By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Welcome to the last May 2015 edition of New Music Releases!
This week, I took a look at new music from a diverse group of music veterans and up-and-coming superstars!
Breaking Bad by This Boy That Girl
One band that Jake’s Take has kept an eye on brother-sister Pop/Hip-Hop duo Alec and Becca King. What I admire about the duo is that they took the best lessons that Macklemore, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna offered and took their music in a clean direction without expletive language that would actually satisfy both tweens and their parental units. Between the sweet production, Alec’s beats and Becca’s vocals, Breaking Bad is a strong first album that shows that this group’s potential is limitless. B
Tracks to Download: “Turn the Night Down,” “Broken Keys” & “Milky Way”
Forever by Alesso
House music is currently one of the hottest flavors in today’s music market! Among one of the players responsible for this EDM revolution is super producer Alesso. The Swedish DJ and producer dropped his debut studio album: Forever. For his debut album, Alesso turned to current chart toppers Ryan Tedder, Tove Lo and Calvin Harris for vocal support. The trio also contributed to the production aspect of the record along with Benny Blanco, Roy English and veteran producer Cutfather. The smooth production of Forever is one party album that is a must listen for EDM fans of all ages. A-
Tracks to Download: “Heroes (We Could Be),” “Tear the Roof Up,” “Cool,” “Scars” & “In My Blood”
Rock Cellos by Emil & Dariel
One year ago, America’s Got Talent introduced viewers to two remarkable cellists: brothers Emil & Dariel. Their music redefined the classical crossover genre as they performed classic rock standards onto their cellos. For their debut album, the brothers collaborated with some iconic rockers such as Starship’s Mickey Thomas, The McCoys’ Rick Derringer and Loverboy’s Mike Reno. The tracks are superb pieces of ear candy and will satisfy both longtime and new fans. Congrats, guys! Rock Cellos is my Album of the Week! A+
Tracks to Download: “Working for the Weekend,” “Live & Let Die,” “Purple Haze,” “Eye of the Tiger” & “We Built This City”
“Evil in the Night” by Adam Lambert
With every track that Adam Lambert releases from The Original High, I become more obsessed with his tertiary studio album. “Evil in the Night” is a spectacular club banger that features both Adam’s signature falsetto and Shellback’s John Hancock all over the track. “Evil in the Night” is very strong single and has the potential to dominate the charts this summer. A-
“Today Today Today” by James Taylor
America’s premier singer-songwriter James Taylor continues to deliver solid singles. The first track off of his seventeenth studio album is Mr. Taylor at his finest. “Today Today Today” features the comfortable folk rock that has endeared him to multiple generations of music lovers. The blend of southern blues (harmonica) and instrumental rock (acoustic rock) will brilliantly delight the ears of the listeners and Mr. Taylor’s crisp vocals would put a smile on listeners’ faces. Congratulations, Mr. Taylor! “Today Today Today” is my Song of the Week! A+
“Stuck on You” by Joss Stone
One of the greatest voices from the millennial generation belongs to Joss Stone. Every time, the 28-year-old Dover, England singer opens her mouth, she delivers a fiery and compassionate vocal that always gives her listeners chills. “Stuck on You” is the first single off of her upcoming seventh studio album: Water for Your Soul. Ms. Stone not only delivered a vocal power punch, but she also incorporated several world sounds (such as a sitar) into the track. If Ms. Stone continues to deliver empowering tracks like “Stuck on You,” then she might have a critically acclaimed album that might be recognized with Grammys and BRIT awards in the future. A-
“Beautiful Day” by Bon Jovi
Finding Neverland: The Album continues to be on a hot streak! After releasing Christina Aguilera’s highly praised “Anywhere But Here,” the Finding Neverland Powers-That-Be released another single from the critically acclaimed musical. Bon Jovi’s “Beautiful Day” is a remarkable anthem that promotes positivity and will make the listener get up and dance! I wish that there was a song like “Beautiful Day” playing on the radio, because it would have been constantly played every two hours. B+
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