Anonymous asked: Top 5 albums
I was just lamenting how much I was not feeling music this year, so this list is kinda not one I’m super sure of yet. The top three are pretty solid, but 4 & 5 could have, honestly, gone to a whole slew of albums that I find to be pretty much equal.
5. Pentatonix: PTX Vol. II - I’ve been a huge fan of Pentatonix ever since they sang “E.T.” on The Sing-Off. To this day, I am constantly blown away every time I hear them do something new because HOW DO FIVE PEOPLE MANAGE TO SOUND LIKE AN ENTIRE GOD DAMN BAND AND PRODUCTION COMPANY? They’re insanely talented. That said, I’ve never been hugely fond of their originals, but their album is still worth a listen for their enormous sound. (Check out: "Save The World / Don’t You Worry Child" & "Daft Punk")
4. J. Cole: Born Sinner - I can’t say there’s any brilliance or mindblowing creativity peaking through, but that doesn’t negate any of the quick lyricism or tried-and-true beats that dominate J. Cole’s latest. (And none of that is to say the production isn’t carefully crafted, because it is.) For me, this reigns supreme over the albums of Jay-Z, Kanye, Drake, and Eminem for rap AOTY. (Check out: "Power Trip" & "Crooked Smile")
3. Chrisette Michele: Better - She’s got an immensely pleasing voice and the album has R&B for just about every type of R&B fan. More than a few of the songs feel like they could’ve been released in 1995 (I mean that in the best way possible), others throw back even further and some are right on top of today’s trends. It’s just a really solid album, start-to-finish. (Check out: "Better" & "Love Won’t Leave Me Out")
2. Fantasia: Side Effects Of You - The best kind of soul. For a while, this was the only album I even kind of enjoyed from this year and because of that it ended up burning a hole in my iPod. It’s soulful and stirring and powerful, as one should expect from ‘Tasia. (Check out: "Lose to Win" & "Get It Right")
1. Sara Bareilles: The Blessed Unrest - Piano pop is my heaven and no one does it better than Sara. Everything from the lyrics to the melodies to the production is just immaculate on The Blessed Unrest. I cannot stress just how much I love about every track and how it’s instant and yet somehow still grows on you with every listen. I cannot heap enough praise on this album and I am sooo happy (and incredibly surprised) it picked up a Grammy nom for Album of the Year. (Check out: "Chasing The Sun" & "I Choose You")
dawsonuglycrying asked: Top 5 lilo moments or top 5 liam solos
I’m trying DESPERATELY to make this “top 5 lilo moments” and not copping out by making it something like “top 5 lilo motifs” or something. So here are FIVE individual, distinct moments that may or may not be what i consider the top 5.
That time when everything just looked really warm and comfortable and domestic and sleepy and I wanted to DIE because of Louis’s hand.
Louis has always been very outgoing, but I wasn’t like that at all. Now he convinces me to experiment and it’s made me for confident. It’s brilliant, because it means that I get to learn more about the cultures of the places we go to.
That time when they spoke candidly about their relationship and its growth and it was like a god damn romantic comedy.
That time when they spent all year writing together while on tour and while on breaks and then released an album on which they co-penned a majority of the songs to record-breaking sales and renewed critical buzz.
Okay so maybe that last one wasn’t a moment, but you’ll forgive me for cheating on that one, I hope.
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2niqua asked: I just found your blog randomly, but I saw you enjoyed R&B & one direction too. I just wanted to know your thoughts on 1D doing an R&B album and them working with Pharrell. Personally I think it would be awesome.
Honestly, I think making a great R&B album requires having a lot more soul/experience than any of the One Direction guys have. As a genre, it’s not really something you can just “try” and be successful at. (It also doesn’t help that it’s a genre that has little to gain from slick production, which, IMO, is the best part of any One Direction album.)
The other problem is just that none of them are really R&B singers, bar Zayn (who has a voice that could do well on R&B, but he would really need tighter runs and better instinct).
As much as I love R&B, I really think One Direction should stick to the rock side of pop.
Anonymous asked: Hypothetical Question: If Liam could do duet with anyone, who would be your top picks and why?
I have thought long and hard about this, anon. But I have some answers finally:
1. Ariana Grande: I think generally Liam would benefit most from singing with vocalists with a lot of range/power, to push his voice as well. Ariana Grande has both in spades, essentially doing Mariah Carey better than present day Mariah Carey does.
2. … any wispier-voiced male tenor. I tend to not enjoy these voices quite so much, but I think they’d make a good compliment to Liam’s. (I’d come up with a person but I can think of no one suitable at the moment.)
… Honestly, I really have nothing else. Most artists I love I can think of a billion dream duets. With Liam, all I can think of is how much I want to hear him sing solo.