Posts Tagged ‘Music’


[Important Note: If you're of the conservative or sensitive type and still haven't heard the song (good for you!), I wouldn't suggest you watch the video at the end of this post.]

Rihanna and Chris Brown concert. Brisbane Ente...

Rihanna in Concert (Image via Wikipedia)

One day after Rihanna took her Twitter to announce that she would collaborate with non-other than pop princess,  Britney Spears, a remix of RiRi’s international hit S&M popped up on YouTube, and I’m sure many people’s fantasies just came true (especially considering how Spears has perfected the art of moaning through most of her songs).

The tune, an ode to everything sadomasochism, is not for the faint-hearted or the conservative. The original version has been playing on the radio for a while, even though in the UK the title had to be changed to the refrain “Come On” to make it less shocking.

Though named as a “remix,” there isn’t much change in this edition. The opening beats and synths are slightly changed and the the “na na na come on”s are stronger and more forceful because there’s two voices getting them out there. The alternation of which performer sings what part is definitely very-well thought out and just adds to the intensity of the whole thing.

The second verse of the song though gets the most significant update as the lyrics are changed to “just one night full of sin, feel the pain on your skin, to promise me mercy, it’s your turn to hurt me. If I’m bad, tie my down, shut me up, [...] cause the pain is my pleasure, nothing comes better.” This is most probably because Britney does the singing here and her vocals are not as high as Rihanna, or they just felt like changing things for this new release.

I am not going to comment on the overall lyrics and message because I don’t find this song to be representative of what music should be nor do I like Rihanna, especially after she went all pixie-cut and transformed her R&B style to pure club-pop. It’s a pure exploration of fantasies but should not be as commercially spread as it is right now because it caters to a small population. Plus, imagine your little sister singing that song while she doesn’t understand the lyrics!

But do I like Britney and Rihanna duetting?

Of course I do!

It’s a match made in pop music heaven!  Spears is certainly a hot commodity right now with two new singles and an album, Femme Fattale, topping the charts and receiving much critical acclaim. Rihanna, on the other hand, has been riding out the success of 2010’s smash collaboration with Eminem, though her album Loud has not been up to par.

So this music fan right here is hoping that the two get together really soon and make something from scratch because if they were individually able to take the music world by storm, there’s no end to what they could do together!


Album Cover for Roxette's Charm School (Image Via Wikipedia)

Although it is not set to be released  until April 18th, Roxette’s second single from their eighth studio album Charm School is destined to become a worldwide hit mainly because it reminds faithful fans of the band’s most famous songs from the 80s namely, It Must’ve Been Love and other songs from the Joyride age.

Many fans, like myself,  have taken to the internet to express their desire of having this song released as a single and thankfully, the duo have listened. No word on when and if a video will accompany the release, but regardless, this is a flawless song that can stand on its own, and can directly attract listeners despite its placement as the fourth track on the album, right after the very weak but enjoyable She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio).

The Swedish duo, formed of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle have been making music for a while now but took a long, well-deserved ten-year break to work on their own projects and sadly, because Fredrikssion had brain cancer and has suffered some permanent damage to her cognitive abilities. Thankfully, she’s all better now and her vocal abilities are still intact, as demonstrated throughout the album.

Written and composed by Gessle, who is known to be a musical mastermind,  this song follows the tradition of vocals alternation that Roxette have been known for. Per’s smooth, lower register singing opens up the track, with Marie slightly doing back-up duties before the whole thing is transferred to her on the bridge. She does a stellar job here, with her contrasting high notes and incredible power in delivering the most important lines of the song. They continue to go back and forth, joining their voices together on the chorus to bring the whole song full circle.

Gessle does a great job in putting the music together. It’s definitely a rock song, with elements of electric guitar- especially at the end of the track as Fredriksson belts out the last note- drums, and some piano. The way he puts these together to make a fantastic rock-pop ballad is undoubtedly one of the strengths of this song. It’s no Listen to Your Heart however, but they’re not trying to do that anyways.

As for the lyrics, it’s about finding that one person who can be your consolance and hear you in times of distress, thus the speaker calls out to be spoken to about the significant other’s problems, with love, as the refrain keeps saying. Even though that person wants to hide, Fredrikission, in her very mighty voice, draws him near and eases him out of his vulnerability.

Would I recommend this song to someone who is just getting to know Roxette? Yes and No. Yes because the song is magnificent and such a breath of fresh air from everything we’re exposed today but no because they simply would not get what we’re all raving about. I would instead recommend that they take a listen to my ultimate favorite by this duo Listen to Your Heart or anything from their 80s body of work.

For fans of Roxette, this song will just reaffirm why we’ve fallen in love with Marie and Per and appreciate that a rare few make music like this today.


