#27 – Introduced Species

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Artist – Hands Like Houses
Album – Unimagine
Year – 2013
Genre – Post-Hardcore

There must be an Australian theme going on right now, right? The new track for this week is a from an up and coming post-hardcore group from Australia. Hands Like Houses show themselves to be a nice group of fellows with immense talent on the track Introduced Species. This has definitely been one of the most pleasant musical discoveries of the week for me. With that said, let me explain why this track is totally worth your time.

The song begins with a great little glitchy electronic opening, and then a great big “WE DON”T BELONG HERE” gang vocal, the song kicks off. You can hear the band’s talent right away with the absolutely huge crashing drums and echoing guitar, and then the pace gets faster as the drums shift into high gear. Lead singer Trenton Woodley begins his singing, and holy cow does he have a VOICE! He hits each note effortlessly and glides through his melodies like nothing. This guy’s got game. The first verse and prechorus are quick, but they build up perfectly to the highlight of the song which is the chorus.

The chorus is soaring. As Woodley sings “We speak in tongues and we walk on the wires between” you get goosebumps. The notes are spot on. It’s that perfect catchy melody that’s such a gem to find in a song from such a young band. Speaking of the band, they they slouch off here either. The layers of guitar and synth here provide that perfect background that supports the vocals impeccably. After the anthemic chorus, the beginning melodic breakdown repeats.

There’s a great vocal section here which really showcases Woodley’s talent, as well as this really cool electronic synth instrumentation going on. Another prechorus explodes back in, and then another huge chorus. After this there’s a great bridge. It’s soft and tender and provides a welcome mix up to the pace. There’s another half-prechorus, which is also soft, but you can totally feel it building to one last chorus. Sure enough, the song finishes strong with a final display of showmanship from band and vocalist alike in the last chorus.

The lyrics throughout the song are curiously cerebral. They are clever and well written, but the theme is not exactly clear. The lines make sense, and yet it was hard for me to get a good grasp on what they meant to me. However, I’m still new to the song as well, and perhaps more listening will clear things up on a personal level. This doesn’t mean that the lyrics are bad by any means. Like I said, they are very clever and fit the music perfectly. They just take a little time to digest.

If you’re looking for the next great band, keep your eyes on this group. This song is huge. It’s melodic, powerful, and it’s played by a band who has the skills to pay the bills. It’s an anthem for modern post-hardcore bands everywhere. They should take notice, because this band is here to stay.

What do you all think of the song and review? Let me know below!

#26 – There’s No Going Back

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Artist – Sick Puppies
Album – Connect
Year – 2013
Genre – Modern Rock/Hard Rock

Arrgh! Sorry I’m late with this one again guys! I’m really trying get better I swear! Better late then never though, right? With that said, let’s take a look at the lead single from the Australian band Sick Puppies’ new album Connect.

In a complete turnaround from what I normally write the most about on this blog, the facet of this song that makes it worth putting on your Ipod is not the lyrics but the melody and production value of this song. The lyrics in this song are in the style of a personal ballad. They tell the story of frontman Shim Moore growing up and basically how troubled he was as a youth. The lyrics do touch on a very important note for all of us, and that’s treating every day as a new chance to be better, and not clinging to the past too much; hence “There’s No Going Back.”

Where this song shines brightly is the melody. It seems rather repetitious at first, but Moore’s voice is crystal clear and is extremely pleasing to listen to. You can tell he knows how to sing, and in this song it’s quite evident. For the initial verses, his singing is powerful, but the melody is, again, repetitious. Then the chorus hits.

Holy crap. Those opening two lines are just uplifting. They way they’re sung, the melody, everything. It’s a well constructed chorus all the way around. When Moore sings the word “trigger,” his voice echos and it just feels right, like it was supposed to be that way. He rings on every note, and hits them with gusto and bravado. He definitely means what he’s saying here. The very catchy melody in the chorus continues throughout, but this is a good thing, as you want to hear it again and again.

The verses repeat again, but this time he adds a little grit into the mix and kicks it up. There’s a great little yell on “You can’t regret what you don’t decide,” which gets you pumped. The second chorus is just as good as the first. The formula continues until you get to the bridge, which is a nice little OOH RAH kick off into the final chorus, where Moore lets it go. The song is pretty much over, but there’s one more thing that I need to talk about for this one.

