I heard all the cool kids use blogspot now so I thought I’d try my hand at it. I’m going to keep this one here for now & see how I get on. Who knows, I may be back within a week!
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I have been neglecting this poor blog for way too long now. Since my last post in October 2012 my life has changed quite a bit, hence the lack of posts.
The main reason for my absence is the fact that I finally found myself a full time job (wooo!). I am now a full time Marketing Assistant at WillCreate. I am very much enjoying it but of course this has left me with very little time to concentrate on my first love of music journalism. I feel enough is enough though and it’s time to stop being lazy and making excuses. In between work, my ‘social’ life and writing for various music websites my aim is to update writeitoffthewall at least once a week. I really hope people continue to read and enjoy what I post.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! x
Lights up and the 4,500 strong ‘Murs Army’ are already screaming his name and jumping with excitement, homemade banners and cameras at the ready. All of this for the guy who lost out on the X Factor crown four years ago.
However ‘loser’ is not quite the word I would use to describe Olly Murs, as he saunters onto stage wearing a dapper suit and huge grin, towering above his avid fans. The familiar drum beat of ‘Army of Two’ begins, the crowd goes wild once more and the formula for his incredible success is all too clear – the humble Essex lad can write, or perform at least, some near perfect pop. With the energy of a young puppy, his stage presence and danceable hits are undeniably infectious.
Crowd pleasers ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ keep even boyfriends in the audience happy. His chirpy brass band, equipped with cheesy dance moves, provide a Madness element to the set as the set veered into album favourites such as ‘Right Place Right Time’ and ‘I’m OK’.
With every song that goes by the cheeky hip thrusts and crotch grabs seem to increase two-fold, as energy levels reach an impressive level. Murs barely stands still the entire time, running around the stage for over an hour, even breaking down into the classic Beyonce booty shake at one point. No one can accuse him of not putting on a lively show. There’s even time for an exciting ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go/A Town Called Malice’ mash up, entertaining even the very youngest gig goers.
Amidst the chaos, an acoustic and piano interlude pushes his talents to the forefront. Throwing back to his debut album, he sits with his guitar and performs a beautifully stripped back versions of ‘Busy’ and ‘Heart on My Sleeve’. Warning the audience he is nervous before taking to the ivory, we catch a glimpse into his unassuming and grounded personality. Thankfully he performs ‘One of These Days’ perfectly, with the relief on his face saying it all.
Before returning to the stage for the ‘Troublemaker’ encore, Murs thanks his fans for all their support over the last three and half years. As he waves goodbye one final time, between the blitz of confetti and admiring screams, there’s a feeling that this X Factor success will be entertaining crowds for many more years to come.
Reviewed for Virgin Red Room
After what seems like a lifetime, McFly return to the limelight and it is very welcome. The recent release of the boys’ autobiography Unsaid Things makes it clear that the band are in a great place both personally and musically. New single Love Is Easy is definite proof of this. The song is an instant feel good, happy tune. With lyrics such as ‘today, I’m laughing the clouds away’ and ‘my side of the grass is green’ mixed in with plenty of ‘dos and oos’, it is impossible for your mood not to be lifted. Paired with a catchy, sing a long chorus, its ingredients are a recipe for a hit.
The video is just as cute as the song, with Mcfly donning their best suits and getting up on a theatre stage to act out the lyrics with props, a pink ukulele and people dressed as birds. Throughout, there are clever references to each of their previous albums, ending with a sign which says ‘For the Fans’. A massive clue to the title of their new record perhaps? We will have to wait and see.
Mcfly are back with their sound that we all know and love and it seems fans and band alike could not be happier.
Love Is Easy is released on 11th November 2012 and if you can’t wait for their new album, Memory Lane: The Best of Mcfly is out on 26th Novemeber.
This record is jam packed full of more artist collaborations than you could ever wish for. If there’s one thing Calvin Harris knows how to do, it’s create epic songs with pop royalty that stand the test of time.
