A New Direction From An Ex-One Direction Member

Song                        :       Sign of The Times

Artist                       :       Harry Styles

Date Released       :       April 2017

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There are a lot of things that you can say about the debut song of Harry Styles. First, it can be his “Take A Bow” song, you know the kind of song that motivates people to move on.  But in this song, Harry does not only encourage, he lifts people up. Second, the song is not only a fusion but a merging of styles.  Perhaps, he was just being true to his name when it comes to style.  Third, the song is like a male Sinead O’ Connor “Nothing Compare’s To You.” Or, you can describe the song as being sung by a male Annie Lennox.  Fourth, it is a trip down to memory lane when music was all about good lyrics, hooks, and melodies.

Listen to this new song on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0GKGpObgPY.

The first song of the year candidate is already delivered.  The song is indeed surprising considering his pop background with One Direction.  The video is also simple but complements the sullen atmosphere the song wants to project and at the same time invigorates listeners to move on. Yes, the song is not perfect as you hear familiar refrain from different song favorite of yours but, Harry sang it in a way that he is the original singer of these familiar refrains.

I rate both the song and video of “Sign of The Times” with 5 stars.

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HELLO!!! IT’S ADELE’S NEW SINGLE

SONG TITLE                          :        HELLO

ARTIST                                   :        ADELE

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

Adele’s next album is highly anticipated considering all the critical and commercial success it generated as years go by.  It is expected that this new record of hers will be break records.  Now, here comes the first single from her supposed “25” album.  Fans and non-fans expect a good lead single from this album.  So, how is this first single?

It has all the ingredients of another huge hit single from her; powerful vocals, ballad tempo, narrative lyrics, and simple video.  However, that is just what it is all about.  There is nothing great about this single and I believe this is another overrated single.  If this track were done by another artist, this will not receive huge attention like Adele did.  Because it is highly anticipated, people will be biased and conclude that this a good record when in fact this is just another standard ditty from her.

I was expecting a more powerful single where you can really feel her vocal sincerity as listening to this whole track is like listening to a voice lesson.  She  just merely showed how powerful her voice is and that’s just it .  This is the kind of hit song where in the long run it will not become classic.  The first week of release of this song will be great but it will not last long the way “Uptown Funk” and other 2015 hits; this is my prediction.

With that I rate this single from Adele 3.0 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

A ROCK ALBUM PLAGUE WITH PROBLEMS

ALBUM TITLE                        :        THE PLAGUE WITHIN

ARTIST                                   :        PARADISE LOST

GENRE                                    :        ROCK

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

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There is nothing original or exclusive from the band in this record.  Listening to the whole album is like imagining other great rock artist like Metallica, Korn, and Led Zeppelin. If this is an homage or tribute album, you can explain the whole ambience of this album. If this is a studio album, you can say that this album is a rip-off.

Unlike other hard core rock bands where they have songs that have melodies, hooks, and rhythm, what you will find in this record is lots of yelling and screaming. The band performs the song like a college rock band.  The guitar strumming can be considered as very basic; no frills no wailing of guitars.

You cannot even point one song as something worth listening to.  With that I rate this record 1.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

NEW VIBE FROM JUSTIN BIEBER

SONG TITLE                          :        WHAT DO YOU MEAN

ARTIST                                   :        JUSTIN BIEBER

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        AUGUST 2015

If you are an avid fan of Justin Bieber, you will not care if this song is an improvement or not.  What you care is that you have the latest record from Justin that you can sing along.  For non-fans, you will be surprised to realize that you like “What Do You Mean.”  It is a decent pop song first and foremost.  It is not loaded with EDM noise.  Justin delivered the song in a very relaxing manner.  He did not put his angst on this song when in fact it talks about confusion in a relationship.

He sang the song as if he is just asking casually to his partner about the status of their relationship.  Maybe, Justin just want to play it cool this time and be done with personal issues. Whatever answers he received from asking “what do you mean,” just like the  whole ambience of the song, he will just accept it as it is.  And just be cool about it and go on with his life.

I rate this song 4 stars for trying not to become a sounding board for Justin and have it as one of his decent songs in years.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it