Tag: Album Review

Anitta impresses with trilingual album

Looking to build a successful career internationally, Anitta is bringing a new trilingual album to the world.

Larissa de Macedo Machado, better known as Anitta, is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and businesswoman. After building a strong, big national career in Brazil, Anitta started promoting herself internationally in 2017. Now she is having more success in Latin America and parts of the United States as she brings an album full of diversity in rhythm and languages.

rs_300x300-160805202343-600.Caetano-Veloso-Anitta-Gilberto-Gil-olympic-rio.tt.080516“Kisses” is the newest album Anitta brings to her fans. It features all the different versions of Anitta and her different personalities. The album, released on April 5, contains 10 songs followed by 10 videos. It is a shocking marketing move by the singer. The switching of languages between Portuguese, Spanish and English during the songs definitely calls a lot of attention and teaches a couple words to those listening.

“Atención” (Attention) is the first song on the album that is in Spanish. This music brings a version of Anitta as a strong, independent woman with a lot of attitude who is not afraid to do what she wants and believes in the empowerment of women

“Banana,” the second track of the album, is a more funny and dancing song in English and Spanish, featuring Becky G. With a really playful beat, the music makes you stand up and move.

To represent her Brazilian funk roots, Anitta brings the song “Onde Different” (Differente Wave), with participation from Snoop Dogg, Ludmilla and Papatinho. The funk beat mixed with American Rap turns into a very fast dancing song with such great party vibes.

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The same can be found in the song “Sin Miedo” (No fear), which features Dj Luian and Mambo. It shows a more impulsive version of Anitta, someone who is not afraid of the consequences her actions can bring.

The tracks “Poquito” (Little Bit), “Tu y Yo” (You and I), and “Rosa” (Rose) are more romantic songs. They are slow dance songs that bring a young idea of love. The Anittas in those songs are more mysterious, a woman who knows how to use her ingenuity as her invisible weapon in the seduction game.

The last song on the album is definitely one of the most interesting on the album. “Você Mentiu” (You Lied) is the representation of the MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), with the incredible voice of Caetano Veloso. The slow song talks about the disappointment of Anitta with inhuman attitudes and her hopes of living in a better world. It is definitely a very sweet melody, which makes the song an amazing way to close such a diverse album with a lot of information.

As someone who has followed Anitta’s career since the beginning, I believe this new album brings her closer to her fans, and she nails it on that.

The album leads you through happy and dancing songs to explore the seduction and corporal beauty presented in each person. It also brings more human and sentimental music that will make you remember an old story or an old love.

I give “Kisses” a 9 out of 10.

Flatbush Zombies release inspiring album

A new album by Flatbush Zombies is a creative, lyrical, and was deftly produced.

Flatbush Zombies are a rap group from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, in New York City. The group members are Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Eric Arc Elliot, who also serves as their record producer.

They recently released their second album, “Vacation in Hell,” on the Glorious Death Recording label. There are nine features on the album, including Joey Bad***, Asap Twelvy, Bun B, Jadakiss, Portugal the Man, Dave B, DIA, Nyck Caution, and Denzel Curry.

To get their fans pumped up for the album, they have been giving a preview of the album. They released “Headstone” with its music video as a sample for what’s to come. The Zombies also came out with a promotional skit and an album trailer. It excited many of their fans, including me.

Flatbush Zombie’s first album, “A Laced Odyssey,” debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart. So, they hope to strive even farther with their new creation.

My favorite song is “Vacation,” the third track on the album. Joey Bad*** made a star appearance in this song. In an interview with Ebro on Beats1 Radio, Flatbush Zombies said that Joey Bad*** showed up without a pen and spit the verse in the same session when he first heard the beat. They also released an official music video to this song on April 19, with the crew rapping on a yacht. This song is about how hard they worked to get their names out there with their own blood, sweat, and tears. Now they are getting the recognition they deserve and their career feels as if it’s a vacation, because they love what they are doing.

“U&I” is a captivating song second on my favorites list, and track 13 on the album. DIA has a feature in this heartfelt melody. Each member shares a smooth verse over production from member Eric Arc Elliot. Eric states on Twitter, “A lot of people will search for an eternity for unconditional love.” He explains that sometimes you get that love from your family, and other times you don’t. Brothers are bonded by blood first, but friends are bonded by love always. This song really speaks to me, because I was never rich in the family department. I had to build bonds with other people, and they became the family within my heart.flatbush-zombies-logo

“Facts” is a Flatbush Zombies banger on the album. Jadakiss features on this track and discusses with Meechy Darko about the cold hard truth about most rappers. Many rappers in the game are not as hard as they say they are, and that everything is not as it seems on the surface. They stereotype most rappers, saying that they just like to party, spend money, and do drugs instead of focusing on making good music. The group also talks about how just because a woman is attractive does not mean she is a gold digger or a snake. Flatbush Zombies focuses on spreading their message in their music, in a respectable way.

