Claire Richards – My Wildest Dreams – Album Review

An album that’s seems to have taken ages to be released after first Steps went split up and then after Claire & H decided to work on Solo work after their debut album flopped and one I’ve been looking forward too as Claire was my favourite member of Steps. The deluxe version of the album contains an additional 3 tracks and well worth getting. I like the album, it proves Claire can sing a variety and that she’s good enough to cope without being in a band though I do expect it will be like the first solo albums of other bands that have gone their separate ways and not do well as they tend to be compared to the band albums which I don’t think is fair. Claire’s album starts with one of my favourite tracks on the album “On My Own” I also loved “7 Billion” but honestly I’m not sure there is a bad track on the album as when listening to it, it finished so quickly despite the album being near an hour long which tends to be a good sign as time flies. As mentioned it will suffer as is Claire from Steps and will be compared to Steps music but I think it’s good and good enough to hold its own.

Track Listing –

1. On My Own
2. End Before We Start
3. 7 Billion
4. These Wings
5. Deep Waters
6. Liar
7. Brave
8. Shame on You
9. Ruins
10. My Wildest Dreams
11. For Now
12. Don’t Leave Me in This Love Alone
13. Forever Ends With You
14. If I Didn’t Have You
15. My Heart Is Heading Home (This Christmas)
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Rita Ora – Phoenix (Deluxe) & Paloma Faith – The Architect (Zeitgeist)

Not sure if have done an normal album review on this site yet but here goes with a double review, both of female artist I do enjoy listening to with very distinct voices.

Rita Ora – Phoenix

For me Rita is an artist that keeps producing better and better music and this album continues this with too me more good songs than average songs as often find on albums as normally you get 3 or 4 “Singles” which are good and the rest are average. The Deluxe version has 16 tracks including her hits Anywhere, Your Song along with her collaborations with Liam Payne (For You), Rudimental (Summer Love) and Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX for the track Girls , it also includes her latest song Let You Love Me. For me this is her best album and I hope she continues improving, the favourite track on the album is Girls but I do love Anywhere. Rating – B+

Tracklist –
1. Anywhere
2. Let You Love Me
3. New Look
4. Lonely Together (feat. Rita Ora) – Avicii
5. Your Song
6. Only Want You
7. First Time High
8. For You (Fifty Shades Freed) – Liam Payne & Rita Ora
9. Summer Love – Rudimental & Rita Ora
10. Girls (feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX)
11. Keep Talking (feat. Julia Michaels)
12. Hell Of A Life
13. Velvet Rope
14. Falling To Pieces
15. Cashmere
16. Soul Survivor
Paloma Faith – The Architect

Paloma is a singer I really do love listening to as she has a unique voice and like Lily Allen and Kate Nash has her own unique songs, I do have to admit I’ve not got her other albums but love Changing and Only Love Can Hurt Like This that she has previously released. Whilst many of these tracks are not as well know it does contain Crybaby and Lullaby (with Sigala) but my favourite track is the one she has done with John Legend called I’ll Be Gentle which hasn’t been released as a single but I think would do really well as a single. I think she might not sell as much as she could because of her voice as whilst I love it I can’t really listen to an hour non stop like can do some singers but could listen to a track several times in a day without losing the love for the track. Rating B-

Tracklist –
1. Evolution (feat Samuel L Jackson)
2. The Architect
3. Guilty
4. Crybaby
5. I’ll Be Gentle (with John Legend)
6. Politics of Hope (Feat Owen Jones)
7. Kings and Queens
8. Surrender
9. Warrior
10. Til I’m Done
11. Lost and Lonely
12. Still Around
13. Pawns (Feat Baby, Nym & Janelle)
14. WW3
15. Love Me As I Am
16. Power to the Peaceful
17. Tonight’s Not The Only Night
18. My Body
19. Price of Fame
20. Loyal
21. Final Breath
22. Your Ex
23. Older
24. Make Your Own Kind of Music
25. Lullaby (with Sigala)

The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vs Reimagined

One of my favourite movies and soundtrack last year was The Greatest Showman and when they said were releasing an album with the songs sung by the likes of P!nk, Kelly Clarkson and Craig David I was really looking forward to hearing how it compared.

