Review: Poets of the Fall – Jealous Gods

Oh, man! You know how much I love Poets of the Fall and their beautiful, awesome music! Their sixth album, titled Jealous Gods, is one of their best efforts so far, so excuse me for delaying this for so long! I was busy playing it on repeat.

Daze is their first song on the tracklist, and also the first single, and it has been quite the while since I found a lead single this good. Daze is filled with determination, it has rhythm, lyrics, spunk, sincerity, love, and fire, and it’s the perfect choice as a lead single. I just love the chorus – so gentle and sensible, so very opposed to the masculinity of the rest of the song. (9/10)

Jealous Gods is one of their best songs ever. OK, so it’s a ballad, but it’s a beautiful ballad, simple and honest, and it gives me chills each and every time I hear it. Marko, you beautiful animal, what are you doing?! Marko’s voice is the best safety blanket there is, how can I not love it? It has incredibile depths, stories to tell and kisses to share, and it mixes perfectly with the music and the lyrics. (10/10)

Rumors is somewhat of a filler, not really remarkable, to tell you the truth, but the song shows promise in the beginning, and fades away into boring oblivion after a minute or so. The start is a bit energetic, but the chorus is mostly trite and easily forgettable. I guess the instrumental for this one could have been a better fit? (7/10)

Brighter Than the Sun is exactly the opposite of Rumors. The start is a bit boring, and the rest of the song is quite engaging, thanks to pseudo-rapping from Marko. Oh well, it’s not that great, but the verse with „love never goes out of season” and the drums make it bearable. (7/10)

Love Will Come to You gave me the impression that it was written by someone that’s still in high school, so cheerful and simple and honest, and – OK, the song is not that special or complex, but it’s a nice song, very dancey, very lovey-dovey, the lyrics work perfectly through the melody and Marko’s voice is, as usual, sweet and sour at the same time. What’s not to like?! (8/10)

Rogue, because my Poets like to experiment. And when they do it, they do it very, very well. This piece is instrumental, and wonderful. Take it from a person that doesn’t really like instrumental stuff. The guitar is strong with this one, and I can only imagine me, on a motorcycle, going on a highway… This is Rogue for me. (8/10)

Rebirth HAS to be the best song off the album. It just has to be. I love absolutely everything about this song, starting with the beautiful guitar, going through the lyrics, listening to Marko – the whole song is just beautiful poetry, filled with fear, love and hope. The only other song from the Poets that I like this much is All the Way/4U – although I like that one more. However, Rebirth is a great song, for the romantics, and the hopeful ones, and the ones who still love love. (12/10)

Hounds to Hamartia is yet another great experiment, very well done and beautifully crafted through the obsessive use of guitars and metaphors. Rhythm, lyrics, creativity – this song has them all. (9/10)

Clear Blue Sky is just a typical optimist song, but nothing out of the ordinary. I do not skip it however, because it’s quite entertaining, with the fast paced rhythm and the drums and the guitars. (8/10)

Choice Millionaire, OMG! This has got to be one of their best songs ever! It has electronica accents, the lyrics are extremely witty and not only witty, and the chorus uses Markus full power, in the best way possible. His voice goes from deep to high, from serious to playful, all in just 30 seconds of beautiful music. Do not skip this one, if you want to see a different side of the Poets! (9/10)

Nothing Stays the Same somehow reminds me of the gothic bands from up North, with its guitars, and Marko’s voice so deep, and the very, ultra serious lyrics. The song is beautifully crafted, even though I cannot possibly take it seriously! It’s a good piece, nonetheless, so excuse my assholeness! (8/10)

Enjoy the album, I know I did.

Now, I can only hope that they’ll come back… Or that I’ll be able to see them live somewhere in Europe.

Review: Maroon 5 – V

The previous Maroon 5 effort was kind of a let down, since Overexposed didn’t manage to acquire the silent slickness of Hands All Over, so I was hoping for a change of heart (and beat too) from V.

I’ve been in love with the band (and Adam too, why the heck not?) for so long, 10 long years of love, hope, trust, mistrust, happiness and heartbreak, it was only fair that, 10 years after the first meeting, I should be hopeful about V (which is pronounced „five” y’all, my favorite number).

