I listen to a lot of album's on a weekly basis. If they're spectacularly brilliant (or horrendously bad) I will feel the need to review them, and do a full article on them. However, sometimes an album falls inbetween the two extremes. I say sometimes, it happens a lot. So, I thought I'd do a weekly round-up of the album's that I've been listening to and enjoying, but not enough to justify a full review. So, here we go.
Loreen - Heal
Ah, Loreen. The Swedish entry for Eurovision 2012 who won by a massive landslide because she was the best there by a mile. Almost anyone even vaguely interested in pop has been anticipating this album. As have I, and, well, I guess we got what we were expecting. Euphoria 12 times over, either sped up or slowed down. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, Euphoria will be remembered as a classic pop song for a long time, so it's not a bad comparison. It's just a bit, well, expected.
There are some great symphonic arrangements on the album, and I'm glad that she didn't just go for the clubby dance-pop market which would have been an easy route. These are more often than not "euphoric" (See what I did there) ballads, with the occasional upbeat ballad thrown in for good measure. My Heart Is Refusing Me is incredibly and deserves to be massive. I'm not too fond of new single "Crying Out Your Name" as it's a bit too dreary for my liking, but I can see it being successful. The new arrangement of "Sober" is terrible compared to the original, but still very good.
It's a solid debut record. As expected. But it just sticks to the same formula a bit too much for my liking. Still, it's a good album and you should pre-order it from iTunes now!
Score - 7/10, Check Out - "My Heart Is Refusing Me".
Ellie Goulding - Halyclon
So, now we come to yet another highly anticipated album. This time a sophomore record by indie-darling Ellie Goulding. I'll point out that when her first record came out I was a massive fan. This Love (WIll Be Your Downfall) had 400 plays on my iTunes and I saw her live, which was one of the best concerts of my life (which also happens to be where I first heard another of my favorite artists, Bright Light Bright Light). So, "Why aren't you doing a mega review on this and going crazy Sam"? I hear you ask.
Well, internet stranger. The album is very, well, boring. I'm not a fan of dubstep, so unfortunately I'm rather prone to disliking half the album to begin with. But, as for the ballads, they are really quite depressing. The lead single "Anything Can Happen" is of course incredible. There's no doubting that. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but the single with Calvin Harris is also one of the best tracks on the album. That worries me. I'll give it a few more listens. As for now. I'm not impressed. You can pre-order it at iTunes now.
Score - 6/10, Check Out - "Anything Can Happen".
This album really was bought on a whim for me. I'd heard of Guy Sebastian before. But never checked out any of his previous stuff. I heard Battle Scars the other day, and decided to take a risk and buy the album. This is the first time in a while that decision hasn't left me thinking of all fruit pastels I could have bought with that money.
A big passion of mine is Soul/Proper R&B. From legends such as Sam Cooke & Jackie Wilson to modern day pioneers such as R.Kelly & Maxwell etc. On this album at times I get a strong Maxwell/Neo-Soul sound. Which is a very good thing, especially considering the notes this guy can hit. It is a bit of a varied album however, single "Don't Worry, Be Happy" sounds like a left-over Bruno Mars song and Battle Scars was clearly made for Lupe's album more than Guy's. But still, I'm a new fan to Guy Sebastian, and I'm off to check out his back catalogue on Spotify now, So, see you next week!