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Pink May 25, 2013

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 7:27 pm

    The Truth About Love by Pink

pinkThe Truth About Love is Pink’s 6th studio album released in September 2012. Pink has released Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Try, and Just Give Me A Reason as singles off the album. Each single has done very well and is constantly played on the radio.

Just Give Me A Reason is a duet with Nate Ruess from the band fun. The song has consistently climbed the charts, all the way to number one and is probably playing on the radio as I’m typing this review. It has become one of those inescapable songs you find yourself singing and don’t know where it came from.

Pink has a no-nonsense attitude about her and it shows in her music. She is a pop artist with an edge which is what attracts so many people to her & her music. She sings fun pop songs and songs with a lot of heart and meaning behind them.

The Truth About Love includes songs poking fun at love and the crazy things women find themselves thinking as shown in  How Come You’re Not Here, The Truth About Love and Walk of Shame. There are some slower songs in which Pink shows a lot of emotion in her singing and shows off her powerful voice including Beam Me Up, Try, and The Great Escape.

If you like what you hear from Pink on the radio pick up The Truth About Love.

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Train

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 7:02 pm

     California 37 by Train

train 2Train is a pop rock band from San Francisco, California. Pat Monahan is the lead singer, Jimmy Stafford plays guitar and Scott Underwood is on the drums.

California 37 is Train’s 6th studio album. The album continues the laid back California feel Train has become known for. Their songs are fun to listen to and don’t always make sense, but they make you trainhappy.

The singles from this album include Drive By, 50 Ways to Say Goodbye, Bruises, and MermaidBruises has more of a country feel to it and is a duet with Pat Monahan and country singer Ashley Monroe.

I have seen Train in concert a few times. They always deliver a wonderful, energetic show. When Train performs Mermaid at a concert they bring a bunch of girls from the audience on stage to be the “mermaid” Pat is singing to. Its a lot of fun to watch everyone have such a blast on stage with Train (I have even seen a few guys join in the action on stage).

If you enjoy summer, California and music that makes you happy then pick up California 37 by Train.

 

Justin Timberlake April 12, 2013

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 4:45 pm

The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlakejustin timberlake

The 20/20 Experience is Justin Timberlake’s 3rd solo album and marks his return to music after time off to persue an acting career and hilarious guest appearances on Saturday Night Live.

This album is different than his previous two. The album has a Rat Pack vibe and would fit perfect in a club in the 1960s.  The songs are all between 5 to 8 minutes long. Noticeably longer than the typical pop song and makes for a drawn out feeling to the album. I found myself skipping tracks halfway through because they were too long and not able to keep my interest. There isn’t the instant gratification you usually get from listening to Justin Timberlake. I have been a fan since he was in N’SYNC and although I likesome songs on the album it won’t be on constant rotation on my iPod.

The singles Suit & Tie with Jay-Z, Mirrors, and Pusher Love Girl will give you a feel for what the rest of the album sounds like.

 

Andy Grammer

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 3:55 pm

Andy Grammerandy grammer

Andy Grammer’s self titled debut album was released in 2011. If features the singles Keep Your Head Up, Fine By Me, and Miss Me.

His music has a laid back feel. It reminds me of a carefree summer day on the beach. It would probably fall in the adult pop category, but appeals to any age, similar to Matchbox Twenty and Train. The album is upbeat with catchy tunes and songs that stay in your head all day. My favorites are Lunatic, Miss Me, and Biggest Man in Los Angeles.

He is a great live performer. I saw him in late 2012 with Train & Phillip Phillips at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT. It was just Andy and his guitar on stage. He captivated the audience during his simple performance.

The Pocket

“Do you want to be my love, my sight, my heart, and my eyes
My world, my pride, my stars in my skies
I am looking for a queen who’s more than gorgeous on a movie screen
I am looking for the covergirl of dignified beauty magazine…”

 

Bruno Mars March 16, 2013

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 3:52 pm

Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Marsbruno mars

Bruno Mars’ sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox has a very old school feel. It sounds like Michael Jackson mixed with Reggae, Disco and Motown to create a distinctly Bruno Mars album. Show Me has a definite Bob Marley influence, If I Knew has a Motown feel, and Treasure reminds me of music from the 1970s Disco era.

This album covers every aspect of a relationship. When I was Your Man is the new single portraying a guy who realizes a little too late he should’ve done things differently to keep his girlfriend. Gorilla demonstrates the hot & heavy part of a relationship. Locked Out of Heaven is the story of a girl who’s keeping the guy in the friend zone for a little too long and he doesn’t like it.

If you’re looking for something different yet upbeat and fun try Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars. My favorite song on the album is Natalie but this is definitely an album you can listen too from beginning to end and not get bored.

 

Phillip Phillips

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 3:48 pm

The World from the Side of the Moon by Phillip Phillips  phillip phillips album

Phillip Phillips won American Idol’s 11th season in May 2012. He released his first single, Home, shortly after and it has taken off. The song is still inescapable on radio airwaves. It has a country feel combined with Phillips’ Dave Matthews-esq voice making it a true pop hit.

I attended a Phillip Phillips concert recently and he is the real deal. He sat on stage with his guitar and a microphone belting out the songs. He didn’t seem truly comfortable on stage but that just added to his charm. The fans in the audience screamed for him the entire time and he was embarrassed by it. It was a great show.

His debut album is enjoyable from the first song to the last. He includes a cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game that doesn’t disappoint. I recommend picking up this album for a listen. Gone, Gone, Gone is the new single. An inspiring song about a relationship.

Excerpt from Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips

“You’re my backbone
You’re my cornerstone
You’re my crutch when my legs stop movin’
You’re my head start
You’re my rugged heart
You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed”

 

Mumford & Sons

Filed under: Music — sbykari @ 3:46 pm

Babel by Mumford & Sons  mumford & sons babel

Mumford & Sons formed in 2007 and their popularity has slowly but steadily been growing ever since. They have a distinctive folk sound which is unlike any other band on the radio today. Their sound is reminiscent of bluegrass with a modern day twist. They use the fiddle, cello and flugelhorn along with the trumpet and trombone which are not usually heard in mainstream pop music today but make for a very enjoyable listening experience.

Radio play began with Little Lion Man in 2010 and the release of their debut album, Sigh No More.  Mumford & Sons received 2 Grammy nominations for that album. Their new album, Babel, it a critical hit winning Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys. The singles, I Will Wait and Lover of the Light, continue to deliver the upbeat folk feel that makes Mumford & Sons different from all the rest. If you’re looking for something unlike the rest try Mumford & Sons.

Mumford & Sons are Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Winston Marshall.