The Collective – Mixed Personalities CD 1 Review

On the 4th of August, The Collective released their latest album “Mixed Personalities”. In this post, I am going to review the first CD as there is a lot of songs so I would not be able to fit it all into one post.

1. Web Of Love- I am already familiar with this song as not too long ago I created the music video for it. I really like this song as it is lively and is the sort of tune that can stick in your head for days. I also like the fact the tune is a happy kind of tune. Some of my favourite parts of the song are the guitar parts in the middle of the verses as I feel they break up the song well.

2. Hooligan- I have heard the band perform this song live many times at their gigs however I feel that this version sounds quite different to when they perform it live. This version of the song sounds more like it is sung rather than spoke/ shouted like it is at gigs, this is a nice and interesting change to the song, also in this version, there are parts that are spoken that make it sound more interesting and different, some of these parts are quotes from famous politicians in interviews. I also like the way that the singing and the rap parts of the song mix together.

3. Disorder (Ft. Shane Cattermole)- I like this song as it is fast paced but also quite dramatic sounding in places. I feel that the beat of the song matches up well with the rap and what they are saying does a very good job of getting the point that they want to get across as well as being easy to understand. I feel that the guitar part of the song really grabs your attention before it starts and makes you want to listen.

4. Drag Me Down (Ft. Nuala)- This song has an acoustic sound to as well as being a slower sounding song. I like the way that the chorus music is different to the verse music so that it stands out more, the way the song is sung gives off a calming vibe even during the rap which surprises me as I did not expect the rap to fit in well with the style of the song. I also really enjoy the way that all members of the song join in for the last chorus it gives it an ending that feels fitting.

5. The Struggle- The main singer of this song is different to the other songs so far, this gives the song a different tone and makes it feel like the style has been changed and mixed up so it is enjoyable to listen to. The tune is lively and enjoyable to listen to I like the way that the verses are rapped and the chorus is sung. Towards the end of the song, the structure changes and it starts to sound slightly different.

6. Cold Outside (Live)-  This song is also a favourite for the band to perform live and that is why this version is a live version. I like the way that the music in this song is quite quiet but is also just loud enough to be able to hear the singing and the rapping. I also like the way each verse is taken by different people, it makes it sound interesting and you get to hear different peoples views.

7. Dreaming (Live)- This song is quite slow paced, this makes the lyrics easy to understand and listen to, the song is quite a positive song and gives off a quite positive message. The song was recorded live so this added to the song as the sound of the audience and the way the song sounded made you feel like you were there when they were recording it.

8. What Good (Live)- This song is acoustic and therefore there are not many instruments just a single guitar as well as only one singer. This song is quite different to the rest of the album so far, however, I like it a lot. This so is also very nice to listen and as the song is recorded live it sounds different to what it would sound like if it was recorded in a studio and I think that gives it a nice effect.

9. Appreciate- At the start of the song, there is no music this makes the words stand out even more than they would if there was music in the background. The lyrics to this song are very strong and they really show the point that they are trying to get across. The thing that I like most about this song is that when the music does start it starts off slowly and then gets louder and faster throughout.

10. Sax Man (Ft. Warren Ireland)- The music of the song is based on the sound of the saxophone, I also like the electronic noises that end up mixed with the saxophone noises. The tune of this song is lively and so is the rap to go along with it. The way the verses are sung at different speeds makes the song interesting to listen to as it keeps changing so you want to know what happens next.

11. Brainwashed (Ft. JDEE)- The start is slow with a piano tune, the words are spoken slowly and with meaning that fits with the title of the song. I like the way that the band introduce JDEE before his verse and how he has a solo verse to himself to show what he wants to say. The chorus of the song sounds almost trance like this also fits well with the title of the song as it is as if they are brainwashing you.

12. Mixed Personalities (Ft. Hayden Gigner)- The scratchy guitar noises at the start of the song attract the listener’s attention. The song has very lively singing even the parts of the song that are rapped sound slightly more like they are being sung, I also like the way the rap parts and the singing fit together as I feel that it has been done well. I also like the way that the verses and the chorus sound very similar as it means it links together well.

13. Louis- This song does not have any music to it instead is just spoken I feel that this flows well as the words rhyme so it seems rhythmical. I like the way that the words echo after they have been spoken adding an effect to the song. This song is the shortest on this CD that I have found so far.

