By: Tiffany Connelly
When searching for new music to purchase, a number of variables are considered: Are the lyrics something that I can relate to? Does the feel of the song fit my mood? Of course we subconsciously ask ourselves if we’ll look cool driving through the parking lot with the windows down, sunglasses on, and the song blaring from our speakers. The Gaslight Anthem, answers with a huge “Yes!” to all of these questions. Forming in 2006 the group originates from the humble town of New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released three albums prior to their latest entitled Handwritten, causing them to be an enormous hit not only throughout the nation, but also in the UK. Signed with Mercury Records and SideOneDummy, their single “45” off the Handwritten album has been blowing up Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5, along with our own Neumann Radio. The album holds other incredible tracks including “Mulholland Drive”, “Here Comes My Man”, and of course “Handwritten” all of which are worth listening over and over, for the words do make an incredible impact. For example, lead singer Brian Fallon sings with flourish “…and I’ll be with you through the dark so that you do not go through the dark alone,” (Biloxi Parish, Handwritten). These lyrics are only a glimpse of the profound emotional connection he has almost organically made with his music, a vibe evident throughout each track. This album, along with The Gaslight Anthem’s debut album Sink or Swim, are my go to CDs when making the trip home from Neumann on the weekend.
If you enjoy bands such as: The Loved Ones, The Hold Steady, and The Clash, then you are sure to love The Gas Light Anthem. If you’re interested, or are already a diehard, check them out November 27th at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA!
Many people may not know who Onika Tanya Maraj is because she goes by many names… Roman Zolanski, Harajuku Barbie, and her widely used name Nicki Minaj. Minaj finally released her debut album “Pink Friday” on November 22nd, 2010. This has been one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and here is our review…
Pink Friday is a lyrical playground for Minaj. She switches accents and goes from sweet to sour in mere seconds. In the track “Romans Revenge” feat. Eminem the Nicki goes punch to punch not holding anything back and ripping through Eminem. In the last few seconds of the song you can hear Nicki whip out her British accent and try to tame both Eminem and her alter ego “Roman Zolanski”. It is these moments where Pink Friday shows the uniqueness of Nicki.
Moment 4 Life is one of the standout tracks on Pink Friday. She nabbed Drake to help bring things down on a slow jam recalling her career and how she is living in the moment. It is also one of the rare songs where we can actually hear Nick sing instead of just rap.
On the track “Blazin” feat. Kanye West puts her foot down and proclaims herself to be the best by telling the listener to “Go against me now!” It makes sense that Kanye appears on this track. Both Kanye and Nicki have taken the world by storm and not going anywhere anytime soon.
It wouldn’t have been Pink Friday if Nicki’s most popular single to date didn’t make an appearance. “Your Love” which sits towards the bottom of the track-list was the #1 song on the rap charts for 6 weeks. Nicki was the first female rapper to have the #1 spot since 2003.
For a debut album Nicki has made quite a name for herself. Her first week sales landed her at the #2 spot on the Billboard charts selling 375,000 copies of Pink Friday. Nicki has proven that she more than just guest appearance and has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of Rap.
**There is a deluxe version available on Itunes, Target, Best Buy, and FYE.
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