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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’

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

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“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.