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Okay, this one’s not as popular as the other songs I’ve reviewed lately, but I’ve grown a liking for this one. This is a song which the world (unfortunately) doesn’t know much about, but is still a ‘masterpiece’ in it’s true sense. So what’s the name of the song? I just said it. No, really; I just said it – ‘Masterpiece’. And it’s from a Pop group that didn’t quite make it to the top – Atlantic Starr. Actually, Atlantic Starr did make it to the top of many R&B charts, but the genre of songs people favored in those years was Rock, not R&B; and hence the virtually invisible status of this group. But that’s what we’re here for, right? For knowing the unknown. There are countless other groups out there that produced exceptional music, but never got the chance. And now, we have Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and what not with their pathetic behavior and antics, hogging the spotlight and Youtube views. Anyways, back to the times when music was actually good!

Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr (Band)

History: ‘Masterpiece’ is a R&B song released by Atlantic Starr (with the help of Kenny Nolan) in the Mid 90’s. A single was first released, after which it was re-released as a part of the album ‘Love Crazy‘. It gained some recognition from the public after it’s re-release, resulting in a sudden jump to the Number 3 position on the U.S Billboard Top 100 and the U.S Hot R&B Singles. It also went on to grab Number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Not bad, huh? Too bad the song didn’t stay on the charts for long – the world would’ve known what an amazing Pop group it was. There is just one version of this song – The 4 Minutes 53 Second Album Release Version.

Review: The song starts off with a gentle synthesizer vibe, followed by soft background hymns. David Lewis puts things in motion at 00:15, initiating the vocals. His voice, I have to say, is simply outstanding – soft, composed and full of emotion. The way he says ‘touched my heart’ at 00:45 demonstrates the qualities mentioned above. The soft background vocals also add another layer of class to the song. The first chorus begins at approximately 01:10, going all the way till 01:37. The chorus has David singing in a slightly different (higher and slower) pitch than that used in the normal verse. I personally love the chorus for it’s simplicity and efficiency, and the way David Lewis has beautifully crafted each word and presented it to us. The second verse is stitched to the chorus, as the time spacing in between the chorus and the second stanza is virtually null. The second verse is a tad longer than the first one, extending for about 55 seconds; OR it could be that two verses have been merged together (two short 30 second verses). The chorus starts for a second time at 02:34, with minor changes and administrations. At 03:02, a slightly changed verse indicates the start of the third stanza (or rather, a post-chorus, because it’s just 3 lines long), after which the chorus interleaves itself at 03:16, and loops a second time, extending to 03:42. The latter part of the song (03:43 – 04:53) is an interleave of chorus loops and a few vocal notes. The song slowly spirals down and fades off 04:38.

 

Lyrics For ‘Masterpiece’http://artists.letssingit.com/atlantic-starr-lyrics-masterpiece-24gtk2d#axzz2kdvKH2iG

Download Link For ‘Masterpiece’http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_lljuqzSj8c1qaowhxo1.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

'Masterpiece' is a song from Atlantic Starr's album titled 'Love Crazy'

‘Masterpiece’ is a song from Atlantic Starr’s album titled ‘Love Crazy’

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I’m sorry for the ‘tremendously’ long break guys. We had completions, vivas and exams simultaneously, and I couldn’t salvage time and write my blogs. Anyways, I’m back with another Pop classic, and I hope people who haven’t heard this masterpiece will get to it right away! Here goes nothing!

George Michael – what does the name remind you of? Uncannily good looks, amazing love songs, and rhythm you couldn’t get your mind off for weeks. ‘Careless Whisper‘,’Father Figure‘,’Faith‘ and finally, ‘Last Christmas’ – All classics. In a recent interview with the soul-stirring musician, he revealed the secret of the power behind his lyrics: Heartbreak. He wrote his masterpieces when he went through a bad breakup (Note: He didn’t know he was gay before). But hey, he made amazing love songs, which still keep us warm in the cold winter nights. My top three George Michael songs are: Careless Whisper, Father Figure and Last Christmas.

