tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20478490346021408262019-06-17T04:20:08.730-05:00Critic of MusicThe Latest Happenings in Musickaren776http://www.blogger.com/profile/11423910407397298295noreply@blogger.comBlogger179125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-30625000549179860202016-07-06T15:15:00.000-05:002017-03-07T21:43:05.538-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: So Hyang / Sohyang<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NI7ZLGZ34e0/V31ZR6MAfZI/AAAAAAAAADQ/Vz7XfJcxBMIQDusLoWt6LwnMXrmmZPoowCLcB/s1600/so-tai-nhung-giong-nu-khung-cua-viet-nam-va-han-quoc-blogtamsuvn03.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NI7ZLGZ34e0/V31ZR6MAfZI/AAAAAAAAADQ/Vz7XfJcxBMIQDusLoWt6LwnMXrmmZPoowCLcB/s400/so-tai-nhung-giong-nu-khung-cua-viet-nam-va-han-quoc-blogtamsuvn03.jpg" width="266" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: D3 - C#6 - A6 (3 octaves, 3 notes and a semi-tone)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Fach</b>: Full-Lyric Soprano</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: Star</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Positives</b>: A well developed and technically sound voice. Impressive utilization of dynamics, and rhythmic motifs coupled with sound musical interpretation and knowledge. So Hyang is also a master of color manipulation, from light and airy to full and slightly metallic. From top to bottom, So Hyang maintains good intonation, incredible clarity, and decent agility.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">By far the weakest area of her voice, So Hyang's lower register is weak and breathy beyond A3, but can extend down to D3. So Hyang understands this&nbsp;and rarely ventures into the region, instead opting for her middle and upper range.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">As she ascends, her voice rapidly blossoms into a resonant, booming instrument with bright, feminine colors and incredible technical capacity. Here, So Hyang begins executing impressive dynamic feats without a hint of strain, executing crescendos and decrescendos as well as transitioning between registers without breaks or faltering intonation, showing how well connected and developed her range is (see <i>Arirang Alone</i>). A rolling vibrato begins to appear, and full breath support is present without exception.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her incredible technical prowess is what allows her to soar into the soprano tessitura with resonance and freedom, being able to sustain passages at incredible&nbsp;heights (at and above F#5) without a hint of fatigue. She maintains incredible size up to G5, and though she thins above that point, she maintains excellent placement and mixing, allowing her to sustain notes in mixed voice up to C#6.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her head voice is also wonderfully supported and executed, being bright and resonant up to E6, and maintains startling stamina throughout, sustaining C6s for up to 10 seconds. Above E6, her head voice becomes thinner and more string-like, reaching up to A6. As previously mentioned, So Hyang can transition both in and out of this register without issue, and shows fluidity.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Negatives</b>: So Hyang tends to become overzealous with her upper belts, and intonation can be spotty in the upper reaches of her mixed and head voice, though usually only for brief periods. Her lower register is also weak and lacks solid breath support.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">D3 - C#6 - F6</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/J0mU-e4xFNw/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J0mU-e4xFNw?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">E3 - C#6 - A6</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ud8vrshwp7w/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ud8vrshwp7w?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Star List Qualities:</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oq7mryVuE4Q/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oq7mryVuE4Q?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe><br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsAUukpqCyJZlZIZVJVdev_psw6kyr2R3cQ4wv6R9DPmFhmQ/viewform?embedded=true" width="460">Loading...</iframe>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-59781566273618163032016-04-24T13:14:00.001-05:002016-04-29T18:03:13.747-05:00Announcement: Change in Vocal Ratings<span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">After nearly four years, vocal profiles will now be graded by three different ratings as opposed to one: <u>a Critic&#39;s rating, a Public&#39;s rating, and an overall rating</u>. This breakdown will (hopefully) illustrate how each vocalist is given their respective ratings. In addition, there will now be +/- grades in vocal ratings, to create more accuracy as the list of profiles continue to grow.</span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Before these ratings are implemented, there will be a <u>one week period</u> where you, the viewers, will be able to leave comments and feedback on this list, so that if there&#39;s overwhelming disagreement with <u>any</u> of these ratings, appropriate changes may be made.</span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">As always, please be respectful with your comments, with evidence for your comments being greatly appreciated. You also reach Critic of Music on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Criticofmusic">@CriticOfMusic</a>.</span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The tentative ratings for each category can be found below.</span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b></b></span><br><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2016/04/announcement-change-in-vocal-ratings.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>criticofmuisccomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11601028417859377657noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-27856383247827681092016-03-26T14:29:00.002-06:002017-03-07T21:46:11.039-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: Aretha Franklin<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/a9/43/e1/a943e118b8bc1756ef8d11ac9f884c54.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/a9/43/e1/a943e118b8bc1756ef8d11ac9f884c54.jpg" width="248" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: E2 - D6 - E6</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Fach</b>: Falcon Soprano (4 octaves)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: Star</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives</b>: A rich, heavy and dark voice. Legendary interpretive wit, thanks to incredible&nbsp;knowledge of musical phrasing and vocal pedagogy. Franklin crafted incredible phrases by utilizing rhythmic variations and motifs, dynamics, articulation, vocal colors and drives to create original and brilliant phrases.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her melismatic prowess brought the melisma into popular music, with her incredible pearl-like clarity, fluidity and agility. Great articulation and diction that allowed for scatting and color experimentation. A flawlessly balanced voice within every part of the scale.