Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by Dazzle, Feb 23, 2010.
Make a Scene is not on my Spotify- is that the same for anyone else?
Just how boring and uninspiring is Love Is You? It has no 'moments' whatsoever, just very bland. I get it, the whole let's cover what inspired Groovejet and all, but seriously what was she thinking???
Switch no 1 and 2 and you have my list
I really don't understand all the love for Make a Scene, it's a mixed bag of songs with no cohesion or musical sense, save for the superior Starlight and Cut Straight to the Heart (bless Ed Harcourt).
There are more stand out tracks on Make a Scene than her last two albums.
Make A Scene is let down by the sequencing and the inclusion of her two tackiest and overproduced tracks
Under Your Touch + Dial My Number
but the heights are terrific.
How are you all sleeping on Synchronised?
It's a fan favourite so I don't know what you're talking about?
I don’t regard it as her best, but it certainly was her most cohesive work back then. We were told that we were getting a dance-centric album and that is what she delivered... while all albums before that one were mixed bag albums.
I think the title track, Bittersweet, Heartbreak, Starlight, Magic, Synchronised and Cut Straight To The Heart are all fabulous.
Under Your Touch is honestly one of my favourite Sophie songs. I hate using the E-word in non-Loreen contexts, but the chorus, post-chorus and middle-8 really are...that word.
I'm screaming at the picture. We agree to disagree then.
Talking about Make a Scene and good tracks and not mentioning it.
True. Synchronised is without any doubt one of Sophie's best tracks.
And Make A Scene, let's all face it, is a BRILLIANT album. If any other artist had filled one single album with all of those absolutely amazing tracks and gazillions of bops, we would cry best release of the year. Other artists would have given their kidneys (both!) for some of the tracks on that album. Since it's Sophie, and we are all sooooo spoilt, we think, oh well, business as usual.
Wrong. It is an outstanding electro-dance album.
Off to see her live tonight, by the way. Not overly excited, mind you. I do hope she stays true to the one part of the tour name I crave: the DISCO part. I'm quite over the orchestral bit already...
Agreed! I still remember posting something on the lines of “If Kylie did Bittersweet, it’d go top 10, but it only underperformed because it didn’t have a BIG artist’s name tagged to it.
@China_Heart i hope you enjoy the show. Do post your review (and pictures and videos if possible) here
Make a Scene is nice! I loved it at the time. That said, it is dramatically improved with a few simple changes: replace "Bittersweet", "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)", and "Not Giving Up on Love" with their extended mixes, and delete "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Homewrecker." Really brings it up to the level of an album instead of just being a potpourri of hits-that-never-were.
“Dial My Number” is one of my favorite tracks...
Yes! "Dial My Number" is also one of my favorite tracks on "Make A Scene". Love the lyrics about her stalker and it was perfect as the opener when she was touring the album.
@China_Heart Have fun stomping on the medley!
I did have fun in the end. But no medley, or at least not the one that Sophie got us used to...
But let's start from the beginning, and no photos or videos, sorry @kaushik !
The show was very short, only one hour and 20 minutes, the Festival Hall was very full, not sold out, but a lot of people. Pleasantly surprised.
Sophie looked amazing, as always, with glittery disco numbers that suited her very nicely and hid her belly, apart from the last one, a jumpsuit, which was very tight!
The show was clearly divided into 2 halves, the first dedicated to showcase the orchestral hits, and the second to a true disco galore, much faster and more fun, where she performed all the big hits.
It doesn't take a scientist to understand which part I liked best, and with me, the whole audience. Everybody jumped up from their seats as soon as she started singing Bittersweet, signalling the start of the disco section. And it was magnificent from then on.
Before then, well, dear Looooord what a tragic snoozefest! I mean, sorry Sophie, but the orchestral arrangements of your songs really DO NOT WORK. I thought it was because at the presentation gig she only had a quartet accompanying her, but this time she had a full-on huge orchestra, with conductor and all. And still they fell flat. The arrangements are lovely, but, Sophie, come on, you are not Ennio Morricone, and the classical music treatment only shows the thinness of some of your material. They are meant to be pop songs basking in the glory of big sinths and bass sounds, a kind of electro heaven. If you take out all the bops, there's nothing much left.
In the first half the songs that really stood out were Love Is A Camera (now, that was amazing!!! Shivers down my spine), Not Giving Up On Love (we knew it would be, but it's sooooo good) and Young Blood (Lovely harmonies and the songs lends itself well to the style, but God why making it even slower?!). Then one of my favourite songs of all times: Today The Sun's On Us. I was soooooo curious to hear this, since I truly love it. And I thought it was really good, but somehow I hoped it would be even more cinematic, also it didn't need any change in tempo or delivery, in my opinion. Still, very good.
The rest were forgettable and tedious and sometimes I got really cross, like when she completely destroyed the chorus of Catch You, an amazing pop tune, reduced to dragging uneventful ballad.
Or when she completely killed the amazing carefree bubblegum pop tastiness of Music Gets The Best Of Me.
Overall, I now think I will probably hate the new album and I will only play a bunch of the songs.
List of songs performed in the first half (not sure of the order):
Groovejet, Wild Forever, Catch You, Me And My Imagination, Not Giving Up On Love, Young Blood, Love Is A Camera, Today The Sun's On Us, Music Gets The Best Of Me. (Am I forgetting anything?)
In the second half, she sang:
Bittersweet, Take Me Home a medley of Groovejet (in disco form), Love Is You and two other 70s disco hits one of which was Young Hearts Run Free.
Then her piece de resitence: Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer. It went down a storm. It was amazing! Everybody was screaming and dancing.
And finally she ended it with the usual Murder, which also was received with huge enthusiasm.
The second part was the usual Sophie show and Richard and the other players were also there playing with the orchestra. If she redid the hits in that way, simply adding the orchestra, as in old 70s disco, but basically leaving them as they are, with the right tempo, then I think the project would have been more successful.
Oh, and for @kaushik , at the end, she disappeared, and appeared again amongst the audience, on the balcony, singing without the mic. Guess what? A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed.
Quite an anti-climax after Murder, to be perfectly honest. But lovely nonetheless. And then she was gone.
@China_Heart just beat me to it with the setlist! I th8nk I’ve got the order right below!
Sophie was incredible tonight! The place was packed (not full but at least 2000 people there she said)!
She sounded brilliant and full of energy. The tracks sounded stunning with the orchestra and they played excellently. I recommend that people get to the tour in June.
The merch was two t-shirts, poster, tote bag and a limited edition print, like a watercolour painting. All looks lovely.
Me and My Imagination
Young Blood (my personal highlight. The strings were stunning
Love Is A Camera
Not Giving Up On Love (this worked so well as an orchestral mix)
Today the Sun’s On Us
Music Gets The Best Of Me
Bittersweet (mainly an interlude, but she sang the chorus, middle 8 and chorus)
Take Me Home
Love Is You
Young Hearts, Run Free
Don’t Leave Me This Way (Communards cover)
Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
Murder On The Dancefloor
A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed (on a balcony with no microphone and just strings)
Take Me Home/Love Is You/Young Hearts, Run Free/Don’t Leave Me This Way/Groovejet was a medley of some sorts. The songs were performed for at least 2/3 mins each
The show was gorgeous from start to finish! It was well sequenced with ballads at the beginning and the big studio 54 sounds in the second half. Her chat was good and the audience were into all of it judging from the applause and the standing ovation.
I really can’t understand the mentality of people who spend quite so many words in a public forum bitching about someone they’re supposed to be a fan of?
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