Posts Tagged ‘album’


Remember when the Black Eyed Peas used to be the hottest thing in hip-hop? I do. Their debut album Elephant was great because it

Black Eyed Peas performing.

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gave us a memorable song by the name of  Where Is the Love? The song combined a fresh style with socially-conscious lyrics that made people re-evaluate the world they were living in, all in 4 or so minutes. The band, as is known, continued to be successful despite allegations of them plagarizing almost all their hits from other sources. Somewhere along the line, though, they went from being all about hip-hop into David Guetta‘s dream-project, as demonstrated by their last album The E.N.D, where their most successful song, at least in this country, I Gotta Feeling was produced by said person. So, bye bye hip-hop, and hello really cliche electronic music.

Well, they’re doing it again with this month’s release of *drum roll please, because really this is going to be a surprise* The Beginning, which judging by the album’s first single is going to be very, very much like it’s predesecor.

So let’s talk about that single, The Time (Dirty Bit) which is set to be released as a single just four days before the album (Really now? Smart marketing move BEP). (more…)


Eminem performing at the DJ hero party at June...

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We here at TnT are huge Eminem fans, even before he made his amazingly successful album Recovery. We have previously reviewed Love The Way You Lie and No Love, both great songs in their own right, as well as their status as chart-toppers. We are therefore a bit perplexed about his most recent collaborations that are not up to his usual standard.

The first is a Part Deux of Love the Way You Lie, which will be featured on Rihanna‘s latest (and most probably lame, boring, non-creative) album Loud. This news should come as no shock to anyone familiar with how the music industry functions. Apparently, the fiery redhead (yes, she doesn’t seem to be giving up that color anytime soon) Barbadian doesn’t. As reported by MTV News, she was shocked that Eminem wanted to a follow up to their smash duet. Rihanna, sweetheart, it’s very simple. Once you make a hit record that gets a lot of buzz generated (mainly because you have Megan Fox in the video), you want to ride out the success for as long as you can.  How could you not know that with all the success you’ve had? (more…)


The one thing that British popband Hurts have in common with the rest of the artists is their affinity for the unconventional, depending on how you would look at it, that is. In a time where commercial music has been reduced to the same beats repeating over and over again, lyrics are thrown together haphazardly, and crazy outfits are as much as part of the whole look, this band comes along like a breath of fresh air. They use technology to their advantage, write lyrics that resonate with the emotions, and are never caught performing without suits.

 

Theo Hutchcraft (L) and Adam Anderson (R) on album cover for "Happiness"

 

A first listen to their debut album comes off across as a product of the 80s, not present day, something that works much to their favor. It is interesting to note that both members are in their early to mid-twenties.  These unique sounds are due to the masterful arrangements of multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson. His compositions are complemented by the voice of Theo Hutchcraft, who comes across as charismatic even if you have not seen one of Hurts’ video clips.

The album’s name and main message contrast with the band’s name, but this too is yet another forte for the duo. They are able to cover a wide scope of emotions without coming off as pretentious or as trying too hard to prove themselves from their first foray into the industry.

Not all the tracks are memorable, but the ones that do stand out are guaranteed to get stuck in the listener’s head. (more…)


Backstreet Boys being their awesome selves.

Backstreet Boys after becoming a quartet

I’ve been partial to the music of the Backstreet Boys ever since I was around 8 years old, and their album Millennium was on top of the charts everywhere. I have fond memories of attempting to do the choreography of Larger Than Life and Everybody without much success.

Eleven years later, I’m still listening to their music even though they’re well past their heyday. The Boys have grown up, gotten married, their dance moves are a bit rusty, lost one member, and generally (and sadly) failed to duplicate the success they had in the 90s. What they do have however, is a fanbase that refuses to admit all of the above, therefore they are still on the scene.

In October 2009, they presented the world with This Is Us, their 7th worldwide studio album, and their second without member Kevin Richardson. They called it a return to form, I called it an attempt to be current in a market that is ever so changing. And that’s coming from a true and tired fan. Even though I’ve played the tracks over and over, there isn’t anything remarkable about this effort, so you won’t appreciate it unless you are a fan of the boys. (more…)


This album review was written sometime in March or February, however, this album has proven to be one of my favorites for 2010 and it’s unlike what we’ve been mostly bombarded with on the radio. I really hope you give it a listen after you read this review. Enjoy :)

British electro-rock connoisseurs Hot Chip have been leaving their distinguished mark on the music world for the past decade. It is with their new release “One Life Stand,” however, that they really cement their standing as a band that can combine the latest technologies, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and melodic voices in one album. Though the use of auto-tune is greatly obvious, it serves a point here, unlike with the rest of the music being made available to the public at the moment.

Album Cover

Born out of the concept of transforming “a one night stand into a one life stand,” as vocalist Alexis Taylor has put it, the band’s fourth release dabbles with issues of commitment and long-term relationships, be it romantic or non-romantic ones. The overall theme is delivered beautifully thanks to ingenious lyric-writing and Taylor’s smooth high-pitched vocals combined with second vocalist Joe Goddard’s dreamy bass voice. The carefully tailored instrumental part, courtesy of the rest of the group, serves as a plus point for the band.
The album opens with a steady percussion beat, before Taylor begins to sing the first verse of “Thieves in the Night,” a song that deals with finding the love of a lifetime and hanging onto them, especially after the long search. The key verse in the song “happiness is what we all want” is something everyone can relate to and it is highlighted by the very upbeat background music.
Second track “Hand Me down Your Love” has a distinct jazzy feel to it with very simplistic and repetitive lyrics, making it easier for the listener to remember this when going through the record. It continues the theme that was established in its predecessor,  ensuring cohesion. (more…)


Every summer requires a song to characterize it. And for Summer ’10, Maroon 5, the band behind hits such as This Love and She Will Be Loved are happy to fill those shoes with their new single Misery from their highly anticipated third album Hands All Over.

Single cover for "Misery"

Misery , despite the melodramatic name, is a wonderful uptempo song, that keeps you smiling for 3 minutes and 36 seconds. It’s everything you would expect from Maroon 5, and that’s really a plus point as many bands and solo artisits are trying to reinvent themselves and failing miserably (Example, Christina Aguilera). By focusing on what they do best, they come out with a fantastic end-product that you can’t easily get out of your head. As a matter of fact, it got stuck in my head just after a single listen, and by the second, I was already singing along with Adam Levine, the band’s lead singer.
As stated on Wikipedia, this song is about a man facing the demise of a relationship. Except the melody and catchy lyrics are not what you would normally expect for such a dreary topic. Notable lyrics include

Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I’m gonna get you back
Gonna get you back

Which is perhaps where they got the idea of the video from.
It tackles a serious topic, violence, but in a hilarious way, to go with the whole feel of the song. In the clip, Levine plays the role of a man whose girlfriend is trying to have him killed, applying the whole message of the song in reverse.
The end result is bound to keep you in giggles as he gets smashed into walls, dodges bullets, gets run over by cars-nothing that you wouldn’t normally see on an episode of RoadRunner.
This song is going to be really hard to miss this summer season with cars blasting it at top volume and people singing You really got me bad in high-pitched voices. And if the album is anything like its first single, then I will be the first person in line to buy it once it comes out in September.