My Thoughts on Shawn Mendes

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about my thoughts on Shawn Mendes (the album, not the singer himself), and all of the songs on it. Onto the post!

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In My Blood– this song is about being in an incredibly low place, but pushing yourself to overcome it. It’s something almost everyone can relate to in some way, and I was quite emotional when I first listened to it. A powerful first single and opening to the album.

Nervous– while I don’t love the slow verses of this, I still love how Shawn’s voice sounds on it, and the chorus is great. I also think the bridge is fantastic (I am, possibly weirdly, a total sucker for a good bridge. Please reassure me that other people have parts of songs that are typically their favourite!)

Lost in Japan– this is very R and B in sound, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like it, as I wasn’t sure I would initially! I love the concept of it, and I think it was another excellent choice for a single.

Where Were You in the Morning?- this title is, as Shawn put it in an interview, quite self-explanatory, and I really like it. His falsetto on the chorus is fabulous, and I love the instrumentals too. The cool, confident vibe of the lyrics is fab as well.

Like to be You (feat. Julia Michaels) – this is hands down my favourite of this album. It’s about a couple just after an argument, and them wanting to know what the other is thinking. I think the conversational style and the concept are so unique, and Shawn and Julia’s vocals are strong separately and when they come together. The way their voices blend is beyond stunning.

Fallin’ All in You– while I don’t really love Ed Sheeran as an artist (I don’t hate him, he’s just not someone I personally listen to unless he’s on the radio), I think his songs are generally really well written, and his involvement in this song definetely shines through. It’s a tender love song that tells a story, and it’s a super lovely ballad.

Particular Taste– this is, along with Lost in Japan, the mosy R and B song on the album. I initially thought I’d hate this (and LiJ), but I like it a lot! It’s a total earworm, and it’s just so fun to listen to.

Why– this is a stunning ballad, and it’s about someone wondering why they and the person they love (who loves them back) don’t just get together. It definitely brought a few tears to my eye

Because I Had You– this one is about moving onto a new relationship, and I am obsessed with the melody. OBSESSED. It reminds me a bit of Justin Bieber’s for Love Yourself, but it’s different too, and there’s something about it I just love.

Queen– this is the third in my top 3, and it’s about someone who acts like they’re above everyone else. Like In My Blood, I think that’s something most people will have experienced in one way or another, and I have a feeling it’ll be deeply cathartic to sing this after the next time I come into contact with a person like that. And possibly hum under my breath while I’m near them… The lyrics are suitably scathing for the topic, and I really like this.

Youth (feat. Khalid)- this is such a powerful, timely song; it’s about not letting tragedies in the news affect our view of the world, and it’s beautiful. The message is needed and important. Aside from how much I love it in that sense, I also liked Khalid’s voice, as well as his harmonies with Shawn, even though I’ve never heard of him before.

Mutual– this is about someone wondering whether or not the other person in a relationship feels as strongly about them, and it’s my 2nd favourite of the album. The alt rock/pop mix (which is how I’d describe it, and would love to know if you agree) is amazing, and it’s so catchy and cutting and downright delightful.

Perfectly Wrong– this is another ballad, and it’s even more emotional than Why; it’s about two people who are together, and are bad for each other and yet perfect for each other at the same time. The simple piano backing is absolutely fitting, and it’s so raw and emotional.

When You’re Ready– this is so sweet! I love the lyrics, I adore the melody and I think it’s a gorgeous end to to a fabulous album. It’s super cute and catchy.


What are your thoughts on this album? What are your favourite songs, and do we have in any in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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My Five Favourite Cover Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of my very favourite covers that artists I like have done. Onto the post!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (George Ezra)- George has done a variety of amazing covers in the Live Lounge, but I just had to pick this given that I adore it, but detest the original to the point I can’t even listen to it. I love how different this version is, and the fact George often slips the word Ezra into his covers somewhere.

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Mayré Martinez and Rafael de la Fuente)- I found this because I love Rafael in Dynasty, and I think this is a fabulous song, even though I didn’t love the original. His voice is wonderful, and at lots of pitches too, and he and Mayré sound beautiful together. I really wish they’d do a few more songs than they already have together.

Psycho (Shawn Mendes) I didn’t expect to enjoy this- I knew it wasn’t the sort of thing I tend to like- but Shawn made it into his style, and I like it a lot. It’s been stuck in my head for days now, as I write this! His cover of Here by Alessia Cara is fab as well!

Riptide (Taylor Swift) this was the first time I’d ever heard this song, and I fell in love with it. I love Taylor Swift during all her eras, and I really love her pop stuff, but if you’re especially into her ballads you should check this out for sure. It’s much slower than Vance Joy’s orginal version, which I also love, which makes it much easier to sing along with!

Somewhere Only We Know (Lily Allen)– I think this song, originally by Keane, is stunning, and this is my favourite version of it. It just sounds utterly beautiful, and the John Lewis Christmas ad it accompanied in 2013 was heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures, which is how I think of this song. I don’t feel like Lily Allen was the obvious choice to sing it, but for me, she was the perfect one.