“Misunderstood” is the 17th track on the album and also deserves a spot on my favorites list. The track features Pro Era member Nyck Caution on the hook. The song taps into the dark side of people’s hearts. It details and explains their internal problems, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It’s a relatable song, because everyone has those dark moments in his or her life, and this song taps into that.

Last, but definitely not least, is “Glory,” the track that closes the album. The Zombies enlist Denzel Curry for a light, introspective song. All four rappers talk about their insecurities, failed relationships, and hardships. They discuss how they contributed to their own difficult situations. Unlike other introspective Zombies songs, this one has a more positive outlook and tone. It was a way for them to tell everyone to be more conscious with their your actions, because only you create the outcome of your future.

There are several more extremely inspiring songs on this album. I recommend that everyone check it out.

“Vacation in Hell” is a very creative and breath-taking album. I rate it a 10 out of 10!

R&B sensation releases impressive debut album

by DOM PUENTE//Staff Writer

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Tone Stith has broken through the R&B world, creating a following of young and old listeners with his first album, “Can We Talk.”

Many R&B singers entering their careers having recently incorporated auto-tune or a type of rap style into their songs. They categorize themselves as both a singer and rapper.

Stith, a young and talented R&B singer, has stuck to the category of only singing in R&B, and I enjoy the type of songs he has released on his album. His smooth voice and ability to hit high notes with ease are a nice change of pace from other male singers of his genre.

While listening to the album, I was not concerned with the technical portions of his songs. What brought me in were his lyrics and his soft voice.

Lyrically, his songs were simple and easy to listen to without having to wonder why he said that to begin with. A few songs do have a sexual encounter within them. But the majority stray away from portraying sex and focus on love or the beauty a girl has.

I noticed that even though every song may switch topics about a girl, the main idea is loving her more than anybody while showing his affection to her every second of the day.

The album begins with “Oh My Gosh,” which I found to be my favorite song of the album. This song does use a sexual encounter as the basis of the song, but Stith puts the qualities that he admires in a girl while displaying affection for her in any way into the song, which flows well.

While I did not focus on the technical aspects of the album, I noticed how well it was produced with the mixes, beats and vocals being added. For some first-time artists, I have noticed that the producing of an album might not be great in all aspects, but I enjoyed all areas of the album without questioning anything.

Another favorite of the album is “Get It Right,” which is a song describing how far he will go to make things right with a girl if something is wrong. The overall message of the song is something I can relate to, and it grabs my attention.

The overall messages within the songs really appeal to me, because not every song is about sex or the visual of having so many girls or relationships. I can respect Stith for creating an album that is built on taking care of a woman and showing her love in many aspects in a relationship.

I don’t have a song that I dislike. But there is one song that is more of a non-traditional song and almost a throwback for me.  The song “Every Hour” carries a Michael Jackson-esque feel to it. The track has a upbeat hip-hop feel that you could find on an ‘80s track or just a Jackson song.

Even with a different style of song such as “Every Hour,” it sounds great, and the singing blends well with the beats used. It is different seeing that variation of beats and singing style in songs these days, but it presents a nice change of pace for me.

Throughout all the songs, I was pleased with Stith’s work for a first album, and I anticipate he will continue to get better from here. As long as he heads in this direction with his music, I will continue to be a fan. I give this album an 8 out of 10.

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New songs create buzz between Sheeran fans

by VANESSA DELGADO//Staff Writer

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Ed Sheeran has become a very well renowned singer and songwriter since the debut of his first album.

Even though the artist is from the United Kingdom, he has made himself quite popular in the United States. With each new album, his group of fans becomes greater.

Sheeran can put anyone in a trance with a simple strum of his guitar. He started playing at a very young age, and that set him on a path for greatness. His popularity has gained him much fame and fortune, which he clearly deserves.

Some artists sound very different in person and are clearly not as talented as you once thought. That is definitely not the case with Sheeran. He even goes a step farther at his concerts. His voice may be enough for some fans, but many fall in love with his guitar playing skills as well. At many of his concerts, he goes above and beyond. To play every song, he uses only his voice and guitar to add different beats on a loop to create the beat of each song. It is very surprising to see an artist do something so unique and talented and to go onstage completely solo throughout an entire concert.

He has recently come out with two new songs. “Shape of You” became a hit right from the start. Its upbeat chorus is an instant mood changer and will have anyone dancing to the beat. The song was originally composed for Rihanna, but Sheeran ended up keeping it for himself. Luckily, he did, or else we wouldn’t have this powerful song sung by such an edgy, talented Sheeran. This is a very happy, upbeat song.

“Castle on a Hill” is more of an anthem than a heartfelt lullaby. The compelling chorus makes you want to shout the lyrics out while Sheeran sings along with you. This one makes your heart cry a little. You can almost feel the song reverberating in your chest. It has a feeling that compels your heart to be swallowed in emotion. The song has many real-life situations that almost anyone can relate to. I find myself tapping to the beat subconsciously. Toward the end, the climax of the song fits perfectly and urges the listener to throw out their arms and swing to the beat.

