Jessie J’s Christmas Album – The Christmas Day

British singer Jessie J has released a new Christmas album entitled This Christmas Day. She pays a lovely homage to classic Christmas songs with grace and style.

The music is a mix of classical Christmas music with a twist of pop, and R & B. The piano in the background is incredible to hear. It sounds like an entire orchestra is playing in the background. The rhythm is flawless in this Christmas record. This Christmas Day is an album that I recommend for anyone who’s hosting a party for the holiday season.

Jessie J’s voice is phenomenal in this Christmas album. She sings in key with the music of this album. When she performs with Boys II Men (Winter Wonderland) and Babyface (This Christmas Day), their voices complement each very nicely.

My favourite songs from this album are Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Jingle Bell, Winter Wonderland (feat Boyz II Men), and White Christmas.

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Single Saturdays: Ben Adams – You’ll Be My Ghost

British singer Ben Adams (a member of the band A1) has released a new single entitled You’ll Be My Ghost. The story is about a guy who’s fighting to keep the relationship from falling apart.

The music has a slow rhythm with a stop beat effect. In the chorus, the tempo slightly increases in speed.
Ben Adams’s voice is incredible in this song. It’s smooth and abundant

Single Saturdays: Nicola Ciccone – Wanted Dead or Alive Cover

Canadian singer Nicola Ciccone has uploaded on Youtube a cover of Bon Jovi’s hit song “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The story is about a cowboy who’s on the run and is wandering from town to town.

The music is country with some hints of pop. Nicola Ciccone does an impressive job at covering this song. The guitar rhythm in this song is phenomenal. The beat of Nicola Ciccone’s version has mostly guitar playing in the background, whereas Bon Jovi’s version has a variety of instruments (including guitar).
Nicola Ciccone’s voice is husky, raspy (like Rod Stewart) and raw in this cover of Wanted Dead or Alive. His singing of it is similar to Jon Bon Jovi’s vocal style. However, Nicola Ciccone voice goes up to a slightly higher register. He has his take of the song and didn’t try to imitate the original version, which makes it authentic.

Nicola Ciccone next album comes out March 2019.

Alessia Cara- The Pains of Growing

Canadian singer Alessia Cara has released a new album entitled The Pains of Growing. The overall theme is growing up into adulthood, along with the challenges and growing pains that come with it. It features hits like Growing Pains, and Trust My Lonely.

The music is incredible in this album. It compliments the lyrics quite well. The pop music reminds me of the early 2000s. For example, there’s a stop effect to the beat. It has a rhythm that is engaging.

Alessia Cara’s voice is soulful and abundant in this album. She sings with all her heart and with passion. She is a talented pop star. It’s a pleasure to her sing.

The lyrics of the songs are well-written. Alessia Cara wrote or co-wrote all the songs of the album. She captures the emotions that people feel during the time of personal growth and transition to adulthood. One can feel the raw emotions in the words of the songs. There’s a flow that’s free and smooth.

My favourite songs are Growing Pain, Trust My Lonely, 7 Days, Nintendo Game, and My Kind.

The album The Pains of Growing is available now. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Single Saturdays: Roch Voisine – Christmas Songs 2018

Canadian singer Roch Voisine has released a new Christmas single, in English and French. The English song is entitled My First Christmas Tree, and the French title is Mon Premier Sapin Blanc. Both versions are incredible and catchy. The story of these Christmas songs is about a guy who goes down memory lane of past Christmases.

The music of these songs has the style of Classic Christmas music. Roch Voisine and Jeff Smallwood composed both versions of these Christmas singles. There’s a nostalgic feel to it, as well as holiday cheer.

Roch Voisine’s voice is impressive and has great rhythm. It’s a joy to listen to his music. He knows how to bring life to a song, as it is the case with these Christmas tunes. His voice is cheerful and energetic.

Roch Voisine and Jeff Smallwood wrote the lyrics of both Christmas singles. The words have a smooth rhythm. The story is beautiful and dynamic. There’s simple rhyming at times, as well as delightful similes. The lyrics of both versions of the song bring out the joy of this lovely holiday season.

Enjoy both versions of Roch Voisine’s latest Christmas singles.

Happy holidays everyone!

Michale Bublé- Love (Deluxe Edition) – A Romantic Album

Canadian singer Michael Bublé has released a new album entitled Love. It’s a record with covers of classic romantic hits (i.e. La Vie En Rose) and two original songs: Love You Anymore and Forever Now. The title of the album is an excellent indicator of the overall theme.