What cover versions do you love? Are you a fan of any I’ve mentioned too, or will you maybe check them out after this post? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

#IWasBornForThis Blog Tour: #YAPlaylist with Alice Oseman

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m really excited to be taking part in the #YAPlaylist tour, which was organised by the wonderful Nina Douglasto celebrate Alice Oseman’s new book I Was Born For This. First, Alice will be sharing some insight into a song on her playlist for the Book, and then I’ll be talking about a song from a fandom I love. Onto the post!

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Thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s, the almost two week old second album by my joint favourite artist ever, George Ezra. Quick disclaimer that I’m not uber up on technical terms; these are just my feelings/opinions/thoughts on what these songs are about and what they are. Onto the post!

Pretty Shining People– this is a wonderful opener to an album largely about escapism. It’s so beautifully sang, and the lyrics are uplifting and wonderful. The chorus is especially lovely and makes me feel likeI can take on whatever rubbish thing lies ahead that I’m worried about.

Don’t Matter Now- I initially wasn’t sure if I liked this or not, but after testing it 100 times since it was released last July I’m fairly sure I do. It’s about escapism (every song is, in some way, I think) and it’s so catchy. I can’t believe it didn’t get more radio play, as it’s exactly the sort of thing that’s fun to sing along to, and will get stuckin your head for DAYS (and only ever be mildly infuriating, which is a bonus. ) .

Get Away- the introductory instrumentals to this are just 😍, to begin with. I like it’s message, again one of escaping, and another of my favourite things about it is the brass band section. The new section of George’s band is one of my favourite things about the album in general actually.

Shotgun– this very quickly became my favourite song of the album. I listened to it at least 50 times on the first day it was out, and at least 50 more in the following week. It’s sunshine and joy in audio form, and I love the fun lyrics and the way it captures a lovely summery feeling. The pre-chorus and chorus itself are unbelievably catchy, the little bit where George almost speaks (‘I could get USED to this’) makes me grin and it’s just infectious in its joy. It’s also George’s favourite, which makes me even happier I fell so head over heels for it.

Paradise– this was the first official single of the album, and I played it so much the day it was released. It got completely stuck in my head, I think it’s just LOVELY and it makes me very happy that it pops up on the radio quite a bit to brighten my day. Also, the key change heading into the pre-chrous and that line (‘I know you’ve heard it from those other boys’) is one of my top moments of the album.

All my Love– despite it being about something quite different, this feels like this album’s version of Blind Man in Amsterdam. It’s short, sweet, and about always being there for someone. There are some fab lyrics and I love George’s voice on it, but it’s not one of my favourites.

Sugarcoat– this one was very unexpected for me in becoming a top 3 favourite. I’d actually almost been dreading getting to it as I didn’t like the title much, but my god it’s good. It’s about a romantic trip to South Africa and taking the next step in a relationship I think, and it’s dreamy and swoony and I adore it. I also really like the way George kind of talks to himself at one point, and the way it’s quite a self contained story, which is something I’ve always loved about George’s songs. The instrumentals are amazing too. So unexpected, but so good.

Hold My Girl- this is my 2nd favourite song of the album. It’s a beautiful ballad that makes me cry basically every time I hear it, and I love it so much. I sneakily found it on YouTube last summer well before it got released, and I’ve been listening ever since. It’s stunning.

Saviour (feat First Aid Kit)- this one has quite a dark sound to it, remniscent of Wanted On Voyage in a lot of ways (particularly Did You Hear the Rain?), and I must admit I still have no idea what it’s about. I think it’s fantastic though!

Only a Human– this is another amazing ballad, and it came very close to being in my top three favourites list. It’s about not blaming yourself when you make a mistake and put too much pressure on yourself, and it’s so poignant. The message feels very universal; something everyone needsto hear sometimes, and it makes me happy and sad at the same time.

The Beautiful Dream- there are parts of this which remind me of Breakaway (by far George’s most underrated song ever, in my opinion) so I obviously love it. It’s stunning, we see a few glimpses of falsetto in and it’s a perfect ending to a great album. Can I have George Ezra 3 now, please?

Are you a fellow fan of George Ezra? What’s your favourite song from this album? If you’ve not heard it, have I convinced you to give it a go? Would anyone be interested in a post like this for Wanted on Voyage? (I only ask as it’s a bit older, I’m planning to do one for other artists I love’s new stuff as and when it’s released). I’d absolutely LOVE to chat about this album with you, so let me know the answers to these in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

5 Excellent Songs for When You Feel Angry

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Today, I’m going to be talking about songs I like to listen to when I’m the angry sort of upset! Onto the post!


F*ck You by Lily Allen– the cheery melody contrasts so much with the absolute hatred of the lyrics, and it’s incredibly catchy. The cheeriness of the chorus especially makes for perfect stealth anger humming! It’s also featured in Bridget Jones Baby, which I adore and was where I first heard it, so it cheers me up to remember the film as I listen.

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My 5 Favourite Love Songs

Hello everybody!

Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!

Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.

Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.

Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.

Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.

Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx