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Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

15 Dec

Six million albums sold, forty million singles sold and a Grammy Award: Bruno Mars is one of the absolute high-flyers in the pop business since the release of his debut album “Doo-Wops” (2010). Now the native Hawaiians puts on with his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’.

On this album the singer raged in various genres. Whether crunched Michael Jackson-goes-indie-rock sound (‘Gorilla’), arm in arm with Sting (‘Locked Out Of Heaven’), together with Terence Trent D’Arby on piano (‘When I Was Your Man’) or unconcerned fluffy reggae-pop like (‘Show Me’). Bruno Mars looks on “Unorthodox Jukebox” with big eyes beyond his own nose.

Pop, Rock, R & B, Soul: Despite permanent change of direction a thick thread through the whole work. With great choruses and edgy pop up structures the second ‘landing on Mars’ turns out to be a good stop on the way in large worlds.

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Keywest

12 Dec

Keywest are a 5 piece Irish Rock/Pop band. The band recently signed a world wide publishing deal in the US after working with Grammy nominated producer/mixer Mark Needham. Their debut album was released on the 27th of January 2012.

Befor I came to Dublin I never heard about the band. Until one day I discovered they in the shopping street. Despite their success Keywest regularly plays free street concerts.

With one of the largest Facebook fanbases Keywest continue to uphold their reputation as one of the largest growing and most sought after bands in the country.

Keywest is the Band to watch and is expected to break out of Ireland on an International scale and follow such bands as The Script, Snow Patrol and U2.

 

Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C.

11 Dec

As this lanky, tattooed guy with the slightly bizarre name in 2006 for the first time struck the musical world with his tunes, nobody could have guessed that six years later, the name Wiz Khalifa is on everyone’s lips.

Game, Snoop, Ne-Yo, even Maroon 5, all they want to have him as a guest on their songs. Despite all these features, he has still managed to complete with ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ his own second studio album. Although none of these artists is represented as a feature, but he has Cam’Ron, Akon, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and Pharell brought into the bot.

Already with the first three tracks is a little on irrelevance in Wiz ‘appearance. Safe, relaxed and stress free seems ‘Bond Paper’ or ‘Bluffin’. The decisive moment in the battle for the favor of the listener you get with danceable, oppressive beats  like ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’, which was not without reason the first single release from ‘O.N.I.F.C.’. Unexpectedly pale is the nearly ten minute long ‘No limit’.

Is ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ now become a bad album? Not at all. But a successful Album is it also not . If you still can not get enough, let me tell you: The next feature will be come certainly.

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Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

9 Dec

Ellie Goulding’s album ‘Halcyon’ captured my soul right on the first listen. Never before have I experienced so many emotions, from despair and sadness to hope. Goulding’s voice is something special, imprinting everything she sings with unique character. Her tremulous vibrato and slightly hoarse timbre have the feel of something primal and folky, her birdlike high notes conveying a childlike wonder while darker tones imply ancient depths of sorrow. She sings like she is strung out on the melody, warbling from a place of desperate emotion.

To find inspiration for her second disc, the singer-songwriter traveled back to her native Herefordshire, England. There she recorded with producer Jim Elliot. With its melodicism, emotionality and ear-catching sound effects, this is certainly pop music but not of the formulaic electro-r & b style that has come to dominate the charts.

This album deserves the same success, if not more, than Adele’s 21 has achieved.

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Greenday – Tre

8 Dec

‘Tre’ will be the last album of Green Day’s trilogy and it is a worthy, perfect ending.

As the first two albums ‘Uno’ and ‘Dos’ and this album has its own style. It is musically compared with the two predecessor albums ‘American Idiot ‘and ’21st Century Breakdown’. ‘Uno’ was classic and ‘Dos’ was a little dirty and fun. Thats the reason why everyone will has their own favorite of the CD’s.

In any case, a successful conclusion of the trilogy.

 

The Script – #3

7 Dec

The third studio album from the Irish Trio The Script was recorded in Los Angeles. ‘Hall Of Fame’ is the first single off the album and it is a perfect introduction. The track is a feature with Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am. The vocals of Danny O’Donoghue and Will.i.am work together so fantastically.

‘Good Ol’ Days’ is the opening track on the record and this is a more uplifting and positive side of the band that we don’t always see. The Script always have O’Donoghue who has brought a very personal feel to his writing once again and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ as he wears his heart on his sleeve and sings about his own very personal break-up.

The most personal moment on the CD comes in ‘If You Could See Me Now’ that is an incredibly touching and moving song about the loss of a parent. Written by O’Donoghue and Mark Sheeran have penned the track and there is a real power to it as they wonder what their missing parent would make of their success and their achievements. The spoken word is something that works really well for this track and it is not surprising that the two may have struggled to sing these very personal and moving words. They pick up the pace again with ‘Give The Love Around’ in what is an incredibly slick pop track – and a nod back to a sound that we have become use to with their previous releases.

#3 is a great blend of sound as it sees The Script show off a more upbeat side to themselves – ‘Hall of Fame’ being the greatest example – as well as the ballads that they have become so famed for. There is something slightly more mature about their sound and their writing this time around – not to mention the personal element that will no doubt strike a chord with fans.

#3 is the best release from the band so far and this album will certainly bring The Script even more success.

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Florence + The Machine

6 Dec

Fresh from an appearance in July at Phoenix Park, Florence Welch and her band will return before the year’s end for a date in The O2 on 12th December next and, in typical Florence fashion, this won’t be any ordinary gig as fans are invited to show up in their finest fancy dress costumers and celebrate the end of 2012 in style!

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