March 26, 2010
New Albums: Justin Bieber and She&Him
Justin Bieber – My World 2.0
So I guess this record isn’t really a brand new release–it’s kind of like Gaga’s The Fame Monster, in that Bieber’s My World 2.0 expands upon his first album, My World. (Sound like an SAT analogy, doesn’t it? The Fame Monster is to The Fame as My World 2.0 is to My World.)
Anyway, this kid is a major star. I’m not sure if there has been a day in the past four weeks when J-Biebs hasn’t been a trending topic on Twitter. And, seriously, that isn’t even an exaggeration. Speaking of Biebs on Twitter, how much do you love the Conan O’Brien/Justin Bieber banter?
Though he just turned sixteen a couple of weeks ago, he has sold over a million records of his first album (My World), and this revamp is expected to sell over 225,000 copies in its first week. Wow! I’m actually really impressed…and, you know what, I’m kind of on the Biebs bandwagon. I know I’m 21 years old, but I don’t really care. This kid can actually sing, unlike most of the kids his age who are famous for, apparently, their singing.
Plus, I think he writes, or at least helps write, all of his stuff. And, if you’ve read this blog a lot, you know how I feel about people who write their own music. It just works. Plus, Usher has his faith in this kid; plus, he can dance; plus, he’s adorbs. The music is kind of kiddish, but, I mean, that works when your main audience is girls who are 12 and under.
Make sure to check out his latest single off of My World 2.0, “Baby” (but just skip over the rap…I like Ludacris enough, but that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard). Although maybe that’s not accurate anymore–he releases singles like crazy! Either way, the album is out now!
She & Him – Volume Two
If you think the girl’s voice sounds like a certain cotton commercial…you’d be right. She & Him consists of actress (and now singer) Zooey Deschanel (not Katy Perry) and M. Ward, and their newest album Volume Two is a follow-up to their 2008 album, Volume One.
The pair met on the set of Deschanel’s movie, The Go-Getter. Ward had seen her sing in the movie Elf (which I actually liked) and was just as impressed to learn that she had always been singing and writing music on the side, but had never pursued a career in music. So, after awhile they joined forces to create the indie band, She & Him.
Don’t take this as something negative, because I don’t mean it that way, but the songs in Volume Two sound very much like Deschanel’s cotton commercials. They’re light and folksy, and she’s got such an interesting and unique voice. It sounds like a perfect mixture of old-fashioned (such as Skeeter Davis), ’60s stuff, and hipster music. I don’t know, the way I imagine it is that you can basically see Deschanel in her plaid ’50s-style dress, running in a meadow. I think you’d understand if you listened to the CD…which, by the way, is out now!
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