Category Archives: USA

Britney Spears – Perfume

 

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Britney‘s new song is unlike anything she’s released recently. It’s not about clubbing, sex or glamorous life. For a change it’s a vulnerable ballad telling a story of a woman afraid that her partner is cheating. Feeling helpless, instead of confronting the problem, she puts on perfume to leave a mark on her lover. Written by Britney and Sia Furler this track will be the second single from the upcoming album Britney Jean due for release on the 29th of November.

The sound of Perfume is refreshing too. Britney‘s strong vocals are paired with soft piano and synth. Catchy, if not a little cloying. After milking the tired EDM + dubstep formula this song is exactly what Britney needed to keep the fans interested. Still, the best thing about Perfume is the subtlety of dealing with the subject of inevitable break up, with the cloud of fragrance as a fragile defence. Catchy, romantic, relatable.
 

 

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Lady Gaga – ARTPOP / Album Review

 

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Let me skip the foreplay and get that lube on to the point:
ARTPOP is a decent effort, if not flawed, and not nearly as brilliant as The Fame, which bred so many number one singles and unforgettable Poker Face, Paparazzi or Bad Romance.

After the underwhelming electro-gothic album Born This Way, ARTPOP is much brighter and spotlight-ready, closer to The Fame, yet unfortunately it doesn’t replicate the same quality. In fact, at times it sounds over-produced, with its chopped up beats, processed vocals, multiple choruses and topped with broadway/glee kind of vocal and this strange, overly serious or dramatic but at the same time alienating tone of voice (see Dope). In the lyrics department Gaga made us get used to her whacky but meaningful text and more or less subtle social commentary, instead this time we have countless sex references and some vacuous statements. Essentially there are a couple of gems and… more fillers.

 

Here’s ARTPOP in a nutshell:

 

THE GOOD:

 

    Venus – cheesy and…fun! Gaga as goddess-of-love-inspired sex therapist shouting ‘Venus’ in a horny voice (the third time), priceless. Danceable, solid effort.

    G.U.Y – hypnotising chorus that may just drill its way into your head. No more, no less.

    Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly) – catchy pop tune with a R’n’B like feel. It’s a good pop track but you can tell Gaga is playing safe with this one…

    Applause – Sparkling hooks, catchy, great energy – ticks all the boxes. First and best?

 

THE BAD:

 

    Jewels n’ Drugs – I failed to find any sophisticated vocabulary to describe this song, in other words – it’s shit. I guarantee you’ll hate this pseudo-hip-hop when you hear it, no matter if you’re a die-hard fan or not.

    Everything else is either just O-K or simply forgettable electropopmashedpotatoes…
    Mary Jane Holland is just alright and Aura a.k.a Burqa treats a complex subject matter of women wearing veil but in a rather simplified way.
    Sexxx Dreams is so drowned in electronic SFX that it sounds like a vomiting robot, all this with lyrics about masturbation. Masturbation doesn’t have to be boring… but this song is.
    MANiCURE, another song about sex… Even Gaga sounds bored on the Artpop track. ‘My artpop could mean anything’ – hmm ok. Car insurance leaflet that’s been clogging your post box for a month has more profound meaning than the song Swine. Enjoy this extract:

    ‘I know, I know, I know, I know you want me
    You’re just a pig inside a human body
    Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you’re so disgusting!
    You’re just a pig inside… swine.
    Swine~
    Swine~
    Swine~
    Swine~’

    Pretty sad.

    Gypsy is a song that’s everything. It’s a ballad, it’s broadway Edge-of-Glory kinda thing, it’s trying to be catchy, it’s electronic… At the end it throws is some ‘we are all one’ stamp by mentioning a handful of countries, wishing it was Waka Waka.

 

All in all, ARTPOP is a decent pop album thanks to the better tracks, however those are outnumbered by the boring, soul-less fillers about sex and electro, making it an underwhelming record for the artist like Lady Gaga.
The title ARTPOP promises something grand but ultimately doesn’t live up to its name.
Just like the cover image with Gaga posing awkwardly in a slanted wig has little to do with art, but definitely pop. She got half of the title right! xD…

Verdict = Form over substance.

 

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Lana Del Rey – Ride + Paradise Edition tracklist

 

 

Here it is, official audio to Lana Del Rey‘s new lead single – Ride. What turns out to be a cool downtempo number is what Lana delivers best. In the vein of sentimental Video Games, Ride will prove the right choice for the lead single of Born to Die The Paradise Edition.

 
Check out the official audio to Lana’s new song Ride:

 

Along with the cover, Lana also confirmed the eight new tracks to appear on Paradise Edition alongside the original Born to Die tracks. Those are:

1. Ride
2. American
3. Cola
4. Body Electric
5. Blue Velvet
6. Gods and Monsters
7. Yayo
8. Bel Air

 

Listen to Paradise Edition trailer:

 

Interestingy, Nirvana‘s cover Heart Shaped Box didn’t make the cut. We think it’s probably thanks to Courtney Love being classy as always. Love tweeted to Lana: “You do know the song is about my Vagina right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,’ umm… On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you?”. hmmmmm, THANKS COURTNEY………………..

With or without Heart Shaped Box cover, with eight new tracks Paradise Edition is bound to please your Lana cravings.

 

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Lana Del Rey – Blue Velvet

 

 

While we are waiting for Lana’s November release, Born to Die: Paradise Edition, there are plenty of unreleased songs and unconfirmed leaks circulating on the internet. What we can confirm however, is that a cover – Blue Velvet, will be the first single.

Lana’s rendition of this classic song, first appeared in the Polish H&M commercial:

 

Blue Velvet is due for release on 20th of September. The song fits Lana like a glove but it will take more than a cover to live up to her debut album. With this in mind, Ride was announced as the new lead single. Stay tuned for more.

Blue Velvet, full version:

 

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Lana Del Rey confirms National Anthem as the new single

 

 

It has been confirmed that the next single of Lana Del Rey will be National Anthem. The music video is on its way as Lana has to postpone some of her US performances in order to film it. I think National Anthem was one of the best songs from the Born to Die album and given the timing, it might do very well as a single. We can only dream that the leaked badass demo version of National Anthem gets somehow included in this release (B-side please?). If you haven’t heard it yet, check out the link below:

 

 

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introducing ZOWIE

 

 

Zowie aka Zoe Fleury is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She played gigs with Peaches and The Kills but now she’s making it on her own, and as many journalists agree, she’s the new artist to watch.

Check out Zowie’s newest single Smash It and you’ll understand why :

The catchy tune was mixed by Michael Patterson who also worked for Jennifer Lopez, Nine Inch Nails and P Diddy. The song was also featured on a US show Pretty Little Liars.

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