Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Best Pop Songs of 2013



With a just a week left in 2013, and with no major album releases coming (except for a Beyoncé wannabe potentially dropping without notice), it is time to unveil the best pop songs of the year.

Last years rating on this site was just messy, we shall never speak of it again. This year, instead of saying "this was the 77th best pop song this year," I'll just be listing some standouts with no relative order.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Track By Track Album Review: Beyoncé - Beyoncé


So this bitch decided to keep the world waiting for 12 months by teasing with snippets and full versions of songs without ever releasing them. Then, last night, with no prior announcement or warning, her 5th studio album dropped on iTunes, with each track getting their own music video. Since this is being described as a visual album, I will not only review the song, but the accompanying music video as well.

Pretty Hurts: When a woman as beautiful as Beyoncé releases a track called "Pretty Hurts," she has your attention from the very beginning. The video portrays an out of control beauty pageant, showing Beyoncé repeatedly running to the toilet to vomit, cut between scenes of her at home, backstage and on stage. When asked what her aspiration in life is, Beyoncé replies, with much thought and hesitation, "to be happy." The song and video make a statement that no one wants to acknowledge in mainstream media, that just because you're pretty, skinny, successful, you can be unhappy, and there is justice in feeling that way. The drum propelled song itself could become an anthem for struggling girls everywhere (a demographic Beyonce constantly appeals too for better or worse).
Video: A+
Song: A-

Ghost: Not a track on the audio portion, but a video and song on the visual portion. It's definitely very creepy, Beyoncé contorts and twists herself around painted black, while overlapping vocal tracks give off a haunting vibe. It creeps me out too much to give it a grade, and I don't have any desire to watch it again.
Video: Creepy as hell.
Song: Also creepy as hell.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Live Review: Lady Gaga - Do What U Want (Acoustic) @ Alan Carr


Gaga has had a pretty good year (or not, depending on what side of the ARTPOP fence you are) and she might have ended her year on a massive high note. This performance really showed off all of her strengths, her voice, her ability to sing acapella without issue, and her piano skills. It wasn't too weird, in fact it wasn't really weird at all.

Gaga is at home in both restrained and explosive settings, but this shows off a potential for universal appeal. With just a xylophone, a piano, and a great vocal, Gaga managed to blow the roof off of the place, all without alienating any demographics. Grandpa and Grandma aren't going to be flashed by anything, and maybe the lyrics are a bit too sexualized for them, but they will probably be too busy thinking, "Sweet baby Jesus, she has pipes!"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Music Video and Single Review: Rebecca Black - Saturday


Rebecca has returned to the calendar, and to the music scene, for her Friday follow up entitled Saturday. And before you bash your head into the keyboard, she isn't taking herself too seriously with this one.

16 year old Black's Saturday video is definitely self aware, something she proved earlier this week by re-watching and cringing through her 2011 viral smash, Friday. She portrays the typical teenage party scene, with a more Disney-image (IE writing fun, fun, fun, fun on passed out party-goers face instead of say… a male body part), and makes sure that this video will prove far less embarrassing. She makes quite a few references to her past work, with a "yesterday was Friday, today is Saturday" bridge, a "gotta have my bowl" of cereal, and the infamous pink clock.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Live Performance Review: Hyorin - End of Time (Beyonce Cover)


I don't usually pay attention to the K-Pop world, but when I went on Billboard to see the few words, "nail Beyonce,"I knew I had to see what could be described as "nailing Beyonce." And let me be the first to say, this wasn't a mess, but it wasn't much of "nailing it" either.

