Posts Tagged ‘Electropop’

Album Review | Gabriella Cilmi’s ‘Ten’

March 27, 2010

This is somewhat of a late review, but it’s a review none-the-less…

After what I would call a not so exciting debut, Gabriella Cilmi is back and definitely better than ever. Aside from “Save The Lives” and the smash hit “Sweet About Me” Cilmi’s tune’s bored me a bit which I found a bit shocking do to the amazing production team behind the scenes: Xenomania. This time around she picks things up with a shift to an electropop, disco, 80s inspired beat that is done the best on “On A Mission” the album’s first single and key track. At first I would have said that it was my favorite track, but after a few listens through the entire album there are quite a couple that come very close to that title.

To start from the beginning of the record, Gabriella Cilmi leads the album with the strong opener, “On A Mission“, and following that the album continues with the possible second single and Xenomania tagged “Hearts Don’t Lie”, a less intense groove from the first track, yet still genius. Cilmi’s album continues to slow the beat down bit by bit with the next midtempo track “What If You Knew” which is a confessional tune about being in love with your best mate, again genius track. The descending tempo graph somewhat levels out to bring you another beautiful midtempo called “Love Me Cos You Want To“, folks.. the title pretty much tells you whats the what for this song. Bringing us back on the descending tempo track theme is the album’s ballad, well it’s one of two but this is the better one… by a lot, “Defender“. This song really puts it’s success in the hand’s of her voice and she nails it! She restrains it beautifully, as to not over do it, and gives the track it’s star power. Ok lets move on before I gush all over this… Okay you can forget the tempo chart because the rest of the album don’t really follow the aforementioned patterned. “Robots“, a brilliant midtempo electo beat filled track talking about that puzzling question of the ages: What if we were robots? Sort of serious yet fun song. Seven tracks in and sadly we come to the last of Miss Cilmi’s five star musical brilliance with “Superhot“, a sexy pace jumping tune that feels fairly 80s. Love it.

Now for the bad news… I’ll make this bit quick. Unfortunately what we have been left with was a half of a masterpiece. Ten‘s last six tracks fail to excite or even keep your focus. “Boys” and “Invisible Girl” bore, “Let Me Know” fits comfortably nowhere on this album, and “Superman” is yet another bore that by this point in the album you could possibly already be sleeping. “Glue” comes in as the best of the worst, a ballad that just doesn’t rise above okay (it’s good, but not great). And to wrap things up there is the absolute “what were you thinking?!?” track: “Sweet About Me (Twenty Ten Version)“… they pretty much took a shit one of Cilmi’s best releases. Shame.

Well it seems that this time around Gabriella Cilmi delivered, but where’s the other half? Maybe this could be corrected before it’s given an international release. The brilliance of the first half of the album is just about enough to overlook the mundane second act, but let’s shoot for a 100% when album three comes around cos I’d love to hear more, especially with the new direction you’ve went it. All in all I’d say that this ranks as one of the better releases of 2010 so far.

Score: 3.8* out of 5

*not counting the possible Record Label forced inclusion of “Sweet About Me (Twenty Ten Version)”

Take me on the floor.

June 18, 2009

The Veronicas.

IT’S ELECTROPOP BRILLIANCE.

so dance.

dadada da dadadada…

Now officially released in the US as the second single and follow up to the smash hit ‘Untouched‘, from their second album Hook Me Up.

Buy ‘Take Me On The Floor‘ on the US iTunes.

*Note: The video used is from the Australian release, it’s 10x better than the crap video they gave us. enjoy.

Discover This: BoA

May 18, 2009

Early this year South Korean artist BoA made her American debut with her self titled album BoA. In a random six degrees of Kevin Bacon way I found via Last.fm (great site).

Let me tell you though… this album is genius. It’s a great mix of electro dance pop with an R&B tinge with upbeat rhythms throughout. Perfect for the dancefloor. So far she has released two single’s off the album called “Eat You Up” and “I Did It For Love (feat. Sean Garrett)”. They are infectious, it’s amazing. Check out the music videos below, she has intense dancing skills too. (It’s like the packaged deal here)

She has wicked moves. Now if you wanna check out more of her music you can listen to her entire debut album on IMEEM here for free. If you like it you can get a copy for just $6.99 on iTunes here. I was so freaking happy when I bought it for that price cos I’m broke as a joke people. This is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. Each track is one great beat after another!

I hope you give it a listen! And I hope you like it! Comment and let me know what you think…

(oh and for those of you thinking what does BoA stand for? it’s Beat of Angel.)

Lily Allen’s new single ‘The Fear’ and it’s b-side ‘Fag Hag’

February 7, 2009

Lily Allen‘s lead single ‘The Fear‘ is from her new album It’s Not Me, It’s You which is released February 10th in North America. Both the song’s are a brilliant new sound for Lily’s sophomore album which is a great collection of softish(?) electropop tracks mixed with her trademark lyricism. The music video for ‘The Fear’ is like a colorful party with all sorts of fun happening everywhere as she is just walking by. The b-side, ‘Fag Hag’, is a great track about having the essential gay best friend.

