Throwback Thursday – Ringo Starr, “Photograph”

ringo-starrOf all of the solo careers after The Beatles, not many think of Ringo Starr. Photograph was a rather successful hit when it came to Ringo’s solo numbers, and the song’s Brass instrument influence and faded vocals most likely have something to do with it.

Photograph was one of my mother’s favorite songs growing up, though I never took the time to actually analyze it until recently. The chorus is catchy, and of a respectful length. The Saxa-bridge is enjoyable, and the instrumentals throughout are solid. Ringo’s vocals are rather rough, however.

So did you like the chorus? Good, because that is the last minute and a half over and over again. I won’t harp on that much, let me just skip right to the rating. Overall, I would rate this song at:

7.25/10

Song’s vocals are rather weak and faded behind so much instruments, though I did enjoy the song’s aura overall. You can check out the song below and take a trip down Memory Lane:

-Austin Heath

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Music Recommendation – Single – D’Angelo, Sugah Daddy

d'angeloHot off the press is D’Angelo’s first new song in ages. This Jazz-y RnB track is a change-up from what we’re used to and is quite compelling. While the title might instantly turn away viewers, any Jazz fan should find this track quite enjoyable. RnB lovers could be proud of D’Angelo’s first return in over a decade as well.

The words are a bit hard to get, mostly because the horns and piano smother the vocals with a Tempur-pedic pillow. Otherwise D’Angelo’s return is intriguing and a bit different from what we are used to in RnB or even modern Jazz.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

7.75/10

D’Angelo may need to find his flow again when it comes to vocals, but otherwise the track is an enjoyable piece and features a smooth rise. At 5:02 the song is a bit long, but I won’t complain about that too much. I cannot say the song is appealing to every listener, as it can only truly be valued by those who devulge in this genre (which I do not, so hard to judge Sugah Daddy). You can stream the song by following the link to HotNewHipHop below:

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/dangelo-sugah-daddy-new-song.1960688.html

-Austin Heath

Throwback Thursday – Chicago, Saturday In The Park

Saturday In The Park is one of those songs that I’ve listened to for about all of my life. I have had these lyrics memorized since I was a toddler, and if anyone mentions the words “Saturday” or “park” you can guarantee this song starts blurting out of me right away. And I don’t even stop, I just carry on for the next four minutes until the song is over. The only thing missing are a bunch of brass instruments playing behind me.

So about the song itself, it is good. Well, that was easy enough. Overall, I would give it a 10/10. Yeah, it’s perfect to me. Then again, that could be my nostalgia talking. It is one of my favorites all-time as it has had a serious influence on my life since I was young, so I am allowed to be a little biased.

So go take a drive back to Nostalgia Avenue and make a right onto Memory Lane by giving this song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Album Review – D. Edward, Love Is

From Oakland, California is Jazz/RnB group D. Edward. Love Is, there second album after Little Red Box, is an LP full of smooth Soul music. I was given an incredible chance to listen to this album about a week before today, the day of release, thanks to Angela Mastrogiacomo, creator and head of Infectiousmagazine.com. She has been incredibly helpful and has given me one of the best album recommendations I have heard!

Love Is has some incredible songs on it, and features some big names on vocals. Now, let’s break this down track-by-track:

1. Waiting – The start of this album right away previews what we’ll hear from D. Edward throughout the rest of the album. The soft percussion and instrument support of the vocals right away provides great listening, with Waiting being one of my favorite songs on this album (and the song I think will be most popular on the album). The Rock/RnB sound of this track is definitely a great combo and makes this one an excellent listen. 9.5/10

2. Show Me ft. Jenna Lavoie – The piano and soothing chimes surround the vocals to make a beautiful mellow sound. The hook requires a bit of a wait, but the harmonizing on the chorus is perfect. It almost feels like this song was pulled out of an older time, but is still given a modern twist with the passionate vocals of Jenna Lavoie. 9.75/10

3. Hold On Intro ft. Laura Sullivan – The brief piano of the intro to Hold On, my other favorite album song next, is a 30-second window of a soothing melody. Short interlude is all this really is, but makes for a nice adjustment to the next song. Pulls off the transition very well. 9.75/10