Wham! (Musical Duo)

Wham! [L-R]: Andrew Ridgeley, George Michael

History:Last Christmas‘ is a single from the Pop duo Wham!, which was released in 1984 via Epic Records. The composition was done by George Michael. Since Wham! was a popular group in the UK and the US (especially in the UK), they had no problem snatching pole positions on the Christmas charts. It did, however, fail to grab the Number 1 position in UK, creating a record in the process – Being the only song in UK history to sell well over million copies, and NOT feature on the Number 1 position. The song performed quite well in Japan too, selling around 600,000 copies and featuring in the Top 10. To view the complete chart performance of ‘Last Christmas’, click here. While this song was on the charts, George Michael was also involved in another band called the Band Aid (it was actually a collaboration of the top UK artists at that time). Interestingly enough, Band Aid’s ‘Do You Know it’s Christmas?‘ topped the charts, and Wham! finished second. The royalties received after the success of both these singles were donated to the Ethiopian famine in 1984. There are currently two versions of this song, a 4 Minute 27 Second long Single version, and a 6 Minute 45 Second long (don’t laugh) Pudding Mix. Interestingly, the Pudding Mix (can’t stifle that chuckle, can you?) sold more copies than the Single Version; and hence, we’re going to review the Pudding Mix.

Review: The first 27 seconds of the song seem slow, with the occasional synthesizer rifts and effects. The second you hear George Michael whispering “Happy Christmas”, the beats kick in, holding a high and energetic tempo. The vocals make their move at 00:46, and the velvety voice of George Michael takes over. The piece of vocals you’ll hear is actually the chorus. The catchy moments are when George Michael says ‘gave’ and ‘save’ (go ahead, give it a listen and hear for yourself). It sounds funny, but it makes the song all the more listenable. At 01:04, the chorus loops again. The Christmas bells effects are added in the brief interlude between the chorus and the first stanza (which initiates at 01:40). As usual, George Michael and his soothing vocals send you in delirium, making you forget all your worries completely. The tempo of the beats will make you think this is actually a jolly song, which, in reality, is not. The second stanza starts after the chorus (starts at 02:15 and ends at 02:51, followed by a short interlude till 03:10). This stanza also holds the post-chorus part of the song, viz. “A Face On A Lover With A Fire In His Heart…” If there’s one thing which annoyed me, it’s the fact that there are too many choruses in this song (not that it any less enjoyable). The chorus starts (I know, once again! This time, however, George includes some snazzy off-beat vocals to spice things up) at 03:46, after which the post-chorus begins at around 04:20 (commenced after George Michael says “Special”). This also (more or less) marks the ending of the song, because the post-chorus and the chorus are looped and interleaved, and a few extra lines are added to avoid being too monotonous. I know, 2 minutes and 44 seconds of virtually nothing sounds quite boring; but this is George Michael we’re talking about! An extra tip: Edit the song from 06:09 till the ending – It’ll make for an amazing ringtone. Overall, the song is amazing. Of course, if you’re not a big fan of choruses being repeated (4 times [X 2], to be precise), you’ll probably choose to live without this one.

Lyrics For “Last Christmas”http://artists.letssingit.com/wham-lyrics-last-christmas-7mjhsm7#axzz2k2LT18NX

Download Link For “Last Christmas”http://mediafreedom.at/user-media_mf/maclink1/17112007_gV2Cp_0201wham-lastchristmas.mp3 (Right Click on Song, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

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“Last Christmas” is a song presented by the English Pop duo Wham!

The very first song one would recollect when I say ‘Sting’ would be ‘Desert Rose‘. Granted, the artistically made song captures everyone’s mind, but what about his former hits like ‘Shape Of My Heart’ or ‘Fields Of Gold’? Now, I’m going to go straight out and say it – I like ‘Fields Of Gold’ more than ‘Desert Rose’. Why? Probably because the song has a more ‘realistic’ approach to it, it’s much softer and pleasant to the ears, and the main reason – The lyrics. The song I’m reviewing today has amazing lyrics, compared to those in ‘Desert Rose’. So, let’s get to it!

Sting (Singer)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (a.k.a Sting)

History: ‘Fields Of Gold‘ is a song from the English artist Sting, a former member of ‘The Police‘. The song was released as a part of the 1993 album titled Ten Summoner’s Tales. The song didn’t do particularly well, reaching Number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, Number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The best position it secured was that of Number 2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. All in all, the song did pretty well in the western hemisphere. What I have to say after reading all these facts is – pitiful. In my opinion, this song should have fared more than ‘Desert Rose’. The number of Youtube hits the Official Video of this song has is also something to be ashamed of – nearly 5 million. In today’s time, a measly viral video of a drunken man falling off his car gets 5 million+ views. What people really need to do is forget new age music (which are completely ruining the English language) and indulge in oldies like this. The duration of the song is 3 Minutes and 41 Seconds (Album Version).

