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Breakups are hard to go through. John Newman’s debut album “Tribute” is a breakup album that can help ease the heartache.
Newman is an English singer and songwriter. “Tribute” has influences from pop, breakbeats, hip hop and house music. The album has a feel from the ‘60s and ‘70s. It does lack variety in instrumentation. Majority of the songs focus solely on the use of piano or strings.
On the first track of the album, Newman lists off artists in which he is paying tribute to, including Tina Turner, Kings of Leon and even Britney Spears.
His vocals are definitely the highlight of the album. In the lead single “Love me again,” the song begins with simple chords and Newman’s distinct vocal quality. The chorus is full of hip-swinging soul and gets the listeners’ body moving. The song is about someone who is seeking forgiveness and just wants to know if they can be a relationship full of love again. This track is the standout of the album.
In the track “Losing sleep,” Newman doesn’t miss a step with his soulful lyrics asking his new lover to not forget about him.
His voice becomes more and more powerful as the song progresses.
At the end, all the instruments fade out besides the simple piano and Newman’s voice.
“Easy” has the feel of a love ballad, however the background gives it more of an upbeat tone that highlights Newman’s vibrating vocals that send chills.
The album shifts pace with the track “Out of my head.” Listeners are instantly drawn with Newman’s soft, empathetic vocals over a simple piano. It becomes even more powerful as he belts out “To shut out being lonely” over a deep bass addition. This is the love ballad that makes the album the perfect breakup album.
His ‘70s soul-inspired track “Cheating” is an anthem that shows a more sassy tone from Newman. As the chorus begins, a gospel choir is featured as background vocals. He keeps up the same song progression as his other songs by building it from soft to loud and then bringing it back down.
The closing track, “All I need is you,” starts out with Newman singing in a dark tone over a piano and tambourine. It has a very gospel-like quality to it and showcases his range. This track is a positive, uplifting way to wrap up this breakup album.
Newman has a voice that people can listen to all day as he explains the heartache that you can’t necessarily put into words.
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Spike Jonze created a piece so profound and thought-provoking, not winning the gold for either Best Picture or Best Original Screenplay would be an Academy mistake. There definitely were some Oscar snubs this year, but “Her” is among the well-deserved film nominations.
“Her” is the complex story of the imaginative, professional letter composer, Theodore Twombly, who upon divorce finds himself in an unusual romance with his new, advanced computer intelligence operating system, Samantha.
Although “Her” is in the not-so-far-off future, it’s hardly science fiction in relation to present day humanity and the always evolving world of technology.
Joaquin Phoenix does wonders at capturing the realism of Theodore. Jonze said during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Redditt, upon meeting Phoenix, that he knew right away he wanted him in his movie.
What may originally trigger creepy and weird vibes coming from the odd situation Theodore becomes wrapped into, the audience becomes attached to his character as we see his true and beautiful sensitive soul open up to those around him.
The most intriguing relationship is the one Theodore develops with Samantha.
Samantha, who was originally voiced by Samantha Morton, was recasted and in the film is voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Recasting could have perhaps made all the difference in the success of this film. Samantha is more than a voice.
It’s a shame the Academy looked past Johansson’s voice in this supporting role, because her warm, sultry, perfectly sounding voice added a whole layer of color to this film.
Trying to understand Samantha is a true concept, but she is a wonderfully complex character, filled with fears, unsaid thoughts that always turn into transparent feelings and growth in more than one way.
“Samantha is the most dynamic female character I’ve seen in any movie from the last 10 years and she doesn’t even have a body,” senior Brea Ribeiro said.
Although Samantha is only virtually there, verbally Johansson makes it feel so real.
“This film shows us that we can’t fully develop female characters because of the emphasis on the sexualization of women’s body,” Ribeiro said.
In “Her,” we see a common theme of sadness shaded in different lights from all the characters.
We see this in the opening monologue from Theodore, the sadness sometimes heard in Samantha’s voice mirrored through Theodore’s own melancholy life. We see this in Theodore’s flashbacks of his ex-wife, zoomed in on the highs and lows of their past relationship, and we see sadness in the good friend and coworker Amy, played by Amy Adams, as she finally decides to let go of something that was never there.
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Marvel comics’ “Civil War” series, originally released in seven issues, but now available in one trade back graphic novel, furthers the story of the world’s favorite superheroes.
After a group of mediocre “heroes” go out on a crime stopping spree and accidently blow themselves up along with an elementary school, the government pushed to unmask all heroes. The heroes are then forced to take sides, to either register themselves and continue on with their crime fighting while being meticulously monitored by Uncle Sam or to remain an enigma to the public, but become the criminals, at least legally, themselves.
