Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I've been listening to my old Corrs albums lately and found myself missing them... so here is a post about one of the most talented bands around.
I find it interesting how a band can go from being on top of the world to struggling to have a hit single. There was a time when The Corrs were on top of the world. In the late 90's they started to get international attention. Then in 2000 - 2002 they hit the mainstream. Their albums and singles sailed high in the charts across the globe. Their 2000 album 'In Blue' hit number 1 in 7 countries. Who wasn't singing along to 'Breathless' back in 2000?! WHO?! Their tours were massive and sold out across the globe.
Eventually something seemed to change and their popularity began to decline rapidly. In 2004 they released the album 'Borrowed Heaven.' I remember seeing them live in the Uk in 2004 at Party In The Park. Even the band seemed baffled at the lack of response from the audience. Only 3 years before on the same stage the band had full command of the audience. In 2004 it seemed the audience had little interest in the band or their new single 'Summer Sunshine.'
Now I happened to love the singles that were released from 'Borrowed Heaven' and feel like they deserve continued success. The band are currently on hiatus while they focus on their families. I really hope that they make a comeback in a year or two and reclaim their rightful place at the top of the pops around the world again.
This song might be a little slow for you guys but it is actually one of my favorite Corrs songs of all time and since it's my blog I'll post it! I don't know what it is about it that I can't get enough of. Andrea has the most amazing voice and Sharon on the violin is flawless. I think if you give it a chance you'll enjoy it :) It's the kind of song you listen to when you're in the mood for some quiet mellow music.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
V - Hip To Hip
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
WOW! It's the only word that I can use to describe this song. The song was released in Germany as the b-side to 'Shine.' The track came about when the band was asked to participate in a promotion for a German television channel. The advertising slogan was 'We Love To Entertain You' and the campaign saw various celebrities using the slogan in different ways. Take That managed to write the song as theme song for the band and their comeback which has truly exceeded all expectations. Gary Barlow is turly a genius when it comes to writing amazing pop songs. In a year when aging pop bands are announcing comebacks every week... Take That have managed to re-create their success and keep it going.
The band are currently working on a new album to be released in 2008 and I only hope that it includes more tracks like this one.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The Attic have created hands down one of the best albums of all time. Originally released in 2006... it was re-released with some new additions in 2007. One of those additions is the SPECTACULAR 'Remember Tomorrow.' The first time I heard it my heart stopped for a second it was that amazing. It was so hard not to put this song at number 1. It is so energetic and hard hitting! It has the official best key change of 2007 by far! It is the number 2 most played song on my iPod. The only song played more often is the song that made it to number 1!
If this band does not release another album I don't know what I will do. If you love good pop music you can't go wrong with their album. Every song is pure gold! If you're a frequent reader of my blog you may remember I posted a bunch of their songs back when I first started this blog! After all this time they are still wowing me with their infectious songs.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I wouldn't be surprised if some of you didn't agree with Sanna's track being in my top 3. Is it the 3rd BEST single of the year? Probably not. But this isn't about the BEST songs... it's about my favorite songs! And Sanna sung one of my top 3 favorite songs of the year. To have a song that was released almost a year ago now still playing almost every day in my iPod!? That means it must be good!
The track was her entry into Melodifestivalen 2007 and she made it to the final round with it! She sung her heart out on the night of the final but with such tough competition it was clear fans were looking for something a little more different from Carolas 'Invincible.' I WISH I could hear this song in english... but I'm afraid these kinds of songs end up losing some of their punch when you translate them into english. Take Evighet or Vindarna Vander Oss... while they were still amazing... neither of them were as good in english. Something about the Swedish language that really packs a punch!
I only hope that this time next year her new track 'Empty Room' will make an appearance on my favorite songs of 2008! Not long to wait now!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Initially I wasn't a huge McFly fan. I thought they were a cheap, younger version of 'Busted' and I really didn't give them the time of day. But after seeing them live I remember leaving and I couldn't stop singing the infectious 'Obviously.'
It wasn't until their 2nd album 'Wonderland' that I really became a big McFly fan. The second album was a lot more mature sounding and a bit more mellow than their first. It really proved that the band has a lot of talent. The album is still one of my favorites to this day! That being said I haven't really been impressed with the songs they've released since 'Wonderland.' It got so bad that I stopped listening to their new songs when they were being released. I simply lost interest in the band completely and what they were doing.
Then for some random reason I decided to listen to 'The Heart Never Lies' and I was hooked. Just the way the song starts off slow and builds up as it goes along. The lryics are great and the guys sound amazing. This song is definitely worthy of a spot on anyones year end coundown.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
This song is actually not a very good representation of the rest of their album... it seems the band got extremely lucky with this track because they've failed to have anymore major chart success with the album.
So it seems that the stars aligned when they recorded 'Here In Your Arms.' It was one of those perfect summer songs. One you could blast and all your friends could sing and dance along to. The lyrics are simple and easy to sing along to (except for the chorus... you can just make up words for the chorus and noone will be able to tell the difference... it's all part of the fun really!) So thankyou Hellogoodbye for giving me one of my favorite songs of the year!
Friday, January 04, 2008
One of the most memorable moments for me this year was at the Globen in Stockholm during 'Melodifestivalen.' Various celebrities were coming on stage to read the results from various cities in Sweden. Every time a new celebrity came out they received a round of applause... nothing special... until they announced Magnus Carlsson and started to blast his entry that had already been eliminated 'Live Forever.' No one... not even Carola received the same kind of reception as Magnus. It was clear from his face that he was extremely surprised by the reaction as well. It was as if the audience was saying... "We're sorry for not voting for your song, you should have been up there tonight." It was an amazing moment... and the look on his face was priceless. If my voice wasn't gone from screaming for Sanna and Mans already... it was definitely gone once Magnus hit the stage!
Although his song 'Live Forever' didn't make it to the final in Melodifestivalen, Magnus went on to release a great first English solo album. It was exactly what you would have wanted from a summer album and 'Waves Of Love' was definitely a summer anthem for me. A great song to blast from the car when you're driving around in the summer.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
The winner of Swedish Idol 2006 and his debut album included this gem of a track. It's a bit of rock with a bit of pop... I love the backing vocals in the chorus... when I was trying to decide if I really wanted to put this song in my top 10 all it took was hearing those vocals again and I knew it belonged as one of my top 10 faves this year. His album 'Echo Heart' is full of edgy rock/pop tracks and has already gone double platinum in Sweden.
I've posted acouple songs from Danish band C21 this year... Soren used to be a part of C21 and he released his solo album 'Life Is Simple, Not Easy' this year. While I found the album to be a little lacklustre... this song stood out and I played it regularly over the past few months.
'Unbreakable' is probably the first BSB album to really flop... and I say it's because the band didn't work with Max Martin at all which is a crime! But still... I've always been a huge BSB fan and I did enjoy the new album. 'Inconsolable' was a lame first single I thought... but there are definitely some bright spots on the album. The album also did extremely well in Canada where there has always been a lot of support for the band. At the end of the day I think this might be the end of BSB. These songs are some of the best songs from 'Unbreakable.'
Uk Band 'Ultra' came back out of nowhere and released an independant pop album... something that is rarely seen in the world of pop. While no one even knew they did it... the album was really good... Feeling Alive is a great song from the alb.
BWO - The Destiny Of Love
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Uno & Irma - God Morgon