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Music Review: Jessica Mauboy Accentuates Her Fabulosity

January 20th, 2011

Jessica Mauboy never seems to put a foot wrong. She is sexy, she has matured, she has an awesome voice and she is über cool.

Jessica Mauboy is cool. She has come a long way from being barefoot with flies on her face on Australian Idol. And good on her!

Her latest album Get ‘Em Girls is the product of fine and versatile vocals, superb producing and awesome management. She is the ultimate salable Australian to the world, and I hope to God she conquers the tough American market, which after one listen of the new album, you think you are listening to some of Americas best talents like Fergie, Rihanna, Lil’ Kim or Kelly Rowland.

With a heap of great collaborations featuring artists like Snoop Dogg and Jay Sean, Jess doesn’t rely on them and their star power to sell her records – she could do it all on her own.

The first of fifteen songs to burst through your speakers (and you’re going to need good ones!) shares the album title, Get ‘Em Girls. It is also the first song Jessica released from the album and superbly produced by Mr. Bangladesh. Big bass, Jimmy Choo‘s, great producing, Snoop Dogg and Maseratti‘s make the song sexy, dancey and a hell of a lot of fun to move to!

Handle It is the next track, a fun and perky track with cute rhythm reminds me a little of Mya‘s Case of the Ex, just faster.

One of my favorite track is Accelerate That, for me it’s a standout track. Fast, furious, frantic… Jessica accentuates her “fabulosity”. For some reason, when I drive listening to this song… I “speed up”, it makes me want to drive fast. In her words, “you need to step on the gas!”

Scariest Part, the first track that slows down the pace a little, but turns the high notes up to maximum. A great song, with plenty of feeling and range.

Saturday Night. At first it took me a while to like it, but now I love it. It’s a young, free and fresh song, it almost makes you feel a little liberated. A fine collaboration of lyrics and music with Ludacris.

An international flavor from the first second, Foreign is definately showcasing Jess’ versatility. This song requires great speakers, it’s brutally bassy, busy but freaking amazing! I love this one, it makes me want to crump, do the caterpillar, the robot and then spin on my head Run DMC styles!

Can Anybody Tell Me, a cute girly song, which is very Jordin Sparks, Tattoo. It’s a sweet song, with no particular meaning, it just sounds good. Like many of the tracks on this album.

Fight For You, which has a mix of Cheryl Cole and Pussycat Dolls is a great little tune, but not as great at the song Maze which follows. A boppy girly song, but it’s just so unforgettable – I promise it will be one of the songs that will stick in your head all day! It’s the epitome of ‘pop’, a song too cute to skip.

No album can be complete without an emotional, yet strong song. Here For Me is that song. To finish off the album, Forget Your Name, an up-beat track with fast and snappy lyrics, great vocals and one to definately dance along to. This track has a real Deborah Cox sound and feel to it. Love it.

This is one mega AWESOME album. I love it. I love it. I LOVE it.

My only complaint though… Well two actually. Firstly, when I heard Jess Mauboy was about to release her new album, I was excited. But when I heard the album name Get ‘Em Girls, I was disappointed and thought it was going to be some silly 10 year old girls album. Boy was I wrong. I guess as the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Speaking of cover, that’s the other thing that irks me. The cover doesn’t match the content, it should be a sleek, sexy and metallic cover – much like TLC did with the single No Scrubs and album Fanmail.

Second, her video clips also don’t match her music. Well for the first two releases anyway. They lack pretty much everything. Her songs are about fabulousness – great shoes, fast cars, great friends, nights out, spending lots of cash and living the good life. This could be reflected in her videos – not cheaply made, poorly lit sets with poor direction. I don’t blame her though, she is still awesome!

I give this album a very special 9 out of 10. It’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.


Music Review: The Spooky And Eerie Röyksopp With Their Whimsical Senior

November 26th, 2010

Whimsical and enchanting. Eerie and spooky.

Röyksopp launches their new instrumental album, Senior.

In 2009, the Norwegian electronic band released the fantastic dance album Junior, which was a vocal heavy, harmony hefty and a winner on the dance floor. A range of songs that we would all have heard, but not necessarily know it was by this genius and eccentric band. My favourite release of theirs from Junior was definitely “The Girl And The Robot”, featuring the fabulous Swede, Robyn. Junior had serious energy, temper and was completely ostentatious – it was perfect.

You’re probably wondering why I’m rambling on about Junior so much, when the new album is actually called Senior. Well it’s because Senior is such a transition from the last album, you’d actually think you were listening to another band altogether. Now don’t get me wrong, this album is still a genius in it’s own right – but in a very different right.

As the album title suggests, this album is senior. As a senior, it’s a time to slow down a little and reflect. It’s introverted, full of dark secrets and distorted memories. The band quotes, “I’m old… I’ve got experience…”. It’s subdued and eerie. It’s a time to breathe slowly, swirl a glass of Cognac and close your eyes – let your mind and body wander.

…And The Forest Began To Sing is the introduction to the album. It sets a mood, and creates an environmental transformation. It mesmerizes you, into a relaxing and easy stupor.

It’s the start of an earthly and calming journey, a journey of reflection.

But it doesn’t take long for the heart rate to build up a little.

Tricky Two – the second chapter of Tricky Tricky from Junior. This time it’s instrumental only, fast paced, electronic bubbling and seriously regimented tones throughout. It’s an angry track, with a murderous and macabre beat. It would represent the time in a senior’s life where they are normally composed, but have been tipped over the edge. At a point where they are most enraged – foaming at the mouth. Infuriated.

The infuriation subsides… With the help of alcohol.

It diminishes the anger, but how long can one continue to drink their anger away? The Alcoholic is the next track. A beautiful melody, with elements of underlying sadness. It makes you feel sorry for the lonely old man over there who has been drinking most of his life. Indeed a beautiful piece of music. The sounds of water flowing, birds chirping and ambiance is where you feel transformed.

Senior Living has a sarcastic tone. It reminds me a little of The Golden Girls (an old TV show from the 90’s) when they go on vacation to Hawaii. It’s got a hula dance-like sound, but completely chilled down to a Café Del Mar tempo. It’s basically the musical equivalent of what senior living should be – slow and relaxed.

The Drug, Forsaken Cowboy, A Long, Long Way and Coming Home, all marvelous collections of chillout music. Quite inspirational, quite smooth… You almost expect the sound of whales in the background. I picture of waterscapes, desertion and serenity comes to mind.

The Fear, no it’s not a Lily Allen song. It’s a serious song. Seriously dramatic. It’s the crucial time of someone’s life. Are they dying? Is that why there is desertion and serenity to follow?

This album is so mystical, but tells such an amazing story. When I first heard Senior, I was able to make associations with the previous album. I was able to read into the differences and see beyond the music. But I think anyone will be able to understand what this album is about, without having to listen to Junior.

Every time I listen to Senior, I feel cleansed, refreshed and emancipated. Then I wake up and come back to reality.

I give this album a 6 out of 10.

It’s not as great as their past work, but it’s still worth a listen. If you’re not into slow, chillout music, don’t buy it… You’ll be bored almost immediately. Every time I’ve played it – I’ve always had people say “who is this? It’s beautiful”.

Climb on that horse and let it take you through the spooky enchanted forest… You’ll know what I mean when you hear it.