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.


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


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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.


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.