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Ah! Michael Learns To Rock (Often abbreviated as MLTR) – The infamous band which produced some of the most beautiful music on the planet. Unfortunately, MLTR couldn’t climb the ladder of success all over the world; but they were hugely popular in Asia (Where they sold an excess of 6 million records). Overall, MLTR sold close to 11 million albums worldwide. But good music isn’t always famous, is it? Sometimes, you have to scourge the earth to find awesome music – In this case, MLTR. But that’s fate, right? Murphy’s Law; to be precise. I really don’t get it – This song has won over all the people who have listened to it; yet it hasn’t got the response it deserves. It has all the right ingredients in place – Beautiful vocals, rhythm, soulful lyrics and the most important…This song connects to everyone’s hearts; because everyone has to have gone through this phase. I’m here to try and encourage all my readers to go and listen to MLTR; and give them the deserved credit. Saying thus, I begin my review. Buckle up, guys!

Band

MLTR [L-R]: Mikkel Lentz, Jascha Richter, Søren Madsen & Kåre Wanscher

History:Damn! I had trouble even finding the roots of this song on the internet. This just goes on to prove the popularity this song has gained – Nil. Anyways, here’s all I could get:

“That’s Why (You Go Away)” is a song from from MLTR‘s album titled “Played On Pepper”, which was released worldwide in August 1995. The album went on to sell over 1.2 million copies, but most of them were concentrated in Asia itself. It was also the first time where MLTR recorded and produced their own album by themselves. In order to promote their album, MLTR played 25 shows in 10 countries, including Africa, Brazil and The United Arab Emirates. “That’s Why (You Go Away)” is the 3rd single from the album. The song has only one version – The Official one, running for 4 Minutes and 10 Seconds. [Source – All Over The Net]

What it tries to convey to us: The song’s title tells you all you need to know here.

*A sincere request to all my readers – Please scroll down, open up the lyrics, and then listen to the song*

Review: The song kicks off with a beautiful soft and soulful piano cover, after which the vocals are initiated at 00:10. Jascha Richter really has an amazing voice; lending support to the song all the way till the end. The literal meaning of the song is really painful; and it has probably happened to almost everyone that I know of. In fact, when this incident happened with me; the only pillar of strength I had was this song. I know, listening to the song after a bad breakup is like rubbing salt on a deep cut; but hey – It worked. I finally did manage to move on with my life, courtesy “That’s Why (You Go Away)”. Moving on, (Pun very much intended!) The beats start at 00:40, after an audible bass chord. The beats suit the song perfectly – Not too slow, not too harsh. The song is slow, describing every single detail of the state of the person. The piano keeps playing in the background, and has a sort of dual personality – It provides the base of the song, as well as fills in the instrumental gaps perfectly. The first chorus starts at 01:09 (The chorus arguably being the best part of the song). It is so well executed, you play the song over and over again until you get the hang of it.  There’s a notable increase in the lead guitar’s pitch during the chorus; but the reason is evident – It’s done so as to attract the attention of the listener to the chorus. MLTR is probably the only band (At least among all the bands whom I know of) which can  alternate between the genres of Rock & Pop effortlessly – The chorus being the perfect example of this genre switching brilliance. The part I especially love is the ending of the chorus. The “That’s Why You Go…Away I Know” is said so beautifully, it melts the listener. The song comes down to it’s normal tone and the beats return to slow after the chorus ends. The awesome thing about MLTR’s lyrics is their simplicity. They are really simple, but straight to the point. The second chorus starts again at 02:09, after which a little vocal interlude is initiated. A short, but sweet guitar solo follows the bridge, followed by the chorus again. The song begins fading off after the second chorus loop, and completely ends with the final strum of an acoustic guitar at 04:05 (The part from the bridge to the end is fast paced).

Rating: “That’s Why (You Go Away)” deserves a well-earned 10/10 according to me. It also gains some extra points for the flawless ‘genre-switch’ phenomenon. A must listen to, guys! I know MANY of you mustn’t have even heard about this band; but I implore you – Please go listen to the song (And others too!).

