“Perfect Illusion” – Lady Gaga

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So…. The new Lady GaGa single came out last week and I’ve kind of been avoiding having to talk about it. But then again there’s a lot of music I should be talking about, but I just don’t…

But anyway, am I really gay & a true ~musique blogger~ if I don’t review it?

So here we are a week later and a day later after the music video premiered. Let me just say I actually like the song now. Do I love it? No. Can it hold a candle to really any other released song in her discography? Hell no. But it’s a bop! And honestly I think that if she had worked on it just a bit more, it would have been something truly amazing.

The problem is that it never properly erupts like her songs have in the past. I know, I know… I shouldn’t be questioning her artistique evolution as a musician but I really feel like she could’ve taken this to a whole new level. Remember when you heard “Venus” for the first time and it was a long series of hooks before it finally exploded into the chorus? That’s what I was expecting here and it just did not happen. The hook is catchy & angry AF don’t get me wrong but it sort of feels like a pre-chorus that never directly leads anywhere. In fact the song as a whole never really ~leads~ anywhere at all. I remember being on my toes a week ago in bed listening to this just waiting for that #moment and it just never happened. Sure the key change is good, but the song is short, chaotic, and a bit of a racket.

That being said… I like it now and it kind of makes me want to flip a table and crash my car into my exes house. I’m intrigued that GaGa has remained somewhat mysterious about Joanne but nevertheless I’m excited to see what she’s going to do this time around.

Oh and the video? The less said the better.

Watch below ~

“CAKE BY THE OCEAN” – DNCE

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When I first heard that Joe Jonas was going to start a “new band,” I kind of rolled my eyes. Back in the day when he was prepping his first solo album with Hollywood Records, rumors were buzzing around that he was working with Frankmusik on an electropop album that was influenced by Freddie Mercury. I was, like, seriously excited because I really thought he was about to deliver a dance-worthy electro ditty that sounded like the JoBros went to the Copacabana with Erasure. BUT NOPE! After all that hoopla, we got Fastlife, which, let’s be real here, totally sucked. From the awful cover art to the reheated Chris Brown tracks, the whole thing was just sooooo meh and forced. I mean, he was literally at his prime and that’s literally all he could do? #Disappointed.

Cut to five years later, and we now have DNCE and their first single, “Cake by the Ocean,” co-crafted by Justin Tranter and Mattman and Robin. Let me just say, I am more than thrilled with this song. It’s a BOP and everything that I wanted to hear from a band called DNCE. Starting off with some chill guitar licks, the song quickly erupts into a massive chorus that sort of recalls “Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye, but with a little more hutzpah. “Walk for me, baby, I’ll be Didd and you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh, Let’s lose our minds and go fucking crazy, I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we’ll eat cake by the ocean!” Does it make sense? Not really. But, who cares??? It’s catchy AF, and I’m here for it.

Seriously though, I am actually really excited for this album. It sounds like for once; Joe Jo is actually making music he likes that actually has some personality and character. And, if this single is any indication, his brother Nick may have some competition on the charts this fall.

Listen below~

“ON MY MIND” – ELLIE GOULDING

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Listen here, I have loved Miss Ellie Goulding for a long, long time. “Under The Sheets” was a monster pop song that will go down as one of my all time favorites, and Halcyon was an amazing (if not underrated) pop gem.

She’s a phenomenal songwriter and she’s got very distinctive vocal chops that separate her from the other pop bitches on the radio right now. The thing I have always loved about Ellie is that her style was always slightly to the left, which typically landed her in the more ~indie~ pop star realm. So, it only makes sense that after the global success of the Max Martin produced “Love Me Like You Do” she would opt for a more “bigger sound” which could usher her into the upper echelons of the pop goddesses.

Despite the fact that this is her official foray into a more mainstream sound, the single is still distinctively Ellie Goulding. It’s loopy, fun, a little weird, and has an earworm of a hook. Skittering over a Reggae-tinged dubby beat, Ellie’s voice hiccups and glides seamlessly into a monster chorus. “Boy I got you on my mind! But, my heart don’t understand, why I got you on my mind!” Even though her voice is a little chopped up here and there, the bridge drops the electro background into an atmospheric haze that lets her voice shine. A true #pop moment TBQH.

I will be honest, I was really afraid that she was going to let other “hit makers” write her songs for her considering “Love Me Like You Do” was written by Miss Tove Lo (NOT COMPLAINING JUST STATING FACTS). But, I am so relieved by this single! You have no idea. Sure, it will inevitably do amazing on the radio, but it still has her signature bite. After three years, this is a solid comeback single, and I am officially ready for her new album Delirium. BRING IT ELLIE!

~Delirium will be available on November 6th ~

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