The instrumentation is very powerful and polished throughout. The drums especially kill it on this one. They’re loud and thundering, and Emma Anzai is a kickass bass player too, so she nails it as well. The thing that shows here, more so than the musicianship, is the production value on this track. It literally makes this song ten times better. It’s super crisp and sharp, and it really brings out the sound of every instrument and adds this atmosphere of…well it’s hard to describe. If you listen, you get this feeling of just…BOOM. That’s really the best way I can tell you how I felt after listening. It gives the whole song a huge boost in dynamics and makes every part just hit you. And when it does, it hits hard. The musicians are talented, don’t get me wrong. But the producer on this track nailed it. It sounds so great for a three piece band, and you can tell they knew this song was going to be a hit going in. It is, by the way, a hit on rock radio.

So that’s what I have to say about There’s No Going Back. It’s a great modern rock track with a super powerful and catchy hook that makes the song. The production is fantastic, and the musicians are no pushovers either. Shim Moore is a fantastic vocalist as well. If you can appreciate a song for a great melody and great sound that rocks the house, than this track is for you.What do you all think? What did you get out of the track? Let me know below.

#25 – Hemorrhage (In My Hands)

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Artist – Fuel
Album – Something Like Human
Year – 2000
Genre – Post-Grunge

Though often the butt of many musical jokes, the post-grunge genre is a very important piece of the music collective, and it has many songs that are both fun and catchy to listen to, have wonderful lyrics, and passionate singing and musicianship. Fuel’s 2000 hit Hemorrhage is one of these songs, with gripping vocals, lyrics and music that will just absolutely rip you to shreds (in a good way of course). It’s a song that deals with vulnerability and a love returning after the damage is already done from a breakup. Some traumas can never truly be repaired, and this track shows an example of a band that has the guts to wrench their feelings into the open.

After a furious guitar opening, the song begins with some great, clean guitar arpeggios. It creates this somber mood from the get go, and then frontman Brett Scallions starts singing. He is absolutely feeling every note that he sings in the opening verse, which deals with the perspective of the guy after a former partner has come back to him. He’s already torn up, and as he asks “what did you expect to find,” you can hear the resentment and sorrow in Scallions voice. He’s a broken mess of a man, but the song only gets more intense from here.

The prechorus of this song is perhaps one of my favorite parts. The melody is full of sadness and regret, and the singing is passionate. The lyrics are great here, as the narrator remembers telling his partner not to leave him, as he begs her not to go and “leave me to myself.” There is a constant buildup of emotion here, as you feel it leading to some big release, and that comes in the form of the chorus.

If the song title or beginning of the song doesn’t sound familiar to you, then perhaps the chorus will. It’s an absolutely explosive chorus, with the whole band, especially Scallions, giving it all they have. The singing is powerful, and Scallions blows up like a powder keg. He’s holding nothing back here, folks. The music provides this great wall of guitar and strings over some heavy drums, and creates the exact feel the chorus needs. The notes are well constructed, and the vocal melody is full of gusto. The lyrics are what get me here. The notion of love bleeding in one’s hands like a wound is a very unique and beautiful way of describing how it feels to have your heart broken. Kudos to the lyricist of the band, Carl Bell for coming up with these lyrics.

The second verse and prechorus are sung agonizingly well by Scallions, whose delivery of “Hold me now I feel contagious” is shiver inducing. This is a great line, because I think we all feel at some point like no one wants to love us or hold us, almost like we’re contagious with disease. The arpeggios return again, but this time with strings and guitar over the top to give the verse more oomph and emotional depth. The drums here are simple, but provide a great backing beat. The verse finishes with another very clever line, as the girl sobs to the boy that her life is fake, like “dead actors faking lines.” It’s another very well written lyric, and kudos go to Mr. Bell again. When the next prechorus comes in, Scallions sings it even more passionately. So much so that you can hear the wavering in his voice as he pours it out. It seems like the song drains him, but this is a good thing for the listener, as the more emotion you can feel, the better the experience becomes.

The chorus tears it up again, and then the bridge comes. The melody here isn’t astounding, but the lyrics continue the heartbreak, as the guy remembers his girl walking away and remembering his heart being torn. The last prechorus is sung as well as the second, and the intensity is still there, even at the end. There’s one last chorus where the band finishes as they started; playing and singing their hearts out.

Hemorrhage is a song full of passion and power. The singing is emotive and very honest, and the music has just the right amount of force to rock, but just enough sensitivity to add that sense of melancholia. The melodies are all well constructed and catchy, and this is just a great song jam to. This is a song to belt out when you’re upset, or just to belt out whenever. It’s a great all-around song, and there’s no real heavy flaws here. If you love to rock with passion, or just love to rock, this is for you. Sing it like no one’s watching! I know you want to.

What do you all think? What did you get from the song? Let me know below!

#24 – Letters from Iwo Jima Main Title

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Artist – Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens
Album – Letters from Iwo Jima (Music from the Motion Picture)
Year – 2006
Genre – Classical/Soundtrack

Welcome to the first of my soundtrack/classical song reviews! I wouldn’t consider myself an expert at deciphering classical music, but music without words is just as powerful as songs with lyrics. The emotion you can feel from an especially well orchestrated and moving piece is simply overwhelming. However, though I will be reviewing the song, I strongly suggest seeing the source material to truly put the piece in context. It creates a truly overarching experience that can capture both your eyes, ears, and emotions. I’m starting with the main title to my favorite war movie of all time: Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima.

The piece, composed by Eastwood’s son, is absolutely beautiful. The simple, repeated theme begins on piano, and here perhaps it is the most emotionally touching. The simplicity of the music and the way it flows is impeccable. Again, the source material adds a lot to the experience, but as soon as you hear the theme you can just feel the sadness that comes from each note. It’s forlorn and longing, and as the notes move up the scale and build higher, the sorrow is palpable and you can feel the pain of those lost in the fateful battle on Iwo Jima, and throughout the battlefields of World War 2.

It gets even better as a beautiful chorus of strings is added behind the piano, giving the piece body and substance. You can feel the desolation and the cries of the dying men as the haunting melody continues and builds again.

Then…silence. It feels like an eternity, and you will hold your breath waiting for the music. The piano stands alone again, and the pauses between the notes this time almost seem like a body who is struggling to breathe, and who is gasping for air in the fog of war. There is silence, as if the world has stilled, and there is a moment of peace within the sadness. Then, a piercing trumpet and rolling snare repeat the theme again, but this time it is the theme of honor, brotherhood, and triumph. The sadness is still there, as if the trumpet is playing at the burial of a soldier, but there is also a sense of patriotism and love. It’s music that will make you thankful for the sacrifices any soldier in any country has made to protect their people. The piano comes back in briefly, reiterating that pain that only war can bring to soldiers and families. The trumpet and drums return for the final repetition, and this time it feels like the war is finally over, and that the legacy of those lost will not be forgotten, but cherished and remembered as the trumpet cuts through the air like a knife.

This is an absolutely stunningly beautiful, yet simple piece that shows that suffering war can bring, but also forces you to remember the sacrifices all fighting men and women make, regardless of country or creed. It’s somber, melodic, and haunting. This is not a piece you will soon forget. If you see the movie, you will truly gain a new appreciation for the piece and it’s meaning. However, this is not to say you cannot enjoy it without seeing the movie. If you would love to hear a beautiful and simply haunting piece of music, than this song should be added to your list of tear-jerkers.

What do you think? Do you like the track? How about the review? Let me know below!

#23 – Breed

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Artist – Nirvana
Album – Nevermind
Year – 1991
Genre – Grunge

Despite what many people think, the eighties weren’t ALL bad. There was a lot of great music in that decade, but it almost seemed to be overshadowed by the excess and decadence that was a huge part of the culture of the time. The eighties mentality seemed very fake and, though not always the case, songs seemed to be written only as a cash in and didn’t really take the time to explore emotion at its deepest. However, at the end of the decade, the veil began to tear, and the artificial reality of the songwriting started to fade away. The nineties began and some of the best songwriting was now coming out of kids’ garages with bands that were loud, dirty, and very passionate. The grunge movement had started whether the world was ready or not, and in one of those garages was the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novaselic, and Dave Grohl. Nirvana ushered in an end to the age of glitz and glamour, and thrust the world into an era of grit and grime. The music was raw, and the emotion was real. Breed is one of the most aggressive songs on the Nevermind album, but it is also one of the most powerful on many levels. Let’s take a look.

