Teaming up with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer andGarbage founder, Butch Vig, the Foo Fighters return with their seventh studio album, Wasting Light. The reunion between Grohl and Vig comes exactly twenty years after they last worked together on what resulted in being one of the biggest and most influential albums of the 1990s, the aforementioned Nevermind. Last studio album, 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, was a UK #1, which furthered the band’s impressive portfolio of Top Ten long-players that currently stands at eight. Following a wait of almost four years, this release is one of the most eagerly awaited of the bands career.
‘Bridge Burning’ Destined to be a new rock classic, second single from the album, ‘Bridge Burning’ is a fast paced soaring lion’s roar of a single. With some great guitar effects on the intro, it progresses into a well-crafted thrashing melodic rock song, with a healthy balance of growling, screaming and singing. Angry and awesome.
‘Rope’ First single, ‘Rope’ continues the momentum, but is far less angry. This builds from a sound that is typically Foo Fighters into an intricately complex track, executed effortlessly.
‘Dear Rosemary’ Emotive and a change in tempo, ‘Dear Rosemary’ displays a softer side to Growl’s vocals and softer music that builds as the song progresses. This sounds cross between The Pixies and Tenacious D, which isn’t particularly a bad thing.
In 2005, Panic! At the Disco burst onto the music scene and rose quickly to the very top of the huge emo/rock genre. Their debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, had a theatrical and upbeat fun rock vibe, which went hand in hand with their groundbreaking shows. With lyrics on their first two albums penned by now departed member, Ryan Ross, it’s going to be tough for the new line up, Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith, to match the same depth of lyrical issues the band were known for. Second album, Beatles inspired Pretty. Odd., featured a departure in sound for the band, plus they dropped the much-loved exclamation mark from their name. As a result, the album had underwhelming sales and a luke-warm reception from their fans. Vices & Virtues see’s the band re-instating their original name, Panic! at the Disco, and sounding more theatrical and rock orientated, employing the same style as their debut, but how does it compare?
‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ Musically in-keeping with their debut, this first single stands far enough away from the material on their first album to show the bands growth, but also shows that Urie and Smith have realized and are playing to their strengths. The creeping, slightly distorted piano that opens the track is a good indication that Panic! are back and mean business. A dark and upbeat roaring track, this provides a promising start to the album.
‘Let’s Kill Tonight’ The drum machine and vocal effect featured at the beginning of this track, again, is a sound familiar to the lovers of the band’s debut. By the chorus, the track has taken quite a different and intriguing turn, however, becoming darker and angrier. This almost sounds like the Panic! of 2005 meeting Lostprophets, which surprisingly works and provides an invigorating and fresh sound.
Original new wave band, The Human League, have just released their ninth studio album, Credo, their first release in ten years. Best known for their huge 1981 hit ‘Don’t You Want Me’, The Human League have enjoyed continued moderate success for the past thirty years. Never straying from their new wave synthpop roots, this release should keep fans of their past work happy, but will it offer them anything they haven’t heard before? In a pop landscape where electro synth 80s descendants, Hurts and La Roux are making waves, how do one of the first groups that first established synthpop music in 1979, stand up against their new contemporaries?
1. ‘Never Let Me Go’ Electro perfection. Building and building, this synth-infused track is literally how 2011 meeting 1981 should sound. Brought up to date with clean production, a catchy melody and a grimy bassline, it’s easy to see why this was chosen as the second single. It really deserves more success.
Following the large amount of attention that my previous short review of the new Within Temptation album received, I decided to write a longer, more comprehensive review, now that I have the album in my grasp.
Dutch band, Within Temptation, have been labeled many things since forming in 1996- gothic metal, symphonic rock, gothic rock; I would say they are flying somewhere between all three. First album, 1997’s Enter, was doom metal and featured a sound far removed from the sound of the band today. 2001’s release, Mother Earth, featured the beginnings of what has become Within Temptation’s signature sound, establishing them at the forefront of female fronted, accessible although heavy, symphonic rock with a metal edge. Both subsequent albums The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything solidified their status and ability to get musically stronger with each release.
