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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 now present to you the man who changed the face of Pop (Yes, even before Michael Jackson) forever – George Michael. With a voice (And according to a few of my lady friends, looks too) to die for, and smooth rhythms, he certainly is a strong competitor for the second “King of Pop” (We all know who the first one is, right?). Even if he comes second here, he surely is the Number 1 in the R&B genre. In fact, it will be valid to state that “Careless Whisper” changed the face of R&B forever. This song is Incredibly sexy sounding; and it sends every inch of your body in overdrive. The lyrics make any ordinary human being melt from the inside. I was listening to my oldies Pop playlist when I stumbled upon the song after quite a long time, hence deciding to review it right away. I frantically searched the internet for a Karaoke Version of the song, and finally got it (I’ll post the link below)! The reason why I’m providing the karaoke link is because this song played on the karaoke has the power to bring all the family together. So without any further adieu, let’s get to it!

George Michael (Singer)

George Michael

History:Careless Whisper” is a single (Released in 1984) by George Michael. However, the U.S. version has the “Wham!” band, featuring George Michael (Funny, as he was a member of their band at first!). When released as a single, it did wonders everywhere, and reached Number 1 in almost 25 COUNTRIES, selling about 6 MILLION units worldwide! For the complete chart performance, click here. It is also the song which has the most derived Cover Songs (Ranging from covers in English to Japanese!) The music video is also really nicely made, with George Michael playing the lead (For complete info, click here). The violin saxophone was played by Andy Hamilton. “Careless Whisper” has two versions, one being the 5 Minutes 4 Seconds Single Version, while the other is a 6 Minute 30 Seconds Album Version (I’ll be reviewing the former one, but I’ll provide the download link for the latter version too. You’re welcome!)

What it tries to convey to us: If you’re listening to the song for the first time, you’ll think that the song is about a man who feels guilty about something, and a dance, and what not. Long story short – You’ll make a complete mess out of the real meaning. You’ll HAVE to see the video in order to know what the song is really based on. But being the person who always thinks two steps ahead, I’ll brief it out for you. It’s about a man who is in a relationship with two women at the same time. The song portrays the guilt the man feels when he’s with either one of them. And then Murphy’s Law comes in – His game plan is finally discovered when one of the women walks in on the other cuddling up with him. The song is a real mood changer, so be prepared for some deep thoughts, heavy breathing and recollection of affairs gone bad (If you’ve had any, that is).

Review: The rhythm of the song is INCREDIBLY sexy. The saxophone riff (Andy Hamilton) really, really suits the song. The beats (Trevor Morrell) are moderate and the bass (Deon Estus) is heavy, which help to raise the intensity of the seriousness by a couple of notches. The song starts off with the saxophone riff, followed by the beats. Although you may not REALLY like the riff, it will take time before you do (Patience, people!). Listen to the song for a couple more times, and feel the riff seeping into your head. You’ll know when you start liking it (You’ll start mimicking the saxophone riff – At least I did!). George Micheal makes an outstanding entry with his incredibly smooth and sexy voice at 00:26. The tempo of the song is slow, which will help you get more out of the song. You can make out every word he’s saying, thanks to the slow rhythm. The lyrics, as I previously stated – Are absolutely amazing (Especially the chorus lyrics)! The first chorus starts at 00:51, and it’s EXTREMELY catchy. After a brief acoustic guitar interlude, the second stanza takes flight at 01:29. This time, the tempo drops another notch. The mixture of the acoustic guitar, bass and the saxophone catches on quickly. The second chorus starts at 01:54, added with a few more effects (Like a few background vocals). The saxophone riff is initiated after the solo, and it acts like a bridge connecting two mountains; because the part after the saxophone interlude is COMPLETELY different from the former one. George Michael steps on the throttle, and increases his tone without changing the tempo of the song from 02:44. The part emphasizes on the post red-handed catching part, where the man tries to convince himself that there was nothing he could do to get her back. The vocal bridge blends in beautifully with the chorus at 03:10, and the song continues in normal mode from there onward. The saxophone riff starts and plays for a brief amount of time, before George kicks in with his terrific vocal highs. Till today, I haven’t been able to make out what the highs say. The rest of the song is instrumental, with the occasional “Ta da da da”. The song starts to fade off from 04:45, and ends at 05:04.

Rating: For the man who has us totally mesmerized with his vocals, rhythm and lyrics; full marks are a must. 10/10 for this amazing song! Hat’s off to you, George Michael!

Lyrics for “Careless Whisper”http://artists.letssingit.com/george-michael-lyrics-careless-whisper-2f7sdl3

Download link for “Careless Whisper (Album Version)”http://solamusic.net/music/GEORGE%20MICHAEL%20-%20CARELESS%20WHISPER.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Download link for “Careless Whisper (Single Version)”http://i2.pinger.pl/paud1083/8e8dc8b9002ab883486b57fa/george%20michael%20-%20careless%20whisper.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

Karaoke Version Of “Careless Whisper”http://www.4shared.com/file/of6XVC1f/Careless_Whisper.html (The file has a .kar file format. I recommend you download Van Bosco’s Karaoke Player for Windows from here.)

Youtube link for “Careless Whisper (Official Video)”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGwDsrQ1eQ

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“Careless Whisper” is a single from George Michael