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">An incredible lower register that was rich and warm, hit with a neutral larynx, and was reached with incredible ease and accuracy, shown by Franklin's ability to sing melisma in this area with startling intonation accuracy. Projecting down to G2 and robust down to C#3, this explosive lower register contributes to Franklin's fach as a Falcon soprano.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">As she ascends, Franklin's vocal colors continue to blossom, showing off a slightly nasal but thunderous middle register.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The belting register displays incredible freedom, resonance, elasticity and fluidity, soaring into</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"> a </span>perfect<span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"> mi</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">xed voice. &nbsp;This register is full and projected throughout, relying fully on breath support. Franklin's technique can attest to her ability to sustain each note in this area up to D6. This area also gains a slight, airy rasp before becoming grittier around G5, and a wide rolling vibrato.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Though her tessitura lies in the mezzo-belting range, her belting range and weight soars into that of a Spinto Soprano (also making her a Falcon).</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her head voice is seamlessly connected to the rest of her range, showing incredible control of her passagio. It's bright and full, with the rich rolling vibrato seen in the chest voice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives</b>: As she has aged, her voice has lost its power and rich color. Her belting can also become overbearing to some. The rasp of the chest voice somewhat hinders the clarity of the belts.</span> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfW0AmicV58rLKD2b9lmcHX4-fZj0OBABIJ05SLVy3VkskMug/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>criticofmuisccomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11601028417859377657noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-72399747241406052182016-03-25T19:00:00.002-06:002017-03-07T21:52:08.038-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: Liam Payne (One Direction)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://fanblog1d.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/gettyimages2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://fanblog1d.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/gettyimages2.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: C#2 - C5 - Bb5 (B5)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Type</b>: Lyric Baritone&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">(3 octaves, 4 notes and a semi-tone)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: B+</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives</b>: Robust, clear lower register that is projected well, often being the bass of harmonies in his group. This area is achieved with great technique and support down to F#2. A highlight of the voice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Slightly brightening as he ascends, the middle register still maintains ease and displays a warm, masculine tone. Though he gains a slight (pushed) rasp above E4, his voice remains open, projecting well. Unlike the rest of One Direction, Payne has a well-developed mixed voice, allowing him to access a clean, head-dominant C5 belt.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A light, warm falsetto that Payne has no issues staying in for extended periods. This area possesses a soft vibrato&nbsp;and is reached with ease until around Eb5&nbsp;when Payne needs more volume to phonate.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Solid understanding of musical phrasing, being considerate to the music by changing vocal colors, texture, and dynamics.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives</b>: The upper extremes of the falsetto are unstable and undeveloped, and the chest register thins considerably as he ascends. Though he mixes at the extremes of his chest voice, the rest of the belting range could use a more even mix.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">C#2 - G4 (C#5) - G5</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7Zy6NNfIADk/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Zy6NNfIADk?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEFm8UYg3z4IFj7Hm_blrqw9eUk9dg2lJYMM6BOAcSp6eeZQ/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>criticofmuisccomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11601028417859377657noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-61019077525161969292016-03-24T14:14:00.000-06:002017-03-07T21:53:00.348-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: JoJo<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2811546/thumbs/o-JOJO-570.jpg?8" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2811546/thumbs/o-JOJO-570.jpg?8" height="400" width="283" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: A2 - G5 - C#7</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Type</b>: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano (4 octaves and 2 notes)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: B+</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Recommended Listenings</b>: Too Little Too Late, Limbo, All I Want Is Everything, Save My Soul</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives</b>: Incredible clarity throughout her range. Her melismas maintain a pearl-like clarity, fluidity, and even-ness throughout her chest voice and head voice. This agility&nbsp;has continued to improve over time. Soild stamina and breath support.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The lower register is strong and supported, and maintains the aforementioned clarity down to C3, while being able to consistently reach B2. These notes are achieved with a neutral larynx down to D3 and avoid sounding forced.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her middle register/belts is/are warm, bright and glimmering, with a healthy placement, mixing and vibrato. This area is projected well (and has been projected better over time), being resonant and rarely strained. This is where her voice truly shines.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her upper-belts though outside of her tessitura, have shown potential to resonate, with an ability to stay in this register for extended periods (Limbo).</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her head-voice is well explored and connected, remaining feminine and agile throughout. The whistle register, though rarely explored, is piercing with a rolling vibrato.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives</b>: Her upper chest voice is where her technique suffers: belts above D5 begin to sound shouty and throaty, with her placement trying to compensate for her carrying too much weight too high into her upper belts. Her mixed voice could use development. Nasality is also an issue at points, notably in her upper chest voice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">B2 - F#5 - C6</span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_NTxnPPOOuM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_NTxnPPOOuM?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A2 - G5 - B5</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7471Amm9vpc/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7471Amm9vpc?