Stone Temple Pilots A Good Album

Album Title                         :               Stone Temple Pilot

Artist                                     :               Stone Temple Pilot

Genre                                   :               Alternative Rock

Year Released                   :               2018—-

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Avid fans of this alternative rock band would be curious as how the new lead vocalist Jeff Gutt.  They would be interested as how this frontman would fare against Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington who both left a mark of their own during their time as the lead vocals of Stone Temple Pilots.  My verdict is that like Arnel Pineda who became the face behind of Journey, Jeff fit the bill and one does not need rock credentials to say so. Why?

 

Because this latest album is not about finding out if the new singer has got what it takes to fill in the shoes of the legendary singers who unfortunately both died young.  This new record is all about finding out if the band can still rock two decades after.  If you are familiar with the history of this band, you will know that the group has tumultuous history.  It fired Scott, and rehired and he died. It hired Chester and died later. With this new singer, the band might recover whatever is lost when it lost their lead vocalists.

Fortunately, this new record may prove once and for all that the critics were indeed were wrong when they underestimated the impact of this band.  It was indeed a challenge for the band to rise up during the grunge era when every rock band played similar music and styles.  But, in this record, it highlighted the fact the fact that what separates the band from those it was compared with is that the songs in this album has melodies, has good hooks, and good vocals.

It has the kind of record that would cater to different kind of fans. It has “Six and Eight” and “Red and Blue” for standard rock ballads. The latest album has “Middle of Nowhere” and “Guilty” for those who preferred the band to play hard rock stuff. If you like distorted guitar sounds or great guitar hooks, you wouldn’t be disappointed with “Good Shoes” and “Never Enough.” If you prefer to be stuck with the 90’s sound, you can dig “Thought She’d Be Mine” and “Roll Me Under.:

It is a good thing that Jeff do not sound like any of the band’s previous lead vocalist.  It made listening to this latest album very indulgent and not a challenge to defend that he is indeed different from Chester and Scott.  I say this record deserves 4 stars rating.

 

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic

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Is Someone Using Madonna To Try To Scam Me With My Non-Existent $700 Money?

Just sharing my thought and perhaps someone will illucidate me on this.

Denal's Mind

This morning was quite gloomy but still I was in upbeat mood.  I don’t want to bother myself stress.  The mood became more cheerful when this direct message Twitter popped on my Android Phone.

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Of course, I got intrigued so I view the Madonna account on Twitter. And I saw this!!!

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I was ecstatic that Madonna is now following me. Who wouldn’t?

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Thus the conversation with Madonna became even more interesting and it went on like this. I had the temerity to ask if she is indeed The Madonna and she replied YES

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She wanted to know more about me so I responded to some of her questions like;

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And this!!!

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I got so excited that I was praying “Please God let her give freebies.” And our conversation came to it.

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The Fan ID did it for me and I became even more steamed up to know more what she…

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Rick Still Sing Songs About Life Beautifully

Album Title                         :               Beautiful Life

Artist                                     :               Rick Astley

Genre                                   :               POP

Year Released                    :               2018

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In his previous album studio album, he went gospel and surely fans will look forward to another reinvention of his.  They will be in for a disappoint with regard to a new sound as Rick Astley somehow opted to go back to his roots or probably venture into territory where Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck left off.  However, the deviation to back to basics is not a bad thing.  It is probably doing something where he is good at.  He is indeed good in this album that you will not find the whole album very boring.

 

Perhaps, it challenged him to top “50.” Top it he did and suddenly he became a pop star again and no longer in the league with 80’s touring artist and keep on touring to remind people of their legacy.  In this album, he delivers positive message despite shivering in “Shivers.”  He was in the mood reliving the past and sang instead of reciting the cassette and DVDs in the “The Gold Old Days.” It would have been probably awful if he did it the Madonna way like in “Vogue.” He was bouncy in “Beautiful Life.” And even in songs about longing in “She Makes Me,” he made it sound like a good thing instead of being sad.

 

His voice is fuller and in low register prompting me to say that he reminds me of the good old days of Tom and Engelbert.  Fortunately, the songs are too pop instead of standard fare. I say that this is a good album worth keeping and listening over and over again.  Thus, I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic

Drake Scorpion Stings

Album Title                         :               Scorpion

Artist                                     :               Drake

Genre                                   :               Rap / R and B

Year Released                   :               2018

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Anger, frustration, madness, and fury are some of the basic characteristics of rap songs especially among male rappers.  This is why most rap songs come out loud, heavy, and provocative.  While these characteristics are still present in this latest album of Drake, there is one trait which you could say that this is indeed a unique rap album.  Surprisingly, the songs are not heady and heavy. The verses are confessional but perhaps in the long run most rap fans could not tolerate the bragging that Drake versified in his rap songs.

Yes, the album boast songs that are egocentric of Drake. Instead of tackling social issues he rapped on the impact of fame into his life.  He is so boastful in this album to the point of teasing the strength of his manhood. He urges fans to be like and be surrounded with girls and make fun with them.  Thus, this is the reason why this record is tolerable on my part.  There is none of the heavy anger other rappers rap about.  There is nothing sensational with his confessions.  It is confessional but not philosophical.

