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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’)

Last Christmas - Album Art

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

If you are a fan of heavy metal, then you must know Avenged Sevenfold, or else you don’t know heavy metal. This American band mixes orchestral music with some epic shredding (courtesy Synyster Gates) and vengeful lyrics mixed with vocals meant to blow your head off! Seriously, A7X is ONE of the BEST heavy metal bands in the world!!

History: This is the third track from the self titled album “Avenged Sevenfold”. It was released to the public on January 29, 2008. The song was written by the late Jimmy Sullivan a.k.a The Rev. The video of this song has cut the starting violin part, the bridge (wherein The Rev has given his vocals), and the ending violin outro. The original version has a duration of 5 minutes and 55 seconds, whereas the radio/ video edit has a duration of 4 minutes and 1 second.

What it tries to convey to us: This song is about a man who dies at an early age and goes to heaven, but realizes that he has much too do before he leaves earth. So he tries to escape this ‘place of peace of light’, i.e The Afterlife (Heaven). But when I listen to this song, it’s meaning is completely different to me. I think it’s an eternal love story between two lovers, wherein one of them dies and goes to heaven (The Afterlife). The dead lover tries to force the other to live with him/her, but the other doesn’t want to. The lines ‘I don’t belong here, I gotta move on dear; Escape from this afterlife cause this time I’m right, to move on and on; far away from me’ justify my version of the song. Ironically, The Rev also died at a young age; and he is the one who has composed this song.

Review: The orchestral musics kicks off from the starting itself, and it’s kind off catchy. But that’s just meant for distraction. Because the real song is yet to start. At 00:18, Syn makes a rocking entry (with what I can say) with the lead guitar. The awesome fact about Synyster Gates is that he is not only one of the most best shredders of all time, but his solos have a rhythm that move you. You might be familiar with perhaps the most famous shredder of all time, Buckethead. Well, he shreds like crazy, but he doesn’t ‘move’ you. Listen to the intro and you’ll know what I’m talking about. The drum cover is totally insane!! The bass kicks in at 00:38, and the vocals start immediately from that point. M Shadows has vocals that can make you go absolutely bonkers! He switches from innocent, slow vocals to harsh, vengeance filled vocals almost effortlessly. The funny part of this song is that M Shadows has used a country style accent. You’ll definitely notice it when he says “I see a distant light”, at around 01:01. The background music is punchy and energetic as always. The chorus starts at 01:27 and the whole tune of the song completely changes. It suddenly becomes sober, and the backup vocalists (Syn and Zacky) do a miraculous job. In typical A7X fashion, the first chorus is ended halfway and abruptly, and the second para starts immediately. Throughout the song, The Rev keeps us enticed with his masterful drumming. Then begins the instrumental at 03:08. The orchestral music is such that the person listening to this song feels as if he’s departing to heaven, and the orchestra band is walking him to the gates. Rev keeps the rock feel alive with his drum cover. The deleted bridge starts after the instrumentals. After some haunting vocals, Syn takes over at 04:01 and completely nails it. I will guarantee that you will be at the edge of your seat from 04:01 to 04:38. The solo is sheer awesomeness.This is one solo you HAVE to listen to. After a mind blowing dose of metal shredding, M Shadows picks up from where he left and seals the deal with the final chorus. If you’re not jumping in your seat at the time of the last chorus, I’m sorry sir/ma’am, but you’re not a heavy metal fan. The song finally ends at 05:55, and that’s when you descend down and start to breath normally.

Rating: Again, it’s a no- brainer, this. A 10/10 is only justifiable. For truly experiencing the song, I strongly recommend that you listen to it on a home theater, with surround sound. R.I.P The Rev. Just wish God would give you back and take Justin Beiber instead!

Great vocals by M Shadows, blistering beats by The Rev, Tasty Rhythm by Zacky, Booming bass by Johny; and finally, a heart ripping solo by Syn all seal the deal! A complete package for a guaranteed head banging session!! R.I.P The Rev!!

 

Lyrics for Afterlife: http://artists.letssingit.com/avenged-sevenfold-lyrics-afterlife-cz1xs18

Download link for Afterlife: http://www.emp3world.com/mp3/176571/Avenged%20Sevenfold/Afterlife (Right click, Save Target As)

Album Art for Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife

Album Art for Avenged Sevenfold – Afterlife