#Review: Bars & Melody – Generation Z


   

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Bars & Melody (check out our interview with the guys, here) first rose to fame as contestants on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. The pair were automatically sent into the semi-finals of the competition, when Simon Cowell pressed the “golden buzzer” after watching their performance of ‘Hopeful’ (later released as their debut single). The duo ultimately finished in third place in the series but since then have gone on to build a very loyal following and built up a big name for themselves.

Bars & Melody - Generation Z

The album opens with heavy-hitting ‘Allergic to the Sun’ which sets the tone perfectly for the album, showing the duo’s departure from conventional pop music into a far more edgy sound. It’s quite apocalyptic in it’s feel and reflects the album artwork brilliantly.

Not only has Leondre‘s voice got deeper…so have the lyrics and the styles of the songs – there are quite a few songs based on relationships and dealing with issues related to growing up but the pair are truly writing from the heart. Some of the biggest standout tracks are: ‘Apologise’ (with its beautiful simplicity and captivating chorus); ‘Faded’ (for its anthemic chorus and club-like sound); ‘Serious’ (probably one of the most pop tracks on the album – it reminds me somewhat of Olly Murs) and ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ (Charlie’s vocals are so full-on and passionate on this track – I would really like to hear him use this tone more often).

There is a certain mixtape quality to the record – it is somewhat experimental in its approach, but that’s not a bad thing!

The production of the album is tinted with urban flavours throughout; each song is unique in its own way and whilst it does come together as a brilliant body of work, overall, there is a certain mixtape quality to the record. There are some fantastic songs with catchy hooks and deep lyrics and although there are stand-out tracks, it is somewhat experimental in its approach. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing – it should be celebrated that the pair have spent time finding their own sound and crafting something which not only works for them but makes them stand out.

Considering just a couple of years ago, the pair put out an album (143) which was very pop in style, this follow-up (originals) album is quite a welcome departure from that, demonstrating that they’re maturing, not only in terms of their songwriting but their musical style too. It seems that they’re now truly finding their own feet.

What must be said for this album is that Charlie‘s vocal abilities are truly incredible but to hear him use his full voice more (like in ‘I Won’t Let You Go’), would be amazing. Meanwhile, Leondre‘s rapping has really progressed – his tone is great and his lyrics show maturity. This album is well worth listening to, I certainly found that the more you listen, the more little gems you hear weaving their way throughout – it’s a real grower!

Rating
4


‘Generation Z’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/generation-z/id1262081707


‘Generation Z’ on Spotify

Thousand Years (Official Video)

‘Generation Z’ Track-By-Track

Find out more about the meanings behind the songs with this track-by-track video.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of the duo’s latest album! What are your thoughts on Generation Z? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media.


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#Playlist: January 2016


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Hey to all my fellow Speakerz!

What an incredible first month of 2016, it’s been! We’ve officially become a website (www.muzikspeaks.com) and done an amazing Skype interview with the hilarious Joe Ragosta from Patent Pending as well as the Race The Horizon boys (previously known as The Mend).

You’ll also see a new banner added to the top of the page, Big Lips Apocalypse.

We hope you have enjoyed the songs we’ve shared this month and you can find the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!

We hopefully have a couple more interviews lined up for February too, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

As always, please keep sharing our posts and remember to share your song choices with us!


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#ThrowbackThursday: Savage Garden – ‘I Want You’


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Savage Garden were an Australian pop duo, consisting of the incredibly talented singer, Darren Hayes and multi-instrumentalist, Daniel Jones.

The song, ‘I Want You’, was released in the UK in 1997, and it was the first single taken from their debut, self-titled album. It’s heavily rooted in synthpop and pop rock sounds, which at the time, set them apart from many other acts.

I’ve been a fan of this pair for years and feel their demise is a great loss to the music world, but their recent release, The Singles is available for physical purchase or download, and it’s well worth it!

When it was released, the song reached Number 11 in the UK charts, but the pair had great successes throughout their career. Since then, Darren Hayes has gone on to release a whole string of solo albums but is currently taking a break from music.

Do you miss Savage Garden? Have you been a fan of this song for years? Discovering it for the first time? Please share it on your social media accounts.

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‘I Want You’ can be downloaded from the Savage Garden – The Singles, available on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-singles/id1069498537