Within Temptation’s brand new and fifth studio album and first concept album, brings a whole new aspect to the band’s sound. Featuring harder, almost industrial beats, strings, more emphasis on thrashing guitars than on previous releases and lyrics sang from a new narrative perspective to tie in with the comic concept, this is the freshest album the band have ever put out. Here’s how each track weighs up.
A short intro to the album, featuring the voice of, presumably, Mother Maiden, as featured in the Faster music video. ‘Someone has to take a stand against evil. Why should it not be me?’ she asks, against progressive strings. The intro sets us up for the intriguing dark hero perspective with which we are about to engage.
A progressive upbeat track, with strings and a haunting intro, turning into a demanding synth and guitar filled track. This could be released as a single as it certainly easily stands shoulder to shoulder with the quality and catchiness of first single Faster.
One of the heaviest and most thrashing tracks released by Sharon and co over the past decade. Goose-bump inducing perfection soars with every chord, lyric and beat. One of the best songs Within Temptation have ever recorded, it takes their sound to brilliant new heights and shows their harsher side to full effect.
Top Artists 1.Kylie Minogue (5,276 plays) [+3,389; Up from 2009's #4] 2.Mariah Carey (2,946 plays) [+154; Down from 2009's #1] 3.Lady GaGa (2,451 plays) [+1,168; Up from 2009's #5] 4.Glee Cast (1,429 plays) [NEW] 5.Hole (1,405 plays) [NEW] 6.Madonna (1,342 plays) [+718; Up from 2009's #10] 7.Alanis Morissette (1,300 plays) [+911; Up from 2009's #15] 8.P!nk (1,131 plays) [-1,465; Down from 2009's #2] 9.Patrick Wolf (821 plays) [-1,606; Down from 2009's #3] 10.Incubus (514 plays) [-229; Down from 2009's #7] 11.Adam Lambert (513 plays) [NEW] 12.Cher (512 plays) [NEW] 13.Lostprophets (404 plays) [NEW] 14.Within Temptation (355 plays) [-300; Down from 2009's #8] 15.Mcfly (323 plays) [-116; Down from 2009's #12] 16.Placebo (321 plays) [-88; Down from 2009's #14] 17.Take That (302 plays) [-69; Down from 2009's #16] 18.Sheryl Crow (295 plays) [NEW] 19.Beyonce (273 plays) [-275; Down from 2009's #11] 20.Dannii Minogue (261 plays) [NEW]
1.Kylie Minogue: All The Lovers (448 plays) 2.Kylie Minogue: Get Outta My Way (246 plays) 3.Kylie Minogue: Cupid Boy (206 plays) 4.Kylie Minogue: Put Your Hands Up (204 plays) 5.Kylie Minogue: Better Than Today (203 plays) 6.Kylie Minogue: Can’t Beat The Feeling (202 plays) 7.Kylie Minogue: Closer (201 plays) 8.Kylie Minogue: Illusion (195 plays) 9.Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite (193 plays) 10.Kylie Minogue: Looking for an Angel (190 plays) 11.Kylie Minogue: Everything is Beautiful (186 plays) 12.Kylie Minogue: Too Much (182 plays) 13.Lady GaGa: Bad Romance (158 plays) 14.Lady GaGa: Dance in the Dark (158 plays) 15.Lady GaGa & Beyonce: Telephone (153 plays) 16.Lady GaGa: Alejandra (147 plays) 17.Lady GaGa: So Happy I Could Die (144 plays) 18.Lady GaGa: Monster (140 plays) 19.Lady GaGa: Speechless (123 plays) 20.Hole: Skinny Little Bitch (101 plays) 21.Kylie Minogue: Love Love Love (83 plays) 22.Mariah Carey: Oh Santa (81 plays) 23.Lady GaGa: Poker Face (78 plays) 24.Hole: Honey (68 plays) 25.Kylie Minogue: All The Lovers (WAWA & MMB Edit) (67 plays) 26.Hole: Pacific Coast