Goodbye to filler 'cos the album track is back
The usual way of things in the music universe is that albums are made up of between two and four musical marvels of singles, and the rest are fillers, songs no one remembers or absolute tripe. It's just the way it goes.
The week beginning October 13 gave us the release of John Newman and The Saturdays' respective albums, Tribute and Living for the Weekend.
With those releases have also come some recommendations of top-notch album tracks that it would be your privilege to download.
To begin with John Newman's Tribute, one must first assume that one appreciates a straight slice of modern-day soul-pop or two. That is the basic gist of Mr Newman's work, as shown in previous hit singles Love Me Again and Cheating, both of which are swinging, finger clicking soul-pop bonanzas.
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However, album tracks Easy and Losing Sleep could be singles. Easy makes for a pleasantly surprising listening, based on the impression of Newman that I'd gathered from his two singles.
It's significantly more stripped-back, with not an ounce of auto-tune on his raw, rasp-coated pipes, and influences of what sounds like softer hip-hop, brass-heavy soul, and piano-led singer-songwriter tunes.
The whole affair is soaked in passion, slickly-produced, and rather marvellous, quite frankly. Losing Sleep is yet another impressively diverse affair, being led by a stadium-ready, almost orchestral backing. The majority of today's pop albums wouldn't contain such an organic production of proper instruments rather than sonically delectable but somewhat soulless synthesisers and it makes for a refreshing listen.
The Saturdays are now five albums in and are arguably Britain's biggest girlband thanks to the Suga Revolving Door Babes and the end of Girls Aloud.
Thankfully, the album quality has not only remained on Living for the Weekend, but it actually seems to have improved listening to the rapping of Gentleman and the guitar-led disco-pop of Disco Love.
It's not only that, but also my top-notch album tracks to download, Not Giving Up and Lease My Love. Not Giving Up is a pretty straightforward piece of electro-pop not unknown in today's charts, but is complete with fresh, breathy verses, a powerful pre-chorus from Vanessa, and a hip-bopping, electric chorus.It's a very atmospheric listen, with the verses having an almost trance-like verse that even contain dub step influences on the second verse, which is jolly good. This song is arena-ready. Lease My Love was produced by Rodney Jerkins, who has worked with Britney Spears, Rihanna, and other rather good other people.
It's a bit of an R&B affair, which is an intriguing departure from the traditional Saturdays sound.
In conclusion, buy these albums!
John Newman's Tribute and The Saturdays' Living for the Weekend are both available for purchase in/on HMV, iTunes, Amazon, Tesco, and most other major retailers.