Well, I’ve done everything I could. I’ve tried to convince you guys to go and give MLTR an ear. It’s up to you now. Tell me how you thought the song was in the comments section. I’ll be more than happy to clear up any doubts for you, or even give you more song suggestions. This is one song you don’t want to miss, guys!

Lyrics For “That’s Why (You Go Away)”http://artists.letssingit.com/michael-learns-to-rock-lyrics-thats-why-you-go-away-ps8q1wm#axzz2DP3hJTNE

Download Link For “That’s Why (You Go Away)”http://learning.sohu.com/zt/freshenglish/july15/tswyga.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Youtube Link For “That’s Why (You Go Away)” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMowafFtPuA

Album Art

“That’s Why (You Go Away)” is a single from MLTR’s album titled “Played On Peppers”

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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the most adorable song ever – “Oh! Carol”, courtesy Neil Sedaka. It’s astonishingly cute (Especially the Youtube video), and super fun to hear too, Truth is, I would have never gotten to hear the song if it weren’t for my Dad and his antics. So one fine day, here we were; browsing through Youtube to compile a playlist of Paul Anka‘s greatest hits. We were on “Puppy Love“, when Dad accidentally clicked one of the ‘Suggested Videos’ on the right side of the page – And VIOLA! As if fate would have it, we were on the “Oh! Carol” page. My dad laughed out loud when he saw the name of the song and he said, “Son, you’re about to hear on of the most addictive and awesome music from the oldie era. You up for it?” Now HOW could I have said no? So, here I am! And that’s not all, I’m going to spread the virus to you too! This is one virus you’ll sure love to have! Let’s go!

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka – Singer, pianist and composer

History: “Oh Carol” or “Oh! Carol” (The official name) is a song written by Neil Sedaka (1958). The song was intended for his ‘then’ girlfriend Carol Klein (Who, unfortunately went on to become Carol King). The song was co-written by Howard Greenfield. The song managed to grab a spot at Number 9 on the American charts in 1959. It also went on to grab the king spot – Number 1, on Italy’s Music charts. There is only one version of the song – The Studio Single, having a duration of 2 Minutes and 19 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]

Awesome fact: Carol Klein gave an awesome to Neil’s “Oh! Carol” titled…No guesses here, “Oh! Neil” Check out the video here. It’s great!

Review: The song starts off with a girl singing to the ever-so-catchy rhythm in the background. That background music is now officially my ringtone – No, really! It’s very peppy, and instantly livens the atmosphere. According to my guess, the music consists of the Maracas and a subtle rhythmic guitar. But what really steals the show is Neil Sedaka’s voice, starting at 00:15. No, it’s not rough, and it certainly isn’t over-the-roof. It’s soft, subtle and cheery. Imagine yourself talking to another person, telling him/her that you have just won an unthinkable amount in a lottery. And while you have that smile on your face; that, my friends, is EXACTLY what the vocals sound like. The lyrics of the song maybe sad, but the song overshadows it; resulting in a cheerful one. The show sealer – The chorus, which starts at 00:41 and ends at 01:11. It’s so damn cheerful! Really, just go listen to it. The song then goes into the interlude, where the girl’s singing can be distinctively made out; but this time, with Neil Sedaka pouring in a thought or two. The lyrics, though very simple, are very touching. The vocal interlude goes something like this:

“Oh Carol, I am but a fool,

Darling I love you;

Though you treat me cruel.

You hurt me,

And you make me cry;

But if you leave me,

I will surely die.”

And then everything comes to a halt, only to resume with the chorus again, and slowly fade off from there itself.

Rating: It may be a 50’s song, but it scores 10 on my scoreboard! 10/10 to this golden oldie!

Special mention guys. Go check out the Youtube video. It’s just as epic as the song is. Link, as usual, is below.

