Thursday, October 30, 2014

1989 ~ music review

I've been waiting impatiently for Taylor Swift's next album. However, I was greatly disappointed with 1989. While there are some songs that I do like, most of them I do not. Even the songs I do like are nowhere as good as the songs on her previous albums. I think that there's altogether too much autotune and... well, pop. I know it's a pop album, but I was expecting something more like previous Taylor albums. There's also a bit of minor language going on, and some of the lines are a little more explicitly sexual than her previous songs, such as in "Wildest Dreams" ("You see me in hindsight / Tangled up with you all night").

The Good
The chorus from "Blank Space" grew on me, and I like the irony of the song. "Style" grew on me as well. I really really really like "Wildest Dreams" with its Lana del Ray vibe - but some of the lyrics are a little questionable. I don't mind "I Know Places" and "Out of the Woods". "Clean" is probably the best song on the entire album.

The Bad
There's a couple of songs that I don't mind, but I really don't like "Welcome to New York" and "Bad Blood". The first has way too much autotune and pop. I'm also suspicious of the lines: "Everybody here was someone else before / And you can get who you want / Boys and boys and girls and girls". The really high "stay" in "All You Had to Do Was Stay" makes me cringe - but the entire song "Bad Blood" makes me cringe. It doesn't even sound like Taylor at all!

Final Thoughts
I know that Taylor changes her music style from album to album, so I'm definitely looking forward to see if her next album is any better.

Alyianna's rating: 7 out of 10

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Eye of the World ~ book review

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

One of my good friends just introduced me to the "Wheel of Time" series. I fell in love with everything about the book almost immediately - the plot reminds me of The Lord of the Rings, the characters are the type that a reader will really care about, and I love the writing style.

Here's the story - Rand Al'Thor has lived on a farm outside of Emond's Field for as long as he can remember. But when Trollocs invade his town, looking for Rand and his friends Mat and Perrin, the three friends are forced to flee and are swept up on a quest that will change all of their lives.

I love most of the characters, though there are one or two characters who annoy me (and have also annoyed all the fans I've had contact with so far). I think it was the similarities to Tolkien's Middle Earth that really drew me in at the beginning, but I am glad that The Eye of the World is its own book. I think why I loved this book so much is that it made me laugh at the funny parts and even cry with happiness at other parts - and only The Lord of the Rings and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books have evoked such emotions in me.

I'm really looking forward to reading the next book!

Alyianna's rating: 10 out of 10