Highway (66 plays) 27.P!nk: Sober (66 plays) 28.P!nk: Glitter in the Air (65 plays) 29.Hole: Samantha (64 plays) 30.Lady GaGa: Teeth (63 plays) 31.Glee Cast: Don’t Stop Believin’ (62 plays) 32.Mariah Carey: H.A.T.E.U (62 plays) 33.Hole: Nobody’s Daughter (61 plays) 34.Lady GaGa: Paparazzi (60 plays) 35.Lady GaGa: Just Dance (60 plays) 36.Hole: Someone Else’s Bed (58 plays) 37.Katy Perry: Firework (57 plays) 38.Adam Lambert: Whataya Want From Me (56 plays) 39.Eminem & Rihanna: Love the Way You Lie (56 plays) 40.Lady GaGa: Summerboy (53 plays)
Top 20 Tracks 1.P!nk: Funhouse (140 plays) 2.Mariah Carey: Obsessed (135 plays) 3.P!nk: Sober (135 plays) 4.P!nk: It’s All Your Fault (129 plays) 5.P!nk: So What (127 plays) 6.P!nk: Ave Mary A (125 plays) 7.P!nk: Bad Influence (120 plays) 8.Patrick Wolf: Vulture (119 plays) 9.P!nk: Please Don’t Leave Me (115 plays) 10.Mariah Carey: H.A.T.E.U (110 plays) 11.P!nk: I Don’t Believe You (107 plays) 12.Mariah Carey: I Want To Know What Love Is (106 plays) 13.P!nk: Glitter In The Air (102 plays) 14.Patrick Wolf: The Sun Is Often Out (102 plays) 15.Mariah Carey: Angels Cry (100 plays) 16.Mariah Carey: The Impossible (98 plays) 17.Mariah Carey: Standing O (97 plays) 18.Lady Gaga: Bad Romance (94 plays) 19.Mariah Carey: Betcha Gon’ Know (94 plays) 20.Mariah Carey: Ribbon (93 plays)
Top 20 Albums 1.P!nk: Funhouse (1632 plays) 2.Mariah Carey: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (1616 plays) 3.Patrick Wolf: The Bachelor (1020 plays) 4.Frankmusik: Complete Me (577 plays) 5.Lady GaGa: The Fame (563 plays) 6.Lily Allen: It’s Not Me, It’s You (518 plays) 7.Kylie MInogue: Ultimate Kylie (509 plays) 8.Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position (489 plays) 9.Patrick Wolf: The Wind and the Wires (451 plays) 10.Patrick Wolf: Lycanthropy (356 plays) 11.P!nk: I’m Not Dead (334 plays) 12.Lady GaGa: Disco Heaven (298 plays) 13.All American Rejects: When the World Comes Down (295 plays) 14.McFly: Radio: ACTIVE (277 plays) 15.Incubus: Make Yourself (239 plays) 16.Lady GaGa: The Fame Monster (238 plays) 17.Kylie Minogue: X (219 plays) 18.Alanis Morissette: Flavours of Entanglement (209 plays) 19.Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits (209 plays) 20.Girls Aloud: Out of Control (197 plays) Mariah CareyKylie MinogueLady GagaLily AllenPatrick WolfFrankmusikMcFlyGirls AloudIncubusWithin Temptation
Name your top 10 most played artists on Last.fm: (Updated: 22/06/2008. Last done: 03/09/2007)
1 Kylie Minogue (Moved up from #2)
2 Mariah Carey (Moved up from #3)
3 Within Temptation (Moved down from #1)
4 Dannii Minogue (Moved up from #7)
5 Spice Girls (Moved up from #10)
6 Patrick Wolf (Moved down from #4)
7 Madonna (Moved up from #9)
8 Amy Winehouse (New to Top Ten)
9 Wicked (New to Chart)
10 Alanis Morissette (New to Top Ten)
Now answer the questions according to the numbers:
*What was the first song you ever heard by 6? Wind in The Wires. I saw the video on TV late one night and fell in love a little bit.
*What is your favourite album of 2? Oooh! That is SO hard as I go through stages with all of them. It’s between Daydream, Butterfly & E=MC2.
*What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung? Zig-A-Zig-Ah. Blatently.
*How many times have you seen 4 live? OMG I have just realized that I have actually never ever seen her live. That makes me sad.
