Phil Stoodley: No Surprise

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Phil Stoodley’s debut solo album No Surprise is a relaxing combination of pop, rock, electronic and disco songs that are perfect for a lazy afternoon or a drive on the open road. Originally from New Zealand, Stoodley got his start at age fifteen when he received his first guitar, and by age seventeen he was playing in rock bands making his way around the lower North Island of New Zealand. By the early 2000’s, Phil began touring with popular New Zealand rock band The Feelers, touring in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia.

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Brando Albers: Fading Away

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Song List: Future World, Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of, Lakes Of Burden, Procrastinate, Wash Away Your Tears, Chase Your Shadow, Your Kisses Are Mine, Fall In Love, Worked Out, Fading Away

Brando Albers album Fade Away is a great album that treats the listener to a flood of sounds, leaving the listener wondering what they will hear next. This is an emotional album, epitomized by its nearly-title track, “Fading Away,” with its reverberating vocals adding an intensity to the song that glues listeners to their seats.

Brando works hard to make sure his listeners feel the emotions that flow through this, and each song on the album. Along that vein, “Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of” is a creatively appealing endeavor, and what stands out about it in particular are its lyrics.

As the world is falling apart, turn and look the other way.
He said… I’ve got nothing left to be afraid of.
He looked back into his life, there is nothing left for him now to reclaim.
He said… I’ve got nothing left to be afraid of.”

Brando’s lyrics take his audience into his head and paint a picture of sadness and love, with the music providing a beautiful and interesting backdrop to illustrate his joy, pain, and his entire life’s experience.

“Lakes of Burden” paints a more dreary picture, speaking of friends severing ties, conveying that its narrator is mentally in a dark place. While this song drags on musically, its lyrics and composition convey a crystal clear state of mind.

Brando Albers is a talented artist who has taken computer-generated music to a higher mentally conscious level. Fade Away is carefully written, covering a range of tough emotions that listeners of all backgrounds might relate to.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

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Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

justin bieber believe acoustic album

Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

justin bieber believe acoustic album

Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.

Arron Brown: Gazing at the Stars EP

 

 

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Gazing at the Stars is a three song EP by UK singer-songwriter Arron Brown, a talented electronic/pop artist whose music will appeal heavily to techno fans and followers of Owl City.

Gazing… effuses an electro/pop sound that lets the listener travel to dreamland, almost literally, as Brown writes about stargazing and sleeping the night away. Brown composes his own brand of electro-pop music, filled with pianos, strings, and electronic sounds, relying heavily on the influence of Owl City’s Adam Young.

The title track opens the EP with piano and vocals, setting the dreamlike and tranquil tone. Arron carries a vocal tune (with some effects to aid him). But while the effects are obvious, they do not make his voice sound inauthentic, though at times it can sound a bit one-dimensional and lacking some range.

The second cut on the album, “Miss You,” is heavy on studio effects, making the songs sound glossy and polished, and giving the EP a nice edge. And while it is obvious in this track that Arron can sing, hearing him in a more raw form would be nice given the song’s simplistic orchestration.

Bringing the EP to a close, “Sunrise” is more upbeat. Its bright and happy synth sounds are unlike the other songs, perhaps intending to wake up the listener up from their long, stargazing-induced slumber.

Arron Brown: Gazing at the Stars EP

 

 

gazingatthestarsepcover

Gazing at the Stars is a three song EP by UK singer-songwriter Arron Brown, a talented electronic/pop artist whose music will appeal heavily to techno fans and followers of Owl City.

Gazing… effuses an electro/pop sound that lets the listener travel to dreamland, almost literally, as Brown writes about stargazing and sleeping the night away. Brown composes his own brand of electro-pop music, filled with pianos, strings, and electronic sounds, relying heavily on the influence of Owl City’s Adam Young.

The title track opens the EP with piano and vocals, setting the dreamlike and tranquil tone. Arron carries a vocal tune (with some effects to aid him). But while the effects are obvious, they do not make his voice sound inauthentic, though at times it can sound a bit one-dimensional and lacking some range.

The second cut on the album, “Miss You,” is heavy on studio effects, making the songs sound glossy and polished, and giving the EP a nice edge. And while it is obvious in this track that Arron can sing, hearing him in a more raw form would be nice given the song’s simplistic orchestration.

Bringing the EP to a close, “Sunrise” is more upbeat. Its bright and happy synth sounds are unlike the other songs, perhaps intending to wake up the listener up from their long, stargazing-induced slumber.