Review: Sometimes, you know the song is brilliant just by listening to the starting. This song gives you the chills as soon as kicks off. The bass creeps in sharply, and the subtle undertones of the Northumbrian smallpipes (courtesy Kathryn Tickell) and harmonica (Brendan Power) add a haunting overlay to the song. Add Sting’s deep vocals to the mix, and you have a beautiful song in the making. The lyrics – Not overtly mushy, but hitting the perfect notes to make your heart melt. They (the lyrics), however, compose the winning formula for this song. They’re simply amazing! Take this piece of the second verse for example:

“So she took her love for to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold”

Can a song get any better than this? Simple, yet elegant – Just the way everyone loves it. The interesting part about this song is that it doesn’t have a chorus, and every verse ends with (more or less) the same line. The only time when Sting breaks his rhythm is at the fourth verse (starts at 01:47), after which the song proceeds to the interlude (02:11). The guitar solo, well, is just indescribable. It’s very soft, and literally gives you the motions. It’s perfectly tuned (between an acoustic and a Spanish guitar), so it’s 18 seconds of pure, unadulterated heaven.A short verse ensues post the interlude, after which the first verse is looped again (02:48), which marks the end. The song dies down elegantly after a looped “As We Walked The Fields Of Gold”. Ending notes? Amazing song, but very unlucky. People should really look back to the past and reflect upon what they’re listening to now.

Lyrics For “Fields Of Gold”http://artists.letssingit.com/sting-lyrics-fields-of-gold-4gr5cqz#axzz2cPmUt6n5

Download Link For “Fields Of Gold”http://jdmanagement.com/hughpadgham/music/padgham.sting.fields.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

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‘Fields Of Gold’ is a song written by the artist Sting, for his album titled ‘Songs From The Labyrinth’

Okay, this one is hands down one of the most sad songs in the history of music. The vocals and the lyrics, both deliver equally hard punches to your heart, and the next thing you know, you’re probably in tears by the end of the song. “Ebony Eyes” is undoubtedly my (personally) best song of the 60’s. It’s short, sad and a must listen for hopeless romantics. Okay, now that I’ve warned you, keep some tissues in hand, and read on!

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers (Isaac Donald Everly & Philip Everly)

History: “Ebony Eyes” is a song written by the American songwriter John D. Loudermilk, and recorded by the The Everly Brothers (Isaac Donald Everly & Philip Everly). It was released somewhere in the midst of January 1961. There isn’t much I could scoop up from the internet, but maybe telling you that it reached Number 8 on the U.S. charts and Number 1 on the U.K. charts would suffice (I have a strong suspicion it must have gone on to win many more awards though). BBC initially prohibited this song from airing on the radio quoting that the song was “utterly disturbing” to hear on the radio.

What it tries to convey: This one’s a piece of cake. The song revolves around the Point Of View of a soldier who is just hours away from “Whispering ‘I do'” to the love of his life, who happens to be coming to him via flight No. 1203. Unfortunately, the turbulent weather and the black skies caused a dramatic plane crash, in which he loses his beloved fiancee. The color of the dark clouds somehow causes him to remember the ‘Ebony’ colored eyes his fiancee had. Now, the incident, when searched on the internet, did not render any useful results as such; and hence I doubt the truthfulness of the incident.

Review: The song starts with a smooth duo opening (kind of resembles a choir), which meets the acoustic guitar at 00:05, and the vocals start right after that. Now the thing that I really like about The Everly Brothers is that they both have completely different vocal styles, yet they don’t try to mask the slightly hoarse one. Instead, they sing as naturally as they can and bring out the best in the song. A similar case is the ever-famous Simon & Garfunkel duo (no introductions needed). During the “My Ebony Eyes Was Coming To Me” part (00:36), one of them (the one with the softer voice) drops back to the background and gives the song a little vocal support. They meet up again shortly, and then the ‘mid-song speech’ (sorry, I couldn’t come up with a technical word) begins at approximately 01:09. The way in which he delivers the speech is enough to tell you that the song will not end well, yet the smoothness and feelings it conveys is enough to keep you hooked. The speech, in a jiffy, describes how the man walks inside to the Airlines desk and asks the manager for a reason for Flight No. 1203 being so late. After being shrugged off, he comes outside and looks up at the ‘Ebony’ colored skies and knows there’s something wrong. The loudspeaker announcement confirms his worst fears, when all the relatives and friends of people on Flight No. 1203 are called to the chapel across the street. It’s really heartbreaking, but you’ll survive it. The real test of strength, however, is in the last stanza. It ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes. In the last stanza, he imagines himself up in Heaven, and meeting his ‘Ebony Eyes’ in the form of an angel. Just read the stanza, you’ll know why I’m stressing on it. The best catchphrase of the entire song: “And I knew the Heavenly Ebony skies, had taken my life’s most wonderful prize, my beautiful Ebony Eyes” (sniff). The song eventually ends at 03:02, leaving you in tears (of happiness, for the man’s optimism, and sadness for the suffering he encounters after the terrible incident). A winner all the way!

