Bon Jovi's music sounds like other iconic '80s figures. Guitar riffs, heavy drumming, and epic guitar solos were all the rage. But, like any other great music artist, Bon Jovi has his own style. I listen to his "Greatest Hits" album all the time, and though his songs sound different, some songs have a very distinct country vibe along with the rock music. Jon Bon Jovi almost sounds like someone off of a country-music radio station. But the lyrics themselves definitely have a similar style. His songs are often about acting for change and standing up for yourself. Take "Livin' on a Prayer": a couple is struggling, but they're working to get out of that struggle. "We Weren't Born to Follow" is exactly what it sounds like; we aren't born to be followers. "... You gotta stand up for what you believe." "It's My Life": "I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd; you're gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud... I just wanna live while I'm alive." Bon Jovi's music definitely has that heavy rock that was all the rage in the '80s, but he was able to make his music stand out as his own with his lyrics and blend of the country and rock genres. If you are definitely not a fan of '80s rock music or country, I don't recommend listening to Bon Jovi. That said, I think the band does have good music. I recommend listening to one or two of his songs to at least give you a feel for him and his style.
By Shelia F.
“Napal Baji” by Psy is just like his other songs, oddly good if that makes any sense. Like all of his music, a lot of words aren’t English so you can’t understand it but the beat just has you listening on. The music video had its ups and downs though, as usual. I’ll start with downs because there actually isn’t many of them. First, in parts of the video, mainly the beginning, it just looked like Psy was lip syncing. The words came out before his mouth moved. It got better as the video played though. And the second thing is both an up and a down, the fashion. It was so colorful, with pinks, and purples, and blues, and white. I thought I was gonna start seeing rainbows. The positive twist to this though, is that the outfits worked. Everyone pulled their outfit off, no matter how odd. And that’s a good transition into the positive category. The editing, great. Not too much, but what was done seemed real and natural. Also, the dancing seemed better, despite using some of the same dance moves as he always does. Overall, good song, good video, I wouldn’t suggest it if the person doesn’t like Psy or not understanding lyrics. Other than that though, it’s great and should be recommended.
By Sheila F.
Currently number one on the boards is Adele's "Hello." There's a couple things about the music video that could be changed. First thing is lip-syncing. I don't know if she is, I don't know if she isn't, but there are at least two scenes in the beginning of the video where her mouth closed before the singing ends. Also, at the end, what's that move she makes? It looks like she's about to shoot a basketball. Odd moments aside though, it's a good music video. The scenes are dramatic and the effects seem real. The song itself is also great. Personally I don't like Adele. She's usually depressing and her lyrics don't go with her voice very well if that makes sense. But although this is still depressing, it's more intense and her voice matches better. She also sings a bit louder in this which adds to the intensity. All in all, good song, and if you have the same opinion about Adele, I would still suggest listening to this at least once.
By Sheila F.
If you’re into completely edited, pop music, than you should listen to “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. Compared to his original music, and the albums that came afterwards, it isn’t too bad. But compared to other artists on the radio it isn’t too good either. No matter how much anyone dislikes Justin Bieber, this isn’t personal. He doesn’t know how to sing without computers fixing his music. Although if you take out the “oh’s” that were repeated so many times, the lyrics are good. It kind of makes you feel like he’s apologizing to the audience for all he’s done to people since he became famous. However, that feeling stops once he mentions “body.” This is just one person’s opinion, you may like the song, you also may like the person. But that’s up to you to decide. I personally wouldn’t recommend this unless you know the person is either into pop, or Justin.
By Natalia Littau
By Shelia F.
Ok, "Daddy" by Psy, where do I begin? Well we all originally know Psy because of his song "Gangman Style" but he also has new songs. His song "Daddy," aside from the chorus which consists of only that word, the lyrics are pretty good. Especially for a song where half the lyrics aren't in English. The music video on the other hand, was quite disturbing. Not only did it start out in a hospital with a woman giving birth, Psy's face was on the baby. Then in the school scenes, his face is also on what I think is meant to be a little boy's body but it looks like a girl's. Either way, the face doesn't fit the body. Then later, an old man with facial hair is wearing pink women's clothing. Which in general is innocent, but it just made him look really creepy. Same with the "swaggy" guy (at least I think that was their intention). Also, despite good ones, there were also some horrible effects throughout the whole video. His dancing however, has gotten better. All in all, it's a good song but I suggest watching a lyric video.
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