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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.

www.JessicaMauboy.com

Alexandra Burke Has Overcome Her Biggest Fears

August 5th, 2010

Alexandra Burke is a stunning 21 year old from London who shot to fame after appearing on X Factor in 2009. Her intensely versatile voice and infectious music style has seen her shoot up beyond heights she ever imagined.

Her album Overcome is one of the best compilations of music that I’ve heard in a long long time.

Energetic, fun, revitalizing and spirit building, Overcome is the type of album you’d pop on while you have friends around for drinks before you head out to an event to get you in the mood! But like most albums, you’d probably need to skip 2 or 3 songs as they are the slower love/emo songs.

I find it hard to choose favourites on this album as most of the songs make me want to get up and move. When I’m cleaning, cooking, running or at the gym, Alexandra is there with me.

As I write this review, I’m not listening to Alexandra. I’m listening to a women who reminds me so much of Alexandra – Deborah Cox. I would go as far as saying that Alexandra Burke is the Deborah Cox of our generation. Rich and designer lyrics, vocal ranges that make you feel envious because no matter how hard you try in the car or shower, it just doesn’t compare.

There are two other singers, both Australian that I could compare this talent to – Ricki-Lee Coulter for the style of music and vocal range, and Jessica Mauboy, again for the style of music, but also for the ability to make every single song a hit.

To start Overcome off, “Bad Boys” featuring Flo Rida bounces on a bassy and catchy tune with a chorus you’ll start singing after the second time you’ve heard it. It was the first track Alexandra released and it was this track that shot her high in the sky, 5 months before the release of the album.

“Good Night, Good Morning” featuring Ne-Yo is track two, again another song that is completely catchy and finds you doing little dance moves around the kitchen without even knowing you’re doing it. The collaboration of these two performers create a great, pure voiced track with a soulful edge. It reminds me a little of the dance remix of “All Cried Out” by Allure with 112.

Track three, “The Silence” is one of those power ballads that send a shiver through your spine. The extreme vocal ability of Alexandra is showcased to it’s fullest. In this track, she gets to bring out her inner Celine Dion. The 2nd half of the song is phenomenal. Such power and liberation… You’d imagine white doves being set free and all of life’s issues diminishing. How very profound Adrian!

Track four is “All Night Long” featuring PitBull. This is her most recent single from the album. A great song that has wonderful influences taken from the unique and now unknown Toya, who funnily enough sang the song “Party All Night Long”.

One of my favourite tracks is “Broken Heels”, the danciest, the loudest, the bass heavy, lyric friendly track with Ricki-Lee influences. It’s a song of girls being girls and beating guys – showing them what they’re made of! It’s a sexy song and will definately get you dancing. After a few champanges, everything can be done better in ‘broken heels’ – unless you’re a guy of course.

The standout song for the album is “Overcome”. A song of defeating pain, after running away from life issues, facing them head on, Alexandra sings her blessed little heart out and sings this fabulous song, which gives you tingles of liberation and defeat. She has OVERCOME. This track is the stand out – much like Delta Goodrem had “Believe Again”. The power, the freedom and the ability to cross those barriers, you will overcome and believe again.

Now I know it seems I am descibing every song on the album, but every song is just so God damn good! I promise I’m almost done!

The hardcore dance track, the one that reminds me most of Deborah Cox and her super greatness and super talent is most certainly “Nothing But The Girl”. This song is HOT! I can run at 9km per hour on the cross trainer to this song, on level 8 and still keep to the beat!

“They Don’t Know”, a track written from her heart about her family and the search for the answer to life – love. The track ignites Christina Aguilera‘s “I’m Ok” from Stripped in my mind for the style, lyrics and voice. This is a beautiful song.

Finally, the bonus track on the album is the one song that has been covered by more artists then any other on this planet – “Hallelujah”. A song that has been remade so many time you could only roll your eyes at right? Wrong – her rendition of it is absolutely phenomenal. I wish I had half the talent this girl has.

This album is a 9 out of 10 for me. It’s up there with my favourite album of the year so far – Kelis‘ Flesh Tone.

Alexandra Burke’s Overcome… GET IT!

Madam Glamoosh Introduces Madam Bow

March 22nd, 2010

Glamoosh is a Sydney based business which launched in February 2009 by 34 year old, Rita Simon.

She creates great looking shoes for women who want to feel sexy, and as she puts it, “making every woman feel deliciously glamorous, elegant and comfortable in skyscraper- high shoes.”

Her shoes have been worn by the likes of Jessica Mauboy, who is always rocking a pair of killer heels!

These new season “Madam Bow” open toe stilettos feature a delicate lace bow at the back in 3 patent leather colours, black, beige and purple.

All Glamoosh heels are hand made using only the best leather, patent and suede, with sponge innersoles made for comfort.

A good pair of shoes will always complete an outfit. As I have always said, “you can judge a person by their shoes”.

Visit the website for stockists and more info – www.Glamoosh.com