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Album’s Singles Review: The Corrs “Forgiven, Not Forgotten”

The Corrs had released their first album in 1995 and they went successful in some countries. Nevertheless, the album became more succesful the time their second album “Talk on Corners” is already selling millions when it reached a higher peak in United Kingdom. I love the sound from the album with pop, folk, and rock. Irish sound is very apparent in their songs, thanks to the violinist.

Runaway
This is just a love song where the woman just want to go with the guy anywhere. I love how Sharon Corr played the violin in this song. The song charted in several countries but wasn’t that successful. Its remix version which was heard from their second album “Talk on Corners” became a bigger hit in UK where it went to number 2. It also charted in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Forgiven, Not Forgotten
This title track was released as a single in few countries. The group went darker theme in its music video. Being released in limited countries, it failed to achieved a lustrous success.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

The Right Time
“The Right Time” is a beautiful pop song with, of course, Irish flavor. The music video features the group in retro look or an old-fashioned kind of thing. The song charted in a number of countries, though, was not as successful as “Runaway”. It was a big hit in their country, Ireland.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Love to Love You
“Love to Love You” has been the first song from the group being played on FM radio station, which at the time, mostly A-listers were played om radio. The song which was released in some countries didn’t do much success.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Closer
“Closer” is a pop song and was the last release from “Forgiven, Not Forgotten” album. It was not released widely though and rarely seen on MTV.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: Savage Garden “Savage Garden”

Savage Garden had became one of Australia’s biggest pop artists. They achieved success not just in their own country, rather, became successful musicians worldwide. It started with this self-titled album which sold millions of albums. The album is consisted of pop rock songs which led comparisons to Swedish pop rock duo, Roxette, which they had similar sounds.

I Want You
This song is pop rock with lyrics sang too fast. I remember when I try to sing it but hardly succeeded due to the fast verses. The song brought them to mainstream success when it reached the top 5 of Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

To the Moon and Back
Savage Garden went more slower in this pop rock ballad. The song became a top 30 hit in America but had better performance in UK where it went top 10.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

Truly, Madly, Deeply
The guys went pop in this ballad which can be considered as the best single from the album. It is a heartwarming song promising someone you will do everything for that person. The song was the most successful single from the album which went to number in several charts.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Break Me, Shake Me
This song is probably the heaviest single from the albun with its heavy guitars in the chorus. It is my second pick among the singles released from the album. The song had limited release in some countries.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Universe
“Universe” is a pop tune which reminds me of Roxette. The song was released in their country, Australia, where it was widely received.
Rate:7.75 out of 10

Tears of Pearls
This is the last single being released from “Savage Garden” album. It was released in selected countries, but it had airplays in Asia. It perfomed moderately in countries where it charted.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: Westlife “Westlife”

Westlife achieved success in 1999 through this self-titled album of them. The album is full of love songs which is meant to serenade female fans, as well as heartbreak theme. The album also has cover songs on it, knowing a lot of European boybands do cover songs. The album may have failed to reach number one in UK, but it went multiplatinum. It also set records for scoring five UK number 1 singles. They also became very successful in Asia particularly in southeast Asia where they sold millions.

Swear it Again
This is about making a promise with the girl the guy is in relationship with. The ballad track os somewhat reminiscent of fellow Irish boyband Boyzone due to their similar style musically. This song went to number one in the UK. It also reached the top 20 of Billboard Hot 100
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

If I Let You Go
This song is somewhat different from the sound of their first single, but it still sounds similar to other boybands such as Backstreet Boys. It became the group’s second UK number one hit.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Flying Without Wings
This ballad is somewhat one of their best songs from the album. Eventually, it was covered by American Idol winner Reuben Studdard. The music video shows the guys in white singing in formation. It was the group’s third UK number one album.
Rate 8.25 out of 10

I Had a Dream
Westlife covered this ABBA original which became their fourth number one hit in United Kingdom. It also had “Seasons in the Sun” as a B-side track.
Rate: 6.0 out of 10

Seasons in the Sun
This song is an original song of a singer from Belgium and was covered a number of times. The version of Westlife was the B-side track of the number one song “I Have a Dream”. This song reminds me of my high school days being our graduation song.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Fool Again
This is one of the beautiful songs from their self-titled album. It became the group’s fifth consecutive UK number one hit.
Rate:7.25 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: Blue “All Rise”

While boybands like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Westlife are dominating the music scene, Blue was introduced to the music industry. They came out with their debut album “All Rise”, also the title of their first single. The group though don’t want to be labeled as a boyband, but well, they can never change the perception of people towards them being a boyband. Anyway, their music is way different from other boybands. The album “All Rise” isĀ  a UK charttopper as well as going multiplatinum.