The whole album feels like a collection of potential (and past) number ones. It is hard not to feel like it should have been released during the summer, as you can easily imagine every song playing out around festival fields. Not to worry though, as I think in ‘18 months’ time, these songs will still sound fresh and continue blaring out of speakers all over the world.
Five massive hit singles reside on the track listing, including most recent ‘Sweet Nothing’, featuring the powerful voice of Florence Welch. This song is absolutely captivating, with a chorus so uplifting that it instantly hooks you in and then breaks down into one of the most catchy, euphoric rhythms of the year. A huge sing and dance along track, absolutely made for the big crowds which Harris pulls in. Big female vocals continue with singles ‘Bounce’ featuring Kelis and ‘We Found Love’ with Rihanna. If you didn’t hear either of these songs over the summer, where have you been hiding? It would be easy to describe these songs as overplayed but they simply haven’t become boring yet. Catchy riffs like these are hard to get tired of.
‘I Need Your Love’ showcases another pop princess of the moment, Ellie Goulding. Her signature soft voice sings against hard exciting beats for an attention-grabbing contrast.
Of course, this album isn’t all about the girls. It’s questionable whether Ne-Yo and Tinie Tempah have ever been part of a song that isn’t instantly catchy. ‘Let’s Go’ has a big enough chorus that makes you want to try out Ne-Yo’s slick dance moves for yourself. The tempo of ‘Drinking from the Bottle’ is reminiscent of Tinie’s collaboration with Swedish House Mafiaand would fit seamlessly into any club play list. Dizzee Rascal helps bring the grime with ‘Here 2 China’, with his quick witted raps alongside filthy bass lines, it’s like we’ve been joined by the 90s version of himself.
Dizzee isn’t the only one kicking it old school, as Calvin produces a handful of songs which wouldn’t sound out of place on his debut ‘I Created Disco’. With bass guitars, airy synths and noises which sound more at home in a Nintento video game, the 80’s vibe is back with full force and we definitely still have love for it.
This album is so eclectic, there’s a track for every possible mood and taste you’ll ever have. With something new to discover with each listen and such a great mix of vocals and tempos throughout, it will almost certainly stay fresh for a long time.
Written for Virgin Red Room here
Welsh rockers Lostphrophets return with ‘Weapons’, their first record since 2010 – although it feels like they’ve been off the radar for much longer. There’s no time to be eased back in to the world of Lostprophets however as the album’s energetic start lasts throughout. Opening with latest single ‘Well Bring ‘Em’, the familiar sound of Ian Watkins’ distinctive voice over a formula of guitar led verses and big choruses makes your ears feel at home. Is this a recipe that’s been cooked too many times before?
As true as this may be, it’s difficult to stop my inner 15 year old loving certain tracks. ‘Jesus Walks’, one of the longest tracks on the album also feels the most heartfelt. With lyrics such as ‘we’ll never give up the fight, we’ll never stop singing’ it makes for a real sense of togetherness, a song almost like it was made for live shows.
‘Better Off Dead’ was quite rightly Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World’ earlier this year, veering slightly from the norm with almost rap-like verses. Ironically the last track ‘Can’t Get Enough’ is one that’ll be stuck in your head for the longest. There’s no denying that Lostprophets are the kings of ‘hands in the air’, uplifting choruses. Rarely do they make a song which can’t be ‘rocked out’ to.
Aside from the few stand out tracks however, the album does feel a little samey at times. If you listen without concentrating it can become difficult to distinguish between tracks, making you wonder if they used up their entire creative spark back in 2006 with ‘Liberation Transmission’ – the last album of theirs to make a real impression.
If you’re a Lostprophets fan, this album will be an instant hit. If you’re not, it’s still worth a listen for the stand out tracks. Why should they change when this formula that has served them so well? Everyone loves a good pop punk sing along and Lostprophets are still here to deliver them to us when we need it.
The band are set to tour the UK in May, much to the delight of the country’s teenagers…and me.
Reviewed for Virgin here