This week was rather slow, but we did get some very interesting music. P.S. Sorry for the lateness of this blog.
97 – All of Me by John Legend
79 – Stiches by Shawn Mendes
69 – Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware
The strongest point of this song is the instrumentation, or rather the lack of instrumentation. This textural choice also plays into the lyrical content, as Ware pleads for a lover to state their affections and stay. The minimalist orchestration puts the focus on Jessie Ware herself, who soars over the texture while also showing her more reserved side at the opening.
86 – Ain’t Nobody by KStewart
85 – Player by Tinashe ft. Chris Brown
Tinashe is the one redeeming feature about this song. She is a competent vocalist and she manages to hold her own against the monotonous production. The heavy synths and 808 drums don’t fit with the vocals and sometimes actually sound out of time. Chris Brown comes on the second verse and comepltely reverses what Tinashe just sung. I would much prefer to see a solo version of this from Tinashe without Chris Brown.
14 – Around the World by Natalie La Rose ft. Fetty Wap
Around the World has the exactly the opposite problem to Player. Natalie La Rose is not as good as Tinashe and again struggles to get over the production. The production is more heavy synths and 808s which just don’t fit the song at all. The drop is weirdly reminiscent of the Spice Girls and Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo, but not in a good way. However, Fetty Wap provides his usual unintelligible crooning, which weirdly works on this song. Maybe Tinashe should have teamed up with him instead of Chris Brown.
12 – Wake Up by The Vamps
In the group of bands attempting to be the successors of One Direction (a group which includes the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer), The Vamps are the latest to score a hit single. I however wasn’t expecting their latest single, Wake Up, to sound like a slightly heavier version of Kids by MGMT. The vocal performances are nothing special, just standard boy band fodder. I don’t think that the vocals quite live up to the production, which is some of the best I have heard from the contenders for One Direction’s boy band king crown.
4 – Alone No More by Philip George & Anton Powers
Best of the Week
Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware
Worth a Listen
Stiches by Shawn Mendes
Wouldn’t Turn Off
All of Me by John Legend
Wake Up by The Vamps
Would Turn Off
Ain’t Nobody by KStewart
Alone No More by Philip George & Anton Powers
Player by Tinashe ft. Chris Brown
Worst of the Week
Around the World by Natalie La Rose ft. Fetty Wap