Lyrics For “Ebony Eyes”http://artists.letssingit.com/everly-brothers-lyrics-ebony-eyes-kn7vdqc

Download Link For “Ebony Eyes”http://www.greensville.net/StorageLocker/Music/_Oldies/Everly%20Brothers/The%20Very%20Best%20Of/Ebony%20Eyes.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click “Save Link/Target As”)

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“Ebony Eyes” is a single recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960

Okay, so I’ve got to clear something up right now. Before writing this post, I was rummaging around on the internet searching for “Maneater” without the name of the artist, and VIOLA! No mention whatsoever of Hall & Oates. Instead, I get a search result pointing me to Nelly Furtado. I shrugged my shoulders and went for it – A mistake that would cost me 4 minutes of my precious life. The song was horrible! It wasn’t even *gestures with fingers to show minuscule size* THIS close to the original! Anyways, I closed it down and headed straight for the review, and here I am! So, let’s get started!

Hall & Oates (Band)

Hall & Oates [L-R]: Daryl Hall, John Oates

History:Maneater” is a song produced by the ‘quite’ famous duo “Hall & Oates” (Daryl Hall & John Oates) for their 1982 album titled “H<sub>2</sub>O“. The song went on to reach the Number One spot in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts (December 18, 1992). It stayed on the ‘Numero Uno’ position for four weeks, surpassing their previous record of three, courtesy of Kiss on My List. There’s only one version of this song, viz. the Minute 25 Second album version.

Review: The song starts off with the lead instrument – The bass guitar. Oh, you’re pretty shocked, huh? Well, it’s the truth. The bass guitar is used as the main lead instrument. The secondary ones being the saxophone, the synthesizer and the acoustic guitar. Now that you know, let’s start again. The song starts off with the lead bass guitar, which meets a synthesizer effect (00:11) and finally meets with the saxophone at 00:27. I have to say, the saxophone and the bass guitar make an exceptional pair, and they have worked wonders for this song. The lead melody is extremely catchy. In fact, if you just listen to the instrumental version of this song (Hard to find off the internet) you’ll be tapping your toes to this tune all day. It’s an awkward composition – a mixture of Classic, Jazz, Blues and Pop. But the genres  seem to have matched perfectly, and given a brilliant output. Daryl initiates the vocals at 00:43, and I have to say, he has a terrific voice- Deep, smooth and crisp. His voice suits the background rhythm perfectly. The beats this song contains are on the faster side, but still seem to keep the momentum of the song at a slow pace. The first chorus starts at 01:27, the word ‘Maneater’ being heard for the first time. It loops twice, and goes in a brief instrumental interlude consisting of a couple of perky synthesizer effects. A couple of seconds later, the second stanza begins. The tempo of the song remains unchanged, which really adds to the effect it has on us. The song may seem to be on the slower side, but you can never get enough of it. For example, when I cycle, it’s my favorite song to listen to. The beats are fast, but the song is slow enough to keep you wanting more. The chorus starts for the second time at 02:15, and goes on till 02:36. The chorus does contain some quirky lyrics, “She’ll chew you up” being one of the most significant ones. That is, until you watch the Music Video of the song. And by God, it is hilarious! The lip sync is totally disastrous, and Daryl Hall’s onscreen phobia is more than noticeable. But hey, those were the 80’s. As long as there was music good enough to tap your toes to, anything could be forgiven. (And yes, I’ve kept the reason why “She’ll chew you up” a secret. Go watch the video for yourself and find out!) I have, as usual, provided a link for you. Getting back to the latter part of the chorus comes my favorite part – The sax solo. It starts at 02:43, and keeps your jaw hanging till 03:26. It takes you on a roller coaster ride from highs to mids, mids to lows and all over again. The chorus begins for the last time after a long “Ooooh” from John and it loops itself four times, Daryl adding some pieces of vocals in between, including that awesome “The Woman Is Wild, Oooh” part. The loop starts to fade, and the song gradually ends at 04:25.

 

Lyrics For “Maneater”http://artists.letssingit.com/90210-lyrics-hall-and-oates-maneater-ogghckm#axzz2RxKykhzW

Download Link For “Maneater”http://dave.ng.free.fr/Daryl%20Hall%20&%20john%20Oates%20(my%20best%20of)/10-Maneater(1982).mp3 (Right Click On Link, Click “Save Link/Target As”)

Link For “Maneater (Official Music video)”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRYFKcMa_Ek

 

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“Maneater” is a song from Hall & Oates’s 1982 album titled “H2O”

Okay, okay. Your lower jaw has dropped to the ground. Kindly reposition it, it’s freaking me out. And yes, you heard right. I’m reviewing a song from 2013, and that too from Bruno Mars! But you know what? This song deserves it! It is an amazing song; in fact so amazing that 13 (Actually 12, with me excluded) of my friends have to listen to this song AT LEAST twice a day to stay sane. Yes, it’s THAT good. Okay, so without any further ado, let’s get to it!

