Following her departure from Simon Cowell's British record label, Syco, and subsequent signing to a division of Sony Records, Cher Lloyd's sophomore album took a while to be released, inspiring the title "Sorry I'm Late." The first single featured T.I, the rapper who sang on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Iggy Azalea's "Change Your Life", and the album contains co-writes with pop hitmakers and producers Max Martin and Shellback. On the album, Cher Lloyd uses her vocals a lot more, opting to only really have a rap verse of her own on one song, "Killin' It." With so many big writing and producing names, as well as Cher Lloyd's talent, which has improved significantly from her debut album, it's no surprise that "Sorry I'm Late" is an album that you can pop in and just jam to.
My feelings about Katy Perry as an artist and/or person have always been ambivalent at best. A friend dragged me to see her movie two summers ago, so I learned way more than I ever needed to know about the pop princess. I follow a lot of Youtube artists, so a few months ago, my "subscriptions" tab exploded with covers of Roar, Unconditionally, and Dark Horse. They were pretty good songs, although I didn't like the rap verse on Dark Horse much, but I decided to review the album.
Lucy Hale is the latest in a long line of actress-turned-singers signed to Hollywood Records. Like many of her predecessors, she barely wrote the songs on her album. I liked the songs she'd performed live (well, 5 of them), however, and she came on stage at the CMAs to say that she was creating a country album, so I preordered the deluxe edition. Also, news boasted that the album contained co-writes from significant country producers and singer-songwriters, as well as Kacey Musgraves, so that made me interested.
It didn't quite measure up to my excitement, or all the hype either.
I'd somehow signed up for Christina Perri's mailing list, so I got a mailing saying that she'd released the first single for her next album. I'd been wondering when she was going to release a new album - seeing as artists usually take about two years between albums and she'd taken three.
I listened to the audio of her first single - Human. Honestly, my first thought was "ANOTHER album full of songs about a dysfunctional relationship? Hasn't she learned yet?!" Like many people, I'd thought that Lovestrong. had a few (or more than a few) too many sad songs.
Salute, the sophomore album of British girl band Little Mix, is packed full of motivational songs and catchy jams. It's a big improvement over their previous album, which was mainly girl-power anthems, lacking severely in ballads. Like Jade said in her Girl's Life interview in their Halloween issue, "You feel better, now we're going to have a good time."
So one day I was browsing around on Noisetrade, which is a really great site to find new musicians that don't already have a huge following. I got several songs that day, but one of my favorites was Alyssa Baker's EP. All of the songs are very well written.
I've never been the hugest fan of Shakira. The fact that I actually quite like her new album is a bit of a departure for me. Blame Blake Shelton and NBC's The Voice, I guess. She'd never really been on my radar until this year.
Hi everyone! So, basically, I think music is awesome in general and I got this idea that maybe I should do a review blog of albums. Promote artists I like, explain why I don't like the ones I don't...etc. It would also be a fun thing to blog about.
I have pretty varied tastes, but my most favorite genre is country. Beyond that, I like R&B influenced pop, soft/folk/alternative rock, a bit of reggae, and definitely singer-songwriter. So that's a bit of a heads up for what you're going to be seeing on this blog, mostly ;)
I'm a HUGE music junkie, and will probably be reviewing 2014 albums first. Then maybe I'll go back a while and post reviews of older albums. My collection is so huge
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Fountain Pen Girl Album Reviews is a blog writing track-by-track reviews of new popular and independent music with a focus on female artists. The main genres that are covered on this blog are pop, country, singer-songwriter and alternative music, focusing especially on independent artists and female country artists. Enjoy my blog!
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