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[SONG REVIEW] Ellie Goulding – “Burn”

Despite the still relatively recent release of 2012’s Halcyon and an extensive touring schedule, Miss Goulding seems to have found enough time to record a new single, titled “Burn,” set for an August 18th release.  However, she has posted it online over a month ahead of the release via SoundCloud.

Continuing along the path started by Halcyon, “Burn” incorporates a slight Nicki Minaj-type feel while keeping the Ellie Goulding in it.  This song is catchy enough that listeners may find themselves singing along only two listens in.  It is definitely worth at least three listens in one sitting…or seven.

While Ellie has drastically evolved from the shy, indie rock chick into an esteemed, electro-pop princess, her music has consequently progressed into a relevant, stand-alone attraction with a bright future.

If you liked Halcyon, you will love “Burn.”  Similarly, if you like modern pop music, this is a song and artist to check out.  Listen via the SoundCloud player below.


[CONCERT REVIEW]: Ellie Goulding at House of Blues Boston 1/23/13

Performing to a sold out Boston crowd on a frigid Wednesday night in January, British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding found a way to keep her fans warm in the House of Blues. Taking the stage at nine o’ clock, after openers St. Lucia warmed up the crowd with their retro 80’s sound, Goulding drilled through a solid 90 minute set with a heartfelt response from the crowd.

Goulding connected with her audience as any talented performer would, talking to them between songs, winding them up during songs, and dancing her way into everyone’s hearts.  She also felt comfortable enough with her Boston fans to share some personal information relating to her music. For instance, Goulding explained that her song, “I Know You Care,” was written about her father.

During the first of two songs in her encore performance, “I Need Your Love,” Goulding was delivered a bra on stage via air toss. This one bra led to a revolution of loose bras, to which Goulding hung each prize on her microphone stand. In regards to this event, she said, “I would expect this to happen to One Direction, not me.”

The set list for Ellie Goulding’s performance in Boston, MA on January 23, 2013 was a combination of both of her releases, relying a little heavier on 2012’s Halcyon than on 2010’s Lights.

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Musictalker’s Top 10 CDs of 2012

It’s that time of year that every music blogger out there releases his and/or her subjective list(s) for the year’s top CD releases.  Well, I believe it’s about time I release mine.  Keep in mind that this is just a small fraction of the whirlpool of awesome music we, the consumers/fans/listeners, received in this alleged last year of our existence.


10. Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

I have always enjoyed Myles Kennedy’s voice ever since I first heard Alter Bridge’s “Open Your Eyes” back in 2004. He is a very talented vocalist.  Hell, he sounds better than Axl on most of the Guns N Roses songs when he sings them live with Slash.  As for Slash, he needs no further praise or recognition, seeing how he is renowned for the great music he puts out there.  Apocalyptic Love is no exception.  This record is a hard rocker through and through, bringing listeners everything they could expect from a team such as Myles and Slash.

9. Shadows Fall – Fire From the Sky

As 2009’s Retribution was a fantastic expression of Shadows Fall’s passion for their uncompromised style, 2012’s Fire From the Sky was no less satisfying.  The new record has the band’s signature sound written all over it.  While all of the tracks rock harder than Clint Eastwood’s porch chair in Gran Torino, one stand-out song is “Blind Faith,” which exemplifies the sheer power and precision the band offers in their songwriting.

8. Matchbox Twenty – North

My regular readers may recall my previous review of this new Matchbox CD, the band’s first full-length effort in ten years.  In that review, I emphasized my opinion that North sounds nothing like the music from MB20’s glory days.  I stand by that observation, but would like to add that it is a noteworthy 2012 release.  Songs like “English Town,” “Parade,” and “She’s So Mean” grew on me and eventually won me over, leading to their placement of #8 on my top ten of 2012.

7. Jack White – Blunderbuss

Blunderbuss is Jack White’s debut solo album and offers everything he’s about.  It brings in elements of each of his projects, both past and present, with his personal spin.  For instance, “Sixteen Saltines” and “Freedom at 21” are both quite reminiscent of a band called The White Stripes.  “Love Interruption” kind of sounds like something The Dead Weather could release.  You get the idea.  If you’re curious about his live show as a solo artist, feel free to give my concert review of his Boston show a read.