Breed begins with one of the most hard-hitting and distorted riffs you’ll hear in a Nirvana song, and that’s saying something. When the bass adds itself into the mix, the track gets even dirtier. By the time the opening drum roll finishes and the song kicks in, it’s just downright heavy. The music in this song is relatively simple, like many Nirvana songs, but it’s an extremely well crafted riff and the music fits the message Cobain and Co. are sending perfectly.

The verses in this track show Cobain at his most desperate and primal. Each scream of “I don’t care,” “I don’t mind,” “Get away,” and “I’m afraid,” seem to get more intense as he moves along. The words in the verses are almost cryptic, and can be interpreted in immeasurable ways (provided you can understand them). I suggest looking them up as it’s most certainly a song that should be personal to each listener. I personally find the entire song to be about loneliness, desperation, and the fear that comes with both meeting and potentially losing a partner in a breakup. The verse deals with the desperation part of the equation, with Cobain almost pleading that he doesn’t mind or care about anything his partner has done in the past, and that he’s afraid to lose them. Cobain sings it like he’s lost all control. He’s almost vomiting the words out, as if it’s all he can do. The honesty is almost scary, and I think it’s intended to be that way. On top of all this, the guitar is absolutely punishing, and Cobain slams on every strum. We have the perfect storm between the music and the words.

The chorus is also very cryptic in nature, but it’s so moving when you think a bit deeper. Let’s pull it apart a bit:

“Even if you have
Even if you need”

Cobain’s sadness and desperation build to the point where he’s willing to give up anything for the one he loves. Even if she has a dark secret or needs anything at all, all he wants his for her to love him and he will love her in return.

“I don’t mean to stare
We don’t have to breed”

He sacrifices any physical aspects of a relationship just to be around her. This also a clever line as it also seems to describe a common occurrence when meeting someone new. Conclusions are often made in situations such as this, especially in our generation.

“We can plant a house,
We can build a tree”

He wants to have a future with her and live the life that all couples dream of by potentially living together.

“I don’t even care.
We could have all three
She said”

I think this section deals with her responding, but she’s either sarcastic or apathetic, and certainly not appreciative of him or feelings he’s expressed to her.

The verse and chorus repeat again. During this whole time, the guitar matches with the words note for note and the bass playing is superb. The drums in the song aren’t particularly earth-shattering, but they do a great job at keeping pace with Cobain’s rage with some bite of their own. The music takes the message that the words express and add to it, creating an audible combination of sadness and anger. The guitar solo lets Cobain cleanse himself further, and each strum pushes the instrument to its limits. With one last scream, Cobain repeats the chorus and the track comes to a close, and the built up pressure finally settles with a sigh.

Kurt Cobain always said that music always came before lyrics, but this song proves that both can work together to express emotion so passionately and honestly that the likes of it will rarely be seen again. Though there are many interpretations, I think the lyrics through this whole song are a cry for help and a saddened plea to a loved one. When compliments and apologies fail and your love is on the line, desperation and uninhibited pain break through. That is what this whole song is attempting to express through every fiber of itself; we need love and affection, and often in our darkest hours, we will give up anything to get it. Cobain’s songwriting and lyric writing are incredibly polished underneath the dirt of the distortion, and the supposed anger of the song is actually hiding something much more sensitive.

Breed is a great rock track, period. It’s hard and fast with a great catchy riff and pounding bass and drums. If you appreciate these things, you should take a look at this song. But if you also appreciate lyrics that provide a different experience for everyone, whether that be angry or moving or maybe something else entirely, then Breed is most certainly for you. It’s not a love song, but it is a song about love and what it can do to us if we let it. Nirvana brought back true emotion, and they brought back real passion for writing and playing music. I think we all can appreciate that.

What do you think? What does the song say to you? Have you felt this way before, or gone through a similar experience? Let me know below!

