He is no JT people! Seriously boring and lip synched to boot. Just belch. That song is total pop meets dub step. Grade: D- Grade: F. To end on a positive note, here are my two favorite performances.
Enjoy the astounding P! So, I have finally succumbed to The Voice in season 3. Sorry Christina Milian …. Anywho, the improved product has yielded 12 strong finalists, 11 of which deserve to be there. But just who deserves to win at this point? Great vocals, gorgeous to look at and a fiery fun personality.
Cody Belew : this soulful country boy has nailed every musical flavor thrown at him doing it with style and confidence along the way. She could be a dark horse. If he picks the right songs, stays humble and improves week to week, he could end up surpassing a lot of better singers in the competition. If he could just fix that hair… 7.
This little P! But is the former rock band leader being out shown by the novices? Brian Keith : good voice, but totally unlikable and overly cocky. He is the definition of the show because you would never think a guy with that voice would look like he does. However, he is sorely lacking in star quality and is a tad forgettable. Adriana Louise : she was the pretty pop powerhouse that Xtina saved. Now, she better show us why Xtina loves her so much or she is in trouble.
Melanie Maritnez : the two-haired girl with the annoying whisper voice plain sucks. Cody Belew:. I have been a bit critical of The Voice since its inception. That being said, season 3 has improved on all accounts. With all that being said, I still wonder if The Voice will ever produce a viable hit maker.
Not likely. They should take some lessons from American Idol which continues to produce big stars. The beautiful ballad is already climbing the AC charts and his first album, Roadshits stores and digital retailers tomorrow. I think he has the best shot of actually becoming successful for any contestant from The Voice because of his genre of music.
Take a listen to his new single below and let me know. Two of my favorite ladies, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarksonpicked up two nominations each as well. Cole fun. Maroon 5 One Direction The Wanted. Of those, nine have made the top 10 and five have hit 1. The single is likely to fly up the charts quickly with help from her brand new video which just hit the web.
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Bieber Wins Big but Flawless - Various - Damn! 2 - 100% Dancehits (CD) Grade: F To end on a positive note, here are my two favorite performances. Cody Belew: Now, who are your favorites? And who are you gonna vote for tonight? Let me know below. Jay Electronica is no ordinary rapper. And "Eternal Sunshine The Pledge " is no ordinary rap song.
Jay flips the theme music from Eternal Sunshine into a gorgeous hip-hop gem. Powerfully plumbed with acoustic guitar, though the production is lo-fi.
No hip-hop song in recent memory captured so perfectly the sentiment of despair and the possibility of hope. This song has enough bounce to get your adrenaline flowing any day, any weather. In the midst of his battle with Nas, Jay-Z needed a magical moment. Kanye came to his rescue on the back of this Jackson 5-sampling anthem from The Blueprint.
Once that deceptively smooth piano loop drops, you immediately think these guys are about to sing you a lullaby. Instead, Flawless - Various - Damn! 2 - 100% Dancehits (CD) kick you in the teeth. This is the hymn of a man at peace with the sound of his own voice. Orbiting around a bombastic Billy Squire sample, "Fix Up, Look Sharp" grabs your ear Flawless - Various - Damn! 2 - 100% Dancehits (CD) and keeps ringing even after the last note has dropped.
Roc-A-Fella was the dominant crew of the decade. Long before Beans went rogue, the Roc's top three MCs joined forces to craft this street masterpiece. Tense, dark, paranoid. My generation is carpooling with doom and disease. Andre and Big Boi, in their creative ebullience, dazzled with 's Stankonia. Arguably Flawless - Various - Damn! 2 - 100% Dancehits (CD) best LP, Stankoniascored 5 mics in The Source and spawned three of the year's most popular songs: the ferocious "B. On this underappreciated gem, Akrobatik reminds his peers to be careful about what they're teaching the younguns.
Ak's code of ethics is simple: If it makes Bob Marley turn in his grave, don't do it. Eminem's songwriting prowess is part of what made him one of the premier MCs of the s. Em instructs you to "lose yourself in the moment," while the beat motivates you to move your feet.
Perfect for a mid-tempo workout session. Strong songwriting and instrumentation as well as respect for influences. In other words, pure joy crystallized into an impossibly catchy dance cut. Musically accessible, but no less intriguing than "Ether.
This will probably go down as the greatest challenge ever posed in a head-butting contest. Nas' esoteric yet wittily ferocious response to Jay-Z's "Takeover" helped clinch his victory in the battle for New York supremacy. It's undoubtedly one of the greatest diss songs in the history of hip-hop. Theme music for any revolution. Too many songs on Fishscale either veered too far left of Wu mantra or stuck too close to home.
Few newbies ever get an opportunity to split a single with a big enchilada. When Kanye used the chart-topping "Touch the Sky" as a vehicle to ferry Lupe Fiasco to the big scene, Lupe seized the opportunity and gave one of the most memorable guest performances of the decade.
No punching bags, either. Just Eminem defending his sheer existence as an unapologetic, foul-mouthed, lyrically-equipped artist who can't stand boy bands. Dre concoction from his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The song that had college kids chanting "Go shawty, it's your birthday" regardless of what day or month it was. Aasim is not a household name, but he should be. His flow on "Hip-Hop " is crispier than vanilla wafers.
His rhymes are sharper than a Samurai ginsu. The beat, courtesy of the late great Roc Raida, will have you reaching for Bengay from too much head bobbing. Among the greatest rap songs of all time. While everyone else was preoccupied with the next big bassline, Andre kept it simple.
The ingredient for this runaway smash? One mindless phrase repeated over and over and over and over until it becomes irresistible.