Now, I probably wouldn't have much to say if I hadn't seen Beyonce perform the song in front of my very eyes at the Super Bowl in February (that performance blew my mind), this performance was clean, but it lacked energy and complexity. Hyroin looked tired with her dancing, sounded boring with the vocals, and no where near as appealing as Beyonce. There was hardly any stage presence, shocking for someone whose been described as Korea's Beyonce. When covering Beyonce, one must be spot on, as Beyonce works like clock work on 99% of performances. This was more like a 90 year old clock that's fallen a little slow.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

American Music Awards - Live Performance Reviews


Katy Perry - Unconditonally: Katy Perry blasted Lady Gaga 3 years ago for using blasphemy as entertainment, yet she does a similar thing by using a culture that isn't her own for her own entertainment. Not as offensive, but it does stick out a bit. She's calling back some of the asian elements she used during her One Of The Boys era, and sadly she brought back some of those vocals. Not nearly as polished as past Prism performances. Though her great stage and stage presence helped save an otherwise forgettable performance. B-

One Direction - Story of My Life: A mature song, mature performance. Solid, but not perfect. Harry was getting throaty/shouty in the bridge, Zayn had some register transition issues, and Niall missed a note or two during his solos, but it was still a vast improvement over their TCA performance. They kept it simple, and it paid off. B

Ariana Grande - The Way / Tattooed Heart: The inclusion of The Way intro made sense, but why Tattooed Heart? Is it the next single? Why not Right There? Of course the vocal performance was everything we have come to expect from Ariana, stratospheric belts, sweet head voice, but a noticeable lack of whistles. It seemed to be a very short performance, and it doesn't seem as if this could send her to the Top 10 again, but there's nothing that negative to say about it. And nothing great to say either. B

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music Video Review: Demi Lovato - Neon Lights


The much anticipated video for Demi Lovato's Neon Lights dropped today, unveiling a TRON-like visual.

I generally stand by my previous review of the track, that its lacking in euphoria and originality, but its not a bad song by most measures. The visuals for the video itself are a bit too jittery, there are too many camera splices, shifting between 47 different scenes in 2.83 seconds. The still scenes themselves are a bit harsh, dark scenes combined with bright lights and a bombardment of neon colors (of course). It all combines to be a bit of a migraine to watch, and the occasional epileptic seizure.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Live Review: Miley Cyrus - Summertime Sadness @ BBC Live Lounge


Her twerking may not be universally acclaimed, but Miley proved today (November 12) that she can still sing at least. Taking on 2013's surprise blockbuster hit, Miley brought an effective vocal to Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness.

The vocal wasn't perfect, but it was still a good performance (not quite great). The vibrato got a little too 'yoddelly' towards the middle and end sections, but good lord, those low notes. She didn't venture too much in that range of the voice, but she was spot on pitch-wise, and emotively she gave a strong showing.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Single Review: Doug Briney - Super Country Cowboy


I was contacted over Twitter this past week to review a single from Doug Briney (whom I've never heard of), but flattered, I obliged. Here is that review:

Right of the bat, the first thing that struck me with the title was "generic." It places two Country-genre stereotypes in the title (Country and Cowboy), while simply placing "Super" in front of it to diversify it.  From there, it doesn't expand any further into an original song.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Track By Track Album Review: Lady Gaga - ARTPOP


The day has arrived, ARTPOP has leaked in its entirety, slightly more than a week before its worldwide release. The expectations for Gaga are running high, all eyes will be on her first week sales (I.E. "WILL IT SELL AS MUCH AS BORN THIS WAY?") or "Will she get better reviews than Born This Way?" How does she fare? Lets take a look.

Aura: The initial demo seemed promising, especially considering it was a demo. But this was more of a backtrack from the demo unfortunately; she took out her vigorous growls and let a lethargic vocal replace it. Aura is a disaster, a calling it a hot mess would be putting it lightly. But at least Gaga's knowledge of how to make a fantastic hook is still there. ARTPOP has started out on the wrong foot. D+

Venus: Another mess. Choppy lyrics, jutting from side to side. What is the point you are trying to make here Gaga? "Aphrodite lady sea shell bikini / Garden panty / Venus." What? Again, the chorus saves it from being a true hot mess, but it is still concerning.  C



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Single Review: Lady Gaga - Venus


Originally slated to be the 2nd single from ARTPOP, Venus dropped in full today. In essence, it is everything we would've thought ARTPOP would sound like.

