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Look What You Made Me Do ~ song + music video review

Has Taylor Swift gone and become a completely new person, bitter and enraged by her exes, the media, and the ill treatment she has undergone — or is her new song commentary on all of the above (as in “Blank Space”)?

When I first got to the chorus of LWYMMD, I was appalled with Taylor’s new music style. The lyrics seemed to scream bitterness – as a friend of mine commented, when it came to harsh treatment from the media and people in her life, she didn’t seem to be able to “Shake It Off” anymore. The lyrics that shook me the most are probably, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh… because she’s dead.” The instagram post on which Taylor captioned, “There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation,” only seemed to confirm my fears. And then that music video starting with a zombie Taylor Swift… *shudders* It wasn’t looking good. But after following Taylor’s career for so long, and seeing her appear to lose that sweetness and enthusiasm she used to have, perhaps I was just too emotionally involved and that blinded me.

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country music · Educate Yourself · The Bad & Ugly · today's society · war

Country Star’s New Song about Veteran Mistreatment

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There’s no way in the world that I support the American and Canadian military today – going off to the Middle East, causing unrest, and stealing oil. I’m against radical Islam terrorism, but I also believe that the American military sent off to Islamic countries also causes the problem in the first place.

But I’ve also always been very interested in war and its consequences ever since I was a young girl reading books about World War II (now, the veterans of that war I can praise). I remember how much the old Jason Aldean music video for “Tattoos on this Town” touched me back when it was still on YouTube – a song about making memories together comes to a climax in which the young wife learns that her soldier husband is dead. I can’t help but feel a throb in my heart on November 11th and every single time I see John McRae’s “In Flander’s Fields.”

That’s why I was so intrigued to see Milo Yiannopoulos’ post about Brad Paisley’s newest song, “Love and War.” (Well, new to me… the album was released in April.)

I don’t know much about how war veterans are treated, although I have heard about unfair treatment (although in generalities more than anything). I have to say – even if a young man has misguided ideas about what he fights for, I think he should be rewarded for having the guts to go to the front lines. Nowadays, our men all seem to be beta cucks who are insecure about their masculinity. Usually, these kind of things make me laugh, but at some point, it’s just really depressing.

Does anyone know more about how veterans are treated? I’d love to hear more from someone who is a little more informed.

 

In other words, on a more superficial, I think Brad Paisley’s new album sounds A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Definitely getting this one.

country music · Lady Antebellum · Uncategorized

Anna’s Favourites Day 16: Lady Antebellum

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2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

My favourite album would probably be Own the Night, although Need You Now comes in a close second.

 
3. What is my favourite song from this artist?

“Love Don’t Live Here”“Need You Now”“Hello World”“Wanted You More”  (I would avoid watching the video for certain sections) … “Love I’ve Found in You” … “Goodbye Town” … “All For Love” (below) … “Bartender” (ignore the wacked up bartender haha)

I don’t have too much description for the songs below because I think they’re pretty self-explanatory – since they’re so spot on.

 

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classical crossover · country music · Uncategorized

Anna’s Favourites Day 14: J

Out of all the J artists I have on iTunes, Josh Groban would probably be my favourite for just the Beauty of his music, with Josh Gracin coming in for a close second since he’s a great country artist. However, since I have so many singleton favourites, I’m going to let this post just be a mismatch of them all and focus on the last few questions from my questions list. This post shall be a mixture of classical crossover, country, and a few others which I don’t know how to brand.

 

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alternative music · Imagine Dragons · music · rock music

Anna’s Favourites Day 13: Imagine Dragons

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music? Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

I really like the alternative rock sound of Imagine Dragons. While the band has transitioned to more electronic-alternative music recently, I still quite enjoy their music. I’m really enjoying the songs released from Evolve so far, so I think I like it just as equally as Night Visions so far.

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classical crossover · Il Volo · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 12: Il Volo

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

Ahh. It’s just so beautiful. And *cough* Gianluca’s voice *cough*.

 
2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

We Are Love. Just from the very first song (an Italian cover of “I Don’t Wan to Miss a Thing”) all the way through, this album is incredible.

 
3. What is my favourite song from this artist?

My favourites are all below, but #5 is my absolute favourite.

 
4a. Which song best describes my past?

Recent past – “This Time,” but before that, it was “Smile.”

I’m waiting for a sign
So tell me that it’s real this time.

 
4b. Which song best describes my life right now?

I think “Grande Amore” could work (and it’s also one of my top favourite songs and music videos of theirs, so that works out perfectly). However, there’s also “I Bring You to My Senses.”

Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I see, I see only you
Tell me why when I believe, I believe in you only, great love

 
4c. Which song best describes I want my future to be like?

“Un Amore Così Grande”

 
5. Which song best describes my #aesthetic?

L’Immensità (This is the best quality I could get for a video… sad, since it’s my favourite song of theirs.)

country music · Hunter Hayes · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 11: Hunter Hayes

Country and Catholic and some of the best love song lyrics (in my opinion)? Yeahhh that’s Hunter.

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2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

Hunter Hayes (Encore). (I do like a bunch of songs from Storyline, but I haven’t listened to his newest music.)

 
3. What are my favourite songs from this artist?

I love most of Hunter’s songs, but some of my absolute favourites besides the ones below are “Rainy Season” (I really love the chorus), “More Than I Should” (my 11/River song), “Tattoo,” and “Invisible” (the last song definitely helped during the difficult times – also, the bit about labels makes me really angry for a reason I might need to explain later on in a separate blog post).

Dare to be something more.

 

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alternative music · Halsey · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 10: Halsey

(H will be another letter with at least one more post, if not two.)

 

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

There’s this sound to Halsey’s music that I don’t know how else to describe but to use the word grunge, since it makes me think of the texture. I just really love her entire sound because it speaks to my soul in a certain way – the #darkaesthetic part of me that likes dystopia, politics, and exploring the psychology of sin (another reason why I’m finally reading The Brothers Karamazov now). Some of her lyrics are a little questionable, she dresses indecently, and she has a music video I don’t approve of (“Ghost”), but I ignore particular songs and salvage the rest.

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alternative music · music · pop(ular) music

Anna’s Favourites Day 9: G

Rather than sticking to one artist as when I have great favourites for a letter, I’m just going to post songs from a singer and band I like (but not as much as others), as well as perhaps a couple singletons. Main two are Gabrielle Aplin and A Great Big World.

1. What draws me to these particular artists’ music?

Gabrielle Aplin has a very lovely voice. While I haven’t listened to her more recent album, I love the soft indie sound of her first, English Rain. As for A Great Big World, I just really like a bunch of their songs – either because they hit me hard because they’re tragically beautiful – or is beautifully tragic?? (like “Say Something”) or because they’re just so happy and cute and make me smile (like “Cheer Up!”).

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