14. International Lyrics- The tune for this song is quite uplifting, at the beginning of the song I did not realise that the lyrics were not in English but after I did realise I found that this was a very interesting part of the song and feel like it shows a strong message. The rapping in the second verse is in English and is saying how music has the same meaning no matter what country you are from.

15. Change (Extended)- The start of this song is mainly piano but then as the song goes on more and more instruments are added until all instruments are present. There is a lot of echoing in this song this adds to the effect of what the singer is saying and what he means by it, phrases are also repeated meaning that the words stick in your head even more.

16. Harmony (Ft. Jean Howe)- The drums at the start of this song sound almost tribal and the singing and rap sound also goes along with this. I like the way that over the chorus there are lots of different voices making it sound really nice to listen to. As there are lots of different parts that overlap and blend together and sound really good.

17. Streetlights (Ft. Bittermace)- This song is very slow paced and also has very calming music in the background, I feel like this also adds to the effect of the song as it stays the same throughout so there are no shock changes however the song does get louder further into the song making it sound slightly different. I like the way that in parts of the song there are string noises added to add to the song.

18. The Unknown- There is no music at the start of this song, however, noises are the main beat and sound of the song, the majority of the song is slow however there are parts of the song that gets faster this keeps you focused on the song and wanting to listen to it more.

Mixed Personalities 1

Even though some of this album is not the sort of music that I would normally listen to I enjoyed most of the songs on the album and will definitely listen to it again many times as the songs are very catchy. I highly recommend that you give it a listen. I will review CD 2 very soon.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

 

 

A Very Busy Weekend

The Shrives- Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

On Friday 16th of June I went to voodoo lounge in Stamford, this was a venue that I had never been to before, it was a small venue and the actual stage was underground in a quite confined space, I felt that this gave the venue more atmosphere and made it more exciting and interesting than it may have been at a different venue. The event has two support acts, The Exton’s and The Talk, the bands played lively and fun music to get the crowd in the mood for the gig. The Shrives came on around 10 o’clock and mainly played songs from there album “Back in The Morrow” but also played some others that were not on the album, the songs got everyone dancing and jumping around, this made the venue very hot but that didn’t mean that people didn’t have fun. During the show, there was a lot of audience participation and lots of the band coming into the crowd whilst playing the songs. At the end of the bands set they did a ska mashup of many different songs and then finally they did a cover of a Beatles song and finished the gig. The show was fun and very enjoyable to watch.

Royal Blood- Hippodrome, Kingston Upon Thames

On the Saturday, I went to an album release show of Royal Blood’s new album “How Did We Get So Dark?”, the band had no support as the gig was mainly about their album release so they were the only Royal Blood. The band played most of the songs on their new album, the songs were lively and even though most people did not know the songs they were the sort that you could recognise, enjoy and dance to. The songs on the album were catchy and you could tell that they were by Royal Blood because of the style. During the gig, they did play some of their old songs and these were the ones that got the most reaction from the audience and most people knew them word for word and sang along. The band were very talented and at points seemed as if they were putting in hardly any effort but still coming out with these amazing songs and sounds. As the event was an album release party everyone that went got a free copy of the CD included in their ticket price. During the show, there was lots of jumping around and crowd surfing even from band member Ben Thatcher who climbed on the crowd during one of the songs before swiftly returning to his drum kit.

Paramore- The Royal Albert Hall, London

Finally, on Monday 19th of June I went to watch Paramore at the Royal Albert Hall, the band are currently touring Europe in support of their new album “After Laughter” I was very excited to see this band as I extremely enjoy their music and wanted to see what they were like live. In the venue, our seats were very high up so I was worried that we may not be able to see however I quickly found out that this would not be the case and that I would be able to see fine. The support act was a band called Bleached this band were a grungy rock band who took their inspiration from bands like Nirvana you could tell this by the type of music that they were playing. The whole show seemed to be running half an hour late this was disappointing as people felt like they were being kept waiting and if it hadn’t have started when it did I think that people would have started to get annoyed. When Paramore finally came on they came on with a very lively tune from there new album, one that everybody knew so that they could sing along. The band performed lots of songs old and new and even though their old songs got more of a reaction the new songs still brought joy and fun to the audience. Whilst there I had a very fun and enjoyable evening with lots of singing along to songs and dancing the only disappointing part was the fact that they did not play “Ignorance” which is one of my favourite Paramore songs.