It's sparse in its lyrical content (and thought), but it is chuck full of gritty synths, drums, and the electro-pop magic that we all dreamt of when we thought "ARTPOP." That being said, thank god this song was scrapped in favor of Do What U Want as the 2nd single. It lacks a hook, along with many other pop characteristics, instead opting for electronic flavors. Lady Gaga did a strong job with the production (the build up in the latter part of the song proves that point), and it does capture an out of this world sound. That is not Venus's problem: the problem is its choppy verses and chorus. Venus hops along with its strange lyricism, being left to stand on one leg, AKA the production.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Track By Track Album Review: Katy Perry - Prism


Katy Perry's 3rd full length EP leaked in full, and will hit US store shelves Tuesday, October 22nd. The album holds a 61 on Metacritic, which means it has generally favorable reviews (much more than what could be said about her two previous albums). But how does it fair here at Critic of Music?

Roar: Yes, it is still the same Sara Bareilles rip-off we heard 2 months ago. At least she sounds good on it (Plenty of solid C5s and Eb5s). C-

Legendary Lovers: Starting off with a sitar to kick off this mysterious creation, Katy shows off semi-rapping style in the verses. Obviously her Indian wedding influenced her here, as some more diverse styles can be seen here. It's the closest thing to an artistic identity we've ever seen from Perry, exciting! B+

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Carrie Underwood



Vocal Range: D3 - G5 - F#6 (Bb6)
Longest Note: 20 Seconds (I Know You Won't Live)
Vocal Type: Full-Lyric Soprano (Though she tries to mimic Mezzo singers) (3 octaves, 2 notes)
Vocal Rating: A-List

Positives:
Ability to hold notes for extended periods without wavering in pitch, with or without vibrato (Blown Away, I Know You Won't live). She is capable of using properly executed drives as well.

Her lower register is smoky, and maintains the slightly metallic quality of the rest of the range. As she ascends, she finds her strength: her middle register. Hher lung capacity here is incredible, holding resonant and well-supported notes without issue.

A sweet falsetto that is light and airy, as well as a thick, soothing head voice. As a musician, her delivery can be aching, as well as fierce and vigorous (Before He Cheats).

Negatives: 
The voice can be nasally, and chest notes become more and more "shouty" as they ascend. Her head voice sounds disconnected from the rest of the voice, and thin. Her vibrato, though a trademark of the voice, sounds uneven. Her larynx placement is also inconsistent.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Live Performance Review: Kelly Clarkson - Fair Trade Concert


After a two month tour, one would expect Kelly Clarkson's voice to be a little out of shape. However, the 31 year old Texan delivered an incredible acoustic only performance in New York this week, in support of Fair Trade.

Taking to the stage, Kelly comfortably delivered some massive vocals. In her 5 song set, she performed some hits (Stronger, Don't You Wanna Stay) and the rare live gem, Sober. On the latter, she made My Country Tis of Thee's emotional impact equivalent to "Happy Birthday." Through somber verses, and an incredible bridge, Kelly herself was left on the verge of tears when the guitars were laid to rest.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Album Review: Miley Cyrus - Bangerz


Bangerz is not the sex-oriented mess the general would public would believe it to be without a listen. It is also not the 2nd coming of pop some "Smilers" would have you believe.

Miley has talent, yes. She can sing and she can act (bare with me even if you disagree). But she struggles with making a musically superior album. Bangerz has its steps forward, and its steps back. At the end of the journey, you're left with several different tastes in your mouth. Some of them may be "I really want to throw a party," and others may be "I really want to throw up."Ballads like Wrecking Ball and Adore You are steps in the right direction, but multi-genre atrocities like FU counteract the progress made. Miley, as much as you may love the Rihanna style you've adopted, you do so much better when you wear your heart on your sleeve, rather than wearing nothing at all.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Live Review: Demi Lovato - Neon Lights @ Jay Leno


Debuting her fresh new blue hair, Demi took the stage to bring an impressive vocal of her latest single, Neon Lights. 

