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Avril Lavigne’s new album show artistic growth while maintaining pop punk persona

Avril Lavigne is back with her latest album simply titled “Avril Lavigne.”

Avril Lavigne

Over the years, her fans have seen and heard Lavigne grow from a teen to a woman in both her life and her music. In her latest release, she seems to maintain a good balance between her signature pop punk sound and attitude  and a number of other qualities she seems to be experimenting with as well.

Several songs seem to continue her tradition of  punk rebellion and loud music. Others are more simplistic and emphasize the vocals and the an emotional connection with the lyrics. Some even come across with an extra edginess through more explicit wording and even some serious sex appeal.

I rank the songs as follows:

1. “Rock N Roll” – A+

This track has a cool beat with a rebellious tone. It’s loud, it’s fun and it’s classic Avril.

2. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – A

The song is catchy and has a nice hook, one of the standard qualities of her songs.

3. “17″ – B+

This one is a bit more poppy and comes across with a nostalgic feel.

4. “Bitchin’ Summer” – C

It seems to have a more stripped down quality and is pretty average overall.

5. “Let Me Go” – C+

This one is deeper and more emotional which may be due in part to the fact that she’s singing it with her husband of Nickleback fame.

6. “Give You What You Like” – B+

The track comes across with a bit of a slower, haunting feel.

7. “Bad Girl” – C+

It’s kind of a flashback to 80′s rock with a bit of a retro vibe.

8. “Hello Kitty” – C-

There’s too much emphasis on rap/hip-hop qualities. it’s highly unusual for her and very synthetic.

9. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” – C+

This song features a pop rock sound and isn’t bad overall.

10. “Sippin’ On Sunshine” – B+

It’s a simple, fun and catchy tune with a feel good quality about it.

11. “Hello Heartache” – C+

This song focuses on vocals more than anything and comes across with a very sincere vibe.

12. “Falling Fast” – B+

The light, serious simplicity and pure vocals makes for a good song.

13. “Hush Hush” – B+

She closes out the album with a track that is both soft and sweet.

All in all, I would recommend this album to long-time Lavigne fans as well as those who might be interested in seeing a different side of this pop punk princess.

Angry chick songs that this male blogger actually likes

In the world of music, there are no shortage of “angry chick” songs in which a woman rocks out some level of either rage of discontent regarding relationships with men. While many of these may annoy those of us with a with a “Y” chromosome, there are some occasions on which the song is so catchy or the rage comes across as so attractive that it’s hard not to like the song.

With that being said, here are a few such songs that I really do enjoy:

99 Times

By Kate Voegele

Crush, Crush, Crush

By Paramore

Everything Back But You

By  Avril Lavigne 

I knew You Were Trouble

By Taylor Swift 

Do you like “angry chick” music? What are some of your favorite songs that fit this vibe?

Upbeat song, not so upbeat content

There are so many catchy songs out there.

But quite often, we probably get caught up into the fun, upbeat music without paying all that much attention to the lyrics. But if you take a moment to stop and really listen, you might be surprised that the content of the song you love doesn’t necessarily match the upbeat feel of the background music.

Here are a few examples for your consideration:

Broken Hearted by Kamin

The age old story of unrequited love.

Broken Hearted Karmin

Follow Me by Uncle Cracker

A happy go lucky ode to infidelity.

Uncle Cracker Follow Me

Payphone by Maroon 5

Maybe a sad breakup story can actually sound quite happy.

Payphone Maroon 5

Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin

There’s nothing like a fun and catchy tune about a murderer.

Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

Summer’s here! Let’s celebrate with summer themed music

Once again the beautiful, fun, exciting season of summer is here (at least in my region of the world). It’s always a wonderful feeling when you can get outside and feel the warmth of the season’s sun painting itself upon your skin. The long days, cool and refreshing drinks and the freedom to wear a little less material all make for a great time.

With all this in mind, I decided to post a list of a few songs that really bring out that summer vibe.

I hope you enjoy them and feel free to add your thoughts and comments on videos that say “summer” to you.

California Girls – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne

Fallin For You – Colbie Caillat

Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow

Pontoon - Little Big Town

In Too Deep – Sum 41

American Idol Top 5 week recap

Now that we’re down to an all-girl top 5 on American Idol, things are getting really interesting. All in all the singers did very well last night with a few issues regarding song choice and arrangement mixed in. but in general, the competition is really heating up and it seems like each and every contestant is stepping up her game.