I wanted so much to like the album, so I’ve been listening for a few days now, on a continuous, happy loop, and I managed to find some forever favorites.

Maps is not a powerful first single, I really thought they could have done it better, but hey! You get what you get or deserve or whatever, the song starts out weak and I remember not liking it at first, but now it’s quite catchy, even though it’s not a brilliant song. I guess Adam’s falsetto can be annoying and cute at the same time. (7.5/10)

I am under the impression that Animals should be the sexy song of the album – after all, preaches primal, sexy sex, so yeah. I guess that’s what they’re going for, even though the beat is predictable, the bass is sometimes boring, and Adam sounds bored too. It’s not a bad song, but not a great one, and I’m starting to sense a pattern here… (8/10)

Oh, Adam, It Was Always You! 80s’ sound?! Check! Adam’s falsetto? Check? Synths? Check! The song is the peak of the album so far, almost as if the slow start of Maps and Animals were building to this great 80s’ electronica piece. Just lovely! And I wanna see this more often, Adam! It suits you. (9/10)

And because Maroon 5 are really good at declaring stuff, romantic stuff, of course, Unkiss Me is that once in a lifetime declarative ballad. It’s perfectly mushy, with a barely there bass, with incredibly romantic lyrics and a sincere Adam on the lead vocals that makes my heart melt. You can almost hear the heart break… (10/10)

And because food is always a metaphor for sex – for Maroon 5, at least (remember Kiwi?), we have Sugar. Food and sex. Raw emotion, 80s’ sound, a white, sexier Prince. Awesome beat and sexy lyrics, and I can almost feel Adam kissing me. Ok, not kissing me per se, but still… (9/10)

Then Leaving California happens and I’m like „dude, WTF?!”. I’m not really sure what’s with this song, except that it’s a very dull filler. (6/10)

In Your Pocket. Ugh. I can’t even. Yeah, it’s dancey and stuff, but. Ugh. Jealousy and stuff. (4/10)

New Love must be my favorite song off of the album. It’s danceable as fuck, Adam abuses his notorious falsetto, also he makes quite the declaration of love, the 80s’ are uber strong with this one, and the lyrics are fun, enjoyable and sincere. (10/10)

And then there’s Coming Back for You. Is this Tears for Fears or something that the 80s’ rejected with vicious hate or what the actual fuck happened here? (6/10)

Feelings makes me want to go to the gym and perform the choreography from Physical. But that’s only until the chorus starts, because that’s when weird stuff starts happening and I wanna go out of here. (7/10)

My Heart is Open. Oh, the epitome of boring. Sorry, Ms. Stefani, your contribution on this song is awful, your voice is so masculine next to Adam’s, and… Oh, dear God, no. (5/10)

If you have the chance to listen to the Deluxe edition of the album, then you have three more songs that are actually quite interesting.

Shoot Love is not so great, but a whole lot better that My Heart is Open. The beat is catchy, I could move on this one if only it were more remarcable. I also find it really good for speeding on the highway. (7/10)

Sex and Candy, because sex and food. We already covered that part. But Adam wants a new approach. This song is a bit slicker, a bit dirtier, a bit subtle, but still ever so sexy, ever so 80s and awesome. The bass line makes me want to buy a strip pole and dance, but who cares, right? Mom, please don’t read this! (8.5/10)

Lost Stars the last song from the Deluxe edition and everyone who saw Begin Again (not me, unfortunately) knows it. I like the dreamy sound of it, the hopeful sound of it. It sends me so much love, I want to be in love. I almost forgot that Adam can bring me so much love in just one song… (9/10)

Throwback Thursday: The All-American Rejects

I remember a time when I was younger, when hopes and dreams crashed and fell onto the ground, when regrets were overflowing and when tears were ever present.

That was the time, the lonely time, when The All-American Rejects came into my life, with their not-so-emo sound, but oh-so-angsty lyrics.