The recent removal of her tonsils really paid off here, as she gave one of the best vocals in quite some time. The pitch was spot-on throughout, and she even dug deep into her chest to nail the C#3 in the first verse (the lowest note she's ever sung live I believe). She then took into the upper reaches of the atmosphere to nail the sustained notes in the chorus replacing any issues with vibrato.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Album Review: Lorde - Pure Heroine


Quarter 3 and 4's it girl, Lorde, has released her first LP, Pure Heroine. Naturally, the album includes the worldwide smash and current iTunes No.1, Royals, as well as some previously unseen gems. As a 16 year old debut artist, she's crafted an album more clever and polished than most of the veteran acts have this year.

Her lyrics are her natural strong suit here, obsessed with the idea of regality having negative side effects she would never wish to indulge in (Royals, Tennis Court). Though she delves in this area of her mind for a majority of the album, she does show that she is a bit of fun, with songs like Ribs capitalizing on essentially all the things a teenage girl would have on her Tumblr. However, Lorde is far more advanced than that, she's light years ahead of the metagame, producing sonically advanced tracks that leave the likes of Katy Perry and Britney Spears gasping for air on mainstream radio. She's a dark horse (no pun intended), using complex images to describe simple situations in shockingly articulated music.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Vocal Ratings: The Changes Coming and How They Could Be Improved


I have been absolutely delighted at how well the site has been perceived so far from public sources, and a defining characteristic of Critic Of Music that sets the site apart are the Vocal Ratings. This highly controversial method of organizing singers has played a role in the growth of the site as a whole, and in order to address the criticism and hopefully fix the concerns, I issue this post.

I have seen some posts recently (namely one on ATRL and Exhale), read through the comments and took some time to re-evaluate the position of some singers. Unfortunately, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani were dropped from B-List to C-List as a result of the comments, while Ariana Grande takes a fall from grace, as she drops from a Star, to an A-Lister. For some artists, they can rejoice with the heavens above, as Lady Gaga and Florence Welch take a lift from B-List to A-List. Some artists have been put more directly on my radar in terms of moving up or down, but I'm confident enough in my analysis's of their voice to keep them where they are (this includes Justin Bieber and Britney Spears).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Album Review: This Is...Icona Pop - Icona Pop


Icona Pop: The swedish electro-pop duo that took the world by storm this year with I Don't Care (I Love It). While listening to their LP, I'm absolutely polarized in whether or not to think this is a 33 minute extended version of the aforementioned single (or perhaps even the dreadful We Cant Stop), or whether or not this is true pop genius.

There is no doubt a song like I Love It is pop perfection in every sense. Most people would be frightened at the notion of driving your car into the bridge, but Icona Pop makes it sound frighteningly appealing. However, as the album moves through its brisk tempo, the songs start to sound factory pressed, cloned from the same DNA of I Love It, with little change, if any. Songs like All Night are sharply crafted, but cannot distance itself from the track before it. Then there's Ready For The Weekend, which turns into a distorted mess, thats twists itself in more directions than a demon in The Exorcist. By track 7, the voice in your head starts screaming in horror, begging you to stop the party and read a book.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

[Promotional] Single Review: Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J - Dark Horse


Twerkaholics beware, Katy Perry has unveiled the full length version of Dark Horse, and its a banger. The first promotional single and second overall from Prism excellently captures the "dark" in "dark horse," making Circle The Drain look like Last Friday Night.

