By Heather Gunn
Drake – “Signs”
On his latest release, Drake is sticking with the tropical, toned down sound that emerged from his most recent record More Life, a lengthy project that spurned hits like “Passionfruit” and “Blem.” These songs were slightly new territory for Drake, who previously hadn’t delved too much into tropical dancehall; It’s a great fit for his vocals and songwriting style. “Signs” continues this direction for him and solidifies this sound and style as his most cohesive and creative to date.
Kesha – “Praying”
After being locked in a record contract with fallen pop producer Dr. Luke and taking a hiatus, Kesha has made her triumphant return with “Praying”, a soulful track that speaks to someone (possibly Dr. Luke) letting them know she is Praying for them and for what they did. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s the most authentic music Kesha has released thus far in her career. It’s still pop at it’s core – but this song shows what Kesha is truly capable of both vocal and lyric wise. It really hits home when she belts out “I hope you’re somewhere praying, praying.” The music video was just released, and pushes the emotion over the edge with its stunning, colourful visuals.
Adam Lambert – “Two Fux”
“If you think that what I do and how I live’s too much, I don’t really really give two fux,” sings Lambert on his latest single. This song can be summed up as an unapologetic anthem; It’s message is clear: I don’t care what you think, I’m going to live the way I want and be who I am. The song is not Lambert’s usual up tempo, fierce dance track, but instead it fuses ballad sensibility with a snappy chorus.
He is currently on tour with Queen, and they recently rolled into town where I got to see Lambert sing this new track live. It was great – I mean, if you can do Queen justice and end up touring with them, your voice has gotta be killer. Unfortunately, the audience in the arena weren’t familiar with the new song so the energy faded around that point. It’s too bad, but understandable seeing as it was a Queen show and not an Adam Lambert solo tour.
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
After living her childhood and teen years on TV and with The Disney Channel (Barney, Sonny With a Chance) and a string of decent pop/RnB albums, Demi Lovato has seemed to finally find her sound. “Sorry Not Sorry” is right where Lovato shines – soulful pop that allows her to belt out her diva-esque vocals at the perfect moments. The song shows off Lovato’s wide range, from her mid register tone that starts off the song and then her powerful high register that emerges into the explosive chorus. “Now I’m out here looking like revenge, feeling like a ten, the best I’ve ever been,” she sings in the opening lyrics; Her last album may have been titled Confident, but this is the most secure and empowered Lovato has sounded to date.
(Feature Image Credit: Kemosabe Records, @iiswhoiis – Instagram)