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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle 1×02 “Bound”

Hi friends!

Did you think I was joking when I said I’d be recapping The Secret Circle each week? Last week, we saw the main heroine, Cassie Blake, go back to her roots in Chance Harbor. Five other teenagers revealed her connection to magic and left her in a state of shock. During high school, teenagers question their identity and the news of a “secret circle” confuses Cassie even more.

On episode two, the episode starts off with Cassie reading a letter from her deceased mother. She finds this letter in her family book, which showcases the history of their magic. She warns Cassie to be careful of who she trusts, especially because of the strong power she possesses. Her power is supposed to keep her safe from those trying to wrong her. At this point, siding with the rest of the circle is far from Cassie’s mind.

We’re then taken next door to Nick’s residence. He and Melissa are hooking up. Melissa pretends it’s just a hookup, but when Nick makes a douchebag comment, we can see it’s more than a hookup to her. As Melissa leaves, Nick sees Cassie again from his window. This time, Cassie tries to obstruct the view and goes a little overboard by breaking Nick’s window.

Faye’s grandfather, Henry, decides to pay a visit to his grand daughter and daughter-in-law. Faye looks like she absolutely adores him, but Dawn is clearly weary of his visit. Later on in the episode we find out that Ethan (Adam’s dad) called Henry after his little encounter with Charles Meade.

Throughout the episode, Sally Matthews, the class president, constantly tries to make Cassie feel welcome as the new student. At this point, she’s just a normal student without magical powers who constantly butts heads with Faye. While Sally invites Cassie to volunteer at the fair, Faye interrupts to bring up the topic of binding the circle yet again. Faye is still against it. And Cassie is still against all of it.

During Chemistry class, Faye provokes Cassie with some fun chemistry magic. Faye gets things boiling which causes Cassie’s glass beaker to break. Cassie’s pissed and ignites a fire before running out. Adam, the knight in shining armor, runs after her and offers to help her understand.

Diana’s pissed at Faye again after the stunt she pulled in class. The power struggle is real. Faye does NOT want to bind the circle, while Diana is standing her ground about binding the circle. Melissa is starting to lean towards Diana’s side of the spectrum, but Faye shut that down real quick.

We then see Cassie and Adam practicing their magic again. This time they play with electricity: battery –> Cassie –> Adam –>light bulb. Energy passes through them and Adam encourages Cassie to try herself. There’s too much energy and Cassie is scared of the connection she’s making with Adam again.

Cassie accepts Sally’s offer of normalcy and volunteers at the fair. Faye thinks it’s a perfect time to practice more magic. Winning fair games becomes so easy, but Henry catches her from afar. He reports this to his daughter-in-law who does a good job at acting like she has no idea and even offers to. Because of Henry’s suspicions, Dawn asks Charles to pass over the magic crystal so she can make sure another mess doesn’t happen.

Cassie and Ethan have another encounter. Like their past encounters, Ethan talks about Emilia and the energy and attraction they shared. Cassie knows exactly what he’s talking about because she feels the same thing with Adam. This scene is then followed by Adam and Cassie staring at the sunset.  Diana watches from afar and it’s almost heartbreaking, especially since Faye decides to be a brat and rub it in Diana’s face.

Fast forward to the night at the fair. Nick tries to make the moves on Faye while Melissa stands to the side. Faye would rather start another storm than hook up with Nick. While the storm is brewing,  Faye tries to provoke Cassie again. Sally attempts to save Cassie from Faye’s nonsense and Faye pushes the class president a little too hard. Her magical strength pushes Sally over the pier onto some rocks. The girl appears to be dead, but mama Chamberlain swoops in and discretely uses the crystal magic to resuscitate Sally. There is no way in hell she’s letting her daughter go away for killing another student. The incident with Sally is what pushes Faye to side with Diana’s request.

Henry saw Dawn use the crystal and finally puts it all together. He wants to stop the use of magic and possible binding of the circle and knows Dawn is involved with it somehow. He threatens to go to the Elders, but Dawn thinks the old man shouldn’t be around anymore. She induces a heart attack and tells Faye he’s at the lakehouse resting. It appears Charles and Dawn’s plans are going as planned.

Before the binding ceremony, Diana confesses that she’s nervous. She’s nervous about what happens after and what could happen between Adam and Cassie. Adam reassures Diana that he loves her, but Ethan’s “written in the stars” spiel is playing like a broken record in the back of my mind.

The final scene brings us to the beach. Diana leads in the chanting and questions, “Do you accept the circle?” The remaining 5 accept and the bonfire burns strongly. The circle is bound, now what are the parents up to?

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle – Pilot 

On September 15, 2011, the Pilot episode of The Secret Circle aired. At that time, I hadn’t watched The Vampire Diaries, but from what I gathered, this show was sort of a spin-off about witches. However, it wasn’t really a spin-off. It was based off the book series by L.J. Smith, who wrote the TVD series. TSC also shared some of the same creators and producer.

But I was excited and watching for two reasons:

1. Shelley Hennig was starring in it. At the time, the former Miss Teen USA was mostly known for her role as Stephanie Johnson on Days of Our Lives and TSC was her first role after leaving the daytime soap opera. I’ve seen a few of the other actors work on previous shows, like Britt Robertson in Life Unexpected and Phoebe Tonkin in H20: Just Add Water

2. Witches and magic. There was so much hype around vampires with the Twilight series, other supernatural beings were being shunned away. And as a fan of Charmed, I was ready to see a new generation of witches kick butt and defeat evil.

Sadly, while the show was picked up for a full first season, it was not renewed by the CW. This was one of the show cancellations that I actually cried about. I became too attached. I dreamed I was part of the circle! Over one season we saw 5 characters, with all different personalities, work together because together they were more powerful. They had to fix the mess their parents put them in. Personalities clashed, relationships formed, and there was a power struggle between all of them. The main goal was to defeat the evil beings of the world together, all the while surviving the drama that is high school. And of course there were four bad-ass female characters.

And I’m still bummed about the cancellation. I signed the petitions and I was all over Twitter trying to help the show get picked up after such a cliffhanger of a finale. With the majority of the actors having shows ending soon, one can’t help but hope some revival or reunion comes through soon.

Luckily, the 1st and only season of TSC was on Netflix for a while. It was recently taken off, but just became available on the CW Seed. You can watch it online or on the app for free!

So if you’re up to watching an old show about some new witches, feel free to join me each week as I rewatch The Secret Circle. 

The Pilot episode begins with the main heroine, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson). It’s a dark night and she’s driving down a long road towards home. That is until a mysterious car cuts her off and causes her to get a flat tire. It’s definitely not an accident when we see the car stall from afar before driving off. While Cassie calls her mother to inform her of the situation, the same car happens to pull up to their house. A little bit of magic here and there and Cassie’s mother and home go up in flames.

After the tragedy that ensued, Cassie is forced to live with her grandmother in a small town named Chance Harbor, where her mother grew up. She starts school at Chance Harbor High School and the first person she meets is Principal Dawn Chamberlain, her mother’s old friend.

We then are taken to two other students expecting the arrival of the young blonde, Cassie’s brooding neighbor, Nick Armstrong (Louis Hunter) and other brooder, Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker). When Adam first sees Cassie down the hall, you can feel the chemistry between the two forming. But Adam isn’t the first person to introduce themself to Cassie. Resident bad girl, Faye Chamberlain (Phoebe Tonkin), the Principal’s daughter, oozes out some sarcasm before “helping” Cassie open her locker.

Then Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig), Chance Harbor’s girl next door, comes into the picture. As the unofficial welcome committee, Diana invites Cassie to hang out at the Boathouse Grill after school. Before seeing Diana, she’s awkwardly approached by Adam’s father Ethan, who reminisces about his love for Cassie’s mother, Amelia. “It was written in the stars,” he says before Adam stops him from continuing.

When Adam leaves Cassie alone for a moment, Faye swoops in along with Melissa Glaser (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Melissa is sort of Faye’s sidekick. They continue on with the sarcasm which causes Cassie to leave. Melissa tells Faye, “I don’t think she knows,” and Faye decides to put Cassie through a magic test. This test includes setting Cassie’s car on fire while she’s locked in. Cassie fails,  but luckily Adam is there to use his powers to save her.

Diana’s a few minutes late to the epic event, but when she sees Faye she knows exactly what happened. During this scene, we find out that Diana and Adam are dating. The look of disappointment falls on Cassie’s face.

