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hopeless fountain kingdom – halsey

hopeless fountain kingdom is the second studio album by Halsey, released on June 2 previously this year. Halsey has previously released the album Badlands on August 28th 2015. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Halsey for about 2,5 years and I’ve really been looking forward to this album, and a lot of other people did too as it debuted as number one on the us billboard top 200.

The album starts of with the track Prologue which introduces us to the Romeo and Juliet inspired album. The first part of the track is Halsey reading the prologue of Romeo and Juliet herself, followed by a shorter “song”. 100 letters is the first actual song on the album. To me, I think the lyrics in the pre-chorus is very interesting as she describes her lover begging her to stay and not the other way around, as it usually is in love songs (for example in her own song Haunting). Speculations have also come to the conclusion that Halsey is discussing her relationship with her previous producer which helped her produce Badlands, and whom she can completely dependent upon both musically and romantically but in the end, she wishes she had done it all by herself, “and now I can’t stop thinking that I can’t stop thinking, that I almost gave you everything, and now the whole thing’s finished and I can’t stop wishing that I never gave you anything”. Overall, the lyrics seems to be referring to this failed relationship in which she was never good enough.

Eyes Closed is the third track on the album and the second single released prior to it. The chorus makes it rather clear that she has moved on with someone else but she still thinks about her ex “But you’ve been replaced, I’m face to face with someone new”. It does have a Halsey sound to it with the different sounds, but also the more “stripped” parts such as the end of the song. Heaven in Hiding starts out with a beat which sounds like hands clapping. The song has so many words in it, and they all seem to really have a meaning to them. It seems to contain some references to her previous album, Badlands, where she also sings about heaven in the song Young God.

Alone starts of differently than previous songs released by Halsey as it’s more up-tempo and lacks the “mystical” sounds that she usually includes in her music. The chorus seems to be referencing to Romeo and Juliet’s love story “I know you’re dying to meet me, but I can just tell you this, baby as soon as you meet me, you’ll wish that you never did”, referencing to the impossible relationship between the two. The person in the song seems to be rather straight forward and social, but even though there’s so many people around them who seem to be interested, they still feel alone at the end of the day. Now or Never was the first single released prior to the album. When I first heard it I thought it was very different from her previous album and I do think it’s a bit different than the other tracks on the album as well. However, it still does have a similar vibe to it. It seems to be about a relationship that lacks communication, “but you could never spit it out for me”, “tryna talk to a wall”. The chorus itself also seems to be referencing to Halsey wanting to know, “now or never”. She wants this person in her life, but she needs to know if it’s mutual, do they love her now?

Sorry is the seventh track on the album and it’s a piano ballad, making it stand out a bit from the rest of the album. As the title implies, the first verse implies that the song seems to be an apology in which she acknowledges that she has hurt people and that she probably will continue hurting them. I think a lot of people can probably see themselves in the lyrics as she for example refers to her getting out of relationships because she doesn’t think they’re genuine even though they probable are, “sorry to my unknown lover, sorry that I can’t believe, that anybody ever really starts to fall in love with me”. Trust is hard, and it’s even harder when there are other factors such as mental illness’ that influences you in relationships, maybe making you hurt the other person in the end. Good Mourning is the eighth track on the album, and it’s also the shortest track on the album. It has a scarier vibe to it, especially towards the end where it repeats the line “Sun is coming up oh why, oh why, oh why”. It feels like it prepares you for something terrible to happen, as if something will change soon and sudden, and it’s not going to be pretty.

