Lady Gaga: A Reflection – DAY THREE

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting MikeyMix, for the past few days I’ve been playing Lady Gaga‘s studio albums in full and writing fresh reviews but also delving into some of my past memories of each of the eras.

As it is now the third day of the “Lady Gaga: A Reflection” series I will be discussing Gaga‘s third studio album ‘Born This Way’. If you haven’t read the first two instalments in the series I will add links to the posts on ‘The Fame’ and ‘The Fame Monster’

I have a feeling this post may be longer than my previous ones so I’ll include a read more link below, however if you do wish to come on this journey with me I invite you to dig out the prosthetic horns, shake the dust off the old denim and put your paws up as we are about to rediscover ‘Born This Way’.

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Lady Gaga: A Reflection – DAY TWO

Good morning everyone! Welcome back to MikeyMix! As promised in yesterday’s post today I will be re-listening to Lady Gaga‘s second studio album ‘The Fame Monster’, as it is only four days until she takes the greatest stage in music and performs at the Super Bowl halftime show.

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post where I have reviewed her debut album ‘The Fame’ I will leave a link to it here.

So, without further ado let’s begin the review! This album is one of my favourite Gaga albums of all time and personally I believe it is one of the best albums that has ever been released.

One thing I love about this album is that we saw a new side of Gaga: a darker, twisted, almost satanic goddess had been awoken.

The album is a direct flip on ‘The Fame’ and chooses to tackle the darker side of fame and the music business. That being said it is highly known amongst fans and Gaga that each track represents one of Gaga‘s fears:

  1. Bad Romance: Fear of love (in particular loving someone so much that you don’t only tolerate their negative traits…you crave them).
  2. Alejandro: Fear of men.
  3. Monster: The realisation that Gaga may never find a relationship with a man whom she feels safe and secure with.
  4. So Happy I Could Die: Fear of alcohol and its consequences.
  5. Speechless: Fear of death: in particular the death of her father, Gaga penned this song for her father in a bid to persuade him to undergo lifesaving heart surgery.
  6. Dance in The Dark: Fear of being watched (some would argue it talks about how Gaga once had a fear of having sex with the lights on as her lover can see all her insecurities).
  7. Telephone: Fear of commitment (a common topic throughout the song is Gaga telling Beyoncé that she just wants to have fun)
  8. Teeth: Fear of the truth (but also highly argued that it is about the fear of performing oral sex).

Alike lots of Gaga‘s albums ‘The Fame Monster’ is an album that I cannot pick a favourite track from, that being said I’ll never forget the first time I saw the video for ‘Bad Romance’ and immediately thought “wow….this woman is amazing”. It was from that moment I became obsessed with all things Lady Gaga I suppose you could say that is when I became a little monster.

To summarise this album I will use a direct quote from Gaga that has been stuck in my mind for years:

“I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much.”

-Lady Gaga

I have really enjoyed reviewing this album because it made me feel young again, it was this album that started my fascination in things that are a little weird and eccentric: conspiracies, the paranormal, performance art and of course LADY GAGA!

Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll be reviewing ‘Born This Way’, I’m really quite excited (but also anxious) to review this album because it was released at a time when I was quite quiet in high school and often misunderstood…so expect a deeper, meaningful blog post!

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep jamming!!

-Mikey

(#MonsterForLife)

Lady Gaga: A Reflection – DAY ONE

Good afternoon everyone, for those unaware the NFL SuperBowl takes place this Sunday (5th February 2017). Although I am in no way a fan of sports this event means one thing for music fans: The SuperBowl Halftime Show!

This year the privilege of performing went to my all-time favourite musician and idol, Lady Gaga.

As the event takes place in five days and Gaga has five studio albums released I will be looking back on her previous works and offering fresh reviews.

Today’s review will focus on her first studio album ‘The Fame’.

Alike all of Gaga‘s albums, ‘The Fame’ has a direct story incorporated within it and the tracks focus on a variety of themes. These themes include: alcohol, sex, money, love and of course fame.