#22 – Something Better

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Artist – Flyleaf
Album – Who We Are – EP
Year – 2013
Genre – Modern Rock

I think I missed last week for reviewing a new track. Sorry about that everyone, I apologize. I’ll try to really keep up with it, so I’m starting up again with an awesome new track from the alternative/modern rock band Flyleaf. Seriously, this track is awesome. Fans of any kind of modern rock tracks will enjoy this one!

There was a recent lineup change for Flyleaf, where longtime singer Lacey Sturm left the band to start a new life with her husband. Many wondered if new singer Kristin May could fill the very big shoes Lacey left behind. Well, wonder no longer. She not only does the job, she excels at it.

Right from the beginning, the track blasts off with a huge, driving rock beat. Kristin May comes in strong with the hook, and it is catchy beyond all belief. The verse kicks in, and it’s certainly more subdued than the chorus, but the music keeps a good pace behind the singing, and then WHAM! The giant hook kicks your ass every time you hear it. It’s loud, it’s uplifting, it just makes you want to rock out. The drums are big here, and the guitar is really driving. You can tell the band was really upbeat and passionate when they recorded the song, as it certainly sounds like they’re having a lot of fun. The verse, chorus template repeats, but like I said, that hook hits you every time. You’re going to be singing along in no time flat.

Kristin’s voice is clear and full of conviction in every note. Seriously, the way she sings the chorus will make you go “wow”. The lines she sings in the bridge section of the song is crazy good too, and really gives her a chance to say “hey, I’m here now, I might as well rock the damn house”. The lyrics in the song too are uplifting and positive. They’re all about becoming a better person, whether that be finding your own way in life, or finding someone else to make you a better person. At the same time though, they speak of not losing the essence of who you are, which is so important to keep in perspective.

Also, as a bonus, Sonny Sandoval of the Nu-Metal/Hard Rock band P.O.D. sings some guest verses in this song. He is definitely more of a rap-singer than a straight singer, but he’s no slouch here either. He adds a powerful punch to the already hard hitting track, and his yells of “SOMETHING BETTER” over the hook really make you want to throw your fist in the air. His section in the bridge also is very well done.

The song ends with two great hooks, the first of which is nothing but vocals and drums, which really shows off the chops of arguably the two best parts of the song. One last chorus brings a close to this hard rocking anthem.

This is one to really let yourself go to; in the car, in your home, wherever you are. It’s catchy as hell, fun to listen to, and to top it off it has a great message. Flyleaf is back, and they still got it.

What do you all think? Let me know below!

Just a quick note…

Hello everyone,

Just a quick little thing. When I write these reviews, I talk about what I picked up from the song on an emotional level. I talk about what makes me “feel” the song. It’s what connects me to each one, and each is unique. But I want to hear about if you connect to them too. I’m super curious what how you all feel about each song I post, so please don’t be shy to voice your opinions or feelings about anything relating to the songs I post. Just try to be respectful if you do, but again, all voices are welcome here! Thanks again, and I promise I’m working on getting an email open for all of you to email me songs that you emotionally resonate with!

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#21 – Vanilla Twilight

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Artist – Owl City
Album – Ocean Eyes
Year – 2008
Genre – Pop-Rock/Electronic Pop

I have a lot of respect for Adam Young. The frontman/brainchild behind Owl City is a man who writes exactly about his feelings in a totally honest way, but encapsulates them in whimsical, creative lyrics and wonderfully catchy and often beautifully textured music. This is a man who has found his niche, and who knows what he has to do and does it the only way he knows how. Let’s take a look at Vanilla Twilight, a song which is actually one of the more beautiful love songs I’ve heard recently.

The first thing to address here is Mr. Young’s voice. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Owl City live, and I can tell you his voice does indeed sound much like it does in his songs. Does it sound exact? No, but it’s certainly not as pitch corrected as most think. His singing voice is quite natural, and I find it to be quite beautiful and sensitive.

The music starts off with simple piano chords, and then more and more textures are added as each verse progresses. There’s some absolutely wonderful synth sounds that Young has in his repertoire that make this song sound magical. Some twinkling sounds right after the first verse sound great, and the melody played over the top of the second verse is extremely well constructed and blends seamlessly with the lyrical melody. It’s almost more catchy too!

