Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Album Review: Adele - 25.

Hey everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. I haven't done an album review in over a year! That is madness. But today I am reviewing a very exciting new album by Adele! I have waited for a few years to hear new material from her and she did not disappoint. I will review each track as we go along. 

I instantly pre-ordered the album once I heard her new single Hello, which is out now, and it arrived on the 20th of November. I said on Instagram that I will review it sometime this week because I don't feel like you can review an album the day it's come out because it doesn't give you time to really enjoy the songs or understand the lyrics/message. So I listened to it repeatedly over the weekend and I completely love it like I knew I would. It takes somebody extraordinary to follow up an album like 21!

25 is different to 21 as Adele calls it a 'make-up record' to her old self and she becomes nostalgic and melancholy about time passing as well as incorporating themes of regret and being a mother. It's a stark contrast to Adele's previous work as the music is different with electronic beats and creative rhythm with 1980's R&B and organs. She collaborated with a whole host of writers including producer Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder (singer of Onerepublic) and Bruno Mars himself. These collaborations completely work making her album sell more copies than any other album in history in its first week!

Reviewing The Album: Track by Track

Never has someone just saying 'Hello, it's me' rocked the world like Adele did. This song was an instant hit, gaining millions of views within days and topped the charts in 28 countries as well as becoming the first single to ever sell one million downloads in a release week. Her vocals on this are impeccable and hearing her sing this live is even better. The soaring chorus reminds you why Adele deserves that number one spot.

Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
I think this my favourite track on the album actually. It's always great to hear Adele doing a pop song and this one is a nice surprise. She teamed up with Britney Spears hitmaker Max Martin for this one and it has some elements of Taylor Swift in it with the plucky rhythm of the guitar and upbeat clapping. Adele describes it as a 'happy you're gone' song referring to an ex. It's weirdly upbeat for an Adele album but it's a great one to listen to.. preferably with a glass of wine in your hand, chanting this to an ex lover of your own! 

I Miss You
Adele reunites with 21 producer Paul Epworth on this and it is a song with a certain mood, desire and love. Her voice echoes over the beats and an great organ but it lacks a little bit of oomph. I don't really know how to explain it but the music makes you feel like it's building up to a climax that'd be amazing but it ends up not really going anywhere else. But still good to listen to!

When We Were Young
Although Adele is only 27, this is a fantastic song where she reflects on moments that have come and gone that she'll look back on in years to come. Her lyrics "you look like a movie, you sound like a song, my god this reminds me of when we were young" are simply stunning and have you reflecting on your own past. There's one high note that she hits in this towards the end and it gives me goosebumps all over (4:32 in the video). 

 Teaming up with Onerepublic singer, Ryan Tedder, this wonderful song captures the love she has for her child perfectly as well as for her best friend, grandparents and her boyfriend. But over a simple piano melody, she makes you understand what it is like being a mother. Sweet lyrics like "I will be your remedy" remind us how strong a mother's love and protectiveness can be.

Water Under The Bridge
Adele and Greg Kurstin make this a disco-pop song featuring an electro-drum beat and a tropical riff. Her vocals over this melody is fantastic and her lyrics are really perceptive making it completely her own.

River Lea
This song is basically a dedication to an east London river but with a deeper meaning to it. Adele has said time and time again that fame will never change her and her songs are based on things that happen in everyday life rather than focusing on the fame. With a bluesy melody, she sings "it's in my roots, it's in my veins, in my blood" proving that you can take the girl out of Tottenham and have her win Oscars, Grammys and more but you can't take Tottenham out of the girl.

Love In The Dark
Adele singing ballads is definitely her speciality but this one is a little different. This time she is the one breaking hearts rather than being the one heartbroken. An emotive piano melody and strings really amp up the emotional impact of the song and Adele's voice runs up and down the scale perfectly.

Million Years Ago
This is a bittersweet song and it really hits home about the reality of growing up and missing moments of your past. This acoustic moment is beautiful as Adele croons about missing her mother, her friends and the parties. It leaves you reaching for a tissue and remembering your own childhood.

All I Ask
Now when Adele teamed up with Bruno Mars, I did expect a funky tune like Uptown Funk or Teasure. Instead, they both created a beautiful piano-led ballad that'll have you bawling. If you're not bawling, you're grabbing a hairbush to sing this one out with all your might.

Sweetest Devotion
This is another song dedicated to her child and it is a glorious finale to the album. Influenced by Madonna's 1998 album Ray of Light, Adele sings for her child over a country guitar and a wistful melody. It's lovely and tender with the final note of uplifting love and adoration that is a stark contrast to the heartbreaking Someone Like You on 21. A wonderful end to a wonderful album. 

Have you listened to this album yet? What did you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Skin Product Review: Lush Twilight Bath Bomb.

Hi everyone, I have a new Lush bath bomb review for you! This is one is called Twilight and it's very cute, don't you think? As always I'll let you know what's in it so you can see if there's anything you're allergic to (natural ingredients as usual) and what I thought about the product. Enjoy!

