The 2014 Review

With two days left before the end of 2014, I thought I would provide a fun review of this year in a weird, award-like fashion…

Song of 2014:
Whilst Pharrell Williams’ Happy did make a considerable and rather large impression on the charts this year, the unique style of Clean Bandit’s Rather Be wins the title for me.

Book of 2014:
Unfortunately I found Gone Girl underwhelming in terms of its ending. Therefore, it would have to go to Jonas Jonasson’s The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – the first book to make me proper laugh out loud!

TV Show of 2014:
Sorry, it has to go to Sherlock of course! I only found out about the show when it was in its second series, so this year was definitely the best year to watch it!

Film of 2014:
I did the worst thing of seeing the film first, but Divergent was a brilliant film to see this year. The action and emotion were just great.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: ‘Outside’ by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris’ latest album Motion is proving to be a huge success. Already songs such as Under Control, Summer and Blame have all had good positions in the charts, and the latest single from the DJ, entitled Outside, is no exception.

With vocals from Ellie Goulding, the track begins with a simplistic guitar riff that mimics John Newman’s Blame. Then it isn’t long before the song descends into a loud and vibrant chorus similar to that of Summer.

Overall, the collaboration between Goulding and Harris proves once again to be a massive hit, just like their previous collaboration with I Need Your Love.

What do you think of this single? Comment below! I’m also looking for song recommendations, so if you have any, do comment them below!

Radcliffe: Trying to Include More Pictures | The Friday Article

Renowned blogging site WordPress released a new, free blog theme for its bloggers yesterday – entitled Radcliffe.

The blog design was revealed by the blog hosting company through a blog post, and described Radcliffe as “a bold, modern theme that puts your content at centre stage.”

Upon inspection, I was quick to preview the design on The Life of a Thinker. Although I agree that the theme boasts “beautiful typography”, it has once again reminded me that I need to include more images on my blog – as the theme is very visual.

So unfortunately I have had to revert my blog to its comfy home of the Twenty Twelve theme (I know, I’m a bit behind in terms of years – I did have a look at the 2015 theme, but I prefer this one). However, if there is such a thing as a blogging resolution, it would be for me to whip out my smartphone and take more photos to use on this little site of mine.

I look forward to and await further improvements to this blog in 2015.

Liam

Musical Discovery: ‘Imperium’ by Madeon

Last week I reviewed the second single from Madeon’s upcoming debut album, Adventure (you can read my review of You’re On here). But today, I’m reviewing the first release – Imperium.

The track starts with a loud crackling effect, before settling into a grunge and dubstep-style rhythm. When compared to his other releases, it is clear that Madeon has explored a new avenue on this single.

Overall, Imperium is an interesting development in style for the musician, allowing him to explore a new range of musical effects and distortions. Additionally, the melody in the chorus creates a cinematic feel that works well with the low base level of the track.

What do you think of the single? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: Hold Back the River by James Bay

In last week’s Friday Article, I talked about the 2015 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner, James Bay. For this week’s Musical Discovery, it’s Hold Back the River.

The song starts with a slow but memorable guitar riff that I felt like I had heard before. Then begins Bay’s soulful vocals which develops with the emotion of the song, with a complex drum groove to accompany the track.

Even the song’s bridge is a brilliant demonstration of James Bay’s vocal talents, as the bridge builds up to the final chorus which ends in an optimistic and feel-good tone.

I think James Bay is worthy of the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award, and I look forward to his debut!

What do you think of this track? Do you think James Bay will be a huge success next year? Comment below!

Liam

A Book Haul Happened…

As usual, whenever I pass a Waterstones, the massive amount of books I need to read doubles. On Friday, I bought a couple of books…

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So I succumbed to the “Buy One Get One Half Price” promotion and bought The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan.

I had heard a lot about Neil Gaiman’s latest book, so naturally I had to buy it. As for When Mr Dog Bites, it was its similarity to The Curious Incident and The Shock of the Fall when reading the blurb. Those sort of books always interest me.

What books have you read recently? Comment below!

Liam