Music Review: All That Remains “A War You Cannot Win”

A War You Cannot Win [+digital booklet]

Released: November 6, 2012

Label: Razor & Tie

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

There’s always a first time for everything, and its definitely my first time reviewing a heavy metal album. And that of a band who has released over five albums prior but I’ve no idea about.

I’m acceptable to different kinds of music so I wanted to give this All That Remains a try. In the end, I wasn’t disappointed, just not all the way impressed. Headaches aside, the songs were true to their metal roots and entertaining to listen to, but not so much memorable.  Continue reading “Music Review: All That Remains “A War You Cannot Win””

Music Review: Q Parker “The Manual”

Released: October 30, 2012

Label: Malaco Records

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Many of you may know Quinnes ‘Q’ Parker as one fourth of 90s r&b group 112. However, Q has since branched out on his own and is now ready to show the world just what he has to offer as a solo artist. Considerably well packaged and sealed just right, The Manual is more of a reintroduction to music. But has Q delivered a solid record for his awaiting fans and music lovers alike? Unravel the tracks with me: Continue reading “Music Review: Q Parker “The Manual””

Music Review: Bridgit Mendler “Hello My Name Is…”

Hello My Name Is...

Released: October 22, 2012

Label: Hollywood Records

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

I glimpsed Bridgit Mendler on Amazon’s new releases list and couldn’t help but wonder where I’ve seen this girl before. Truthfully, nowhere, because I haven’t watched any of her movies or television shows. In my defense, she just has one of those faces. But to fans of the newly debut pop singer, she starred in the popular Wizards of Waverly Place and now Good Luck Charlie. Fortunately, this is a review on her debut album and not on her acting career because I have never watched either.

Ready or Not is in fact a sweet package. A not so bubblegum pop record with fresh and catchy beats. Bridgit’s efforts can be heard throughout the album, making her debut an acceptable one.  Continue reading “Music Review: Bridgit Mendler “Hello My Name Is…””

[Music Review + Giveaway] Hyuna’s “Melting”

Release date: October 22, 2012

Label: Universal Music (SK)

Purchase: Yesasia | Kpoptown 

*Your purchase from these sites impact Kpop charts.

My opinion in regards to HyunA has always been mixed. The kpop idol can either be proclaimed as one of the fiercest and most versatile artist of our generation, or if you’re more on the modest side of the fence you’ll probably define her as a sex symbol trying too hard to be a tease. I for one have placed all personal feelings at the back of my mind to focus entirely on what she has to offer on her second EP. Because since her debut with 4Minute, Hyuna has always taken the sexy approach and shows no sign of slowing things down. If you disagree please refer to her latest mini album’s title, confidently named ‘Melting‘. Pay no mind to all the suggestiveness because it is simply there for the shock factor.  Continue reading “[Music Review + Giveaway] Hyuna’s “Melting””

Music Review: Leona Lewis “Glassheart”

Glassheart

Release date: October 12, 2012

Label: Sony/Syco Music

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Almost seven years in the biz and three years since her last  album ‘echoed’ in our ears,  with the exception of Hurt pleasantly filling the cold space in between, Leona Lewis has returned with her third studio album, Glassheart

There’s no second guessing when it comes to the natural talent of this British songstress. She has hits to shut you up with. But with several delays, including coping with the restructuring of her record label, will third time really be a charm for the soulful lady? Let’s analyze: Continue reading “Music Review: Leona Lewis “Glassheart””

[Music Review] Brandy’s Two Eleven

Brandy Two Eleven Deluxe TheLavaLizard

Release date: October 16, 2012

Label: RCA

[Sigh!] Where do I begin and end with this album review, hold on tight to your seats. This captain is pissed.

I’ve been looking forward to Brandy’s album return. There are not enough adjectives in the Oxford dictionary to describe the atrocity and all kinds of fail that is this album. Folks, I’m not soft with my reviews, sorry to grate your nerves. I believe in   writing a review free of bias, and unadulterated in opinion. When I asked Kai for hers she did not hesitate to state, “It is not worth bootlegging. It is the kind of album one doesn’t care if it leaks before release date, because it is just yeah…..”[loss of words]. She even called Jesus, then summoned Him back immediately to His seat in glory, for His help could not restore her faith in this album.  Woah! Continue reading “[Music Review] Brandy’s Two Eleven”

Music Review: A Fine Frenzy “Pines”

Released: October 9th, 2012

Label: Virgin Records

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 4/5

A Fine Frenzy releases the kind of music you’re not only compelled to listen but dared to feel in your soul. If an instant connection with her flawless piano melodies or dramatic strings isn’t quickly established then I feel your ability to connect with music at all is in need of re-evaluation. Pines is a book filled with treasures. It is highly important that you’re mentally and emotionally prepared to devour all it has to offer because Alison is about to pull you into her world with a combination of  symbolism and authentic music.

