This is a feel-good, catchy pop song from indie-pop newcomers from Australia. They had some success in their own countries before racking up nearly 48 million (!) plays of this single on Spotify in the US. It's definitely catchy but not spectacularly substantive. It's no surprise that they're touring with Meghan Trainor this winter.
The latest actress-turned-singer signed to Hollywood Records — let's just say she has a lot of proving herself to do. I haven't watched Girl Meets World, so I have no idea if the songs on this EP are intended for her character or Sabrina herself. The songs on her EP are pretty good and this one is certainly catchy, along with her first single (but it was written by Meghan Trainor, so that's really no surprise). Prediction? Nice music but probably not that much staying power.
(Review of Sabrina Carpenter's Eyes Wide Open)
Megan & Liz's 22nd birthday was recently, so they released a single aptly titled Happy Birthday. The acoustic country vibe is very reminiscent of Taylor Swift songs such as Back to December, with lyrics such as "Happy Birthday/Staring at my phone/Are you with someone, someone I used to be?" It's not nearly as individual as most of the songs on the Simple Life EP but it's certainly well done, and considering the rest of the songs on their Soundcloud, I think this song isn't particularly representative of the rest of their work. It's certainly a good song though.
(Review of Megan & Liz's latest single)
She remade this song (it was originally posted when she had only 20,000 subscribers on Youtube) and made it more acoustic. The other version was a lot more produced, with more drum beats. I quite like the cleaner, less produced version and am so happy she's released new music.
This song was written in only 8 minutes, and, well, it kinda shows. It's certainly going to be super-popular, I don't think anyone doubts that. It's relatable, but absolutely an attempt to jump off All About That Bass's success (I gave you bass, you gave me sweet talk, saying I'm your number one.) Don't get me wrong, I admire her songwriting to an extent. But her songs like Dear Future Husband and Close Your Eyes are much better.
(Review of Meghan Trainor's Title)
Cue the Tumblr headers with "a nightmare dressed like a daydream" typed in them, and Instagram photos captioned "Got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane". The song's certainly well crafted, and isn't nearly as pointless as Shake it Off, her first official single, was. The music video is terrifying, but her acting is really incredible in it. Personally, I find it hilarious how she's turning the whole "serial dater man-eater" archetype that the tabloids presented her as completely upside down.
(Review of Taylor Swift's 1989)
I know for a fact I'm not the only person getting Lorde vibes from Charli XCX. Not just because of her appearance, but because of her lyrical themes — suddenly becoming famous and making a lot of money! They seem a little less real than Lorde's songs, though, perhaps because of the long list of Norwegian and Sweedish pop writers helping. Of the singles released lately, London Queen is definitely a standout, and has radio potential as well as seeming sincere. Break the Rules also shows some of Charli XCX's individuality, so really Gold Coins is the worst promotional single released yet.
I actually surprised myself by liking Black Widow pretty well. (Did you know it was cowritten by Katy Perry? I certainly didn't until I looked it up.) Rita Ora's vocals are pretty great in the song, and Iggy Azalea's verses have good rhythm. Beg for It was actually just written by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Both of these are certainly major hit material (and Black Widow's already proved itself as definitely being that). A trend I'm definitely noticing in popular music is that extremely self-confident female artists (or at least ones who present themselves like that in their music) are getting popular. Interesting.
This song really isn't anything special in terms of lyrics, it's a theme that's been used a ridiculously large number of times. The vocals are nice, though, and it's fairly good for a single. I'm excited for their full album coming in January (ugh, it was supposed to have been released by now) because they've definitely had good songs in the past. Oh and did I mention, it was also co-written by Meghan Trainor?
(Review of Fifth Harmony's Reflection)
I've been skeptical about One Direction a lot in the past, but I'm really enjoying their new album as a whole. They're certainly proving themselves to be much more than just five hot guys from the UK. Night Changes was a beautiful choice for a single. I generally really enjoy their ballads, much more than the poppy lead singles. The piano in the background is really nice, and the change in register after the bridge reminds me of something, but I really can't tell what.
(Review of One Direction's FOUR)
Ed Sheeran, as almost-always, has excellent lyrics and melody in this song. It's so sweet, and the perfect follow up to the super-angry "Don't." It'll be nice to hear on the radio compared with a lot of other super poppy songs. I can't really say a lot about it other than it is really amazing.
(Review of Ed Sheeran's latest single)