Music reviews of bands and artists from Rockhaq
Whenever anybody complains about pop music being all a load of rubbish, two bands pop (ha, see what I did there?) into my head to contradict that: Animal Collective and Miike Snow. Admittedly the former is probably only classified as pop (or experimental pop, rather) because they’re too weird to properly define, but the latter, Miike Snow, are without a doubt a pop band.
Lupe Fiasco is one of the best, releasing an absolute banger in 2007 called ‘Superstar’. Superstar featuring Matthew Santos is by far one my favourites. Well that’s not even the word, he seriously brought out hip-hop and alternative hip-hop. If you still think it isn’t amazing, mate, the song went platinum, which is really good for Lupe. His song went to number 10 in the charts, which I think is a little disappointing, as it’s way better and underestimated by the public.
Jay “Gumby” Watson is a multi-instrumentalist, touring member of the Australian neo-psychedelic band Tame Impala and a member of another Australian neo-psychedelic band, Pond. On his own, he goes by the fittingly bizarre moniker GUM. Glamorous Damage, released in November 2015, is his second solo album. What does it sound like? Imagine Daft Punk. On drugs.
Justin Bieber is a famous pop star who is 22 years old. He writes songs happy, calmly, but rhythmically that make people dance. He is from Ontario in Canada. The song was released in 2015 and is based on the question “What do you mean?”. He is confused about the way that girls think. He thinks girls are complicated. The song is joyful and rhythmic and I like him singing calmly with his beautiful voice. He was nominated for kids’ favourite song. He started performing in 2007 covering songs through his YouTube channel and he became famous.
Justin Bieber is a massive 22 year old pop star. His style of music is pop and makes people want to dance. “What do you mean” was released in 2015 and it’s a song about not understanding what girls think. This song makes him my favourite Canadian. He was nominated for kid’s choice awards for favourite song. Justin started his fame when he was covering songs in YouTube videos in 2007.
She doesn’t mind is a record breaker song by a famous singer called Sean Paul. This mesmerizing song came out in 2012, it has been 4 years now and this song still goes on. His origins (Jamaica) gives him a unique insight into a range of music styles. Sean started in the music industry since 1996 as he is 43 now. He does music like ragga, hip hop, dance hall etc. And worked with popular singers like Beyoncé, Kelly, Rihanna etc.
Today I am reviewing ‘stitches’ by Shawn Mendes. Shawn is 17, he was born on 8 August 1998 in a place called Toronto in Canada and his birth name was Shawn Peter Ruwl Mendes. His last big hit was Stitches. The track is all about the feelings of a man after being used and chucked several times like a toy. This song was one of the pop music’s and was released on the 15 March 2015 and was also hand written.
Danger Days or Danger Day: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was the fourth and final album for the band My Chemical Romance. It was released on 20 November 2010 and sold over one million copies all around the world. The genres on this album are alternative rock, pop punk, power pop, pop rock and electronic rock.
Hamza Namira is a very unique artist, and that’s one of the reasons why I like his music so much. He’s also extremely thoughtful, and this is evident when you listen to his song ‘Ay Kalam’, which is Arabic for ‘Empty Words’. His genre is Arabic Pop, which makes use of very classical instruments, and ‘Ay Kalam’ is full of traditional sounds common in Arabic music.
Tame Impala sound like a band. The music they produce has many different layers of sound to it and it is incredibly complex. Technically they are a band live, but all the recordings you hear on the actual albums are done entirely by one guy. Kevin Parker, a multi-instrumentalist from Perth, Australia, writes, performs, produces and mixes all of the music, but it doesn’t sound like it. You’d expect to hear just a lone performer strumming away timidly on his acoustic guitar, but you don’t. You hear electric guitars and synthesisers playing beautiful melodies, face melting basslines and captivatingly intricate drum beats across all of his music.