Remember when I talked about power struggles? Well here goes one with Faye and Diana. Diana’s almost like the leader of the circle. She wants to take it slow and does not want to risk being discovered. Faye on the other hand is loving all the magical energy and wants to use her powers, especially since she saw what Cassie’s energy did with the fire.

At home, it seems Cassie’s power has awoken. But she has no idea what is happening. The next morning she walks into town looking for her grandmother and bumps into a familiar face. At least he’s familiar to viewers. He was the man outside the Blake residence in the beginning of the episode. Turns out he’s Diana’s father, Charles Meade. It makes you wonder if Diana’s aware of what he did considering how nice she’s being to Cassie.

Cassie’s grandma seeks out Dawn Chamberlain and suspects that the kids are practicing after Cassie’s car caught on fire. Dawn’s feigns disbelief claiming that she knows the kids and what they do in their spare time. Practicing magic is not it.

But as we know, they are practicing. And when Cassie is suspicious of weird activity, Diana finally decides to introduce Cassie to the whole gang, aka the secret circle. They have a secret hideout in an abandoned house and it’s finally confirmed who’s in the circle: Faye, Melissa, Nick, and Adam. Cassie completes the circle of six and while Diana tries to lay it on her softly, Faye is blunt AF. “You’re a full blooded, 100% witch.”

Cassie thinks they’re all loony, which is completely understandable. Mr. Conant’s “written in the stars” comment is starting to make sense when the members of the circle explain the existence of each families’ books and the loss of a parent. But for proof, Adam convinces Cassie to chant, “A drop of water as light as air,” and again with their strong chemistry, they produce magic around them.

For a moment, Adam forgets he has a girlfriend. Cassie leaves in search for more answers from the people that knew her mother. She doesn’t get anywhere and appears to be convinced when Diana recalls what she knows about the last circle. 16 years ago there was an accident and all the people that died were members of the circle and happened to be their parents.

What’s more convincing is Faye putting her newfound power to the test again. This time she messes with mother nature and makes it rain. She’s on a high, that is until Diana interrupts and gets hurt. Faye can’t stop it on her own and Cassie intervenes. Faye’s little display for attention has convinced Cassie…convinced her that she doesn’t want to be involved with any of them.

Charles Meade continues to be sketchy. He visits Adam’s dad and gives him a warning to shut his mouth after seeing him speak to Cassie earlier that night. If witchcraft was banned since the last circle, how does Charles have magic?! In a major plot twist, Dawn and Charles are in cahoots with each other. They planned for Cassie to come to town and everything is going as expected.

The episode ends with Cassie finding her families’ book and a letter from her Mother. Looks like Cassie might be siding on Diana with this one.

See you next week with the recap of episode 2, “Bound”.

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch Recap: Gossip Girl Pilot Episode

Today, Sept 19th, marks the 10th year since Gossip Girl aired it’s Pilot episode. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was starting my first year of college. I was excited for this new show based off the book series even though I didn’t read them. I knew about them & my friend was an avid reader of the series.

Ultimately, I was in it for the teen drama and the eye candy. The OC ended a few months before and here was a new show revolving around teenagers in New York, coming from the same creator Josh Schwartz. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, it was one of the first series that helped with the launch on The CW.

It became one of my favorite shows of all time. Before Glee and Pretty Little Liars, I had Gossip Girl. I fell in love with the drama, the cast, the fashion, the set locations, the web of lies, and of course, the “ships”.

I started watching the Pilot episode again a few weeks ago to kick off some GG binge watching and for some reason it gave me so many feels seeing them all practically  babies. It was also proof that I’m old.

Anyways, to commemorate this momentous event, here’s a recap of the Gossip Girl “Pilot”.

“Hey upper east siders. Gossip Girl here and I have the biggest news ever…” the narrator starts. Kristen Bell as the voice of Gossip Girl will always go down as one of the most iconic roles in television. But the star of this first scene isn’t Gossip Girl, it’s Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively). The queen bee has returned to the Upper East Side after a year at boarding school. She’s spotted at the Grand Central Terminal and it’s definitely a spot for a Gossip Girl fan to visit. It’s where it all started!

We’re then graced by the presence of the Humphreys, with Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) picking up his son and daughter after their vacation with their estranged mother.

