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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’

When was the last time you listened to a song with lyrics so simple, it seemed like a poem; but at the same time amazed you with the effect those simple words had on the song? I’m guessing you’ll have to recollect songs from the past thirty years and then sort your way through them. I came across this song on the morning of Christmas Eve, whilst I was strolling around in a mall, wondering what I should buy for my family. The moment the song was played, my ears commanded my brain to stop analyzing the discounted goods and listen to the song. I stood still, enjoying the warmth generated as the simple lyrics echoed through my ears. Thankfully, I could muster up some common sense and whip out my smartphone, start the ‘Shazam‘ app (thank God for technology), and identify the song. As soon as the result came up, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued with my not-so-successful shopping venture. The simplicity of the song really got to me, and I was so obsessed with the tune of the song that I drove past my house three times. Go ahead, give it a listen.

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

History:Same Old Lang Syne‘ is a song composed by Dan Fogelberg. The song was released to the public in 1980 as a single, only to be re-released as a part of his album titled ‘The Innocent Age‘ (1981). The song peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is also one of the most frequently played songs on Christmas Eve (keep your ears open in the mall!). The song, as I suspected, is an autobiographical incident. He was visiting home after a long musical tour, when he happened to run into his old lover in the nearby grocery store. As the song suggests, they awkwardly exchanged pleasantries and decided to spend some time catching up. What follows is accurately described in the song. Jill (Dan’s former girlfriend) heard the song, and pointed out two mistakes he made – Her eyes were green, not blue; and the man she married was a teacher, not an architect. The fact being that she didn’t come forward with these inaccuracies, as it would disrupt Dan’s marriage. For the complete story, click here. There is only one version of this song, viz. the 5 Minute 20 Second Album Version.

What the song conveys: It’s painfully simple, really. The song is written in First person, and it starts with a man stumbling upon his former lover in a grocery store. They exchange awkward formalities, and decide to catch up on all the time lost. They go to have drinks in a nearby bar, but find it’s closed. Hence, they get a six-pack from the liquor store and carry on with the conversation in her car. She tells him that she’s married to an architect and, though she’d love to say it, isn’t really happy. She acknowledges his success as a singer, and proceeds to leave by giving him a kiss and driving away to her normal life.

Review: The song starts with a soothing piano note (Fogelberg), and Fogelberg initiates the vocals at 00:19. As you must have already heard, the lyrics are dreadfully simple, and powerful too. This song stands up proudly among many others and proves that it isn’t necessary to have complex words thrown in a song just to make it listenable; and that sometimes, all it takes is a simple poetic approach. The first verse, which describes their meeting, ends at 00:54. A short piano interlude ensues, after which the second verse follows suit at 01:12. Again, the simplicity of the song is the winning formula. This verse describes the transition of their conversation from the grocery store to her car. The chorus follows right after the second stanza has its share of the spotlight (01:48). The chorus features Fogelberg in a slightly higher pitch and tone. The third stanza, however, brings things back to normal (02:04). This part describes the current happenings in the woman’s life (with a nice little double entendre added in there. Tell me what you thought it was in the comments). As the third verse ends at 02:58, the chorus takes over again, and loops a second time (with slight modifications in the last two lines). The song audibly slows down after the second repetition, with the beats fading off, and extra emphasis added to the piano. The last stanza always seems to catch my attention, as the last four lines (for me) are the best lines of the song. They are:

“Just For a Moment I Was Back In School,

And Felt That Old Familiar Pain;

And As I Turned To Make My Way Back Home,

The Snow Turned Into Rain”

Beautiful, isn’t it? The song gradually fades off, ending with the original ‘Auld Lang Syne’ piano piece. If you’ve really liked the song, I’m sure you won’t hesitate hitting the repeat button again! R.I.P Dan Fogelberg!

 

Lyrics For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://artists.letssingit.com/dan-fogelberg-lyrics-same-old-lang-syne-hpx5xm1#axzz2k98mbQcV

Download Link For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://www.dididoo.com/fordid/ddd/SameOldLangSyne.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

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“Same Old Lang Syne” is a song from Dan Fogelberg’s 1982 album titled ‘The Innocent Age’

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!

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’

If you’re looking for something to crank up your day and have a good time, make it a point to listen to this song ONCE everyday.
History: “Bed Intruder” is a song made by a Youtube group called ‘schmoyoho’, after an interview made by the ‘Waff’ news in the USA. This song not only quickly went viral (it currently has a 115 million+ views on Youtube), but also starred in the Billboard Top 100 on the #89 postition. It also turned Antoin Dudson into an internet celebrity (virtually overnight). He also made his own rap performance

What it means: After Antoine Dodson, a young hero from Huntsville, AL, saved his sister from an attack, he gave out an important message both to his community and to the attacker himself (The interview then resulted in the production of this song).

Review: Nothing to review here, it’s hilarious! Check it out for yourself! Just put your brains aside and listen to it! It’s really funny. They’ve (schmoyoho) used the ‘auto-tune’ effect to add even awesome feel of the song.

A final word out: Even though the story behind the interview is quite serious, these guys have gone all out and made the song ridiculously hilarious. Enjoy the song, but also keep in mind the story behind it!

Have fun!

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”