The Black Market, Market Warsop- Stars Bothering On Sunday

Yesterday (Sunday 11th Of June) I went to Market Warsop to watch a music event .   When we got to the venue it was small and decorated with CD covers and vinyl record covers. The event was performed acoustically by all the acts.

The first band on was the Star Wars Brothers however I did not manage to see them. 

The first act that I saw was The Hugo Steady band, they were a local band from the village that the venue was in, so they knew most of the people there and most of the audience already knew of their music. The band played mostly country/folk style music that they had written themselves for the band, the song that I enjoyed the most was called “When Dave Dies” and was about the bassist in the band, I liked this song as it was catchy and energetic so I found it extremely enjoyable, the band managed to give a really lively and exciting feel to the event.

The next act was Ellis Waring his music was also kinda folk like but also had a more rocky feel to it, I felt that at some points during his performance I could not understand what he was saying in the song as it was slightly to fast paced however the tune was enjoyable and so was everything else that I heard. Through his act Ellis had a running joke about the songs he had written and the fact that he did not know what they were called , he performed quite a few songs and had a very happy manner on stage making the audience that were watching him happy.

Next up was The Shrives this is a band that I have watched before this time however they were performing acoustic, something that I hadn’t experienced before, the band played all of the songs that they would normally play but with an acoustic twist, this act was slightly more calm and chilled out than the rest of the acts had been but I thoroughly enjoyed there performance. The band also did an acoustic cover of “Heart Of Glass” by Blondie this was also enjoyable and a good song for people to sing along to.

The event was fun and everyone seemed to have a good evening.

Thanks for reading, Annie

Waterfront, Norwich- Emma Blackery

On Friday the 2nd of June I went to Norwich to see Emma Blackery. Emma is a Youtuber that has been releasing music for quite some time and has recently released a new EP entitled “Magnetised”. When I got to the location of the event I went to what looked like the queue to get in however I later found out that this entrance was not the general admissions entrance and was for VIP’s only so at this point I had to move to the other queue, as I did this it started to pour it down with rain and finally when the doors opened everyone that was in the queue breathed a sigh of relief.

Emma had two support acts who were performing before her, the first one of these was The Valeras, this was a band of five musicians who played strong but yet quite dark and grungy music with deep vocals to add to the effect. The songs that the band played where not necessarily the sort that you would dance to but they where nice to listen to and would make you want to listen to them again.

The next band to play were called Rusty Clayton they were an American band whose songs had a very strong Pop-Punk vibe to them for most of the act however towards the end the lead singer played some slow romantic songs  even though they were sweet and heartfelt at some points they felt a bit long and as if they were dragging out, but after a brief interlude of slow songs they went back to the pop-punk style that they had started with and got everyone very hyped up for when Emma came out.

When Emma finally got on stage after what everyone seemed to feel like was forever, she started off with very energetic songs that filled the room with positivity and got everyone dancing. Throughout her whole act she seemed to make the audience feel how she was feeling when singing her songs and even if you did not know the songs you felt like you could sing along and join in. This gig was quite different to a lot that I have been to as because of the fact that Emma has been vlogging for so many years she brought some of that into her show and was able to interact with the audience really well. At one point in the show Emma brought up the Manchester attack and told everyone how brave they were for not letting it stop them coming out and enjoying live music. Towards the end of the show Emma introduced her band however this was not in the conventional way that you would introduce a band, instead she decided to give them all nicknames and by the end of the night she had the whole audience chanting out the nicknames of the people in the band. The show seemed to go a lot faster than any of us had wanted it to and even though no one wanted it to end the finale was amazingly energetic and almost seemed as if she was coming on for the first time as she performed with so much energy.

The show was a very different experience to the sort of gig that I would usually go to but I had a really good time and would definitely go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie

Paramore: After Laughter Review

As you may or may not know Paramore have recently released a new album “After Laughter” along with this they have released tickets for a tour to go along with the album. This post is going to be my review and also my first impressions of the album I hope you enjoy.