But back to Serena. Melanie91, one of Gossip Girl’s trusty sources, isn’t the only that spotted the teenage socialite. Mr. Daniel Humphrey (Penn Badgley), aka lonely boy, spotted the blonde haired beauty and couldn’t take his eyes off her. The Derena ship has started to sail…

What exactly did Serena leave behind? We’re introduced to Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena’s so called BFF. While Serena was away, Blair got to play the lead role. With news going around that Serena was back, Blair rushed to her boyfriend Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald (Chace Crawford) to make sure he was not distracted by the news considering the rumors surrounding the BFF and BF’s past hook up. What does that mean for Blair? It means it’s time to give up her virginity to the boy she loves even though he cheated.

But to Blair’s dismay, Serena crashes the party just in time to end that charade. Nate’s happy to see Serena and even resident bad boy, Charles “Chuck” Bass (Ed Westwick) is happy, happy to see more drame enfold. Blair’s happy too. Fake happy. She didn’t even know her BFF was coming home.

After leaving the Waldorf party very abruptly, Serena visits the person she’s really back for, her younger brother, Eric (Connor Paolo). While Serena was away, Eric attempted to take his own life, an event their mother, Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) hid from the public eye.

Amidst the personal drama, these teens still have to attend private school. Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) is seen working on invitations for the Blair’s annual “Kiss On the Lips” party. It’s her way into the cool crowd.

Nate and his puppy dog eyes thought it was a good idea to visit Serena before heading off to school. As soon as Serena said, “I didn’t come back for you,” it looks like Nate’s world came crashing down on him. I almost forgot how in love he was with Serena.

Nate, Chuck, and Dan are on their way to school. Dan lingers behind as Chuck is  completely misogynistic talking about Serena. As the bus stops, Chuck thinks Dan is following them and Dan points out the uniform indicating he’s in their class, a line you need to pay attention to as it’s repeated again later in the episode.

We’re then taken to the iconic steps of the MET. This is where the popular girls hang out. Blair and her little minions are admiring Jenny’s hand crafted invitations before Serena interrupts. Blair bluntly tells her she’s not invited & it’s weird to think they’re supposed BFFs. Just like Gossip Girl mentions, S & B are going through a power struggle.

Jenny texts Dan for an emergency, a fashion emergency. But Dan finds himself in a pickle when Serena and her brother end up at the same store! It’s quite adorable knowing how he admires Serena from afar. Jenny ends up giving Serena an invite to the party and gets the fashion advice she wanted.

Cut to Chuck and Nate. Nate expresses his concern with sleeping with Blair. In true Chuck fashion, fashion drops jokes and tells him to go for it. At this point, Chuck is the worst.

Serena and Blair finally have time to catch up. Blair finally says what she wants and expresses the lack of trust she has for the other girl. But when Serena pours her heart out wanting things to go back to the way they were and half explains why she left, Blair seems to give in. And all is well between S & B at the Palace.

At the Humphrey residence, Jenny teases Dan about his crush on Serena. She hints at where Serena is and Dan is very quick to leave his sister all alone. Too bad Chuck gets to Serena first and tries to make a move. He thinks that recalling her rendez vous with Nate would convince her to sleep with him. Boy, was he wrong. After Serena runs out, she mauls over lonely boy leaving her phone behind. It’s a Motorola Sidekick!

While Blair is focused on having sex with Nate, Nate thinks it’s finally the right time to tell his girlfriend of his infidelity involving her BFF. He wants space and is starting to think on his own. Mr. Archibald is having none of it, especially since he wants to close a business deal with Blair’s mother. To make his father proud, Nate later apologizes to Blair and fixes the problem. That’s what you get when you have a rich family, I guess.

Dan returns to the Palace to return Serena’s sidekick. He describes himself as Prince Charming to the concierge and when Serena recognizes him, he gets nervous. Turns out he is Serena’s Prince Charming, saving her from her mother and going to the “Kiss on the Lips” party. In an interesting turn of events, Lily doesn’t question why her daughter is hanging with some hoodlum watching Lincoln Hawk, Rufus Humphrey’s band.

But it turns out that Lily knows exactly who Lincoln Hawk is. She visits Rufus and thinks it’s a ploy to get Lily back. I didn’t notice before, but Rufus Humphrey is super sexy. I guess I didn’t notice dads at the time. I was only 18 at the time.