What's in it?
Sodium Bicarbonate, citric acid, cream of tartar, sodium laureth sulfate, lavender oil, benzoin resinoid, tonka absolute, ylang ylang oil, lauryl betaine, *coumarin, *linalool, perfume, colour 42090, colour 14700, colour 17200, colour 45410, lustre silver. (*Occurs naturally in essential oils). 

My thoughts
This bath bomb is so cute and very dusty! Beware of powder going over your hands and clothes before putting it in.

It's a sweet baby pink with tiny stars imprinted all around it. The scent is very light and not at all overpowering. It's great for a just-before-bed bath because it leaves you feeling very relaxed and chilled within yourself thanks to the lavender oil which is used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia and help you get a decent sleep. 

 As you can see from the picture, it fizzed away, revealing a lovely blue centre that lets out lots of silver sparkles that leaves the water all glittery and pretty. The scent is released even more but still remains subtle and likeable compared to other bath bombs that can overpower you. Lovely little suds come up and the water remains a gorgeous light purple that leaves your skin feeling soft and your mind at relaxation station.

I definitely recommend it if you've had a long week and use it to relax yourself before bedtime.
It's only £3.50 on their site which you can see here.

Have you used this bath bomb? What did you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Music Monday: Music I've Been Loving #4.

Hey everyone, I have a post about the music I've been really loving this past month or so. So many good songs have come out from artists I love and I've found a new one as well! For some reason, I can't find the actual music videos for two of them but the live versions are just as great, if not better, to watch anyway. I hope you like my choices and maybe you can recommend me some of your own.

First up, it's Adele. I think everybody has been anticipating Adele's return to music just as much as me and I love her new song 'Hello'. I'm sure you've heard the song before by now as it gathered millions of views within the first few days of being released! She has come back bigger than ever and I love her voice, her personality and talent. I cannot wait for her album which I have already pre-ordered. It comes out very soon and you should pre-order it too!

I have been loving The Weeknd's new album so much. It's fantastic and he has a whole load of incredible artists joining him on there like Labrinth, Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran. He and Ed Sheeran's song 'Dark Times' is soooo good. Ed Sheeran is just incredibly talented and I love every single song and cover he's ever done so two of my favourite artists collaborating together is all the more reason to love them both even more. 

Next are two songs from the magnificent Sia. These are two new songs from her new album that is coming out in January and they called 'Alive' and 'Bird Set Free'. 'Alive' is a fantastic song that has you singing along as loud as you can until your throat feels raw, really feeling the emotions of the song. 'Bird Set Free' genuinely makes you feel.. well, free. Her lyrics are incredible and very inspiring. Sia is probably the only one who can make voice breaking sound amazing.

Last of all and definitely not least is a new artist I'm loving called Aurora. Her cover 'Half the World Away' by Oasis, I believe, is stunning. She is a very pretty girl and I love the simplicity of her video. Her voice is haunting and really gives me goosebumps. This song accompanies the new John Lewis Christmas advert which you can watch here:
So those are the songs I've been obsessing over recently. Do you like any of them too?
Do you have any recommendations for me?

Thankyou for reading.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Book Review: You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart.

Hey, I finally have a book review for you all! I haven't read much lately because of university and other complications but I just had to tell you all about this book. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a fan of YouTubers bringing out books because they are clearly just making money from their young audiences who don't really know any better. It seemed like every YouTuber I watch was coming out with a book that didn't need writing especially when they aren't particularly entertaining or basically rip offs of other books i.e. Pointlessblog/Alfie's Pointless Book copying the Wreck It Journal.  However, the only two books I definitely wanted to read were Shane Dawson's (which I reviewed here) and Mamrie Hart's.

The Background
 Mamrie Hart launched her YouTube channel 'You Deserve a Drink' back in 2011, which you can see here, and she has steadily built up a devoted fanbase of more than a million viewers. In her videos, she creates drinks and various alcoholic concoctions dedicated to various celebrities, YouTubers and pop culture in general. Her humour is very hilarious and full of puns that'll have you laughing for days. Like her bawdy show, her book is about her boozy misadventures with a different original cocktail recipe beginning each tale which sound and look incredibly tasty. 

My Thoughts
This book was absolutely fantastically hilarious and I never have read anything as funny as this. Mamrie Hart is undeniably a funny lady and her humour shines through the pages. Unlike her quick videos, she has more time to build her jokes and her punchlines have you laughing until you're crying. 

She also made me realise that we are all young at heart and we should really have more fun with our friends and family. Nothing should be too serious in life and anything can be funny. There are some genuinely important life lessons that come through just as strongly as the humour does. She tells us about her agonising times in college, work and even delves into situations that we'd never find ourselves in, i.e. the stripper story. Her life is mad, boozy, fun and above all very funny and worth telling to anyone who will listen. It makes you wish that your own life has been as exciting and crazy as hers. If her life was made into a film, I would definitely see it because there is no doubt that it would be hilarious and full of fun.

Well worth a read. If you don't get to read it, atleast check out her Youtube channel.
You can buy the book here for £10.19 

Have you read this? What did you think of it?
Or are there any other YouTubers you have read?
Thankyou for reading.