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOZQ5Y7h8ObkuVGIH-SUk7jw0deB0b-6iff-zLowHEb3U30Q/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>criticofmuisccomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11601028417859377657noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-77157086946051402052016-02-15T18:54:00.000-06:002016-02-15T18:54:30.215-06:00Music Exec. Talks #OscarsSoWhite and why the Grammys aren’t<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Grammys-Nominees-2016.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Grammys-Nominees-2016.jpg" height="266" width="400"></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background: white;">While the media firestorm continues to swirl around the &quot;white-washed&quot; Oscar nominations, Hollywood is gearing up for another major awards ceremony on Monday: the Grammys.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="background: white;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="background: white;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Voices within Hollywood and the mainstream media have criticized the Oscar committee over recent weeks for their lack of diversity within their nominations: not a single actor or actress of color received a nomination this year.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="background: white;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background: white;">Grammy Nominee Robin Burgess is the president of the New Orleans-based music management company Burgess Management, which houses 5x Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard. As an African-American herself, Burgess was particularly struck by the issue and added her voice to the discussion in a Facebook post criticizing Hollywood, and those trying to brush off the Oscars’ oversight by undermining the value of the awards themselves: </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="background: white;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background: white;">&quot;For those who say the Oscars don&#39;t matter… The Oscars DO matter. It is a measurement of success which validates that you belong--in an industry that knows you belong, but won&#39;t publicly acknowledge you.&quot; She continued, &quot;I personally know many, many great writers, directors, and producers of color who have approached studio executives of all shades, including their own, only to be told their projects weren&#39;t mainstream enough.&quot;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="background: white;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"></span></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2016/02/music-exec-talks-oscarssowhite-and-why.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-72933204365261786362016-01-28T14:06:00.001-06:002016-01-28T17:15:02.277-06:00Album Review: Rihanna - ANTI<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/EJ9pVNy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/EJ9pVNy.jpg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Rihanna&#39;s 8th studio album <i>ANTI</i> has been infamously plagued by a number of setbacks and delays: the relative underperformance of the albums first three singles that in a strange turn of events <i>didn&#39;t make the album they were supposed to promote </i>(the #4 &quot;FourFiveSeconds,&quot; #13 &quot;Bitch Better Have My Money,&quot; and #78 &quot;American Oxygen&quot;), the approximate release date being pushed back month after month starting in May, and the often complete silence from team Rihanna. Finally, a year after the release of its MIA lead single, ANTI has reached the hands of an unsuspecting public.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The album is a notable departure from Rihanna&#39;s previous stylings (hence the &quot;anti&quot;), with the production being notably restrained, Rihanna&#39;s Caribbean accent freely flowing, and explicit, unrestrained drug references (notably to crack and of course, marijuana). There&#39;s no buoyant synths like in &quot;We Found Love,&quot; slamming piano chords like &quot;Diamonds,&quot; or even infectious hooks ala &quot;Umbrella.&quot; The album is strikingly minimalist, and rarely steps out of its relaxed flow.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2016/01/album-review-rihanna-anti.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-1216444824623142592016-01-09T21:23:00.001-06:002016-01-09T21:25:30.176-06:00Album Review: Rachel Platten - Wildfire<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Rachel-Platten-Wildfire-2016-2480x2480.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Rachel-Platten-Wildfire-2016-2480x2480.jpg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">&quot;I miss my home / But there&#39;s a fire burning in my bones,&quot; horrifically cliche&#39;d and creatively drained lyrics like this are just one of the horcruxes for an album plagued by lifeless and unidentifiable singer-songwriter pop.</span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Platten&#39;s songwriting style can be broken down into two parts: forced rhymes and disconnected imagery; the latter mystically leading people to the belief that Platten is somehow an original and half-decent lyricist. She shamelessly indulges in overdone lines and ideas: &quot;I&#39;m a lion, I&#39;m a tiger / </span><span style="font-family: &#39;Courier New&#39;, Courier, monospace;">I&#39;m a caged-bird, I&#39;m on fire.&quot; Make no mistake, just because this 34-year-old writes her own songs doesn&#39;t mean she has a sliver of the maturity, wisdom and sensibility as any 16-year-old slam poet in the country.</span><br><br><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2016/01/album-review-rachel-platten-wildfire.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-84838103641802390142015-12-10T03:01:00.001-06:002016-01-09T23:03:21.448-06:00Album Review: Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.stagerightsecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CRI8ZM5W8AI-cc7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.stagerightsecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CRI8ZM5W8AI-cc7.jpg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The debut album from YouTube star Troye Sivan features collaborations with Betty Who and Broods, and was preceded by the single <i>Wild</i> and an eponymous EP.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>WILD</b>: The lyric &quot;cause when you look like that / I never ever wanted to be so bad&quot; is so understated. It&#39;s simple, and though Sivan&#39;s delivery is stone cold, the desire is cutting. It&#39;s bouncy, sleek and simply enjoyable.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>FOOLS</b>: Here Sivan sounds emotionally constipated here; he just lacks the natural skills of a singer, and has to rely on blatantly teenage lyrics and smooth synths to make his point. <i>Fools</i> is </span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">perfectly adequate, with no terribly egregious qualities, but nothing worth remembering.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>EASE (f/Broods)</b>: The first verse is perfectly teenage. The lyrics are so sweet in the chorus, but Troye sounds so distant, and even pained as opposed to comforting. Again, the production is doing most of the work here.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/12/album-review-troye-sivan-blue.