His rap songs are verses that you hear in the streets.  You can relate to the verses and motivated to be like Drake later on or in the future.  I rate this album 4 stars as you can really listen to the whole record without realizing that you just done listening 25 raps songs without being annoyed.

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic

AN ALBUM THAT YOU CAN MAD ABOUT

Album Title                         :               Mad Love The Prequel Album

Artist                                     :               Sean Paul

Genre                                   :               Reggae Pop R and B

Year Released                   :               2018

One of the problems with an artist like Sean Paul is that the music tends to be monotonous.  Once you hear one of his songs, the next song might sound the same. Fortunately, this notion could be hardly equated with Sean Paul.  His music does not sound the same altogether.  You can actually discern the difference between songs. But it doesn’t mean that he can’t be too careful and rely on the same devices.  This is perhaps the core context of this album and this is why most of the songs are with featured singers.  The question is that did it work?

I personally believe that bringing in Tony Lanez in “Tek Weh Yu Heart” provided a Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar charm for the song thus making it sound different from his early recordings. By featuring Dua Lipa in “No Lies,” you have a song that may sound like any Rihanna song but has different kind of feel.  Her vocal performance might be Rihanna like but it is more like a female version of Sean Paul. It was a masterstroke on Sean Paul’s part by hiring another singer for “Naked Truth” instead of relying it with Dua Lipa; thus it did not sound like a rehash of “One Kiss.”

This album has few discoveries as well. For example, you might think that Ellie Goulding persona could not fit Sean Paul’s music. But it did and expect that in the future, Ms. Goulding might tinker with a reggae album as well and reinvent her music. In “Mad Love,” Becky G did away with predictability. By injecting her own Latin flavor, the song became distinct with other songs in this record. His collaboration with Major Lazer created the most bop song in this collection.

Indeed, this album is surprising delightful for me.  I did not expect that I will finish the whole album without using the fast forward button. I strongly recommend this record and rate it with 4 stars.

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic

For Your Info, Not of Greater Magnitude

Album Title                         :               Orders of Magnitude

Artist                                     :               Information Society

Genre                                   :               Pop / Techno

Year Released                   :               2016

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I say that it was quite a surprise to discover that this 90’s band has produced records two decades after.  There is an attempt on the part of the band to reinvent as one would not find music similar to their 90s hits like Repetition, and Walking Away just to name a few. Instead, you would hear a remake of Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” with a more techno sound. You have B52’s like music such as “Capital I” and “Praying to the Alien.”

 

There is also an attempt to produce more current sounds such as “Me and My Rhythm” which sounds like a combination of Rockefeller Skunk and the music of Men Without Hats.  You can also hear pseudo-artsy music lyrically with “State of The Nation.” Indeed, that’s a lot of reinvention that you can hear in this record and that makes listeners dizzy with the selection.

Perhaps, Information Society did not have a musical direction to begin with.  If you are expecting a very pop album, you will end disappointed.  However, the whole sound of the album can be considered as guilty pleasure.  You can shake your head and sway with your hips with some of the tunes and in some songs you might say “duh.”

With that, it is not difficult to rate this album given the fact that it is quite fun to listen to somehow.  I will rate this record 2.5 stars.

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic

Shawn Has Shown His Maturity

Album Title                         :               Shawn Mendes

Artist                                     :               Shawn Mendes

Genre                                   :               Pop

Year Released                   :               2018

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Shawn has shown his maturity.  You can say that there is a little bit of reinvention in this record.  It is either you look at it as regression or an improvement.  But for me, I say that it is an improvement.  In fact, this could be a shoo-in for one of the best albums of the year so far.  The album has simple narrative.  You can actually tell that the whole concept of this album centered on one-night stand and the reflections behind it. You can simply imagine how it happened, what happened, and the consequences.  This is a reflective album as he sung about fighting demons after meeting somebody.

Musically, you can say that he is finally singing songs befitting his age.  Thus, you have songs that boy bands like One Direction would want to sing such as “In My Blood” and “Fallin’ All In You.”  Especial mention for the song “Why” as it sounds like Harry Style’s “Sign of The Times. “ The song “Nervous” is quite a bouncy tune about being nervous meeting somebody.  He was not lost in terms of musicality in “Lost In Japan.”  I am glad that I found this song in this record as it reminds me of songs that were performed by Al Jarreau and George Benson.  In some parts, it is like listening to a Bruno Mars song. The same can be said with “Where Were You This Morning?”

You will really like “I Like To Be You.”  It is like a serenade that is asking for empathy.  A very emotional theme but the duet worked so well.  There is no arguing that this is one of the strongest points in this record.  The R and B ridden “Particular Taste” does not blend well in the company of good songs however, it shows that Shawn Mendes can tackle not only pop songs but songs with other genres as well.”

The maturity aspect of this album lies in the fact that Shawn did not create songs that is so bubblegum pop.  He made songs on one night stand that do not dwell on the mesmerizing aspect or the leave it there moment.  Instead, he sang about his reflections on it.  I say that this record will stand the test of time and will become one of classic albums in the future. I rate this record 5 stars.

 

Rating Guide

1 star = ignore it

2 star = take a chance

3 star = buy it and listen

4 star = buy it and keep it

5 star = classic