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Olly Murs – 24HRS

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on December 3, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, as most of you probably know, or perhaps you don’t, depending on how new you are: I’m a sucker for Olly Murs. Ever since I discovered him about four years back with “Dance with me Tonight” and his “In Case You Didn’t Know” album. I really loved “Right Place, Right Time” and was.. somewhat fond of “Never Been Better”, so I was really excited when I noticed he was releasing new materials.

Sadly, the album didn’t exactly live up to the expectations. This will sound harsh, but I can’t really remember a time I was this disappointed. Good first half of the album, or more, was basically unrecognizable – to the point I didn’t even recognize his voice at certain points. His style has changed from the low beat pop music into over produced – ready-for-the-club kind of music, to the point where I could barely enjoy it. It felt a bit fake, if you know what I mean? I guess this is the transition older Taylor Swift fans has sit through with her most recent albums as compared to old, even though there were some nods to older material – “Years and Years” reminding me a lot of “Dear Darlin'” as well as “Grow Up” giving nods to “This Song Is About You”.

Then we have the thing with the voice. At first listen, I didn’t even recognize his voice. His accent came through every now and then, but damn he’s changed. I had to remind myself several times that this is the guy. It is the same guy. Even though it was hard to believe.

But fear not. Toward the end, toward the last couple of songs – the Olly Murs I have known these years shone through. Finally he started coming back with songs as “Flaws”, “That Girl” and my personal favorite of the album – “Better Without You”. I really fell in love with that song, so I guess it’s something good out of it!

But yes. This… this album hit pretty hard. Maybe I’ve grown out of Olly – or maybe this was really just that different, but I can honestly say this didn’t really rock my boat. But well done on completing the album, for sure.

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// Sara

 

Grow Up

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 7, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So! Friday again, means that it’s a lot of new releases to look forward to. No less than three of my favorite artists and bands has released a single this Friday, and I figured I should write a little bit about them.

First up, Olly Murs.

It’s been a little while since “Never Been Better” and you’d almost think I barely care about him because of the lack of writing, but trust me, I have not forgotten about him. “Right Place, Right Time” is one of my absolute favorite albums. So when noticing that he’s having a new album coming out, I got superhappy! First single released is “Grow Up

It’s a very typical Olly Murs song I’d say, it’s nothing very new in the music nor in the lyrics, but I like it. I relate a bit to it, I must admit, but that is a different story. I do like it though, I’m looking forward to the album!

Next up, is Lady Gaga.

Her first single off her upcoming album, “Perfect Illusion” had me jumping up and down and dancing around, and even still now whenever it comes on I’m just bouncing around as if it was “Hug You Hardcore” playing. Perhaps it’s the lack of Gaga, or just that it’s so perfect that make it, I don’t know. Today is the release of the second single, “Million Reasons”.

Holy hell. It’s very simple, toned down, acoustic songs, but she’s literally putting words to everything I’m feeling at times about people. This song is… it’s so good. So beautiful. I’m in absolute love. Damn, “Joanne” can’t come soon enough!

And thirdly, Amaranthe. For some reason, Amaranthe has managed to pin point exactly every single date Lady Gaga releases something – they even have the album releases on the same day! And they just keep it coming.

So, “That Song” was the first single, and as you know I wasn’t that impressed with it. It felt very bland for being an Amaranthe song, so I really hope number two, “Fury” is better.

Oh wow. Okay, so wow. This is basically the opposite of “That Song” – it s a very experimental and heavy song. Experimental as in the sense that they have a lot of layers of interesting elements – they’ve played with the voice and used it as an instrument to create interesting pieces, or, accesories as my AE teacher would say. It’s nice with a complete Henrik song too – and the chorus is supercatchy. It’s fun to hear him really working it, reaching points I’ve never heard him go before, which makes me superhappy. Despite all the extra glitter and interesting guitarsolo, the song is a bit one track, but it’s still interesting.

If anything, it makes the whole album a lot more interesting with these two as the singles.

// Sara

Waiting For Your Love

Posted in CDs, Music with tags , , on May 11, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

Today is a happy day people! Not one, but TWO packages landed in my mailbox today! What could it, what could it be… hey, could it possibly be my Amazon orders?!

Hell yeah it was!

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Ordered these two goodies off Amazon, as it seemed to be impossible to get them elsewhere. First of all, it’s Butcher Babies‘ first EP “Uncovered“. Five song EP that amongst other songs has their cover of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” on it. Five songs is in my opinions way to short, and I admit it, I put the EP on repeat a few times after I got it! It’s just so fucking good. BUTCHER BABIES is just so fucking good. I wish Graspop would come sooner.

The other album is Olly Murs‘ selftitled debut album. This one has had me in a pickles for a couple of years, seeing I couldn’t get it anywhere in Sweden so eBay or Amazon it was. And I actually ordered this about two years back, but it got lost in the mail. Amazingly enough, it took me all up to now to get a new one. At last at last! This is the album that includes “Please Don’t Let Me Go” and “Thinking of Me”, if you all remember that. I must admit, these are awesome, but my personal favorites on this album will most likely always be “Don’t Say Goodbye” and “A Million More Years”. I got quite the “Hand on Heart” feeling from them, and as you know.. “Hand on Heart” is just simply the best Olly Murs song.

So yeah.

