Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lady Gaga: Born This Way Era

Lady Gaga released weak singles to promote Born This Way.

Born This Way was released as the first single. Although a fairly decent track, it became a massive hit, topping the Hot 100 and other major charts. It is a classic and one of her signature songs. Born This Way sounds too similar to Express Yourself and When Love Takes Over.

Judas was released as the second single to mediocre success.It manage to peak at number 10 in the Hot 100 but stayed there for a week. It is quite blasphemous, the song was a critic favorite, praising the production and vocals.

The Edge of Glory was released as the third single. It was too early to release the song as a single because Judas was still in the chart. I believe this song has caused the failure of Judas to become a chart success. Due to its message and positive review, it manage to become a hit. The problem is, it did not really create The Gaga Era which the first two albums' singles created. This is one of Lady Gaga's most solid songs with euphoric production.

You and I was released as the fourth single. I was not in favor of the release because its time for Gaga to release an upbeat song. The epic video helped the song to climb at the Top 10 and again it is similar to The Edge of Glory. (Possibly, a hint of her future country foray which is Joanne).

Marry the Night was released as the fifth single. Eventually, the song was a major flopped and her only single on the album that never cracked the top 10. I was expecting this to do well because the song was great and the promotions were on point, However, the video did not help propel the song to Hot 100 top 10 because it is too long.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Broken Deep Inside

I can see it through her eyes
All her sadness deep inside
It's crawling, she's broken
Oh she doesn't say a word
But in her heart is her worth
She's broken, wounds are open

She might appear great
The love she needs, she waits

She doesn't care about others
'Cause she thinks it doesn't matter
I can sense, there's nothing right
All she needs you to make her bright

She's bound with material things
To get the happiness she needs

She closed all the doors in her life
Being left broken inside
What she needs is your love
And her heart will float above
She's bound with evil deeds
You can't fulfill what she needs
Yes, she wants you to be part of her life

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Influential Albums of the Past Decade

Flyleaf (2005) by Flyleaf

The album influences to listen to rock music. It contains wonderful messages about life, love and God, accompanied by suitable guitar riffs and Lacey's majestic voice. The album taught me how to write poems with deeper meaning.

All We Know Is Falling (2005) by Paramore

The album is one of my faves. The songs are emo and it is catchy. I love Hayley Williams' voice and her hair. I love the sound of their songs. It is not noisy.

When Silence Is Broken, The Night Is Torn (2006) by Eyes Set to Kill

The album made me listen to much darker songs or pushed me to listen to post-hardcore, screamo and the likes. The songs are amazing and the guitar riffs are good.

Walking with Strangers (2007) by The Birthday Massacre

The album contains real spooky melodic songs. The production is great and the synths are playful. One of the best synthpop/rock album ever.

High School Musical + Headstrong + V 

Disney, a machine that produces talented young stars. During the HSM era, I was really into dancing and singing and even performed one, What I've Been Looking For. I was a great fan of Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. I love how pretty they are and their voices. The 3 albums have been part of my life.

The Fame (2008) by Lady Gaga

I am always a fan of Pop music and culture. Sometimes, I based my life on it. Pop music is trendy and this album shifted the trend of pop music from R&B/pop (Rihanna & Nelly Furtado) to Electronic/Dance. Every artists in that era were really gaga, wearing surreal outfits in their music video and performances. I always sing her songs and try hard to copy her dance moves.

One of the Boys (2008) by Katy Perry

During the pop rock, new wave, indie music era, Katy Perry released her campy album preceded by Ur So Gay and I Kissed a Girl. Both are titled in gay themes, even her album. Katy rocks it out with catchy tunes dissing off ex-boyfriends and telling us that she'll break the mold and stereotype. Unfortunately, she never kept it. Well, her album is great and I love her outfits during that era.