I have 3 songs that I really love in the Movie, A Million Dreams, Never Enough (sung by Loren Allred as Rebecca Ferguson didn’t actually sing the song) and This is Me so these were the 3 songs I played more attention to. Only the Reimagined album A Million Dreams is sung by P!nk, Never Enough by Kelly Clarkson (who I love listening too) and This is Me by Kerala Settle (who sings it originally), Kesha and Missy Elliot. Maybe it’s because I had listen to the original songs first but none of the Reimagined versions seemed to be as good as the originals, Kelly’s version of Never Enough not P!nk’s version of A Million Dreams gave me the chills the original versions gave me, personally to me it seems the people behind the Reimagined version jumped on the band wagon of The Greatest Showman and tried to cash in and with the names on the album should’ve produced a far better album in my opinion but as said it could be that I’m biased as listened to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack first and fell in love with those versions of the songs.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack would’ve got a B+ from me whilst the Reimagined would only get perhaps a D-

Personally Radio Stations I rather listen to Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and the rest sing A Million Dreams than P!nk.

Mary Poppins Returns – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Along with the film the Soundtrack fails to delivery, the album like the film is not as upbeat as the original and with A Star Is Born album still going strong this will I fear get left on the shelf. There are a couple of decent tracks but very few of the tracks on the album are uplifting. Can You Imagine That? could’ve been a good track but not one that suits Emily Blunt’s vocals, to me the best song is A Cover is Not the Book though the song is weird it is track you would expect from a Disney film but I’m afraid on the whole Disney has disappointed with Mary Poppins Returns. 1/5 – don’t bother buying.

Tracklisting:-

  1. (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky
  2. Overture
  3. A Conversation
  4. Can You Imagine That?
  5. The Royal Doulton Music Hall
  6. Introducing Mary Poppins
  7. A Cover is Not the Book
  8. The Place Where Lost Things Go
  9. Turning Turtle
  10. Trip a Little Light Fantastic
  11. The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)
  12. Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)
  13. Nowhere to Go But Up
  14. (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)
  15. Theme from Mary Poppins Returns
  16. Kite Takes Off
  17. Mary Poppins Arrives
  18. Magic Papers
  19. Banks in the Bank
  20. Into the Royal Doulton Bowl
  21. Rescuing Georgie
  22. Off to Topsy’s
  23. Chase Through the Bank
  24. Lost in a Fog
  25. Goodbye Old Friend
  26. Race to Big Ben
  27. End Title Suite

Tiffany – Pieces of Me

Back in 1980’s Tiffany was one of the Pop Princess after Madonna’s Pop Queen title along with Debbie Gibson (who I liked and still do), Kylie and Mariah Carey amongst others. They all still record and perform but on different levels, this month saw a new album from Tiffany called Pieces of Me. Having listened to her previous releases after her Hold An Old Friends Hans (her second album) and not rating them I was in mixed feelings about downloading it and listen but this is a very good album, it’s not sugary pop as her first two albums but it’s more pop then her previous albums and a grown up pop album, this to me would hold its head in today’s market but there is just too many female pop stars at present fighting over a shrinking market so I expect only her core of fans will get this or listen to it but I generally think this deserves to be heard more. Whilst a lot of new releases seem to have been rushed as don’t sound complete this feels like it’s taken time and is well put together. It doesn’t take you back to the 80’s as you would expect it stays modern and for an artist that’s been in the business for 30 years with its (and her) up and downs this is a good showing so I take my hat of to her.