Hard Times- This tune is extremely catchy and sticks in your head, I heard this song when it was released as a single before the album was released and from the moment I heard it, it has been stuck in my head. The song is slightly different to what you would normally expect from Paramore how ever it is a very good feel good song like most of there songs and was extremely enjoyable to listen to.I really enjoyed the bit where the song slows down as it catches your attention and makes you listen to the song more. There are robotic tones at the end of the song that sound different to the rest of the song but somehow also fit with the overall tone of the song. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Rose Coloured Boy- The shouting at the start of the song makes it recognisable as it is the same phrase repeated, of all of the songs on this album I feel that this is one that is most similar to songs that Paramore have released before and is similar to songs they have made before however is still significantly different. Through the song they have used the techno beat again this seems to be a common thing that is emerging throughout the album. Towards the end the song slows down as if it is going to end and then speeds up again with a chorus right before the end. Overall I would give this song 8/10

Told You So- This song is quite similar to a lot of the music that is in the charts at the moment, this isn’t necessarily what you would expect Paramore’s music to be like and you would not necessarily know that this song was by them if it was not for Hayley’s distinctive voice. There are parts in the song where the tone changes this catches the listeners attention as it sounds significantly different in some parts. At the end of the song lots of different song parts overlap making the ending sound different to the rest of the song. Overall I would give this song 5/10

Forgiveness- This song has a slower start than the other songs on the album so far however uses the same tones as the rest of the songs on the album. The song has a slower style of singing the song is almost love song style, after a while the song starts to get slightly more upbeat but still is steady, calm and a lot more chilled out compared to the start of the album. The ending of the song is different to the rest of the song.  Overall I would give this song 7/10

Fake Happy- The beginning of the song is acoustic which is different to the rest of the songs on the album has been as to begin with it sounds calm and quiet. The song does however get faster and begins to sound more like the rest of the album, in the background there is a twinkling noise that makes the song seem calm even when the song speeds up. The song then begins to sound slightly more pop like than you would expect however still has a different edge to it. In the middle of the song there is a slow piano piece that stands out compared to the tone of the rest of the song. Overall I would give this song 8/10

26- This is an acoustic song so is very calm and relaxed, there is an effect that has been used over the top of the guitar that makes the song even more calming than it already was. Even though the tone and style of the song seems quite sad it is also quite an uplifting song, this is done mainly by the lyrics as if you did not listen to them the song would probably sound quite sad. Overall I would give this song a 6/10.

Pool- This song has a very long intro, the song has some pretty sounds and some of the singing parts sound as if they have multiple singers singing different parts even though it is only one person. The chorus to this song is extremely catchy that sounds different and stands out compared to the rest of the song, the echoing idea that is used when there seem to be several voices at once is used throughout the song and gives parts of it more sound than there would be if you could only hear the main singer singing. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Grudges- The verses of this song are very upbeat however the song seems to always slow down after the chorus. The rest of the songs on this album are usually mainly based on the guitar however a lot of this song is made up by the drums and there beat instead, this makes it sound different to the rest of the songs on the album. In the middle of the song the style changes slightly for a short while. Towards the end the song does fade out slightly but it still has a quite abrupt ending and feels like it should go on for slightly longer. Overall I would give this song 8/10

Caught In The Middle- This song has a slightly more rock style to it than the rest of the songs on the album. The song gets faster throughout and then starts to slow towards the end. The guitar in this song sounds different to how it sounds on the rest of the album so that makes this song stand out as it almost sounds completely different. Overall I would give this song 9/10

Idle Worship- The words in this song are usually in short and snappy sentences and do not always fit with the beat of the song this makes the song and the words stand out as your brain notices that they do not completely fit together. Towards the end of the song they tune and the lyrics start to fit together and become more consistent. Overall I would give this song 7/10

No Friend- This song confused me slightly as was not what I was expecting at all, throughout the whole song a guitar is playing the same four notes at the same speed whilst there is some very quiet speaking by a male voice over the top, there is no singing in the song and it is completely the opposite to the rest of the album. Overall I would give this song 3/10

Tell Me How- This song is mainly played on a piano so is different to the electronic noise of most of the rest of the album, the song is slow and peaceful, the song does get slightly more upbeat but is still slow throughout. The song has several piano solo parts to break up the song and also right towards the end does start to feature a quiet guitar tune. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Overall I enjoyed listening to this album and will definitely be listening to it again over the next few weeks and months, it was not quite what I expected however I still thought it was good and it was nice to hear something slightly different, I would highly recommend listening to it.