2015 Mini-Reviews part 2, featuring Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Ellie Goulding and Alex G. (see Part 1 here).
Lots of amazing songs were released this summer, and some that were....less than amazing. This singles rundown will cover, essentially, the ones I have the most to say about, because due to my fall schedule I have less time for this blog. Sorry!
Katelyn Tarver - Nobody Like You With this catchy, sarcastic gem of a song I can say with utmost confidence that Katelyn Tarver is back. I didn't enjoy Weekend Millionaires very much, but this track is excellent, and perfect for summer, with clever, catchy lyrics and complementary production. It's vaguely reminiscent in theme of A Little More Free, the title track off her 2011 EP, but different in nearly all other aspects, making it stand out. Now when is this album coming?
Swifties have been joking that this year's Billboard Music Awards should just be renamed the Taylor Swift 1989 Awards presented by Billboard, and with her leading the finalists with 14 nominations, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be. I've listed my predictions for selected awards, as well as who I hope wins.
One Direction has long been mocked as a band for their incredibly poppy releases such as "What Makes You Beautiful". In their past releases, however, they have been moving in a more mature direction, releasing songs such as "Story of My Life" and "Night Changes" as singles, and becoming more respected in the public eye. Their fourth album, appropriately titled FOUR, has more ballads than their previous releases and covers a wider range of topics.
I didn't end up posting any singles rundowns between August and October, so I figure that it'd be a good idea to compile a bunch of the singles released recently for more posts. In this post: Sheppard, lots of Meghan Trainor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc.
"Searching for a sound we hadn't heard before", Taylor Swift describes her new album on the opening track, Welcome to New York, and that's a very accurate description. Her new album is a complete departure from her previous albums, even Red, and sees her firmly positioning herself as the new queen of pop. So of course, I like it less. I haven't really complained much about Max Martin (I don't like to complain that much on this blog) but my opinion is that his niche is dysfunctional relationship songs or dancepop fluff, and anything else he can't do well. I don't think he was the best executive producer or cowriter for this album (even if she was choosing to go pop.)
Ariana Grande's sophomore album is hotly anticipated, following three songs that peaked at the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, and a fourth peaking at 49. It features many collaborations with other rappers and singers — there are more tracks with a featured artist than without. This is perhaps where the album falls short — tending to overcomplicate and disrupt what could've been a smooth listening experience.
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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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