Saturday, January 25, 2014

56th Grammy Award Predictions (2014)

The biggest awards show and night in music will return tomorrow evening on CBS. With millions across the globe watching to see who will win, the pressure is on for the academy to deliver deserving awards and stellar performances.

Best New Artist
James Blake (0/10)
Kendrick Lamar (3/10)
Ed Sheeran (0/10)
Kacey Musgraves (4/10)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (3/10)

Best New Artist has a history of being unpredictable, namely Esperanza Spalding's win a few years ago over Florence + The Machine and Justin Bieber. This year, don't expect Ed Sheeran or James Blake to pull an upset, it seems far more likely that tomorrow night, a non-pop artist will emerge victorious. Kendrick is the front runner to take home Album of the Year and received massive critical acclaim with his debut, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were hard to stop last year with Thrift Monster, and Kacey Musgraves emerged as Country's saving grace. Kacey is going to garner the support of Country voters in their entirety, which will greatly benefit her. Rap voters will be split between Kendrick and Macklemore, and pop voters will probably even out the field. It'll be a tight race between these 3 contenders, but I'll bet on Kacey.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Single Review: Shakira Feat. Rihanna - Can't Remember to Forget You

After nearly a month of dormancy, Critic of Music is back with first post of 2014. And what a way to start the year with two of the biggest pop stars on the planet, Shakira and Rihanna collaborating on Can’t Remember to Forget You.

Where Can’t Remember tries to be different, it gets scared, and concedes to typical pop-rock radio fodder. The Caribbean-Latin vibe in the verses is something that we’ve seen from Shakira very often, but Rihanna tends to keep that sound hidden deep in her albums (bar the overshadowed single You Da One). But the chorus quickly comes out at you like a fireball of misplaced guitars and synths, with Shakira’s “oh’s” only growing more irritating as the song progresses. Rihanna somewhat mimics her diction, but takes more liberty with the rhythm in the chorus.