Single Saturdays: My Silent Bravery – Holding Out Featuring Maurico

My Silent Bravery has released a new single entitled Holding Out featuring Rap singer Maurico. The song is about holding onto hope during difficult times.

The music is an exciting mix of alternative and Rap. The guitar is the main instrument that’s heard in the chorus. The sound reminds me of the classic Rap of the 1990s. The parts of alternative music are a trademark style of My Silent Bravery.

The voices of My Silent Bravery and Maurico compliment each other nicely. There’s a smooth transition of sounds. Maurico sings the verses of the song and My Silent Bravery sings the chorus.

The lyrics have a sense of hope despite the difficult times faced in the song. It has a structure with a continuous transition from Rap to Alternative. The poetic techniques of metaphors and repetition make the song intricate and impressive.

The song Holding Out featuring Maurico is available everywhere. Enjoy!

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Alice Merton’s First Studio Album- Mint

German-Canadian-English singer Alice Merton has released her first studio album entitled Mint. The theme of the album is life experiences (both good and bad) such as relationships.

The music has a mix of pop and disco. Some of the songs sound similar to the tunes of Brit Pop (i.e. Queen and David Bowie) and 70s Disco (i.e. ABBA and The Bee Gees). The song I Don’t Hold A Grudge has a 70s/80s feel. The music for that tune reminds me of Queen’s classic hit Another One Bites the Dust. Her songs about break-ups such as Honeymoon Heartbreak and Trouble in Paradise remind me of songs by the Irish band The Cranberries. The main instruments in this album are guitar and piano.

Alice Merton’s voice is low and soft, with hints of raspy. Her sound reminds of the late Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, the late Amy Winehouse and Gwen Stefani. The song No Roots is an example of Merton’s voice going deep that reminds me of Amy Winehouse’s vocal style. The register of her voice changes in her songs in a grand manner.

The lyrics are intricate and personal, which makes the album authentic and genuine. Some songs have metaphors and symbols that give them depth. The song No Roots is an example of an analogy. Alice Merton makes use of repetition in some of her tunes. The songs 2 Kids and Why So Serious are examples of how she repeats as a technique of emphasis.

Alice Meton’s album Mint is available now. It’s an incredible record full of emotion and depth. My favourites songs are No Roots, Lash Out, Learn To Live, and Speak Your Mind.

Christina Perri – Songs For Carmella: Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies

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American singer Christina Perri has released a new album entitled Songs For Carmella: Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies. It’s a record that has covers of classic songs such as You’ve Got A Friend in Me and her original hit A Thousand Years. In the first half of the album, Christina Perri sings the songs. The second half consists of only music as a way for parents to sing to their little one(s).

The rhythm is smooth and sweet. It was cute hearing Carmella’s voice giggling in the background of the song Tonight You Belong To Me. The music sounds cozy and intimate- homey. It doesn’t feel like a studio-recorded album.

Christina Perri’s voice is soft and beautiful that it seems like she’s whispering. She gives the lullabies a personal touch, which makes it authentic. When she sings in this album, she sings as a mother would do for her little one(s). She performs in tune with the music.

Although I don’t have children yet, I can imagine myself listening to this record with my kids, especially the sing-a-longs. I recommend this album for parents looking for inspiration for baby songs.

 

 

Single Saturdays: Robby Johnson – Better Day

Robby Johnson has a new single entitled Better Day. It’s from the soundtrack for the movie Race Time (the English title for La Course Des Tuques). It’s a cover of Alex Nevsky’s single Pour Commencer (To Start). It’s about making the best of every day.

The music has a catchy beat that is cheerful and upbeat with a fantastic rhythm. The two genres of music are Pop and Country. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville composed the tune. The composition is marvellous and intricate. It makes one want to get up and dance.
Robby Johnson’s voice has an incredible tempo to it and follows the beat of the song. He sings in tune with the music. His sound is impressive as always.

The lyrics are well-written and structured, similar to Alex Nevsky’s song Pour Commencer. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville wrote the original version. However, unconfirmed if they also wrote the song Robby Johnson’s release. There are two poetic styles of compositions: ABBA and AABB. The words to Better Day are inspirational and hopeful. There’s a sense of optimism in this song. The crown represents attaining a goal or reaching one’s potential in life with determination and perseverance.

Better Day is available now. The soundtrack for Race Time will be released January 25, 2019.

