I do, however, think Travie McCoy’s verse is completely pointless and should have been scrapped. The track is easily a number one contender and I’m so excited to see what else he has up his sleeve on his upcoming album ‘Never Been Better’.

Favourite lyrics: I kinda like it when you bring me to my knees.

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Rating: 5.0/10 (1 vote cast)
20
Oct

Daniel Baron – Indestructible

Posted By elbroide in Pop, South African

Woohoo! Daniel Baron is back with a brand new single off his upcoming second studio album. The single, titled Indestructible, is a piece of europop perfection with a banging production and a catchy chorus. The single is a huge step up from his previous singles off the second album and is a fantastic direction for the singer. Daniel, like Jessie J internationally, has everything the local industry needs but hasn’t quite managed to become a huge pop star and I think our radio stations are to blame. I hope the new album releases just in time for Christmas. Well done on another stellar single, Dan!

Favourite lyric: You can walk through the fire and dance in hurricanes because you were built to survive through the hurt and pain.

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Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
20
Oct

Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Okay, I cannot think of a better way to start off my Monday than with the new single from The Voice judge Gwen Stefani. Gwen is back with a new single called ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ – her first solo single in six years. The track has a bit of a tribal sound blended with the pop sound we’ve always had from her. The previous No Doubt album was a mess and I’m glad she’s back to doing pop music. The track isn’t spectacular lyrically but it has that umph and catchiness needed for a smash hit single. I’m so excited about her return and I can’t wait for what she has in store.

Favourite lyrics: Look me in the eye baby, don’t lie.

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Rating: 6.5/10 (2 votes cast)
13
Oct

Review: Ella Henderson – Chapter One (Deluxe Edition)

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Review

Ella Henderson
Chapter One (Deluxe Edition) (Sony Music)

Breakdown: It was one of the most shocking exit’s The X Factor UK has ever seen back in 2012 when Ella Henderson and James Arthur, who won the show, sang for survival after receiving the least amount of votes. After her abrupt journey on The X Factor, Ella Henderson signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label and began working on her debut album. Her first single was the track called ‘Ghost’ and it won the hearts of millions around the world.

How Many Good Tracks: 16 of the 18.

What I Liked: The first thing you notice when you listen to the album is how strong, clear and beautiful Ella’s vocals are. It’s clear that she spent the time perfecting every single note. Ella also co-wrote every single song on the album, besides new single ‘Glow’, which also proves just how much of a dedicated artist she is. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such passion in an artist – especially when the passion is so clear it overflows into her music. She spent a lot of time thinking about the direction she wanted to take her music and didn’t rush a release which proves Ella has a lot of beauty and brains on her. The album is concise, well-produced and is bound to impress anyone who enjoyed her smash hit ‘Ghost’. She is the most exciting voice of 2014 and I can’t stop playing this album. Oh, and did I mention she’s only 18?

What I Didn’t Like: I’m never one to complain about albums filled with tracks but since the deluxe edition comes with 18 tracks, I think if she left out tracks such as ‘Hard Work’ and ‘Lay Down’, this could have been a flawless album. The truth is, some of the tracks won’t scream ‘hit’ as soon as you listen to them for the first time but give it a couple of spins and this will be one of your best albums of 2014.

Best Track: New single ‘Glow’ is a great way to keep her momentum going strong and c’mon, who doesn’t love ‘Ghost’?

Rating: 4.5/5

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10
Oct

Review: Chris Brown – X (Deluxe Edition)

Posted By elbroide in Pop, R&B, Review

Chris Brown
X (Deluxe Edition) (Sony Music)

Breakdown: After months and months of delays, Chris Brown has finally graced us with new music as he releases his sixth studio album. Hits such as Loyal, Fine China, Love More and New Flame paved the way for a successful album and Chris made sure he delivered one of his best albums to date. The album sees the crooner join forces with the likes of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Akon, Kendrick Lamar, R Kelly and more.

How Many Good Tracks: 16 of the 21.

What I Liked: I know one of the biggest Chris Brown fans there is and he always tells me that “no matter what, Chris Brown always brings the hits” and that’s exactly what he did on this album. The record is a step up, for me, from his previous album ‘Fortune’ and it sees the side of Chris we know and love. . Musically, Chris plays around with a variety of genres on the album which, again, proves that Chris can deliver a hit no matter the genre. Chris, despite his personal drama, is a man of music and, as heard on X, he does this so well. Also, there are 21 tracks on the album so there is value for money here.

What I Didn’t Like: There isn’t much I didn’t like about this album. The one thing I could say is that although he appeals to many different people with this album, as a result of him dabbling into the different genres, it could be a bit confusing to box it towards one group of people. Oh, and those interludes are horrible. Why do artists still do them?

Best Track: Don’t Be Gone Too Long is a banger but I wish they could have made a plan to keep Ariana Grande on the track. Oh, and who doesn’t love Loyal?