4. Hold On – The harmonizing on the hook immediately made this song stand out for me, which helps make this such an incredible song. The long notes are so smooth and give the song a beautiful RnB sound. The individual skill of each member is apparent in the instrumental and vocals on this song, especially in the bridge. 9.75/10

5. One for the Money – The vocals start almost immediately and sound similar to the previous sung tracks, with a Jazz influence heavy here. The hook is a bit disappointing with the cheer after saying “One for the money” and random crowd noises at the end of every hook. The verses are smooth and combine an excellent RnB/Jazz sound together well. 8.75/10

6. Mesmerized – The instrumental in the first couple of seconds is actually incredible, and the sound appears more in the hook. The song is a great mood-setter and will leave a listener, well, mesmerized. It’s incredibly smooth and features heavy RnB and Jazz influence. Bridge is a bit short and more like another hook though. 9.25/10

7. Don’t Say – I really love this song, especially how a part of the hook introduces the subject of the song. I feel like this provides substantial evidence of a story throughout the album. The high pitch of the instrumental can be a little much at times, almost like a Pokemon Town theme in Red/Blue. I sincrely hope I will be forgiven for comparing this music to Pokemon, but it’s still a beautiful track. 9.5/10

8. I Love The Way – Right away when I hear the intro to this song I think of 70’s Soul. The influence on this song, and the whole album at that, is most evident in this song. The Jazzy piano reminds me of something taken out of a good Elton John song. The harmonizing on the hook is excellent and the song is very passionate. 9.75/10

9. Pretty Eyes – I do enjoy this song a lot, though it seems a lot more off-pitch from the instrumentals and out of sync. The hook is similar to the previous tracks, but has its own twist. It’s a very smooth song and has some more RnB in it than the others. 8.75/10

10. Mighty Love – This is another one of those Rock influenced tracks that seems to be taken out of a different time. I love the instrumental to start and the lyrics. The hook is a bit corny but it is catchy and entertaining. 9.25/10

11. Love Is – The finale to the album is named after the LP itself. It pretty much sums up the sound of the whole album in one track, especially in the hook. It is smooth but Jazzy and has Rock and RnB influence throughout. Another one of my favorites, the song is upbeat and passionate yet not distracted from love. 9.75/10

In the end that averages out to about 9.5/10. That is a considerably high rating for an album, but the sound is so incredible with a perfect combination of several genres and an older influence that it deserves it. If you like the first couple of songs, you’ll like the rest. Same goes for if you don’t like the first few, as the sound is consistent throughout. I recommend a listen to all of them, but if that is too pressing you should at least listen to my three favorites: Waiting, Love Is and Hold On.

-Austin Heath

P.S. You can also buy the album on iTunes; after all, it just released today! You can also find the group on Twitter, Facebook, etc. under their band name. Little Red Box has a similar sound so if you like this album give their previous a quick listen.

Also, here is the music video for the first single for the album, Love Is:

Throwback Thursday – Chicago, 25 or 6 to 4

Chicago’s “definitely not about drugs” song, 25 or 6 to 4, is a rock/jazz track released in June of 1970. I’ve always found this song enjoyable and combining Jazz and Rock well. But again, it is definitely not about drugs.

You may recognize the song from Rock Band 3, or from covers by several prominent artists (including Earth, Wind and Fire). It made its way to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #7 in UK’s Top 100 as well.

Overall, I would rate the song a 9.5/10. I love the instrumentals and the combo of Jazz and Rock, though at times the track sounds a bit chaotic to me. It is a classic so of course, if you have not heard it, I recommend a listen:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Laurina Mae, Will She Be Loved

The New Jersey singer is preparing to release her new album Winter Is Coming and provides a sample of what to expect from her LP. I gotta say, I’m very impressed. This song is beautifully RnB and sounds incredible.

Mae explains the concern of a stripper’s respect and if she can find true love despite her job. The song has a real jazz feeling to it, especially at the bridge. Her voice is melodic and so smooth, Will She Be Loved has to be one of her best works.

Overall, I give the song a 8.75/10. Drums can overpower the song a little and the end is a bit lonely without vocals but still relaxing and enjoyable music. I recommend a listen (up to about the three-minute mark) below:

-Austin Heath