Listen to it – 🎤🎤🎤

I Have A Dream (song)

Whilst listening to Encore Radio earlier in the night and listening to Amanda Seyfried version of I Have A Dream I thought I do a quick post about the different versions of this song that has been released as its one of my favourite ABBA songs, I know of 5 versions that have been released either as a single or as part on an Original Soundtrack. So here are my opinions on each version.

ABBA – The original single, this is the benchmark as was the written by them and sung perfectly by them. You can’t fault it though I’m not 100% sure if now the best version.

Amanda Seyfried – Mamma Mia Film – I liked this version as is a upbeat version and suits Amanda’s voice. I have this on my walking playlist as has a nice tempo. I think this could actually be the best version of the song but can’t decide as mostly depending on situation on listening too.

Lily James – Mamma Mia Here We Go Again – I was surprised when I heard Lily James in this film and some of the songs really suited her but I think her voice is too soft for this track but it’s good that she didn’t try and do the song the same way as Amanda in the first film (or indeed as ABBA did). This is a relaxing version of the tracking and one I have on my evening playlist.

Westlife – Double A side single released at Christmas. Very hard for me to compare as the only all male version I’ve heard. This is more beaty (not sure if that’s correct term as drums are louder and more dominant) whilst I like to addiction of the child choir this isn’t as good as any of the other versions.

Lissa Stokke – The stage version of Mamma Mia. I’ve hadn’t heard this version until I started this blog. I don’t think it’s as good as Amanda’s or Lily’s version, it’s probably closer to Lily’s version than Amanda’s in the softness of the vocals but prefer Lily’s voice.

I had thought maybe there was a release by A-Teens who released an album of ABBA covers songs or ABBAMANIA TV special but seems neither did this track.

Ariana Grande- Sweetener

Not really a fan of Ariana but I will always have respect a place in my heart for her due to what she did after the Manchester bombing at one of her concerts and what she did for not only Manchester but probably the world and to me did more than any world leader did after the bombing. I’ve only ever really liked her One Last Time song and also to a lesser extent Problem so never really listened a lot to her unless it was on the radio and until her latest album Sweetener only had One Last Time in my music library however I actually like her latest album, it’s more lively and is one I could happily listen to in the gym and I will certainly be putting a couple of the tracks on my playlist. I doubt it’ll be an album that will get lost in a ever increasing female singers as even though she’s never been my cup of time there is no doubting her talent and the mixture of music keeps you listening whatever you feel like. It’s an album I recommend especially if you have a Music subscription like Apple or Google Music. 3 out 5 stars but so close to giving it 4.

🎤🎤🎤

New Music

Every so often I write reviews on some new albums which I listen to either during my walks or in the bath, normally it will be artist I’ve listen to before or if I have liked a single of theirs. The last fortnight I have listened to 3 new albums.

Lily Allen – No Shame

I was looking forward to this as liked her previous albums and as Kate Nash recently released an album and they’re both similar style I was hoping it was as good as Kate’s but I was disappointed to be honest, whilst the content is similar to her past albums I didn’t feel the connection to the song as if the past, she seems to have tried to modernise her style but it hasn’t worked. It’s an okay album but not one to write home about.

Various Artist – Soft Rock Forever

You can’t go wrong with putting together a Various Artist album of Soft Rock as there is plenty to chose from, this has all the classics you expect and it is coming up to Fathers Day. It contains 60 tracks and most you will love. It’s a sure hit.

Delta Goodrem – I Honestly Love You 

A Olivia Newton-John tribute with Delta singing Olivia’s hits with a couple of Duets thrown in. Whilst you don’t get the same upbeat singing as Olivia you can’t fault Delta as she is a very good female artist in her own right though I do prefer her earlier stuff  this is a good album if you’re a fan of either her or Olivia.

Charli XCX – 5 in the Morning

Not an album but a single that I just have to mention as I love this track, I’ve not been a fan of Charli’s recent work (apart from the collaboration on Girls with Rita Ora, Cardi B and Bebe Raxha) but loved her old stuff but this is a great track and deserves to be a hit.

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