Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Top 10 Songs that Hit the Billboard Hot 100 in March 2019

1. Sucker- The Jonas Brothers: This song about appreciating their wives/Fiancee and how their suckers for them is just a really fun pop/rock song that I can't help but adore. This song is one that I just love to listen to over and over again which makes it one of my favorites.
2. Always Remember Us This Way- Lady Gaga: This song is from A Star is Born and while I haven't seen that movie I think this song is about choosing to look back on a relationship by remembering it in a positive way. I love Lady Gaga's passionate performance on this song and I love how this song shows off how incredible and powerful her voice is.
3. Last Hurrah-Bebe Rexha: This song is about someone who is trying to say goodbye to her vices yet again but since she's tried many times and is letting herself have one last weekend of partying it's unclear if she will be able to stop. I really love the lyrics I' ain't going to stop until I go too far last hurrah/ And it's okay maybe tomorrow I won't feel this pain and I'm done with the heartache/I'm done with the demons/Can't wait to be normal right after this weekend. Overall I really love how the production and singing on the Verses sound confessional while on the choruses it sounds more like a partying song which really fits this song.
4. Needy-Ariana Grande: This song about Ariana admitting that she can be too needy and how she both says sorry for being needy and how it must feel great to be needed. This song is one that feels both personal and relatable especially with the lyrics about how she's sorry if she's says sorry too much. The soft production works with this song and Ariana sounds great as usual.
5. Undrunk-Fletcher: This song is about how after getting drunk sometime after a break up a girl is thinking about her ex and she's missing him and she's regretting both that they broke up and how she's been dealing with the break up by having rebounds. This song is pretty detailed and personally which makes the song more interesting. The song's production works pretty well and compliments Fletcher's voice and during the verses the production works well with her voice to build up the emotions of the song until it hits the chorus.
6. Here With Me- Marshmello feat. CHVRCHES: This song seems to be about having this one person here with them makes things better which seems like a positive thing. This song is one I like mostly because I really love the lead singer of CHVRCHES voice and I find the production to be fun so I just keep coming back to this song even though I don't put a lot into why I like it.
7. Don't Call Me Up-Mabel: This song is about getting over a break up by going out to have a good time and telling the guy that she doesn't want to hear from him anymore. This song spins a break up as a positive thing and the song has a fun pop style and Mabel has a good voice which makes the song a good listen.
8. Look What God Gave Her- Thomas Rhett: This song is about how a guy finds this one girl really attractive even though she isn't really trying to be and it's a song that just sounds really fun with it's dance/electronic/pop style production and Thomas Rhett sounds great on this song as well.
9. Faucet Failure- Ski Mask The Slump God: This song is really strange and I'm slightly embarrassed by how much I like it. This is a rap song and I have no idea what it's about but I like that the production feels off kilter and the lyrics for this song are just so odd that you can't help but pay attention to them. Lyrics such as Who's this? He should be in cockpit, uh/ 'Cause I'm flyer than a fuckin' ostrich, uh/My wood, that bitch won't give me polish, uh/ and then there's also lyrics about how he is Faucet Failure because he's got drip and he also mentions Pokémon trainer shit. This song is a fun listen because it's strange and fun.
10. When the Party's Over- Billie Eilish: This song is a somber one that really allows Billie show off her voice and how good she is at conveying her emotions in her music. This song seems to be about how she can't keep someone from leaving her and while she can lie and says she likes it like this it's obvious that it's that is far from the truth of the matter.

Book Review: Don't I Know You?

                                                     Don't I Know You? Review
Don't I Know You is a book that is about three different loosely connected stories about three different characters in three different years that live in roughly the same area of New York City set between the seventies and eighties. The first story is about Steven a boy who is somewhere between the ages of seven and twelve(it's pretty hard to tell based off of the writing how old he is) who finds that his mother has been murdered and then he has to deal with the aftermath of that. The story only follows Steven's point of view for a week or two after his mother's death and there are no answers given about her murder.

The second of point of view we follow is set several years later and is about a young Chinese woman, Lilly who is working as a school teacher and is to be married to rich European businessman who owns a bunch of buildings. The story leads us to believe for a time that the man Lilly is engaged to may have killed Steven's mother but that turns out not to be true and pretty much nothing happens in her section of the story. The third section of the book is about Louise an elderly woman who suspects that her mentally challenged son may have killed Steven's mother and she is dying of cancer. This section of the book deals with Louise looking back on her life, worrying about what will happened to her son when she dies and Suspecting that he may be a killer. It turns out that her son isn't the one that killed Steven's mother in the end.