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Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey part II

Coachella – Woodstock in my mind is the ninth track on the album and it has some sort of mysterious sound around it. I was not the biggest fan of the chorus in the beginning but the more I have listened to the song, the more I like it. Lyrically, the song does have a deeper meaning than singing about a music festival. The lyrics that really hit me was the pre chorus “what about all these children and all their children’s children, and why am I even wondering that today?”, what we do has an impact on the future and even is that impact is not very big, it may still do something to contribute to a more positive future. After listening more closely to the lyrics, I got a whole new perspective on the song and I really enjoy it. God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It has a more different intro, having a guitar sounding almost a bit Spanish. However, as soon as the song starts it has a more obvious Lana Del Rey feeling about it. The title to me is very interesting and makes me want to listen more closely to the lyrics. The song is empowering song, but it also has a sadder vibe to it, putting a highlight on the lack of support than women in America may feel. In the lyrics she names the situation of walking home alone which is something a lot of women are scared of, and she seems to be describing a sort of dream scenario where she’s no longer afraid. A lovely song with a lovely vibe.

When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing follows and it seems to have a similar theme to the previous tracks, “Is it the end of an era? Is it the end od America?”. She has noticed that even though America plays a big role in this free world of ours, it is weak and what is going to happen in the future? The song is not a happy song, but it’s rather heavy both musically and lyrically as it questions actions that have been done, that are being done and what might be done. Will things change now? The title itself seems to be a metaphor portraying that even though there are wars and struggles all over the world, we just hope things will change, we keep dancing. Beautiful People Beautiful Problems features Stevie Nicks and I think it’s one of the best tracks on the album. The feeling, their voices, the music, the lyrics, it’s just incredible and I still get chills every time I hear it. Lyrically, it seems to be rather straight to the point, the chorus indicating that things are not as simple as they seem or as we want them to be.

Tomorrow Never Came featuring Sean Ono Lennon is track number thirteen on the album. The meaning of the song reminds me of Blue Jeans, waiting for your lover to come back but they never seem to arrive. “You said to meet me up there tomorrow, but tomorrow never came”, in contrast to the lyrics in Blue Jeans “But he headed out on Sunday, said he’d come on Monday”. The vibe of the song is calmer and their voices really work well together. It’s easy on the ear but yet so beautiful in its simplicity. Heroin is a calm, deeper song and it’s also the longest track on the album. The lyrics is rather complicated, tying multiple different stories together, describing different types of highs. However, I do really like the feeling of the song as a whole and I could really see this song as a single in the future.

Coming towards the end of the album, track number fifteen is Change, and it’s a bit different from the previous songs on the album. It’s just her vocals backed up with a simple piano. It’s rather sad, thinking about just change making reference to different things. The good and the bad, the past and the future. Just as heroin, it doesn’t to me have one specific meaning but rather a meaning as a whole which is the title, change and how it affects us. Overall I really think it suits as being the second last song as it opens up for so many new things for the next album. However, Get Free is the song that gets to finish up the album and it does it well. One of my first thoughts when hearing the track was that the overall vibe reminds me of “Creep” by Radiohead. It’s more up-tempo than most of the songs on the album and the feeling of it all just really suits the role as the last track on the album. It’s not particularly a happy ending but it’s very honest and just as the previous track it opens up for so many possibilities for her next album.

Overall, I have really enjoyed the album and it do get even better the more you listen to it. I really enjoy her referencing both to her own music but also to others, making it more real and thought-through. Most of the track will definitely be found on my playlist and I really think it’s an album worth listening to.

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Lust For Life - Lana Del Rey, part 1

Lust for Life is Lana Del Rey’s fifth studio album, released on July 21st. The lead single “Love” was released in February this year. The title track featuring The Weeknd was released in April.

Love, the first single released prior to the album, really sets a high standard for the rest of the album. The calm beginning really brings out the lyrics and her vocals and it makes it into a rather powerful song. The bass sets a clear tone to the song and together with her smooth vocals you can feel her and her emotions. “It doesn’t matter because it’s enough to be young and in love” simple yet so incredibly effective. It’s one of those songs that I can skip 20 other songs just to get to, because it’s just that beautiful. And it might just make you cry a little bit. Following Love is Lust for Life, which features The Weeknd. This was the first song I heard of the album as it was also a single released prior to it. The two both have rather unique voices which makes it a lot more interesting to listen to the song. It being a duet also suits the song very well and it runs smoothly. There are more instruments in this track than in the previous one, but the composition as a whole is still quite simple putting the two vocalists in the centre. What goes for the lyrics, it is a bit repetitive but it goes with it and really suits the song as a whole. It seems like they just want to live and do things whilst they still can. The music video really suits the lyrics and vibe of the song and it is definitely one of my favourite music videos.

