adelagia: (pixar | dory)
Hey, it's been quite a while since I was obnoxiously in-your-face about One Direction, right? Well, NO LONGER. They just released a new song yesterday (with album out in November; brace yourselves), and it is a delight. I present Fireproof:

And then some genius also did a mashup of Story of My Life and Fireproof. I've listened to it only about a gazillion times.

adelagia: (1d | soml)
Gather round, children. Grab a chair, get comfortable. I'm going to talk about One Direction's new album, Midnight Memories, officially out today.

First, can I just say, the boys co-wrote almost the entire thing? I am full to bursting with all the proud mother feels.

The album: Is pretty damn good. It has a much more contemporary, adult sound, alternately indie pop/rock and '80s-influenced rock. There are a few missteps that run a little too saccharine or boisterous for my tastes (but as I came out of the womb fully formed as a crotchety old woman, I am heavily biased against any song about being young and doing whatever the hell you want, because I always feel like those things should come with a caveat of as long as you don't hurt, disrespect or otherwise inconvenience someone else in the process. Yeah, that would make an excellent pop song; somebody get on it), but overall, it's a pretty brilliant showcase for what they're capable of: solid songwriting, rich harmonies, emotional gravity.

Story of My Life remains the best track I've ever heard from them, but I've expounded on that one endlessly, so here are three of my other favourites from the album:

Happily. Co-written by Harry, this (or perhaps Through the Dark) should have been their third single instead of the lacklustre, cloying Diana. It starts off with a quick, folksy vibe and builds to a wonderfully, rousingly anthemic chorus, the kind that makes you want to stomp your feet to the beat and sing at the top of your lungs with your friends in the car with the top down and every other cliche of joyous abandon.

Something Great. Also co-written by Harry (I sense a theme forming*). This one's almost purely visceral for me. I have a hard time articulating what it is about this song that just gets me. The first time I heard it, it made my insides twist hopeful and melancholy at the same time, and any song that can elicit that kind of reaction gets a thumbs up from me.

Half a Heart. Sometimes songs can make me fall in love with or loathe their entirety because of a single line, and Half a Heart happily lands smack in the former camp. It's this: Being here without you is like I'm waking up to only half a blue sky, kinda there but not quite, which perfectly encapsulates the feeling of missing someone when you're all cried out, and all that's left is so dulled that, just like you, nothing else in the world seems whole.

*And if you enjoyed the songs Harry wrote, you might also like his Don't Let Me Go, which leaked as a demo some months back, but didn't make the album for reasons that elude me.

adelagia: (ernie banana)
Continuing in the trend of avoiding things I actually need to do, like, I don't know, study for the exam I have at the end of this week, I have written a little ditty to elucidate my feelings on the matter. Here's how it goes. Ahem.

This is the procrastination song/ It isn't very long/ My coursework makes me want to drown myself in a vat of boiling grease/ Olé! *UKELELE SOLO*

In other news, the video for Story of My Life was released yesterday. I quite love it; lots of pretty nostalgia and motherly feels involved. They're so precious and all grown up now. *weeps* Good job, everyone, I hate you.

adelagia: (Default)
Does Katy Perry's Firework ever make anyone else cry on a regular basis? It always seems to come on when I've had a bad day and am thinking unkind things about myself, and I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be an uplifting song, but invariably I end up sitting in traffic, wailing at the radio, "But Katy, I can't."

No? Okay.

This really made me laugh, though: Graduate School Barbie -- comes in two forms: Delusional Master’s Barbie (TM) and Ph.D. Masochist Barbie (TM). *snorts* I feel you, girlfriend.

Also, One Direction has a new single out, and it's really good. I'm not just saying that because I like 1D; in all honesty, I think a couple of their songs are total lyrical crap -- I've still never gotten over the weird ickiness of the line from Gotta Be You, which goes, "Girl, what a mess I made upon your innocence," and just no -- but Story of My Life is lovely. Have a listen, won't you?

adelagia: (avengers | bamf!coulson)
The LJ header is telling me I have a message in my inbox but there is nothing there, and frankly, it's driving me a little bit mad. It doesn't take much, really.

Every time new people start working at my go-to Starbucks, I have to teach them how to charge for my drink. And it's not like I'm one of those double tall nonfat seven pump sugar-free extra-hot caramel macchiato no whip people; my drink is quite literally just tea and steamed milk. Different baristas will charge anywhere between $2.35 and $4.00 for it. I think the lesson here is to stop wasting money on Starbucks tea.

I was about ready to give up on Marvel's Agents of Shield after about three episodes, but this past week's episode was better, so I'll stick around yet. I'm warming up to the tech nerds, but the resident recalcitrant hot agent dude still does nothing for me and the snarky girl with Secret Past and Seemingly Nefarious Purposes (But Not Really) is fun but too paint-by-numbers prototypical. Also going for AOS is that it's one of the only shows I've been watching when it actually airs on TV because that's a good time for me to get on the treadmill, and basically I only have time/energy to exercise once a week, so if I cut it from my viewing schedule I'm liable to never exercise again, lol.

In music news, I'm really liking Olly Murs' Dance with Me Tonight. It's fun and upbeat; reminds me a bit of Bruno Mars' Marry You. When it comes on my iTunes, I literally have to stop everything to sing along.


adelagia: (pixar | seagulls have a freak-out)
It is irksome that Aiden Grimshaw's album isn't available in these United States. Obviously there are very easy workarounds for that, but I really quite like a lot of his songs and would love to pay real monies for his excellent work.

Here's a live acoustic version of Is This Love that I've got on endless repeat:

(Also he is cute in the face, no?)

adelagia: (Default)
Put your player on shuffle, answer each question with the title of the song that pops up, no matter how little sense it makes. Ganked from several f-listers. Hi, guys.

Meme )

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