*What is your favourite song by 7? Take a Bow or Hung Up. Or Vogue…
*What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10? Oooh I love Alanis. Probably laying in bed in Australia feeling home sick, listening to Under Rug Swept every night. It always made me feel better. I can still smell the hostel when I listen to that album and close my eyes.
*Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad? Our Farewell is one of the saddest songs ever.
*What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung? ‘She’ll never be MC!’
*What is your favourite song by 9? DEFYING GRAVITY!!! Wooooooooo!
*How did you get into 3? Tom played me Ice Queen and I had never heard anything like it. I thought it was amazing.
*What was the first song you heard by 1? ’I should be so lucky’ OBVIOUSLY.
*What is your favourite song by 4? The Goodbye Song! Or I’m Sorry… Or You Won’t Forget About Me… or ‘Who Do You Love Now?’
*How many time have you seen 9 live? TWICE! Wooo!
*What is a good memory you have involving 2? Mariah is the artist I listen to that is purely mine and I can listen too and I feel like I did when I was 12 and all innocent and just loved to sing and dance along. Before everything got complicated. Whenever times are bad, I put Mariah on, so there are countless good memories.
*Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad? Loads. ‘Love is a Losing Game’ and ‘Back to Black’
*What is your favourite album of 5? ‘Spiceworld’!
*What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung? ’Oooh oooh, oooh oooh!’ –The beginning of Ice Queen performed live. It’s always fun.
*What is your favourite song of 1? ‘Better the devil you know’, ‘Step back in time’, ‘Your disco needs you’, Can’t get you out of my head’, ‘Wow’.
*What is your favourite song of 10? Uninvited and The Couch.
*How many times have you seen 8 live? Never. HUMPH
*What is your favourite album of 1? Rhythm of love, Impossible Princess, Fever & X
*What is a great memory you have considering 9? Me and Alex singing it a lot at Clayhill and in the car.
*What was the first song you heard by 8? ‘Rehab’ I think
Now answer the questions according to the numbers:
*What was the first song you ever heard by 6? -It must have been 'Celebrity Skin' years ago. I didn't know much about them until I became friends with Crysi who was obsessed with Courtney Love and got me into them when I was about 16.
*What is your favourite album of 2? -I love the singles from 'Rhythm of Love', but to listen to as an album, it would have to be 'Fever'. One of the best dance albums ever recorded.
*What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung? -"Do this one more time and I'll bite your fucking fingers off!" from 'No Sssweat'
*How many times have you seen 4 live? -Only once shockingly! I saw his performance at Glasto on TV and was blown away and quickly booked tickets for Reading festival were I saw him, and it was amazing!
*What is your favourite song by 7? -There's a few I think! But right up there would have to be 'You won't forget about me', 'All I wanna do', 'Goodbye Song' and 'Feel like I do'.
*What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10? -I was obsessed with the Spice Girls when I was 12-14! So there are tonnes of great memories there. A very fond memory I have was watching 'An audience with the Spice Girls' during the November of 1997 with my Nan. It's the last time I ever saw her as she past away the following week.
*Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad? -Mariah Carey? Loads! Lol! 'Without you', 'Bring on the heartbreak', 'The Wind', 'One Sweet Day', 'Butterfly', 'After Tonight', 'Never Too Far', 'Reflections', 'We Belong Together', 'Circles'... she is the Queen of pulling on your heart strings.
*What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung? -Oh my word... nothing springs out at me...It'd have to be something from 'Impossible Princess'- that whole album is lyrically mind blowing.
*What is your favourite song by 9? -'Take a Bow'! LOVE it.
*How did you get into 3? -I was about 10 years old when I heard the amazing 'All I want for Christmas is you'. I begged my Mum to buy it for me, but she wouldn't, telling me I wouldn't listen to it after Christmas so it was a waste of money. The following Septmber, 'Fantasy' was released and I fell in love again. I remember thinking 'This is the best thing I have ever heard!'. I got my first CD player that Christmas (1995) and 'Daydream' was the first album I went out and bought myself with the money I was given for Christmas. Throughout 1996 and 1997 I collected every piece of back catalogue I could get my hands on and have been a massive fan ever since! I now earn well over 200 CD's of this lady...
