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Timberlake’s album is a success

Putting out a second album within less than a year of the first one is a risky decision that Justin Timberlake took on with The 20/20 Experience. The second part was released on Sept. 30.

The former boy-band member debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rhythm and Blues and Hip Hop Albums.

His first record, The 20/20 Experience, one of two was highly successful and put high pressure on the success of Two of Two.

The album is filled with songs that highlight Timberlake’s unique vocal quality and Rhythm and Blues tone. Artists featured on it include Drake and Jay Z.

Famous music producers, Timberland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon helped produce the album.

The first track, “Gimme What I Don’t Know” starts off the record with a sultry vibe with accented percussion in the background.

“True Blood” has the typical J.T. syncopation that makes his music distinct. The hook “I think she’s got that true blood” is very catchy and you will never forget the song once it is over.

“TKO” brings back a lot of the Timberlake from the Justinified album that everyone loves. It has the same feel as “My Love,” but with more of a scratchy effects and heavy drums.

At the end of the track, a breakdown is featured that accents Timberlake’s vocals. This is one of the best tracks on Two of Two.

The leading single for Two of Two is “Take Back the Night.” Its July 13 released helped promote the upcoming album and let the public know that Timberlake had no plans to slow down just yet.

The song’s disco vibe is similar to Michael’s Jackson’s 1979 album, Off the Wall, specifically with the song “Rock With U.” It is about how he is trying to woo his love interest.

The lyrics otherwise are not meant to provoke any special meaning besides supplement the instruments.

“Murder” features Jay Z and its high tempo makes listeners want to continue to hear what is going to happen next. Jay Z’s verse was not up to the standards previous set with his recent release of his album, Magna Carta. His lyrics were not as creative as his normal material and did not showcase him at all.

“Drink You Away” sticks out from the others with a keyboard and tambourine as two of its main instruments. It is different tone than the other tracks but still features Timberlake’s sultry tone.

“Amnesia” has the same tone as “Mirrors” and highlights Timberlake’s vocal range. The song is about a break up and him wanting to forget everything about their relationship.

If you purchase the album, there is also a hidden track called “Pair of Wings.”

The track has a completely different vibe than the rest of the album. Timberlake’s vocals are only supported by a guitar. Its smooth silky tone gives listeners a chance to see a different side of him.

Its metaphorical chorus, “And if I had a pair of wings/ I’d pick you up and fly you far away from here” provides imagery and a dreamy sense to the song.

The 20/20 Experience Two of Two, overall, held to the standards of One of Two. Timberlake made a comeback after his seven-year hiatus that many will admire.

Ivanna Tucker / KSLC Assistant Music Director

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

String quartet visits

YuCheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Simin Ganatra (left) and Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet perform “String Quartets.” The Pacifica Quartet was formed in 2004 and won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The concert was sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts series, in partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music.

Teen musician has unique talent

When I listen to songs that are penned and sung by teenage artists, I’m in awe. They possess an ability and talent that I wish to have.

Singer, songwriter and musician Garrett J. Brown bursts into the music scene with his debut album “Priorities” was released on June 21, 2011.

Having an ear for music, Brown wrote his own lyrics and taught himself how to play piano, harmonica and guitar at a young age.

Hailing from Vermont, Brown earned his first big break when he won the 2009 Burlington First Night Rising Star Talent Search with “Passerby,” which is included on his album.

He also was named “Artist with the most potential” after performing at the Hard Rock Café in Boston.

“Tuesday” both opens the album and introduces a young Garrett J. Brown to the music world. Brown utters “we are who we are and there’s no changing that,”which assures listeners of a self-aware artist who is grateful for his opportunities thus far.

“Kickback” is a catchy and upbeat tune that will have friends tapping their feet.

Brown’s confidence comes through as he confesses, “I don’t have much to say, but it don’t matter when you figure out what you’re going to do.”

“House of Cards,” titled before the hit Netflix original show, is a highlight on the album as it integrates saxophone with a Hawaiian-esque melody.

Echoing the musical style of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, Brown delivers an inviting sound of upbeat percussions and enthralling ballads.

Brown aims to please crowds of all kinds as his sincere lyrics resonate to audiences of all ages.