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-21880308885005779362015-11-20T23:06:00.000-06:002015-11-21T00:34:16.573-06:00Album Review: Adele - 25<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/Adele_-_25_(Official_Album_Cover).png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/Adele_-_25_(Official_Album_Cover).png"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">After largely disappearing from the public eye from the past three years, the (arguably) biggest star of the millennium is back. Coming off the unfathomable success of Adele&#39;s sophomore album &quot;21&quot; - 30 million albums, 3 #1 hits, over half a dozen Grammy&#39;s - 25 is tearing records down on its own. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">21 was largely pulled by four fantastic songs: The epic &quot;Rolling in the Deep,&quot; the masterful &quot;Someone Like You,&quot; the dramatic &quot;Set Fire to the Rain&quot; and the underrated magnum opus &quot;Turning Tables.&quot; The rest of the album was largely uneventful, but the four aforementioned tracks were so damn good that it didn&#39;t matter. 25 doesn&#39;t have a blatant standout group of songs; while lead single &quot;Hello&quot; largely triumphs over its neighbors in a similar manner to Rolling in the Deep, no song is bold enough to warrant any comparisons to the Big Four of 21.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">What is perhaps 25&#39;s biggest fault is that it feels ironically rushed. After four years, one would think that 25 would be fully developed in every foreseeable direction. Yet the tracklisting is on Beyoncé&#39;s &quot;4&quot; level of horrendous: &quot;Hello&quot; is the only understandable choice as it&#39;s a clear album opener, but the terrifyingly poppy &quot;Send My Love (To Your New Lover)&quot; as track number 2 while songs like &quot;Love in the Dark&quot; and &quot;All I Ask&quot; are stuffed in the albums latter half? A clear mistake on the part of team Adele.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/11/album-review-adele-25.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-78029125588150664182015-11-05T22:18:00.002-06:002016-01-25T00:06:52.990-06:00Album Review: Ellie Goulding - Delirium<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i0.wp.com/www.hitsync.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ellie-Goulding-Delirium-Standard-2015-1200x1200.png?resize=1200%2C1200" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://i0.wp.com/www.hitsync.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ellie-Goulding-Delirium-Standard-2015-1200x1200.png?resize=1200%2C1200" height="320" width="320"></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">When people listen to UK songstress Ellie Goulding, people are generally divided on what they hear: they either hear her folk and indie influences as her sonic center and others hear her Electronica roots, and push her into the larger category of Pop. With &quot;Delirium,&quot; the difference is not apparent at all, Delirium is blatant Electro-Pop.</span></div><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">From the swirling guitars of <i>On My Mind</i>, to the Urban tinged <i>Don&#39;t Need Nobody,</i> Delirium delivers mid and up-tempos track after track, never stopping for a ballad like her previous albums have (the last half of &quot;Halcyon&quot; or <i>The Writer</i> on &quot;Lights&quot;). The result is an album that to its modern audience will <u>scream</u> Taylor Swift&#39;s &quot;1989,&quot; while to it&#39;s broader and older audience, it will sound completely millennial. </span><br><br><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The main difference between Delirium and previous pure-pop offerings this past year from Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift, is that there is there is no breathing room. From the moment Aftertaste hits its stride, the audience is locked in for a roller coaster ride of strict tempos. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">While most artists would struggle to keep up with this pace, Goulding does so with the expertise of a near-pro, only stumbling on the forgettable and rather lifeless </span><i style="font-family: &#39;courier new&#39;, courier, monospace;">We Can&#39;t Move to This</i><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"> and </span><i style="font-family: &#39;courier new&#39;, courier, monospace;">Holding on For Life</i><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"> Midtempo power ballads like the mega-hit Love Me Like You Do and Army offer some release - and standout amongst an album of bangers - but don&#39;t offer enough to quench the hunger for ballads like Halcyon Days&#39; </span><i style="font-family: &#39;courier new&#39;, courier, monospace;">I Know You Care</i><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"> and </span><i style="font-family: &#39;courier new&#39;, courier, monospace;">How Long Will I Love You</i><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">. This is perhaps Delirium&#39;s biggest fault, that it lacks lyrical and sonic beauty that can be found on Goulding&#39;s prior works.</span><br><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/11/album-review-ellie-goulding-delirium.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-41798788931734344902015-10-29T21:01:00.001-06:002015-10-29T21:01:25.425-06:00Single Review: Ariana Grande - Focus<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://static.idolator.com/uploads/2015/10/ariana-grande-focus-single-artwork-blonde-blond-hair-wig-white.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://static.idolator.com/uploads/2015/10/ariana-grande-focus-single-artwork-blonde-blond-hair-wig-white.jpg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">After unleashing one of the best singles of 2014 with &quot;Problem,&quot; Ariana Grande has returned before the clock runs out on 2015, with <i>Focus</i>. Another saxophone laden &quot;belty&quot; track, &quot;Focus&quot; is irrefutably a Grande sounding work, carrying all the elements one has come to expect of Grande - except for sixth octave falsettos.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The first point of interest: the chorus. The funky &quot;Focus on me / F-f-focus on me&quot; will definitely polarize some, but it&#39;s also <i>bound</i> to inspire dorky car rides and terribly orchestrated vines across the globe. It&#39;s somewhere between Uptown Funk and Problem&#39;s level of energy, bursting through wind instruments and hand claps creating a transcendent aura of entertainment.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/10/single-review-ariana-grande-focus.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-6826779675021989102015-10-16T00:18:00.000-05:002015-10-16T00:25:56.046-05:00Album Review: Demi Lovato - Confident <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.hollywoodrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Demi-Lovato_Confident_5x5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.hollywoodrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Demi-Lovato_Confident_5x5.jpg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The past two years for Demi Lovato have been a rollercoaster ride. After the release of her fourth studio album <i>Demi</i>, Lovato preceded to fulfill another season on the short-lived <i>X Factor USA</i>, embarked on two world tours, endured the deaths of her father and dog Buddy, worked her body to a point where she finally felt &#39;confident&#39; enough to show it off entirely, and worked her voice into the ground before she built it back up better than ever before. There&#39;s no doubt about it: vocally, <i>Confident</i> is Lovato&#39;s most demanding, spanning four octaves and distancing herself even more from her peers Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, and perhaps even Ariana Grande.