While Dan introduces Serena to his father on their “date”,  Jenny’s at the “Kiss on the Lips” party getting wooed by Chuck. Unbeknownst to Chuck, Jenny sends an SOS to her older brother. Serena tags along and Blair is not happy to see her. She glares at Serena from afar, before Serena runs upstairs with lonely boy. They are able to save Jenny from Chuck and the three leave the party hand in hand. This is the start of their love story. But while a new relationship is starting, a war has begun between S. and B. & C. . Also, Chuck is the absolute worst.

And so begins the drama that is Gossip Girl. I will continue to watch GG and maybe next week another recap will come.

You know you love me.

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Watching: The Bold Type, Season 1 Review

It’s been a week since The Bold Type season one finale aired and I’m going through withdrawals! With Pretty Little Liars over and done, I needed to fill my Tuesday night show void and feel young again. I am young, what am I talking about?

On July 11th, The Bold Type premiered on Freeform fka ABC Family. I had seen ads on the network and wanted to support one of my favorite actresses in young hollywood, Katie Stevens. From what I could tell, the premise of the show: three twenty something year old women trying to juggle relationships, their careers, and life as a millennial while working together at one of the top magazines, Scarlet. One of the tag lines was “I’m not a boss bitch. I’m a boss, bitch.” If that doesn’t scream badass, I don’t what does. It wasn’t hard to convince me that this would be a show I’d like.

The Pilot episode gave us a glimpse of the trio of strong women and what relevant issues they’d be tackling head on.

First we have Jane Sloan, played by Katie Stevens. Jane is the bright eyed writer of the trio. Like her best friends, she started as an assistant and was recently promoted to “writer” at Scarlet Magazine. It’s her dream job as she often reminisces about being “a young girl in Colorado reading Scarlet magazine in my closet.” But things get a little hectic and intimidating when Scarlet’s head honcho, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), constantly pushes her to think outside of the box and get out of her comfort zone. In the first episode, we see Jane second guessing herself and reluctant to revisit her past for a piece, but Jacqueline doesn’t take no for an answer.

Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) is the one among the three that’s still slaving away as an assistant. It’s what she’s known for the past 4 years. She’s comfortable, but longs for a lot more than sitting at the front desk of Lauren Park’s office. And it sounds ever so familiar to me. Seeing her best friends move up the ranks while she stays behind is a little disheartening for her.The most out of routine thing in her life is her secret relationship with an older guy, Richard Hunter (Sam Page). Their relationship is a bit taboo as Richard is Scarlet’s legal advisor and a board member. While Sutton makes Richard feel younger, Richard supports Sutton’s endeavors to leave the assistant desk. Later on in the season, she leave’s Lauren’s assistant desk for Oliver’s assistant’s desk. But at least it’s in something she’s passionate about – fashion.

Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) rounds out the trio. After 2 years of being an assistant, Kat became involved with the social media team at Scarlet and was recently promoted to Social Media Director. When we first meet her in the Pilot episode, you could tell she is very outspoken and confident. She speaks/does things before she thinks. Things change a little when she meets Adena (Nikohl Boosheri), a Muslim lesbian, who is also very outspoken. After spending some time with Adena, everything she thought she knew about certain things went down the drain. Many times we see her deem herself as the one who doesn’t do relationships, but she becomes immersed into one. Her relationship with Adena sparks a lot of spontaneity.

The trio gets a lot of support from other Scarlet personnel. We have Alex (Matt Ward) who I think is that honorary best friend to all of the young women. He’s Jane’s wing man, Kat’s voice of reason, & Sutton’s not-so-secret admirer who is ultimately friendzoned in the end. There’s Richard who always seems to put in a good word for Sutton. However, when he meets with Kat and Jane, I think he realizes that he doesn’t quite fit in their world. There’s also Jacqueline, whom I mentioned earlier. She’s the head boss at Scarlet magazine and is definitely a motherly figure to the three young women. She helps them when in need and is understanding to their feelings, but knows when to put her hand down. She’s just not a boss to them, she’s a mentor who was once in their shoes.

The Bold Type has covered topics from feminism to politics to sexuality to social media, etc. In one episode, Jane is assigned the sex column and has to write about orgasms. Having never experienced one, she has to get very familiar with herself and ends up getting familiar with Ryan (Dan Jeannotte) aka Pinstripe. They inspire each other in more ways than one, but later on in the season Jane wants more in their relationship.