Sheeran has a variety of different songs. In some, he raps, and it’s as if he is singing sweetly into the ear of the listener. In both of these songs, his voice is begging his audience to feel the beat and get up to dance. Both of the songs are well-chosen singles to up the anticipation for his new album. Now his listeners can’t get enough and are begging for more.

Both singles are sung immaculately and instantly catch your attention. The two songs are part of the much anticipated new album, “÷,” that is being released March 3. With both of his singles becoming highly popular, it can only be expected that his album creates a wave of fan appreciation. It is sure to have great reviews. I will definitely be filled with anticipation for the next two weeks waiting to hear the rest of his masterpieces. Ed Sheeran has a bright future, and hopefully he makes music for a very long time.

I give both songs 4 out of 5 stars.

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Post Malone impresses with song variety in ‘Stoney’

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Editorial Assistant

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With Post Malone releasing his debut album, he has incorporated a variety of vocalizations to climb the music charts.

After releasing singles throughout 2016, Post Malone has put out his first complete album with Republic in December.

Coming into 2017, Malone’s album, “Stoney,” has taken the rap culture by storm, due to his various sounds and rhyming styles in his new songs.

This is my favorite album going into 2017 so far, as I can listen to all 18 songs no matter what mood I am in.

Malone’s previous singles have always been slow raps that have relaxing and mellow beats. But he really embraced those characteristics in “Stoney.”

Also, in his previous songs, he has sung in bits. However, it surprised me when he sings in almost every song, including “No Option,” “Broken Whiskey Glass,” “Up There” and “I Fall Apart.”

Granted, he does not have the voice of Whitney Houston, but it is not bad singing at all.

In “I Fall Apart,” Malone keeps a nice, mellow beat throughout the song and mixes regular rapping with a melodic style to compliment the song.

Another thing I enjoy about this album is that there is not a frequent use of clubbing, money, and ego.

In “I Fall Apart,” his message is conveyed as being another victim of heart break, but the woman meant a great deal to him.

Songs can tell a story or send a message, but it becomes habit that rappers talk about the same thing, such as drugs, money, clubbing, ego and blowing money.

Two of Malone’s major singles before “Stoney” are also included, “White Iverson” and “Too Young.” These two tracks established Malone as a more melodic and mellower rapper.

For some rappers, you can mix upbeat and slower songs into an album. However, I feel that is not the case for “Stoney.”

“No Option,” “Congratulations” and “Money Made Me do It” are the songs I would put into the category of partially being upbeat and could be played in a club, but I highly doubt it.

All three songs have strong beats, but they don’t make you want to jump around and throw a giant party.

That is what appeals to me about Malone. He is a great melodic and slow rapper. Some rappers that sound slow usually send a depressing vibe for the listener. But he can create a party anthem with a slow beat.

As for features, there are only four artists featured in four songs on the album. Although that may not be a lot, I think the fewer features, the better on an artist’s first album in order to put out his or her own sound and make it their own.

The first featured song of the album is “Déjà Vu,” with Justin Bieber. It is not bad, even though Bieber is in it.

Both artists use melodic styles within the song, but Malone does incorporate a variation between rapping and singing to give the song some character.

The second song featured is “Feel,” with Kehlani, a song geared to an independent relationship with two people. The song carries a very slow beat, but Malone does add a faster rapping pace with minimal singing.

With a slower beat than most, I thought the song would carry a lot more singing, but even with Kehlani, the song incorporates more rapping than singing.

For “Congratulations,” the rapper Quavo does the majority of the rapping for the song.

Even though it is one of the more upbeat songs, Malone does more of a singing and rapping mix in the song. The point of the song is to express how Malone worked to get where he is now and thank the people who helped him along his journey. It does add a touch of ego and money, but I guess it is unavoidable in rap.

The last feature is for the song “Money Made Me Do It,” featuring 2 Chainz.

I like the song because of its well-produced beats and Malone’s singing. It does have rapping mixed into the song, but Malone does the majority of it as well.

The rapper 2 Chainz has a small part toward the end of the song, but I am fine with that. He is nowhere near my favorite rapper, by any means.

Malone would have been better off just doing the entire song on his own.

There is not a song on this album that I hate. But my least favorite of all the songs is “Patient.” The lyrics and overall production of the beats is what gets me in the end.

The lyrics seem very repetitive throughout the entire song, or there are a few words rearranged.

As for the beat, it just has that sound of someone not putting enough time and effort into the production of the beats and lyrics.

Although that song is not great, the overall album sounds amazing. I have no problem listening to it all day and night.

I give the album four out of five stars.

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Mac Miller shows respect toward women on new album

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

Turning heads with different styles and versus of rap music, Mac Miller shows a deeper and affectionate point of view towards a women in his newest album.

After a short break from releasing his previous album in 2015, Miller finally put together a well produced album in mid September, “The Devine Feminine.”

During his early years in his rapping career he has released multiple mix tapes and two albums. Continue reading “Mac Miller shows respect toward women on new album”