The first 13 or so seconds aren't a very strong entrance for "Dark Horse," with the strange baby-coo and Juicy J introduction. But don't despair for too long, for the trap beat kicks in with a freakishly dark and effective riff accompanying it. Katy lets the lyric quality of her voice take over here, purring the lines "Make me your Aphrodite / Make me your one and only." Once the background vocals kick in for the chorus, the song takes on a much lighter quality, but once the beat drops, we're plunged into sticky, gooey darkness. Juicy does well his verse, its nice and simple, and takes the opportunity to make use of the off beats.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Single Review: Britney Spears - Work Bitch


As the follow up to 2011's Femme Fatale, Britney Spears has unveiled the lead single from her as of yet untitled LP, entitled conservatively Work Bitch.

'Work' is much more experimental than anything we've seen from Britney, or any other pop star for that matter, this year. Its a heavy dance floor banger, not something that will easily blend into pop radio. Gritty synths, hints of dubstep and sparse lyrical content make 'Work' a bit hard to enjoy fully. Britney sounds no more human than she has on her past 4 albums, which is a tad alarming (does she even have a pulse anymore?).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Single Review: Zedd Feat. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night


After Clarity soared into Billboard's Top 10, and while Still Into You continues its steady ascent up the same chart, Zedd and Hayley Williams have come together for Stay The Night, off of Zedd's rerelease for his album Clarity. But don't let the zombie-esque cover art deter you, its still a pretty blatant, club ready single.

Right off the bat, the Clarity shadow is pretty evident here, starting off with a similar piano riff and ballad lyrics. What made Clarity so effective as an electro-ballad was Zedd's combination of, of course, EDM and balladry. Here, the lyrics are second rate to those of Clarity, and having a superior song like that lingering over Stay The Night makes it hard to avoid comparisons.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Music Video and Single Review: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball


Bashing Miley will only help her further dominate iTunes charts across the globe. Chastise her all you want, call her a slut, call her a whore. Yes, she's naked, but it's really not that big of a deal.

She's naked. Get over it. Everybody and their mother knows she likes to over sexualize things. Would it be better if she didn't? Of course. But with the music industry rewarding those who bare as much skin as possible with platinum records, it shouldn't be that shocking for people. Yes, she's 20. Yes, we also know her as Hannah Montana. Yes, she is trying to push the envelope way too hard, but really, it's the world that we live in we should blame for her turning out this way, not Billy Ray's parenting techniques.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Battle of The Teens: Lorde Vs. Birdy


Two up and coming 16 year olds in the music industry: which one comes out on top?

These two teens have broken out of the standard pop-girl mold, with Lorde adapting an Alternative sound while Birdy takes on an acoustic Folk one. Lorde has been the most successful of the two by far, sending Royals into the Top 10 of major music markets across the globe, while Birdy has been fairly modest with her success. But even though Lorde is the more successful, which one is better?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lady Gaga Brings ARTPOP to iTunes Festival


Lady Gaga opened up the month long iTunes festival just hours ago, bringing with her 7 new songs, including Applause and the title track.

With her voice showing an incredible amount of improvement, she hit the stage with black suit to sing Aura. Throughout the show, she brought rock music, electronic, rave, and rap together, commanding the smaller stage setting with ease. I'll withhold most judgement for the studio versions, but I will say the show had its good, and its awful (*cough* Jewels & Drugs *cough*). I'll also say that Applause was definitely the strongest single choice here, as it is easily the most radio friendly track we have seen thus far.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Track By Track Review: Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days


Being issued as a re-release to her 2012 LP Halcyon, Ellie returns with new music in Halcyon Days. The album includes her first UK #1 and highest US debuting track with Burn.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Live Performance Review: Lady Gaga - Applause @ 2013 VMA's


Gaga had a lot to live up to this VMA. Her iconic Paparazzi performance, her astonishing meat dress and polarizing 2011 Jo Calderon performance have made her the VMA queen. But did she live up to the hype tonight?

Live Performance Review: Katy Perry - Roar @ 2013 VMA's


After weeks on heavy anticipation and chart dominance, Katy gave a surprisingly polished and dare I say, non-pitchy, performance of her smash hit Roar.

