Alright, so since I've decided during my break to add my own music awards to the slate (The Mouthis), I figured I should start reviewing/grading music releases, and what better way to do it then through a post each week dedicated to new releases! So, every Tuesday (barring some awful issue), I'll be posting Tuesday Tunes Tastings, a rundown of the albums that dropped the Friday before that I was album to...taste. I'll only be grading full albums, not single releases, since in order to be eligible for The Mouthis you must have your songs part of an album or ep.
Now, I've decided to grade these on a scale of Miley tongues, since it has become evident that more and more of you need to be reminded of Miley Cyrus's talent and incredible contribution to modern pop, so she'll be grading these releases accordingly.
Now, this week (err, last week) only brought us one actual new release (Opeth re-released a remastered version of two of their lauded albums, but I'm not grading re-releases) and so this will be a nice tester as to how well these posts will work out.
Let's get right into it!
Wildfire [Rachel Platten]
So, if you’re looking for a solid pop album, this is one I’d check out. Apparently Platten has been working her way up to this breakthrough for a while now, but let’s be honest; no one had heard of her before Fight Song was released last year. I’ll be pretty clear with this; if you don’t like Fight Song, you won’t like this album. This is straight up mainstream pop without much experimentation here, aside from the island vibes heard of Hey Hey Hallelujah (her collaboration with Andy Grammer) and a few slivers of 90’s R&B thrown around here and there, but I’m not hating on that aspect. This is the kind of pop music that most mainstream pop acts wish they could make consistently. I think that’s what makes this album a nice addition to your music library; it’s consistent. There isn’t really a hiccup here (although the mid-album slump can be heard on Lone Ranger and Angels In Chelsea). The two singles; Fight Song and Stand By You, are solid and catchy and serve as a nice foregleam to the inoffensive lineup of pop ballads Platten has on her tracklist. Platten’s voice is a nice mix of soft and hard. It shows experience, even if the songs/lyrics on her album don’t really match the depth of life in her voice. She has a nicely worn tone, which really shines on songs like Speechless and especially on Congratulations, which is probably the most mature track on the album and certainly the most impactful.
|3 1/2 Miley Tongues|
Why? For what it is, this album is pretty solid. It’s wholly listenable and holds up after multiple listens (yes, I’ve listened to it a few times since Friday). That being said, multiple listens really showed the lack of depth in the songs here. Like, they are solid but they are also semi-generic and that leaves the album as a whole feeling a tad forgettable. You won’t feel the urge to skip a single track while listening to the album, but you won’t necessarily feel an urge to listen to it all over again once it’s over.
Possible Mouthi Contender?
Best Female Vocal: Congratulations