There are 12 tracks on A Different Shade Of Bluefrom straight-up rippers to migraine-inducing slow burns. Let that hurt make you feel alive. Vic Mensa gained traction in hip-hop with the release of a few EPs and one full-length, but the rapper is breaking the confines of genre barriers and any preconceived notions on what to expect with his punk project 93PUNX.
Tool are past the idea of consciously making grand statements with their music; they merely present their voice. Tool Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD) long enough for someone else to do it, only to find no takers. If you want something done, perioddo it yourself. Grayscale are Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD) to make bold and adventurous moves in the music world. Even through dealing with topics such as addiction or losing a family member to suicide, their ability to continue to create while capturing candid vulnerability is what enabled the music to become so raw.
With KMelanie Martinez picks up where debut LP Cry Baby left off for an even grander life lesson on the world beyond your front door in a perfectly pastel-pop package. Martinez tackles the real-life problems students face in her own vibrant way.
Martinez manages to do the near impossible by delivering an even more impressive effort than her previous. The vocalist presents a literal lesson on life, which for some may be a hard pill to swallow.
But with Martinez, it comes in pastel pink and disguised by a bubble gum flavor, making it easy enough to accept while still getting the same expected results. Utilizing a combination of mesmerizing acoustics and sporadic screams throughout the record, the group capitalize on internalized hopelessness while offering a breath of fresh air and longing for escape.
In a world where fans crave a brand-new sound with each release yet ultimately want you to remain the same, Sleep On It created an album that proves what every band should strive for—growth.
Over the course of 10 incredible tracks, Sleep On It revive the sorely missed nostalgia of the genre while bringing forth the vulnerability of the human spirit on their most mature output yet. Containing a diverse yet cohesive tracklisting, each song has its own unique meaning. At times, survival requires adaptation, and the synth-heavy, alt-pop-inspired record is proof the band comply with that school of thought. Any fan, even surface level, could tell you this is far from the same band who soared up music charts and were instrumental in bringing the entire genre of pop punk into the mainstream, but the trio have done their due diligence.
In turn, it seems they made a pop-punk record for the next generation. May they fuck with our expectations and heads and hearing for years to come. Drenched in neon-pink-and-purple strobe lights and tinged with a pastel post-hardcore vibe that will sit somberly in your gut, the fourth full-length from DayseekerSleeptalkwill undoubtedly make it on to a number of AOTY lists. Dayseeker are doing more than following along with the trend of blending genres. Strung together by aggressive ballads on the toxicity of the music industry, heartbreak and all-too-involved fans, FANDOM is unapologetically honest as well as liberating.
The color-coded record combines Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD) greatest elements of pop, electronic and pop punk Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD) a layered output that will offer listeners something new each time. Guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov provides riffs that are so refined and relentless, they feel Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD) being entranced in the infinite winding of a hypnosis spiral while vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk effortlessly alternates between growl-screaming like a wild animal who coated her vocal cords in hot glue and broken glass and soaring clean vocals that would make any top 40 pop star feel the pressure to step up their game.
Macro is a masterclass in the boundless potential of what heavy metal is and what it can be — scraping every bone of the genre for the richest marrow. Nostalgia feels like an overworked motif these days, but the Menzingers have always been able to navigate their sentimental disillusionment in a way that evokes that exact emotion so well—a desire for the simpler days.
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It is cold and she is alone and she is thinking about what is keeping her alive. It is not so much herself. She ends the song with the chorus. I think this child or person does not belong to her but that does not seem to matter because what matters is that the child is one of two things that keeps her alive. During my last spring in Santa Cruz, I took much comfort in listening to this woman. I thought I was listening to a woman who was like me.
She was a woman who felt lonely and at times desperate. However unlike me she knew more about herself than I knew about myself. She knew what kept her alive and I did not know what kept me alive. The song offered me hope. I hoped that maybe at some point I could become as self-aware as the woman singing the song.
I now know why. It seems to me an obvious statement that the mind works in associations. Sometimes the reason people love songs has not much to do with the song itself and has more to do with the memory the song evokes. Break ups are something that happen to people who date. I did not date, I fell in love with a man who for four years was my best friend and love of my life. I did not break up.
I lost him. I thought about actually making the mix but realized the mix would have one song and that is not much of a mix at all. So I did not send my friend a CD with one song. Instead I put the song on repeat. As I drove the Los Angeles freeways, I sang along, and for a time I thought I might learn the song on the guitar and play it for some people, Cheers - Dolls Realize - Wish Realize (CD), some time, some place.
The song is the ninth track of the album, sounds simple, and is not long. It is less than three minutes and has approximately sixteen lines and each line varies from at least one word to at most seven words. The song addresses the you and I think the you is fixed.
The song sounds much like an open letter. She asks the you questions in an effort to make him or her think about their present situation. These questions are poignant and straight to the point.
This someone may or may not be herself. I mention the possibility that she may be singing to a part of herself, because of course a person can know they have an addiction and want to stop and just not be able to stop. She describes one as naive, childlike, and dependent, while the other is the voice of a protective, strong woman. It is the protective second self of which Cat Power spoke in this particular interview.
Whoever the you may or may not be, the feelings surrounding the addiction remain the same. One feeling she expresses is anger, which may include a bit of judgment. There are consequences to what you do. It makes sense. Oftentimes underneath anger and judgment and bitterness, is sadness. After this question, she ends the song that way she began the song.
Powerlessness is a feeling also prevalent in the song. The woman singing the song can only ask questions and the questions go unanswered. I wonder if she sings the song because a song is the only form of communication left to address the you.
I must have been in the shower when this CD made its debut. Track No. Thing 8. Kewl CD. Good CD. Now I can forgive you but I can't forget you. This one had 20 chart-topping hits and I'm not just saying that to be nice. Blige 4. Cheeks 9. They made 34 of these CDs. And then 13 more. B featuring Bruno Mars 3. Volume 46 is literally younger than someone who is four months old.
Holiday Guys there are so many CDs. Brightside" - The Killers OMG another CD. More music on this CD. Blige 3.
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