13 Beaches is the third track on the album and it starts of dramatic with a sad or tragic vibe to it. The opening line “it took thirteen beaches to find one empty” which Lana herself claims to be referring to when she once had to go to thirteen beaches before she found one where she could sit and read without paparazzi’s taking pictures of her. This also becomes evident in the following lines “With dripping peaches, I’m camera ready, almost all the time”. However, it seems to have a deeper message as well, as it can be applied to situations when you can’t get away or you just won’t be left alone. The fourth song on the album is Cherry, which seems to refer to a relationship where she’s hurting, but she also finds herself being okay with it. The song has a steady drum that becomes even more evident in the chorus, but it does follow the rest of the songs on the album with the instruments being rather simple. I like the way she refers to the nature and what we can find within it in her songs, “My cherries and wine, rosemary and thyme, and all of my peaches are ruined”. As most things, it does refer to something deeper but when I listen to it the references just makes it easier to listen to and maybe even to understand. The further we get into the song, the more aggressive she gets, using different curse words after almost every sentence which to me feels like she’s trying to explain the confusion about the entire thing.

White Mustang, piano. As the other songs, it’s a simple instrumental composition leaving it up to her vocals and her lyrics to speak for her. This is definitely a song that I’d imagine myself listening to when driving late at night, because it has that sort of late night vibe to it. However, lyrically it is a bit of a mystery to me in a way that I’m not quite sure about what she’s trying to say. It seems to be a relationship with a lack of trust and where she put more into it than him. The vibe of the song is hurting but also loving and that’s why it confuses me. But overall, it’s easy to listen to and as a said, it has this late night vibe to it which I will always love. Summer Bummer is the sixth song on the album, featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carty. This song has a different vibe from the previous once, making the rapping fit in better. I do think a lot of songs today have rappers in them even though it doesn’t really suit the sound of the song but I really think they did a good job with this one. The song has a nice beat to it and it really does feel like a summer song, even though it does in some aspects portray something sad to me. But I’m very happily surprised, and I really do love the way Del Rey starts the song off with only her and a piano and the rappers only being low voices in the background. The smooth transitions make it easier and more interesting to listen to and overall I really like the vibe over the song.

Groupie Love also features A$AP Rocky but it has a Del Rey sound over it rather than a hip hop sound making it sound more like the rest of the album. The title of the song describes its meaning quite well as she already in the first verse describes being in the crowd wanting the artist to notice you. Because it feels like they’re singing it to you, you want them to see you. With this one I’m also surprised with how well the rap part fits into the rest of the song. I do think A$AP has a quite nice way of rapping, being very calm and steady on the voice and the lyrics suiting the rest of the song. The way the two tie up the last chorus together really gives the song a nice finish and overall I do really enjoy the song. In My Feelings is a slow love song, unhappy love and I really really love it. Honestly, when the chorus comes after the pre-chorus it’s just perfect. But the lyrics is obviously painful, “I’m feeling all my fucking feelings” and it’s tragic. And it’s so well performed that you feel it when listening to it and it really is an incredible track.

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s latest work that just hit cinemas earlier this week. In the war film you get to follow the Dunkirk evacuation that took place during the Second World War. In the movie you get to follow three settings, land, water and air.

In the beginning we meet Tommy, a young British soldier who is desperate to leave Dunkirk, trying to get on a boat along with about 400 000 other soldiers. What felt like the first 20 minutes of the movie, barely had any dialogue at all and overall the movie seemed to focus more on music and picture rather than dialogue. At the same time, three British aircraft soldiers are on their way towards Dunkirk in order to take down German aircrafts that drop bombs on the boats and the beach. The third story is a British man who together with this son and another young boy are also on their way to Dunkirk in their civilian boat to bring soldiers back to the UK. At first, the three stories do not seem to be connected more than the fact that they all have something to do with the evacuation of Dunkirk. But as the movie comes towards the end, it all ties up.

