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QUICK REVIEW: Justin Timberlake – Filthy

Well hello ladies and gents, time for a type of blog post I haven’t done for AGES, I’m doing a music review and specifically it’ll be a short review for Justin Timberlake’s recently released single; “Filthy“. I remember how excited I got when I found out that JT was releasing the first single from his upcoming album, I had no clue he was working on new stuff! I waited impatiently for the new music video, then watched it and went to listen to the song a few more times over the next few days. ūüôā Now I know the song’s been out for at least two weeks and I was meant to review it within the first few days, unfortunately, time got away from me, but now after listening to the song 8 times I think I’m ready to share my thoughts. ūüėõ

Anyway check out the music video below:

I remember the first time I heard the song my immediate thoughts probably sounded like this: “It’s different, but I like it.” Much like JT’s previous first singles, this song is one that grows on you. I remember when¬†“SexyBack” came out and I initially¬†hated it, but eventually did a 180 and ended up loving it. And “Suit & Tie” in 2013 I liked and thought it was good, but then I fell in love with it. With “Filthy” it has a sound that is new and contemporary but also feels familiar. Upon my¬†first listen I felt like.

I love the way the song starts up in a very triumphant and bombastic way and then drops into a funky beat with an R&B kind of sound mixed in with electronic elements. Lyrically this fits in with “SexyBack” being very sexual and sensual, but also fun and catchy. And while there’s repetition with some of the lyrics like “If you know what’s good” or “Haters gonna say it’s fake, so real”, I think it works in the context of the song, possibly enticing you to sing along. After my third or fourth listen I was obsessed¬†with the song and was singing along with the intro and the line “Your friends, my friends and they ain’t leaving till six in the morning” was my favourite part. And in the last quarter of the sound when it proper switches up and goes hard with that electronic sound for a bit was surprising on my first listen, but it is delicious and really cool.

I guess my only nitpicks with the song would be two things: 1) The breathing in the background, while sexy breathing can fun in certain songs, in this song it is a little distracting. And 2) The song doesn’t feel like one that you can dance to, but maybe that will change when I hear it in the club. As for the music video, it is suitably odd yet captivating with JT as this Steve Jobs-like man presenting his robotic creation that can do all of these fancy dance moves.

In conclusion, Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” is fun and sexy kind of jam, while it doesn’t have the instant replay and dance factor that’s come with his previous work, I think it is a fresh and addictive kind of sound that if you’re willing to accept, it will consume you in the best way. I know some have dismissed it already and that’s fine, people like what they like, but I for one will be jamming to this eagerly anticipating Man of the Woods when it drops next month! ūüėÄ

So what do you think of JT’s new sound? Are you feeling it or did you hope for something better? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Random Blog 11: Please Mr. Kennedy

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another edition of the Random Blog series, today I’m going to be talking about a song that has attached itself to my head for just around a month now and is so addictive that I just have to talk about it. The song in question is called “Please Mr. Kennedy“.

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Now for those of you who watch films frequently, you’ll know what song I am referring to immediately, but for those not in the know here’s a quick summary. The recent Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis came out in the UK last month and while the main response from the film is positive, there a great number of people that disliked the film passionately. Love it or hate it, one can’t deny the quality of the soundtrack which is just amazing. But there is one song in particular that stands out from the rest and that is “Please Mr. Kennedy“.

Just have a look at the scene and song below:

Haha, good stuff. Loads of people agree that this scene is arguably the best part of the film because it is so light-hearted, silly, fun and hilarious. Literally after the film ended this was the song that I was thinking about for hours afterward and when I found the song on YouTube I was all over it. I think because of the moody and quite depressing nature of the film, when ¬†a song like this comes so out of left field, you can’t help but get down with it because of the charm and upbeat nature.

I fell in love with song not only because its funny but also because it sounded good too. While I’m not overly keen on folk music, there are exceptions to the rule and this song just had me. The instrumental side of things is gorgeous and then there’s the vocals, Oscar Isaac has a lovely voice, Justin Timberlake is a proven talent in the world of music and he continues to excel here too and Adam Driver’s hilarious contribution with his bellowing voice was especially fun. Isaac and Timberlake compliment each other very well and their vocals blend like butter on toast, Isaac is the secondary singer in this trio but his contribution should not be overlooked. Timberlake is the star here and his voice is more suited to pop and R&B, but surprisingly it works nicely here and when he gets to put his vocals to work at those high points it he is awesome. But of course the person most people were paying attention to was Driver, he’s the separate guy who sings and shouts the backing parts and he is amazing, his voice is so deep and the¬†delivery of his lines is SO funny with those¬†facial expressions. Tell me after this song is over that you couldn’t hear the words “OUTER SPACE!”, playing in your mind over and over again haha.

So to conclude, I don’t know whose idea it was to put this song in the film, but whoever it is deserves a medal as “Please Mr. Kennedy” might one of the most memorable songs in recent film history. Obviously that is a big statement, but besides the songs from Frozen‘s soundtrack, I don’t think I’ve found a song so addictive and fun. Together Isaac, Timberlake and Driver crafted a song that’s catchy and all-round fun.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Films, Media, Music

 

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Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, we’re reviewing films today and I’m going to be talking about Inside Llewyn Davis. I saw the trailer for this film around a month ago and knew I had to see it, especially since it was film from the Coen brothers. So how was the film? Read on and find out.

The story follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles – some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the basket houses of the village to an empty Chicago club – on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman – and back again.

I liked the story, it was filled with humour, drama and all that good stuff that make Coen brothers films worth watching, that being said I did not like nearly as much as I thought I would and the story unfolded in a way unlike what I was expecting. The film chronicles Llewyn Davis’ travels and longing for a career in the music business and the road is bumpy and it makes for a very interesting and compelling, if somewhat melancholy adventure. For a while I was trying to figure out “What make this film so good?” Then there was a turning point where something happens with Llewyn which make me say in this film, “Now I know why people like this film.” Also even though the film was good, it kind of left me on a bit of a downer and I’m not overly keen on feeling low after a film experience.

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When it comes to the cast they are all very impressive with some very special highlights.¬†Oscar Isaac is amazing as Llewyn Davis. Issac acts with such passion, raw emotion and you’re drawn to him when he gets really down in the dumps or sings his heart out.¬†Llewyn’s life is a joke, it really is. I don’t know anyone who could survive or move around the way he does and at times you wonder how he isn’t in worse situations that he is or just dead. While his irresponsible behaviour and recklessness make him a bit unlikable, in the end he a guy with a dream and issues from his past that mess with his emotions and you just want to see him succeed. Another great performance comes from¬†Carey Mulligan as Jean Berkey, I think this is the best I’ve seen from Mulligan and I’m starting to become a fan of hers. What I really liked was how far removed this was from the norm for her and how Mulligan could balance the subtle and full-on aspects of her dialogue and emotions.

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Also John Goodman as Roland Turner was great and hilarious. While Turner was a bit of a douchebag he had some funny stuff to say and I wonder especially in the last few years, is there a time when John Goodman isn’t on-form as an actor? I would like to know.¬†Garrett Hedlund was decent as Johnny Five but I felt like he was barely in the film and was kind of boring, but at least he looked cool as hell though.¬†Justin Timberlake was also good as Jim Berkey and I really liked he music moments too, but maybe that’s just because I’m a JT fan haha. And the only other mention I wanted to give was to¬†Ethan Phillips who was lovely as Mitch Gorfein, Philips was a delight, but just like when I was watching Philomena the other day I knew I’d seen his face before but I couldn’t pinpoint it. Only after looking online do I know he’s frigging Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager, yes man, I love it, the role in this film is kind of similar actually.

Also the soundtrack was INCREDIBLE and in my opinion the best part of the whole film. That’s not to say all the other elements are terrible in comparison, but listen, once you hear this music, you feel a certain level of warmth, serenity, humour, beauty, sadness and other such emotions at different points or maybe all at once. I’ve never been big on folk music, though I have been known to enjoy bits and bobs from time to time, but I think this film may be the one to convert me as there are some truly beautiful pieces of music to be found here. Bottom line, the music is amazing and I think I’ll get the soundtrack for sure.

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In conclusion Inside Llewyn Davis is really, really good but it wasn’t the kind of film I was expecting. I really liked the script and the performances from the cast were great, but it is the music that won me over. While I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, it still a great film and one that I recommend just for the music alone.

Rating: 8/10 (A dramatic story with a great cast)

Sow what did you think of Inside Llewyn Davis? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Favourite Songs #28: Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned / I Think That She Knows

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the 28th edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today we’re talking about one of my favourite songs from my teenage days with a little bit of Justin Timberlake with the song¬†“LoveStoned / I Think That She Knows“.

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Yes, yes, yes! This is one of my most nostalgic songs and I am surprised that it has stayed with me this song, however that should be a pretty good indication of how bloody awesome the song is and believe me it is BLOODY AWESOME YO! ūüėÄ

Just have a listen to this tune below:

This is one of my favourite JT music videos and I’m glad that both parts of the song made it into the video because it is unique and awesome.

Now back in 2006 when Timberlake’s second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds came out I was obsessed with its sound and thought it was one of the best albums ever. But there was one song in particular I got attached to pretty early on and it was¬†“LoveStoned / I Think That She Knows“. I thought it was just the most upbeat, cool, sexy and beautiful song that JT had done and I waited for it to be released as a single and saw it ignore for ages until the summer of 2007 when it finally got released. By that point I’d sort of gone off the song, but once the music video came out I got back into it again. ūüôā

So what makes this song so good? Well I think that is the fact that it feels so confident. JT’s lyrics tell a story about a girl that he’s clearly interested in and has an obsession with in a club, she’s clearly hot and aware of his stare (at least that’s the way I’ve interpreted it). I love the lyrics as they’re fun and sexy and the way JT sings on the track is great. The music production behind the song sounds incredible with all those beats and music notes, it comes together. The first half is really quick and good for dancing and then there’s that second half once the interlude comes in with that sexy breakdown which turns into a transition into the next half of the song. It is here¬†where the song’s inner beauty spreads its wings, I ADORE this part. It is slower, softer and feels like it’s from the heart. From here JT and the music worked together in beautiful harmony. And I think that it was the second half that made this song stand out so much for me.

For about 2 years that was my favourite JT song and then I sort of drifted from most of the music from that album for a while. And I think the spark was reignited when I came to uni and while I don’t listen to it that often, when I do I feel all this beautiful nostalgia.

So to conclude¬†“LoveStoned / I Think That She Knows” by Justin Timberlake is a gorgeous tune that has one really great dancing half and then a great breakdown in the second half and I think that it is thanks to songs like this that JT continued the trend of having sounds with two halves in his 20/20 Experience albums. If you haven’t experienced the beauty that is this song then do yourself a favour and listen, it is lovely.

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of my song choice today? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 Review

Hey hey hey people! After a little time away from the realm of music I’m returning with another music review and we’re gonna be reviewing Justin Timberlake’s 4th album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Now I loved the¬†The 20/20 Experience¬†(read my review for my thoughts) and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this second half for months and after listening to it 4 times I think I’m ready to review it.

So yeah¬†The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2¬†give us another JT album that again sounds new but familiar at the same time. The best way to describe this album in the JT and Timbaland production style from the early to mid-2000’s mixed in with a few different things. The end result is something that is nostalgic, sexy but at the same time a little underwhelming.