In another episode, they cover breast cancer awareness. As a twenty something year old, I think it’s not something I’m too familiar with or open to discussing. But The Bold Type gave us that perspective and put me in an emotional roller coaster ride as we learned more about Jane and her mother. During this episode, Kat and Sutton were also there for Jane knowing that it was a sensitive topic. They are friendship goals. Everyone needs a squad with a Jane, Sutton, and Kat.

The finale episode covered the topic of rape, which isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Jane decides to shine a spotlight on an activist who was a victim of rape. She goes head to head with Jacqueline on how to approach and understand the person of interest. The finale scene of this episode reveals something about Jacqueline, but it’s so full of hope, positivity, and support.

For me though, I think the recurring topic that rung to me as a viewer, was the feeling of not being challenged and getting out of your comfort zone, as I mentioned before. I graduated from college 6 years ago. I’m sure you can imagine how “stuck” I feel. At the end of the season, Jane is faced with choosing between what she’s known for years or starting with something new that could possibly (or not) be good for her career. Kat has this responsibility with Scarlet as the Social Media Director, but Adena has inspired her to see the world and leave it all behind. Then there’s Sutton. She was the assistant that was left behind, but her drive and passion for fashion got her one step closer to her dream. She wasn’t challenged anymore and she did something about it even though she had no fashion experience on her resume.

Another recurring thing that stood out to me was their meeting place. Throughout the season, we see the trio face obstacles together and often see them talking things out in a safe/neutral place, the fashion closet. The fashion closet housed many celebrations, freak outs, and of course fashion emergencies. The moments in the fashion closet were my favorite. I wish I had a place like the fashion closet to escape to at my job.

Speaking of fashion, the fashion on the show is on point. The cast of The Bold Type definitely rock their outfits confidently and I would love to raid their closets.

This review does not do The Bold Type any justice, but I highly recommend you binge watch this show if you’re looking for inspiration.

As far as I know, Freeform has yet to renew the show, but they should! Obviously, it’s very far from what Pretty Little Liars was, but if this is the direction that Freeform is going in, I’m not complaining.

You can binge watch The Bold Type on the Freeform app or online.

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Playing: New Music Friday 9.8.17

Hello!

Here’s yet another edition of me pretending I know how to review music. To be honest, I really just want to showcase my feels when I hear songs for the first time, especially from artists that I love.

Here are a few songs that stood out to me on this week’s New Music Friday playlist :

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3JBUv4SVXFAbZVlnchORpU

At 10 p.m. PST last night, I saw that this song was released. I was about 1 hour late, but you better believe I went straight to Spotify and streamed it. I will always love Demi Lovato’s voice. It’s so strong and soulful and there’s just so many feels when she belts out those high notes. Her ballads are always my favorite.

This is the 3rd track from her upcoming album and from what I’m hearing I could tell that I’m going to enjoy it. I feel like she’s gotten some inspiration over the years and just like Sam Smith’s new song, I feel some heartbreak.

Her 6th studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me”, will be released on 9/29/17.

“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7oAraczbemGSNWqnbkU87R

It’s been two years, so people have definitely been waiting to hear from Grammy Award winner, Sam Smith. With records like “Stay With Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and my personal favorite “Not In That Way”, expectations are high. And being deemed the male version of Adele, emotions are high as well.

In “Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam gives such a soulful performance. He is basically singing about not giving a f**k when the relationship in question ends. But even though he’s trying to mask it, you can hear the heartbreak.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5Gu0PDLN4YJeW75PpBSg9p

I love Hailee. For some reason, I feel like she’s been in the music industry for a while and then I remember she’s only 20 years old. While her sound is very pop, I feel like she stands out as an artist. When I listen to her sing, I don’t see Hailee Steinfeld, the actress trying to merge into the music business. I see her as the solo music artist, if that makes sense. I think she does a really good job at keeping the two careers separate. I’m hoping a studio album is coming out soon.

Anyways, this song has a very familiar sound to it. It’s definitely clear that Alesso is on the track. But I think the cool part of this song is how Florida Georgia Line is featured. When country meets pop, it’s always a good time.

“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0o7glLPfZgns8ZF14Wlpf7

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson was deemed the 1st American Idol. Makes me feel old AF. But Kelly Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, is undeniably one of the most successful American Idols.