Nolan has portrayed the panic and desperate feelings of both the soldiers and the captains in the movie and the fact that there is not a lot of dialogue makes the movie easier to understand to some extent. There is no background story of a wife or a mother waiting at home, but it focuses entirely on the soldiers that are there and who are desperate to get back to England. It portrays the strong bond between the British Soldiers, and the tough decisions that have to be made. It portrays the fear and the panic and the work done in order to survive. The music setting a dramatic tone to the dramatic parts and a sad tone to the sad parts. The picture being incredibly well done, and overall it is a very well executed movie. The “short” duration of the movie also makes the whole movie intense and never did my mind go anywhere else than on the movie itself.

Incredibly well done, dramatic and action-filled movie that gives another type of perspective on a war-situation as it portrays the evacuation rather than a battle. And it really is a movie worth watching.

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Grand Designs – TV-programme

Grand Designs is a British TV-show in which you follow different families when they build their dream homes. The series can be found on Netflix where you get to follow one house per episode. You get to follow the work from the beginning of the design, following through the tearing work and the economic issues that comes with building a house from scratch. However, the houses that are built are not your regular houses that you see down the street, they’re extraordinary in some ways.

The houses built can be eco-houses meaning that there are restrictments in what materials that can be used, the amount of waste that is allowed and so on. Other houses that are built are for example built in difficult places, on an island nearby a river that flows over from time to time, or in the middle of a courtyard, surrounded by 17 other houses. Built on a cliff that gets a tiny bit smaller for each year or the largest house every built in cob.

Kevin McCloud is the man we get to follow as he visits the families. He talks you through the design of the house, explains certain aspects of it and also puts light onto what may be risky about this particular build, whether it might be dangerous, time consuming or expensive. As an amateur watching the series, he makes sure to explain things so even we do understand which really makes it funnier to watch as you understand what is actually happening. It’s also rather satisfying to see how something goes from completely chaos to something very beautiful and the finished result is always as good as you thought it would be.

On Netflix, you get to follow one house per episode meaning that you skip ahead of time a lot in order to follow the building. This is quite nice as it allows you to see the finished product at the end of every episode which I would personally prefer over seeing just a snippet of multiple houses in every episode. Overall, I do wish there was more material on Netflix to see as I finished the series almost immediately. It is definitely something I would recommend whether you’re interested in architecture or not!

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Last Young Renegade – All Time Low

All Time Low is American band originating in Maryland, Baltimore. The band consists of the four members Alex Gaskarth (vocals, guitar), Jack Barakat (guitar), Zack Merrick (bass) and Ryan Dawson (drums). The band has in total released seven albums, my two personal albums being Dirty Work (2011) and Don’t Panic (2012). The album released prior before Last Young Renegade was Future Hearts, which to me was lacking that extra that they usually do deliver.

Last Young Renegade starts off with the title track, starting the album off in a calmer manner, with a typical All Time Low sound. To me, the song is good but doesn’t really have that “extra”, following a similar pattern to the previous album Future Hearts. However, as most of their songs, the lyrics is very well written “we said forever but forever wouldn’t wait for us” which to me can be interpreted in so many different ways and is to me a rather genius lyrics. The second track on the album is Drugs & Candy which has a bit more up-tempo sound. It describes the feelings of good and bad and even though it feels so good, it just isn’t good in the long run. I like the up-tempo style of the song, however, it is also a bit plain to me.

