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Music Review: Patrick Stump ‘This City’

PatrickStumpThisCity

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Patrick Stump (Lead Singer, Fall Out Boy) recently finished up his first complete solo album ‘Soul Punk’, due in October, and I recently got the chance to hear his first single ‘This City’.

‘This City’ featuring Lupe Fiasco is a pop tribute to his hometown of Chicago. I wanted to write a quick post about this track purely because it’s obvious to me that it’s going to be big. How do I know that? Well, the song isn’t life changing but it is written by someone who obviously understands what it takes to write a hit song. He chose to use a chord progression that has been featured in countless pop singles. Most recently in Jay Sean’s ‘Down’ and Chris Brown’s ‘Forever’… which both became massive hits. It’s simple, it’s repetitive and it’s exactly what he needs to break through the preconceptions of becoming a solo act. Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments section (below).

[youtube width=”560″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhTYFuRWheU[/youtube]

Music Review: Nelson ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’

Nelson Lightning Strikes Twice

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I’m going to attempt to tell you about Nelson’s new album, Lightning Strikes Twice. Honestly, I’m hesitant to even write about this because it’s so difficult for me to explain just how great it is. Regardless, I’ll at least take a shot at it.

In case you forgot who Nelson is, I’ll bring you up to speed. In 1990, Nelson released their debut album After The Rain. By September of that same year, their single ‘(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection‘ became their first No. 1 hit in the United States. I would do an entire biography on their lives, but basically all you need to know is that they were “those rock band twins with the long blonde hair” who are also the sons of the late Ricky Nelson (and grandsons of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson). Nelsonmania only lasted from about 1990-1992, but they have continued to write new music and release albums ever since.

A few years ago, an Italian record label contacted the band and discussed if they’d be interested in creating an album as a follow-up to After The Rain. Their collective vision was to make this album as if it were to be released in 1993, at the end of the hair metal era but before the grunge scene. A few years later, Lightning Strikes Twice was born. Plain and simple, this is the most unexpected album I’ve ever heard. It feels like this was a secret album that they made immediately after their release of “Love and Affection” but they waited twenty years to release it. I decided against doing a track-by-track review because honestly it would take me a week to properly describe each track. Why? Because this album doesn’t make any sense to me and I love that. I can honestly say that I have never heard a band properly replicate the sound of their success years after their heyday… until now. Most bands cross over into the mainstream with one hit song. Then they take that success, go into the studio and create a follow-up album that’s completely different because “this is the music they’ve always wanted to make”. It may have taken twenty years, but they’ve finally managed to create a proper follow-up album for their original fans. Back to their roots with huge guitar melodies and epic ballads, Nelson has proven that they are a fine wine from the early 90s; Better with time. Yes, I seriously just compared Nelson to a fine wine.

If you don’t listen to these tracks, something is wrong with you:

How Can I Miss You?
Reminds me of “Love and Affection” & “After The Rain”, yet still unique.

[youtube width=”560″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ady-oewGUSE[/youtube]

 

To Get Back To You
Reminds me of “Nobody Wins In The End”.

[youtube width=”560″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq87-Fpsa_Y[/youtube]

Dear Simple Plan, Please fire your marketing department.

Simple Plan

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Dude!  Remember Simple Plan!?  These guys have been outta the scene for a few years, but they just popped into my head for some reason.  So, I had to share with you one of their songs that (in my opinion) was never marketed properly.  The song isn’t insanely life changing, BUT it does have those perfect harmonies, hooks and progressions that make it a textbook radio hit.  YET, when it was released back in 2008, radio programmers never managed to take complete advantage of it.

OK, I’ll put this into simple terms for you: Maroon 5 gets constant radio play (even for their songs that are 5+ years old!) because they have record label reps that constantly work with radio stations to increase their radio “spins”.  An artist could have an amazing song, but without the correct support from a reputable firm, the song will never see the light of day.  It really just seems to me that radio programmers have forgot what radio actually is.  IT’S ABOUT THE MUSIC!  They’ve stopped independently seeking out new music entirely.  Instead you’re forced to listen to songs that were released solely because a record label “traded” (tickets, cash, ipods (but not for long), gift cards, anything for “listeners”) with a station so that their artist can get radio play, which translates into downloads, which translates money for themselves.  Depressing, I know.  But, it’s true.  So, check out Simple Plan‘s “Your Love Is A Lie” and you’ll understand what I’m ranting about.

Simple Plan “Your Love Is A Lie”

[youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1HgQLpgDv8[/youtube]

Bedouin Soundclash covers themselves in ‘Santa Monica’

Bedouin Soundclash

I really like Bedouin Soundclash‘s track “Santa Monica”.  Well, last year their lead singer (Jay Malinowski) put out a solo album with a new version of the song.  Believe it or not, I actually like it more than the original.

Check it out: Santa Monica - Bright Lights & Bruises

Jay Malinowski ‘Santa Monica’

[youtube width=”560″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aeju–BGgNk[/youtube]

 

The original:

Bedouin Soundclash ‘Santa Monica’

[youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hhCKG4pyB8[/youtube]