With this song, I feel like Kelly stayed true to herself, but added a little more flavor to go along with what we’re currently hearing on the radio now. It’s a song to sing along to and it gets you up and moving.

“Leave Right Now” by Thomas Rhett

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0wyja8xD9cNhDtfuY0dVMP

I don’t listen to country often. I don’t hate it, but it’s just not something you’ll see on my playlists. I’ve never listened to Thomas Rhett, but like most country songs, this song sounded super sweet. I like that it starts off sweet with an acoustic guitar and then later on there’s some electronic music infused as if a DJ came and remixed the song.

From what I can tell, Thomas Rhett is kind of straddling the line between country and pop and it sounds great. If I didn’t know that Thomas was a country singer, I probably wouldn’t have thought this was country.

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1OdpIb0nzhDcqwkiYp0O1u

I have no idea who The National is, but apparently they’re an indie rock band that’s been around since 1999 (maybe even longer). I usually like alternative rock, but just like country, it’s not on my typical playlists (at least currently).

This song is pretty chill and mellow, but there’s a music break towards the end that makes me think of those cheesy teen movies from the 80s. I even get a 50s vibe. All I picture is a young couple slow dancing in a gym at their school dance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1YuIEfhp8umr6QSal4FTK4

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4nGW06TRJOIrVRfjnuK4se

A few of these songs will be on repeat for the next few days and I’m extremely excited to hear what’s coming up for the artists.

Do you have any favorite new music that’s out?

xoxo,

Adele

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MTV VMAs: Fifth Harmony

It’s the night of the MTV Video Music Awards! With so much new music dropping and drama between all the musicians’, one can’t help but wonder if tonight’s show will go smoothly or be a complete trainwreck.

To be honest, I didn’t even know the VMAs were this week until yesterday. Other than Demi Lovato & Fifth Harmony, I had no idea who else was performing or who was set to host/present. And those are the only two performances I watched. #SorryNotSorry.

So naturally, this post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to communicate the feels I got from Fifth Harmony’s performance.

First let me start by saying congratulations to the girls for winning Best Pop Video for “Down”. As a foursome with new music, this was their first award and as a harmonizer I was very proud.

And then came their performance. I laughed in the beginning. I shouldn’t have, but I did. The performance started out with the four of them on stage joined by another hooded member in the center. As soon as “Angel” started, that hooded person was knocked off the stage by the beat. People want to keep talking about the elephant in the room, but obviously they’re tired of it. And people need to get over it. This was their way to end the topic. Camila is doing fine by herself and Fifth Harmony is still holding it down together.

Normani and Lauren slayed their verses in “Angel” before they fell back to join the fallen member and the lights cut off.

The performance continued on with their first single off the latest album, “Down”.  The four appeared in separate boxes and kicked their way out before breaking it down with the chorus.

When Normani started the second verse and dropped into the splits, I was Bebe Rehxa and Hailee Steinfeld as seen in the following:

Then Ally went on with her verse before they all passed their mics off to the dancers to start a dance breakdown. Honestly, the dance was not clean at all. But i’m not a fan because of their dancing, I’m a fan of their voices and their personalities.

After the dance breakdown, Gucci came on stage with his own little back up dancer.

The end was epic as they sang the last chorus. Water started pouring down on them and on the last beat, they dropped the mic. Literally and figuratively.

Check out their performance:

Now I’m off to watch Game of Thrones. Have a great week everybody!

xoxo,

Adele
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New Music Friday: Fifth Harmony

As a self-proclaimed harmonizer, I’ve been patiently waiting for Fifth Harmony’s third studio album. I remember loving them on the X-Factor when they were these 5 teenage girls back in 2012. My favorite performance of theirs was “Anything Could Happen” and at that moment, I felt like that performance was their turning point in the competition.

After finishing off the X-Factor in third place, their EP “Better Together” was released the following year and included their first ever single, “Miss Movin’ On”. It became an anthem for all the young girls getting over a break up.

Now they are all grown up and sans a fifth member. But they are still Fifth Harmony. And I’m still #5HAF.

This time around they are a little less pop and a lot more R&B with a small tinge of hip hop, giving listeners like me a nostalgic vibe going back to Destiny’s Child and Danity Kane.