*What was the first song you heard by 1? -'Ice Queen'! Tom played it to me when we had just met back in 2003. I adored it and I remember trying to download it on just about every download site I could find, but every time it took about 4 days and then was terrible quality, so I gave in and ordered the album- 'Mother Earth' from Virgin for like £17!
*What is your favourite song by 4? -'Magpie' is simply beautiful from 'The Magic Position'. But I also love 'Tristan' from his last album.
*How many time have you seen 9 live? -Only once actually! I went to her Confessions tour last year in London. It was excellent!
*What is a good memory you have involving 2? -Oh Kylie just makes me happy! I have so many great memories with Kylie being the soundtrack. When I was a stripper in Australia, 'Fever' was the album I stripped too so that makes me chuckle to myself occasionally. When I worked at Choices, Julie and I used to listed to 'The Ultimate Kylie' every single day. We both knew every word and danced along for hours. It made work so much fun! One of my best friends Tracy also loves Kylie, so we often watch Kylie DVDs while drinking and smoking and love it! We also saw her at Wembley on her homecoming tour. Hearing her moving speach during 'Dreams' made me cry!
*Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad? -'Still' and a few others from 'Not Com.mercial', and 'Love is a lonely place without you' from ;Livin Proof'.
*What is your favourite album of 5? -Oh how dull, they only have one album! I do love it though...
*What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung? -'Honey' has filthy lyrics if you listen- I love that! The lyrics that move me the most include 'Hero', 'Through the Rain', 'Never Too Far' and 'Circles'.
*What is your favourite song of 1? That's SO hard! I absolutely LOVE their version of 'Running Up That Hill'- the Kate Bush song. But equally, I love 'Stand my Ground', 'Mother Earth', 'Our Farwell' and the whole new album!
*What is your favourite song of 10? -'Viva Forever' is my fave! But they have loads of superb pop songs- like 'Spice Up your Life' and 'Who do you thin you are?'. Looking forward to the Grestest Hits!
*How many times have you seen 8 live? -Only once ever! :-( I won VIP tickets to the Brit Awards in 1999 and took my Mum! We saw Cher perform 'Believe' which was amazing. The whole night seems like it's from someone else's life. It was very overwhelming. I met Cher that night too. I love her!
*What is your favourite album of 1? -Actually, I think I'll say 'The Heart of Everything'. I love them more now than I ever have done and I can listen to that album for days without hearing anything else.
*What is a great memory you have considering 9? -I didn't like her until I saw Evita. Then I saw that at thew cinema when I was 12 and fel in love with Madonna. I was gutted when Evita died. I instantly felt this need to go out and buy all of Madonna's music, which I did. Lol! I remember 'Ray of Light' kept me very saine through my teenage years and introduced me to some new genre's of music.
*What was the first song you heard by 8? -My mum had the 'Cher's Greastest Hits 1965-1992' album since I can remember- which I stole in the end. I can't remember the first song, but I heard that album a lot while I was growing up and loved every track.
*What is your favourite cover by 2? -Cover art or cover song?? I'll do both... Hmmm... My favourite Kylie cover song would be 'Tears on my pillow'. Mainly because only a few tracks spring to mind, and that's definately the best of all of them. Cover art... 'Impossible Princess' is fabulousy dark, yet colourful. It captures what you're about to hear beautifully.
So I saw Transformers at the cinema last night and LOVED it! It prompted me to download the soundtrack which movies rarely do and I have to say it is the best soundtrack I have heard in years!
I love every song on there- I even like the HIM track and they are quite possibly my least favourite band in the world of all time.
Some awesome bands on there I'd not heard of before like Idiot Pilot, Mute Math, Amor for Sleep and Julien-K, along with some great tracks from Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday, Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, The Used and Goo Goo Dolls. Wicked stuff. <3transformers
Easily one of the best gigs I have ever been too, I fucking loved every second of it! The whole band were on top form, especially Sharon who rocked with her amazing voice. Cannot wait till Download until I see them again!!
The only thing I would have changed were three song choices: 'The truth beneath the rose', 'Memories' and 'Hand of Sorrow'. Although I enjoyed them, I would have rather seen 'Running up that hill', 'Dark Wings', 'Our Farewell', 'Restless' or 'Forgiven'.