Bruno Mars (Singer & Composer)

Peter Gene Hernandez (a.k.a Bruno Mars)

History: This song is from 2013! What kind of ‘history’ do you expect? Sheesh. Okay, a little briefing. “Young Girls” is from Bruno Mars‘ 2013 Album titled “Unorthodox Jukebox“. It is written by Jeff Bhasker (NOT Indian!). It was released on November 6, 2012 (But hey, I listened to it in 2013!) This was the second single to be released after the chart topper “Locked Out Of Heaven” (Which, frankly, I hate). The song runs for a total of 3 Minutes and 49 Seconds. For chart performances, click here. [Source: Wikipedia]

What It Tries To Convey To Us: It’s really simple – It’s a ballad-type song which tell us how he (Or any boy) succumbs to the charms to young girls. That’s right. Paying for everything the girl shops, listening to the constant jibber – jabber about her failed relationships with boys she still finds cute, and OH; let’s not forget the ‘Do this, do that’ attitude. What does Charlie Sheen say to that? *thinks* Right! ‘Wrapped around her finger’! And let’s face it, it is an inevitable situation for all the boys, especially of this generation!

Review: The song is supported with an electronic device (A beatbox, I guess) which makes wah-wah effects. I don’t know. It’s some sort of synthesizer music you’d love to listen to in the crisp of the morning, accompanied with some quirky ‘warp’ like effects. Listen to the tune, you’ll get what I’m saying. The beats of this song are relatively on the high side. Bruno Mars kick starts the vocals at 00:14. I have to admit, the first four lines made little sense to me. The beats settle in (Along with the fifth line of the verse) at 00:30. The lyrics get much more sensible after that. The beats and the tune go dead at 00:54, suggesting the occurrence of the big fish – The chorus, which starts at 00:56. This chorus completely blew my mind! It’s got everything a Pop song should have – A good voice, steady beats, reasonable bass, echo effects and a magnificent rhythm. The chorus is pretty long, which stretches for about (1:28-00:56) 32 seconds. The second stanza follows suit immediately (01 :30). The end of the second stanza is somewhat odd, as Bruno tends to go a little off-tune. I don’t know if it’s deliberately done (Where’s auto-tune when you need it, huh?) or if it’s a genuine mistake. The beats and the tune go off again, and in comes the chorus at 02:12. This time, however, the beats in the chorus continue even after it ends, thus continuing the rhythm. During this interlude, Bruno adds this “ooh” effect, which really gets to you. The interlude goes on till 03:14, Bruno starting the chorus thereafter. Only this time, there aren’t any beats. There is a heavy layer of bass in the air, and I swear you can hear a low tone violin solo in the background, playing at a very high tempo. The beats (They’re slower in tempo this time) finally catch up with the rest of the chorus, and the song ends with the end of the chorus. Just like that – No gradual fades off’s, nothing; which is why it sounds like a fairy tale ending.

Rating: It’s probably the ONLY song of 2012-13 that I shall review. But this song latched on to my mind, and I couldn’t (And still can’t) shake it off. It’s a 9/10 for sure! Hats off to you, Bruno Mars!

 

Lyrics For “Young Girls”http://artists.letssingit.com/bruno-mars-lyrics-young-girls-rv8qb7t

Download Link For “Young Girls”http://www.jattji.com/upload_file/1/11058/11221/Bruno%20Mars%20-%20Young%20Girls[JATTJI.COM].mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

 

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“Young Girls” is a song from Bruno Mars’ album titled “Unorthodox Jukebox”

This song is probably the most addictive Pop song of the 90’s – Putting it out right here. This song still continues to blow my mind, for it is perfect to put on for a house party. The beats are amazing, and it is very fast paced. The lyrics – Well, to be frank, there are no such thing as ‘Stanzas’, for the majority of the song is covered by the chorus itself. But the tune and the rhythm move you; almost makes you want to drop everything and start dancing. Now that you’re in the mood, let’s get on with it!