Live Performance Review: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke @ MTV VMA's


There is no amount of medicine that will allow me to forget this performance. None.

Friday, August 23, 2013

MTV VMA Predictions: Who Will Take Home the Moonmen?


With the VMA's literally around the corner, it's time to start placing bets. Last year we watched Rihanna swoop up the VMA for Video of the Year, so who will take that and more this year?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Song Review: Demi Lovato - Heart By Heart


The studio version of Demi Lovato's new song for the Mortal Instruments movie, entitled Heart By Heart, has hit the internet in its full length form.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Katy Perry's Roar Vs. Lady Gaga's Applause: Who Will Win the Chart War? [Updated August 18th: 10:45 EST]


This week has shaped out to be what will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the biggest stan wars in history. Katy Perry's Roar shall compete head to head with Lady Gaga's Applause. But who will come out on top?

Vocal Range and Profile: Miley Cyrus


Vocal Range: (D2) E2 - G#5 - E6 (C7)
Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano (4 octaves)
Vocal Rating: B-
Recommended Listenings: The Climb, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Cyrus Skies

PositivesInstantly recognizable voice accompanied by her unique tone. Soulful rasp (see "Jolene" and "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go) that allows genre transitions such as Pop, Rock, Country and Blues. An expansive chest/mixed range, stretching 3 octaves, while the range overall stretches an impressive 4 octaves.

Insanely resonant and healthy lower register, where C3s which are usually difficult for most female singers sound like middle register notes. The lower register is achieved (for the most part) without lowering the larynx, and has been able to project down to E2 with ease. She is able to stay in and around the 2nd octave for extensive periods without issue (very impressive for a female).


Her mid-register contains breath support up to B4, and is achieved with a fair amount of stamina.


Her upper-chest register is achieved with great stamina, and she also able to stay in this register for extended periods with ease (see MTV Unplugged's Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?).


Though underutilized, her falsetto reaches up to E6 with ease. She's also shown that she can access the whistle register, though it may be uncontrolled.


Negatives: Her rasp can be defined as "croaky" and unappealing. Chest belts can sound throaty and forced and are generally inconsistently mixed. Her head voice is also rarely used.

Bb2-E6


D2, E2, G#2, E3
The D2 is mostly air but the E2 is legit.

x



If you have any additional ideas comment below!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Single Review: Lady Gaga - Applause




Although the planned release was August 19th, in order to combat a 12 second leak, Gaga and her label shipped Applause to United States radio less than an hour ago. Applause shall also hit US iTunes tonight, according to Gaga's Twitter. The song, in essence, is everything we have to come to expect from Gaga: sticky, gooey, pop gold.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vocal Profile and Range: Christina Grimmie


Vocal Range: B2 - A5 - F#6
Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano (3 octaves, 3 notes)
Vocal Rating: B+
Recommended Listenings: With Love, Wrecking Ball, Must Be Love (Live)

Positives: A bright, and light feminine tone. Ability to sing complex melismas and sustain notes for extended periods of time. A light rolling vibrato can be found from F3 - _. Capable of properly executed vocal drives. Does well musically with softer, legato passages.

A decent lower register with dark low notes that are achieved with ease and support down to Eb3. Though this is the weakest part of her voice, it is a relatively strong one for a soprano like Grimmie.

As she ascends, she gains more of a nasally, metallic twang, but this effect has been lessening as of late. Piercing, resonant belts that have become more evenly mixed over time (see Wrecking Ball, Find Me). The area from B4 - E5 is the true highlight of Grimmie's voice, demonstrating forward placement, an open sound, and great projection. She brings down her head voice to create a solid mixed voice around D5, being slightly heady with a wide vibrato that projects easily through even the heaviest instrumentation.

Beautiful, warm head voice, accompanied by a clean falsetto in the upper registers.

