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#QuickListen Review: Demi Lovato’s “Body Say”

Demi Lovato answers back to Ariana and Selena’s bedroom talk.

Demi Lovato Body Say Cover

Less than a year after her latest album ‘Confident’ (October 16, 2015) was released, Demi Lovato has impatiently debuted the first taste of her next album. “Body Say” follows in the footsteps of Ariana Grande‘s “Dangerous Woman” and Selena Gomez‘s “Good For You” by serving as Demi’s take on a seductive and minimal production. It’s a big change from the power-driven vocals and themes her usual singles favor. And I have to say that I love the chorus! The chorus is multi-textured with Demi and its production commanding, “If my body had a say, I wouldn’t turn a way!” Then reducing to a seductive, “Touch, make love, taste you.” And the trade-off gives the song a unique structure from that.

If the single’s artwork is any indication of what she may be delivering in its visual — it looks like your basic call to a slinky bedroom setup. However, this song’s style doesn’t really vouch captivating/compelling visuals from today’s current artists anyways (unlike Madonna, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears).

Overall, It’s a good sign if her next album will be taking this direction because it challenges her to allow her music and lyrics to take precedence over her vocals for once. If you haven’t heard it, it’s currently avaible to stream on Spotify (below) and on iTunes’ Apple Music. Give it a listen!

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’

Ariana Grande wears a few different hats in ‘Dangerous Woman’ and luckily none are latex bunny ears.

 

I had a few reservations approaching Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ considering that I was a bigger fan of “Focus” and the aesthetic she was previewing with that song over “Dangerous Woman.” And maybe she was right about changing the direction of the album… If its opening track “Moonlight” (former title and direction of this album) offers any glimpse about it. The song is an utter bore. It is cute, but I feel like I’ve heard her do these dreamy fifties doo-wop songs too many times along with that damn ponytail of hers.

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Ariana Grande shows off her “moon” tattoo as a tribute to her track “Moonlight.” And much like its effect on myself, the song seems to have her eyes heavy and head bobbing back from fighting sleep.

She follows “Moonlight” with “Dangerous Woman” and we’ve all heard it and moved on from it. So after that is “Be Alright” which is actually a really delightful song that’s also been available for a while. “Into You” is the first track that really captured my attention for the album. It begins with a budding beat as she intercepts with an assuring whisper, “I’m so into you // I can barely breathe.” Claps and other elements are softly introduced with precise timing until she reaches the song’s ultra-catchy and dance-provoking chorus. The song is one of the standouts from the album.

Ariana Grande makes a questionable creative decision to bring an island sound to her collaboration with Nicki Minaj Side To Side.” It’s not a very interesting or great song. And Nicki’s participation feels more like a cheap stand-in for Rihanna, who could have really validated this track. Another collaboration follows with “Let Me Love You.” Lil Wayne is on the track which actually sums up the delinquency of this track; It sounds horribly dated (bad side of 2008-ish).

Greedy” would be better placed after “Focus” than here behind the uncomfortably stale Lil Wayne collaboration. It’s still a fun track though. I was really surprised when I finally made it to her unexpected collaboration with Macy Gray. “Leave Me Lonely” is the single-best ballad of the album. And the song perfectly executes a smokey jazz club singer vibe for which Ariana always shoots for but rarely hits. Macy Gray painfully coos, “Dangerous love // your no good for me” and I was immediately impressed.

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The next few tracks (Everyday, Sometimes, I Don’t Care and Bad Decisions) kind of flatline. And just as I was thinking of quitting and giving myself a break from the album — a bright shining moment happens….. “Touch It” is possibly the best song Ariana Grande’s ever recorded. It is almost a refined, and better, second-take of “Dangerous Woman” and sees Ariana’s lyrics and vocals in a more off-kilter, uncontrolled and powerful way. All of these elements are what I felt DW was missing. For the first time her vocals had some grit and pain to give the conviction her voice has always lacked. The entire production is a bouncing but perfectly balanced explosion of R&B, electro-synth and dynamic/unpredictable melodies. The song bests the entire albums offerings. I will be playing it till the end of time.

‘Dangerous Woman’ is not an entirely solid or cohesive project but there are a handful of songs that would make the dive into it worth the commitment to its lengthy 55-minute listen.

Buy Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album now on iTunes and in stores! You can also stream it now (below) on Spotify!

 

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#QuickListen Review: Iggy Azalea – “Team”

2015’s most hated rapper sounds more insecure than ever.

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Single Cover for Iggy Azalea’s “Team”

Nothing is more enjoyable to me than seeing the underdog come through and succeed from hardships and doubt. Iggy Azalea‘s career has been chronicled in a more than messy way; she’s received little respect from the hip-hop community, she’s canceled an entire tour and even Britney Spears couldn’t revive her after being 2015’s black sheep. With that said, there would be no better person to watch succeed right now than Iggy. Will she though? Most likely not.

“Team” is a mildly powerful anthem for one-woman armies and lone wolves as a standalone track. However, for her career, it is pushing away any chance for Iggy Azalea to garner sympathy or show any artistic growth — which she desperately needs. Its production is simple but not horrible… Mostly the song is nothing Iggy can scream, “victory!” for.

The song does not allow Iggy Azalea to distance herself from the terrible press and controversy that plagued her after the success of 2014’s big hit, “Fancy.” Instead, it plays like a needless and bratty response to the flack from then that she should have already lived past. Iggy wants so badly to be respected as a rap queen, yet continues her tirade that no one’s opinion matters but her own. If that’s the case, she should stop throwing it down our throats that she’s “Fancy,” “Azillion” and on her own “Team.”

She found the most success succumbing to a pop-rap novelty with “Fancy” and “Black Widow” and should have stayed there. She could easily win back everyone’s interest by providing a slew of radio-ready hits to let us forget how unpopular she was last year.

All-in-all, “Team” is a weak player in the defense of “Iggy Azalea.” Listen to the song below:

 

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