Yes, Dirty Little Secret was the one that started it all, but yesterday I stumbled upon Dance Inside, something I tried so hard to forget, something that somehow still hurts, something that was never meant to be…

You don’t have to move, you don’t have to speak
lips for biting.
You’re staring me down, a glance makes me weak
eyes for striking

Now I’m twisting up when I’m twisted with you
brush so lightly
and time trickles down, and I’m breathing for two
squeeze so tightly.

I’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.
this moment seems so long
Don’t waste now, precious time
we’ll dance inside the song

[Chorus]
What makes the one to shake you down?
Each touch belongs to each new sound
Say now you want to shake me too
Move down to me, slip into you

She sinks in my mind as she sheds through her skin
touch sight tastes like fire
hands do now what eyes no longer defend
hands to fuel desire

I’ll be fine, you’ll be fine
this moment seems so long
Don’t waste now, precious time
we’ll dance inside the song

[Chorus]

Ooo, ah [x8]

And I’ll be fine, you’ll be fine
Is this fine? I’m not fine
Give me pieces, give me things to stay awake (stay awake)

[Chorus x2]

Move down to me, slip into you

Lady Gaga – Dope

It’s that time of the day again. Today is June 17, a day that proves to be shitty, because hey! It’s 17! And you know my problem with that. If not, proceed.

But today, on the 17th, Lady Gaga is a good distraction. Sam Smith does not work today. I have been listening to Dope for three hours now, and I still need that raspy voice to cover all the bad things that are inside me.

[Verse 1]
Cork’s off, it’s on
The party’s just begun
I promise this
This drink is my last one
I know that I fucked up again
Because I lost my only friend
God forgive my sins
Don’t leave me, I
Oh I will hate myself until I die

[Chorus]
My heart would break without you
Might not awake without you
Been hurting low, from living high for so long
I’m sorry, and I love you
Sing with me, „Bell Bottom Blue”
I’ll keep searching for an answer cause I need you more than dope

[Post-Chorus]
I need you more than dope
Need you more than dope
Need you more than dope
I need you more than dope

[Verse 2]
Toast one last puff
And two last regrets
Three spirits and
Twelve lonely steps
Up heaven’s stairway to gold
Mine myself like coal
A mountain of a soul
Each day, I cry
Oh, I feel so low from living high

[Chorus]
My heart would break without you
Might not awake without you
Been hurting low, from living high for so long
I’m sorry, and I love you
Sing with me, „Bell Bottom Blue”
I’ll keep searching for an answer cause I need you more than dope

[Post-Chorus]
I need you more than dope
Need you more than dope
Need you more than dope
I need you more than dope

I need you more
Need you more
I need you more than dope

Review: OneRepublic – Native

I’ve been hooked up on a lot of things lately – music has been a refuge for me, so it’s kinda understandable that I’m always playing something in the back of my head. I also dream of living in a musical, so there’s that.

But there’s one album that keeps creeping up on me while I try to work, or meditate, or, you know, just breathe.

OneRepublic‘s Native is their best effort so far, and that’s easy to see if you check how many times I’ve hit play and not skip while listening to their stuff.

The album has spawned a few hits so far, and everyone knows the oh-so radio friendly Counting Stars and even Burning Bridges, but there’s so much to this album than what meets the ear.

Counting Stars is dependable, for lack of a better word, but it’s poppy and dancey, and that can never be a bad thing, right? It’s full of energy, but it doesn’t have that urban sound that Tedder strives to achieve most of the time. It’s just a safe song, and I can live with that. (7.5/10)

If I Lose Myself is deep, deeper than expected from the second song of this album. It starts soft, but in just few seconds it builds up to so much more. The song incorporates the urban sound that Ryan Tedder loves so very much, and it feels like home for OneRepublic. This song smells like summer, and that’s never a bad thing. (9.5/10)

Feel Again is such a pop anthem, it hurts. In a good way. I could use it to pump up the energy while hitting the gym, and I love it for that build up that can be heard while playing the chorus. (8/10)

What You Wanted is a beautiful ballad, filled with feelings, because… Love. I just feel safe, at peace whenever I hear this song, and they lyrics are pure poetry for us people looking for meaning and love. (9/10)