This book wasn't really good I felt like there was little to no plot and that the characters were so loosely connected to each other that it didn't really make sense why we need to read about them especially since in the end nothing was resolved. I felt like the book told me a lot of details about who the characters were but failed to established a true personality for any of them which  made this book really boring and kept me from caring about the characters. I also thought that the author is completely incapable of writing children since I could not tell what age Steven was because a lot of his behavior was similar to that of a small child but then it's mentioned that him and his friend smoked pot together, so no idea what age the writer was trying to portray. Overall I didn't like this book there wasn't a really a plot and the characters weren't engaging at all. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

TV Review: The Umbrella Academy Season 1

                                           The Umbrella Academy Season 1 Review
The Umbrella Academy is about how on October 1, 1989 43 woman who were not pregnant when they woke up that morning gave birth and how eccentric billionaire Reginald Hargreeves decided to buy as many of the children as he could in the end he got seven of them and six of them ended up having super powers. Reginald forced the children become child super heroes and ended up psychologically abusing all seven of the children through out their childhood in different ways which leads to them being messed up as adults. Vanya the only child not to show signs of having powers was isolated from her siblings and told by her father repeatedly that there was nothing special about her which has led to her having very low self esteem.

The Hargreeves siblings reunite for the first time in years as adults after their father dies at his funeral which is where the series story really starts in the current time. Quick overview of what the characters abilities are and where they currently are when the series begins Luther has super strength and has been living on the moon the last few years because his dad told him to. Diego has the ability to curve anything he throws so that it hits it's target he generally uses knives and is currently working as a vigilante. Allison can make someone do whatever she wants as long as she says the phrase I heard a rumor before it and is currently a famous actress whose personal life is falling apart due to her over using her power. Klaus has the ability to talk to the dead and he spends his time getting high and drunk in order to block out the sounds of the dead since he can't turn off his power in any other way. Five can teleport and time travel and he has been missing since they were all thirteen years old. Ben had inter-dimensional monsters beneath his skin and he died several years before the series and currently follows Klaus around and tries to convince him to make better decisions. Vanya has no powers and works as a violinist who lives are very lonely life and wrote a book about her childhood that led to her family being pretty angry with her.

The siblings reunite at the funeral and things don't start off well especially when Luther accuses his siblings of murdering their father which obviously upsets his siblings who hated their father but wouldn't kill him. On the day of the funeral Five comes back and although he looks thirteen he's actually been gone for forty-five years from his point of view and only looks young because he made some kind of miscalculation with time travel that he won't explain to his siblings and it turns out that he went to the future and that the apocalypse will happen eight days from now and he has come back to stop it although it takes him awhile to really tell his siblings what is going on. Even when the siblings find out the apocalypse they really don't do well with focusing on how to stop it because everyone is still to focus on their personal problems and their dysfunctional relationships with each other.

Overall I loved this series I think it did a great job at exploring the dysfunctional family dynamics that the siblings share while also showing that they care about each other despite that and I think all they characters were interesting and I enjoyed learning about them. I really love that all of the characters have such obvious flaws and that they all still have so much more room to grow in the future. I like that the characters were so focused on the personal that the plot mostly took a backseat for them and I like that in the end even the apocalypse was something that was caused by the family's personal issues in the end. This also had a really great soundtrack that I love that made an already great series even better. Please tell me your thoughts on this series in the comment section below.

Book Review: These Broken Stars

                                                       These Broken Stars Review
These Broken Stars is set in a far off future where people live on multiple planets that have been inhabitable for humans and there are space ships that are as big as cities that take the wealthy across the universe in a fairly short amount of time. Tarver is a solider that is from one of the less well off planets but is young and accomplished war hero so he was assigned to travel on Icarus a spaceliner that is one the biggest that holds 50,000 people on it. Tarver ends up meeting Lilac who is the daughter of one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the universe whose company built the Icarus and is in charge of making most planet inhabitable, Lilac and Tarver connect right away but Lilac pretends that she hates him and looks down at him because her father is a tyrant who make sure that any guy that she gets close to ends up dead. The Icarus ends up crashing and Tarver and Lilac end up being the only two people who survive the crash and end up on an abandoned planet.

The planet being abandoned is something that Tarver finds suspicious from the start but he tries not to think about what that might mean and instead focuses on figuring out the best way to insure that both him and Lilac survive. Lilac believes that her father must know where they are and that them being rescued is a given which something that Tarver is unsure about since they have no way to contact anyone to tell them where they are or even send out a signal which leads to them finding a communication device to become a priority. After a few days of being on the planet Lilac starts to hear voices and after awhile it becomes clear that something is strange about this planet in the way that it's able to communicate with Lilac on some psychic level.

