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Single: Lana del Rey – “Once upon a dream” (2014)

What? Something not about Eurovision in some capacity? Well I’ve used the E-word but that’s it. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to write about anything else, it can’t have been that long though.

lana del rey once upon a dreamAnyway, films! Films are still a thing, and there’s a good one on the way, namely Disney’s “Maleficent”. Perhaps one of the most anticipated Disney films in a long while, it tells the story of the evil witch notorious for cursing Sleeping Beauty to fall into a coma after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel.

Don’t ask me to go deeper than that, I’ve only got sketchy memories of the original animated tale. But “Maleficent” looks at how she became that fearsome sorceress. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good explanation to it. I blame society! Well between this witch origin story and “Frozen” (basically Wicked’s songbook), I wonder if this isn’t the worst possible time to finally release a “Wicked” movie, but apparently that’s on the way now.

maleficentThe trailer looks amazing anyway, Angelina Jolie is going to turn this into real Disney Noir. To accompany it, a darker re-work of the original Disney feature’s big fairytale song was created with the go-to girl for old-fashioned noir, Lana del Rey. As soon as it starts you know it’s an inspired choice – it’s still got that dreamy lullaby quality, but with that sinister undercurrent. Beautifully arranged, it does what the film hopes to do – reclaim a beloved work and show another, less obviously beautiful side to it without ruining the original.

I’m excited for the film, I’m not sure how it will turn out but it’s certainly one of the more intriguing upcoming films of 2014.

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Single: Idina Menzel – “Let it go” (2013)

Yeah, I know I reviewed “Frozen” back in December when I first saw it, but its soundtrack seems to have taken on a life of its own, now that the film has surpassed all expectations at the box office.

FrozenAt the moment, it’s closing in on a billion dollars, which would make it the highest-grossing animated non-sequel of all time, overtaking “The Lion King“. I don’t expect it to overtake the current animated record set by Toy Story 3, but who knows.

After all, it’s about to get some promo at the Academy Awards in two weeks, where it is nominated for Best Animated Feature, and Best Original Song, with Idina Menzel performing on the night. The soundtrack CD has been on top of the American Billboard charts for some time too. I hope it wins, as it’s a superb song. Continue reading

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My Top 50 of 2013: #20 – #11

Oh we’re nearly there aren’t we? I hope people are still interested anyway. I mean it’s just my opinion, no reason why you should be interested, but it keeps my hands busy over the holidays so I’m sure it’s for the greater good.

We hit the first barrage of Eurovision entries yesterday, who knows how many are left to find? Well I do, of course, but I’m not telling.

Go back to #50 – 41, #40 – 31, #30 – 21 or ahead to the Top 10

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Single: M83 ft Susanne Sundfør – “Oblivion” (2013)

Oh yes, I’m still pushing my Susanne Sundfør agenda, and I’m not done yet, I’ve still got an album to review of hers! Anyway, I somehow missed this track when I saw Tom Cruise movie “Oblivion” earlier in the year.

BW190496_06_05_9_010V3In fact, I don’t really remember much of the soundtrack apart from a vaguely positive feeling. The good reason behind that was that it was produced by in-vogue French electro act M83. If the name isn’t super-familiar maybe you remember “Midnight City”, which was used as backing music to all sorts of things over the last few years. Continue reading


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Single: Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful” (2013)

What to make of Lana? She’s been toast of the town for over a year now, with her unique(?) brand of miserablism and deadpan vocals gracing many iPods of the trendy (not that I know any of them). But I’ve really struggled to get on board the Lana train.

lana del rey young and beautifulHer hit singles “Video Games” and “Born to die” were pretty good, that spooky old-fashioned vocal really fits some tracks perfectly, and it was a great launchpad for her career. I had her down as a bit of a humourless robot until she won a Brit award and revealed herself to be human after all, and even quite sweet.

I admit I haven’t given “Born to Die” (the album) much of a spin, apart from when I was trying to get to sleep on a long-haul flight (it didn’t work). But she’s one of those artist’s I’d really like to like, and I may well persevere. I think it’s just the prospect of a whole album of those laconic vocals that I’m not too excited about. Continue reading

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