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DEBUT: Follower Collaboration Playlist! Vol. 1

The first ever playlist collaboration has been made! The theme/question was:

“THE LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO.”

Yesterday I had a #QuestionOfTheDay that asked follwers of The Pop Pyro on Facebook to leave a comment of the last song by a female pop artist they listened to. I then compiled all of the responses and made a Spotify playlist so that everyone can see what each other are currently listening to! It boasts over 2.5 hours of music for your enjoyment! And naturally, it includes a large block of Britney Spears tracks. But it also includes a ton of dance hits and some delightful throwbacks! This turned out to be a great playlist to refer to when you can’t decide on what to listen to. It has everything! 

Check out and FOLLOW the playlist below!

Make sure to participate next month in my next playlist collaboration!

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#QuickListen Review: “Make Me Like You” – Gwen Stefani

The Queen of “Cool” brings out the summery sunshine early this year

 

Continuing her autobiographical journey out and into new love, Gwen Stefani just released her bouncy ode to her new beau Blake Shelton. Although written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, you’d probably think it was penned by Gwen herself; as this song plays out like a real-time update on her love life.

 

The song begins with Gwen cooing a sigh of pleasure; a stretch from the painfully emotional previous single, “Used To Love You.” Perfect for Valentine’s day, Gwen sings over bubbly pop melodies and ska-inspired guitar and drum beats. This song is such a great summer-ready love song — if it doesn’t make you wanna text your crush, lover, friend, coworker or really ANYONE about how much you are in love with them or yourself than you just really don’t deserve to feel this enamored alongside me and Gwen Stefani.

 

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“Make Me Like You” is the perfect song to display Gwen Stefani’s talent as one of the most fun, positive and lovely pop vets around.

 

The track is from Gwen Stefani’s forthcoming album, “This Is What The Truth Feels Like.” Pre-Order the album right here before it’s March 18th release.

 

 

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#QuickListen Review: ‘Confident’ – Demi Lovato

(Originally blogged: October 16, 2015)

I approached this album with the thought of ‘Confident’ being Demi Lovato’s bid for her first Grammy nomination. The bar was set pretty high. Do I believe this is a Grammy-worthy collection of tracks? No, but I wouldn’t write-off this album entirely. Though few and far in-between, there are a few shining moments.

Album Cover for 'Confident'Album Cover for ‘Confident’

Expectations for this album were pretty high because she introduced it as her most “confident” and “best” album to date. I’m doubtful it took much confidence to produce an album that is a near-complete rehash of melodies and sounds from her previous albums. Nor are there any new lyrical themes to aid and intrigue to the vulnerability she’s also attempting to express. And if she’s not repeating herself, she borrows Iggy Azalea to give a Demi-version of “Black Widow” with their collaboration “Kingdom Come”.

Demi Lovato hits the triumphant mark she’s (always) aiming for with the standout mid-tempo track “Lionheart”, which has all the optimism and energy you’d expect from her. Few tracks like “Old Ways” and “Waiting for You” seem to benefit from an urban/trap influence under her Disney-rocker vocals. The album ends with “Father”, a well-written song about her late father, which really didn’t deserve that overzealous and overstated gospel production it was given.

‘Confident’ is hardly a departure from her previous albums. Lovatics should still be pleased with the offerings of this album. Although I wouldn’t bet a penny on her getting an album nomination at the Grammys, hopefully there’s a pot of gold or a genie lamp she can wish upon to have “Cool for the Summer” nominated in a pop category.

#QuickListen Review: ‘Calling All Lovers’ – Tamar Braxton

(Originally blogged: October 5, 2015)

You see, the thing about this album is that it’s TOO GOOD. The vocals are TOO GOOD. The productions are TOO GOOD. The feeling you get after listening to this album is TOO. DAMN. GOOD!

Album cover for 'Calling All Lovers'Album cover for ‘Calling All Lovers’

The album is an eclectic mix of vocal and musical styling but entirely cohesive with its set theme of relationships. It is literally the musical manifestation of the old beat up shoe box in the darkest corner of your closet that collects memorabilia of all of your different past relationships (know what I’m talking about?). She’s got that young-sneakers-just-got-your-first-car-throwback kind of love with her song “Catfish”. The soulful-gotta-jump-and-profess-to-the-congregation kind of love with “Simple Things”. I could praise each individual song but I’ll conclude with her finale track “KING”. It’s got that Diane Warren/David Foster vibe to perfectly summarize the album. And she THOROUGHLY ANNIHILATES her execution of the vocals and love she has for her “King”.

Her last album was very polarizing with the juxtaposition of ratchet twerk anthems over solid power R&B ballads. But with this album she’s really settled into a mature sound that still allows her to have a few youthful moments to snap to. I’m just Tamar’s biggest cheerleader. Can you tell?