Alphabeat – “Vacation”

Published March 12th 2012
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Alphabeat’s new single Vacation has been released to iTunes worldwide. While many had hoped they would progress from the sound of their second album, The Beat Is… (also called The Spell), Vacation sees a return to the sound of Alphabeat’s debut album, This Is Alphabeat.

For such a summer-sounding song, it seems strange to release Vacation as the first single in Spring. Assuming Alphabeat have stronger tracks to come, it would’ve been much more suiting to release Vacation as the second single from the album during this summer. Vacation is nothing ground-breaking or inventive but it sticks to Alpbabeat’s mission to create pure pop songs. The only difference this time is, while their previous album (The Beat Is…) showcased pure pop with a cooler dance-pop sound, Vacation is cheesy pop which is a bit of a regression in sound for the group.

Vacation is still a great track but Alphabeat can do much, much better. The verses are stronger than the chorus. The chorus is a little too happy and lacks some better lyrics. However, the song is still enjoyable and has a catchy melody that gets stuck in your head which is what all good songs should do anyway.

Hopefully Vacation doesn’t foreshadow a regression in sound for the forthcoming album and the album has a mix between the best songs of the two previous albums.

Vacation is available to download today from iTunes worldwide.

Listen to Amelle’s “God Won’t Save You Now”

Published March 09th 2012
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Amelle’s debut single, God Won’t Save You Now, has hit the internet in full. You can listen to the track below.

I’m not too impressed with the song as a whole. It does have good elements to it, like the verses in particular, but the chorus gets a bit annoying by the time you get to the second chorus. The middle eight is basically just the chorus broken down and even that doesn’t manage to restore my interest by the end of the song.

There’s no denying that Amelle’s vocal delivery is excellent and this is exactly the type of genre she should be aiming for as a solo artist. However, the chorus lacks more lyrics and a less repetitive melody. I think this song would hugely benefit from a pre-chorus, before breaking into the chorus the song currently has.

Donkeyboy’s “Silver Moon” Album Review

Published March 08th 2012
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Having listened to Donkeyboy’s sophomore album Silver Moon for the past week, it has easily become one of the best albums to be released this year. Its strong melodies and great production make it one of the best electro pop albums I’ve ever heard. Out of the twelve tracks, nine of them are brilliant while the other three are decent songs but I find myself skipping them on each listen. The three include Drive, Out of Control and All Up to You, but they are definitely not filler tracks.

The second single, Pull of the Eye, could be defined as the best song on the album. It’s much more instant than the first single City Boy because of it’s ridiculously catchy melody. Darkest Night is just that, a night time song created with a melancholic melody and creates the perfect night atmosphere. No More Movies is very simplistic, but that’s what makes it so easy to get into. It’s not a stand out track but it becomes a favourite very quick. On Fire has an 80’s sound and it’s another strong track. If an 80’s song was given polished production from 2012, On Fire is what it would sound like. Get Up is a clear contender for the third single. Like Pull of the Eye, it features guest vocals from Norwegian Idol singer Linnea Dale. We Can Be Friends and Stay are again both strong tracks and end the album on a high.

Unlike most albums, the quality of the songs on Silver Moon doesn’t deteriorate by the end of the album. The album sounds best when played the whole way through instead of listening to individual songs. The songs are arranged really well in the track listing.

Silver Moon is available worldwide via iTunes.

Amelle Recording “God Won’t Save You Now”

Published March 04th 2012
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Last night Amelle tweeted a link to studio footage of herself recording God Won’t Save You Now in the studio with DBX. The video features a longer clip of the song which includes the clip from before plus the middle eight.

Amelle tweeted:

Check out the extended version of #GodWontSaveYouNow Booooom!x

You can watch the video below:

Alphabeat’s new single “Vacation”

Published March 02nd 2012
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Alphabeat have announced that their new single from their upcoming third studio album is called Vacation. The group posted a blog this morning to announce the single will be coming very soon. Apparently there was meant to be a video to go with the blog post but due to technical problems the video won’t be posted until Monday.

Below is the single artwork for Vacation:

Alphabeat’s blog stated that Vacation will be released in Europe and the U.S.