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[Review]: Faith Evans “R&B Divas”

Faith Evans is back with a bang, or probably it is just me hearing it. Well, let me clue you in about this bang. She is currently starring in her own reality show, featuring other sanging have beens: Nicci Gilbert, Monifah, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt. [I have a problem with folks that are talented going the reality route. For why?? Urrgh! Do documentaries, if you want to stay relevant. ] She, alongside the other ladies, has released a new album of the same name as her show on TV One. The following is a review of her album. Enjoy.

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Music Review: Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon”

Release date: October 9, 2012

Label: Interscope Records

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 5/5

Ellie Goulding is like  a sweet breath of fresh air to music since her debut. The talented European has undeniably shaken the industry with her enchanting and unique voice, soothing and thought provoking songs, and of course that distinctive beauty. The bundle necessary to make a statement and consider it brought. I had high expectations for Goulding’s sophomore album and I was indeed impressed. Halcyon took me by surprise and completely shitted on my brain. I’m left in this state of dependency;  I need to hear this album over and over to feed my addiction. What can I say? Ellie is in fact a ‘Goulding’ girl and I’m expecting just results from the charts. Continue reading “Music Review: Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon””

Music Review: P!nk’s “The Truth About Love”

The Truth About LoveReleased: September 18, 2012

Label: RCA

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 4.7/5

After a good listen to P!nk’s sixth studio album one thing stood out the most to me, the outspoken   lady is still very much the same. If you were expecting motherhood to tame the fiery songstress then you are definitely in for a wake up. The Truth About Love celebrates 12 years of this unpredictable artist in the biz, sparking up new messages about love, life, and other interesting things, while P!nk’s signature realness reverberates throughout the entire album. It’s indeed a very good sixth effort; the singer’s raspy and sexy voice flowed well on a few smoother tracks, and intensified on the more loud and rowdy ones. Have you ever wondered how this performer takes musical breaks but still manages to “blow” our minds when she returns? That’s easy, there’s always that catchy first single to reel us in. Continue reading “Music Review: P!nk’s “The Truth About Love””

Music Review: “Poison” by SECRET

Released: September 13, 2012

Label: TS Entertainment

Purchase: Kpoptown | Yesasia

Rating: 4.8/5

Don’t call them little girls, call them women. And SECRET‘S certainly portraying a more mature concept for their comeback EP. Their voices show significant growth, and their fierceness as taken off greatly. Without any restraints, kpop’s versatile girl group has returned to conquer the industry, and their wearing red to do it. Continue reading “Music Review: “Poison” by SECRET”

Music Review: Little Big Town’s “Tornado”

Released: September 11, 2012

Label: Capitol

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 5/5

Are you in the mood for some good ol country music mixed with a modern funky vibe and sweet melodies? Then this album is definitely for you. I’ve glimpsed Little Big Town online one time too many and have even promised to check out their songs but never got around to doing so. Interestingly enough, a Tornado was all it took to get my attention. I rely heavily on first impressions; if I’m not intrigued from the very first listen, whether or not I played samples or the songs in full, I’ll pass on doing a review. But after listening to the opening track I just had to dive into the rest. Continue reading “Music Review: Little Big Town’s “Tornado””

Music Review: Tamia’s “Beautiful Surprise”

Release date: August 28th 2012

Label: Plus1 Music Group

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 5/5

Are you tired of the far from authentic and beyond washed-up so-called music playing on the airways? Then Tamia’s latest album is sure to remind you what it truly means to not only have natural talent but to also deliver substantial songs that won’t leave you feeling like throwing up. “Beautiful Surprise” is the epitome of r&b and soul, something very lacking at the moment. Thankfully, Tamia isn’t fazed by trends and chooses to hold tight to her musical roots while belting out fresh melodies on each track.  Continue reading “Music Review: Tamia’s “Beautiful Surprise””

[Review] Trey Songz “Chapter V”

RFile:Trey songz chapter v cover real.jpgTrey Songz has a new album out entitled, Chapter V. Kai succinctly sums it up as: lacking depth, showing no growth, if anything, regressing creatively as an artiste. Scathing review but, as a fan, probably even stan simply put, I’m beyond devastated by this lackluster release of an album.