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Running through (overdone) melismas in <i>Mr. Hughes</i>, stretching her voice up to a four second long G#5(!) in <i>Stone Cold</i>, and even experimenting in the whistle register in <i>Wildfire</i>, Lovato has continued to show herself as a talented vocalist. Her stamina in-studio is remarkable, and her phrasing on ballads like the choir-backed <i>Father </i>is light years beyond anyone in her demographic. That being said, her voice does pick up on an annoying nasally and awkwardly placed vocal quality in the middle register - in addition to an often unorthodox vibrato - and she seems even more driven to resolve to the tonic with each of her final-chorus-ad-libs than ever before, which can become polarizing. With Lovato, less is more at this point, as seen in the spectacular and sexy aforementioned &quot;Wildfire.&quot;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/10/album-review-demi-lovato-confident.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-7555951091132714222015-10-10T22:47:00.002-05:002015-10-10T22:47:38.904-05:00Album Review: Selena Gomez - Revival <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://images.latinpost.com/data/images/full/68243/selena-gomez-new-album-news.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://images.latinpost.com/data/images/full/68243/selena-gomez-new-album-news.jpg" height="316" width="320"></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Selena Gomez&#39;s fifth studio album <i>Revival</i> functions as a line break between two phases of Gomez&#39;s career: no longer is she a Disney starlet, nor Justin Bieber&#39;s on again and off again, she is her own woman, as seen in her boldly stated cover art. However, perhaps she could&#39;ve waited to make a better album for the occasion.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Revival finds itself up to bat where it is constantly batting either strikes or home runs with few in betweens. Flip flopping between the strikes: the forgettable &quot;Camouflage&quot; and misplaced &quot;Body Heat;&quot; and the home runs: the infectious and delectable &quot;Hands to Myself&quot; and effective &quot;Sober.&quot; Unfortunately the home runs find themselves drowned out by a barrage of mid-tempo strikes, leaving Revival in need of resuscitation by track nine (the aforementioned Camouflage).</span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/10/album-review-selena-gomez-revival.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-16226807003511587682015-09-17T23:23:00.000-05:002015-09-29T09:18:23.706-05:00Single Review: Ellie Goulding - On My Mind<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ellie-Goulding-On-My-Mind-2015-1400x1400.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ellie-Goulding-On-My-Mind-2015-1400x1400.png" height="320" width="320"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i>On My Mind</i> marks a new chapter for the UK&#39;s Pop Princess, after a plethora of soundtrack singles - including the worldwide mega-hit <i>Love Me Like You Do</i> - Ellie Goulding has returned with unrestricted, free flowing Pop music.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">&quot;Mind&quot; starts off with a syncopated guitar riff that echoes that of Nico and Vinz&#39;s <i>Am I Wrong</i> from earlier in the year. Once the production kicks in, this comparison loses footing, as an electronic-rock sound that Goulding has previously touched upon with live renditions of <i>Burn</i> snakes its way through intricate coos of &quot;Why I got you on my mind.&quot; Embracing some of 2015s new found minimalism, the song is somewhat bare: there&#39;s no pounding of synths like <i>Figure 8</i>, and even the downbeat is hidden at points.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/09/single-review-ellie-goulding-on-my-mind.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-7466339200869419362015-08-31T12:43:00.000-05:002015-09-04T13:15:28.517-05:00Album Review: Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNtSRt0UsAEY3XB.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNtSRt0UsAEY3XB.jpg" width="320"></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Miley Cyrus more or less surprised millions of international viewers last night at the VMAs, announcing that her new album was available for free on Soundcloud.  This act of going against the norm, and allowing everyone with basic internet access to listen to her work speaks to Cyrus&#39;s public persona and the music herself: she truly doesn&#39;t give a f**k.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The album is a collection of psychedelic stoner anthems and dedications to her array of deceased pets. These two fields of experience in her life can be related to how Miley uses drugs - particularly pot, a drug she professes her love for in the opener <i>Dooo It!</i> - to cope with the pain of her deceased animals, like her dog Floyd and her pet blowfish Pablow, and her life as a superstar. Across the board are distant vocals, raw and forward lyrics, and generally minimal production.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Cyrus is notorious for being very open about everything: her sex life, her drug use and her personal experiences and relationships. Her act is the act of vulnerability, when she&#39;s 90% naked on shows like the VMAs and in daily life, she is exposing her vulnerabilities and allowing her audience to pick her apart. She subjects herself to body shaming, slut shaming, and just plain rudeness in her public appearances, but now she&#39;s allowing her music to be picked apart by anyone with this free album. She is putting her humanity out on the table, regardless of how people may respond to it. She is doing everything for herself, and for those who choose to enjoy and embrace it.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"></span></div><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/08/album-review-miley-cyrus-miley-cyrus.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-64798021165516731372015-08-25T21:03:00.002-05:002017-03-07T21:50:38.626-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: Jessie J<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/592x888/g_j/Jessie-J_gl_2jul12_pa_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/592x888/g_j/Jessie-J_gl_2jul12_pa_b.jpg" height="400" width="266" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: C#3 - Bb5 - C6 (Eb7)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Fach</b>: Light-Lyric Soprano (3 octaves)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: A-List</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives: </b>A very fluid voice with an underestimated rock edge.&nbsp;Great fluidity,&nbsp;capable of singing incredibly long and complicated melismas with ease. She is able to utilize this ornament in all areas of her voice. She has explored the whistle register with exclamations, occasionally glissing into the 7th octave.