Featured Posts Coolbthemes

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

one direction, "this is us"

Morgan Spurlock made his name by questioning the power of corporate culture, casting a critical yet charismatic eye as the director and star of documentaries including his Oscar-nominated "Super Size Me" and "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold."
With "One Direction: This Is Us," Spurlock becomes a cog in the machinery. In chronicling the juggernaut of the British boy-band during their recent world tour, he presents a piece of propaganda as glossy and managed as similar depictions of The Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber.
Young, female fans of the fab five probably won't care, and the parents who are forced to accompany them to the theater probably won't mind. The lads are lively and likable, their songs non-offensive and interchangeably poppy. "This Is Us" does what it needs to do for its target audience. But anyone looking for actual substance or insight will be disappointed and maybe even a little bored with its repetitive nature.
For the uninitiated: The members of One Direction are former cast-offs from the British version of the singing competition "The X Factor" whom producer and media mastermind Simon Cowell threw together as a group in 2010. (Cowell is also a producer on "This Is Us.") Before they'd even cut their first album, they'd already established a massive following, thanks to the television exposure and the instantaneous global reach of Twitter.
They are a confection, held together by hair product and harmony. But you can see the allure of them; the 11-year-old in me, who loved Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon, gets the giddy, giggly sensation they produce.
Harry Styles, a former Taylor Swift paramour, is the rakish one in the mold of a young Mick JaggerNiall Horan, the lone Irishman, is the impish, playful one.Zayn Malik is a darkly gorgeous graffiti artist; half-Pakistani, he's also a practicing Muslim, a fascinating fact that "This Is Us" doesn't even bother to mention in passing. Louis Tomlinson, the oldest member at almost 22, has looks reminiscent of a young Frank Sinatra. And the heavily accented Liam Payne has an amiably goofy authenticity.
They are all of legal drinking age in England but you never see any of them say the word "beer" much less drink one. Same goes for cigarettes. The boys are all kept far, far away from the frenzied fans in every city they visit, while still remaining within audible screaming distance. You'd never know that any of them has a girlfriend—Zayn recently got engaged, actually—or even groupies. All the better to make them seem accessible, adorable.
Spurlock has said he intended for "This Is Us" to be his version of the groundbreaking Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night." But while we see the members of One Direction running from mad throngs in the streets and enjoying wacky antics backstage between the high-energy 3-D concert performances, we never get a sense of them as real people with recognizable, human emotions beyond joy or gratitude. At one point, Liam laments that he wonders whether anyone will ever love him for him. Harry comes to closest to saying anything remotely negative when he acknowledges that he doesn't always love this life. And while they're all clearly talented, confident singers, we get no sense that any of them has a deep passion or drive to make music.
Mostly, they marvel at the fact that they're just five regular lads having the time of their lives (and to their credit, they're not completely polished, acknowledging that they're terrible dancers and refusing to attempt 'N Sync-style choreography). They're just mates, they tell us. They're like brothers. Each of them utters something along these lines over and over again, along with appreciation for the devotion of their fans.
Spurlock might have omitted a few of these repetitive moments in favor of more lengthy exchanges between the guys about their fame and success. In a rare, seemingly candid scene—staged, of course, but still—Harry and Liam wonder what their lives would have been like if they hadn't auditioned for "The X Factor."
Someday, we may get the true story of One Direction behind the scenes, full of fears and fights, egos and eccentricities. But today is not that day, and Spurlock is clearly not that storyteller.

Reade more >>

Deer Tick, ‘Negativity’

Alt-folk mainstay Deer Tick is guilty of a bit of a red herring on its fifth full-length, which, despite the title, isn’t really a downer, and often works up a breezy groove. “When we first came up with the title, it was kind of tongue in cheek,” guitarist/co-songwriter Ian O’Neil says. “There are themes of loss, but there’s also a real pop sensibility on all the songs.” Fans of the band’s dirty rock’n’roll phase, as demonstrated on 2011 LP "Divine Providence," might also be thrown for a loop. “There are a lot of left turns on this album,” O’Neil says. “We wanted something a little more thoughtful and hi-fi.”