All Rise
It is refreshing to hear a new sound from a group of boys. This song is a simple R&B song and it was a success in European countries including UK.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Too Close
The boys made their own version of this R&B hit original by R&B boy group, Next. The song is almost exactly the same with its original, with its music background slightly changed.The song became the group’s first ever UK number one single.
Rate: 5.75 out of 10

If You Come Back
The song is pop R&B ballad released as their third single. It is a beautiful song with great vocals of Ryan. The song became the group’s second UK number one hit, as well as doing well in Asia.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Fly By
“Fly By” was released as the last offical single for “All Rise”. It is a pop R&B song reminiscent of their first single “All Rise”. There’s a part which reminded me of Notorious B.I.G. after a sample was used from the rapper’s posthumous number one single “Notorious”. The song charted in many countries with UK, where it peaked inside the top 10.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Best in Me
This song was not officially released as a single for “All Rise”. It was a big hit in Asia though, particularly in the Philippines where it was a big radio hit.
Rate: 8 out of 10

Credits: Wikipedia / OCC

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Album’s Singles Review: TLC “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip”

Back in the early part of 1990’s, R&B and hip-hop group TLC was born through this debut album of them. The album sounds quite weird but it became the group’s breakout and debut album. The album is full of upbeat songs. It is loaded with hip-hop, R&B, new jack swing songs (genre that is very popular at the time) which has relevant meanings. The album became a hit in the US as it went multiplatinum. Though internationally, they are yet to reach their breakthrough at the time.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
TLC sounds more hip-hop at the time with this debut single of them. Lisa Lopes was given the chance to standout in this song. The song’s content is somewhat matured, though the girls are still young at the time. The song eventually gave the group their first top 10 hit when it went to number 6 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Baby-Baby-Baby
This song is somewhat slower than their first single. Lisa Lopes don’t have a rap part in the song too unlike “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. The music videos shows the girls in slumber party. It became the highest peaking song from the album as it reached number 2 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

What About Your Friends
TLC released this track to be their third single from their album. Majority of the vocals were provided by T-boz. In my opinion, it is the best single released from the album. It becae the group’s third consecutive US top 10 hit, while it was their third to chart in UK. The song was less successful outside America.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Hat 2 Da Back
This is the final release from “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip” album. The song is quite similar to “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. It failed the top 10 in the US.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: O-Town “O-Town” and “O2”

O-Town (album)
O-Town came to popularity after being the winner of a reality show which forms a boyband. They immediately achieved success from their debut album which scored a number of hits. This self-titled debut album of the lads had of course pop and R&B songs as many boybands then usually does. It has sold millions of copies which sales from US and UK helped after entering the chart in top 10 of albums.

Liquid Dreams
This is the first single off the band after winning the realitu show. The song is an upbeat pop ith low vocal register. The lyrics mentioned names of female celebrities who are the girl of their dreams, though, its lyrics was often misconceived. The song went to top 10 both in United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 5.25 out of 10

All or Nothing
This is the best performing single of the group when it reached the top 10 in many countries, which it also peaked at the top 3 of Billboard Hot 100. The song sounds similar to Westlife ballads, and the Irish group even did their own version of it.
Rate 7.75 out of 10

We Fit Together
I can hear Craig David with the background music of the song. It is no better than “All or Nothing” but way better than “Liquid Dreams”. The song failed to chart at Hot 100,though entered the UK top 40.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Love Should Be a Crime
This track was released as the last single for “O-Town” album. It was a pop rock song and its music video was taken from their concert. It charted in UK top 40.
Rate: 5.5 out of 10

O2 (album)
O2 is the boyband’s second album. The album was less successful when released. It contained pop rock as heard on its carrier single. But R&B and teen pop can still be heard from the record.

These are the Days
This song which was the lead single from O2 is quite different from their past songs. It was built in pop rock sound and prefer this from their old songs. The song charted in US and UK but failed terribly comparing to their past works.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

I Showed Her
This song is a ballad with R&B ballad music background. The song failed to chart elsewhere.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: 98 Degrees “98 Degrees” and “98 Degrees and Rising”

98 Degrees (album)
98 Degrees released this debut album during the popularity of boybands such as Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and FIVE. But the group’s sound is different from the sound of other boybands who were known for pop tunes. 98 Degrees album has R&B sounds as heard in its singles. The album was awarded by RIAA with Gold Record.

Invisible Man
The song is a pop and R&B song not similar to other boybands. It talks about being invisible and unnoticed by the girl you love. It was a hit in the US reaching number 12.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Was it Something I Didn’t Say
I can sense the similarity of this song to “Invisible Man”. It is still a good song but never charted the Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

98 Degrees and Rising (album)
98 Degrees immediately released their second album after their debut. It attained their R&B sound with more depth. The album became the group’s biggest seller after going multiplatinum.