It has been three years since I last bought his album ‘Ready, which I dearly cherish. His excessive sex laced theme in subsequent albums and mixtapes, ensured a self-induced three year long fast from his music. There was a creativity void  that I was looking for him to fill, of which,judging from his latest efforts,  he hasn’t.  

I randomly came across his announcement of a new album release on twitter two days ago, and my heart flattered a little.  It was sort of like a  reunion of  a first love that never died. We were both willing to reconnect and give the relationship a second shot. Yap! It was all good until my hopes were shattered into tiny little microscopic mini hearts after taking a listen, prompting me to scratch my head in wonderment and ask Were we ever meant to be, or I should completely let go? Find out why this  fan, is non too pleased with his latest work of disaster oops, excuse me, art. Continue reading “[Review] Trey Songz “Chapter V””

Music Review: Elle Varner’s “Perfectly Imperfect”

Release date: August 7, 2012

Label: RCA

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 5/5

It’s been a long time coming but Elle Varner has finally dropped her long awaited debut album. Perfectly Imperfect is fresh, raw, incomparable, and without a doubt a wonderful demonstration of real talent. The album is absolutely interesting, my only issue is how short lived the experience was for me.  Continue reading “Music Review: Elle Varner’s “Perfectly Imperfect””

Music Review: Che’Nelle’s Believe

Release date: 7.4.2012 Label: EMI Music Japan Purchase: CDJapan |  Rating: 4/5 I’ve never paid any attention to this artist before. But I’m so glad I finally did. Her music is awesome. Taking inspiration from uptempo genres like dance, electro, and dancehall, to midtempo pop, r&b, and soul, “Believe” is one of the best Urban Jpop albums I’ve heard all year. The heart racing opener … Continue reading Music Review: Che’Nelle’s Believe

Music Review: Super Junior’s “Sexy, Free & Single”

Release date: July 4, 2012

Label: SM Entertainment

Purchase: Yesasia | Kpoptown | iTunes

Rating: 4/5

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy this album from beginning to end, there were some bumps along the way. What I disliked was the musical production on a few of the songs. Those were sounding misplaced, washed up, and whacky. Honesty is my best policy and I’m not going to lie and say Sexy, Free & Single was mind blowing when it most certainly was not. It was interesting but not exceptional. Allow me to give you a run down as to how the record left me with mixed feelings:

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Music Review: After School’s “Flashback”

Release date: June 22, 2012

Label: Loen Entertainment/Pledis

Purchase: Kpopmart | Kpoptown | Yesasia

*Your purchase from any of the above counts toward the Hanteo Chart.

My thoughts: Is it me or has After School’s singing gotten even more sensual? I guess it’s a clear depiction of how much the ladies have evolved in music. Flashback is creative, fun, exciting, well organized, and demonstrates brilliant production efforts. There are no fillers or musically incorrect additions; each track has the potential to stand on its own and appeal to not only pop and dance fans, but to lovers of ballads and r&b.  Continue reading “Music Review: After School’s “Flashback””

Music Review: Usher’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’

Release: June 12, 2012

Label: RCA

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Usher‘s latest sounds like a battle between r&b, pop, and dance. It’s a great mixture nonetheless, and I did enjoy every single track. I must admit I wasn’t expecting to being that David Guetta contributed to the album (sorry I’m not a fan of his generic sound). However, there were a couple tracks that won me over completely. 

Looking 4 Myself is a wonderful depiction of where the artist is at this point in his life. It signifies where he’s going next with his music, and whether he’s prepared to take it to the next step. Trust me when I say that after you finish listening to this one, you’ll be convinced that Usher has indeed found himself and should look no further. I strongly suggest getting the deluxe version, that one’s even hotter. Continue reading “Music Review: Usher’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’”

Music Review: B.o.B’s “Strange Clouds”

Strange CloudsRelease Date: May 1, 2012

Label: Atlantic Records

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Prepare to bob your head, rock out, stop and think, then bob your head again. “Strange Clouds” encompasses the most brilliant production a rap album has delivered all year. Are you convinced yet? Well, get to your nearest music store or visit a digital one and get a copy of this album, not some selective tracks but the entire thing cause you’ll definitely miss out if you pass on “Strange Clouds,” B.o.B‘s magnificent follow-up to his just as impressive 2010 debut. 

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