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Shuffle Play 3

It’s day 3 of Shuffle Play! Only a couple thousand more days to go until I get through all my music.

Today’s song is…

“Catch Me” by Demi Lovato.

I’m really excited to review this song! It’s such a cute, catchy song, and I love the fact that Demi wrote the song herself. It adds another layer of emotion and makes the song seem so much more personal.

The song starts out with Demi singing over a simple guitar background. I really like the use of the dominant offbeats in this song. That paired with Demi’s breathy voice gives the song a very light feel. A cello joins with the vocals and guitar in the first chorus, which is later accompanied by additional strings in the second verse. The song continues in this same style until the very end when an electric guitar and drums jump in with a picked-up tempo to end with a rushing finale. It’s such a contrast from the beginning, but it somehow works.

The lyrics are what really makes this song for me. Demi expertly describes what it’s like to be reluctant to fall in love. It makes you vulnerable and it can be absolutely terrifying. There’s that paradox of having those feelings for someone but being hesitant for fear of rejection or heartbreak. In the second verse, Demi sings “Run far away so I can breathe / even though you’re far from suffocating me.” The lyrics are simultaneously sweet and a little sad. Just like falling in love. The first line of the song is “Before I fall too fast / kiss me quick but make it last / so I can see how badly this will hurt me / when you say goodbye.” If that doesn’t scream bittersweet emotion, I don’t know what does. It’s clear Demi knows what it’s like to be in love. Descriptions like “My stomach screams just when I look at you,” “You’ve got me laughing while I sing,” and “This heart won’t settle down” perfectly encompass the pleasurable pain that is young love.

This is one of those songs that I always catch myself singing. It’s so fun to sing and it’s so relate-able. It’s perfect for when you’re thinking of that special someone, that ex-special someone, or that (hopefully) special someone to-be. Overall it’s a really enjoyable song that really showcases Demi’s talent both vocally and in her writing ability. It’s definitely worth a listen!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you like the song!

Shuffle Play 2

If I did one Shuffle Play every single day it would take me a little over six years to go through all of my songs. I’d be 24 before I was done!

But enough about that, let’s get to today’s song!

All the Pretty Girls” by fun.

I’m super excited about this song! I actually got this one for free off a website called Noisetrade where artists can essentially give away songs and earn tips from more generous listeners. (Check it out here: http://noisetrade.com/).

The song starts out with a little guitar strum and then fun.’s lead singer, Nate Ruess, jumps right into the verse with a catchy combination of acoustic and electric guitar. When the chorus rolls around, strings join the mix, giving the song a totally unique vibe. As a violinist myself, I have to give them props. The head-nodding beat is pretty consistent throughout the song, with a few claps thrown in here and there in some verses. The thing that really sells me on this song is Ruess’s vocals.

Something I love about fun. is their ability to produce songs that sound upbeat and poppy but actually have heavier lyrics and meanings. There’s a simple cleverness to what they do, and I think it’s what really defines their style. It takes a careful listen to the words in “All the Pretty Girls” to get that it’s actually about a breakup, and a bad one at that. Ruess sings “Oh c’mon, c’mon what’s a boy to do when all the pretty girls can’t measure to you?” You can’t help but feel bad for the guy when he says “And their friends talk music / I say “I’ve never heard the tune” / but I have, I just hate the band / ’cause they remind me of you.” The whole song is him trying to convince himself that he’s over the relationship, when in reality he’s a mess. In the second verse he tries to say that he feels better, singing defensively “I do, baby I do, I do, I do” until he’s reminded of the girl again.

fun. nails what it’s like to go through a rough breakup and the aftermath of trying to move on. We’ve all been there, and now there’s a song that describes it perfectly without sounding horribly depressing! It’s one of those songs that you can listen to whenever, whether you’re driving to the grocery store, hanging out with friends, or actually trying to get over someone. That’s the beauty of “All the Pretty Girls.” It can be bitter or fun, whatever you want it to be.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the song! See you next time!

You can download a four-song collection from fun. with “All the Pretty Girls” for free here: http://noisetrade.com/fun/selections-b-sides-from-aim-ignite

Shuffle Play

I have 2,233 songs on my phone. If I estimate each song is three minutes, that adds up to 6,699 minutes, or 4.65 days. Like most people, if I put my music on shuffle I’ll keep skipping until I find a song that I want to listen to. With the amount of music I have, that takes a while.

But not anymore. I’m going to try something new. I call it: Shuffle Play. I’m going to put my music library on shuffle and write a review for the first song that comes on- no matter what it is. Even if it’s from the High School Musical 3 soundtrack (which I’m only slightly ashamed of owning).

Without further ado, today’s song is…

Karaoke” by Smallpools.

Smallpools is one of my favorite bands, but as an indie-pop group, they’re not really well-known. Their music is so fun, though, and I think they could definitely hold their own in the mainstream.

Karaoke” is one of those songs that people blast from the car stereo while driving around town at night with friends. There’s not really a plan, but everyone knows they’re going to have a good time regardless. It’s one of those upbeat, “forever young” sort of anthems that make the nights feel infinite.

The song starts with a heavy beat and clapping which cuts off to let Sean Scanlon, the lead singer, take the song away with a bit of piano in the background. The song escalates to the chorus with a ridiculously catchy guitar line, dance-able drum beat and lyrics that make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. Scanlon sings “Tonight we feel famous, don’t we?” and “I’m acting like the world can’t hold me down.” It’s one of those songs that makes you feel like you can do anything.

The last chorus slows down a bit with a wailing guitar thrown in before the song ends with a short piano solo, which is sort of like the moment when you’re sitting at home the next morning thinking “Last night was the best.”

This song is one of my favorites right now- for sure. I definitely recommend a listen!

I’m glad I could start out Shuffle Play with such a quality first song. Until next time!