‘The Fame’ acts as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta‘s introduction of Lady Gaga whilst showcasing her struggles of attempting to make it in an industry as harsh as the music business.

The 15 track album combined all the best elements of pop, disco and ballads to create a pleasuring experience for the listener.

When listening to the album back I was shocked to discover how fresh it sounded and as a veteran little monster it was nice to mentally return to 2008 and rediscover the first generation of Gaga.

This album was best known for hosting some of Gaga‘s earliest (and some would argue greatest) hits such as: ‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’, ‘Love Game’ and ‘Paparazzi’.

It’s been great to review and re-listen to this album again (as it’s certainly been a while since I last did) and I cannot wait until tomorrow when we once again meet the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves as we say hello to our friend ‘The Fame Monster’.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep jamming!!

-Mikey

(#MonsterForLife)

The Chainsmokers – “Paris” – REVIEW

Good morning everyone! I’m back with yet another music review!

For today’s post I will be discussing “Paris”, the latest single by electro-pop duo The Chainsmokers.

The track is the duos first offering in which they provide all of the lead vocals.

The smooth electronic beat of the track gives the listener an element of familiarity that they have grown to except from The Chainsmokers.

However, the use of lyrics this time around are quite lazy and it seems like the pair are attempting to create another generic pop song in order to make a quick million.

That being said I do enjoy the track, it might not be my favourite of their tracks but it won’t be removed from my library anytime soon.

I’ll be giving this track a 2 out of 5 star rating as I know the pair can do better than this.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep jamming!!

-Mikey

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The xx – I See You – ALBUM REVIEW

Hello everyone! Tonight I will be reviewing “I See You”, the third studio album released by British indie-rock band The xx.

The album is made up of 12 tracks:

  1. Dangerous
  2. Say Something Loving
  3. Lips
  4. A Violent Noise
  5. Performance
  6. Replica
  7. Brave for you
  8. On Hold
  9. I Dare You
  10. Test Me
  11. Naive
  12. Seasons Run

Although the band mainly specialise in indie-rock this album clearly takes influence from a variety of genres. The strong lyrics mean that even if you have never listened to the band before after the first listen you feel like old friends as the soft vocals add an intimate feel to the album.

I love when an album track list pieces together perfectly to almost feel like a jigsaw, this album definitely does this as when played in full it feels like the listener is being told a story by the band.

Although it’s hard to choose my favourite tracks on the record have got to be: ‘A Violent Noise’, ‘Performance’ and ‘Replica’

Before listening to this album I wasn’t familiar with the band nor their sound, however I am glad that I decided to give them a listen and honestly I am not disappointed.

I am going to be giving this album a 3 out of 5 star rating: it is clear that I am going to have to return to this album and play it in full again at a later date to truly understand the themes.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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Snakehips & MØ – Don’t Leave – REVIEW

Hi everyone welcome to my second post on MikeyMix! For tonight’s post I will be reviewing the track “Don’t Leave” by Snakehips and .

Unknown to many people (except to my closest friends) I am a massive fan of Danish pop artist : I have had the privilege of seeing her perform live and whenever she releases a new track I quickly become hooked, this track was no exception.

In true  fashion the track is insanely catchy and the listener can’t help but sing along to the chorus. The smooth, laid back instrumental produced by Snakehips combined with the equally smooth vocals of  mean that the song isn’t too harsh on the ears and can be enjoyed over and over.

I personally love this track and although its not my favourite of ‘s (my all time favourite is still “Final Song”) it won’t be getting deleted from my Apple Music library anytime soon!

2016 was a great year music wise for both of these artists and I am so excited to see what they bring to the table for 2017.

I will be giving this track a respectable 4 out of 5 star rating.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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My Top Albums of 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post! 2016 has been an odd year for many but one thing is clear: we’ve been given some great music.

I will be taking the time today to rundown my favourite albums of 2016. I’m expecting the post to be quite weighty so I’ll include a “read more” link below.

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