Haddaway (Artist)

Haddaway (Artist)

History:What Is Love” is a single recorded by Pop artist Haddaway. The song was composed by Dee Dee Halligan (a.k.a Tony Hendrik/Dieter Lünstedt) and Junior Torello (a.k.a Karin Hartman-Eisenblätter). The song peaked at Number 2 in Germany and the United Kingdom, and also got the prestige of raking the Number 1 spot in over 13 other countries, including Asian. It is also the 75th ‘Most Selling Song Of All Time’ in Germany. “What Is Love” peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and Number 12 in Australia. Other commendable positions are: Number 17 in Canada, Number 12 in Japan (Surprise, surprise!), Number 15 in Switzerland, and so on. For the complete list of Chart Performances, click here. The song has a lot of cover versions made out of it (As well as samplings.) For the complete list, click here. The song spans for 4 Minutes and 31 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]

What It Tries To Convey To Us: I will be very frank – The only message it conveys to us is that we should forget about the meaning of the song and dance to the awesome beat.

Review: The song starts off with with the chorus, but without the beats. When the bass and the rhythm kick in at 00:08, you feel the energy surge through you. The electronic interlude continues till 00:39, after which Haadaway starts the first (Ahem) stanza. As I said, the stanza’s are really short (About 2 lines) and 75% of the song is the chorus itself. But don’t worry, it doesn’t seem repetitive at all. Sure enough, the first full-fledged chorus begins at 00:54, followed by a feminine vocal interlude. The second stanza starts at 01:42, and (Sure enough), the chorus follows suit at 01:56 (Followed by the two interludes). Now, while reading this, you may be thinking that the song is monotonous. The fact is – Yes, it is. But, the bass and the rhythm is so catchy, you want to hear it over and over again. Trust me guys, this song is NOT even remotely monotonous. Okay, so the rhythm and the beats go completely dead at 02:44, leaving us with Haddaway and the chorus (If you have a vivid memory, you should be able to recall the starting of the song), which merges with the bass at 02:51. From there onwards, the song gets a tad different. The bass is quite heavy, and the rhythm is almost muted. Haddaway starts the third stanza at 03:08, followed by (Again, no surprises here) the chorus. This time, however, the female vocal interlude is placed BEFORE the electronic interlude. The chorus loops thereafter, and the song gradually fades off at 04:25 with a final “What Is Love” by Haddaway.

Oh, by the way, do check out the “What Is Love” Cover Version, performed by ‘8 Floppy Disks’. Yes – 8 Floppy Disks. The rhythm of the song is reconstructed using the sounds a Floppy Disk makes (And there are 8 of them, who work simultaneously to produce the rhythm. The link is given below. Check it out. It’s pure genius!

And another word of warning – Do NOT check the music video of this song. I got nightmares seeing that thing! But just for your curious minds, I’ve added the link below.

Rating: I just finished the review, and I scrolled up to check for any typos. I don’t think I have ever used so many ‘choruses’ in one review! Anyways, it’s an amazing song, which compels you to dance to the beat. A straightforward 10/10! (Don’t miss the Cover Version by ‘8 Floppy Disks’)

 

Lyrics For “What Is Love” : http://artists.letssingit.com/haddaway-lyrics-what-is-love-t6nv79h#axzz2KlgdLcuc

Download Link For “What Is Love”http://home.samatix.ru/media/Music/Haddaway/1999%20-%20Greatest%20Hits/01%20-%20What%20Is%20Love%20(Original%207%20Mix).mp3 (Right Click on link, Click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

Youtube Video For “What Is Love (8 Floppy Disks Cover Version) MUST SEEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk_XaJ7gE4Q

Youtube Video For “What Is Love” (Official Music Video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVmbhYKDKfU

 

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“What Is Love” is a club single by Haddaway

Okay guys, here’s a song MANY of you know as ‘The soundtrack from Lion King’. That’s correct, “Sacrifice” by none other than Sir Elton John. A beautiful song, personally my Elton John favorite. There’s something about the song that completely captures your attention. I first heard this song in 1997, when I was 3 years old (Yes, I still remember it!) Anyways, statistics aside, I’d love to get started  with this masterpiece immediately. Let’s get to it!

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John (Music Composer & Singer)

History: “Sacrifice” is a song produced (The music) and sung by Sir Elton John, for his album titled “Sleeping With The Past“. The song was released twice, once in 1989 (Original Release) and the second time in 1990. It didn’t do particularly well in the U.S, but it soared high on the U.K. and France Music Charts. The song is probably best known for the soundtrack of the movie “The Lion King (1994)”. The song was composed lyrically by Bernie Taupin. For chart performances, click here. There are two cover versions of “Sacrifice”, which you can check out here. There is only one version of this song – The Five Minutes and One Seconds Album Version. [Source: Wikipedia]

What It Tries To Convey To Us: The song tells us about how men cheat by instinct, be it married or not. The line “When The Scent Of Her Lingers” pretty much conveys the whole meaning. The song’s music video is based on the same theme (Thank God!) The link to the video will, as usual, be below. All right, all right. I’ll brief you about the video. The video portrays a married couple, who happen to have a daughter. Well, things get rough between them and the woman decides to call it quits. She leaves his life, and the man raises their daughter all by himself. What the video implies (According to me) is that the woman doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “Sacrifice”, and thinks of it as just a simple word.