The music of this album is a fantastic mix of pop and jazz. I can imagine people who host parties playing this record, especially during the holiday season or Valentine’s day. It reminds me of Michael Bublé’s early albums “Michael Bublé” and “It’s Time.” Michael Bublé’s crooner style is present in this album. The piano in the background compliments the songs perfectly.

As always, Michael Bublé’s voice is impressive with smoothness and depth. It’s also soulful and rich. He can change registers in his voice flawlessly.

The lyrics of the songs in the album “Love” are incredible. His original songs Love You Anymore and Forever Now are well-done. They compliment the covers that Michael Bublé did in this record.

Love is a romantic album that people can listen to any time of the year, not just the holidays. Michael Bublé’s album Love is now available. Enjoy!

First Album Fridays: BRDGS- Think About You EP

Canadian singer BRDGS has released his first EP album entitled Think About You. The overall theme of the record is about relationships and the ups and downs that come with them.

The music is a combination of pop and dance. It reminds me of music from the late 90s/early 2000s or even 70s and 80s. There’s an experimental element to this album, which gives it a nice twist.

BRDGS’s voice has a variety of vocal styles in this album. In some songs, his voice is soft and low; and others his vocals go high pitch, which reminds of the BeeGees. He sings in sync with the music. His style is incredible.

The lyrics to this song are relatable because they talk about relationships (the good and bad times). The flow of the words is smooth and rhythmic.
An optimistic song is Believe. The songs that talk about up and of relationships are Rock Bottom and In The Wild. The songs that cover heartbreaks or obstacles in relationships are Think About You, Drive (featuring Saint Yves), and You Say You Love Me (but You Don’t). These songs are well-written,

Think About You is now available. Enjoy!

Zaz- Effet Mirroir- A Mosaic of Musical Styles

French singer Zaz has released a new album entitled Effet Mirror (The Mirror Effect). It’s her fourth record. The overall theme of this album is that of contemplation about love and life.

The music of the album has a mix of pop, dance, jazz and salsa. Que Vendra is an example of a song with a Salsa/latin style. J’aime J’aime (I love) has a dance beat that is unforgettable. The songs with slower beat are the ones that make one think or tell stories of heartbreak. The piano is the instrument that is dominant in those tunes. Zaz’s latest album is a mosaic of musical styles.

Zaz’s voice is smooth and consistent. At times she sounds like she’s doing a monologue, which reminds of the works of the late Jacques Brel. There are two examples of songs like that: Mes Souvenirs De Toi (My Memories of You), Ma Valse (My Waltz), and Laponie. Her voice is soft; it sounds like she’s whispering. It’s impressive!

The lyrics to the songs create of different emotions from such as love, hope, and sadness and heartbreak. The words are in sync with the music of the album. Repetition is a poetic technique in these songs to emphasize the emotion the person is feeling. The lyrics are well-written and dynamic.

My favourite songs are Que Vendra, J’aime J’aime, Je Parle, and Plume. Effet Mirroir is now available. Enjoy!

David Cassidy-A Year Since His Passing

 

The_Partridge_Family_David_Cassidy_1972jpgNovember 21, 2017, American singer David Cassidy passed away. He was famous for his role in The Partridge Family sitcom as Keith Partridge. Cassidy was well-known in the 60s and 70s.

My knowledge of David Cassidy’s music comes from family and watching reruns of the show The Partridge Family. Despite the challenges in his personal, his music was classical and timeless.

My favourite song for the late David Cassidy is Common Get Happy. It cheers you up instantly. It’s also one of the songs that came to mind when I heard about his passing along with the classic I Think I Love You.

Single Saturdays: Maxime Malevé – My Saviour

Belgian singer Maxime Malevé has released a new single entitled “My Saviour.” The story is about a guy who loves and admires the girl with whom he’s in love, and he admires her greatly.

The music is slow, with a jazz-like beat. There’s also the music of a guitar in the background. I can hear the sound of clapping blended with the slow music.

Maxime Malevé’s voice is soft and sweet. He experiments with his sound in his songs, as it’s the case with this tune.

The lyrics are simplistic but romantic. The words describe true love and are inspirational. There are two rhyme schemes AABB and ABBA, which give this song structure.