You could say my day was pretty great, huh?

// Sara

Music Crush Monday: Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know

Posted in CDs, Music with tags on March 2, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

Well, I guess we’ll see how long I actually keep this up, but lets give a try.

A record I want to shine a little extra light on today is Olly Murs’ second album “In Case You Didn’t Know”. Olly Murs, as I’ve stated many many times to all of you, is a huge favorite of mine. I spotted him during one of the “Re-Micks” on Disney Channel and spent the next six months tracking down who he was since I was to stupid to remember I could just search for the lyrics on Youtube. But you know, better late then never, right?

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In Case You Didn’t Know” came out in 2012 and like I said, it’s his second album but it’s also the first I got of him. And what can I say besides that I absolutely love it? It’s huge feel-good record through and through, with of course, some heavier and downbeat songs (“This Song is About You”, “I Need You Now”) but aside this, I guess you could call him the male version of Taylor Swift. And this is meant in a good way. But, nothing of this can beat or over-shine my personal favorite, “Dance With Me Tonight”, which was also the song that was in the re-micks. A good beat, sweet rhythms that makes literally anyone dance.

So basically, if you are not too high up in the metal zone (yes, I do recognize most of you readers are metal heads) you should give this album a try. IT WILL make you feel good. IT WILL make you happy. I am absolutely certain. And we all need that happy pill known as music. Sorry, I’m just gonna dance the night away now.

// Sara

 

 

Bonus Tracks

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on October 24, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

So folks! Today I’ve finally taken myself the time to sit down and really go through all the extra tracks on both my new Olly Murs album as well as The Gray Chapter. I figured I’d tell you a bit about them.

THE GRAY CHAPTER

So, let’s start off with SlipKnot. First of all – it made me very uneasy seeing they had three extra “bonustracks” on the album than what was written on the cover, and they had these “odd” titles as “-Silent-” “-Talk-” and “-Funny-” and while I’ve been a metalhead for a very long time, things like this still creeps my mind. I know they are harmless, but yeah.

But, starting off with “Override“, the first of the two original bonustracks. The song is somewhat similar to “Killpop”, or at least in the verses. I like the song a whole lot though, Perfect amount of heavier beats, enough melody and good arrangements. I want to write about the lyrics, but I’m gonna have to confess something. I had gotten the lyrics for “The Devil in I” sooooo wrong, so I rather not speak too much about it before I actually see it written down, because for all I know he might be singing something completely different…

The next song is “Burden” which starts off a lot heavier than the previous one, heavy riffs and beats, and then they have this thing in the verse where it sounds as if the vocals go up in the sky or something… It’s haunting, in a way. Similarly to XIX. It’s pretty good, but I prefer “Override” of the two.

So… let’s talk about the three mystery songs. Or songs. They are literally what they are named – -Silent- is two minutes complete silence. -Talk- is starting off with Sid and the gang working some piece, and eventually changes to a conversation between some guy bragging to either Clown or Corey or them both. Maybe Jim too, not sure. -Funny- is a clip of someone playing some instruments, not sure if I can identify them all, and Corey singing a little something in the background. Funny? Yes, haha.

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RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

So, let’s continue on to Olly Murs.

The first song off the bonuses is “Stop Tryna Change Me“, which I fell for immediatley. It’s a very typical Olly song. Positive, honest song about breakups (I still wonder what would happen if Olly and Taylor Swift dated and broke up…). The melody in the chorus is just… ahh. I love it. Just love it. Good start!

That’s Alright With Me” is the next song, and it reminds me directly of The Ark’s “All I Want Is You”. Same kind of thing going on in the verse.  Cute love song, but it’s a bit overshone by the previous one.

The third song is actually a christmas song, “I wish it was Christmas Everyday” that he performed at BBC at some point. The song immediatley makes me think of Christmas. It brings me that Xmas feeling, and I just… ahh. This will be played a lot this Christmas.

Inner Ninja” is a little funkier song. It’s amongst his littler more cocky songs, but seriously, the RYTHM! THE RYTHM PEOPLE! This is one of the tunes you’ll find me ugly dancing to. Love it. Love it. It’s a collab with Classified.

As the fifth song, we find “Did I Lose you?” which he did as a duet with Giorgia. Again, about a break up or how to put it. About how they lost each other, or did they? Well that’s the question. The song is sweet though, but no favorite.

The 6th extra track is a alternate version of “Dear Darlin‘” which he turned into a duet with Alizée. I was excited to hear this version, and imagine my surprise when I heard that her parts are sung in French! Never did I think you’d hear this song in French… But I really liked it. It added a whole new feeling to the song, like, not only did they break up, but it’s also distance related… Sorry. My storytelling brain kicked in there.

The last track on this extra CD, is the radio version of my all time favorite Murs song – “Hand on Heart“. The choirs in the beginning…. damn. I love it. The thing with this song is that, or perhaps this is the case with ALL of Ollys songs – the lyrics are what matters the absolute most. While I love the choirs in the beginning, I don’t care too much for the upbeat tempo in the verses. Not that it’s going faster, just the beat itself. BUT. The additional strings… ahh. This song NEVER EVER fails me. It’s still his best song to date. Regardless of version.

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Well, that’s a bit about that. Now I’m gonna go and dry my tears after listening to “Hand on Heart”.

// Sara