Review: The song starts off with a steady beat, coupled with a beautiful melody and a few ‘twinkling stars’ effects provided by the synthesizer. Sir Elton John starts the vocals at 00:17, and BOY are they amazing! Even though I’ve never betrayed anyone, the song makes me feel guilty (Maybe it’s just me.) The first stanza describes the infatuations a married man has towards another woman (In the video, it’s exactly the opposite.) The pre-chorus begins at 00:52, followed by the main chorus at 01:10. I have to say, the chorus is pure genius. You can actually feel the emotions Sir Elton John is trying to convey through this song. There’s a short interlude after the chorus, and the second stanza picks up right after that. I don’t know why, but I never quite understood the meaning of the first two lines:

“Mutual misunderstanding after the fight,

Sensitivity builds a prison in the final act”.

Anyways, the pre-chorus begins again at 02:22, followed by (No guesses here) the chorus, which begins at 02:40. There’s a beautiful interlude after the chorus, which lasts for approximately 24 seconds, after which the pre-chorus and the main chorus are looped again. The interlude sounds really amazing; in fact, the background music of the song is astounding. The ‘twinkling stars’ effect that has been added to the song does wonders for it. The song’s final moments are when the line “No Sacrifice At All” is looped.

Rating: No need for ratings here. One of the top-grossing artists of all time, a musical mastermind, and a BRILLIANTLY executed song. 10/10. Simple. Hat’s off to you, Sir Elton John!

 

Lyrics for “Sacrifice” : http://artists.letssingit.com/elton-john-lyrics-sacrifice-z3csz4q#axzz2KOk5xsDA

Download link for “Sacrifice” : http://www.greensville.net/StorageLocker/Music/_Pop/EltonJohn/1989%20-%20Sleeping%20With%20The%20Past/07%20-%20Sacrifice.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Link for Music Video (Official Version)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLkTZrPZA4

 

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“Sacrifice” is a song from Sir Elton john’s album titled “Sleeping With The Past”

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

 

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

First and foremost, SORRY to all my readers! These engineering exams just don’t let you rest! Rest assured, I’m back; and back for good!

There’s been a lot happening in the world of music since my last post. Take ‘Gangnam Style‘ for example. No explanation needed here! This song has spread worldwide like an epidemic; and there are no signs of it seeming to slow down. It is expected that the video will reach 500 MILLION views by the end of this day. But there are still some critics who just won’t accept that this song is one of a kind. So what makes it so awesome? That’s what I’m going to tell you (Along with the review too!) So, let’s get on with it!

I’d like to start this review with my views about the singer, the song, and a bunch of amazing facts that will just blow you away. Okay, so who is this Psy guy? And HOW did he become so famous overnight? Well, here are the answers:

Psy (Or Park Jae-sang) is a Korean singer/rapper/composer who was born in the district of Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea. He studied there till high school before moving to Boston University and Berklee College of Music. He is fluent with both, Korean and English languages. And his latest release, viz. ‘Gangnam Style’ has completely rocked the world. Even though I’m not a great enthusiast when it comes to K-Pop, I must admit; I’ve fallen for this song. In fact, EVERYONE has fallen for this song! That’s because the song has some sort of aura around it, which cheers you up from even the saddest, angriest moments of your life. Going through a bad breakup? Listen to Gangnam Style. Stressed about exams? Listen to Gangnam Style. It’s the perfect mood setter. It gets people warmed up at parties. It makes two people who’ve just met best friends – Such is the power of Gangnam Style. Now that I have expressed what Gangnam Style means to me, I’ll get on with the usual formalities.

 

Psy (Rapper, Composer & Singer)

Psy (Rapper, Composer & Singer)

 

History: “Gangnam Style” is a single from the South Korean rapper Psy’s sixth album titled “PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1“. The song has been viewed for over more than 490 MILLION times, and still counting. According to statistics, it is expected to complete 500 Million views today. It has also set the Guinness World Record for “The most liked video on Youtube”. Actually, it’s the Music Video that has the world by shock, and that’s because of Psy’s crazy mix-n-match dressing style, outrageous dance moves and pretty looking girls. Now, the song has performed stupendously well on almost EVERY of the music charts in the world, and it’s going to be one hell of a job jotting them all down here. So, here’s a link to view the complete achievements of “Gangnam Style” (Click HERE for the link). Aside from chart performances, Psy has brought the “Gangnam Style” dance to various locations such as Saturday Night LiveDodger StadiumThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Samsung commercials. There are two versions of this song – One being the 3 Minute 39 Second Single Version. and the other being the 4 Minute 12 Second Music Video Version.