Dirty Laundry is the third track on the album and it was also the first song to be released as a single prior to the album release. The song is strong both lyrically and musically and it really grows throughout the song. The lyrics is written in a bit of a poetical manner and the meaning of the song overall is sweet. He doesn’t care about her history, what has happened is what makes her who she is and he appreciates her for who she is. Towards the end, the song really kick-starts and the first time I heard it I realised that this would be a favourite no matter what the rest of the album would sound like. Following Dirty Laundry is Good Times which to me leaves the love-relationships behind and could easily be applied to friendships. It’s hard to say goodbye, but sometimes it necessary. It also points out that even though you’re moving on, the memories are still there. Overall it’s easy on the ear and is nice in its simplicity. Nice2KnoU has a more edgy sound to it as it starts off with heavier guitars than the rest of the album. The song starts off with the lines “We always say that we’ll keep in touch, nobody does, but it don’t matter much” which is a very relatable thing to state and sort of plays on the same concept as the Nice2KnoU. I think we all have those relationships that just ends even though we say it won’t end up like that. The chorus is very up-tempo and fun, and it’s a nice mixture of sounds and voices.

Life of the Party has a more pop-sounding intro and the verse is rather calm which makes the chorus more powerful. It seems to be some kind of confusion when finding himself, what people expect from him is not who he is anymore which can be understood by the phrase “I can’t find me anymore” which is sung repeatedly throughout the song. This song is also easy on the ear and the lovely contrast between the verse and chorus makes it more powerful. The Life of the Party we jump straight into Nightmares which is a rather sad song. Things have been tough and instead of dealing with them he seemed to be locking them away. The lyrics of this song is very strong and is probably one of my personal favourites on the album. The composition of the instruments is rather simple and natural, with just a few “spacey” sound being added to it. Dark Side of Your Room starts off with a “dark” guitar riff, reminding me of older songs. This song is to me a bit hard to place and I’m not sure if I like it very much or no. I do really like the sound of it in a vocal and instrumental manner but even though the lyrics mat reflect upon something tough, I’m not sure if the lyrics captures it in the best way possible. However, the song do grow on me for every time I listen to it which is always a good sign.

Ground Control featuring Tegan and Sara is probably my favourite song on the album. Not only because I love both All Time Low and Tegan and Sara, but also because the collaboration really works out. Their voices play incredibly well together and really captures the lyrics. The lyrics does repeat itself a lot which sometimes makes song boring, but as they divide the parts between each other and sing parts together, it really works out and it makes it sound almost like a conversation. The chorus is incredible both lyrically, vocally and instrumentally and I just love this song. The album finishes of with Afterglow which really sounds like a last song of an album, giving me a vibe of a goodbye. It somehow reminds me of 5 seconds of summer’s last song “Outer Space/Carry on” which is also a last track of an album. I’m not sure exactly what does it, but I think it’s the partly instrumental part during the chorus but also the lyrics itself, Afterglow making me think of the end. It sounds uplifting in a way, giving the feeling of that everything will be fine which I think is a great way to end album.

Overall I’m very happy by this record I think they have written some really good songs that will definitely be found on my summer playlist. As future hearts was not one of my favourite albums, I’m very happy that I like this album a lot as I really like the sound of All Time Low as a band.

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Chapter Two: Red - Bea Miller

Bea Miller has previously released Chapter One: Blue in February this year and Chapter Two: Red was released June second, containing the next three songs that will be part of her final album release towards the end of the year. Bea is an 18 year old up-coming artist who started her career when she participated in the second season of the X Factor US where she finished in ninth place. Prior to Chapter Two: Red and Chapter Two: Blue, Miller has released the EP Young Blood in 2014 and her debut album Not an Apology in 2014.

The overall feeling of Chapter Two: Red is that she has kept the newer sound from Chapter One: Blue. Still having a pop base, it is a much more mature pop than her album. To me, this type of music suits her voice much more and the songs are also much more mature lyrically.

Like that is the first track on the album. It starts of calmer with a clear drumbeat accompanied by a piano. The first verse introduces us to the song, making it clear that it is about a relationship that has ended badly, “You don’t think I’m worth your time”. The lyrics as a whole can be interpreted more seriously but also in a more light manner, depending on what you as a listener can relate to. During the chorus, you can hear the line “I should’ve walked away one year ago”, which is probably something a lot of people feel when looking back at an old relationship. Overall, the song really puts Bea’s voice in centrum which I personally really enjoys as I like the raspier tone that she has.