The real musical treat here is when the key changes for the last verse and the music swells for the last powerful verse. All the layers come together, and the vocal melody is repeated in a great sounding synth at the end of the song. The music is typical Owl City, but by no means does that make it boring. It’s actually wonderful to listen to, and it fits the mood and message Young tries to convey here. It’s soft, sensitive, flowing, and if I were to describe in a personal adjective…kind.

The lyrics are the star of the show here. The words that a lot of people would call “cute”, I call simply beautiful. It’s a song that follows the “you left me and now I’m sad” trope, but it follows it in a way that really captures the sadness of that idea. Who are we to deny the tragedy of such a moment, as it is. In fact, we do this with many songs. We simply dismiss it as another “girl leaves boy” or “boy finds girl” song. But there is so much emotion in these moments in life. They will never run out of songs to write about them, because they are that powerful.

Anyway, Young does a brilliant job of his own capturing this. I’ll list some of the best lines now:

“The stars lean down to kiss you, and I lie awake and miss you.”

“The silence isn’t so bad, til I look at my hands and feel sad. Cause the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly.”

Let’s stop for a second. Wow, what a lovely sentiment. Hand holding is such a simple gesture most take for granted, and yet Young takes this and makes it a thing to cherish and reflect upon. This line gave me shivers. It’s clever and sweet at the same time.

“When I think of you, I don’t feel so alone”

“As many times as I blink, I’ll think of you tonight.”

These are all simple statements of loneliness and longing. Yet each one is very emotional in its own way. Again, the simplest things are often the most remembered. The best is saved for last, though, as the key change signals that Young is about to let himself go.

I can actually picture Young crying during this last verse. That’s how much emotion I picked up on here. He has no pretense here, and he almost yells it for all to hear.

“If my voice could reach back through the past, I’d whisper in your ear…oh darling I wish you were here.”

Bam. Emotional knockout. We feel this line, because we share his experiences. They are our own, and with the music, lyrics, and voice combining for this last emotional punch, we feel his sadness and it becomes ours. The best songs do this to us, and though often scoffed as just a pop musician, Mr. Young has an immense talent for providing great emotional resonance with his audience. He knows what we go through with love and loss, and he puts it down in a way we can all understand.

A lot of music is about looking beneath the layers, and this song is a great example of that. When you peel it back, Vanilla Twilight is a beautiful song about the beauty of loving, and how devastating it is when that beauty is gone. The music reflects the words, and provides a lovely background, just like a great painting. It’s certainly catchy, but what makes this song a must have is so much more. It’s the meaning we find through emotion, and sometimes you have to do a little digging to find it.

So what do you guys think? What did you find in the song that spoke to you? Let me know below!

#20 – Love Is On Fire

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Artist – ItaloBrothers
Album – Stamp!
Year – 2010
Genre – Eurodance/Italodisco

Do you love to dance? Do you love to have fun? Because the Europeans love to! America puts out a lot of great dance pop tracks every year, but there is a HUGE market of incredibly fun and catchy dance music being cranked out by Europe as well. It’s such a shame that the majority of it goes overlooked, and the ones that do make it to the USA have to change their style to fit the American mentality. We dance a bit differently over here than they do there. However, everyone who loves dancing and pop music in any form needs to check out the ItaloBrothers. They are one of the most consistently excellent dance groups in Europe, and have a wonderful selection of songs that are as catchy and fun as any American pop track. Love Is On Fire is perhaps my favorite from their catalog, and I believe if it catches on, it can appeal to not only those across the pond, but also here in the states!

The first thing that you’ll probably notice is singer Matthias Metten’s strong singing voice. Yes, I’m sure it’s digitally altered in some way, but that’s a commonplace facet of most modern pop music. It’s also in English, which is very appealing considering the group is German. The melody is sweet, and the music glittering and full. You can feel the good times coming right off the bat. The song’s beat kicks in, and this is where it differs from the pop songs we’re used to. It’s a fast beat, and it’s made to jump to. The song itself is actually made for Jumpstyle dancing, which is a popular dance in Europe (if you haven’t seen it, click here because it’s awesome)

The beat isn’t offputting, however. It’s fast enough to pump you up and really get you going, but not so fast that you don’t know how to dance to it. It’s in that just right area where you can dance how you want! The hook in this song is amazing. It’s well crafted with power, catchiness, and notes that just grab you and throw you right on the dancefloor.

