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New Music Monday

Soooo, last week we predicted big things for Bruno Mars and Adele and guess what? We were totally spot on! Imagine that. Sometimes, dear readers, taking risks pays off. Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ entered at number 2, one place behind Mars’ ‘Grenade’, whilst Bruno was also number 1 on the album charts with the appallingly titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans (apparently ‘doo-wops’ is a term for ladies). We’re not going to lie, we had a little glass of wine to celebrate that success, but frankly, it’s January, so we drink wine whenever we want to really. Anyways, here’s what we think is good/above average this week…

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21 by Adele

Yep, her again. We had pretty high expectations for this after hearing ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and the devastating live version of ‘Someone Like You’ and though there are moments where it feels like the songs are about to collapse under the weight of the over-emoting (‘Set Fire To The Rain’, for example), it’s a very good album. Not only does Paul Epworth show up to help out a bit, we also get the excellent Ryan Tedder collaboration, ‘Rumour Has It’, some Rick Rubin productions, a cover of The Cure‘s ‘Lovesong’ (a re-working originally meant for Barbra Streisand apparently) and lots and lots of heartbreak songs. Throughout, it’s Adele’s supple, soulful voice that keeps your attention. (As a slight footnote, the studio version of ‘Someone Like You’ is massively disappointing).

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Last Train To Paris by Diddy-Dirty Money

To many, P Diddy is just a bloke that rivals Elton John in his ability to suck as much cash and notoriety out of a dead friend. It can be hard to remember that back in the day he was a respected producer and record company boss responsible for kickstarting Mary J. Blige‘s career amongst other achievements. Well, he’s a clever fellow and rather than release another album relying on his rapping, er, ‘skills’, he’s formed a group consisting of himself and two singers, Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper. It means that he’s barely on the album, popping up occasionally to offer the odd “uh” or “yeah”, but mainly we’re treated to some pretty impressive production from the likes of Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins, Danja and Alex Da Kid, plus guests Justin Timberlake, Usher, Lil Wayne, Grace Jones and T.I. As long as you don’t actually listen to the lyrics, it’s a fun hour in the weird world of a rampant egomaniac.

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‘My House’ by Hercules & Love Affair

Frankly, we picked this because of the video and it’s a nice enough ditty so that’s a bonus.

New Music Monday

So, 2011, how’s it going for you all so far? Bit gray and moody isn’t it? Still, like a giant musical ray of sunshine on a dank, dark Monday morning, we’re here to liven things up as best we can. Yep, New Music Monday is back and frankly not before time. To recap a bit, 2010 ended with Matt Cardle selling an inordinate amount of copies of a Westlife ballad performed with guitars and Take That sold approximately ten copies a minute of their sleek, pop-my-Nan-likes Progress album. But that was then and this is very much now and below are a couple of things out today that you may like to purchase from a shop (probs from a supermarket at this rate), download or steal.

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Doo-Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is one third of production powerhouse The Smeezingtons, who are responsible for some great things (Cee Lo Green‘s ‘Fuck You’ for example) and some not so great things (Travie McCoy‘s ‘Billionaire’). In many ways, this dichotomy is true of his debut album, a collection of songs that veers from the undeniably catchy (new single ‘Grenade’, ‘Just The Way You Are’) to songs comparing his penis to a carrot. Still, albums with two good singles and some other listenable songs are things to be mildly celebrated in January are they not?

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‘Rolling In the Deep’ by Adele

Let’s be honest, Adele’s first album, 19, was a bit rubbish. ‘Chasing Pavements’ was nice enough and that single Mark Ronson produced had it’s moments, but generally, despite a brilliant voice, there wasn’t that much separating her from, say, Duffy. Well, thankfully, Paul Epworth has climbed aboard the good ship album number two (entitled, age-fans, 21) and produced this rather wonderful single, all vintage soul backing vocals and big, echo-ey drums. Lyrically, it’s all “you, young man, are a bit nasty and I don’t love you anymore” and that’s a good thing because he does seem like a bit of a twonk.

Watch with my Mother’s Mother: Bruno Mars

Nan’s back! We saw each other over Christmas and I brought her the Rumer and Take That albums and she brought me a food blender. The other night I tried making a soup in said blender and it came out like purified roadkill, the thought of which still makes me gag. I explained the disaster to my Nan who was sympathetic and also totally unsurprised. We both decided it would be best if I stuck to making smoothies/milkshakes. Anyways, we’re back for 2011 and here’s the first selection, the soon-to-be number 1 ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars. As you will see below, Nan was quite worried about poor Bruno by the end.

I liked him. I liked his voice, very nice voice, but a sad song, really nice though. The song’s about rejection really. She’d obviously gone off with somebody else, hadn’t she? I did like the song a lot, but the video…I found it weird. I wasn’t sure about the piano. Why was he doing that? I couldn’t work out what it was meant to represent. I mean, am I being really silly or was it obvious and I’m being, you know? [we chat about what it might mean for a bit].

So carrying a piano about kind of proves something does it? Like a heavy burden? I mean he should have just called her really. Also, the thing that got me was, does he end up under that train? I mean, is he committing suicide at the end there? The whole video is very sad. Such a sad song. It all goes black at the end, so is that the end of him and his piano? I thought it was strange all that and a bit over the top. I get the bit about the piano now which is good because I was a bit worried about that, but what really worried me was him finishing up under the train. The song is just a sort of sad song but, you know, it didn’t make you desperately depressed but the video is…worrying. I didn’t think it was a very good role model [laughs]. The woman in the video wasn’t impressed with him at all. Do you think it was a dream?

He’s got that kind of old school look about him hasn’t he? And completely different to those people he met on the way. I wasn’t quite sure what they represented, those weirdies [amazing]. It was weird that he had his hat on when he was inside and it was raining outside and then he didn’t have it on when he went outside. In the old days it was rude to wear a hat indoors but nowadays they do it all the time. Why wear your hat in your bedroom?

I do like his voice, that sort of lovely, soft voice if you know what I mean. It’s like Michael Jackson, that tone of voice that is natural and soulful. He’s not a typical star but he’ll probably last longer, his songs seem a bit deeper than normal if you know what I mean. I quite liked the lyrics, but I thought it was quite unusual the “grenade” part, but probably quite topical.

Song: 8

Video: 6 It worried me a bit, the ending