Following like that is buy me diamonds which is a more up-tempo track than the previous one. Lyrically, she plays on the same theme as in like that, an unhappy relationship. To me, the verses is not the strongest part of the song which is to some extent a surprise to me as they’re usually very powerful. However, the pre-chorus has a more prominent message, “won’t leave me hanging out to dry”, clearly stating that she is not willing to hang around if he’s not going to be loyal. The chorus repeats the same line twice “Save your love and buy me diamonds” makes me think of those relationships where someone’s not as in it as their significant other and in order to not feel as guilty about that, they give them things instead than putting time and effort into the relationship. Overall, Bea has once again delivered a great track that will definitely be found in my playlist.

Warmer is the last track of the EP and once again Miller sings about some sort of relationship. Personally, I get the impression that they both know that they’re never going to work out but they can’t really end things because right now, it feels right. “Always fight what we find, but we search a little longer”, every time they get anywhere, they don’t want to admit that it’s not going to work so they keep looking as an excuse to keep meeting each other. The track features Zaire Simmons who comes in with a post-chorus “get on, we can keep it on the low” and personally, I don’t really enjoy that part of the songs as it’s not the type of music I usually enjoy listening too. It does not ruin the song, but I have yet to decide if the song would be better without it or not.

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The “Wide Sargasso Sea”, a book written by Jane Rhys was published in 1966. The book is said to be based on Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, where a women lives in the attic of the house of the main character. Rhys has written “Wide Sargasso Sea” as a book explaining how the woman ends up on the attic and is therefore a so called prequel to the novel by Brontë.

In the novel, we get to follow the character Antoinette Cosway through three parts of her lifetime, starting off with her childhood. It takes place in Jamaica where Antoinette was from, where she grew up rather poor and despised from the rest of the society after the abolition of slavery. In the second part of the novel, she meets Mr. Rochester (a character from Brontë’s novel), an Englishman who she marries. The part is written from the perspective of Rochester and takes place in Granbois where they spend their honeymoon. Clashes between their two cultures become apparent and Rochester does not seem to enjoy the people nor the climate that he is surrounded by in Granbois. Rochester seem to try to change Antoinette, calling her Bertha instead, and in the third part of the book takes place in England where Antoinette now lives in the attic.

I found the book to be incredibly interesting the more I analysed it. When looking at the story overall, Antoinette is perceived as crazy or insane and Rochester a bit emotionally abusive but it seems to be justified due to Antoinette’s mental state. This allows for a lot of analyses, who is the crazy one? Why is Antoinette the crazy one? What makes us think that she is the crazy one? Why does she end up on the attic and is her character made justice? Colours are beautifully described and really helps make the book more alive and overall it’s just an incredible experience. However, it is hard to keep track of certain events and characters so really take your time reading it, making sure that you know what is happening and who is who. Because if you truly understand and read the book carefully, it will be an incredible experience!

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Harry Styles (23) is most known for his part in the boy-band One Direction. However, a bit over a year ago, the band announced they were taking a break for about two years after not having taken a break for five years. During this break, the members have been working on their own music and Harry is the first one to put out his debut solo-album. The self-titled album Harry Styles.

Meet Me in the Hallway is a calm song that starts of the album smoothly with an acoustic guitar playing a not so complicated melody. The bass comes along through the first verse and the guitar riff develops a bit when the chorus stops. The composition gives off the sad vibe and it works well together with the lyrics of the song which seems to be about a relationship that he feels like he might have ruined. This song has grown on me the more I listen to it. Harry’s soothing voice and the simple yet beautiful instruments really gives the album a great start. The album continues on with Sign of the Times which was also the first single released from the album. Instantly, I loved the song. The way it starts of slow with just Harry’s voice and a piano and how it later on really starts off, it’s a powerful and amazing effect that I’ve always loved. As the previous song, it’s a sad song. But instead of singing about a relationship he sings about how you might handle grief when you’ve lost someone you love. The lyrics is incredible and his voice really makes you feel the sadness which is one of his strengths overall.