While on the planet and away from the rest of civilization Tarver and Lilac get to know each other better and start to admire each others strengths while relying on each other to survive. Once it becomes clear to both of them that they have just been pushing each other away to save face rather than actually disliking or looking down on each other in any real way the two realize that they do love on each other but are unsure if it is a good idea or not to act on those feelings.

Overall this was a good it had an interesting enough plot and the focus on just two characters for the majority of the story lead us to really get to know the two of them pretty well and allowed plenty of room for their relationship to grow. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section down below.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Top 10 Songs that hit the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2019

1. Miss Me More- Kelsea Ballerini: This song is about how after a break up the singer realize that she misses the person she was before the relationship a lot more than the guy she was dating who sounds like a total dick(he made her give up her red lipstick, her high heels since she couldn't be taller than him, her friends and her music). The song being country I think worked really well since it had great production and the edge in her voice worked really well for this song.
2. Bad Idea- Ariana Grande: This song is about hooking up with someone to forget someone else while knowing it's a bad idea and going through with it anyway The production on this song works really well for the song it's a bit dark and tension filled which fits the mood of the song. The thing I don't like about the song is that it has a minute long outro which feels far too long to me and is probably the reason this song didn't last longer than it did on the hot 100 since I'm sure most people ended skipping past the outro.
3. Bury a Friend- Billie Eilish: This song is one that I'm not exactly sure what it's about but I think it as something to do with mental illness and it has some kind of metaphors about monsters in it as well it's a song that I find fascinating to think about since there are so many things this song can be about. This song and the music video for it has a clear horror vibe to it which I love, the production gives a creepy unsettling vibe through out the song with sound affects that sound like they belong in a horror movie not a pop song placed through out the song and there is also the lyrics that have violent imagery to them such as Step on the glass /Staple your tongue and her repeatedly saying I want to end me. This song is very different from any pop song I've ever heard before and I love it.
4. Make Up-Ariana Grande: This song which seems to be about a relationship that isn't entirely healthy since Ariana seems to delight in fucking with her partner's head just because she likes making up with him after. The production of this song might be the best on the entire album it as a playful and dreamy vibe to it that I really enjoyed.
5. Please M- Cardi B and Bruno Mars: This song is about Cardi B making Bruno Mars beg her to please him because while she may be very comfortable with her sexuality she does like it when guys work for it. I love Cardi B being so assertive about her sexuality and I was surprised at how good she sang on the song and Bruno sound amazing as he always done and he was giving the song is best, also the two seem to have great chemistry while working to together.
6. Fake Smile- Ariana Grande: This song is about how Ariana doesn't want to have to fake smiles for the press anymore since she's been through a lot recently and she isn't always going to be happy and doesn't want that to be expected of her anymore. While I really love the idea behind this song I feel like the production for this song really lets it down since I think this song is suppose to feel more angry rather than sad and irritated based of the lyrics but I feel like the production is too soft and quiet to really support that emotion. This song also reminds a lot of Fake Happy by Paramore which had the same basic idea behind it but had much better instrumentation that support the emotions behind the lyrics which makes it the better song.
7. Ghostin-Ariana Grande: This song is probably the most personal song on the album and if you know anything about Ariana's personal life you know exactly what this song is about and that makes this song all the more heartbreaking. This song is very honest and sad which can makes it a song that you aren't going to always want to listen to even though it's really good. Ariana sounds amazing and vulnerable on this song and the soft melancholy production works perfectly for this song.
8. Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored- Ariana Grande: This song about Ariana wanting some guy she doesn't even really know to break up with his girlfriend since she's bored and decide that she wants him now shows a more haughty side to her and makes for a fun song about being an uglier version of yourself. I think that the production works great for this song as well.
9. I'm So Tired...-Lauv and Troye Sivan: This song is one where I think that singers sound really good on it but it really doesn't engage me as much I wish it did but it still sounds really nice but it can feel a bit boring and repetitive to listen to at times.
10. Rainbow-Kacey Musgraves: This song is a really beautiful sounding piano ballad that just sounds really nice.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Top 10 Songs that hit the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2019