The Fear:

Fag Hag (b-side):

Album Review: ‘Out of Control’

November 19, 2008

Nadine, Nicola, Sarah, Kimberley, and Cheryl

Nadine, Nicola, Sarah, Kimberley, and Cheryl

Girls Aloud have become one of the most successful girl groups in UK history. They have had a record breaking 20 consecutive Top Ten hits. Xenomania produced and critically acclaimed, Girls Aloud’s music is pop perfection. Now out with their fifth studio album and sixth overall, Out of Control has been the group’s best charting studio album reaching #1. Like the girl’s last album, Tangled Up, their material has matured to create a brilliant mix of mid-tempo ballads, decade influenced beats, electro flare, and more. But lets get down to it with a track by track:

The Promise” – The first single off the record, a #1 UK hit song, a and BRIT Award winner. One of the best tracks on the album. a 60s inspired tune that has great vocals. Very catchy chorus! Best Lyric: I’ve had about as much as I can take of fallin’. (The way Nadine sings it is beautiful).

The Loving Kind” – Their second single, this is a Pet Shop Boys and Xenomania produced number. It’s a mid-tempo soft song that is still danceable. For me it was a grower, but after a few listens I’ve really become a fan of it. Best Lyric: I’d do anything, sing songs that lovers sing.

Rolling Back Rivers In Time” – A really well sung track that is probably the least danceable on the CD, but it is more of a beautiful relaxing sound to just sit and listen to. Nadine really opens this song up well. Cute lyrics beats, smooth lyrics and great vocals really make this track. Best Lyric: (It’s really just a big beautiful blend).

Love Is The Key” – This track has been best described as a “sixties-style pop strut”. It’s a really fun song that I can’t help but bounce around to. Great lyrics and styling make this one of the standout tracks from the album. And the chorus is excellent. The girls definitely tried something new with this tune, and it worked! Best Lyric: Not the kinda to catch my eye, Now we’re picking out the tiles and curtains, Never thought you’d be the lucky guy, Now it’s the only thing I know for certain…

Turn To Stone” – An 80s electro-synth pop that is killed by a terrible repetitious sleeper of a chorus. A major contendor for worst song the album. Best Lyric: Well the opener by Nicola is quite pleasant.

Untouchable” – Their third and final single. The album’s big danceable ballad that builds up wonderfully. Amazing lyrics that are beautifully sung. Nicola really opens the song well. One of the greatest songs on the album and is a prime example of how Xenomania and the Girls produce some of pops greatest works. When Nadine sings the climax in the song, wow. Best Lyric(s): (From the songs tremendous climax) Without any meaning, We’re just skin and bone, Like beautiful robots dancing alone (and) And I know a heart shouldn’t beat so hard

Fix Me Up” – A sultry, sassy, fun song you can’t help but sing to while you (all sexy-like) dance and strut around the joint kind of track. This is the album’s little sexed up tune that is soo well done. Best Lyric: Oh its too hard to pick!! The opener really hooks you in.

Love Is Pain” – Another electro-synth pop track that is mostly killed by its mundane chorus. There just wasn’t any energy in the track. While it is an improvement (compared to “Turn To Stone”) What saved it, slightly, was the intriguing opener and its repetition throughout the song. Best Lyric: What you are, What you see, It don’t matter to me, It don’t matter to me, What you know, What you need, It don’t matter to me, Just be faithful to me

Miss You Bow Wow” – This track is hands down the most irresistible to dance to. It’s so hard to describe my love for this song while still being coherent. Musicomh.com says it best: “could well be the most exhilarating song of the year, being almost ridiculously danceable, having a gloriously soaring chorus and some surreal lyrics”. Check it out! Best Lyric: I remember living the dream, Twenty minutes in the hotel bar, Then I slip into your girlfriend’s jeans, And I remember said “Baby, hold tight”, Twenty hours in the twilight zone, The only lovers in the world that night

Revolution In The Head” – This track has an amazing beat that is undeniably deserving a good dance about. Great opening! Fun and very catchy lyrics! Nadine’s little pseudo-rapping, god I love it. Best Lyric: I really wanna, But then again I feel I’m feeling cold, You’re telling me mañana, Let’s call it a night

Live In The Country – A drum and bass track about moving to the country and all of the wonderful benefits it has. This track has an unusual subject matter for a pop song, but never the less the Girls turn this into one of the albums highlights. An extremely catchy chorus and amazing lyrics make their desire to live in the country fun. Best Lyric: Ooooh, ooooh yeah, There’s got to be a better way, Ooooh, and I don’t care, I know that when I live in the country…

We Wanna Party – A rocked out cover track that really doesn’t live up to Girls Aloud standards. Not a strong ender for the album, but all-in-all it’s not the worst track ever… just no where near the best. Best Lyric: Not really any… at all.

‘Out of Control’ is not their best, but is an amazing inventive pop album. Loaded with brilliant lyrics, openers, choruses, and vocals. Though there are some below GA standard tracks (i.e. Turn To Stone, We Wanna Party, and Love Is Pain) it’s the one of the better pop albums this year.

MUST LISTEN: The Promise, The Loving Kind, Rolling Back Rivers In Time, Love Is The Key, Untouchable, Miss You Bow Wow, Revolution In The Head, and Live In The Country!