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What I’m Listening To:

Top 5 fav songs right now:

Kids by OneRepublic

I’m a sucker for OneRepublic. The lead singer reminds me of Adam Levine with his pop falsetto voice that could sing the phonebook and I’d still love it. In their latest song, my favorite part is when he sings “SWORE we would never die…” because he sings it in this really high pitched voice that reminds me of a Fetty Wap song. It made me chuckle the first time I heard the song.
I recommend the acoustic version of the song, which can be found on Spotify.

Perfect Illusion by Lady Gaga

Ah, she can do no wrong. Another perfect pop song. And, that key change at the end. Ahh!
I like the repetitive lyrics (“It wasn’t love.”  “It was a perfect illusion.”) It’s a stellar breakup song, for sure. How relatable are those lyrics? You think you’ve found the one but then it falls through and you realize how wrong you were.
I enjoyed reading about how the song was made on Wikipedia (because I’m a nerd.)

Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya

This girl has such a smooth-like-chocolate voice but a fresh salty attitude. It’s a fun feminist anthem about wanting to do more than just be judged on looks. Beauty isn’t everything. I wish we had more of these female empowerment songs. I look forward to hearing more from Daya. With her strong voice, I know she can go far.

Mrs. Hippopotamuses by Relient K
O-H…I-O! What a perfect song for anyone in Ohio. I already loved Relient K and now I love them even more for writing an awesome song about Ohio. I can’t wait to see them in concert in October.
I like this song mostly because of the Cleveland references and because he sings O-H-I-O. It’s also a well produced song.

New Obsession by Frankie

I heard this song on WNCI this summer because she was performing at Zoombezi Bay for an iHeart Media concert.  At first I thought it was really generic and annoying sounding. The second time, I got it stuck in my head and then I was hooked. Now it’s one of my go-to sing-in-my-car songs. It’s such an upbeat, cheesy, flirty, girly, fun song. If you look at pictures of Frankie or watch her music video, she is what I picture it would look like if Claire’s and Justice created a live teen girl.

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Thougths on BlurryFace

I wrote about my experience with twenty one pilot’s album “Vessel” when I first heard it and now I want to share my thoughts on their new album “BlurryFace.”

All throughout April, I was excited about the songs that were being slowly released. 
First, it was “Fairly Local” which I liked and thought was pretty different than anything on “Vessel.” 
Then, it was “Tear in my Heart” which at first I was annoyed at how “pop”-y it sounded and how the lyrics felt less than meaningful. But now it’s grown on me. It was stuck in my head over vacation and I learned to appreciate the catchy chorus and fun bridge. He sings about cursing the government for filling potholes with cement and all I could think was how potholes are actually filled with coldpatch. Haha. 

The next single released was “Stressed Out” which is an amazing music video and I think the song nicely sums up who the band is. The music video seems like it was filmed at their actual houses in Columbus and follows them as they meet up to jam out. I love the handshake they do. This was the first song that mentioned Blurryface, who is speculated to be the band’s alter ego that represents insecurity.
 Beyonce = Sasha Fierce and twenty one pilots = Blurryface  
Josh and Tyler

I was struck by how their new album sounds more “pop”-y versus their previous more alternative sounding album. I’m not complaining because I love the catchy beats and lyrics. However, I miss the depth that “Vessel” offered. That’s why I got so hooked on them originally. Vessel’s main theme seemed to be about suicide (“What kids are doing are killing themselves/They feel they have no control of their prisoner’s cell”- Fake you out)
 Whereas this new album’s theme is more about relationships (But it takes someone to come around/ To show you how/ She’s the tear in my heart”- Tear in my Heart) and self consciousness (“My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think.”- Stressed Out) I suppose these two themes are more relatable and appeal to a broader audience but they aren’t as complex. 

I’m fascinated when Tyler sings such blunt lyrics like “I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words” and “”Honest, there’s a few songs on this record that feel common.” I love artists who bear their soul like that and aren’t afraid to admit that they have human insecurities too. 

