I’m so tired.. by Lauv and Troye Sivan- While I am a fan of Troye Sivan, I have not heard anything from Lauv. While this they both sound good on the track. Some of the sound mixing is a bit funky. While I know that most songs have an electronic layer over the vocals it shouldn’t be as noticeable as this is. This isn’t a song that I will go back to, but I can see how some people are really going to like this.
Anxiety by Julia Michaels feat. Selena Gomez- The message behind this song is extremely relatable to me. I think the simple guitar is beautiful and allows both women to show off their voices. The lyrics explain anxiety very well. I think Julia does sound better on the track. While Selena doesn’t sound bad I think that her higher range is not as good as her mid-range vocals.
Moderation by Florence + the Machine- Of course Florence once again sounds incredible. I think that she is at her best in beat driven songs which this is not one of them. The instrumentals are nice, but don’t give her the space she needs to sound as good as she can. The lyrics are kind of meh. I’m so used to her powerful lyrics so this is very different.
What a Time by Julia Michaels feat. Niall Horan- This song is about remembering the good parts of being with someone and then realizing that it was all fake. Julia and Niall both sound angelic per usual. I don’t know what it is about it that is off. The instrumentals were nice. I think my problem is that it is all too nice. There isn’t anything breaking boundaries about it.
Change your mind by Tori Kelly- I haven’t heard much from Tori in a few years. I did not know that she could sing like this. Her vocals on the chorus are gritty and powerful and I love to hear that in music. The song is about her family not approving of her partner and I could feel that emotion through her at some points. It’s a good song.
Blind by PRETTYMUCH- Okay, so I have never heard a song from this group before. I have seen interviews with them and thought that they seemed fun. This song though is trash. The lyrics are basically meaningless. It feels like a basic boy band love song that we write in middle school English class. The vocals are not good. The voice modulation on the word ‘you’ is especially annoying. Hopefully they have better music because this is terrible.
Swan Song by Dua Lipa- This song is written for the soundtrack of an upcoming movie. I can see how this song works in the context of a movie. It is a powerful song focused on being bigger than yourself. Dua sounds good, and the lyrics are cool. As with most of these songs this week, while it is good, it isn’t my style so I can’t critique it too badly because of that.
My Year by Gashi and G-Eazy- Gah! Another trash song. This song is all about flexing from a guy that I have never heard of and G-Eazy who really shouldn’t be flexing. I don’t think flexing songs are inherently bad they just need to be done with some sense of self-awareness and this has none.
Fuck the Rain by Ryan Adams- From my understanding this song is about gun violence and how people are willing to look the other way to avoid getting something done about it.While I like the lyrics, I don’t think that it is a particularly impactful song. The melancholy tone does lend to the idea of avoiding the truth that the lyrics portray I just want more from a song like this.
Drug by Simple Creatures- When I saw who was in this duo I immediately thought that this would sound like an early 2000s pop-punk song and it does a bit, which I like. But it also has the vocal modulation that is more popular now than it was then. This is their debut single and while this is a good song I think that their debut needed to be more punchy.
Boom by X Ambassadors- This song is really groovy. The guitar sounds great and provides a catchy beat. The vocals are good. My only real problem is that I never want to hear a word that ends with oom ever again. I’m definitely over exaggerating, but there is some truth in that. The lyrics are fun. They aren’t really meaningful which is a departure from the group’s prior records.
Heartbreak by Hunter Hayes- While I’m not a country fan I will admit that I was kind of grooving to this. While the sentiment isn’t anything new, there is a sense of seriousness that makes Hunter more believable in this type of song. There were parts where he sounded a bit rushed. I can’t tell if he was trying to rap or what but it was strange. Other than that this is a pretty good song.
I Hope by Gabby Barrett- This is Gabby’s first release since her stint on American Idol. This is kind of a mean-spirited song. While the guy in the song did cheat, Gabby is wishing that he marries this new girl and that she cheats on him and ruins his life. Dang girl get over it. I understand how hurt being cheated on makes people, but there is a point where you have to move on and wishing hurt on other people doesn’t make anything better. This would all be okay if the instrumentals, lyrics, and vocals were actually good. She doesn’t sound bad, but she appears to be trying really hard to sound country.
Lost my Mind by Dillon Francis & Alison Wonderland- The beat on this is pretty good. There is a portion that sounds like my speakers are being blown out which, when you are wearing headphones, really hurts. That part isn’t good. Other than that this is a fun dance song that doesn’t have deep lyrics, but it doesn’t need to because of the genre.
Undrunk by Fletcher- So I have never heard of Fletcher before and this is a pretty good introduction. Her vocals are angelic and powerful at the same time. The chorus is catchy and the instrumentals are there but subtle enough to allow her voice to shine. I think this will get big.
Somebody’s Gotta Be Country by Easton Corbin- This song is basically him saying that people who do things that aren’t what he pictures as being country are no longer who they used to be. He is apparently the last remaining country boy in his town. This song is basic and I am no longer going to entertain thinking about it.
Listen to Me by Dirty Heads- This song is chill. I think that the vocals and the instrumentals are good as are the lyrics. While I did enjoy the song, for me it doesn’t have something special that will make me want to come back to it.
Love Me & Let Me Go by Ashley Tisdale- I haven’t heard from Ashley in quite a long time. This song is kind of meh. It isn’t necessarily bad it’s just not good either. Her vocals sound squeaky and auto tuned. The song is repetitive and gets old pretty quickly.
Crashing by Illenium feat. Bahari- I’m underwhelmed. Bahari’s voice sounds great. The production is good it just sounds really generic. It’s a modern “love” song without too much substance. Nah I’m good.
Harmony Hall by Vampire Weekend- The instrumentals are fun. For such a serious lyrical song it is an interesting juxtaposition. The vocals are just decent. The chorus lyrically isn’t very catchy. I guess it isn’t supposed to be given the content I just wanted more. While this is a decent song I don’t think that I am going to go out of my way to listen to it again.
Put a Date on it by Yo Gotti feat. Lil Baby- The instrumentals are drum and I think flute based which is interesting. Yo Gotti’s flow while the content is basic he does sound good. Lil Baby on the other hand sounds out of breath. Yeah not a fan of this.
100 Bad Days by AJR- So I must say that I am a fan of AJR. Songs like ‘Weak’ and ‘Sober Up’ have become mainstream, but I also like some of their older music. When I heard this was coming out I was excited to get some more AJR. This disappointed. The instrumentals are a mix of Disney princess movie turned Broadway in the end. The lyrics aren’t very meaningful although this is a personal song for the brothers. The added vocals from other chipmunky people feel unnecessary and is a phase in music that I don’t like
bury a friend by Billie Eilish- This song is a bop. The vocals are hauntingly beautiful. Her vocal control is amazing. The instrumentals are spooky yet fun. The lyrics are dark and scary. I really like this.