For the latest Pick of the Month I decided to merge both February and March together. I did this because while February saw the release of some really good singles, there were no albums released that really interested me that much. However I knew that some really good albums were set to be released in March, so I thought that it would be a good idea to do a big post instead!
February SONG: Ciao Adios - Anne-Marie
I played this song non-stop throughout February for a number of reasons, the first being because of how catchy it is! I say that about a lot of songs, but I honestly believe that if a song isn't catchy or has anything to make it memorable to the listener, it won't be great. The second reason for loving this song was the fact that it seems quite unique in the charts at the minute. Anne-Marie's voice on it's own is beautifully unique, and combined with the style of the song and the lyrics, it really stands out. You always get songs about breakups or songs directed at ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, but the sass that Anne-Marie has in this song really makes her stand out for all of the right reasons. The lyrics are as though she is telling the listener a story, rather than just a bunch of random lyrics put together, and I think that is something that really makes this song so memorable.
March SONG: Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara
When I first heard this song I didn't like nor did I dislike it, it was just a bit 'nothing' to me. But I believe that this is one of those songs where the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you, and that is definitely what happened with me! For some reason this song just makes me feel good, which is why I've spent most of March listening to it! This collaboration has worked really, and both artists have managed to create a really really great song!
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After months of anticipation, this week Zara Larsson released her new album So Good. I have been really excited for this because the singles leading up to the album have been really good, which meant I had very high expectations! My first impression of this album was that the songs seemed quite different to the ones she had released as singles. This is arguably both positive and negative because it means the album has a strong variety of songs, but one of the main reasons I downloaded it was because I loved the singles and wanted to hear more songs like that (obviously not exactly the same though). That being said, after a few listens of the whole album, I am definitely not disappointed! The opening song What They Say starts off quite slow showing off Zara's great vocals, with the chorus then gradually speeding up the song. I really like the song because while it is quite different to her usual sound, you are able to hear what a great voice she has, and I can definitely imagine it being played on the radio as it is very catchy.
The song that stands out to me on the album though has to be One Mississippi. The song starts off quite soft, but also seeming quite dark, and then builds up into a very powerful chorus. I think that this would be the perfect next single for Larsson because it's very different to her usual pop songs that get played on the radio, and it has a maturer tone that I think many listeners may be quite surprised by.
Overall this album has really shown off Zara's talents and versatility, and I would really encourage anyone reading this to download it!
As you are probably aware, Ed Sheeran took a year off from music and made his spectacular return at the start of this year with the release of two new songs from his third album Divide, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. There was a high level of anticipation circulating around Ed's return, and it's safe to say he didn't disappoint. Shape of You managed to debut at number one on the official charts, with Castle on the Hill right behind at number two. The two songs dominated the charts for weeks, and it was apparent that Ed really was back with a bang. However, are the songs actually any good, or is it Ed Sheeran's name that gets him to number one? Honestly, I think it's a bit of both. When I heard Ed would be releasing two new songs for his comeback, I was both excited and a little wary of what the new music would sound like. While I do love Ed's old music, I do believe that it could get quite tiresome if it was constantly repeated. When the day came though that new songs were released, I was pleasantly surprised! Shape of You was such a perfect comeback song because not only did it have the classic Sheeran vibe that we all know and love, it appeared to have been revamped somehow so that he was bringing something new to the table. The upbeat song mixed with the catchy lyrics made it the perfect radio hit, that was also perfectly paired with the powerful Castle on the Hill.
I wasn't at all surprised that Ed's new music was dominating the charts as that is what tends to happen when a huge artist makes a comeback, however the amount of time that these songs spent at the top of the charts demonstrated that the public were genuinely enjoying the music, even after the hype was over. Acts such as One Direction are known for releasing songs that are initially successful and debut at the top of the charts due to a large fanbase, but will only stay there for a very short amount of time as the music only appeals to their fans and no one else. Whereas artists such as Ed Sheeran stay at the top for longer because they have more widespread fans and music that will appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Last week Ed's third album Divide was finally released, and after the success of Shape of You and Castle on the Hill there was a lot of pressure on Ed to keep the success going, and make his comeback one to remember - and of course it went straight to the top of the charts (at this point I wouldn't expect anything less!)
We are only three months into 2017 and Ed has already broken pretty much every record there is, which overall makes this an incredible comeback!