Tom and I started TnT in June 2010 to find a mutual space to vent out everything we were feeling and experiencing as two 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut.

Vista de la ciudad de Beirut, Líbano.

Beirut, We love you. But our blog was not doing you any justice. (Image via Wikipedia)

We loved posting almost everyday, especially because there’s so much going on and so much space to talk. We also brought our passions into the picture and ended up with TnT: A Blog About Life and Everything in Between.

Our initial approach to the blog sometimes felt off, especially that the Lebanese blogosphere has so many incredible people putting their thoughts together, so eloquently if I must add. To be honest, we felt that we could’t compete with the attention that all the others could get because maybe our approach wasn’t as authentic as it should be.

There was one thing, however, that seemed to be working perfectly for us: talking about the things we love. For me, that love has always been music, and for Tom, it’s always been basketball.

We stopped blogging for a while because we got so caught up in finishing our undergraduate studies. What happened during that hiatus really surprised us. Though we had stopped publishing anything new, we were still averaging a lot of views per day, and most of those views were coming to the articles we had written about music and sports.

So Tom and I sat and discussed everything. Initially, I resisted because I was trying to establish a separate blog with more flexibility than WordPress. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that even if we got zero visitors, I’d still be happy because I was getting my opinion there and sharing a blog with someone I deeply respect and admire. Tom agreed and we set upon reviving the blog, shortening the name to TnT: Tom and Tal and adding a whole new tag line.  We also changed the design and add bios-(Mine can be found here)

We’re still 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut, but this time around, we’re focusing on the things we know and love-and we’re sure others do too.

And even if we don’t end up being a nationally renowned blog, all that matters is that we’re having fun writing and sharing.


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 announcement, on October 25, 2010 that Sony would be discontinuing the production of Walkmans was met by a lot of nostalgia and surprise. Some people had already thought the Walkman was dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that way especially with how digital music players, namely the iPod, have taken over our world. In fact, many lists highlighted the iPod as the invention that changed the world of music in the 2000s. I, for one, am going to miss the Walkman.

Sony Walkman WM A602

Sony Walkman WM A602 Image via Wikipedia

I even wrote a long post for this during the summer about my affinity for the tech stuff I used growing up. You can find it here.  Both items are considered to be revolutionary in terms of how we listen to our music and have shaped the music industry and the definition of what songs are hits or flops. Since the introduction of the iPod, for example, the biggest indicator has become the download rate for a song or how many copies an album sells on iTunes.

Still the Walkman did leave its impact on the world, giving music enthusiasts a chance to take their music with them wherever they went.

This does not mean, however, that we should be in mourning.  This is because Apple have unveiled the newest generations of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, and they look amazing. It’s hard to imagine that they have only been around for 9 years, because it sure feels like forever.  (more…)


When I first heard Hurt’s Wonderful Life, I thought it was a song that the radio station had dug up from the late 80s and were bombarding us with because it was featured in some sort of movie or TV show. Then after some research, it turned out that it was only the band’s second single and was only released to the stations in August, and was met by much success in Europe mostly and I am not surprised.

This past year, I’ve only heard one other band that was successful at integrating synths in their music, and that was Hot Chip on their album One Life Stand but the newcomers Hurts will give the other band a run for their money in the next few years if they continue to do what they did with this song.

Basically, the song is about a man who is about to jump off a bridge until he meets Suzie who re-instigates hope in the man’s heart and falls in love with him along the way. The chorus is basically the very simple but also highly important message that Suzie tells the man:

Don’t let go

Never Give up

It’s such a wonderful life (more…)


Ever since TnT has started, I’ve been doing reviews of songs that are either newly released or that I’ve recently discovered. I’ve realized however that I’ve never shared the songs that I cannot get over no matter how old they get. Then a prompt I found on Plinky really set this in motion and so these are the three songs that no matter what happens, I cannot remove from my iPod or stop singing to myself.

  1. Truly, Madly, Deeply- Savage Garden (1997)

Off their debut self-titled album, this song cemented the Australian two-man band’s fame and presence in the pop music world, mainly because the song’s lyrics and melody struck a chord with almost all listeners across all generations. It doesn’t hurt either that its success can still be felt thirteen years after it’s release. You can’t help but swoon over the lyrics that Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones wrote, Hayes’s smooth voice, appropriate for this type of slow, romantic song, or the beautiful musical orchestration. With this song, the band played their cards right, even going as far to shoot two videos, the most popular of which in Paris, France, because accordingly it’s the most romantic city in the world. All these elements have made it my ultimate favorite song, and besides, what girl would not like to be at the receiving end of the following lines? (more…)