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The lower register while the weakest part of the range, can have a slow vibrato applied to it. The mid-range gains healthy resonance, and it where the voice sounds its healthiest, accompanied by Jessie's lightning fast diction and rhythm. The upper chest voice maintains this piercing quality, though it noticeably thins above E5 and Jessie slides into a mixed voice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives:&nbsp;</b>Notes above E5 can become shrill and thin, and are often squeezed, making them unpleasant to the ear while low notes (below F3) lack resonance and are breathy. Jessie also lacks restraint, struggling not to rely on melismas to impress. Her vibrato and its speed can also be polarizing (often being too fast).</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SwnrNOSkC-E/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SwnrNOSkC-E?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Her 7th octave glissandos aren't being counted because they're not being sung in a key, and there's no accuracy or pitch control for those notes.</span></div> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWs3sUFFewXq4cpSsk--Rxaal3mN6Jocv1tUrdZa7x7MOoVA/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-25484991517073188272015-08-13T21:42:00.000-05:002017-03-07T21:48:23.629-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco) <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://fullhdpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Brendon-Urie-Photos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://fullhdpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Brendon-Urie-Photos.jpg" height="400" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Range</b>: D2 - C5 - C6 [C7]</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Type</b>: Lyric Tenor (4 octaves)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Vocal Rating</b>: A</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Positives:&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Wide vocal range. Clean cut voice that pierces through heavy instrumentation. The lower register is solid and dark and is accessed without lowering the larynx, while his middle voice gains a bright quality. A great, incredibly bright mixed voice allows for an extensive and resonant belting range (See <i>This is Gospel</i>). His voice can soar into the sixth octave often with no strain. &nbsp;Easy, appealing rolling vibrato.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Negatives:</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The voice sounds limited rock stylings. The demanding nature of his songs and smoking can sometimes cause his voice to sound tired. The falsetto above G5 is hit or miss, with some notes having resonance and others sounding pinched and tired.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">D2 - C7</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TD8NopNRTeo/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TD8NopNRTeo?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br /><br /><br /> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9Fu1-CMWeAws48a7xRT0LurAle2jTRqv0xnSpQ3EFmmv4kg/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-88326785752358222182015-06-26T15:35:00.001-05:002015-08-29T17:04:49.717-05:00Track by Track Review: Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tori-Kelly-Unbreakable-Smile-2015-1200x1200.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tori-Kelly-Unbreakable-Smile-2015-1200x1200.png" height="400" width="400"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Singer-songwriter and Capitol Records recording artist Tori Kelly has finally released her long awaited debut LP. Gaining traction from Vine and YouTube clips - as well as collaborations with acapella group Pentatonix - have given her enough traction for a budding career after somehow missing the Top 24 of American Idol years ago in season nine.</span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Where I Belong</b>: An awkward, uneventful way to launch the album. Moments where it begins to shine are awkwardly shifted and diverted. <i>4/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Unbreakable Smile</b>: The first full length track is an uplifting Natasha Bedingfield style mid-tempo. &quot;God made me sexy / Who cares if only I know?&quot; is the most clever lyric, but also one of the few decent ones. Tori definitely doesn&#39;t care, and neither will the listener. <i>5.5/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i><br></i><b>Nobody Love</b>: The Max-Martin produced, summery, moderate hit Nobody Love sets a much more suitable pace for the album, even if it is somewhat of a <i>Problem</i>-copy cat with its large verse-slim chorus format. <i>9/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Expensive</b>: Another up-tempo is very appreciated. Essentially a sassy <i>Uptown Funk</i> with gospel undertones, what more could Kelly need? <i>9.5/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i><br></i><b>Should&#39;ve Been Us</b>: A fiery Kelly has emerged (another appreciated Kelly varient). The chorus is filled with high wails and head bobbing syncopations. The rasp on &quot;both know?&quot; To die for (even if it is strained a bit). <i>8.5/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/06/track-by-track-review-tori-kelly.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-74793738862021715352015-06-23T11:18:00.002-05:002015-08-29T17:05:03.027-05:00Track by Track Review: Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Carly-Rae-Jepsen-E%C2%B7MO%C2%B7TION-2015-1500x1500.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Carly-Rae-Jepsen-E%C2%B7MO%C2%B7TION-2015-1500x1500.png" height="320" width="320"></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Carly Rae Jepsen (IE &quot;that Call Me Maybe girl&quot;) has released her second mainstream Pop album: <i>Emotion</i>.  After almost 3 years of working, &quot;Emotion&quot; enters the world with every track being written by Jepsen, as well writers like Sia making an appearance.  Preceded by the lead single <i>I Really Like You </i>which has moved about 1,000,000 copies worldwide, &quot;Emotion&quot; is ready to capture the attention of pop-fanatics.</span></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Run Away With Me</b>: It&#39;s unlikely to turn into a hit, but it&#39;s still the best pop song of the year, as well as the song that puts I Really Like You to shame. If anyone could do it, it would be Carly. <i>10/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Emotion</b>: A groovy, guitar driven track that shows some production restraint, something unlike past Carly works. The biggest and most genius part of the song? The hook being taken not by Carly&#39;s vocal, but by a lone electric guitar. That being said, it&#39;s still pulled off remarkably well. <i>9.5/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>I Really Like You</b>: Should&#39;ve been the song of the summer. Light, fun, ridiculously catchy, Carly just waltzes over the drum beats and synths like a true pro. All of that makes the couplet &quot;Who gave you eyes like that? Said you could keep them?