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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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Get ready for another British invasion, America, because Little Mix is here to stay. Though boy bands are becoming prominent once again, girl groups are regaining momentum with the likes of Fifth Harmony, the revival of Danity Kane and Little Mix.
After becoming the first group to win “The X Factor” in the U.K., Little Mix has found success with their first two albums.
The group has been nominated for numerous awards and won the award for best girl band in the “Best of 2013 Awards.”
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall form the sassy, dynamic group.
Each had failed to pass the bootcamp round of the British competition show, and Simon Cowell brought them back to compete as a group.
All in their early 20s, these women bring youth, energy and confidence to their sophomore effort, “Salute.”
Little Mix released their second studio album earlier in February after a November release in the U.K. It was worth the wait.
After finding international success in 2013, Little Mix is solidifying its spot in America’s list of favorite girl groups.
The resilient, tight vocals and harmonies from all four women produce an album that far succeeds from their debut, “DNA.”
“Salute” is an R&B infused, hip-hop-influenced pop album that contains dance tracks as well as ballads. Little Mix’s cites the Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child and TLC as some of their inspirations.
This is evident throughout the album as the 90s club vibe shines in “About That Boy,” “Nothing Feels Like You” and “Mr. Loverboy.”
As slick as the more upbeat tracks are, the ballads highlight Little Mix’s versatility in sound and style. The women express both sadness and anger in “These Four Walls” and “Good Enough,” which has the women saying “Sorry for the smile I’m wearing now,” after appreciating the rejection from an undeserving man.
The group boasts on female empowerment, strength and confidence in “Salute,” “See Me Now” and “A Different Beat.” The confidence oozes as they chant, “I look in the mirror and I like what I see.” The album touches on break-ups, love, anger and everything in between. “Salute” embraces women despite the circumstances that they find themselves or put themselves in.
Little Mix’s “Salute” is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out “Salute” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.
Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director
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Gregory Ewer and Adam LaMotte of “3 Leg Torso” break loose of their classical musician poses in the energy of the second half of their show. The musical group, “45th Parallel,” combined with “3 Leg Torso” for a concert on Feb. 21. The first half of their concert was “Sextet in C
Major, Op. 37” by Ernó Dohnány. As a general rule, songs written in the key of C major are happy. This song is an exception, said Gregory Ewer. The song was chosen for its harmonic ambiguity. Ewer is the artistic
director for “3 Leg Torso.” The second half of the show featured
adaptations of upbeat, poppy, fast paced songs.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
The voices of the Linfield Concert Choir resonated with high school choir
students on Feb. 19 in Ice Auditorium. Surrounding Yamhill high schools
gathered together to showcase their voices to other schools at the Linfield
College Small School Invitational. The Linfield Concert Choir started the invitational by singing the song “To Morning.”
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
Linfield College Jazz Band gave a funky performance on Nov.
20, in Ice Auditorium during their annual Jazz Night Concert.
The ensemble was led by Associate Professor of Music, Steve
Kravitz and was a combination of both Linfield students and
members of the McMinnville Community Ensemble.
The night was kicked off by Erik Morales’s ”Feelin’ the
Funk” which featured a strong brass section and an authoritative
bass line. The trumpet section towards the end of the piece used
mutes to transform the brassy sound of the trumpet to a
heightened and higher pitch, creating an interesting blend with
the rest of the ensemble. “Send in the Clowns” composed by
Stephen Sondheim followed the funky number which put the
spotlight on the saxophone section. The number also and featured
soloist Justin Waterhouse on a well-done trombone solo and a
nice tutti featuring the all of the brass section.
“In the Mellow Tone” brought the audience back to a classic
Duke Ellington swing feel. The piece featured the rhythm section
walking an evident blues scale and featured powerful dynamics
from the rest of the ensemble. “Spain” was featured next which
took the audience by storm opening with its strong dynamics and
sultry sound. The piece was especially advanced with a three
against four time, making the ensemble look to the strong rhythm
section to lead them through the piece. The piece also mirrored
a sassy flute played by freshmen Olivia Marqyadt that mirrored
the exotic Spanish feel.
“Slide Ride” provided a fun and corky feel to the
performance featuring the trombone section. Next was Lullaby
in Birdland featuring vocalist senior Gulfem Torunlar and an
impeccable rhythm section. Torunlar’s smooth alto voice in the
ballad captivated the audience with a soft piano solo featuring
senior Max Milander. Torunlar treated the audience again with a
jazz favorite “The Lady is a Tramp” by Tony Bennet. This sassy
number featured yet again the impeccable tone of Torunlar as
well as a strong swing from the rhythm section.
“88 Basie Street” written for the infamous Count Basie
Band, featured a smooth piano solo by Milander. The famous
tune was written to display the talents of the keys player and
Milander delivered, leading the band throughout the piece with
multiple piano solos.
The concert concluded on a strong note with a piece called
“Omaha” by Maynard Ferguson. The piece featured a break to
feature sophomore drummer Jeff Laws and also featured senior
bassist Sylvan Tovar and multiple solos from the sax section.
Overall the concert was a nice treat for the Linfield Campus and
community members alike.
by Camille Weber / Columnist