Negatives: A nasally twang accompanies her voice due to unconventional vocal placement (see the final belt of Deception). Televised performances are often not on par with her other performances. Improvised runs may sound labored and be messy. Guilty of being overzealous with her melismas and upper belts. Minor intonation issues, mostly in the upper register; this register is also prone to thinning above E5. Falsetto notes become thin and strained in the 6th octave.


C#3-E6

B2 - A5 - F#6

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Single Review: Katy Perry - Roar


The new single from current Pop Queen Katy Perry leaked early this week, and has been making its rounds around the internet. Whether or not its a gem like E.T. or trash like Part of Me, it will likely go to No.1 anyways. But is it good or bad? Read on to find out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Single/Demo Review: Lady Gaga - Burqa/Aura/Awrah




It finally happened, a legitimate ARTPOP song leaked. Her voice is there, the production is there, there is no doubt: it is Gaga.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Track By Track Review: Christina Grimmie - With Love


Perhaps the most famous YouTube cover star of them all, Christina Grimmie's second full length, With Love, made its full debut. Her debut album, Find Me, garnered mixed to positive reviews and a No.6 position on Billboard's Independent Albums and No.35 overall. How will this album fair reception wise on Critic of Music? Read on to find out.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Billboards Top 100 Songs of All Time


Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the inception of the industry standard Hot 100, Billboard unveiled its Top 100 most successful songs of all time, where some interesting songs made interesting placements.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Katy Perry #ROARS Back


The Teenage Dream era is gone, and Katy means it. In the promo for her newest single, Roar, she ushers in a new era of Katy-ness.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Single Review: One Direction - Best Song Ever


I won't even spare One Direction the little intro. We need to cut to the chase. This song is not the best song ever. In fact, I'd go far enough to say its everything wrong with the music industry.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Single Review: Ariana Grande - Baby I


Hoping to replicate the success of her unexpected Top 10 hit, Ariana Grande puts out Baby I (not Baby I Love The Way).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Track By Track Review: Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest



One year after her short but sweet EP Once Upon Another Time stormed the Top 10 of Billboard's album chart, Sara returns with her 3rd LP. Preceded by the sleeper hit Brave, it's a sure fire 4th Top 10 album for Bareilles, but she'll have to compete with Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail and Chris Brown's X for the top slot.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Live Review: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed



The D-List vocalist took to the stage in Cowboy Stadium yesterday, with her (more than?) close friend, Ed
Sheeran. Though this performances was at a concert in Dallas, in a smart promotional move, the performance was broadcast for Macy's 4th of July parade. Swift has an incredible track record of losing the key through a performance, she stayed comfortably in tune, and kept the sassy body movements to a minimum.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Single Review: Ellie Goulding - Burn


As rumors begin to swirl around a possible follow up to October's stunning Halcyon (Re-Release? New album?), Ellie has already sent her latest single, Burn, to mainstream radio. The song makes its digital realtor impact on August 18th.

Monday, July 1, 2013

BET Awards: Performance Reviews in One Sentence


In order to get through some of the hoards of performances last night at the BET awards, it has been decided to make a special post, where performances are summed up in one sentence. You ready? Buckle your seat-belts, here we go.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Adam Levine

Vocal Range: E2 - D5 - E6
Vocal Type: Lyric Tenor (4 octaves)
Vocal Rating: C

Positives: An instantly identifiable voice. Incredibly fast transitions from Chest Voice to Head Voice (see Payphone). He can use his falsetto for extended amounts of time without fatigue, a notable feat for a male. (Extra comments, ideas?)

Negatives: His voice is very androgynous and can become nasal at points. His overuse of falsetto can become irritable to some. (Extra comments, ideas?)


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Single Review: Kelly Clarkson - Tie It Up


As People Like Us continues it's (painfully) slow ascent of the pop charts, Miss Clarkson has wasted no time, throwing her hat, yet again, into the Country ring (Mr. Know It All Country Version, Don't You wanna Stay, and Don't Rush preceded it). But this is a much more dedicated effort from our multi-genre starlet.