 

Lyrics for “Oh! Carol”http://artists.letssingit.com/neil-sedaka-lyrics-oh-carol-5mzhhpf

Download link for “Oh! Carol”http://www.kalomiranetwork.com/keanu/neil%20sedaka%20-%20oh%20carol.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Youtube link for “Oh! Carol” (Must Watch!) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux49UBie-w8

 

Album Art

“Oh! Carol” is a song written by Neil Sedaka, originally for his former girlfriend Carol Klein (Now Carol King).

Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven. Enough said. Arguably one of THE best written songs of all time, this song seals the Number 3 spot on my Top 10 Favorite Songs list. The lyrics, the emotion, and the haunting melody are enough to make even the sternest of people melt from the inside. A piece of warning to all you folks who haven’t heard the song – This song is sad. Very, very sad. Be ready to get goosebumps and shed some tears because believe me; when you listen to the song, you can’t help but cry. And when you know the reason behind Eric Clapton’s masterpiece, it adds another tonne of sadness to the song. But it is a BEAUTIFULLY scripted song, and undoubtedly my third favorite of all time. So, without any further adieu, let’s get started!

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

History: “Tears In Heaven” is a song (Released in January, 1992) written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings which written as a soundtrack for the movie “Rush“. The song also symbolizes a very tragic incident which occurred with Eric Clapton’s life (Details in the section below). “Tears in Heaven” is one of Eric Clapton’s most successful songs, as it reached Number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. The song also stayed three weeks as Number 1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992. The song was later added as a part of his album named “Unplugged“. The song went on to win three Grammy Awards – Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1992. [Source: Wikipedia]

What it tries to convey to us:

*Brace yourselves, folks, for you’re surely going to cry (Or at least feel very, very bad) while reading this! Shall I start? Okay. Take a deep breath; Now exhale. Done? Let’s do this!*

Eric Clapton’s four year old son Conor, lost his life on March 20th, 1991, when he fell down from the window of the 53rd floor of a New York apartment, which belonged to his mothers’ friend. Now, I’m afraid I will start crying (Third time today) if I write the complete story. So, IF you’re curious to know what really happened, click HERE. Eric Clapton was so shaken by this incident, that he isolated himself from everyone for a certain period of time. He, however, bounced back into the industry; and dedicated “Tears Of Heaven” for Conor. However, he stopped playing the song in 2004, and the reason was (And I quote):

“I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them. They’re kind of gone and I really don’t want them to come back, particularly. My life is different now. They probably just need a rest and maybe I’ll introduce them for a much more detached point of view.”

Review: Pull yourselves together, folks! We’re almost there! Come on! I’m shedding a tear or two as I type right now too. The song starts off with an acoustic guitar and bass guitar combo, followed by a harmonica (Very faint) and banjo. There are absolutely NO beats in this song. The entire backbone of the song is just one thing – Eric Clapton; and his vocals. It’s amazing, actually. Every time we hear a song, it appears as if the instrumentals are surrounding the vocals; but not here, amigo! I guarantee you this – When Eric Clapton’s vocals start at 00:13, you WILL feel a shiver run down your spine. These HAVE to be the best vocals ever sung! Even if they (The vocals) are soft, they contain almost all sad elements imaginable – Sorrow, grief, regret, remorse, disdain, guilt, and the list just keeps going on. The lyrics – Masterpiece! They are so simply put, yet SO, SO effective. My eyes always fill up after the vocals start (And I’ve never cried to emotional songs and movies once in my life!) So when is the chorus? Yes, there is a chorus. But these songs don’t need choruses to accentuate them! They are sure shot winners, son! After the first stanza, there is a brief dual interlude (Bass guitar & Acoustic guitar). The second stanza commences at 01:07. Every time he starts a para, I get goosebumps. If you’re looking for a song sung from the very heart – Your search ends here. The song changes it’s rhythm a bit before the third stanza, which is then followed by a heart wrenching acoustic solo. The two lines after the third stanza make me lose it – “Beyond the door, There’s peace I’m sure; And I know, there’ll be no more.. Tears in Heaven (sniff!). The song ends with the loop of the chorus, followed by an applause. Trust me folks, if I was a part of the audience back then, I would’ve pushed myself past those bodyguards and kissed Eric Clapton’s feet for writing such a BEAUTIFUL song. Actually, it’s not a song.. It’s a prophecy.

