This week, Meghan Trainor, Ellie Goulding and Beyoncé all return and Chris Brown continues with a similar formula.
95 – From Eden by Hozier
I have already reviewed From Eden in an earlier chart review. If you want to check that out, the link is here: topfortesb.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/chart-update-110915/
91 – I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
83 – Changing by Sigma ft. Paloma Faith
79 – Up by Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato
74 – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength by Whitney Houston
99 – Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
I think this is Meghan Trainor’s best single to date, but that isn’t really saying much. It isn’t as confrontational as All About That Bass and Lips Are Moving or as outright awful as Dear Future Husband. However, this doesn’t mean that Like I’m Gonna Lose You is brilliant. The more subdued instrumentation suits the tone of the song and it is the best retro-style track that she has done. However, John Legend is simply a better singer than Trainor on every verse. I also think that the post-chorus and chorus should have been swapped around. Overall, it isn’t bad, but it’s not good either.
97 – Stiches by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes, a 17-year old Canadian singer, started out on Vine before getting a record deal and releasing his debut album this year. Stiches is the third single from that album. The groove and instrumentation on this song is very good, much better than most teenage artists recently. The lyrics are a little basic, but the nuance in Mendes’ song writing will come with age and experience. It is a quite good song, but some subtler lyrics would have made it great.
90 – Right Hand by Drake
88 – Money by 5 Seconds of Summer
87 – Jaded by Disclosure
68 – Zero by Chris Brown
Chris Brown is an artist who I have never seen the appeal of. He never had the charisma of Ne-Yo or the vocal talent of Usher. His latest single, Zero, jumps on the retro-synth pop/RnB trend. However, it isn’t very good. The production feels like a limp rip off of Get Lucky by Daft Punk. The lyrics, which are about rating girls and Chris Brown lamenting about one not being who she thought she was, are a little disgusting. This song epitomises what I don’t like about Chris Brown.
65 – Confident by Demi Lovato
45 – My Number 1 (Love Me Love Me Love Me) by Stylo G ft. Gyptian
36 – Infinity by One Direction
11 – Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin
As a producer, Naughty Boy has always put his vocalists at the forefront of his tracks. Runnin’ (Lose It All) is no exception and I think this is his best track so far. The production matches the lyrics well, with a strong crescendo up to the chorus. However, it is again the vocals that stand out. While I will be looking forward to hearing more from Arrow Benjamin, Beyoncé is the stand out here. Her vocals never sound forced and just float over Naughty Boy’s tight production. This is how EDM should always be done.
7 – On My Mind by Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding started out with an indie pop aesthetic, before transitioning to more EDM inspired pop, but still keeping the grand melodies and big production of her earlier work. On My Mind goes even further down the electronic route, with choppy synths and 808’s making up the majority of this sparse instrumentation. The long melodies of songs like Lights and Guns and Horses are gone, replaced with a much choppier melodic line. Despite Goulding’s good vocals, in my opinion, On My Mind is my least favourite single of hers to date.
Best of the Week
Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin
Worth a Listen
From Eden by Hozier
I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Up by Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength by Whitney Houston
Confident by Demi Lovato
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
Stiches by Shawn Mendes
Jaded by Disclosure
Would Turn Off
Right Hand by Drake
Money by 5 Seconds of Summer
My Number 1 (Love Me Love Me Love Me) by Stylo G ft. Gyptian
Infinity by One Direction
On My Mind by Ellie Goulding
Worst of the Week
Zero by Chris Brown