Emma Bunton’s Latest Album My Happy Place

Her First Album Since 2006

British Pop Star and Spice Girls member, Emma Bunton has released a new solo album entitled My Happy Place. It features hits like Baby Please Don’t Stop and Too Many Teardrops. The overall themes are Love, Life and pay homage to classic hits from the 70s to the 90s.

The music in this album is similar to classic Brit Pop incl, especially Spice Girls. There are two original songs for Emma Bunton, and the rest is covers of popular hits. There are two covers with which she has her musical take on the original tunes. The two songs are Don’t Call Me Baby, and I Only Want to Be with You. In both cases, the music has a slow beat. It changes the mood of the songs. The original version of Don’t Call Me Baby (performed by Anastasia) has a faster rhythm that is suitable for dancing. Emma Bunton sings it differently in that she emphasizes the lyrics expressing confidence and assertiveness. I Only Want to Be with You has a romantic beat that’s ideal for slow dancing. The songs for which the beat parallels to the original versions are Emotions (Bee Gees), 2 Become 1 (Spice Girls) , Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison), I Wish I Could Have Love You More (Candie Payne), You’re All I Need to Get By (Ashford & Simpson) and Come Away With Me (Norah Jones). While there are parallels, Emma Bunton incorporates her musical style in these songs.

There are two original songs Baby Please Don’t Stop, and Too Many Teardrops have a similar musical composition that reminds me of the classic hits by the Spice Girls. “Baby Please Don’t Stop” has a rhythm that’s similar to the Spices Girls hits Say You’ll Be There and If You Can’t Dance. “Too Many Teardrops” is similar to Spice Girls’ Who Do You Think You Are and Viva Forever from the 90s/2000s. However, this tune has a slightly faster beat than Viva Forever, but slower than the song Who Do You Think You Are.

Emma Bunton’s voice is beautiful, soft and has a slightly high-pitch voice, without being intense. She captures the mood of each song perfectly. Her voice sounds just as incredible as when she started with the Spice Girls in the late 90s.

The lyrics of Emma Bunton’s tunes Baby Please Don’t Stop, and Too Many Teardrops have an incredible poetic structure. “Baby Please Don’t Stop” is romantic and sweet, even cute. The song Too Many Teardrops is about heartbreak, but with a happy ending because it’s about moving on from a relationship that didn’t work out. Although Emma Bunton hadn’t written the songs she covered, there’s a personal twist where she talks to her children or they talk to their parents in the beginning. There are two examples where this happens: You’re All I Need to Get By and Here Comes the Sun. The way Emma Bunton sings the songs, it is as though they were hers, which is quite impressive.

The album My Happy Place is now available. Enjoy!

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Single Saturdays: Westlife – Better Man

Irish Boy Band Westlife has released a new single entitled A Better Man. It’s a story about a man who lost the love of his life by looking back at what happened.

The music has a slow beat that reflects the sad mood of the song. The structure of the composition has incredible rhythm and tempo. At times, the members’ voices become musical notes, which is quite impressive. The beat of the song reminds me of a hit from the 90s entitled Swear It Again, especially with the piano in the background.

The voices of each member compliment each other nicely. Shane Filan starts singing the song with a slightly high register. Then there’s a smooth transition to Kian Egan’s deep and low voice that segues to the chorus of the song. Markus Feehily has a lovely of a high and low vocal style. Nicky Byrne, like Kian Egan, has a deep voice, when he sings as he leads to the chorus,

The lyrics have a poetic structure similar to ABBA mixed with freestyle.
The words are simple and straightforward. There’s no need for any metaphor or similes. The emotions of heartbreaks and confusion are apparent in the song. A relationship can end suddenly, even when things seemed to be going well, which can be a surprise to the person on the receiving end of a breakup. However, the song ends on a self-reflecting note. A situation like a lesson learned to improve oneself, hence the title A Better Man.

The song Better Man is now available.
Westlife’s next album Spectrum will be available September 6, 2019.