6. God Forbid – Equilibrium

God Forbid’s sixth full-length, Equilibrium, portrayed a new direction for the band’s music.  This new release was the first without lead guitarist Doc Coyle’s brother, Dallas, on rhythm.  Therefore, this was also the first GF album to feature former Himsa guitarist, Matt Wicklund, shredding opposite to Doc.  With that said, even an occasional listener of this band could hear a difference between 2009’s Earthsblood and 2012’s Equilibrium, both of which have shown GF reaching new ground.  Wicklund undeniably helped bring something new to the table, and he proved to be a good addition.  This new record has fantastic hooks, rhythms, solos, melody, and everything else crucial to making a good metal album.  Be sure to check out “Where We Come From.”  It’s a great song and has a really good music video.

5. Deftones – Koi No Yokan

Released on November 13th, this late 2012 album showed great potential.  As the follow-up to 2010’s Diamond Eyes, Koi No Yokan sees Deftones treading somewhat new territories.  Diamond Eyes sounded like a standard signature Deftones record.  Conversely, the new release is something really special with its outstanding emotional power and new instrumental techniques in addition to the band’s signature sound.  Stand-out tracks include “Leathers,” “Poltergeist,” and “Tempest.”

4. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

Despite the increase of electronic elements from her debut album, Lights, to 2012’s Halcyon, Ms. Goulding manages to deliver a solid effort with this new release.  While my album review may not show, this album really grew on me.  Most of the songs are exceptionally catchy and have a tasteful amount of electronic aspects included.  While this is indeed a solid release, the most noteworthy songs are as follows: “My Blood,” “Only You,” “Hanging On,” “Figure 8,” and “I Need Your Love [feat. Calvin Harris]”.

3. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

In my initial review of this release, I absolutely raved about it. My feelings toward this record have not changed one bit.  This is a fantastic effort from Testament, showing why they are known as the unofficial fifth band, if there were to be a “Big Five” and not just “Big Four.”  Dark Roots of Earth is the concoction created when Testament tossed their old school thrash metal roots, Chuck Billy’s heritage, the influence of all of their previous albums, and some elements of modern metal into a blender.  The result was better than any cocktail I have ever tasted.  That’s not saying much, though, seeing as I barely ever drink…

2. The Sword – Apocryphon

Nowadays, I like to preview my music online before I buy it, as any knowledgeable CD buyer would do.  Well, I did a lot of that with Apocryphon.  Being a little tight on money, I have started being more selective in my purchases.  So, when Newbury Comics had a Buy Two, Get One Free deal on all new and used CDs, I pounced on that and grabbed The Sword’s new record, along with those of Deftones and Machine Head (the new live album).  While I thoroughly enjoyed all three CDs off the bat, Apocryphon was my instant favorite.  It was everything a metalhead could ask for from The Sword.  It’s heavy, melodic, and shreds better than the bad guy in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

1. Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

Now, this may surprise some of you.  Why would a folksy indie rock band ever be at the top of a “best of” list written by a metalhead?  Well, I will tell you why.  While I do love my hard rock and metal, I like to switch it up every now and then.  When I do that little switch, I like to hear some catchy tunes.  Of Monsters and Men’s My Head Is An Animal provided just that.  The songs just make me want to sing along, and I like that, because I like to sing.  While I enjoy their overplayed single, “Little Talks,” I like “King and Lionheart” better.  It’s just good stuff.  Check it out if you haven’t already.

[REVIEW]: Ellie Goulding – “Halcyon”

Yesterday, October 9th, 2012, English singer/songwriter, Ellie Goulding released her sophomore album, Halcyon.  Halcyon follows up from Goulding’s debut release, 2010’s Lights, which includes her smash hit of the same title.  While it can be said with many artists that their new album “picks up where so-and-so band left off on so-and-so release,” this can not really be said about Halcyon. This time around, Goulding ventures more into an electronic sound spectrum than her original indie rock style. Just give the CD’s first single, “Anything Could Happen,” a listen.  See if you can pinpoint a guitar or any traditional instrument. The song directly following the aforementioned track on the CD is called “Only You” and includes chipmunk vocals in the chorus.

However, that is not to say that this album isn’t worth checking out. Goulding is still able to create equally catchy freakin’ songs with a slightly different sound from Lights. Notable tracks include “My Blood,” “I Need Your Love (feat. Calvin Harris),” “Only You,” and “Figure 8,” among others.

While 2012’s Halcyon may sound different from 2010’s Lights, Miss Goulding shows her capability to remain in the spotlight for a long time.

Check out the single, “Anything Could Happen”:

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