<![CDATA[RoseTunes - Music]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:27:06 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Blackstar Review ~ Farewell Bowie]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:10:55 GMThttp://rosetunes.weebly.com/music/blackstar-review-farewell-bowieRIP Bowie
​David Bowie passed away from cancer two days after his 69th birthday and release of the album Blackstar. As I write this, I am still have a hole in my chest because our Starman has gone back to space. He was my favorite artist because he was a genius at creating versatile music and style for over 5 decades, and he was truly an amazing person for not only his creativity, but also for inspiring people to be themselves no matter how different they might be. I had to pause writing my review for the album because of the terribly shocking news, and I have some slightly different views and understandings of the album than before his passing.
David Bowie's 25th album Blackstar

The Review

Bowie opens up his seven track album with the long song "Blackstar" and immediately we begin to wonder what is a "Blackstar?" Never does he truly answer what a Blackstar is, he only repeatedly claims that he is a Blackstar and not titles such as a "white star" or a "porn star". The cultish song is very abstract and so is the rest of the album, and it's all dark from the lyrics to the noir music. He brings attention to  depressing subjects such as loving a woman and experiencing the heartbreak of her death only to find out that she had cheated on him in "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)". Also he basically bashes the fame and glorious lifestyle he lives on "Dollar Days". Nothing sounds like a generic pop song that Bowie might write just to get sales like he has done with some, but the album is rather blended beautifully.

The public had no idea about David's battle with cancer and had no idea that this was going to be a goodbye album (he planned to make one more in a few months) which makes his final song "I Can't Give Everything Away" a beautiful epitaph. Compared to his mysterious songs like "Lazarus" and "Blackstar" (which also have complex music videos), it is a light song filled with hope for Bowie fans. The first two days it was released, it meant to me that despite his growing old and the hardships that come with fame, he was going to continue to make music because music is his life. Quite literally that is what happened, but the meaning that even though he was a dying man, he would continue to do what he loved was added and that is something to awe over.

It's a shame that we will never get to know more about the album from the Bowie himself, but hopefully producer Tony Visconti and others will do the album justice. "Blackstar" is a brilliant listen and another piece that David Bowie will be remembered by. RIP David.
Bowie's infamous bolt. My first tattoo.
<![CDATA[My Five Favorite Albums of 2015]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2016 07:08:31 GMThttp://rosetunes.weebly.com/music/my-five-favorite-albums-of-20152015 has been an interesting and successful year for artists and music. Here are my top 5 albums of the year; ones that I simply couldn't help myself from playing on repeat:

#5. The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness

Abel Tesfaye, better known as, The Weeknd, has made a successful drug-infused pop album with  Beauty Behind The Madness, and it's beautiful. The whole album is depressing lyrically, but still manages to make everyone and their mothers dance around their kitchens with upbeat songs such as the infamous "Can't Feel My Face".  His Michael Jackson-esque vocals paired with chilling metaphors about drugs and emptiness are mesmerizing and  are only amplified in greatness with the help from popular artists like love struck Ed Sheeran and the queen of depression herself, Lana Del Rey.

#4. Lana Del Rey's ​Honeymoon

Honeymoon definitely brings Lana back to the sound of her first two albums Born To Die and Paradise. It gives less hip-hop and an even more symphonic and haunting style like the  Bowie referencing song, "Terrance Loves You". It's a hazy album that sounds as if it’s clarity has been filtered with a gramophone and includes a mixture of lyrics about love,  drugs, depression, and of course the Americana way in California; all of which are the usual for Lana. It's hard not to be captivated by her music style that is certainly unique from other artists of today, and Honeymoon is yet again another intoxicating album. 

#3. Twenty One Pilot's Blurryface

There is so much going on on the album Blurryface and while it is not connected in sound or style it is quite impressive and is overall a great album.  With only two people in the band, they manage to create great tunes mostly with percussion by Josh Dun, and vocals, keyboard, and ukulele strumming by Tyler Joseph. Together they manage to combine different amounts of hip-hop and pop-rock to each song they have made, while even incorporating a bit of reggae like in "Lane Boy". Tyler's unique voice and rapping is what really makes this album great though. He goes from rapping in his own style to shouting words to singing  graceful high notes  all while trying to reveal "Blurryface" as Tyler's struggles in life that he battles and it works.  

#2. Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear

I Love You, Honeybear is Josh Tillman's second album under the name of Father John Misty.  Tillman's voice, his acoustic, strings, and horns make a nice sound altogether, plus it's amazing lyrically as Josh confesses his love to his wife while also mocking love and cracking jokes about himself and humanity.  For example , "Chateax Lobby #4 in C for Two Virgins"  is quite passionate as Tillman sings "You wrote a note in your perfect script/ 'stay as long as you want'/ and I haven't left your bed since", but in a later song he ridicules people in "Bored in the USA" as he sings "Is this the part where I get all I ever wanted?/ Who said that?/ Can I get my money back?".   It's a great listen and insight on life coming from an interesting mind. 

#1. Brandon Flowers' The Desired Effect

Much more upbeat than Brandon's first solo album, The Desired Effect is wonderful , and is the (my) number one album of 2015( I am a huge Killers and Brandon Flowers fan). It's artistically more pop than the usual art rock styled Killers album, with songs "Lonely Town" and "Still Want You", but it's still in Flower's  Western heartland/ Springsteen-like favor lyrically and is never boring. It fits in as a classic of the 80's by even sampling Bronski Beat on the track "I Can Change", and that's always a great direction to head musically. It's impossible for any Brandon Flowers' fan not to swoon whilst listening to this album. 

Thanks for reading, and have a great start to 2016!