Posts Tagged ‘rock’


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.


With the playoffs coming nearby and the Miami Heat vying to secure the second ranking in the Eastern Conference, reigning two time MVP and superstar LeBron James wants to take his talents to another place. And we aren’t talking about basketball.

Not just Miami, but Liverpool too

Joining forces with hedge-fund manager John Henry and veteran Hollywood producer of The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70s Show Tim Werner, James now owns a minority stake in one of the biggest English football clubs, Liverpool FC.

Bringing one of the biggest North American and worldwide superstar athletes and two of the most famous teams in the world, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) also happens to own the Boston Red Sox of the Major League of Baseball, uniting with LeBron James’ sports-marketing firm LRMR Branding & Marketing to be a worldwide representative for the Miami Heat star.

This deal is a first of the kind, as no professional athlete at his prime has purchased a stake in such a powerhouse club as big as Liverpool, easily magnifying James’ image in the world of sports.

The nine year old Boston-based Fenway Sports Group purchased Liverpool for $488 million dollars last October.

A winning move for LeBron and a winning move for Liverpool. Only if they were both actually winning in their leagues.

Liverpool is valued as one of the most valuable soccer franchises in the world and has won 18 top division championships in its storied history.

“Eighteen championships,” the 26-year-old James told the Journal. “I see myself trying to do the same things they have.”

Yeah, right. He’ll get them all in 4 lifetimes.

 


Lebanese rock music fans have another thing to look forward to this July, after it had been announced earlier that the legendary Scorpions will be performing two concerts in Byblos, as part of their farewell tour. Well, just last week, NRJ, one of the leading English-oriented radio stations in the country, announced that the widely successful American rock/post-grunge band 30 Seconds to Mars would take the very same stage 10 days later.

After initially being skeptical of this announcement-because let’s face it,  I was just a tad disappointed when the band played at Yas Island in early March and not here- I finally believed the news when the band took to their Twitter account and official page. And honestly, I could not be any happier although I have only been a fan of theirs since the release of Hurricane at the end of 2010.

Is there anything this guy can't do? (Image via echelonattack)

So in preparation for this exciting event, I took to Youtube to watch the Closer to the Edge video, which was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (J. Leto himself) and features clips from their Into the Wild tour, and make some predictions to what we can expect from Jared, Shannon, and Tomo in July.

  1. It is going to be LOUD: You’re going to say this is a definite Duh! moment because they are after all, a rock band. But no one does loud the way this group does. J. Leto is known for his yelling, reminding this blogger of Steven Tyler at some instances, and his brother S. Leto uses some pretty heavy equipment to generate all those drum beats we hear on the album. Don’t forget to factor in the audience singing, which brings me to the next point.
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    This is War Album Cover (Via Amazon.com)

  2. The audience will sing A LOT: It’s a trademark of any 30STM concerts to have the audience chant along with their tracks. On This is War, almost all the tracks have exterior vocals provided by your average fan, thanks to the many Summits the band held while making the album. This leaves  a lot of room for you to go crazy and sing at the top of your lungs. Just a word of advice: come prepared by knowing the album by heart so you can contribute to making the biggest impression. I, for one, cannot wait to sing along to Hurricane and This is War.
  3. It’s going to be BRIGHT: A fundamental element of any concert is the lighting  and one of the many things 30STM happen to do in their concerts is shine bright lights on the audience. Bring your sunglasses because for once it’s going to be okay to wear sunglasses at night. Another brightness factor: Glo-Sticks!
  4. You’re going to be breathless: It’s definitely one of those concerts where you don’t want to be sitting down. Cheering, clapping, singing, and jumping around are all expected. So are stunts, if you’re crazy enough to do them. Who knows, you might be featured in one of their videos (See 2:17 in the video to know what I’m taking about)
  5. They’re Great Live: We’ve all heard the tale of shelving out all the money you had saved up for months to go to a concert only to end up completely disappointed because the music isn’t up to par. Well, that’s not the case with this group. J. Leto certainly has the vocal skills to be able to power through a concert, but even if he does fall short, he can definitely depend on Shannon and Tomo, who are known for their mastery of their instruments. For an example on that, just listen to the epic drumming on Night of the Hunter.
    Shannon Leto live with 30 Seconds to Mars at T...

    Shannon Leto, one of the fastest and most epic drummers on the scene today.(Image via Wikipedia)

  6. Hurricane will probably be played acoustic: And it’s 10 times more chilling than the original- oh and they play the 1.0 version, not the one with Kanye.
  7. It might be a theme night: On the same day the official announcement was made, there was a post on their site describing all the possible themes they could adopt. Which one would you want to see happening for the Byblos concert?
  8. Some lucky audience members might get a chance to go on-stage: This is a tradition of theirs for the Closer to the Edge performance, so if you’re a huge fan, start wishing upon stars from today. You might just end up sharing a stage with three of the hottest men in the world of rock.
  9. Jared’s hair color/style are definitely going to be out there! The guy had a pink Mohawk for the longest time and his fashion instincts only rival those of Lady Gaga, so he’s definitely not going to come on stage in a regular t-shirt and jeans-although that would be great as well. Prepare yourselves for some crazy colors and the possibility of some shirtless-ness .
  10. Despite everything I said above, expect the unexpected Though they sort of have set-format, you really can’t predict what they’re going to do because they will end up shattering those into a tiny million pieces.

Whatever 30 Seconds to Mars have in store for the Lebanese audience,  it’s going to be a concert for the ages in a historic city.


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…)


I don’t usually like dance music and its derivatives. Instead, I prefer rock music with all its grittiness, memorable guitar solos, and actual lyrics. But for today’s feature, I’ve chosen a song that’s a bit out of my range, and one which I have recently rediscovered.
You might remember The Sound of Missing You by Belgian-Tunisian singer Ameerah from the Winter of 2009, especially since radio stations were playing it on rotation.
There’s nothing wildly exciting about this track, but I do like the idea of the silence having a sound, and relating that to missing someone. The vocals aren’t that bad either. And it gets easily stuck in your head.
I’m pretty sure almost all electronic music fans are going to go all out on me for choosing this song, especially that there are much better songs, but at the moment, this is what’s stuck in my head.
Here’s the video for your viewing enjoyment.


Here’s a quick post on a beautiful Sunday morning.
For those of you who didn’t get the reference from the title, the video is The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ smash hit from 2000 (Yes, it’s 10 years old) Californication.
It’s one of my ultimate rock-music favorites.
And plus the video’s pretty cool.
Reminds me of the days when I used to be addicted to The Sims :)
Here it goes!
Enjoy :)