April 30, 2010
New Albums: B.o.B. and Melissa Etheridge
B.o.B. – B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
B.o.B. seems to be the next big music sensation. In just a few months, this kid (only 21) has two top-ten hits. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard “Nothin’ on You” (featuring Bruno Mars) on the radio, and “Airplanes” (featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams) is awesome. Actually, B.o.B.’s hit debut single has been so popular that the release date of B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray was pushed up by a month!
I’m not usually into rap and hip-hop, but I kind of like “Past My Shades.” I think it’s really funny and smart. Actually, come to think of it, I kind of like all twelve songs. Even though this is B.o.B.’s first album, I think he shows signs of being almost like a veteran of the industry in these tracks! He’s got a lot of famous artists featured in his songs, too, including Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer) and T.I.
B.o.B. has a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Nothin’ on You,” and I think he’ll get there with “Airplanes” as well (which is currently #9). I’ve also heard rumors that B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray is expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 list next week! Check it out!
Melissa Etheridge – Fearless Love
Talk about a veteran of the music industry! Melissa Etheridge first popped on the music scene before B.o.B. was even born! (Sorry, Melissa.) Fearless Love is her eleventh studio album. Wow.
I think she is best known for her 1994 hit, “Come to My Window,” but Melissa Etheridge has still been relevant and influential in popular culture for over two decades. Her distinct, raspy voice and soulful music is really unique, so people seem to be drawn to her.
The first single off of Fearless Love is, appropriately, “Fearless Love.” I think it’s actually one of the strongest songs off the album, along with “Heaven on Earth.” Now I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest Melissa Etheridge fan out there, but I can appreciate someone who writes her own music–especially eleven albums worth. It still baffles me how someone can have hundreds of songs just floating around in her brain, you know? This includes all artists who do the same thing–singers, instrumentalists, composers, etc. It’s so admirable, don’t you think?
So I think Melissa Etheridge fans will be pleased with Fearless Love, which, really, remains consistent with her music for the last twenty years. I like that though, you know? I don’t like when an artist changes who he/she is just to get a few more album sales. I can think of a few examples right off the top of my head, but I won’t bad-mouth anyone on here.
Check out Fearless Love today!
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