Single Saturdays: Dua Lipa – Swan Song

British Pop singer Dua Lipa has released a new single for the movie Alita Battle Angel, entitled Swan Song. The tune tells the story of a young girl who’s learning about herself while fighting for justice. It compliments the film well because the protagonist is someone who can’t remember who she is and has to prepare for battle against machines.

The music is primarily pop but has some touches of a beat that sounds like techno. At the beginning of the song, the music sounds like a score from a film. There’s a special effect in the rhythm of the tune, which creates a sense of suspense. The sound reminds me of the music dancers of contemporary dance use.

Dua Lipa’s voice is soft, and then it goes higher when she sings the pre-chorus and chorus. Her voice reminds me of Rihanna. There’s depth to Dua Lipa’s sound that is unique.

The lyrics of Swan Song have symbolism in them. Sources say that the words represent how not to give up in a time of adversity. Despite the sense of fear, there’s a glimmer of hope. In the chorus, it says “This is not a Swan Song”, which means that there’s a long way to go in the battle of life or this case against the machines (referring to the movie’s story), also according to Sources. In other words, it’s time to take action and not stay indifferent to the challenges the world may face.

Swan Song is now available everywhere. It’s a song of empowerment that I recommend. Enjoy!

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.

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: Ben Adams’ Latest Single I Can Make You Love Me.

British singer and Member of the group A1 Ben Adams has released a new single entitled I Can Make You Love Me.

The song talks about a break-up that the guy feels is unacceptable because he believes that he can save the relationship. He’s doing everything in his power to prove the woman he loves, that it’s not over.

The music has a smooth rhythm with the sound of the piano. It complements Ben Adams’ voice nicely. The tempo of the music is slow and consistent. Speaking of his voice, it’s impressive he experiments with higher notes, in comparison to his music with a1 in the early 2000s. The high notes that he hits reminds me of George Michael’s voice (i.e. Wake Me up before You Go-Go.) The verses, his voice is lower than when he sings the chorus.

 

 

Blue Roulette- 5th Anniversary

January 25, 2018, marks the 5th anniversary of the release of Blue’s album Roulette, which was their first album in 10 years, in the United Kingdom. The boys of Blue took on an experimental approach to the record.

The music overall of Roulette was fantastic. However, I preferred more the pop music than the “dance” music, which reminded me of the late 90s/early 2000s. Mixing different musical genres is impressive.

The subject matter covered mainly of heartbreak, but also love. The songs about heartbreak are the following: Hurt Lovers, Without You, Black Box, Broken, and Heart on My Sleeve. The song Without You is fantastic. The beat goes from slow to a fast tempo, then back to slow. The voices of each of the boys of the Blue compliment each other nicely, especially towards the end of the song. Antony & Duncan each sing a verse with incredible rhythm, then Lee’s very soft voice leads into the chorus perfectly. Simon’s voice singing the chorus and the third verse is impressive. It’s also like that with the song Broken, with one exception, which is Lee singing the third stanza, instead of Simon. I love the ballads of this album; they’re beautiful.Hurt Lovers and Broken are my favourite ballads.
The song Break My Heart is my favourite song about heartbreak because it’s a mix of emotions, like sadness, anger, end even confusion. Feelings that many people feel following a break-up.
Black Box is another favourite of mine.

The songs about love are Risk it All, Paradise, and All I Need. Risk it All is a song that talks about how one risks everything for love. It expresses how many of us feel when we fall in love. Paradise has Summer beat that many of us enjoy, especially during the cold months of Winter.

The songs with an experimental style of music are Ayo, We’ve Got Tonight, All I Need, Heart on My Sleeve, Break You Down, Give Me A Shot, and Sing for Me. “Break You Down” has an oriental-style beat to it, which is unique. The tunes that I enjoy Ayo and All I Need. These songs have a style differ from the style of Blue’s music that’s familiar to fans.

In one version of the album, there’s the song from the 2011 Eurovision competition “I Can” that I enjoy very much. It’s a song that I consider to be both about love and heartbreak.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to the Roulette album, especially when it comes to the mix of pop & dance. I hope you enjoy this record.
My favourite songs are Without You, Broken, Hurt Lovers, I Can, Risk It All, Black Box, and Break My Heart.