Reade more >>

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Katy Perry, 'Prism'

"I'm really looking forward to my third upcoming journey with you guys," Katy Perry said to new label boss Steve Barnett at Billboard's 2012 Women in Music Awards. "I just have to let you know, my Saturn has returned, so it will be ugly." However, while Perry has promised that "Prism" will be more "stripped down" compared with the theatrics of 2010's "Teenage Dream" and its accompanying videos, she recently said there will not, in fact, be "any darkness."
Just as lead single "Roar" signifies a new musical direction toward singer/songwriter pop, subsequent samples of two additional "Prism" tracks (previewed as part of a partnership with Pepsi and MTV for this year's Video Music Awards) hint at even more experimentation. "Dark Horse," set for a Sept. 17 release on iTunes, dabbles in Mike Will Made It-esque hip-hop, complete with a guest rap from Juicy J, while "Walking on Air" is a take on '90s Euro dance. Other confirmed cuts include a pair of tracks inspired by boyfriend John Mayer—"Unconditional" and "It Takes Two," the latter co-written by Emeli Sandé. Look for an additional push from Pepsi, which previously teamed with Perry for the Hollywood premiere of her 3-D concert film "Part of Me" in 2012. "Pepsi is known to support iconic and emerging superstars," PepsiCo senior marketing director Chad Stubbs says. "Both the VMAs and Katy Perry embody the ‘Live for Now' mind-set and remain enthusiastic creative partners."

Reade more >>

2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time’: Fall Music Preview 2013

From its artwork, courtesy of Kanye West’s DONDA multimedia company, to its rhymes, 2 Chainz’ "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" features the Atlanta rapper becoming self-aware of his success. (His 2012 debut, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.) “Started from a pot, then I took over the spot/Then I took over the block, then I took over hip-hop,” 2 Chainz raps on his forthcoming album’s second single, “Own Drugs.” Me Time is laced with 2 Chainz’ quotable, straight-forward raps carried by addictive beats courtesy of Mike Will Made It (“Own Drugs,” “Fork”), Pharrell Williams (“Feds Watching”) and more. “The vibe of the album is some club and street shit. We just wanted to capture that and it was very organic,” Mike Will Made It says of "Me Time."


Reade more >>

Fall Music Preview 2013: The 52 Hottest Albums

Summer's over and that means fall 2013's slate of new albums is heating up. From Avicii to Lady Gaga, Eminem to Pearl Jam, Enrique Iglesias to Miley Cyrus and Keith Urban to Cher, Billboard spotlights the hot hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B, latin, and country releases that will define the season. Which albums will reign supreme in autumn 2013? Here are the 52 contenders we've got our eyes on.  http://www.yourfilezone.com/signup?sf=search&ref=4798141&q=Fall+Music+Preview+2013+The+52+Hottest+Albums

Reade more >>

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Black Keys - El Camino (2011)

This band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. And The Black Keys have done pretty damn well so far this year, with three 2011 Grammy awards for Brothers under their belt, an MTV Video Music Award for Tighten Up, more than 850,000 copies of Brothers sold in the U.S., and upwards of a million units worldwide, plus innumerable licensing placements in film, TV, and commercials. El Camino features one stand-out track after another, such as first single Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven, tempo-shifting Little Black Submarines.

Reade more >>

Gym Class Heroes - The Papercut Chronicles II (2011)

Going into this I had a high expectation about this album. Yes, Papercut Chronicles was a classic and timeless album. No, I did not expect to hear another PPC with this release. A part of me had hopes that the band would be definitely involved more. The epic Papercut Chronicles we all know and love started with these 4 basic elements: 1. Drums 2. Bass 3. Guitar 4. Vocals. I regret to to feel this is nothing other than a continuation of Travis' solo project. With overbearing audio effects and laxadasical singing, its tough to distinguish weather the band is playing behind Travis at all. This may be the demise of the GCH from Geneva as we know it, but one thing's for sure; there will never be another release more timeless than the debut FBR release Papercut Chronicles

Reade more >>