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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.


A greyscale illustration of a chimpanzee wearing a dress shirt, pants, and sunglasses. The animal is seen reclining, with his or her feet outstretched and in the foreground. In black, the words "The Lazy Song" appear in minuscule below the words "Bruno Mars" in majuscule font.

Single cover for Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song (Image via Wikipedia)

After he told you he loved you just the way you are, after he vowed to catch a grenade for you, after he jumped into a spur-of-the-moment-wedding with you, Bruno Mars now just wants to leave everything behind him, and have a long day at home doing, you guessed it, nothing.

Peter Hernandez, better known as Bruno Mars,  originally started off as a songwriter/producer in the Smeezingtons team, but has been flooding the airwaves since he collaborated with Travie McCoy on Billionaire in 2010. Though he’s vocally talented, I really can’t stand him because he’s pioneered “fiction-pop,” meaning that all of his songs have to do with something that won’t ever or very rarely come true. His latest single, now playing on all radio stations,  is no different.

Just like the title “The Lazy Song” suggests, the song is very laid back, mainly because its draws its elements from reggae music. It’s also heavily influenced by the general feel of Hawaii, where Mars hails from.

The guitar cords may seem very familiar because they’re very close to the ones he used on Billionaire and sounds very easy to play. Regardless of that, it’s still classified as a pop song because of it happens to be very catchy.

Unlike his past singles, Bruno makes no effort to hit any screechy high notes and just sticks to his simplistic approach towards things. This is a definite welcome change and keeps the song at its lovable state.

Lyrically, its fun and upbeat, and tackles on our everyday desire of just not being disturbed. As a college student, I can completely relate and there have been many, many days that I have felt this way or have stayed at home and not combed by hair.

He goes through all of the motions of a perfect lazy day like lying in bed, not picking up the phone, defying everyone, chilling, and being the king of his own castle- and that’s where his fiction pop kicks in. He’d rather blow off getting a college degree to be lazy- wow, that does not resonate well with me at all.

Though thew single has been released on February 15, the video is still not out yet, as is the case for Marry You, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted when it does. It’ll be very interesting to see how the approach he takes here is going to translate into visuals.

My final verdict? I really want to hate this song because it’s a Bruno Mars one and I really don’t like his style but it’s so catchy and spot-on that I’m very sure I’m going to keep replaying it over and over again as the summer approaches.

Here’s a clip of the song being performed acoustically via Billboard.com


Shannon, Jared, and Tomo on the set of This Is War (Image via Ace Showbiz)

In June 2010, a teaser trailer for the title track from 30 Seconds to Mars’ second single from their album This is War was released onto Youtube showing the band decked out in military gear and carrying weapons, as inspired by the song’s central theme of war and peace. For almost a year, the very fate of that video was unknown and fans anxiously waited for any news about it. The wait, however, is now over.

On April 1st, the band, and through their social media sites, asked all their fans to refrain from watching any leaked videos and that they would be posting the official clip very soon. That came true on April 6th, when the full-fledged video was uploaded to their Vevo channel, and has already managed to garner an impressive number of views.

After watching it extensively over the past few days, here’s what I like and do not like about the video. [SPOILER ALERTS]

DISLIKES:

  1. Where are Shannon and Tomo exactly? Although they’re in the video, it’s at rare instances that you see their faces, and even then, they’re wearing sunglasses/goggle. I would’ve loved to see more of them because the dynamic that this trio have-in terms of their music-is beyond incredible.
  2. Where do all the flying objects come from? I know I know, this all serves an eventual purpose, but it just seems so random!
    Jared Leto at the 66th Venice International Fi...

    Bartholomew Cubbins (Image via Wikipedia)

    They’re in a very deserted area and out of nowhere, tanks d are flying. This would’ve been so much more believable if we see whose launching these things at them. I know most, if not all, of the Echelon would’ve loved to play a small part in the video.

  3. The typeface. I can tell its a Bartholomew Cubbins “movie” just by the lettering he uses in the historical scene. He doesn’t have to include the opening or end credits for us to know that it’s his work of art. For those of you who don’t know, Bartholomew Cubbins is nothing but a pseudonym for Jared Leto. On a side note, this isn’t a Cubbins film, but rather was directed by Edouard Salier- something that Leto isn’t keen on repeating in the future.
  4. Why is there a censored and uncensored version? Unlike Hurricane, where an uncensored version for the more sensitive/conservative viewers was needed,there’s nothing in This is War that needs censoring, not even blood.

LIKES:

  1. The theme. Definitely spot-on. For a song with such powerful lyrics and obvious discontent at the state of the world, there would’ve been no better theme to use than fighting in Afghanistan. Although, I do have a hard time believing that pretty-boy Jared would ever be engaged in such kind of combat.
  2. A Screenshot from the video (Via Tom and Tal)

    The historical shots. Because the issue is so contemporary, it would completely make sense to use images and clips from the huge historical archive available. What I like the most about this is that it’s very blunt, like putting the image of George W. Bush with the words “moment to lie” set on it. There’s no doubt about what the group thinks about the state of current affairs.

  3. Incorporating little elements: If you look very closely, you’ll see that each of the helmets has a little inscription it. Jared’s has This is War, the name of the album and the very song, Tomo has the very inventive Mars logo, while Shannon has L490, the one track on the album he wrote, and also says that in the short break from the song scene. No real idea what it signifies, but if you do, do tell!
  4. The cinematography. Wow! This is a common thread in all of Mars’ videos- they’re just a spectacle. Whether it’s the chilling Hurricane, the inspiring Kings+Queens, or the for-the-fans Closer to the Edge, there’s always something that draws you into their videos. Here, they take something so bare as a battleground and turn into more than just an area of discourse and disruption: it’s more of a beautiful chaos. In the end, the coming together of the triad and the guys observing it, it’s only a thing you can fully comprehend if you watch the entire video.

These are my thoughts on this video. I am very much enjoying the whole 30 Seconds to Mars fandom, especially when they’re making such great videos (excluding the very strange but beautifully shot Hurricane). I only wonder what they’re going to do next.


NKOTBSB Official Poster

You know it’s a great, great time for boybands when two of the biggest acts of that genre get together and spontaneously decide to go on tour together. Yes, the internet has been buzzing with news of an upcoming tour that will bring together the first group to follow the “boyband” format, New Kids on the Block, and the highest selling group, Backstreet Boys. Some naysayers think its because both groups no longer have a steady source of income, but that’s far from the truth. Sure, they’ve gotten older, their dance moves are a bit rusty, the songs evoke good memories of simpler times but nothing more, but when this tour was announced, echoes of screaming girls (well women actually) could be heard all over the world. Just goes to show that they’ve still got it, one way or another.

I am a sucker for the Backstreet Boys and completely bummed out that I will not be able to attend any of their concerts.

Here’s what we basicallyknow about NKOTBSB:  (more…)


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…)