&quot; over-lookable. <i>10/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i><br></i><b>Gimme Love</b>: A stripped back, sultry ballad. A pleading Carly groans over a lone guitar riff before growing into a chorus of backing vocals. Simple, but effective. Likely a track most will pass over. <i>8/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i><br></i><b>All That</b>: And the lights in the club are dimmed for this (shockingly) slow song. &quot;Show me if you want me, if I&#39;m all that&quot; sounds strangely seductive yet heartbreaking, an effective combination. It drags on a bit too long, but if you give this song a chance to hold your attention, it&#39;s worth it. <i>8/10</i></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/06/track-by-track-review-carly-rae-jepsen.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>HunterG776http://www.blogger.com/profile/12887419234449523409noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-46642659475230766972015-06-02T15:52:00.000-05:002015-06-03T15:12:46.166-05:00Track by Track Review: Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://leak-mp3.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Florence-and-the-Machine-How-Big-How-Blue-How-Beautiful.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://leak-mp3.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Florence-and-the-Machine-How-Big-How-Blue-How-Beautiful.png" height="320" width="320"></a></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><b><br></b></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">After an unfortunately long hiatus, Florence + The Machine returns with their third LP, <i>How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful</i>. What does the mainstream's most promising act give us this time? Take a look (and a listen).</span></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><br></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><b>Ship To Wreck</b> - A fantastic start to the album, straight from Lungs. The pace and energy make for the realization that Florence + The Machine, one of the must talented and original groups of the century, is back. 9.5/10</span></span><br><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What Kind of Man</b> - The lead single and Ceremonials-esque track starts out with a haunting harmony before kicking into an electric guitar swing. Florence sounds as confident as ever, creating an&nbsp;unbelievably&nbsp;catchy chorus.&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">9/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><br><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">(The following video contains NSFW material)</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XgeKHTcufLY/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XgeKHTcufLY?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful</b> - It starts off tame, much like its preceding track, but it soon blossoms to fully represent the vast sky with soaring imperial trumpets. Another appreciated euphoric track.&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://2" x-apple-data-detectors-result="2" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">9/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://2" x-apple-data-detectors-result="2" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"></a></span><br><a name="more"></a></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><b style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Queen of Peace</b><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"> - Florence gains a full-hearted accusatory tone for the first time this album. However, it doesn't have the same gusto and the first three tracks, and feels strangely like filler. 7.5/10</span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Various Storms and Saints</b> - Calm, haunting and carefully crafted. The back harmonies perfectly match storms and saints, however that may be possible. A fascinating combination of imagery that Florence manages to execute flawlessly.&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://4" x-apple-data-detectors-result="4" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">9/10</a></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Delilah</b> - "I'm dancing with Delilah and the vision is mine," Florence croons over a fast 4/4 beat before a breakdown cuts in the energy into 2/4. This track is constantly breaking and accelerating, making it all the more exhilarating. 9.5/10</span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Long and Lost</b> - This solemn funeral procession is well placed, though it does feel more like an interlude at points. This whole album so far has played like a movie, Beyoncé and Florence should get together to talk about a visual album for HBHBHB.&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://8" x-apple-data-detectors-result="8" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">8/10</a></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Caught</b> - The middle of the album has slowed down, there's no trumpets, no massive drums, it's all very... Quaint. 7.5/10</span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span></div><div style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Third Eye</b> - Florence delivers sermon-like lyrics here, over hand claps, background doo-wops and pulsing drums, almost as a little brother to <i>Ceremonials' "Heartlines</i>." "I am the same / I'm trying to change," is the most potent refrain so far. &nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">9/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>St. Jude</b> - The flow of <i>St. Jude</i> with it's hollow production led by a lonely synth and oboe is the eye of the hurricane for this album. It's okay,good even, but it doesn't bring anything new to the table. At the same time however, "St. Jude" is subtly charming. 7/10</span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xEMSJf723BI/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xEMSJf723BI?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><b>Mother</b> - Florence abandons all of her signature instruments for a&nbsp;guitar&nbsp;and maraca driven rock track. She's begging for her mother at the end of an emotional night, but without its length, Mother would be another non-event for the album. 7/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><b>Hiding - </b>Though an upbeat track, <i>Hiding</i> feels slightly creepy, an under appreciated version of Florence (see <i>Seven Devils</i> or <i>Howl</i>). This commanding track deserves the attention that it receives. 8/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><b>Make Up Your Mind</b> - An interesting choice for an album closer. Most of her&nbsp;contemporaries&nbsp;would opt for a ballad or somber track to end on, but&nbsp;Florence fits this song neatly between the chaos and peace of the album. The end is somewhat abrupt, but the message is clear, make up your ****ing mind. 8.5/10</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Where <i>How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful</i> should stumble, it merely wobbles. It's an album filled with rock solid production and lyrics, and safe vocal performances from Welch. A strong contender for album of the year halfway in.