Angie Miller singing “I’ll Stand By You” Photo courtesy of Denver.metromix.com and Michael Becker of FOX

Here’s how I rank last night’s first performances:

1. Angie

2. Kree

3. Candice

4. Amber

5. Janelle

Last night’s second performances:

1. Angie

2. Amber

3. Kree

4. Candice

5. Janelle

Overall (with brief commentary):

1. Angie – She made a great song choice for both rounds. The first was heartfelt, emotional and flat out outstanding. The second was right on the money, so powerful and beautiful.

2. Kree – Her smooth, engaging voice and wonderful tone allowed for a pretty good first performance. However, the second really showed off her range and was well done.

3. Amber – The first song was in her wheelhouse, a bit soft but good in the higher parts. The second was classy and simple with and was beautifully subtle.

4. Candice – The first song was done a bit too slow. It was good but not her best. The second was good but didn’t show off her range until the end.

5. Janelle – The first song was classic country. It was simple but not bad overall. The second was more upbeat and came across as a fun, catchy tune. It worked out well. 

Final thoughts:

While there were some memorable performances last night, some of the ladies didn’t make the greatest song choices. This was especially true of the firth round of songs. Angie has always been among the top contenders but she more that redeemed herself after a bit of a drop off last week. Conversely, Candice made a bad arrangement choice in her first song and didn’t really play to her biggest strengths. She’ll still be around after tonight but she has shown her vulnerability. Going into the night, the bottom spot was likely to be a battle between Amber and Janelle. But last night, Amber’s second performance probably saved her and then some. We’ll see how thing play out tonight.

Reminiscing about monster ballads

I’m a fairly young guy (although I consider myself a child of the 80′s). But from time to I get a bit nostalgic. The other day I was riding as the passenger in a short drive and listening to the radio. On came the classic Poison track “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” and it got me thinking about the great so-called monster ballads of the 1980s.

In that decade, “hair bands”  ruled the charts with their often hard rock style but every once in a while they took the risk to show their tender side. Here are just a few examples of some of the ones that really rocked.

The aforementioned “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison

“I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

“Faithfully” by Journey

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

 

Well, hopefully you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

Music review – We see a new side of Carrie Underwood in “Blown Away”

Carrie Underwood has been a mainstay on the country and pop music charts since her rise to fame as quite possibly the most successful winner of American Idol to date.

Her newest release “Blown Away” does feature some classic Carrie elements but also seems to venture into new territory with mixed results. Several songs include some surprisingly electronic beats and some have lyrics of a deeper, darker nature than anything else we’ve seen from Underwood in the past.

The most notable tracks on the album include “See You Again,” “One Way Ticket,” “Do You Think About Me,” Nobody Ever Told You” and “Who Are You.” Between these songs Underwood delivers a little bit of traditional country but mostly a mix of fun and uplifting music and lyrics with a lot of pop.

The lesser quality tracks would have to include “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Thank God For Hometowns” and “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun.” The first has a fairly traditional country vibe but is extremely dark. The other two go the extreme country route as well with the first being too basic and the second coming across a bit cheesey.

The rest of the tracks are pretty decent but nothing outstanding.

All in all, “Blown Away” is probably not one of Underwood’s best efforts but it is still far better than most of the music out there. I would give it a grade of a B-.

American Idol Top 3 Recap

The top three performances had some ups and down and gave us an extremely tight level of competition. While there where several very good performances, none seemed to really stand out head and shoulders above the rest. It should be an interesting vote this week.

HERE’S HOW I RATE THE SONGS CHOSEN BY THE JUDGES:

1.  (Tie) Jessica and Phillip

3. Joshua

HERE’S HOW I RATE THE CONTENT CHOSEN SONGS:

1. Jessica 

2. Joshua

3. Phillip

HERE’S HOW I RATE THE SONGS CHOSEN BY JIMMY:

1. Phillip

2. Jessica

3. Joshua

OVERALL:

1. Jessica - Very solid overall with great tone and vocals. There where a few issues with song choices and lack of defining moments but she provided good performances all in all.

2. Phillip - Stepped up his game this week, especially in round one and three. His cool, funky, vibe is by far the most unique sound among the final three.

3. Joshua – He had the pipes and showed a ton of confidence but his over the top screaming and vibrato could be a killer.

Side Notes:

I was thoroughly disappointed with Jimmy’s song choices. This songs for Joshua and Jessica where destined for a train wreck and lack of vocal challenge respectively. The only one that worked was the song for Phillip. Conversely, the judges’ choices worked out to be a nice fit. Jessica took a huge risk going with “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” considering it was seemingly out of her comfort zone. The risk paid off as she aced it.

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