Monday, 28 July 2014

Music: July 2014 Playlist

This was a tricky list to compile because I've just had Ed Sheerans 'x' album on repeat!
  1. One Of The Guys - Jenny Lewis
  2. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  3. English Love Affair - 5 Seconds of Summer
  4. Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
  5. Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith
  6. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  7. Don't Save Me - Haim (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  8. Words As Weapons - Seether
  9. Rude - Magic!
  10. Westcoast - Lana Del Ray

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Life: June 2014 Round Up

  1. I went out for dinner with my friend Hannah at the start of June, she's just moved back to London from York and so hopefully I'll be seeing more of her. It was a great catch up and Pizza Express is always a good idea
  2. I went out for lunch with my sister and my dad too which was nice, we went to the local golf club as they have a restaurant that overlooks the river so that was fun, it had been lovely weather too
  3. Of course it was the world cup! Myself and my sister, who I live with, were proper into it! I was so psyched about the England matches but my enthusiasm rapidly disappeared! We ordered pizza and had beers for the first match 
  4. I had a week off and was originally supposed to be going on holiday with my friend Maisy but our plans fell through which is disappointing as I was really excited! It did mean I was able to have my hair done and see a few more people
  5. I went out with Hannah and her mate Briony for the first weekend off and it was a bit of a disaster, Hannah was hungover and tired from the night before and so I proceeded to get paralytic and threw up in the bar toilet. Keeping it classy.
  6. Myself and Maisy went to Kingston for a bit of shopping and also ate at TGI Fridays, we had nachos, burgers, chips and cocktails. It was so delicious but I was ridiculously full
  7. I then went out in London with Kabya for dinner at an insanely posh restaurant in Leicester Square, I left my shopping in the restaurant though and had to trek back the next day and got stuck in London and nearly missed my hair appointment!
  8. Although I was two hours late for my haircut (!!) they were so lovely and still managed to cut it and dye it, it took three hours but I left with exactly the style I was after. Ombre waves with a shaved side :D
  9. I went to Devon to see Mitch the last weekend of my time off, he attempted to teach me to skate which is as hilarious as you can imagine. It rained during the day but was still warm which is good
  10. I read the Maze Runner too, in the space of about four days, I wasn't so sure about the main lead but it was definitely a gripping book and would recommend it to those who an adventure novel
  11. June was an awesome time for music too, Ed Sheeran released his 2nd album- you can read the review here, and 5 Seconds of Summer FINALLY released their debut album, review of that one here
  12. On a sadder note it was my Granddads funeral, my mum did a speech which was incredibly brave of her. I hadn't seen him for some time but I remember him living with us when I was a teenager

I have another week off in July as well as Comic Con, SALE launch at work and the dentist. Eeeeek. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Music: '5 Seconds of Summer' Album Review

Who: 5 Seconds of Summer
What: 5 Seconds of Summer
Favourite Songs: Lost Boy, English Love Affair, Green Light, End Up Here

I have reviewed 5 Seconds of Summer live twice (you can read those here and here) therefore I listened to this album having already seen over half of the songs being performed live and I think that hindered my experience.
While there is not denying how hard the four guys worked on the album, the famous names they worked with (Madden Brothers of Good Charlotte, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low) and the serious talent that quite clearly have I felt that the album lacked the 5 Seconds of Summer rawness I was expecting.
Whether it is because I'm used to low-quality covers on YouTube or because they cite Blink 182, Greenday and All Time Low as their inspirations, the debut 5 Seconds of Summer album felt a tad over-produced.
Amnesia was a favourite of mine when I saw it performed live, the lyrics when sung by the guys felt painfully real "It's like we never happened/Was it just a lie?/If what we had was real/How could you be fine?/'Cause I'm not fine at all." But the album version felt a little constricted with Ashton's drumming nearly removed and Luke's voice barely recognizable. The same can be said for Voodoo Doll and Good Girls, with too much added auto-tune, over done harmonies and backing vocals used when a much needed guitar solo or the boys simple singing would have had a much more powerful effect.  
Don't get me wrong, I love the songs and I'm glad I can listen to them minus girls screaming but I miss Calum extending certain words (perfection in Lost Boy) or Michael screaming (Good Girls improv anybody?)
If I had only heard She Looks So Perfect and Don't Stop the album would be a pleasant surprise, a mix of guitar based pop hits such as Good Girls, Kiss Me Kiss Me and heart-swooning ballads like Amnesia, Everything I Didn't Say and Never Be. But the boys can do better. 
Nonetheless, some tracks are catchy, fun and offer the cheeky 5 Seconds of Summer I expected, English Love Affair provides suggestive lyrics such as "Next thing we were back at her place/A hideaway in Mayfair/All the great and good there/ Drinking all the way to third base." With Lost Boy and Green Light the most similar to the live versions and End Up Here a potential chart topper.
Not quite proving their haters wrong, 5 Seconds of Summer may have come a long way but 
they still have a long way to go.

The talent is most certainly there but 5 Seconds of Summer need to ensure they don't lose their way in order to sell records.


Check out the tracklisting here. I downloaded all possible tracks. 

Music: 'X' Album Review

Who: Ed Sheeran
What: x (Multiply)
Favourite Songs: (All of them?!) Photograph, Even My Dad Does Sometimes, Don't, Thinking Out Loud, I'm A Mess

After the wild success of his first album '+' back in 2011 the Suffolk born 23 year old had a great to live up to; he did not disappoint. Already the fastest selling album of 2014, 'x' is a captivating return from Sheeran, with input from Pharrell, Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol you are provided with a record full of 16 could-be singles. No mean feat.
In classic Ed Sheeran style an acoustic guitar and bold lyrics are the foundation for many of the songs with great production, a dash of rapping and a mash up of instruments producing a raw, honest album.
There are three different types of song styles on 'x' and although Sheeran fleets from rapping (Take It Back) to some serious crooning (Thinking Out Loud) and classic guy with a guitar (I'm A Mess) the theme remains the same; write what you know.
The first single of the album Sing is reminiscent of Justin Timberlake circa 2002, with Runaway and Don't offering a similar style, a quicker beat then most and slightly more light-hearted then some of the other tracks. It also offers a link to another genre covered by Sheeran; rap. The Man, Sing, Nina and Take It Back certainly have a Mike Skinner vibe to them, with The Man sounding very much like it has come straight off Original Pirate Material
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Even My Dad Does Sometimes, Alfire Love and Photograph will pull at the heart-strings of anybody who gives them a listen, with lyrics from Photograph stating "Where our eyes are never closing/Hearts are never broken/And time's forever frozen still." It's worth checking out the background and the story behind Sheeran's songs it will simply make you love them (and him) even more.
Heartbreak and love songs also make an appearance and come in the form of Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud, I'm A Mess and One. All equally as relatable as they are poignant, Sheeran masters the art of despair and what it feels like to truly love, how many people can relate to? "I'm a mess right now/Inside Out/Searching for a sweet surrender/But this is not the end." Once again, Sheeran's music will engage, enthrall and excite.
Dare I say it? This album is faultless. 

Writing from experience is why Ed Sheeran shines so bright, he manages to turn an emotion you feel and the thoughts in your head into lyrics with the perfect melody to match.


Check out the tracklisting here. I downloaded all possible tracks.