Let’s take a look at the tracklist for their self-titled album, “Fifth Harmony”:

  1. Down” featuring Gucci ManeTheir self-titled album starts off with “Down“, their first single off the album featuring Gucci Mane. This song is super catchy much like past singles like “Worth It” & “Work From Home”. “Down” is the only record on this album that has a feature and it was quite interesting to me that they got Gucci on it. I guess he’s making a come back. The music breakdown during his verse is my absolute favorite.  The overall message: You got my back, I got yours.
  2. He Like That
    Along with the release of their album, 5H released the music video for this record. It’s definitely a lot different from past music videos, but there is no doubt the girls are confident and sexy.  They’re rocking the “pumps and a bump” as they sample the MC Hammer song. The girls have said that this was one of their dirtiest songs and while it’s far from what we’ve heard before, it’s absolutely great.
  3. Sauced UpThis is THE party jam! They’re of age and celebrating their youth just like any 21+ year old should. They’re out to dance the night away and fall in love with the night. It sounds like they’re all down for a good time – good vibes only. No one will ruin it. I’m still sitting here trying to figure out which song is being sampled. It sounds so familiar!
  4. Make You Mad“”I’m gonna make you miss me. I’m gonna make you mad. I’m gonna make sure i’m the best you ever had.” I would say this song is self-explanatory. It insinuates a sexy night out. There’s more of an electronic feel on this track compared to the others.
  5. Deliver“This track sounds a lot like the past Fifth Harmony we’ve heard. It’s between the pop and R&B and gives off that 90s vibe. It feels so familiar and definitely makes you want to get up and jam. They delievered with this song and it’s one of my favorites of the album.
  6.  “Lonely Night“In this track, the girls spell it out for any guy who’s trying to keep a relationship with them. “Get ya shit together,” enough said. You have to be a family man with no girls on the side. If you’re disrespectful, then don’t waste our time. “Lonely Night” is definitely an anthem in the making!
  7. Don’t Say You Love Me“This is another one of my favorites. It seems to be another track that is an ode to past Fifth Harmony sounds. It’s one of the slower tracks, but it’s not exactly a ballad. It is one of those love songs that kicks you right in the feels. They’re in it for the long run, so if you’re not don’t make any promises. Lauren starts the song, “Don’t say you miss me, when you don’t call…” and then Ally ends the song with the lyrics,”Don’t say you love me, unless you do…” and i’m almost in tears. I’m getting major “Who Are You” flashbacks.
  8. Angel“5H delves into the trap/electronic scene with Skrillex and Poo Bear. It’s a great beat and they give zero cares as they perform. They’re not angels and they make sure we know that.
  9. Messy“I don’t know why, but I really love this song. Is it the fact that they sample Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me”? Yeah, it’s one reason. It’s another slower track and while I love the music to dance to, I’m a sucker for slower songs because I feel like there’s a lot more feelings. I guess that’s the main reason why this is my favorite. They are pouring out their heart and soul in the lyrics. They admit they aren’t perfect and it’s super vulnerable and beautiful.
  10. Bridges“”Bridges” is the track least like the others. It’s more pop than the rest, but it has the most important message out of all of them, #LoveOverHate. With everything that’s happening in the world, this song of coming together and building “bridges” is something that I would hope will spread positivity amongst all of the negativity in the world.

Overall, Fifth Harmony has proven they can get over hurdles and still conquer in the business that isn’t that great to girl groups. Their sound has matured and it’s great to know that they had control over the making of the album. They are a little more sexy and a little more edgier and I love it because they are embracing their youth. In fact, this is their first album that has an “explicit” label warning!

They have a mix of tracks to dance to and tracks to sing in the shower to. And to me, most importantly, their voices still compliment each other and there’s no one overpowering another. Also, I absolutely love Lauren’s voice.

Now, I realize this review is a bit biased. Believe me, there are songs that i’d skip, but overall I think it’s a great album, especially after all the drama surrounding it.

Anyways, I can’t wait to see them in concert. Yes, I’ll still go see them even though I’m a grown woman. I’ve seen them perform like 5 times and I plan to continue on.

Once I get my CD in the mail, i’ll be popping it into my car like i’ve done with the past albums and I’ll be blasting it. I still have 7/27 in my car stereo!

You can stream the new album on Spotify or Apple Music and download on iTunes!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5aB1cocy4MjfE1bCunuvp1

What are your thoughts on Fifth Harmony’s self-titled album?

xoxo,

Adele

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