Hello everybody, and welcome to my first music post of 2019! At the very end of last year- in December- I listened to Troye Sivan for the first time (Because I loved his speaking voice in the thank u, next video which is admittedly a weird way to discover someone’s existence) and I then spent the remainder of the year becoming obsessed with his music. I really wanted to do some sort of post about him as a result, so I decided to chat about his latest album Bloom today (I’m very tempted to do Blue Neighborhood too at some point!). So, now you have all the background, onto the post!
Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the songs from Reputation, as it’s round about a year since it’s release and I’ve never shared my thoughts on it before- it was the last album I listened to and really enjoyed before I started doing music posts. Onto the post!
Ready for It?- this took so long to grow on me at first, mainly because it was so bizarre to hear Taylor rapping, but it’s really grown on me in the year since it was released. I think the verses are ridiculously catchy and while it was initially my least favourite thing about it, I now love that the pre-chorus sounds slightly like Wildest Dreams, but more cynical. I think the bridge works so well too. I seriously wouldn’t have guessed how much I’d like this by now when it first came out!
Endgame– I have super mixed feelings on this. I basically love everything that Taylor sings and the message of the song (which is kind of a less heartbreaking the Last Time, which is by far my favourite !) and can’t really stand Future or Ed Sheeran’s verses. I’d prefer it to all be Taylor’s experience, because I just felt like it didn’t really fit the song to have it as a collab.
I Did Something Bad– I am obsessed with this, from the opening strings to the vocals to the lyrics to Taylor calling out the way people pretty much witch-hunt her, and I love the Blank Space vibes that her narrating the song as the person the media portray her as (at least, I think she is). Also, I totally screamed in delight at the first pre-chorus because I wasn’t expecting Taylor Swift to ever require being censored, and because the line is just all round badass and amazing and I love it!
Don’t Blame Me– this so sultry and intense, and I think it’s brilliant. I don’t have any major reasons why other than I just do, other than the melody being great and just generally loving the way it sounds, because Taylor’s voice sounds even more fantastic than usual during it, and because I’m obsessed with the echo effect used.
Delicate– oh, this is such a fave. It’s so, so romantic and I love it’s storytelling, especially that it focuses on how Taylor feels loved for herself rather than her fame. I tend to cry when I hear it, and I think the melody fits really well with its lovely tone and meaning. The chorus is so catchy too, and like with Don’t Blame Me I just think it sounds amazing overall.
Look What You Made Me Do– there was such a mixed reaction to this when it was released as the first single, and I fell firmly in the camp of loving it. I love how sassy and spiky it is, and I think the way Taylor sort of snarls rather thing sings really emphasises how much she dislikes whoever this song is about (my bet’s on Kimye). I’m totally here for the “old Taylor is dead” spoken section. It’s a great song to listen to if you’re feeling angry too!
So It Goes– I really don’t have a lot to say about this one. I find it repetitive, and a bit dull, and I tend to skip it when listening to the album.
Gorgeous– the opening music of this is so pretty, and it really sets the feel of this song. It’s about Taylor meeting her current boyfriend and thinking he’s out of her leauge because he’s so gorgeous. I love the writing, especially the tongue in cheek parts, and it’s just a positive, fun song overall, even though it’s less optimistic than some of Taylor’s love songs from previous places.
Getaway Car– this was my favourite when Reputation was released and it still is now. It’s about a short-lived doomed relationship that was mainoy an excuse to leave someone else. The getaway car metaphor througuout is great, and I just love the melody. The bridge is one of my favourite bridges ever, I think. The whole song is so catchy, but the bridge especially.
King of My Heart– like Endgame, there are sections of this I really like, and others I really do not. It’s about a similar sort of thing to Delicate- that he loves her for her and not her fame- and I think I’d probably like this more than I do if I wasn’t comparing it to such a masterpiece. I think the verses are prettygreat though, especially the rythym of them,
Dancing With Our Hands Tied- I’m pretty ambivalent towards this, to be honest. It’s about a new relationship being exposed to the public, and while I enjoy it when I hear it, it’s not one of the standout songs of this for me. My favourite thing about it is the melody/rythym of the verses and pre-choruses, but I’m not keen on the chorus. I also really enjoy the bridge.
Dress– this has always been one of my favourites from the album. It’s got the same sensual feeling to it as Don’t Blame Me, but has a more upbeat tempo that makes me like it just a little more. It’s so melodic and catchy, and again, similarly to Don’t Blame Me I just love its sound overall. The bridge is so romantic especially!