</a></span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><br></a></span><br><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><a href="x-apple-data-detectors://10" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true"><b>Overall</b>: 8.5/10</a></span></div></div>criticofmuisccomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11601028417859377657noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-35721145855456359162015-05-17T22:33:00.001-05:002015-06-02T15:31:21.274-05:00Live Review: Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls @ Billboard Music Awards<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_650/public/media/britney-spears-performance-bbmas-show-2015-billboard-650.jpg?itok=NX7dYRde" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" height="263" src="https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_650/public/media/britney-spears-performance-bbmas-show-2015-billboard-650.jpg?itok=NX7dYRde" width="400"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, for better or worse, debuted a live performance of <i>Pretty Girls</i> this evening, and it was to say the least, an expectedly underwhelming performance.</span><br><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/05/live-review-britney-spears-and-iggy.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-25829665431580251322015-04-29T16:52:00.000-05:002017-03-07T21:54:34.085-06:00Vocal Range and Profile: Harry Styles (One Direction)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Harry+Styles+Z100+Jingle+Ball+2012+Presented+fdRXoovEorAl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Harry+Styles+Z100+Jingle+Ball+2012+Presented+fdRXoovEorAl.jpg" height="320" width="217" /></span></a></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Range: A2 - A4 - Eb5&nbsp;</span><br /><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Type: Baritone (2 octaves, 4 notes)</span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Rating: B-List</span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives</b>: A darker voice than most of his band mates. A moderately heavy voice coupled with distinctive vocal styling which comes with vocal drives and a slight edge. Usually opts for a soft head voice as opposed to a lighter falsetto. In contrast, Styles has a dark and husky lower register down to B2. Good rolling vibrato.</span><br /><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives</b>: Most belts are tense and pushed. Signs of damage and subpar technique show in belts starting at F#4. The lower register loses considerable resonance below D3.</span></div></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">B2 - A4 - Eb5 (An A2 is found in "Over Again")</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/QlSz1IR5xIw/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QlSz1IR5xIw?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">If you have any questions or additions comment below!</div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScI_xPb0RsYh7Pg5xaF10lw8LK-SfbK7CzGAa59UzN4NEgsDA/viewform?embedded=true" width="460" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-50271435045097881262015-04-07T20:20:00.000-05:002015-04-08T20:41:11.620-05:00Single and Music Video Review: Rihanna - American Oxygen<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://okp-cdn.okayplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/rihanna-american-oxygen-video-715x403.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://okp-cdn.okayplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/rihanna-american-oxygen-video-715x403.jpg" height="225" width="400"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Rihanna has long been accused by YouTube commenters as being one of the leading figures in the stereotype that pop stars are generic label-directed puppets. With the American Oxygen, Rihanna has finally spoken up, and seamlessly and effortlessly delivered the most artistically genuine piece of work she has ever made. Not only does she look beautiful, but she made a beautiful statement and body of work.</span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The <i>Stay</i> hitmaker takes shots at American society and how it proclaims greatness atop a history of destruction and oppression. With scenes from the death of Martin Luther King Jr., to 9/11, the Occupy Wall Street protests and Hurricane Katrina, Rihanna shows the despair and cruelties that are swept under the rug for the advancements of patriotism. As a non-American herself, her view as an outsider that has become a staple of American pop culture makes her points seem even more valid.</span><br><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br></span><a href="http://www.criticofmusic.com/2015/04/single-and-music-video-review-rihanna.html#more">Continue Reading &gt;&gt;</a>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2047849034602140826.post-15337920886332862332015-04-06T17:53:00.003-05:002016-04-17T20:31:40.932-05:00Vocal Range and Profile: Zayn Malik (Formerly of One Direction)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.bopandtigerbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/142820210.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://www.bopandtigerbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/142820210.jpg" height="320" width="223" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Range: G2 - Eb5 - A5</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Type: Lyric Tenor (3 octaves)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vocal Rating: A-List</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Positives</b>: A voice that has distinctive tone and texture that can separate him from his (former) band members. A smokey texture is present throughout the voice, especially in the middle register. Good phrasing shows greater knowledge of musical ideas and phrase's context within songs.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Able to execute melisma quickly, demonstrating control of his passagio.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Good dynamic diversity as well.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">His lower register&nbsp;though easily the weakest part of his range, is well supported, sounding dark and healthy down to Bb2. His mid-register gains a smokier texture as he ascends, brightening significantly, and showing off his vocal colors more so than other areas. His upper chest voice has been developing a more even mix, showing openness up to B4. Malik can stay in the Tenor tessitura consistently, showing off his incredible ease (<i>Pillowtalk</i>).</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A beautiful falsetto with the ability to seamlessly transition from chest to head voice (see <i>You and I</i>). A light vibrato can be heard in this register as well. Malik can project in this register excellently without strain (<i>BeFour </i>and <i>She</i>).&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Negatives</b>: Upper chest notes can sound tense as his mixed voice hasn't fully developed yet, struggling more with closed syllables. His throat and jaw have&nbsp;shown extreme tension while singing. Most notes lack vibrato, or the vibrato is very subtle. His diction has also been unpolished and awkward. Melismas may not be clear.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A2-Eb5-A5</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/23GVvi0eoRA/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/23GVvi0eoRA?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">G2 - C5 - G#5</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Wcn5mkaYNrw/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wcn5mkaYNrw?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Do you have anything you would like to add? Anything you disagree with? Add a comment below!</span></div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0