I know that Maroon 5 have already been featured in my Throwback Thursday segment, but I just adore their old music! She Will Be Loved randomly gets stuck in my head all the time, and the fact that it still has an impact even though it was released it 2002 shows what a great song it is. If you haven't already, I would definitely recommend listening to the album Songs About Jane that She Will Be Loved comes from as it is such an incredible album!
A few days ago I was scrolling through my music on my phone and came across a ready made playlist full of songs that I have been listening to a lot recently. I thought it would be interesting to see all the different music in one place, and what kind of genre they are. I would definitely urge anyone reading this to give some of these songs a listen if you haven't already!
This week's throwback is one of the first songs that I learnt all of the words to. Released in 2009, Bonkers was a song that would be played absolutely everywhere! I remember being on my year 6 school journey and Bonkers being played non-stop at the disco. I think the reason I still love it so much is because it makes me think of 11 year old me feeling incredibly proud that I knew all of the words, subsequently thinking I was the coolest kid ever! While I may not have that attitude about it now, I do still really love the song. Definitely one of my favourite throwbacks ever!
Yesterday The Vamps released their latest album Night And Day. I was really excited to have a listen to this album because I really liked the previous two. As I went to download the album I saw there was Night And Day and Night And Day (Night Edition). I took a look at both albums and realised that the Night Edition had two more tracks and a concert DVD attached to it, so of course I downloaded the Night Edition. I soon felt about 90 years old though when I saw people of Twitter talking about how excited they are for the Day Edition. Not really having much of an idea what they were talking about, I went back onto iTunes to see if I had missed anything, but there was no Day Edition in sight. I decided that it was then wise to Google the album as I had absolutely no clue what was going on! After some serious researching I found out that the album is being released in two parts, Night Edition released now and Day Edition being released at the end of the year - I finally had some sort of clue what was going on! Of course releasing an album in two parts is really exciting for the fans because while they are getting new music now, they also know that they're getting new music at the end of the year too. However if you're not a massive fan and aren't as up to date on social media, then like me, this can be very confusing.
Putting the different albums to one side, the actual songs on the album are great. The two singles from the album All Night and Middle Of The Night have been on repeat since they were released, and the tracks on the album definitely weren't a let down. Same To You had a much maturer vibe that I wasn't expecting, from the lyrics to the style of the song, you can hear how the band has progressed and developed. Same To You is definitely one of my favourites from the album because it's unlike any of The Vamps' other songs. I really like their usual music, but I think it's really cool to hear something that you're not expecting from an act. The upbeat track Shades On is a typical feel good Vamps song and I really like it. What I really like about The Vamps is their harmless music that is always able to make you feel good, and Shades On is a perfect example of that. There isn't a single song on this album that I would want to skip, highlighting how much of a good album it is. As this is the band's third album I wasn't sure if it was going to be as good as the others, but once again they've managed to produce a brilliant album!
I decided to ask people on Twitter what they thought of the album, and everyone seemed to be in agreement. Out of 470 votes, 5% said that the album was okay and 3% said they don't like it. However a massive 92% of the people who voted said that they love it! @DoseOfTradley said "This third is a masterpiece and I'm not saying this because I support the boys, if I don't like the a song I say it with no problem. This album left me speechless, they worked so hard and they deserve the best." and @VampsCanWeDNCE said "Incredible album! The showcases were insane, can't wait for the Day Edition now!" The amount of love shown for the band on Twitter was incredible and truly deserved, another great album!
See below the Twitter responses to the poll:
This week's throwback was released in 2010 and is one of my favourite songs. Just A Dream by Nelly is such a great throwback and whenever I listen to it I get transported back to being a 12 year old and hearing it for the first time, and instantly loving it. The fact that seven years on I still love this song just shows how brilliant it is. Usually when you listen to a song non-stop you end up getting sick of it and never wanting to listen to it, but with Just A Dream I feel just as excited hearing it now as I did back then!
If you watched the latest series of Britain's Got Talent then you'll know that this year's winner was pianist, Tokio Myers. Tokio's first audition was breathtaking, and from the second I watched his first performance I knew he was special. There is no one like Tokio currently in the music industry, and his unique style of music is something that could really storm the charts.
One of the things that strikes me about Tokio is the ridiculous amount of talent that he has. His creative ability to create such incredible songs on the piano is both mind-blowing and seriously inspirational. However, what I love even more is seeing his passion shine through when he performs, making his performances mesmerising. You can see just how much music means to him when he plays, and it's stunning to watch. Seeing someone with such raw passion is truly beautiful, as well as endearing to watch.
Tokio is a prime example of that while talent is a huge factor, actually showing your love and passion for music is what makes the artist truly unforgettable. I could sit and listen to Tokio's music for hours on end, and I am unbelievably excited for what the future holds for this incredible artist.
See below Tokio's first audition:
This week's throwback is by my favourite artist, Lady Gaga. I've been a fan of Gaga since she released her debut single Just Dance in 2008. I remember hearing this song for the first time in the car and feeling like I was listening to something incredibly different and special. Most debut singles are mediocre, but Gaga managed to make her debut one of the most iconic songs in modern music. Whether you're a fan or not, everyone knows the lyrics to Just Dance, and I think that's something that makes this song so brilliant. From the second Gaga stepped into the music industry she was already making her mark, therefore making Just Dance one of the best throwback songs there is.