New Music Releases: Week of May 18, 2015

Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity

Mariah Carey’s “#1 to Infinity” not only showcases her best work as an artist, but it also introduces the Las Vegas headliner to a new generation of fans. (Album cover property of Epic & Columbia Records)

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com

Riddle me this, readers? What’s the only place that you can find reviews on new music from a Vegas headliner, an Oscar winner, three impeccable bands and one of the best singers of all-time?

The answer: New Music Releases!

Let’s get this party started.

#1 to Infinity by Mariah Carey

The latest Las Vegas headliner kicks off this week’s edition of New Music Releases. #1 to Infinity is a collection of Ms. Carey’s greatest hits that accompany her Las Vegas residency show at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. This album showcases two decades of the five-time Grammy winner’s career as an astonishing vocalist and a superb singer-songwriter. In addition, #1 to Infinity not only caters to her hardcore lambs, but also a new generation of fans that are just discovering the Elusive Chanteuse. No matter what happens to Ms. Carey’s voice, she will go down in history as one of the greatest vocalists of all-time. A-

Tracks to Download: “Vision of Love,” “Someday (MTV Unplugged),” “One Sweet Day,” “Thank God I Found You” & “Infinity”

Zedd True Colors

Zedd’s sophomore effort, “True Colors,” proved that he is the top EDM musician of the millennial generation. (Album cover property of Interscope Records)

 

True Colors by Zedd

While David Guetta and Steve Aoki represent Generation X in the EDM world, Zedd has the honor of representing millennials in this industry. The Grammy-winning producer dropped a sophomore album that showcases his magic as one of the leading dance beat makers in the business. Like Guetta who introduced artists such as Sia in his tracks, the Russian-German musician teamed up with rising artists such as Jon Bellion, Logic, X Ambassadors and Echosmith in spectacular tracks that are sprinkled throughout the album. Zedd also had the superb support of fellow co-writers and producers such as Ryan Tedder, David Jost, Matthew Koma and Antonia Armato and Tim James of Rock Mafia. Congratulations, Zedd! True Colors is my Album of the Week! A+

Tracks to Download: “Addicted to a Memory,” “I Want You to Know,” “Beautiful Now,” “Transmission,” “True Colors” & “Illusion”

Hollywood: A Story of Dozen Roses by Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx may have an Oscar, but that does not mean that he can deliver a superb record. Despite having superb collaborations from Chris Brown and Pharrell Williams, Hollywood: A Story of Dozen Roses feels like an album made up of rejected tracks from Usher, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke albums. Sorry, Jamie! But this just bored me to tears. D

Track to Download: “You Changed Me

Thinking Out Loud” by Collabro

I was beyond thrilled when I heard my friends, Collabro, announced that they would be releasing another studio album…perfectly titled Act Two. The group teased their fans by releasing a new single that may or not be a part of their sophomore release—an irresistible acoustic cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Collabro’s signature five-part harmonies gave me chills and delivered a cover that Ed Sheeran himself would be proud of. A-

American Authors Go Big or Go Home

American Authors’ latest single: “Go Big or Go Home” might be one of the best pop rock songs of 2015! (Album cover property of Mercury Records & Island Records)

Go Big or Go Home” by American Authors

Another Jake’s Take favorite is back with a brand new single! The New York-based band released their latest single: “Go Big or Go Home.” Zac’s vocals were impeccable, while the combination of James’ banjo, Matt’s drums and Dave’s bass brilliantly brought the song to life! I have a sneaky suspicion that this track is going to explode not only on radio, but also on multiple music charts around the world. Congrats, American Authors! Your latest single is my Song of the Week! A+

This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a MotherF****r” by Maroon 5

In all honesty, when I first saw the title of Maroon 5’s latest single, I serious thought: “WTH are Adam and the Maroon 5 guys thinking?” But, after listening to it, I loved it! Adam Levine and Shellback might have just written Summer 2015’s anthem. Maroon 5 fans would enjoy the sturdy presence of Matt Flynn’s omnipresence drums and the guitar work of both Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine. Also, Adam’s vocals do not hinder this song at all! B+

“Anywhere But Here” by Christina Aguilera

One of the hottest shows on the Great White Way is Gary Barlow (The X Factor UK & Take That) and Eliot Kennedy’s musical adaptation of the 2004 Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland. The former X Factor UK judge took a place out of Elton John & Tim Rice’s playbook and assembled an all-star group of artists to perform several of the tracks from the musical. Among the artists that are featured on the soundtrack is Voice coach Christina Aguilera. Her track, “Anywhere But Here,” is a haunting song that will give listeners goose bumps and brilliantly showcases her lower vocal register. The song will not only help listeners connect to J.M. Barrie himself, but also to one of the most recognizable realms in all of literature: Never Land. A-

I do not own any of the clips that are sprinkled into this article! They belong to the artists and their record companies.

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