Diana Vickers – “Music To Make Boys Cry” Album Review

Published September 13th 2013
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Diana Vickers’ second album Music To Make Boys Cry is finally out after what feels like a life time of a wait. It’s been over three years since her debut album Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree was released.

Music To Make Boys Cry is a huge progression for Diana. Every track on the album deserves to be on it. There’s no filler. Even though some songs were recorded two years ago, it still feels very current.

MusicToMakeBoysCryMusic To Make Boys Cry, the title track, was one of the songs Diana gave away for free at the end of 2011. The updated version on the album sounds a lot more full. Its only fault is the excluded ad-lib on the final chorus.

Cinderella, while being the first single, was one of the first songs recorded for the album and definitely contains elements of different songs on the album. It’s clear that this song was a template for the direction of the album. The chorus still reminds me of the Tony Lamezma remix of Girls Aloud’s Call The Shots.

Lightning Strikes is probably the most pop song on the album. It’s full of catchy melodies and hooks. Lyrically it’s very similar to Natasha Bedingfield’s Touch. The chorus is so infectious and only gets better when the final chorus hits and the “hey, na, na, na, na, na, hey” is added which sounds like a sample of Dario G’s Sunchyme. It’s definitely a contender for the third single.

Dead Heat is a lot more laid back than the first three tracks. It’s mid-tempo dance pop. It reminds me of something that would’ve fit onto Hilary Duff’s Dignity.

Boy In Paris is one of the tracks that leaked early. Diana premiered a short clip of this song on her SoundCloud shortly after she gave away Music To Make Boys Cry. The full version subsequently leaked. This new version on the album has slight changes. The 8-bit video game intro has new production with a more subtle bass line, the second verse has added background production and the final chorus has a brand new instrumental. This is also a single contender.

Mad At Me is one of the less instant tracks on the album. The melodies aren’t as catchy. It’s like Diana tried to make her own version of the track Hit (The Sugarcubes cover) from her debut album. This is definitely a grower.

Smoke is the first slow moment on the album. It’s a heart-wrenching ballad. It’s not single material but it’s one of those album tracks that fans will wish to be a single.

Mr. Postman reminds me of an old Christmas song. It takes a while to get into it but once the first chorus hits, the song soars. Diana sounds a bit like Ashlee Simpson singing the verses. It has some funny lyrics like “you lostme.com” and “don’t mean we’re lovers just because you follow me on Twitter”.

Diana was spoiled for album titles with these songs. Love Sounds Better In French would’ve made a great title. Better In French – the shortened title, is one of the songs Diana performed at all her summer shows last year. It’s dark, electro-dance song. It’s the other less instant song on the album but seems to grow every listen.

Blame Game is one of the newer songs Diana recorded for this album. It’s very Girls Aloud and could’ve easily fit on Out of Control. It’s another track full of strong pop-hooks and melodies. It closes the album on a high.

Hopefully this album sells a decent amount so that So Recordings warrant a third album from Diana, and more singles from this one. It’s such a strong album and deserves to be a success.

Music To Make Boys Cry is out on September 15th.

The Saturdays – “Gentleman” New Single

Published May 09th 2013
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gentlemanThe Saturdays’ second single, Gentleman, from their upcoming 5th studio album was sent to radio today. Gentleman shows a change in direction for The Saturdays. They’ve moved away from the dance-pop sound to a more r’n’b sound with the Priscilla Renea penned Gentleman.

Gentleman is all about the lyrics and the way the girls perform them. Not only are the lyrics hilarious and random, but they’re also a lot raunchier than the average Saturdays song. Lines like “you’re not a lady if you’re always on your knees”, “they wonder why most girls just spit it” and “I let you taste my rainbow” are probably the raunchiest but it’s lines like “he’s already got the milk so why would he go buy the cow” that make the song funny to listen to. Gentleman is probably the most Girls Aloud sounding song The Saturdays have released, rivalling songs such as The Show and Biology with its tongue-in-cheek and random lyrics.

The song’s only flaw is the name-dropping rap towards the end, but it still manages to be quite entertaining regardless.

At this point in their career, it’s about time The Saturdays changed things up a bit and it’s very daring of them not to go the safe route and release What About Us 2.0. Hopefully Gentleman can achieve the same success as What About Us.

You can watch the lyric video for Gentleman below:

Gentleman will be released on June 30th through Polydor Records.

Diana Vickers – “Cinderella” New Single

Published April 24th 2013
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cinderellaDiana Vickers has signed a new record deal with So Recordings. The first single to be lifted from her long-awaited second album is called Cinderella. The album, Music To Make Boys Cry, will finally be released later this year.

Cinderella is co-penned with Xenomania’s Miranda Cooper. On first listen, the chorus reminded me of the Tony Lamezma remix of Girls Aloud’s Call The Shots. It’s no surprise that they both sound similar due to Miranda’s involvement in both.

Although Cinderella is not as instant as the free downloads Music To Make Boys Cry or Boy In Paris, it’s still very catchy and after a few listens it clicks. Diana’s diction is much easier to understand than most of the songs on her debut album, possibly due to the polished production. Her upcoming album is shaping up to be quite a stunning follow up to 2010’s Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree.

You can watch the lyric video for Cinderella below:

Cinderella will be released on July 19th.

Girls Aloud Announce Split Via Twitlonger

Published March 21st 2013
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Girls Aloud have announced that they are splitting up. A message was posted to the official Girls Aloud Twitter via Twitlonger (very classy), straight after their final tour date in Liverpool.

Like the rest of the “reunion”, even the goodbye message was underwhelming. The message read:

Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade. It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!! Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together . Love you lots.

Luckily the girls are releasing The Collection in May where they can cash in another quick buck by selling fans the 5 albums they already own.

Cheryl – “Under The Sun” Music Video

Published July 26th 2012
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Cheryl’s music video for Under The Sun premiered today on her official VEVO. Under The Sun is the second single to be taken from Cheryl’s third album, A Million lights.

Under The Sun’s video is reminiscent of Girls Aloud’s The Promise with it’s 60’s theme. The video isn’t at all what I expected it to be like. Nothing really happens in it except Cheryl walking around a diner and the streets with guys checking her out. For a song called Under The Sun, the video doesn’t have much sun in it. Cheryl breaks into a dance routine for the second pre-chorus and chorus where it turns to night time and begins to rain. Cheryl then returns to looking pretty in the diner.

Overall it’s a decent video but it’s just a bit boring compared to the highly energetic Call My Name video. Cheryl’s nice to look at though.

You can watch the video for Under The Sun below:

Under The Sun will be released on September 3rd through Polydor.