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things– this is the most joyous revenge song I have ever heard, and I think it’s Taylor’s best revenge song ever. It heavily references the Kimye feud, and I love the storytelling style of it, alongside the top-notch sarcasm throughout. I am here for ALL of this. ALL of it. The pettiness of the spoken section in the bridge gives me such joy too, as does the bridge in general to be honest. I do love a good bridge!
Call It What You Want– I know I’ve called just about every song on this romantic, and they totally are, but this is probably the most overt love song. I think the rhyming in the second pre-chorus is a bit dodgy (eg “trust him like a brother”…) but otherwise I’m a big fan, especially since it focuses on how this new relationship helped Taylor get through that period where people were lying about her and making her out to be someone she isn’t.
New Year’s Day– I love Taylor’s new pop direction, probably even more so than her early stuff, but this is so remniscent of her first few albums and it’s fabulous. It’s a soft and sweet piano ballad about being there for someone you love through both the good times (represented here as New Year’s Eve) and the bad (represented here as the clean up on January 1st). Its simplicity makes its meaming even more striking and clear, and it’s so powerful that I have definitely teared up on quite a few listens.
Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What’s your favourite song from this album? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the Valencia EP, which was released recently by one of my favourite artists Into the Ark, which is a duo made up of Taylor and Dane, and I’ve been such a huge fan of them and their music after seeing them on the Voice UK in 2017. I’d heard all but one of these before Valencia was released, but I still wanted to do this post as I’ve never done one for ITA before, as their last release came out before I was doing music posts. Onto the post!
Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on all of the songs from Panic! at the Disco’s latest album Pray for the Wicked, because as you might know if you read this post, they’ve become one of my absolute (I’m talking top 3 here) favourite artists since I started listening to them a couple of months ago. Onto the post!
(F*ck A) Silver Lining– this took a while to grow on me, but I really like it now. It’s ridiculously catchy, really well written with some interesting references when you look closer at them (as well as a fun shout out to Béyonce in the bridge!) and I love the opening (particularly the instruments)
Say Amen (Saturday Night)- I think this was the perfect choice for lead single. I love the lyrics and the melody, it shows off pretty much all of Brendan’s range (especially in live recordings when he often does deeper for the bridge, which I LOVE given how much of a sucker I am for a deep voice and a killer bridge) and it has elements of their earlier music while also retaining the more theatrical, pop sound of this album.
Hey Look Ma, I Made It– this is so infectiously fun. From the puppet music video to the upbeat tempo to how much fun everyone on the stage seems to be having on the stage when it’s performed live, this song just makes me happy.
High Hopes- this only very narrowly wasn’t in my top 3 of the album, and I love it. I adore it’s message that you should dream big and aim high, I love the cheerful brass instrumentals throughout it, and above all, I think it’s catchy and brilliant.
Roaring 20s– this is about Brendon’s experiences of being on Broadway, and it’s one of my very favourites on the album. I love the 20s vibe of the instruments and melody, the writing is phenomenal (I say this about almost every song, because I think the lyrics of them all are brilliant, but I think Roaring 20s is the crème de la crème! I’m a particular fan of the bridge, which shall come as no shock at all, but the verses are amazing too) and I’m beyond obsessed with the slow chorus that comes after the bridge.
Dancing’s Not a Crime– like with Hey Look Ma, I Made It, my favourite thing about this is very simply how much fun it is- I really like how happy they are, . I also love the writing of this generally, though the bridge is especially brilliant and I have a soft spot for the chorus because it reminds me quite a bit of I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters, which me given the almost completely opposite meanings…
One of the Drunks– this covers similar themes to Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time (aka my absolute favourite Panic! song of all time), so it’s pretty fitting that this is one of my favourites on this album too. I think the lyrics are really clever, I absolutely adore the pre-chorus and there’s just something about it that makes me really love it that I can’t quite put my finger on.
The Overpass- this has such a theatrical feel to it for me, particularly due to the sound effects at the very start, and it’s so much fun. This has one of my favourite bridges of the album, which automatically makes me like a song to be honest, it’s super catchy and I think the chorus is brilliant!
King of the Clouds- for a song that was concieved of when Brendon was high, it’s really good. It shows off Brendon’s higher range really well and I’m a big fan of the pre-chorus and bridge, though I don’t love the melody of the verses that much.