So let’s talk about the tracks specifically. The album opens with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)“, a great opening track that features a more familiar sound when it comes to R&B and it let’s you know this is a different kind of sound when compared to the first half of The 20/20 Experience. The way it starts up is sensual and awesome and that there’s that chorus, love it. Next up is¬†“True Blood” a seductive song that has Timberlake and Timbaland doing what they do best, making killer music which is made for dancing and getting freaky to. While it is a little on the long side, it is great little song with some vampire references thrown in and I feel like the song is JT”s own version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in some ways. And then we have “Cabaret” which honestly the stand out song on the album. When I first heard this song I instantly fell in love. I love everything about this song, it sounds dead gorgeous, sexy and is one of JT’s best songs ever and Drake’s contribution is also great. The best aspect is how it sounds just like the old Timbaland music style from the late 90’s to early 00’s, good stuff. “TKO” is another JT and Timbaland production that sounds like their older material, however, there’s something about this song that just doesn’t click with me, plus its bit longer than it needs to be.

Now we have “Take Back the Night“, the big song that served as lead single off of this album, which is totally different from the rest of the album (similar to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” from Random Access Memories). The song’s been described as an ode to Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall era of music and there are definitely similarities. I’ve been jamming to this song all summer and it is definitely addictive. “Murder” is the next good track on the album, I do like the music, JT’s lyrics and that chorus is really engaging. Jay-Z’s contribution to the song is decent and has some interesting lyrics, but I don’t feel like it is nearly as good as it was on “Suit & Tie” or as Drake on “Cabaret“. “Drink You Away” is a nice little tune about trying to get over someone with alcohol, it is a story that’s been told many times before, but JT makes it sound really good.

It is after this point where songs start losing their ‘wow factor’ and start becoming uninteresting and kind of dull.

You Got It On” is a soppy, dull kind of love song that is just not for me. “Amnesia” is a decent song, but its length really kills it and that’s a shame because there are some moments of coolness especially when that second half kicks in. “Only When I Walk Away” is a strange song that again goes on for a while and has a few odd music influences, while “Not a Bad Thing” is not too bad of song but it is a bit soppy. And then there’s “Pair of Wings“, the hidden track which really goes on for far too long for my liking.

Oh, then there’s the¬†two bonus tracks¬†available on the deluxe edition of the album. First, there’s “Blindness” which has a nice relaxed little groove to it, but it¬†doesn’t have any memorable aspects to it.¬†And finally, there’s “Electric Lady” a calm little sexy groove of a song. There is a very beautiful and seductive nature of this song and it at least ends the album on a good note. While the last track is good, both of these extra tracks aren’t really as powerful as the songs from the first half of The 20/20 Experience.

My favourite tracks of the album:

  • Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)
  • True Blood
  • Cabaret
  • Take Back The Night
  • Murder
  • Drink You Away
  • Electric Lady

In conclusion¬†The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2¬†is a great second half to his previous album. I think this album will split fans and critics, some will complain that the JT didn’t continue his new sounds that he started in the last album, while others I think will enjoy the more conventional R&B sound. For me, I loved hearing a more familiar sound and great music production, however, I don’t think the album has the same engaging nature as the last album. I’d still recommend this album because there’s still a lot of kick ass tunes to enjoy.

Rating: 7.5/10 (The second half of The 20/20 Experience while not as hot as the first half definitely has some sexy sounds that shouldn’t be missed out on)

So what did you think of the¬†The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Review

Alrighty then its time for another music review.¬†Justin Timberlake’s third album, The 20/20 Experience¬†which was released in March this¬†year. I didn’t get around to listening to it until April, but then I had to listen to the album again to properly a feel for the music. Now its frigging September and The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2¬†comes out in a few weeks!¬†I was meant to review the album months ago! Why has this taken so long? This is ridiculous! So after hearing this album 3 times, I think I’m ready to review it.

Also in this review I’ll be talking about all of the tracks in sequence including the tracks available on the¬†deluxe edition too.

So¬†The 20/20 Experience Timberlake’s first album in 7 years and it feels like an eternity since Timberlake ruled the world of music with “SexyBack” and the rest of his singles from the FutureSex/LoveSounds album. This new album is not quite the same kind of sound we’re used to from Timberlake, I mean sure there are elements of the album that sound familiar to¬†FutureSex/LoveSounds but this album goes in a few different directions, quite unexpected in some cases but it makes for a varied and interesting listening experience.

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So let’s talk about the tracks specifically. The album opens with “Pusher Love Girl” and it is gorgeous. This was my favourite song before the album even dropped due to Timberlake’s live performance back in February. It’s just when the chorus kicks in, I fall in love, Timberlake’s vocals along with the smooth and sexy jazzy R&B sounds, I love it. And then the second half of the song drops and you get a more beat-driven hip-hop piece with echoing vocals and spoken lyrics that works very well. It’s addictive!

And then we get to “Suit & Tie“, the first single released off of this album. While it does quite have the catchy nature of “Like I Love You” or the addictive nature of “SexyBack“, this track does have a beautiful sound that you can jam to due to the beats and Timberlake’s lovely voice. Now let’s talk about Jay-Z’s contribution to the track, at first it feels very out-of-place and odd, but after a repeat listens it really works. The track does get better with each listen. Oh then we have “Don’t Hold The Wall“, this is one of the stand out tracks because it is not only the first sort of dance song, but it works really well best of its music direction. This song has an unexpected and crazy Indian sound to it, layered with Timbaland-style vocals and beats, but surprisingly it works well. This is another song with a second half to it and its noted as a drum and bass styled finish with Timberlake and Timbaland doing their thing. It’s SO nice.

Next up is “Strawberry Bubblegum“, upon first listen I wasn’t too keen on this song, but after a few listens the song’s gotten a bit better. It’s another slow jam with a cute yet funny style of lyrics, though I find the second half of this song to be way more impressive and addictive because I really does sound like elevator music haha. Now we move onto the good stuff with “Tunnel Vision“, what could be described as the best track on the album. Straight from the time the song starts and the beats drop with Timbo in the background you know you’re in for a great listen. This is honestly perfection for me, it is Timberlake and Timbaland together making beautiful R&B sounds which is familiar and fresh at the same time. I never noticed this track the first time round but on my second listen I became obsessed, and it bugs me how much people know this song from the music video and not from the album itself. Then there is “Spaceship Coupe“, which has some great music production though it is one of my least favourite tracks, it’s just a bit dull and too lovey dovey for me. Another track that falls into that lovey dovey department is “That Girl“, while I like the old school style with the nice beats in the background, it just isn’t a dance number or a one for me to jam to.

Then we move onto “Let The Groove Get In” and I have to say that this is my jam! Now this is a dance track! It has style, charm and a great upbeat groove. I love beats, Timberlake’s vocals and Timbaland’s music production which is again right on point! I think this song has another Indian kind of influence due to the backing vocals and music style. Oh and the second half of this song is just awesome, the transition is so slick and the beats along with the lyrics are beautiful. Now its time to talk about “Mirrors“, this being the biggest single off of this album, it really is a song about love and relationships and wanting to be with your other half forever, at least that’s how I interpret it. At first I really wasn’t keen on this song at all, but over time it has grown on me. The first half of the song really has a similar arrangement to “My Love” when it comes to the pacing and beats, which is something I liked. The second half of this song features a nice softer finish and it is my preferred of the track because its addictive. And then there’s the last track on the album “Blue Ocean Floor“, which is honestly a quiet little song, but I think it is really beautiful. Just how I loved Friendly Fires songs “Pala” and “Helpless“, I love these slow tracks filled with wonderful music and wonderful vocals.

But just when you thought that the album’s awesome factor was over, you get two additional track to work with. “Dress On” is simply one of the most gorgeous songs that Timberlake has ever crafted in my opinion, it just has that trademark Timbaland production along with soothing vocals, beautiful lyrics and its practically a track that melts your ears. Then the finishing song is “Body Count“, honestly this was my first favourite song from this album from the time I first heard it (not counting “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Love Girl“). While it’s not your conventional Timberlake kind of sound, the song has a great sound and makes me want to dance, and that’s where it succeeds, I love songs I can dance to, especially when they come from Timberlake and this was my jam. I love its upbeat nature, lyrics, Mexican-sounding music and the inclusion of Timbaland (Timbo is so badass).

My favourite tracks of the album:

  • Pusher Love Girl
  • Suit & Tie
  • Don’t Hold The Wall
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Let The Groove Get In
  • Dress On
  • Body Count

In conclusion¬†The 20/20 Experience while it may not be Justin Timberlake’s best work it is damn good effort. The album feels familiar and yet new at the same time and it you give a chance, upon repeat listens the songs get a lot better. It’s just great to have Timberlake making music again and I can’t wait to see what’s going on with the second half of this album when it hits later on this year.

Rating: 8/10 (It’s a good album that keeps better with each listen)

So what do you think of the first half of The 20/20 Experience? Are liking JT’s return to music or do you think he shouldn’t have come back at all? Whatever your thoughts just drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later on.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Justin Timberlake Performance At The Grammys 2013

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I swear I have Justin Timberlake fever or something because I am following everything that he is doing. But that’s only because I think he is awesome and have waited so long for his return to music, so after I saw what he did at the Grammys last night I just had to talk about it! So after Justin’s stellar performance at the Super Bowl a little while ago I was really looking forward to seeing what he would do at the Grammys this year and I can say that he didn’t disappoint. Check out the awesome video below:

As you can see here JT performs a slightly more condensed version of “Suit & Tie”, with some help from the awesomeness that’s Jay-Z and JT’s awesome band the Tennessee Kids. In this performance we got to see a little more a dance routine with JT and three additional dancers, it was some nice, slick, yet simple choreography that really added some style to the performance. And of course when Jay-Z stepped on the crowd blew up, it’s funny because when I first heard “Suit & Tie” I thought that Jay-Z’s contribution to the track sort of messed with the flow of the song, however now I love it and I think it’s awesome! So after once versus, a chorus and the first part of Jay-Z’s rap the song stops… And then we entered Little Pusher Love Girl (aka Pusher Love Girl)!

Ever since I saw JT’s performance of this at the Super Bowl its been ringing in my ears ever since and at the Grammys it still sounds as sexy as ever. I swear JT’s vocals set by soul on fire, that along with the amazing back vocalists and beautiful sounds of the Tennessee Kids makes for one hell of great live show. The song sounds so old-school and nostalgic with the use of its jazzy and classical instruments and the way the song just builds up towards the end is simply fantastic! You can see that everyone on that stage are having the time of their lives and just having fun. This song to me shows JT in his element with his vocals totally pitch perfect and he’s totally on fire!

In conclusion JT continues to show that he’s the coolest guy around and he still has the power to control the stage whenever he shows up. His new album couldn’t come any sooner! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Justin Timberlake Performing @ Mark’s Cuban’s Super Bowl

I know I’m a bit when it comes to blogging about anything Super Bowl-related, but this is something I had to blog about. I had been looking forward to seeing what Justin Timberlake would do at the 2013 Super Bowl in his first live performance after four years. Would he kill it or be a little rusty? In the end from what I’ve seen of the videos it’s like Timberlake never left.

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After so much time away the guy still knows how to rock a stage!

Now I will be talking about each of the live songs that JT performed (at least the one’s visible online at the moment), so let’s get started!

Little Pusher Love Girl

I swear after hearing this for the first time I fell in love with it straight away. This was the first new song that JT debuted from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience (besides “Suit & Tie” of course) and to say that I like it would be a understatement. I love it! JT seemed like he was in his element when moved to the music and sang those pitch notes that only he can do. There is something so ‘Timberlake’ about the song that its hard to explain, but anyway I love the music and JT’s singing together, it was perfect. I’m normally one of those kind of people who prefer studio music to live performances but in some cases like this I get won over, and if “Little Pusher Love Girl” sounds anything like this on the album then I know it’ll be incredible.

That Girl

Here we have another new song from JT’s upcoming album and this one is a lovely soulful performance. This song has a nice soft melody and again JT’s vocals carry the song very well. I don’t have much to say about this one, I liked it a lot but it’s not nearly as cool as the other 3 song performances that he did.