The Billboard and Alt Press review of the album noted the reggae feel of the album and that’s honestly something I didn’t immediately pick up on. It didn’t feel overpowering or noticeable to me. Although now when I listen to “Ride” or “Message Man” I think Oh, it does sound reggae.  

My least favorite song is “Doubt” because it sounds annoying and repetitive. Another reviewer said it’s one step away from a bad Chris Brown song, and I agree with that. It’s the kind of song that you skip because it hurts your ears to listen to. 

If I had never heard the song “House of Gold” then I wouldn’t be as obsessed with twenty one pilots. On their new album, “The Judge” is another good ukulele ballad similar to “House of Gold.” I don’t think it’s on the same high level as “House of Gold” but I was pleased to see the ukulele make a reappearance. 

At work recently, I’ve had “Not Today” stuck in my head and I find myself wanting to clap along and sing aloud to it. It’s just a great catchy song that’s fun for the whole family. Err… a non-traditional younger generation family. 

So, remember: twenty one pilots came out with a new album. It is different than the first one. It is also good. And I’m excited to see them when they come to CBus!! 
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Intrigued by Twenty One Pilots

    Have you heard of Twenty One Pilots? If you’d asked me that a couple months ago, I would’ve said no.  I first heard their song “House of Gold” on the radio, in my car. I had just parked and was about to get out but that song came on. I immediately loved the ukulele sound and simple lyrics. I used the Shazam app on my phone and was surprised when it told me that it was by Twenty One Pilots. I went on Spotify and listened to more of their songs, expecting them to be similar to “House of Gold.” You can imagine my surprise when I hear a song like “Holding on to You” and there’s hardly any ukulele. Instead, it’s like really fast paced and almost rap.

    I’m really intrigued by Twenty One Pilots for two reasons: they are from Columbus (where I’m from) and their songs are so refreshing and unexpected. Usually when you hear a song on the radio, the rest of the songs from that album will sound just like that one (cough Train cough). But not these guys.  I think it’s uber cool that the duo has made it big and came from Columbus. I wonder where exactly in Cbus they are from.

Today I got their album Vessel from the Columbus Metro library and listened to it in my car as I drove to Macys to do some last minute holiday shopping. I’ll admit I skipped the first song “Ode to Sleep” because I was turned off by the angry rapping. I’m not a fan of that Eminem style fast mad rapping. I’ll tolerate the Macklemore style rapping which sometimes Twenty One Pilots does. I recognized the second song on the CD “Holding on to you” and liked it a lot, especially because there is a part when Tyler Joseph (the lead singer) says “Lean with it, rock with it/ when we gonna stop with it/ lyrics that mean nothing, we were gifted with thought/ is it time to move our feet to an introspective beat?/ it aint the speakers that bump hearts, it’s our hearts that make the beat.” I first heard these lyrics when I was shelving in the library, listening to a fun. station on the IHeartRadio App and they caught my attention because he’s rapping about pop music in a pop song. Whoa. I think that he’s frustrated with the frivolous pop lyrics from other artists (“Lean with it rock with it”) and he wants more meaningful songs to be written (“we were gifted with thought”) I totally agree.

Songs like “Car Radio” and “Semi Automatic” seemed so personal. They revealed a man who wasn’t okay and was struggling. I appreciated their honesty.

Throughout the album, I noticed how the lyrics are really well-written, especially in songs like “Guns for hands.” They reminded me of Bo Burnham’s lyrics in the sense that they often had double meanings or were play on words. Clearly Joseph knows how to write poetry or lyrics.

I can’t honestly tell you that I absolutely love Twenty One Pilots but I’m still intrigued by them. I’d love to go see them in concert and learn more about who they are.


In other news…I finally got the laptop lock off my laptop!   I’m free from that annoying silver blob that poked me every time I lifted my computer.