It’s been a while since I posted. Where I have I been, you ask? Sitting on my couch catching up on Gossip Girl and in the library… catching up on Gossip Girl while staring at my textbooks pretending I understand anything about politics and the legal system. So, basically, I have no acceptable reason for not posting since that extremely memorable night when Avicii came to Madison. (Unless of course, like me, you count Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass’s not-so-fictional love consuming my life an acceptable reason.)
There’s been a lot of music released in the past couple weeks. Let me warn you though because it’s not all good. So we are going to play a little game of good, bad, good.
1) GOOD: Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
So, I’ve never really heard of this Katy Perry character, but this song is pretty good. Kidding. Obviously I am obsessed with her and this song has already been played an absurd amount of times on my computer (not to mention that it’s on repeat on my iPod and is the only song that’s been played since Sunday night). Debuted on Sunday night during Katy Perry’s Grammy performance, “Part of Me” is already number one on iTunes top 10 and I’m very excited to see where it lands on Billboard’s Top 100 tomorrow.
Any guesses about which person this song is about? That’s a joke. It literally could not be any more obvious. What I particularly like about this song is that it doesn’t stray away from the coined Katy Perry sound. It’s got the same colorful lollipop and candy sound as her other great hits such as “Firework” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat.” Of course, it also has the soon to be over-quoted line, “This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me.”
However, let me tell you that this song does bother me and make me a little angry. Katy, when are you going to give up on trying to get six singles from one album and breaking the Billboard record? At this point, I’m just losing respect for you and your pathetic attempts. If you actually had to re-release your album with new singles just to break the record, then it wasn’t meant to be. Of course, I love the fact that I am currently jamming to a new song and, in a few weeks, there will be two more for me to hear, but in my mind, I will not accept this as breaking the record if you do.
2) BAD: Madonna, “Give Me All Your Lovin’”
God. It kills me to admit that Madonna just does not have it anymore. This song is a disgrace to the 1980s Madonna. This song screams why she should have stopped making new music. So, on that note – anyone want to loan me $300 so I can see her in Chicago on her tour this year?
First issue: “L.U.V. Madonna! Y.O.U. You wanna!” I’m sorry… one, that is NOT how you spell love, and two, really clever lyrics – how long did it take you to write those? I just expect more from her, but apparently that’s too much to ask for? The fact that she even references “Lucky Star” is a disgrace. Don’t go back to your glory days while singing this song, please. Also, Madonna, as you sang, “Every record sounds the same, you gotta step into my world,” did you not realize that this song sounds exactly like every other pop song released this year?
Second issue: Nicki Minaj. She has ZERO talent. Seriously, as a society, have we not recognized this?? Why do we keep putting her in all these songs? She’s terrible. Did you not see her performance at The Grammy’s? Offense, disgusting, and terrible. I’m ashamed that Madonna even paired herself with Nicki Minaj.
All in all, Madonna is not who she used to be. At this point, she no longer stands out from the crowd, but blends in more and more with each new song. Not excited for the new record to drop on March 26th. However, seriously… I want to see her live (as long as I can get some of The Immaculate Collection being performed).
3) GOOD: The Fray, Scars & Stories
The Fray has yet to ever let me down. It’s kind of hard to review an entire album that’s this good in a short segment, but I can do it. The first single, “Heartbeat,” took over radio stations and my iTunes recently played playlist. The message of it was amazing, the lyrics were catchy, and the sound was perfectly “Fray-ish:” mature and alternative.
Then, before the album was released, the band was kind enough to put the entire album on iTunes available for free streaming. Naturally, I was too busy catching up on Gossip Girl, 90210, and other seemingly identical shows to hear the album for free, so I waited until it was available for full-price purchase.
The entire album is absolutely amazing. One issue is that none of the songs are really different… meaning that as a whole, the album is great, but individually the songs kind of start to sound identical. That’s fine though because the sound is mesmerizing. Personal favorites are “The Fighter,” “1961,” and the beautiful ballad, “Be Still.”
BOOM! There it is. I know you were all sitting on the edge of your seats (basically about to fall off because it’s been so long) waiting for a new post. I’ll be back tomorrow, no worries.