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Album Review // Kelly Clarkson “Piece By Piece”

It’s been a while since I reviewed an album (if you haven’t read it, it’s here), I reckon this is the perfect time to do a new one considering my blog has recently been given a fresh facelift and at hand, we have an album from my all time favourite artist.

piecebypieceWords & Picture: Oliver @oliverinstead

Piece By Piece is Kelly Clarkson‘s 7th studio album and her first in almost four years! Since releasing Stronger in 2011, she has got married, released a Christmas album and given birth to a gorgeous baby girl, River Rose. It was released earlier this month but my copy took a while to deliver as I pre-ordered the limited edition box set from the official website so it arrived at my doorstep all the way from the US. 😉

 

Before playing the CD, I read through the leaflet and straightaway the lack of writing credits from the American Idol champ herself caught my attention. In fact, ever since the fall out with her label back in the My December era, she’s been producing noticeably less and less of her own materials… Continue Reading

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Track of the Week // Jess Glynne “Hold My Hand”

If ever there was such thing as a “vocal crush“, mine would definitely have to be this British raven-haired siren. I’ve always been a huge sucker for raspy and raw-sounding singers so ever since the moment I first came across Rather Be on the radio, I’ve just fallen instantly in love with the grit in Jess Glynne‘s voice.

 

As a vocalist, Glynne is perhaps better known for the megahits she’s produced with fellow Brits like Clean Bandit and Route 94. Several #1 collaborations later, the London songtress is aiming to make 2015 her year to achieve solo success, and with this brand new, very infectious gem of a track… it’s looking promising.

Hold My Hand - Single 1

Hold My Hand follows Glynne’s Top 10 hit Right Here as the second single off her forthcoming debut album. It offers a very polished and pure Pop sound that we’ve yet to hear in Glynne’s previous Electronic-leaning materials and I absolutely love it! What I love even more is her smoky, soulful vocal performance – it’s genuinely the best of its kind. The way it flows along with the piano-driven rhythms is simply too slick!

Lyrics-wise, it paints a positive picture. This is a great mood-lifter with perfect sing-along words that will stick in your brain after a couple of plays… but it won’t stop there, as I predict the playcount’s about to skyrocket on my iTunes. What do you reckon? 😉

 

Love, Oliver

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Music Tracks of the Week

Track of the Week // Tove Styrke “Borderline”

So sorry I haven’t done one of these in so long!! Truth is, although Wi-Fi is as common as anything throughout Asia, there is no guarantee that it will always work so attempting to stream music presented a real modern day hardship most of the times. Therefore, I’d been keeping track of all the new music I’d missed out during my travels for when I return to the UK, which I am now. Good to be back but I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I don’t miss the sunshine…

 

Anyway! One obvious stand-out track that I have just listened to now (and already hooked) is the lead single off Tove Styrke’s latest EP, Borderline released late last year, to be included in her upcoming sophomore album Kiddo.

Borderline-EP-4

This track comes with bags of attitude and fun wordplays. Indeed, this song’s got some of my favourite lyrics, like /I live my life in shackles but I’m borderline free, I used to be blind and I still can’t see/ . It’s clever but it’s cheeky, and it’s cute bouncing on and off the beats.

 

Tove and I actually go way back to my high school days when I used to follow the Idol franchise religiously. On her respective series, Tove merely lost out on the crown to a couple of dudes when she finished third but she has since been tipped by critics all over the world to be the one to watch. Well, if she was anything to write home about then, she certainly is the singer-songwriter everyone should be listening out for in 2015!!

This is not the everyday-Pop-diva Tove I remembered from some tired, rehashed-out reality show, in a surprisingly good way. This track shows that this Swedish powerhouse is capable of reinventing herself to stay fresh and exciting with impressive ease.

 

If you don’t know who Tove Styrke is yet, Borderline is definitely the song to get onboard her love train with!!

 

Love, Oliver

*Borderline – EP is available to download on iTunes here. New album Kiddo is due to release on 16/03.

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Track of the Week: Fall Out Boy “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

Fresh out the oven doesn’t even begin to describe this week’s selection from Fall Out Boy, whose new promotional single The Kids Aren’t Alright was only just released no more than two days ago.

 

American Beauty _ American Psycho

This is the third song we’ve heard from the Chicago band’s much anticipated upcoming sixth album entitled American Beauty / American Psycho, following the smash hit Centuries and the title track – all of which you can instantly download when you preorder the album on iTunes.

The pop-punk ballad opens with pulsing percussions rolling alongside these super catchy whistles, and it only gets better from there as it progresses into a powerful chorus where Patrick Stump scream-sings some rather emotional words. In comparison to the two previously released tracks, The Kids Aren’t Alright by far has the most sentimental characteristics yet, whilst retained is their hyper energy.

The vocals are, as usual, impeccable. Apart from his signature high notes that we’re all too familiar with, Stump also shows off a fair bit of his lower register – listen out for the flawlessly executed verses and bridge.

 

I have to say, the boys are killing it harder than they ever were before the five year hiatus. Who is excited for the album? *hand shoots up*

 

Love, Oliver

*American Beauty / American Psycho is out 19/01 in the UK – preorder on iTunes now.
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The Best Tracks of 2014

As the year of 2014 draws to a close, I look back at the highlights of this year’s music scene. I thought, if I was to compile an album based on the sound that would best represent my 2014 iPod library, what would it sound like? And it ended up sounding something like this…

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