The “drop” in this song is very good also. It’s got some great pulsing bass overlaid with the traditional Eurodance synth leads. It’s very bouncy and jumpy, and it puts you in a great mood and atmosphere. The stuttering vocals afterwards add a lot to the song as well.

I have to go back to Metten’s voice, because it’s just so nice to listen to. This isn’t just a great club song. It’s really a great pop song for anytime. He continues with his powerful singing into the next verse and the bass keeps on going. There’s a nice little fade-out, fade-in chorus which powers into the next, followed by another great drop to keep you dancing. The stuttering vocals repeat, and there’s one more chorus section.

With a strong finish, the song ends with a couple rounds of the catchy hook first without the bass, and the final one with the bass AND stuttering vocals, tying all the song’s elements together.

So, to recap: if you love to dance, have fun, or love any pop in general, listen to these guys. They have the talent to make it big in the U.S. if only they were more well known and respected. You guys can make that happen. This is a group very near and dear to my heart. If you listen to the track and you like it, check out their other stuff. It’s just as good, and just as danceable and fun. Tell your friends to check them out. Maybe together we can bring the ItaloBrothers fame in America!

What do you all think? Leave a comment below!

#19 – Something

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Artist – The Beatles
Album – Abbey Road
Year – 1969
Genre – Classic Rock

C’mon now. You all had to know at SOME point there would be a Beatles song on here, right? You can bet you’ll see more in the future. But for now, let’s start with what I believe to be one of the greatest Beatles songs ever written. Sung by one of the most underrated Beatles, George Harrison, Something is a beautiful love song that should be heard by everyone at least once.

This song doesn’t need to be loud to get it’s message across, and it shows right from the start. The opening is soulful, with slow, driving bass and rhythmic drums, but always gentle and sensitive. George’s singing is completely open here. From the beginning, he’s made himself vulnerable and really pouring himself out. He softly sings as if he were whispering in the ear of his loved one. The chorus is the same; simple, yet incredibly sincere. The keyboard and emotive strings in the background gives a bit more substance and passion, and as the pace picks up between verse and chorus, it adds an almost pleading sense to the song.

The pattern repeats, but the bridge is where the song just bursts with honesty and love. As George wails about how his love is uncertain, the instruments reflect that turmoil with quick beats and swelling layers. This is powerful music right here. The breakdown begins, and the soulful guitar solo begins, with another simple, yet incredibly sad melody. It’s soulful and really is exactly what’s called for.

The harmony on the last verse is absolutely divine. It’s breathtaking, and with all the band mates singing, it adds to that universal message of the song. Finally, there’s one last chorus and the song ends with a swelling ending, repeating the opening riff but with more power and passion.

The lyrics of this song are what get you. Harrison’s verses describes the feelings we all get when faced with someone we love, whether they know it or not. We love the way they move, speak, laugh, and pretty much everything else. We love the little things that make them who they are, and those are the things that truly capture our hearts. This is what makes us fall in love. The choruses and bridge are the perfect foil to the hopeful verses. In the chorus, Harrison tells us he is afraid to for her to leave him, as he loves her too much.

“I don’t want to leave her now.”

This is an all too relevant fear in most of our lives, and can tear us apart like no other moment. In the bridge, Harrison is unsure if she is even in love with him, or he with her. He doesn’t know where the relationship will go, or if it will flourish at all, despite how much he may want it to.

“You’re asking me will my love grow? I don’t know.”

These are universal fears felt by both men and women of all orientations. Love is love, and the same problems and heartbreaks happen to everyone. This is why great love songs like this one are so beautiful. They manage to capture all our fears so simply and quietly, yet so passionately and deeply at the same time.

Something is a song about love in our lives. We don’t know where it will lead, but we’re all together in our hope and heartbreak. It’s soft, mellow, heartfelt, and catchy too. It’s truly graceful in it’s simplicity and emotion. It’s perfect to sing when you need to, and it will always be there for you. This song is more than a song. It’s comfort during your dark times, where you feel at your lowest. But take heart in the message that the song provides. You don’t know where your love will go. Maybe it will grow. Maybe you will find that someone whom you can sing this song to forever. That’s why this song matters.

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