What it tries to convey to us: This must be the most controversial topic in the world – What the hell does Gangnam Style convey to us anyways? Well, here’s the answer (And it’s quite simple to know if you’re good in Geography!): Gangnam is actually a district in South Korea (Seoul, to be more precise). It’s a state wherein almost all the people residing are filthy rich (And do mark my words – FILTHY RICH). These people have so much money that they can’t decide what to do with it. Every house, on an average, has 2 cars – One of them being a million dollars’ worth. The daily routine for the Gangnam Ladies? Easy as pie. Morning – Yoga on the deck, Noon – Lunch at a Five Star hotel (You don’t get anything less than 5 Star!), Afternoon – A hair and facial makeover (Costing about 200-300 dollars per visit), and night – Partying. What this song conveys is the lavish lifestyle that these people live. It’s all put in this – The lifestyle, the attitude, the money, everything. It appears that Psy had set out on a mission to put Gangnam out on the world map, and boy has he succeeded! Now that this song is out, the word “Gangnam” is searched for almost a million times everyday. Long story short, Gangnam has it’s own aura, it’s own attitude, it’s own…. Style. Hence the name, Gangnam Style.

Review: The song has INCREDIBLY energetic beats, and a mind blowing rhythm, so you feel pumped up when you listen to the song (I recommend you listen to this song while working out, or on your way to work). Psy has that typical Korean accent which makes K-Pop so famous – That cartoonist, I-don’t-give-a-damn style accent which makes listening to the song even more fun. It starts off with a booming bass loop (It’s called the Gangnam Style rhythm), followed by Psy’s vocal initiation from 00:06. Straightaway, you know that this song has no REAL meaning to it (Take Stairway To Heaven, for example), but by no means does it mean that Gangnam Style isn’t awesome. It’s a no – brainer song, with no – brainer lyrics, and no – brainer meaning. But as it is said – “Opposites attract”. Hence the huge fad about this song. The first stanza starts from 00:15, and if you’re a “Gangnam listener” (Yes, there are now terms for people listening to this song!), you’ll be able to make out the vocal interludes and the stanzas immediately. The stanzas have amazing bass and the beats are incredibly high, so if you’re listening to the song on your headphones, turn the volume down a bit. Even though you don’t understand a WORD of what Psy says, you know the song is awesome. The vocal interlude begins at 00:29, and immediately, there is a difference felt. The song picks up more pace, and the rhythm pattern also changes slightly. The bass becomes a bit meaner too. And then it finally arrives – The pre-chorus and the chorus itself (The pre-chorus is slow, which gains in bass and volume and then shuts the song down completely for 3-4 seconds, before the actual chorus begins with “Oppan Gangnam Style”). The chorus is simply out of this world. It helps cheer up people who thought laughing and smiling was not an option; it brings a smile to every teenager, and it amuses all the elderly. So, it is quite obvious that the chorus is the anchor of the song. This song is just perfect for dance parties, and it just got more fun because almost everyone knows the Gangnam Style Dance (Think you don’t? It’s really easy. I’ll attach a Youtube link to teach you!). The second stanza just flies by, and in comes the chorus again. This time, it has the “Eeeeh, Sexy Lady” loop added into it. Nothing special, just keeping the listeners on an edge. The third, and the final stanza starts off at 02:59 (And with a completely different tune) and merges into one last chorus, before the song ends with the words “Oppan Gangnam Style”

Rating: Well, a complete 10/10 for this song!  Amazing beats, quirky lyrics, AMAZING music video and to top ot all off, AMAZING PSY!! Everyone has to listen to this at least once! Go Gangnam crazy!

 

Lyrics For “Gangnam Style” :(i) http://www.elyrics.net/read/p/psy-lyrics/gangnam-style-lyrics.html –> English

                                          (ii) http://artists.letssingit.com/psy-lyrics-gangnam-style-21bb7wf –> Original

 

Download Link For “Gangnam Style”http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9v2ujdS2q1r5dxz2o1.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Link/ Target As”)

Youtube Link For “Gangnam Style (Official Video)”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

Youtube Link For “How To Gangnam Style (With Psy & Michelle Park)”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C40gHcDdoqw

 

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“Gangnam Style” is a smash hit single from Psy’s sixth album titled “Psy Rules 6”