1.Breathin-Ariana Grande: This song is one of my favorites because I feel like I can sense some of the anxiety that this song seems to be about and I like how during the chorus when she sings about how she has to keep on breathing it sounds like it gets a little harder as time goes on. This song also just sounds really pretty and it really shows off what a beautiful voice that Ariana Grande has.
2.Thank u, Next- Ariana Grande: This songs seems to be one of Ariana's most personal songs where she directly sings about her past relationships and how she sees all her failed relationships as something she has learned from and she's thankful that she had those relationships. Ariana's sounds great on this song and I like that you can hear quite a bit of emotion in her voice.
3. High Hopes-Panic! at the Disco: While this isn't my favorite Panic! at the Disco song in fact it's not even my favorite off of Pray for the Wicked, even so this song is still a really good one that I enjoy listening to. This song is a little generic with how it's just about having high hopes and succeeding on fulfilling your dreams which is less interesting than most Panic songs which are lyrically a lot more interesting. The song is a happy sounding one that has great instrumentation and vocal performances throughout and the song is filled with energy that makes you want to sing along to it whenever you hear it.
4.Without Me-Halsey: This song is about how after a relationship ends Halsey feels like her lover shouldn't be able to live without her so easily since she met him at his lowest and built him up only for the relationship to end after he turns his life around. I really like Halsey as a singer and like her more alternative pop style which she uses on most of her songs including this one.
5.Trip-Ella Mai: This is a really sweet R&B love song that just sounds really pretty it has good production and Ella Mai has a beautiful voice. This song it one that feels both romantic and relaxing which makes for an enjoyable listening experience.
6.Close to Me-Ellie Goulding and Diplo feat. Swae lee: This song is a love song about wanting be close to just one person and I enjoy that we get to hear a bit from both sides of the relationship. I really love Ellie Goulding's voice it sounds really beautiful and I think that production compliments it and I like the contrast that Swae Lee's voice provides on his verse which is something that took me awhile to warm up to.

7.Sweet but Psycho-Ava Max: This song is about a girl who is sweet but a psycho and it describes how she's a bit dangerous but that's kind of the appeal, for some reasons songs like this are ones that I just always end up catching my interest. I like how the songs sounds upbeat while describing a relationship with a girl that clearly isn't a lot of fun.
8.Love Lies-Khalid and Normani: This is a song about two lovers who are trying to figure out where they stand with each other and this song as a really great romantic atmosphere that really makes the song for me. One of my favorite things about this song is that it's a duet which really makes the song work for me.

9.Ruin My Life-Zara Larsson: This song is one that I find to be really catchy even if I do thing that it can be a repetitive which keeps me from completely loving this song. I kind of like how this song is about how she wants the object of her affection to ruin her life because she's just so into him.
10. Speechless-Dan + Shay: While I'm usually not that big of a fan of country music this was a song that just grew on me the more that I heard it because it was just so sweet. The song is about how this guy finds himself speechless while looking at the woman he's been in relationship with for years now and that concept combined with how love-struck the singer sounds really makes the song for me.

Book Review: The List

                                                            The List Review
The List is about how at a high school each year during homecoming week a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade is posted and this book is about the eight girls who are on the list and how they deal with it for the first week of list being out. The characters we follow are Abby a ninth grader who is named prettiest who is very happy to be named the prettiest girl in her grade since she takes great pride in her appearance and makes her feel less bad about how she isn't very book smart unlike the rest of her family. The ninth grade who was named the ugliest girl in the grade is named Danielle who is on the swim team and has a boyfriend who she had a pretty good relationship until the list came out called her a boy, she tries to ignore the list the best she can but it's hard when everyone around her won't stop talking about it and her boyfriend won't stand up for her. The sophomore girl who was named the prettiest is Lauren a girl who was homeschooled all her life before this year and she is happy that being on the list has led to girls approaching her and becoming friends with her since they previously ignored her. Candace the tenth grade girl that was named the ugliest in her grade was named the ugliest because she has an ugly personality rather than appearance which leads to her friends pulling away from her.

The eleventh grader that was named the prettiest is Bridget who developed an eating disorder over the summer and is trying to get rid of it before she saw the list now she feels the need to keep loosing wait to live up to her new title. The junior who was named the ugliest is Sarah a girl who doesn't want to fit in with what other people at her school and wants to make a statement with her position that she was given in order to make the student body uncomfortable. The senior girl who was named the prettiest is Margo who was named the prettiest girl during her freshmen year as well and her two best friends and sister have also been on the list in years past. The senior girl that was named ugliest is Jennifer who has been named the ugliest girl in her grade every single year of high school which leads to Margo's friends taking pity on her and being friendly towards her which makes things awkward for Margo since she and Jennifer were best friends in middle school. As the week goes on Margo thinks back on the reasons why she ended her friendship with Jennifer in the first place and is made to feel like a bad guy when she doesn't welcome Jennifer into her new friend girl meanwhile Jennifer hopes that she can prove that she does belong in Margo's new friend group.

Overall I liked the book it had an interesting idea and did a good job of developing all the main characters despite the story taking place over a very short amount of time. The one thing that I didn't like about the book was that I felt like many of the characters story was left unfinished which makes me want to know what happens next and I know that I will never find out since the story is only meant to be about this one week in the characters lives. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.