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Linkin Park – One More Light

Linkin Park’s seventh album comes as artists try to reinvent themselves to stay relevant (see Paramore last Friday), and One More Light is a mix of pop songs trying to get on the radio.

While the sounds on some of them are really good, it’s kind of strange hearing Chester Bennington stray so far away from the screeching and voice that put Linkin Park on the map (think One Step Closer and Crawling), and it just doesn’t work for Linkin Park.

Heavy (feat. Kiiara) was the single dropped, and it set the tone for what was to be expected. Meanwhile, Good Goodbye has ‘Stormzy’ in it, singing about how he’s performing with Linkin Park and everyone else can just get lost…but doesn’t actually contribute anything to the song or album, yet ‘Pusha T’ may be the saving grace of the song with a strong rap game mixed with Mike Shinoda dropping what he’s best known for (back in Remember The Name and Fort Minor days).

So with all that said, I am torn…I like the album for what it is, a dip into the Pop World; but as a Linkin Park fan, I miss (and need back) the Metal days.
The songwriting from Bennington and Shinoda are top notch, which helped move it up from 6 to a 7 out of 10.

YouTube Red and Google Play Music

I am in the midst of changing over from Spotify (which I’ve been a big fan of over the years) to Google Music, and while only a day or two in I already have some thoughts on it.

While Google Play Music is the same price as Spotify, the benefits are seemingly much greater…the only downside I can see is the “Discover Weekly” playlist that Spotify offers which gives a great view into new songs similar to those I already like.

Google Music gives a lot of the same features, such as a large library of music, no advertisements, and the familiar ability to download songs for offline play.
On top of this Google also allows you to upload 50,000 of your own clips to the library, which in my case means a resting place for the tens of hours of “Abbott and Costello” that I have saved on a hard drive.

But the real deal is that Google Music also gives access to YouTube Red (which if revenue is Google’s goal (it is) will get split off at some point) and a variety of perks including:

  • Offline Playback: You can download movies for offline viewing, which when riding the subway or just being in places with no Internet, and watch it as you’d like. Yesterday I absorbed some music videos and sports talk TV while drowning out the NYC dregs of the subway.
  • Minimizing YouTube on a phone: So you’re watching a music video and you get a WhatsApp message…the ultimate dilemma…do I go respond to the message, or do I stay here and finish my video?
    Well, on Android Nougat you can just reply from the notification bar…but putting that aside for a second, you can now switch to another app or even shut off your screen entirely and you’re watching videos on YouTube.
  • Exclusives: YouTube has signed some of its top stars to make content just for them, as well as some of YouTube’s own content…one example that I am looking forward to?
    Today’s release of “Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough”, a look into Lindsey’s life as she prepares for shows, battles through tough times off the stage, and of course the electricity that flows when she is performing on stage.

Paramore – After Laughter

Paramore has taken a turn, and after bursting onto the scene with their first two albums, and their highest charted alt song of Misery Business, they leveled off into comfortable ground on their next two albums, producing great music across the sounds from The Only Exception to Ain’t It Fun.
But now comes their latest album, After Laughter, with sounds of the 80s mixed throughout.

On my first listen-throughs, I enjoyed the early single of Hard Times, but it was the album’s third and fourth songs that pulled me in.
Told You So is a catchy tune (video below) and Forgiveness may be the one that got me hooked and starting to feel the changed tunes of Paramore.

And you, you want forgiveness
(I can barely hang on to myself)
But I, I can’t give you that
And you, you want forgiveness
(I’m afraid that I’ll have nothing left)
But I, I just can’t do it yet

I still go back and listen Brick by Boring Brick and That’s What You Get, but I don’t know just yet that any of these songs will crack my “Paramore” playlist.
(Yeah, I have playlists with top songs from most of my artists…that sounds like an idea for another string of posts…)

I wish they had crushcrushcrush’d it with this album, but it’s still a solid 7.5 out of 10.

May Song of the Day #SOTD

Here are some Songs of the Day to put on loop this month, and for the first time, they are all BRAND NEW SONGS. All released within the last 10 weeks,

Happy listening 🙂


Symphony by Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson

I just wanna be part of your symphony
Will you hold me tight and not let go?
Symphony
Like a love song on the radio
Will you hold me tight and not let go?


It Ain’t Me by Koga ft. Selena Gomez

Who’s gonna walk you
Through the dark side of the morning?
Who’s gonna rock you
When the sun won’t let you sleep?
Who’s waking up to drive you home
When you’re drunk and all alone?
It ain’t me


Stay by Zedd ft. Alessia Cara

All you have to do is stay a minute
Just take your time
The clock is ticking, so stay
All you have to do is wait a second
Your hands on mine
The clock is ticking, so stay


Something Just Like This by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers

But she said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss


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Symphony by Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson has quickly become one of my favorite songs, and while the music video above is fantastic, it always makes me happy when you hear them perform it elsewhere, and still be able to nail those high notes, as Zara does here on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Spring SOTD

I generally make up my lists for Song of the Days and then go back to make sure I didn’t use any of these songs in the past.
Surprisingly, or not actually surprisingly, I have multiple repeats of artists, but different songs.

The Fighter – Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood

To heal all the pain that he put you through
It’s a love like you never knew
Just let me show you


Ciao Adios – Anne-Marie

If you’re giving her all of your money and time
I’m not gonna sit here wasting mine on you, yeah, you
Ciao adios, I’m done


Love The Way You Lie – Eminem ft. Rihanna

I can’t tell you what it really is
I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now there’s a steel knife in my windpipe
I can’t breathe but I still fight while I can fight


I Miss The Misery – Halestorm

I’ve tried but I just can’t take it
I’d rather fight than just fake it (cause I like it rough)
You know that I’ve had enough
I dare ya to call my bluff
Can’t take to much of a good thing
I’m tellin you!

Top Disney Songs of All Time

Entertainment Weekly is running a “March Madness Bracket Style” contest to determine the best Disney song ever.

This past double issue of the magazine listed their Top 20 (where strangely I didn’t agree with the Top 2 but did most of the others), but instead of giving that away here, go check out their contest and figure out which song you like best.

HERE IS THE BRACKET

Goofy Movie vs Mulan, Moana vs Snow White, Robin Hood vs Aladdin, and Jungle Book vs Hercules are all just some of the contests in the Round of 64.

One other thing this contest does? Brings back some great memories of Disney songs from childhood!

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February Songs of the Day

Here are three songs I’ve been hooked on lately:

Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

So, rockabye baby, rockabye
I’m gonna rock you
Rockabye baby, don’t you cry
Somebody’s got you
Rockabye baby, rockabye
I’m gonna rock you
Rockabye baby, don’t you cry
Rockabye, no

This song has been on repeat for a few days, and the former “Alarm” singer really rocks the lyrics in this one.


Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood

Now I’ma have to hang you out to dry, dry, dry
Clothespin all your secrets to the line, line, line
Leave ’em blowing in the wind, just say goodbye to you


80s Mercedes – Maren Morris

Feel like a hard-to-get starlet when I’m driving
Turning every head h*ll I ain’t even trying