Weezy goes on a free-verse rampage, rambling about everything under the sun. But you simply can't turn it off because his flow is so damn infectious. Missy quickly became a favorite in the s on the strength of her progressive production and innovative videos. It combines disparate elements that have no business being in the same pot together: Indian strings, tribal drums, Chinese gibberish. The result is a cohesive gem that sent ripples across the airwaves.
A dense soundscape of shimmering piano licks over a classic breakbeat and thumping bass is the recipe for an instant banger.
Hey hip-hop, your future is in safe hands. How many artists can claim to have placed their hood on the map with just one single? The H-Town triumvirate of Mike, Slim, and Paul should be somewhere near the top of that list for spearheading Houston's momentary chokehold on hip-hop. Mash Out Posse came out the door with a loud bang and sustained that intensity throughout the s.
In this corner wearing green trunks, representing Detroit, Royce da 5'9"! Though Big Boi and Raekwon dropped some memorable lines here, you'll remember 3K's verse even after "Royal Rush" has pumped out its last note. Then you hit the repeat button. Sure those bands aren't playing at bps but maybe Dragonforce should give feeling to their music other than senseless shredding. I actually can play a lot of stuff. The first songs I ever learned on drums, guitar, bass, and keys was all by Dream Theater.
Does that mean when you listen to my music it's going to be the nastiest thing ever heard? In fact a lot of material I wrote sucks balls. However, I am slowly gaining momentum in developing my own sound that is unique with each song I write. If a band comes across as unique and honest, I will respect them. If they come across as a repetitive cesspool of boredom who is in it for the fame and fortune, then I do not grant them one ounce of my respect.
I take music very seriously, and I have a very keen sense for who is real and who is fake. I justify those convictions from all the interviews and articles I read about bands. It is a known fact in the industry that Dragonforce is a studio band, who cannot play as good as they sound on record. The proof is in the pudding, like I said before search them on YouTube. You will see for yourself that they are extremely sloppy, arrogant, and money hungry.
I totally agree with the last post, they have no feeling in their music. You can tell it's just senseless shredding. It's a shame, but I am not going to let them waltz around this forum without speaking my mind on them.
So Burzum, Xasthur, - As cruor has previously stated Deicide don't play tracks from Legion because of the complexity, are they sell outs? Was Necrophagists first release a joke because it had a drum machine? The sensless shredding thing - sure, that's what they say about Ron Jarzombek, Cynic, Athiest, Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc - AE you sound like an angry parent, "Turn down that senseless, obnoxious music son!! Even their most frenetic fans easily admit the 'samey' quality of their songs.
No soul? Listen to the chorus of "Soldiers Of The Wasteland" - no soul? What gives it so much more soul than the chorus of Falconer's "Mindtraveller"? Answer, nothing, you're all just annoyed at the fact Dragonforce is popular. And I sure hope you aren't honestly serious about that ring Autumns Eyes. For a guy who claimes to be such a master of the instruments I sure hope you aren't serious about that ring Autumns Eyes.
I saw dragonforce live and I was surprised, they performed exceptionally well. Considering all the bad rap they had been getting for there live performances.
Cynic, the difference between Malmsteen, the others you mentioned, and Dragonforce is that those artists have songs that sound different from each other whether the shredding is senseless or not. Dragonforce literally sounds like the same senseless shredding over and over. I agree with Focus, it lacks depth and most of the time soul. I don't feel they are sincere in their music, they just want to be rockstars and they want us to go : wow they are so good, so great.
Those guitar players look like all they want is to be recognized as the best guitar players of all time. Yet he just played, poor his heart out, didn't do videos focusing on his fingers for 10 minutes with super ultra combo, it was all music for him and it showed.
Alright let me get a bit more in depth. When Dragonforce goes into the studio to record a guitar solo, they piece the solo out into 20 different parts. They will record the first couple of notes, quantize it, record the second part, quantize it, and Flawless - Various - Damn! 2 - 100% Dancehits (CD) on. Finally they piece all of the perfect notes together so that the solo is perfectly in time and sounds like a robot played it. Now you have a guy like John Petrucci who goes in the studio, and plays his solos as he would when he plays live Occasionally he will punch in here and there, but the majority is all played as he would live.
The difference between the two, besides the fact that Petrucci can actually play his material accurately both live and in the studio, is that Dragonforce are a novelty act. They play a certain "schtick" if you will, and cash in on it. They have also admitted it, Dave Mustaine constantly references them as being phonies of the industry. Almost every metal band under contract knows it.
It's just a shame that fans like yourselves don't have any knowledge of it, and are convinced it's all innocent. So you really are better off not asking questions, because you won't accept it.
You will just defend it. Even if you hear it from the band themselves as I told you all to do on YouTube. Not to beat my own drum, but I am sure anyone with a past experience in recording and playing could EASILY emulate a Dragonforce song in about 30 minutes. You or nobody else will EVER convince me that this band deserves respect, so stop wasting your time. Every word that comes out of your brain makes you look that much worse and that much more immature.
So just suck it up, and move on. I guess i'll get lapidated for saying that i actually like this band - with their 'inspirational' melodies - though i do agree that there is basically nothing new here - sounds like the stuff from their past. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and that's what's great about this board. Yes, you can like this band, of course. It's not you the problem, it's those phonies IN the band. I like the previous album, meaning it appeals to my ear.
However I really don't think they're able to emmulate their albums live. I wouldn't advise using YouTube to form your opinion. And obviously the ones recorded by the bands are typically mixed and mastered and some are even pieced together! Also, although I still respect him, quoting Dave Mustaine here won't go far.
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