True to Your Heart (with Stevie Wonder)
This song was used for the movie “Mulan” which the lads sang with Stevie Wonder. It charted in some countries but didn’t work that much in music charts.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

Because of You
This beautiful song was released for their second album which you can hear other boyband sound in it. It is about experiencing happiness because of the girl. It became a hit in the US peaking at number 3.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

The Hardest Thing
This is my favorite single from this album because of its simple R&B sound. The music video was memorable for its member Nick Lachey who portrayed being a boxer. The song became a top 5 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

I Do (Cherish You)
This can be a perfect wedding song for many, but the music video is quite far from its meaning. The song was also featured in British film “Notting Hill”. It reached the top 15 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Still
The song is about loving someone no matter what. It is pop song with R&B influence in it. It was not released as a single though it charted well in Philippine radio charts.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: All Saints “All Saints”

All Saints released their first and self titled album in 1997 but the album achieved international success in 1998. They may be associated with the Spice Girls, the top act at the time, being a girl group. However, their style and sound is different. They were like a combination of Spice Girls (as a group and pop sound) and TLC (R&B and hip-hop sound). The album went platinum in the US while it was multiplatinum in UK.

I Know Where It’s At
This is just a party song and it reminds me of TLC with the rap part. It’s music video is just simple, not a lot of graphics. It reached the top 40 in the US while a higher peak in their home country, United Kingdom, at number 4.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Never Ever
This is one of the most memorable heartbreak songs during 1990’s. It is a beautiful R&B and soul track with pain on its lyrics. It became the group’s biggest single ever after being one of the top singles of 1998. It was number one in UK, while it managed a top 5 peak in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Under the Bridge
All Saints sang their own version of this Red Hot Chilli Peppers hit. However, it was not released as an official single. I like their version as it sounded hip from its original slow rock sound.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Lady Marmalade
This is another remake single from All Saints after “Under the Bridge”. Its structure is different from the original because of the rap parts but the melody is still the same with the Labelle original. The song became the group’s second UK number one hit.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Bootie Call
This is the hippest single released from the album. I love the hip-hop style as well as its music video. It turned out as their third UK number one hit.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

War of Nerves
This is the last single from the album released. It is a soul and ballad song and sounds like a downgraded “Never Ever”. It went to the UK top ten, but didn’t do well internationally.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: NSYNC “NSYNC”

After selling well in Europe and Asia, this debut album by NSYNC was finally released worldwide particularly in their country, US.The album tracks can somewhat be compared to Backstreet Boys sound since they worked with the same producers and songwriters. It had sold millions globally with the US reaching 10x platinum.

 

I Want You Back
When I first heard this song, I thought it was from the Backstreet Boys because of similarity of its sound. The song talks about wanting the girl you love back. The song went to top 10 in several countries while at number 13 in Billboard.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Tearin’ Up My Heart
The song sounds like the cousin of their previous single “I Want You Back”. It still became a hit like their first single reaching the top 10 in some territories, though it peaked lower in the US.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Here We Go
I can hear the song’s similarity to Backstreet Boys’ “We’ve Got it Goin’ On” when it comes to its sound and lyrics. The song was not released in the entire globe, though it was a hit in some parts of Europe. I can remember it was released here in Asia too.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

For the Girl Who Has Everything
This song is a beautiful ballad from the album with R&B sound on it. It was not released worldwide though it had airplay in MTV Asia.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Together Again
The song was released as a Christmas single in Germany. It charted there but wasn’t released in Asia.
Rate: 6 out of 10

God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You
The guys came out in this beautiful ballad which is dedicated for their mothers as also shown in the music video. This is my favorite song from the album. It went to the top 10 of Billboard charts.
Rate: 9 out of 10

I Drive Myself Crazy
This pop ballad was the last single for the album. It was a nice song though it was underwhelming in music charts. But in the Philippines, it received major airplays on the radio.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Album’s Singles Review: Boyz II Men “Cooleyhighharmony”

Boyz II Men started the career in this album full of R&B and New Jack Swing songs. There are beautiful soulful ballads in it too. It eventually became multi-platinum in the US where it was 9x platinum.

Motownphilly
For those who doesn’t know, the title was the combination of Motown (their record label) and Philly (short for Philadelphia, their hometown). It also pay homage to artists of both Motown and those from Philly. It is an upbeat or new jack swing song. It was a success in America reaching the top 3.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Boyz II Men covered this song which became one of their earliest hit. Honestly, I prefer their version than the original. It is a heartwarming version which is in acapella with soul. It went to number 2 in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Uhh Ahh
For me, this is the poorest single from the album. It is a soul and ballad track which the song has sexual theme. The song went to US number 16 in singles chart.
Rate: 4.75 out of 10

Please Don’t Go
The song is an R&B ballad which their succeeding songs can be hear in this song. It is about making a plea to the one you love. It was the group’s poorest when it comes to performance in the chart.
Rate: 5.75 out of 10

End of the Road
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This song was actually the theme song for the Eddie Murphy movie “Boomerang”. It is a wonderful ballad that was a heartbreaking song. It became a record breaking song as it has been static at number one for 13 weeks in the US, while it went to number one worldwide.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

In the Still of the Night (I’ll Remember)
This is the group’s second cover single from the album after “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. The acapella tune and sound makes it relaxing to listen to. The song has been a top 3 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard

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