Fighting for the registration initiative is Tony Stark, commonly known as Iron Man, and on the opposing side is Captain America. These two characters are the obvious leaders for their cause; Tony Stark has never been afraid to show himself as Iron Man while Captain America is fighting for the freedom of superheroes to stay anonymous.
Nearly any given Marvel hero is included in the story, including Spider-Man, the X-men, Hulk, etc. As the registration battle goes on, a full on war erupts between the two groups, leaving the reader to wonder not only who will win, but who should win?
Mark Millar, the author of “Civil War,” created a comic where there is no real “villain.” Each reader has their own opinion on the matter, but what they think is just that: an opinion. There is no true villain in an opinion, and if one is suggested, it should not be taken as a fact.
“Civil War” is definitely a storyline for adults, given that it is based on a lot of different political issues. The story is more than just one-liners and silly costumes, but rather it reflects the government and its flaws. Millar, stating it the best, said about his story, “the political allegory is only for those that are politically aware, kids are going to read it and just see a big superhero fight.”
Hollywood rumor has it that after a few more Avengers-based films, the studio will pursue a “Civil War” film, which I think, personally, would be the best thing ever. But, to be honest, I kind of just always want to watch Chris Hemsworth (Thor) run around in tight pants with a hammer, regardless of what he’s actually doing.
A glorious thing about the “Civil War” series is that it can be read in addition to the Marvel storyline or simply as a stand-alone story. However, as a general warning to the public, once this story is read, the reader will want to continue reading Marvel comics. “Civil War” is basically a comic book gateway drug.
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Natasha “T” Miller slammed an audience composed of admirers of the spoken word who attended the Cat Cab on Feb. 27 in Fred Meyer Lounge.
As Cat Cabs normally feature student or professional vocalists and instrumentalists, the poetry slam given by Miller was a rare treat. Miller spoke from her soul as she presented selections of her poetry.
The atmosphere of FML looked like a jazz club, as the cool blue lights projected down on the floor. To add to the scene, students snapped their fingers or uttered agreement in response to Miller’s poetry.
Miller presented a variety of poems that included themes of family, relationships, life and human rights.
Her first poem she presented titled, “Throwback thursday” spoke to the audience as the sounds of snapping buzzed in the lounge. Miller exclaimed in the poem that, “One day your whole life will be a throwback Thursday picture.”
Other poems Miller presented included “The other black man,” which she dedicated to the memory of 15 year old African American, Sakia Gunn, who was murdered in New Jersey because she told a pair of men that she was a lesbian.
Miller went on to include “My skinny poem,” “10 things I’ve learned over the years,” “To be honest for Halloween” and a poem dedicated to her nephew that explores the coming out of hip hop artist, Frank Ocean.
The open and friendly Miller, invited audience members to ask questions about herself and her poetry.
Miller responded when asked what she is passionate about by stating that “I am passionate about forgiveness.”
She also commented that she has two ways she focuses when writing poetry. The first is when an idea hits her in the shower and she jumps out to write it down. The second is jokingly, “Having 18 cups of tea, cooking some food and being engaged in multiple things.”
She is inspired by Adele and admires slam poet, Andrea Gibson. Growing up in Detroit taught Miller much about life.
She leads activism projects in her hometown concentrating mostly on support for human rights, specifically for the LGBT community.
Miller has competed in the International Women of the World Poetry slam, starred in a Sprite commercial and was most recently featured in a “Vogue” article. To keep up with Natasha “T” Miller, follow her on Twitter @Tmillerpoetry.
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Natasha “T” Miller recites her poetry from memory in front of a snapping crowd at the Fred Meyer Lounge on Feb. 27.
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A total of 18 students from Linfield’s Theater Art program traveled to Idaho last week for the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).
Students passionate about theater arts from universities all over the Northwest gathered for an intensive week full of workshops, auditions, performances and interviews.
This was senior, Jenny Layton’s, fourth year attending KCACTF.
Layton has had the opportunity to participate in both the acting and the technical sides involved in theater at this conference.
Seeing the crossover between the two, Layton said that one thing never changes, the energy.
“It is an awesome opportunity to collaborate with people who share the same passion for theater. There is a great level of supportive energy and an awesome atmosphere back stage,” Layton said.
Layton took home an award for dramaturgical research this year.
After turning in a notebook chalk-full of research completed on a particular script, a professional dramaturge reads through them, giving feedback to all the applicants and chose Layton as runner-up.
Freshman Madilyn Betchel had the opportunity to visit workshops on both acting and tech.
“It was really exciting to hear the people giving the workshops talk about how they got into the field,” Betchel said.
Betchel will be attending the SCI Las Vegas Summer Institute after receiving a Meritorious Achievement Award in stage management.
Betchel said she will be involved in more intensive stage managing workshops, informational sessions and backstage tours during this program.
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