In the self-titled track, Brown demonstrates his maturity in his song writing as he sings, “it’s not the stages you’re in, the places you’re in or the people you’re with, it’s what you’re feeling.”

Mastered and produced by Jeff Lipton and Robert Loyot, Brown’s “Priorities” delivers an essence of folk, rock and jazz for a versatile crowd.

The production team somehow creates an intriguing balance of Drums, guitars, harmonicas and saxophones, which distinguish Garrett J. Brown from other 17-year-old musicians.

Brown closes his album with a relaxing acoustic tune, which includes lyrics that demonstrate a social need for change.

Though some of his lyrics are clichéd, Brown offers an interesting sound for musicians his age that are not commonly heard of on the radio.

Garrett J. Brown’s “Priorities” is available for download on iTunes.

You can also check out “Priorities” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

Vanessa So can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 

Blame Sally features steady tempo

Pam Delgado, Renne Harcourt, Rob Storm, Jeri Jones, and Monica Pasqual  joined together to form the all female band Blame Sally.

After forming up in late 2000, the band hit their stride immediately a year later.

KFOG, a radio station in San Francisco picked up the group and began playing them frequently on the popular Bay Area show, “Acoustic Sunrise.”

With their music being played on the radio, more opportunities opened up for the band leading to more shows in bigger locations.

By the end of 2006, Blame Sally saw their name spread nationally with appearances on XM Radio.

This led to Blame Sally playing more than 50 shows a year.

Blame Sally features a steady tempo that features country flare along with some contemporary sounds.

The Band has produced seven albums since the first formation.

The first two were self-released.

However, since then, the band has been picked up by Ninth Street Opus, an independent record label located in Berkeley, Calif.

In 2009, the band had signed on for a three album deal over five years worth about a half-million dollars.

In 2010, Blame Sally headed overseas and did a 15 show tour in Germany.

They followed this up with another German tour in 2012 that was immediately followed up by their first appearance in the United Kingdom.

After their tour, they made an appearance on the Sally Naden Show for BBC Radio.

Listeners can hear them by tuning in to KSLC or by going online to the KSLC website.

For more information contact Jerry Young at jyoung@linfield.edu.

Jerry Young / KSLC General Manager

Jerry Young can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 

New faculty member performs for Linfield College

The newest music faculty member of Linfield College gave his faculty recital on Sept. 28 in Ice auditorium.

Dr. Albert Kim joined the Linfield College music department this August as an assistant professor of music.

Currently, he teaches music theory and keyboard classes and applied piano lessons.

He also recently received his doctoral degree on piano performance from Eastman School of Music in New York.

In his recital, he first performed Ave Maria by French Renaissance composer, Josquin des Prez. This is a piano arrangement of vocal work.

Then, he played Patita No.2 by J.S. Bach, and Sonata No.8 by Sergei Prokofiev.

The second half, he performed Notturno by Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi and several Scherzos by Chopin.

At last, and also the climax of the recital, Kim performed his original transcription and arrangement of La Valse by French composer, Maurice Ravel.

The recital was a big success, and many people spoke highly to this recital and the talented skills of Kim.

I fortunately had a chance to have a short interview with Kim.

When talking about his first impression of Linfield, he cannot hide his excitement.

“It is amazing how much activities go on in this music building, which is something I’ve already really love, and the other part is that all of students who are studying music here bring energy every day,” Kim said.

Kim emphasizes the passion of teaching at Linfield.

“When I was younger, I thought about what I could be doing or what I have to do, but it’s neither of those –it’s what I want to do, and I want to teach,” Kim said.

He expects his students in Linfield work hard and have fun with music.

“For the students, work. That’s all you can do,” Kim said. “Also enjoy it, that’s the other part of it. What’s wonderful I think about music is while you enjoy the study it, you past it on when you perform and teach. Remember, work hard and why you’re working.”

Yucheng Zhang / Senior photographer

YuCheng Zhang can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmailcom

YuCheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Dr. Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, performs the Patita No.2 by J.S.Bach, piano sonata No.8 by Sergei Prokofiev, several Scherzos by Chopin, and his piano arrangement of La Walse by Maurice Ravel. Kim recently received his doctorate degree from Eastman School of Music.