Rating: 4/5

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Rating: 7.5/10 (2 votes cast)
8
Oct

Jessie J – Burnin’ Up (Feat. 2 Chainz)

Posted By elbroide in Pop

After the huge success which was Bang Bang, Jessie J teams up with American rapper 2 Chainz for the second single off her upcoming album ‘Sweet Talker’ called ‘Burnin’ Up’. The track is pop at it’s best and sees Jessie in her element. The track, produced by Max Martin, blends pop with hip-hop elements ever so subtly which makes it something everyone would enjoy. I like the direcion Jessie J is taking and I hope she finally breaks as a huge international artist. Adding 2 Chainz on the track was a fantastic idea and he delivers a fantastic rap as well. This is one of the biggest tracks for the summer.

Favourite lyrics: Swimming on sex, dripping in sweat, I’m losing my breath.

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Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)
2
Oct

Review: Ariana Grande – My Everything

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Review

Ariana Grande
My Everything (Universal Music)

Breakdown: It’s her second album in less than a year and Ariana Grande is going from strength to strength. The album’s debut single, a collaboration with rapper Iggy Azalea titled ‘Problem’, threw Ariana into a new found fame and sound. The album’s second single, Break Free, also introduced Ariana fans to her dance style. The album did well in its first week proving that all eyes are on this 21-year-old beauty.

How Many Good Tracks: 7 of the 12.

What I Liked: Ariana’s debut album, Yours Truly, was a rather confusing album for me and I must be honest and say that she didn’t grab my attention. When ‘Problem’ released, this all changed. ‘My Everything’ is a more focused album and showcases her vocals beautifully and in a less Mariah Carey-ish style. The production on the album is better, the songs are catchier and over-all more polished. It’s definitely a step in the right direction for her.

What I Didn’t Like: Despite the fact that the album is more polished than the debut, the songs are lyrically weak and doesn’t manage to do much for Ariana’s artistic credit. From the first three songs, sans that annoying Intro, you can already know what you can expect on the rest of the album – the same pop nonsense you hear everywhere. Despite the average song choices, though, it’s a pretty solid album.

Best Track: The first three singles are easily the best – Problem, Break Free and Love Me Harder.

Rating: 3/5

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Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)
29
Sep

Review: Maroon 5 – V

Posted By elbroide in Pop, Review

Maroon 5
V (Universal Music)

Breakdown: After the success of their latest single ‘Maps’ tore up the charts all over the world, Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 are back with their fifth album ‘V’. With more of their infectious pop tracks, the guys deliver more solid music – something we wouldn’t expect less from the band.

How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 12.

What I Liked: When the music is good, it’s GOOD! Maroon 5 have worked with the best in the business in the hopes of delivering the hits with ‘V’. The band collaborated with the likes of Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Shellback, Stargate and many more on the production side and the band even got Gwen Stefani on board vocally. Speaking of vocals, Adam slays with his abilities on the album. He has one of the most unique voices in the industry and it shines on ‘V’. There is also a good balance of ballads and pop bangers.

What I Didn’t Like: I mentioned that when the songs are good, they’re really good and that also happens to be the case when the songs aren’t that great. I would also have liked to see a bit more depth in the band’s new music. Also, it would have been great if Maroon 5 took a bit more risks on the record instead of playing it safe with songs such as the two lead singles.

Best Track: ‘Maps’ is easily one of my favourite songs this year.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Rating: 7.5/10 (2 votes cast)
29
Sep

One Direction – Steal My Girl

Posted By elbroide in Pop

Another November, another One Direction album. This time around, to celebrate the release of their fourth album, the boys have decided to aptly name the album ‘Four’. The record comes preceded by their brand new single ‘Steal My Girl’. The song is exactly what you would expect from the boys and to be honest, it’s quite tiring. The track doesn’t have that umph and, on first listen, isn’t as catchy as their previous debut singles. This does lead me to wonder if they actually have something fresh up their sleeve or if the other boy bands such as The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer are taking over.

Favourite lyrics: Bad karma comes back to sting

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Rating: 3.5/10 (2 votes cast)
28
Sep

Fergie – L.A. Love (La La)

Posted By elbroide in Hip-Hop, Pop

Finally!! She’s back! Black Eyed Peas’ femme fetale Fergie is finally ready with the follow-up to her debut solo album The Dutchess. The record, which is rumoured to be called ‘Smile Now, Cry Later’, will be preceded by her new single L.A. Love (La La). The track, produced by DJ Mustard, is exactly what we missed from Fergie. The dutchess both sings and raps on the record and she does it well. The track has that hip-hop feel that seems to become more and more popular with commercial music. The track is an instant earworm and she even mentions Jo’Burg (which is always a plus).

Favourite lyrics: When I roll down the window, lemme know where you at

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Rating: 7.0/10 (2 votes cast)
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