I Lived is the best song for declaring mistakes. How can you not love it?! So full of energy and belief, this song opens the eyes and brightens the day, and I just love it. (10/10)

Light It Up makes you witness a little switch – from the pop anthem to the sexy pop anthem. Charged with electricity, this song uses the bass line more, and that means only one thing: sex! Too bad the sexiness is short lived… (8/10)

Can’t Stop is just a cry for something (or someone) you lost. It’s sad, and selfish, just how I like my songs. It’s a plea, a bargain, a quest – something that never ends well. But Tedder’s vocals on this one send me goose bumps and chills, so the song rises through his voice. (9/10)

Au Revoir feels a little misplaced on this album, with all the violins and the strings, with all that peace that emerges through its words and sounds. The beginning of the song states perfectly the mood that it induces me… „Today I’m not myself”. (8/10)

Burning Bridges is, by far, my favorite song off Native. I love the hopeful sound it has, and the urban beat that can be heard throughout the song. Ryan Tedder never sounded this good. (10/10)

Something I Need gives me the impression that Ryan Tedder is an addict, and he likes his addiction very much, thank you. This song is playful and fun, and hopeful, and lustful, and that’s kinda awesome, don’t you think? (9.5/10)

Preacher is, again, one of the songs that don’t feel like a part of this album. But somehow, this song fits perfectly. The story is great, the first time I listened to it made me cry, and I never had a grandpa. Maybe I should have had one… (10/10)

Don’t Look Down is, by far, the most forgettable song of the album. Whenever I get to listen to it, I’m always amazed by how little I know this song. I couldn’t rate it, if I wanted to. (?/10)

Something’s Gotta Give is the urbanest of the urbanest from this album. It’s a weird song, that seems to drag on too long, it never feels like home, but somehow, I never push skip whenever this one hits my earphones. (10/10)

Life in Color starts out like a Christmas song, so cheery and colorful (see the pun? please laugh at my pun!), and it just fills me with joy and happiness. (9/10)

All in all, this album is awesome. I never want to push skip, I only want to listen to it while walking around the town. Now, since the weather allows me to…

Tracklist: 0:00 Counting Stars 4:16 If I Lose Myself 8:24 Feel Again (With Heartbeats) 11:27 What You Wanted 15:26 I Lived 19:19 Light It Up 23:29 Can’t Stop 27:39 Au Revoir 32:30 Burning Bridges 36:48 Something I Need 40:49 Preacher 44:55 Don’t Look Down 46:37 Something’s Gotta Give 51:28 Life in Color 54:51 If I Lose Myself (Acoustic) 58:42 What You Wanted (Acoustic) 1:02:05 Burning Bridges (Acoustic)

Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith

I used to listen to that other Disclosure song (particularly the Flume remix of You & Me), but now I found a new obsession to sum up some of the things that happened in the past few weeks or so.

All of the hope, and the ruin, and the wanting, the desperation, the frustration, the waiting and the breaking of the spirit.

Sam Smith‘s voice is so comforting and it makes me feel as if even bad choices are good enough to stand on their own. Oh, well. At least I had the memories.

(Never [3x])

You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down (never)
You, you enchant me even when you’re not around (never)
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down (never)
I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found (never)

I feel we’re close enough
I wanna lock in your love
I think we’re close enough
Could I lock in your love, baby?

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you (never)
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never)

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you (never)
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never)

I’m so encaptured, got me wrapped up in your touch (never)
Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch (never)
How do you do it, you got me losing every breath (never)
What did you give me to make my heart beat out my chest (never)

I feel we’re close enough
I wanna lock in your love
I think we’re close enough
Could I lock in your love, baby?
I feel we’re close enough
I wanna lock in your love
I think we’re close enough
Could I lock in your love, baby?

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you (never)
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never)

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you (never)
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never)
Latching on to you
I won’t let go of you (never)
Latching on to you
I won’t let go of you
(Never let go, never let go)

Throwback Thursday: The Flys

Back from that time when the ’90s were awesome, and times were simpler, and Katie Holmes was still Joey. Which reminds me, I have to start watching Dawson’s Creek again.

High school and hearts are broken. Do you still remember those dreams?