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Adele of course. British singer who is quietly taking the world in storm with her newest album “21″. It’s not Lady Gaga type, or Katy Perry type and certainly not Selena Gomez type (yup, I’m anti-her for obvious reason). She is the one and only Adele.
At the age of 19, she already won some Grammies with her debut album “19″ (Chasing Pavements). A low profile true artist who only used her voice to sell and that is more than enough.
Her second album “21″ simply put it…Mind-blowing!! In my humble opinion, her music is not easily appreciated these days (with the likes of Katy Perry or Lady Gaga etc) but if anyone would take time to listen, they would be totally mesmerized by the quality of her voice, how it seem she put her emotions bare-naked in her songs and transports her audience to the scenes in the songs as if they really belongs in it. Totally totally mesmerizing.
The album started off with a fiery upbeat “Rolling in the deep”, one would imagine an angry heartbroken gal who decided she had enough and start destroying any evidence of the love she had with some jerk. Imagine house on fire with the gal walking away….wait, it is from a movie (I Am Number Four but well, in a different sense)
With “Turning Tables“, “Don’t You Remember”, she seem like going through the recovery phase of a toxic relationship. And with any step of recovery, there are those phases resemble closely to the Kübler-Ross Model, commonly known as the The Five Stages Of Grief aka Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
My personal fav is “Set Fire To the Rain” The chorus is just too powerful, it seem to ignite the deepest fire in one heart; a conflicted internal battle between screaming of pain and crying out for hope to be saved.
In the end, it’s over. She accepted that everything is truly over and she realizes, she did come out from the ordeal as a much stronger person in “Someone Like You”. She stopped hating the guy, the bad memories slowly faded out and she is able to hold on to the good memories. The last song is truly a great artistic work. Just a simple piano arrangement with her powerful voice and one will be blown away to a place we all hate to admit we had one….the lost of a true love.
Jimmy Eat World has been around the music business for some time, made popular with their song “The Middle” i think. I never knew them until much recently. It’s embarrassing since I do enjoyed good indie-rock and alternative-rock. I take unaccounted pride for that matter too
I “acquired” their second album ‘Invented’ and ever since then, was totally mesmerized by them. Their song has even graced my ringtone. Again, unaccounted pride *grinning
I have to say it again. Totally Mesmerized. Out of their 12 songs in the album, I like 10 out of it. My Best Theory and Higher Devotion could pumped up my life any time. Stop, Heart Is Hard To Find, Cut, and Mixtape…. it is quite good arrangements and not to mention, the lyrics. It is always the clever, fully invested emotions lyrics that make me can’t stop listening it. One of my favs album.
But, the song Invented. That to me deserve a class of its own. Maybe I’m more into the melancholic music. When I listen to it, I feel that I’m transported to Houston street, that I’m actually waiting for someone to show up. I’m actually feeling the messed-up thoughts that he is singing out loud.That raw sheer emotions, that that’s love we do feel it one time or another in a lifetime. And then, there is the lonely frustrations we felt that was screamed out near the end of the song.
Maybe it has been a long time since I felt the joy and happiness of being in love with someone, and that this song get into me. It’s lame and stupid, I know. But I believe we all have these moments one time or another.
There’s a cinematic end
I picture it just right
Having trouble with the right words
But you tell me with your eyes:
There’s something good I miss
Something I cant’ find