My Silent Bravery – Willing To Try Acoustic Version

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The American Alternative/Pop band, My Silent Bravery, has released a new album, an acoustic version of the three EPs Willing To Try. The same themes from the three EPs are in this album: love, Summer, romance, memories, and heartbreak.

The music comes from the guitar in the background. It is just incredible as the studio albums that came out in 2018. The Rhythm is impeccable in the acoustic version of the songs from the Willing to Try records. It’s authentic and well-done.

Matthew Wade, the lead singer of My Silent Bravery, has a fantastic voice, especially when he sings acoustic. What’s lovely about acoustic performance is how you can tell when a singer’s voice is genuine. Also, the authenticity shows when an artist sings acoustic when they follow the beat of an instrument. That is the case with Matthew Wade. Impressive!

Here are links to some of my favourite songs from the album Willing to Try Acoustic. Enjoy the music!

 

Musical Discovery 2018: Jean-Michel Blais – 2 Incredible Albums!

2018 was an interesting year for music. I discovered from different countries and different musical genres.  The artist whose music captured my attention was Jean-Michel Blais.

The music for the two albums is soothing and relaxing. The composition of the two albums has excellent rhythm. The records Dans Ma Main & Eviction Sessions have songs with a sound that reminds me of the Amazon forest. The piano heard in the songs sounds beautiful. It’s like listening to a symphony, just like attending an orchestra or a musical performance at Place Des Arts.

 

Single Saturdays: Ragheb Alama – Redelli Kelmati

Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama has released a new single entitled Redelli Kelmati (Reply to my words)*. It’s a song about heartache following a separation.

The music sounds like some of Ragheb Alama’s older songs from the 80s and early 90s such as Assif Habibty (I’m Sorry My Love)* and Farq Kebeer (Major Difference)*. The song has a lovely composition.
Ragheb Alama’s voice is impressive. He is on key with the musical notes. His voice is soft and profound. He sings with grace and elegance.

The lyrics are touching and describe the heartache one feels when a relationship didn’t go well or is struggling. It’s poetically structured. One can hear the emotions in the words of this song.

The song Redelli Kelmati is available. Enjoy!

 

Single Saturdays: Heartstreets – 1 Double

Canadian duo Heartstreets has released a new single entitled 1 Double. It’s a song that talks about the doubt and anxiety people feel facing a problematic situation in everyday life. In this story, the character deals with it by drinking.

The music is fantastic in this song. It has a presence without being “in your face.” It’s a combination of R&B and Soul. Some parts sound like raindrops in an Amazon forest. It reminds me of poetry readings that take place in certain cafés. The rhythm is consistent and smooth.

The lyrics have a profound meaning. Talking about the issues of everyday life is a subject to which anyone can relate. There’s a sense of hope, however. The words have a poetic feel to them, regarding the structure and the content of the song.

This song contains some coarse language: Listener Discretion is advised.

 

Christmas Music – 2018 Edition

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas with loved ones. May it be filled love and happiness. This Christmas, there was incredible music this season.  There were so many, I couldn’t keep up! That is why I have a list of other

Christmas album that I have discovered and that I recommend.

  • John Legend A Legendary Christmas
  • Winter Chill Out- Christmas Caliente hot-chocolate-1782623_1920
  • Smooth Christmas Jazz
  • Last Christmas 2018
  • Christmas Hits 2018
  • Christmas Dance Party 2018-2019
  • Martina McBride It’s The Holiday Season

If you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comments sections. May this holiday be a blessed one with those you love.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Brigitte M – Noël Entre Amis – A Classical Christmas Album

Québecois singer Brigitte M released a Christmas album entitled Noël Entre Amis (Christmas among Friends). It’s similar to the classical Christmas music heard on the radio, but with a modern twist. She sings with incredible

The music sounds like traditional Christmas music, in most of the songs. Some tunes have a new take on an original such as the song White Christmas. This version of Bing Crosby classic song, the beat has jazz-like style. The album has a lovely and smooth rhythm. The music is soothing and relaxing.

Brigitte M’s voice is remarkable. She sings in an Opera style, with depth and grace. It was impressive how she sings White Christmas in both English and French. She performs with talented artists including John Francis Wade, Nelson Minville, and more. Their voices complement each other nicely and are in sync with the music.

Noël Entre Amis is an album I recommend for a Christmas party with family and friends.