2015 Mini-Reviews part 2, featuring Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Ellie Goulding and Alex G. (see Part 1 here).
Lots of amazing songs were released this summer, and some that were....less than amazing. This singles rundown will cover, essentially, the ones I have the most to say about, because due to my fall schedule I have less time for this blog. Sorry!
Katelyn Tarver - Nobody Like You With this catchy, sarcastic gem of a song I can say with utmost confidence that Katelyn Tarver is back. I didn't enjoy Weekend Millionaires very much, but this track is excellent, and perfect for summer, with clever, catchy lyrics and complementary production. It's vaguely reminiscent in theme of A Little More Free, the title track off her 2011 EP, but different in nearly all other aspects, making it stand out. Now when is this album coming?
[Updated 3/12 with reviews of Beautiful Things and Hollow!]
Tori Kelly's had a long road to her debut album — an independent EP, a major label EP, elimination from American Idol and opening slots on tours for Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. But with her debut album, blending acoustic songs, R&B and rap, it's evident that her record deal is well deserved, and American Idol made a mistake letting her go. (A side note — why are so many things leaking lately? Have some respect for the artists, people. I'm pretty sure it's easy enough to wait until it's officially released or officially available to stream.)
Swifties have been joking that this year's Billboard Music Awards should just be renamed the Taylor Swift 1989 Awards presented by Billboard, and with her leading the finalists with 14 nominations, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be. I've listed my predictions for selected awards, as well as who I hope wins.
Under the cut: Country singles, reviews of All That by Carly Rae Jepsen, Photograph by Ed Sheeran, Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver and Unbreakable Smile by Tori Kelly.
I didn't end up posting any singles rundowns between August and October, so I figure that it'd be a good idea to compile a bunch of the singles released recently for more posts. In this post: Sheppard, lots of Meghan Trainor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc.
I'd somehow signed up for Christina Perri's mailing list, so I got a mailing saying that she'd released the first single for her next album. I'd been wondering when she was going to release a new album - seeing as artists usually take about two years between albums and she'd taken three.
I listened to the audio of her first single - Human. Honestly, my first thought was "ANOTHER album full of songs about a dysfunctional relationship? Hasn't she learned yet?!" Like many people, I'd thought that Lovestrong. had a few (or more than a few) too many sad songs.
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