Old Fashioned– I have to admit I don’t really like this song much. While I’m a big fan of the brass instrumentals at the beginning and Brendon’s voice is as great as ever, I find the verses quite repetitive and I just don’t really enjoy listening to it.
Dying in LA– this is a piano ballad, and it’s incredibly melancholic in tone. Similarly to how I feel about One of the Drunks and Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time, this feels like a darker version of LA Devotee (which I also love), and I think it’s a stunning end to the album. I didn’t expect anything this stripped back and simple from Panic , but it’s a beautiful, poignant song that shows off some elements of Brendon’s voice I haven’t heard in many of their songs before.
Are you a fan of Panic! at the Disco? What are your thoughts on the songs from this album? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m super excited to be writing my thoughts on George Ezra’s first album Wanted on Voyage, which I have loved since a couple of months after release (basically since I heard him sing on Graham Norton, then I asked for the album for my birthday and the rest is history!). Anyhow, even though this is now four years old, I thought this would be fun, as I adore it so much. Also, how adorable is it that the name of this album is inspired by Paddington Bear?! Onto the post!
Blame it On Me– this is the perfect opener. It’s light and summery, and ultra catchy throughout. This was the first George Ezra song I ever heard as well, and it made me into the fangirl I am today, so I love it a lot. It shows off George’s voice perfectly.
Budapest– the original single! This kind of tells a story; about someone willing to give up all their fabulous possessions, which include a house in Budapest, for the person they love, and it’s so sweet. I love the story behind it hugely (George didn’t get to go to Budapest when he was interrailing because he got drunk at Eurovision and was so hungover he missed the train… so wrote this instead) and overall it’s just a really nice song.
Cassy’O- this is a very fun, well written song. It’s about the passage of time, even though it sort of sounds like George is singing about a girl at some points, and some of the lyrics make me laugh every time I hear them. A very interesting and unusual song that took a while to grow on me, but I now adore.
Barcelona– this is kind of haunting in a way, and it’s a really pretty love song. I can’t believe I once found it boring, because now I’d describe it as a breathtaking ballad.
Listen to the Man- this is probably my favourite love song of the album. It’s so sweet, and it’s incredibly catchy to sing along to. It’s absolutely lovely; sort of a more upbeat version of Hold My Girl (which is from George’s 2nd album)
Leaving it Up to You– we get to hear George speak at the start, which is fab because I think his accent is lovely, and it’s about meeting an ex after they have a new partner. The chorus shows off George’s falsetto, and it’s very gentle and easy to listen to.
Did You Hear the Rain?- I find the intro a bit long and repetitive, so I tend to skip it, but I adore this song. It’s pretty dark, and (I think, anyway), about the piece of you inside that wants you to do bad things. I love George’s voice deeper so much (I love George’svoice all the time, but deep is my favourite way to hear it)
Drawing Board– this is hands down my favourite of the album, as you might know if you read my recent Q and A post. It’s about someone who wants to murder their partner, and the various plots they concoct to do this. It’s brilliant to sing along to when you’re annoyed even if your situation is totally different, and the lyrics are so clever.
Stand by Your Gun– this is so irresistibly catchy. The lyrics are quite abstract, but they’re super fun, and George’s voice is particularly gorgeous in it. It shows a little bit of his higher range, which I always love, as even though he’s known for his voice being deep it’s just as good when he goes higher, in my opinion. As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch, dancing (wriggling really) in my seta to this because it’s infectiously happy and brilliant.
Breakaway– this is by far the most underrated George Ezra song in existence, if you ask me. It’s about him attempting to convince someone in a toxic, abusive relationship to leave, and it’s heartbreaking. It makes me cry each and every time I listen, and the bit at the end with the backing singers/clapping is beautiful.
Over the Creek– this is another kind of abstract one I love! Again, I am clueless as to what it’s about, but I find something weirdly funny about the lyrics (“nonetheless, I must confess that I’m the mess, that has been left to save you”).
Spectacular Rival- this song is deliciously creepy and sinister, and I feel like it’s a great closer for this album. It’s probably the deepest George’s voice gets, which is weirdly soothing to listen to given the subject matter and I think the instrumentals are particularly phenomenal.
Thank you so much for reading! Are you a George Ezra fan? What’s your favourite song from Wanted on Voyage? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, I am always available to have a good fangirling session!
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!
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!