Suit & Tie

Oh yes now this is the good stuff, “Suit & Tie” has already been on my mind for days now and seeing it performed live is even better. Now I’m eve more obsessed than I was before! So here we have JT strutting his stuff and singing in a lovely fashion accompanied by great musicians and back-up singers. Everything is good well, but when Jay-Z enters the stage the crowd just blows up! Both of them have great chemistry together and vibe off of each other nicely. The song just sounds nice and makes you wanna start dancing and in this video JT has shown that in can work for a live performance too. In the end this was definitely my highlight song of JT’s performance.

SexyBack

So “SexyBack” was the last performance that JT did before finishing his show and for a good few hours it was hard to find but luckily it was uploaded at the latter part of Monday. Man I was so glad to see JT and Timbaland back together doing what is arguably one of the most popular songs of the last decade. JT was one form and Timbo was in his groove, and while I loved this version of the song I kind of wish that Timbo had gotten to do more and sing his parts without the assistance of JT, but that’s just a minor nitpick at best. But what really elevated this performance was the assistance of JT’s band, The Tennessee Kids. They did really well playing song and jazzing it up with slight variations at certain points in the song and when they did the instrumental outro after JT left that was some good stuff!

So that’s it ladies and gents, so have you seen any of JT’s performances and what do you think them? Whatever your thoughts from them below and let me know. Until the next time people, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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My Thoughts on Justin Timberlake’s Return to Music

I have been waiting for this moment for a long time now, it’s been 7 years since Timberlake released his last album and blew the world up with a collection of chart-topping hits. Back then JT was untouchable. But after 2007 JT was found in songs as guest artist rather than continuing any of his own stuff and obviously by that time JT was getting into films too. These days I think more people recognize Timberlake for the films that he’s in and think that he’s just stopped doing music altogether. However there were those who lived in hope and just prayed that JT would come back with some new material… And it seems like our prayers were answered and this video confirmation:

When I saw this I knew some cool stuff was going down, it had confirmed what all fans all over the world had been waiting for. That our man had gone back in the studio to make some new material. But the shocker for me was yesterday when my sister and she told me that Timberlake’s single had already gone online. I felt so ashamed to be out of the loop especially with an artist I like as much as Justin Timberlake. Now yes I am going to make it known now that I am a massive Justin Timberlake fan. I know that’s not so normal for most guys and when I tell my mates that I like his music they all go “What’s wrong with you?” or “His music’s horrible!” But I don’t give a monkeys what anyone says, I think his music is solid and it sounds totally awesome and I have been a fan since 2002, so there! Anyway let’s talk about that new single. Here’s the video for those who haven’t heard it yet:

Honestly for me I like it. Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers when they returned to the music scene with “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, the single is nice, upbeat, familiar and while not groundbreaking it still sounds fabulous. And just like my sister said it does sound similar to Robin Thicke (but we all know who came first with the awesome vocals). I reckon with some time it’ll grow on people and probably with the appearance of an eventual music video then it’ll change some people’s point of view about things. Again when referring back to the Chili Peppers, back when their first new single came out in August 2011 not many people were down with the new song and had expected something like “Dani California” (myself included), but in time the song grew on ya and now most fans like (personally I love “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie“). And I think the same rule will apply to JT’s new song “Suit & Tie“, while it definitely doesn’t have the massive presence that “SexyBack” had back in 2006, the song is still classy enough to get the fans happy. Some people have complained about the song on being big enough or the song being underwhelming or have moaned about Jay-Z’s inclusion on the track. To them I say get over it. In these times of pretty poor music, there’s not many people that still make contemporary R&B sound nice and interesting, but it seems to me that JT still can. Again as I said before this song will probably grow on people and eventually Justin will pull out his trump card singles that’ll put him back on top again.

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So on JT’s website he’s said that he started working on new music list june last year and he’s enjoyed the process of making new music without any rules or end goals, just to have fun making music. He’s also got a name for his new album which is “The 20/20 Experience” so that’s already got me all hyped up.

All I can say is that I am hyped for the future of music and I can’t wait to see what new material Justin brings throughout 2013, it’s about time I had some good music to listen to in the charts for a change.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Media, Music

 

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