Rating: I would give other songs a 7/10 if you’d like, but not this one! Never! This song deserves nothing less than a 10! 10/10 for this sheer masterpiece!

*Before I sign off, I would like the reader to observe a moment’s silence for the poor soul of Master Conor Clapton. Rest in peace, Conor! May God have mercy on your soul!*

Lyrics For “Tears In Heaven”http://artists.letssingit.com/eric-clapton-lyrics-tears-in-heaven-k1bzx3z

Download Link For “Tears In Heaven”http://ns.thcgroup.net/Music/Mp3/eric%20clapton%20-%20tears%20in%20heaven.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Youtube Link For “Tears In Heaven” (MUST WATCH) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRsJlAJvOSM

Album Art

“Tears In Heaven” is a song from Eric Clapton’s album titled “Unplugged”. It is also featured as the soundtrack of the movie “Rush”. This song is dedicated to his late son, Conor Clapton.

Blast from the past! One of my favorite Soft Rock songs, “Yellow River” has a tune that has you hooked the moment you hear it. I’ll be honest to you guys. Truth is, I had forgotten about this song completely; but it was my friend’s father who helped me piece my memory back together. I was at his house, and we were eating dinner, when suddenly, his phone rang; and VIOLA – The ringtone was “Yellow River”. Fate really is creepy, isn’t it? I felt like shouting “Eureka, I got it!” as soon as I remembered which song it was. Anyways, stories aside; let’s get on with the review, shall we?

Band

Christie

History:Yellow River” is a song from Christie‘s self-titled album, “Christie”. It was one of the most famous songs Christie ever produced, and still is. The song was written by the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist, Jeff Christie. The song was released on 23rd April 1970, and quickly gained popularity. It soared to the Number 1 position in Ireland, U.K., and Norway (Number 2 in Germany, and Number 4 in Netherlands and Switzerland). However, as fate has it, the song didn’t pan out too well in the U.S., reaching a commendable Number 23 as the peak position (Is it just me, or has anyone noticed that a song which does very well in the U.S., fails to perform on the U.K. charts, and vice versa?) The song also has various cover versions made out of it, some of the prominent ones being the R.E.M version and the Elton John version. The song spans for 2 Minutes and 48 Seconds. The video shows Christie (Band) sailing down thew river Thames in a barge. [Source: Wikipedia]

What it tries to convey to us: The song tells us about a young soldier who has just finished his service in the United States Civil War, and is now looking forward to meeting his family, the house being located on Yellow River.

Review: The song is very fast paced, and VERY, VERY addictive. Be warned people, once you listen to this song, getting it out of your head is next to impossible. Okay, so the song starts off with a bass guitar rift, which then turns into a tri-instrumental interlude (Which is he base rhythm of the song), and fades into the background as Jeff Christie takes over the vocals (00:07). The feel of the song is really upbeat, and it puts a warm smile on one’s face. Before you know it, the first chorus begins at 00:37. The chorus is the most addictive part of the song. You just CAN’T get it off your head! The way the vocals and the rhythm change makes the chorus irresistible. There is hardly a gap between the chorus and the second stanza (2 seconds, to be precise!), so en garde! The chorus starts again (The gap between the two choruses seems like 10 seconds, bu it’s actually 30 seconds. This is what happens when a song is fast paced – You completely lose track of time. Back to the review, the chorus is looped twice, followed by a bass and Country style guitar interlude (Banjo, I guess? Correct me if I’m wrong), and the song ends in the same fashion.

Rating: We have a straight on winner here! A hands-down 10/10 for this goldie oldie! A must listen to, guys!

Lyrics For “Yellow River”http://artists.letssingit.com/christie-lyrics-yellow-river-gqn5485

Download Link For “Yellow River”http://www.lzcenter.com/Music/70_83%20Christie%20-%20Yellow%20River.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Album Art

“Yellow River” is a song from Christie’s self – titled album “Christie”