Jack White is a genious! His latest project is sensational, in which he brings rock together with blues, and it all feels like a mixture of what music has to offer. It’s raw, and at the same time full of instruments and amazing vocals; it’s a tour in one of music’s finest artists.
"Three Women", based on “Three Women Blues” by Blind Willie McTell, opens "Lazaretto" at full throttle, and the songs that follow only add to the magic of this album. Smart lyrics are throughout this masterpiece. In "Just One Drink" he goes "You drink water, I drink gasoline. One of us is happy, one if us is me. I love you but, honey why don’t you love me?". "Alone In My Home" is likely to appeal to the die-hard fans of The Raconteurs, such as Yours Truly. "Temporary Ground" is beautiful (what? seriously?) due to a touch of heartbreaking country music female voice by Lillie Mae Rische, and violins, of course. He even gets a bit Rolling Stone with "That Black Bat Licorice", a track that resonates “Paint It Black” somehow.
Everything in “Lazaretto” sounds carefully thought of. The instruments, the lyrics, the vocals, all contributing to his best effort up to date. A must-have album.
While everyone waits for Nicki Minaj's new album "The Pink Print", there she is collaborating. On the same week the hard-working girl delivers two new songs featuring Nicki Minaj: Beyonce's new version of "Flawless", also featuring Lil Kim, and Jessie J's "Bang Bang", also featuring 2014’s teen pop sensation Ariana Grande.
As if the music industry wasn’t enough, she’s recently been seen on the big screen on Cameron Diaz's film "The Other Woman". A supporting role, of course, but far from being a disaster performance; quite the contrary, she did seem to be enjoying herself.
After the cute “Pills n Potions”, Nicki Minaj continues her never-ending journey to remaining on top with her new single "Anaconda". A polemic cover featuring her massive booty plus the sample from Sir Mix-A-Lot “I Like Big Butts”.
Nicki Minaj has definitely come to stay. She is humble to venerate both pop queen Madonna and Queen Bee while she herself becomes the Queen of Featuring . And we are never tired of her. Long live Nicki!
Life is pretty dynamic these days, isn’t it? You go to sleep and the next day you come across new amazing trailers that blow your mind just like that! Here are some other 3 (always small) productions I’m also dying to see this year!
This is perhaps the most interesting project in years. Director Richard Linklater decided in 2002 to shoot a movie for the following 12 years. He then hired a boy (Ellar Coltrane), and every year got a handful of actors together to shoot that year of the boy’s fiction life. Winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, among other awards, “Boyhood” really is a must-see!
# God Help The Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch
The frontman of Scotish band Belle and Sebastian Stuart Murdoch came up with this project a while ago (2007) and got together a bunch of talented female singers and made an album in 2009 “God Help the Girl”, having Catherine Ireton as the main singer. Now, in 2014, the movie is ready. In comes Emily Browning instead of Ireton (maybe she got too old for the part in the process), and the trailer is exhilariting. Can’t hardly wait!
# Begin Again, directed by John Carney
Starring Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Director of the stunning film “Once”, he brings to screen the story of an ex-rock executive (Ruffalo) and an ex-rock star girlfriend (Knightley), “Begin Again” does share some elements (or lots of) from “Once”, but that is far from being a problem. Quite the contrary, I’m dying to see the new “Once”.
God Help The Girl, Catherine Ireton (God Help The Girl, 2009)
this is the first version sung by Catherine Ireton of the theme song written by Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch for his homonym project God Help The Girl which is (finally) on theaters and iTunes in September.
My wait is usually for films that most people do not even acknowledge the existence! The second semester of 2014 has barely started and here are three of the movies I’m dying to see on the big screen. For now, of course.
# Mood Indigo, by Michel Gondry
Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris
Why: Audrey Tautou is always a good reason to watch a movie. Add director Michel Gondry (from the masterpiece “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, with Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) and that makes two reasons why. Winner of a Cesar Award, this 2013 film is finally hitting American soil.
# Wish I Was Here, by Zach Braff
Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King
Why: Despite some negative reviews, I’m still really looking forward to seeing the new directorial act by Zach Braff. I’ve seen “Garden State”a handful of times and can definitely put it among my all-time favorite movies. That pretty much explains all the anticipation, doesn’t it?
# St Vincent, by Theodore Melfi
Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts
Why: Bill and Melissa are definitely a dream team, aren’t they? Plus, the trailer is hilarious and I can expect Bill to deliver another unforgettable performance. Plus, Naomi as a bonus!
Album Of The Week: TESSANNE CHIN's "Count On My Love"
Winning season 5 of The Voice was the begining of Tessanne Chin's career in music industry. Despite the weak debut of her first album since her victory, "Count On My Love" really is a tremendous album!
First, there is her delightful single “Everything Reminds Me Of You”, which she premiered on season 6 finale. Then, there is “Tumbling Down”, that one single written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder especially to whoever won season 5 of The Voice - I have to admit the final result wasn’t as good as I’d imagined but still a good track to listen.
However, the most beautiful and contagious song for me is definitely "Heaven Knows". Tessanne does sound a bit like the good old Celine Dion here, and that is a hell of a compliment. Full of passion, this is the one I’d choose for the next single in the album.
What about the other tracks? Well, some reggae”ish” tracks which are kind of cool and easy to listen to, such as “Always Tomorrow” or"Count On My Love", and certainly the beautiful ballads "People Change" and"Lifeline". The only two mistakes are the non-inclusion of her single “Back To My Love”, which in my humble opinion is flawless and deserved to make it to the final cut,and the inclusion of the track "One Step Closer", a complete lost track in a good album for the fans of Tessanne.
Lovely, beautiful and powerful. I’m still trying to figure out why the fans did not go for it. With nearly 1 million followers on facebook, there is no way to explain the low sales of “Count On My Love”. Hope you give it a try!
Ed Sheeran has definitely improved on himself. He was already good, but in his latest effort entitled "X", the English singer reinvents himselfs at the same time he keeps his roots and delivers an album with a mixture of innovation and the same old good stuff. And everyone is then happy!
The first single "Sing"already denotes a turn on Ed’s usual path. It’s as if he’s found a way of mixing his own sound with Justin Timberlake’s. The result could have been catastrophic but his talent kept the boy on the right track. This new Ed Sheeran comes to me as one of the best surprises of the year. Seriously!
But if you are a fan of the old Ed, do not worry! The album opener “One” comforts us from the very beginning; it is just the same wonderful ballad with cute lyrics and outstanding vocals by Ed. "I’m a Mess" maintains this atmosphere up to the moment "Sing" hits the speakers with this dancing Ed Timberlake I was talking about earlier. Then he goes a bit “hip-hop” in "Don’t" and"Nina", which turn out to be just as great, before going back to his origins in "Photograph", and"Bloodstream", and"Tenerife Sea" . And so the rollercoaster continues, and the ride is never dull.
As you can see, Ed Sheeran has brought all his passion back with some innovative tracks which will prove that 1) he isn’t afraid of daring, 2) he can be different and still genious, and 3) he has come to music scene to stay. Long live Ed Sheeran!