Four Pink Walls- Alessia Cara

This beautiful singer ended up on my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify about a few weeks ago. Now I see she released a mini album laced with four tracks on it. I can really see this girl playing at Coachella 2016 this year as a minor act early in the day. When I first heard this album I wasn’t too thrilled on all the songs, but after a second listen they are all starting to grow on me. My favorite tracks on this album are “Here” and “Outlaws’. Only doing two track reviews on this short album.

“Here”- I love this track because It has almost a 90s vibe to it, I don’t know what it is but I like it. I love the piano parts in the background. I love as well the picture she is painting with the lyrics in this song too. Here voice flows really well as she sings and starts to rap a bit on this track.

“Outlaws”- I liked this track because at first it sounded like a video game but then transitioned into a different type of beat almost like an Oldie beat. The beat sounds like oldie music meets today’s music, it sounds perfect to be honest. I as well like the lyrics too, favorite lyric off this song is ” ill be Bonnie and you’ll be Clyde”. It fits perfect with the title of the track and she sounds very sweet singing it.

I liked the rest of two songs off this album, but these two really caught my ear. I have some high hopes for this artist; I really hope she does some features with some Dj’s like Calvin Harris, and Kygo. As well I would love to see her do some tracks with some Hip/hop artist like Drake, and Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj. I look forwarded to seeing her on the Coachella Line up in 2016 this year.
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Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

The Weeknd finally released his long waited and highly anticipated album Beauty Behind the Madness this past week. This album surpasses his first album by a lot. The Weeknd’s first album was the first actual album I did an album review for too. The Weeknd has very few features on this album and absolutely no drake feature! This comes to me as a big surprise seeing as they compliment each other so well on tracks together. The album is great from beginning to end; this album is exactly what I want to hear from the Weeknd. My favorite tracks off this album are “Tell Your Friends”, “Real Life”, and ” Dark Times feat: Ed Sheeran”.

“Tell Your Friends” – This is probably my top favorite song off this album. I love the beat on this track so much, I wouldn’t expect nothing less from Kanye West. I am little disappointed that Kanye didn’t jump on the track with the Weeknd. I love the piano on it as well, The Weeknd’s voices sounds perfect right alongside the beat. I love that this wasn’t a single and it was still my favorite track off this album as well.

“Real Life”- I liked the intro of this song, I liked that it was so raw and angry at first but then it switched up on the track. The chorus of this song is super catchy as well, and the beat alongside the chorus sounds great too. This song will get stuck in your head all day, well the chorus will at least. The ending of this song as well is pretty climatic as well.

“Dark Times feat: Ed Sheeran”- When I first saw Ed Sheeran was on this album I was super stoked on it. I think Ed Sheeran has such a great voice and so does The Weeknd. So them together on the track sounded incredible to me, and they didn’t disappoint me at all. I love the fact that it sounds almost acoustic first then switches up later on. This song sounds perfect to the ears, each one of their voices sound perfect.

I have to say this is a fantastic album. There isn’t one song on here that doesn’t belong on the album, it all sounds great to me. The fact that The Weeknd eerily sounds pretty similar to Michael Jackson is pretty neat and scary. Though lets face it The Weeknd won’t be the king of pop of this generation, maybe the King of R&B. The Weeknd is not pop in my honest opinion he’s more R&B than pop. I was talking with a friend of mine about this album earlier today and we both agreed that we love that the singles weren’t the best songs off the album. I love when it happens like that in my opinion and that’s how albums should be. This album is a must buy though or stream it on Spotify.

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Kill The Lights – Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan snuck by me and dropped a great country album titled Kill The Lights. I had no idea that Luke Bryan was releasing a new album so soon! There are some great tracks on this album and some not so great tracks on this album. My favorite songs off this album are ” Home Alone Tonight”, “Move”, and ” Kick The Dust Up.”. The only song I didn’t like on this album is “Scarecrows”; it just didn’t sound as good as all the other songs that are on this album. “Strip it Down”, “Love It Gone,” and ” Just Over” these songs are three others that deserve a listen but don’t have a review breakdown.