Side Note: There’s also the Deluxe Album, as well as the Summer Edition of Roulette. Both albums have remix versions of the best hits of this album.

 

Simon Webbe’s Album Smile

1st Album in 10 Years!

British pop star Simon Webbe, also a member of the boy band Blue, has released a new album entitled Smile. His latest album features hits like Nothing Without You and Flashback. To the fans of Blue, if Flashback sounds familiar, because it’s his version cover of the original song is on the album Colours by Blue.

Smile is Webbe’s first album in 10 years. It’s an album with a distinct musical style from what he does with Blue. Webbe’s version of Flashback differs, slightly from Blue’s original one in the album Colours. The song Flashback is an example of a song with an incredible composition of the music, and rhythm.

The romantic songs of this album are “Nothing Without You”, “Love Your Woman”, “First to the Last Kiss”,”Dance on My Own”, “More Than Perfect”,”Gotta Get Close to You”,”Smile”, and “Jigsaw.”

Simon Webbe’s album has a few songs that talk about heartbreak are “Flashback”, “One Last Time”, Never Mind”, “Please Don’t Let Me Go.”

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Blue All Rise-Sweet Sixteen!

November 26, 2017, marks the 16th Anniversary of Blue’s first album All Rise, in the United Kingdom. This record would pave the way to the phenomenal career of the British Boy Band Blue. All Rise features hits like “All Rise”, “If You Come Back”, Fly By, and Best in Me.

The voices of each member of the group complement each other very nicely. The overall style of the music has pop with a twist of RAP/ R&B. Simon Webbe performs the parts of RAP, which is the case for All Rise & Fly By.

The songs that have a dancing beat are All Rise, Too Close, This Temptation, Fly By, Bounce, Make It Happen, and Back to You. These songs have catchy beats that are unforgettable and very much a style associated with Blue. All Rise is my favourite, and it was the first song I heard from the pop group. Too Close is a cover of a song originally performed by R&G group Next.

Their romantic songs are just as incredible as their dance songs.
The song entitled “Best in Me” is my favourite romantic song, a ballad, on the album. Back Some Day is a bittersweet song about a guy reassuring his significant other that he’ll see her soon. Missing someone is never easy. However, the reunion is worth the wait. Long Time is also bittersweet and like Back Some Day is about missing a significant other. The composition of both ballads is beautiful with melodies that are incredible.

All Rise, one of the Dance songs is about heartbreak, where there’s a sense of frustration following a break-up. If You Come Back is a post-relationship song where the guy still loves the girl and wants her back. He promises to be loyal and will make an effort to be a better man. Girl, I’ll Never Understand is about a relationship that falls apart where the guy tries everything to please the girl, but no success. However, there’s a sense of relief.

This first album for Blue is fantastic. I enjoyed the different musical styles mixed with the pop music, as well as the voices that have complement each other very well. All the fours members of Blue have incredible vocals. The All Rise won a Brit Award in 2002. It’s a well-done album!

Side note
The version of the song “Fly By” differs from the song heard on the radio and the video. The second one is entitled “Fly By II”. Both versions are equally amazing.

Blue One Love-15th Anniversary (UK Release)

November 4, 2017, marks the 15th anniversary of Blue’s second album One Love. This album features the singles One Love, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John), and U Make Me Wanna. One Love is primarily a dance album, with the timeless style of Brit Pop. It also has the classic subjects of love and heartbreak.

There are romantic songs such as One Love and U Make Me Wanna. Flexin’, Get Down, and Like a Friend are also passionate.
Dance music primarily dominates the album. The songs with a dance beat are Riders, She Told Me, Right Here Waiting, Ain’t Got You, Supersexual, Privacy and Invitation.
The songs that cover the subject of heartbreak are Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John) and Don’t Treat Me Like a Fool.

The singles of this album are my favourite songs, but I also enjoyed the songs Riders and Don’t Treat like a Fool.