BHS Blueprint’s Top Five Songs From The New Album Column
November 21, 2016
Since music consumption is moving more toward singles and albums are becoming more and more obsolete, the BHS Blueprint is starting a new column called: Top 5 Songs of The New Album. On these posts, a BHS Blueprint staff member will choose 5 songs that are their favorite of a new record.
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Bruno Mars “24K Magic”: Top 5 Songs of The New Album
Since music consumption is moving more toward singles and albums are becoming more and more obsolete, the BHS Blueprint is starting a new column called: Top 5 Songs of The New Album. Here Joel Freecheck will pick his top 5 songs of Bruno Mar’s latest album “24K Magic”.
#5 Too Good To Say Goodbye
As the closing track of “24K Magic”, Too Good To Say Goodbye is a fitting finale for an album that straddled the line between 80’s and 90’s funk. For those upset about the lack of ballads on the album, this track is the closest you’ll get other than Versace On The Floor. Mars croons about a love soon to be lost, and the chorus breaks through the sorrowful haze the singer creates for a triumphant ode to commitment.
#4 24K Magic
(Lead Single of album, peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100)
A song fit for an eccentric mansion party, this lead single caught long-time fans of Bruno off-guard with it’s glittering synths and funky lyrical content. Some naysayers will call it an unwelcome change for the young Mars, but it’s hard to ignore the appeal as it comfortably glides through its runtime. If anything I’ll call it a sequel to Uptown Funk, which is hardly a complaint.
Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s iconic flair, Chunky feels like a natural product of Bruno Mar’s new funk style. It’s Mar’s confidence that supports his new album and it’s most prominent in this dance-floor jam. Also, the female backup vocalist is extremely talented and adds a lot to the song.
#2 That’s What I Like
Cheesy lyrics and over-the-top funk are the highlights of this groovy single. The pre-chorus is as delectably as strawberry champagne (song reference here 😎 ) and leads to a vibrant chorus that forms into an irresistible earworm.
#1: Versace On The Floor
What’s a throwback jam fest without a 90’s love ballad? Bruno Mars is at his peak with this intimate track, stretching his vocal talents to their full potential and showing off the excellent production quality of his new album. One or two listens is all it takes to be wrapped up in next year’s most popular wedding song (you heard it here first) and the transition around the middle is euphoric.
Thanks for reading, what are your favorite songs off Bruno Mar’s latest album “24K Magic”, comment below.
The Weeknd “Starboy”: Top Five Songs of the New Album
The Weeknd is back and this time he has Daft Punk. “Starboy” is the latest studio album from R&B star The Weeknd, responsible for two #1 songs last year, Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills. Here are my top five songs:
The Weeknd decided to enlist rap’s most notorious crowd-pleaser Kendrick Lamar for the funky and metaphoric Sidewalks. The song chronicles both artist’s past on growing up on the “sidewalks” and how they have both been torn down and built by their childhoods. Sam Smith is also on the record, conveniently placed at the end of each verse to get it that extra bit of soul.
“Every time we try to forget who I am, I’ll be right there to remind you again.” Probably the most stuffed lyrics of the entire album, Reminder is impressively laden with lyrical depth that details his new Starboy persona. The verse above is about how no matter what direction The Weeknd takes his sound, he and his fans will always be grounded in his old style.
The first of four tracks to be produced by Max Martin, the producer responsible for 20+ #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including last year’s Can’t Feel My Face by Abel (Abel Tesfaye = The Weeknd) himself. Groovy and vivid, Rockin’ is The Weeknd showing off his pop flare and brandishing his Michael Jackson’s akin hooks with newfound suave.
#2 Love To Lay
Another Martin-produced track, Love To Lay is vocally striking with its standout chorus and arena-rock beat. Radio-ready and bound to be a top ten hit (if not #1), this track is going to be blasting from your stereos in the next month or two.
#1 I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)
Unlike Daft Punk’s first collaboration with this R&B star, Starboy, this song is full of warmth and affection. As a busser for weddings, I can promise you this will be played on the dancefloor for years to come. If any track has a chance to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, I Feel It Coming is destined to reach the peak.
Adele “25”: Top 5 Songs of The New Album
Since music consumption is moving more toward singles and albums are becoming more and more obsolete, the BHS Blueprint is starting a new column called: Top 5 Songs of The New Album. Here Joel Freecheck will pick his top 5 songs of Adele’s latest album “25”.
Adele’s “25” sold over 3 million copies in its first week, the largest of the Nielson tracking era. It has since been certified diamond (10 million units sold) by the RIAA and sold 20 million copies worldwide.
#5 River Lea
“25”‘s most daring track, River Lea is buoyed by a strong production style thanks to producer Danger Mouse and led by Adele’s striking vocals.
(Peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100)
So. Much. Emotion.
This piano ballad is classic Adele, and once again proves the singer can croon like no others.
#3 When We Were Young
(2nd single of album, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100)
This track is so distinctive and incredibly nostalgic. From the opening chords to the breathtaking chorus, Adele makes even a youngster like me wish to relive my earlier years.
(Lead single of album, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 wks)
One of the strongest lead singles ever released, Hello was downloaded over 1 million times in its first week. The song features a chorus so powerful I related it to a “Hurricane of vocal prowess” when I first heard it.
#1 Water Under The Bridge
(3rd single of album, peaked at #70 o the Billboard Hot 100)
Stylistically, the sixth track off of “25” is supreme. Water Under The Bridge is a song that continuously rises as it plays, and is brilliantly layered. It never grows old and is impossible to stop humming to once it catches you. Props to producer Greg Kurstin as he produced this song as well as Hello and Million Years Ago.
Thanks for reading, what are your favorite songs of Adele’s “25”, comment and vote below.