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