“Home Alone Tonight” I like this track because it is the only song on here with a feature. As well both Karen Fairchild and Luke Bryan sound perfect alongside each other on this track. I love the beginning of this song how they switch off with the vocals. This song has that sing out loud feature to it where you can sing this at the top of your lungs.

“Move” This song caught me because its one of those fast paced country songs. I also liked the storytelling factor that Luke added to this track. This song is perfect for a Friday night and I can see a country bar bumping this song. I also loved the guitar riffs in this track as well as the guitar solo.

“Kick The Dust Up” This is for sure going to be playing at a country bar. This song is a perfect boot stomping song; I can see people dancing to this song easily. I also like the bridge that leads to the chorus of this song. The beat that goes alongside the chorus is pretty neat as well and is something different that I like to hear alongside Luke Bryan’s voice. This song makes me want to get some cowboy boots and learn how to do those two stepping moves.

This is a great surprise album for me; I have been slacking on my country music lately. Thank goodness Luke Bryan saved my country music drought with a new album though! This whole album has a great feel to it; a lot of songs on here are really good. There hasn’t been a Luke Bryan album that I didn’t like and thank goodness this isn’t the first! This is a solid

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Compton – Dr. Dre

THE DOCTOR IS IN! 16 years since Dre has released an album, and hip/hop has been missing him. For his third album Compton he recruits a few artist to feature on his Grand finale album. The artist that stands out most on this album is Kendrick Lamar; King Kendrick has been crushing every track he’s jumping on. This album is a great Dre album but there are a few issues I have on this album, but first lets go over the three favorite tracks part. My three favorite tracks off this album are ” Darkside/Gone”, “Deep Water”, and “Talk about it”. There are a lot of songs on here that I love so this was really hard to just pick three. The only songs I didn’t like are “One Shot, Two Shot”, and “Satisfaction”.

“Darkside/Gone” I love this song for two reasons; first reason the beat switch up on this track is great. The first beat that starts the song is crazy good and gets you pumped. After Dre does his verse on this track where it bleeds into another beat so fluidly with an Eazy-E sample. I loved this second verse on this track as well because it sounded so perfect alongside the piano on this track. The second reason I loved this track was because Kendrick was on it and he just hopped on the track and gave a verse that was so good it fit perfect again with the beat.

“Deep Water” This song was great because I loved the sound effects they used at the beginning of the track and throughout the track. As well I loved the verses Dre added to this track, because it sounded like Old Dre and that’s what had me nodding my head to the beat. As well Kendrick comes out of nowhere and adds a verse that had my head spinning with how fast and fluid it sounded. If they had Eminem on this track too I think it would have been easily the best song on the album.

“Talk About it” I loved this song because it connected so well with the intro and it just gets you pumped up. As soon as it comes on I can’t help myself and just scream alongside the lyric ” I don’t give an F**K!”. It just feels so good driving around bumping this song. I love how Dre comes into this track with the lyric ” I…Just…. Bought…Cali….Fornia!” When I heard that I just said “Daaaaaaaamn!”.

This album is great and there’s no questioning that. But it is not with out some flaws; there are way too many features in my honest opinion. I wanted to hear more of Dre on the tracks and not all the people he recruited for this album. The artist that featured are all great and add perfect verses but I came here for Dre not them. Another problem Is that on some of these tracks Dre sounds a little winded and not quite the same as he does on his other albums. As well I know for a fact Eazy had a ton of beef with Dre, so the Eazy shout outs kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I know towards the end of Eazy’s life they all went to apologize to him and ended it. But still he didn’t address ether of those things. Other than that It’s a fantastic album, the features were great and all on point with their verses. This whole album feels like a West Coast album and that’s that good Hip/hop.

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