After starting off the album with two sadder songs, Carolina comes alone and the mood turns. Harry performed the song a few days prior to the album release but this is the first time the studio version is released. It starts off with a playful rhythm and it seems to be about this girl that he met in Carolina (or that’s also her name) that we wants to impress in some way. This is one of my personal favourites on the album since its up-tempo but still unique, especially compared to a lot of music released from bigger artists today. We jump straight from Carolina to Two Ghosts and we’re back in the slower tempo again. It seems to be about a relationship and how the two have changed and drifter apart, “we’re not who we used to be”. They also seem to be rather sad nowadays “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty”, referring to the term “half-empty” which has a more negative clang to it. Continuing on the slow theme but moving a bit further away from the sad one, Sweet Creature is introduced. This song was the second single released prior to the album was released. Personally, I found it a bit boring at first but the more I listen to it, the more I see its charm. Instead of a sad relationship, it seems like the two people may struggle but still find their comfort in each other. Whatever happens, when he runs out of road, this person always brings him home.

Only Angel, the start is almost a bit mystical at first, with some sounds here and there and a whispering voice but when the song itself starts, it takes a completely different shape. Harry’s “rockish” scream accompanied by an electric guitar takes the song other places. He sounds rather desperate to get this person’s attention and as usual, he uses his voice in a great way to express the feelings. The song has a few references to previous songs on the album which ties the whole thing together. Definitely one of my personal favourite tracks on the album. Kiwi, kiwi, kiwi, what a masterpiece. He keeps going on the more rock-sound and he’s doing it well. The type of music suits his voice and I was happily surprised when realising he had a few of these types of songs on the album.

Ever Since New York was performed live before the album release but just as Carolina, a studio version was not released prior to the album. The song brings the tempo back down and just as Sweet Creature, the song has grown on me the more I listen to it. The difference between the verse and the chorus is not that big but the words “Oh, tell me something I don’t already know” is repeated throughout the chorus. It’s a simple yet pleasing song to listen to. Woman almost takes time back a few years. It has an older sound to it, both lyric-wise and music-wise. It’s about him not wanting to see his old significant other with someone else, but he know he will see this sooner or later. The chorus is straight forward, and it makes the song different from the others. It’s a very good song with a nice beat to it.

The album is finished off with From the Dining Table and the tempo is yet again brought back again with an acoustic guitar and singing. If you wear headphones, it seems like he’s “closer” when he sings. His voice is more prominent than what it has been previously and this together with the simple music puts Harry in the centre. It’s a sad song and it seems to tie up the album, using the word silence once again to describe a lost relationship.

Overall, the album is over my expectations with a great mix of genres and lyrics, but still with this red thread tying it all together. It’s just incredible and the only thing that would have made it better would be if he would’ve made it longer than 10 songs, really.

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About a Boy

Directed by: Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz

Year: 2002

Age: 7

The movie “About a Boy” was released in 2002 and is based on the book with the same title by Nick Hornby released in 1998. Through-out the movie, we get to follow Will and Marcus who are two completely different people from two different generations who are each other’s opposites.

Marcus is a loner and due to his spontaneous singing in school, he’s also bullied. His mother is depressed and he is constantly worried about her, it sucks, really. He has no friends, he’s the definition of uncool and life is just not working out for him. Will on the other hand, a man who has never worked in his entire life and lives of the money his father’s very well-known Christmas song still brings in. He has a brand new car and spends his day watching TV or trying to find single mums that he can “date”. But suddenly, Marcus and Will’s roads cross each other and it seems like they needed each other more than they could have ever thoughts.

Hugh Grant pulls of the role of Will brilliantly and so does Nicholas Hoult as Marcus. It’s a fun but yet sad movie where we get to follow the characters and see them develop as persons, learning new things about life. Not only do Marcus and Will find each other, the people around them also do. It’s one of those happy-ending movies that may be a bit typical but also rather lovely to watch.

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