ADELE | 25 | Special Music Feature

With her third album becoming the number one most pre-ordered album, with her album still remaining number one just after it was released, Adele has finally delighted us all with her much awaited album, 25, which is the first album in a while since she last released music. In just the space of the first week alone, Adele has officially broken the sales records in the US with 3.38 million in sales, with her ‘Hello’ video spanning over 500,000,000+ views, also with the sales record in the UK showing that a whopping 800,307 copies of Adele’s 25 album were sold in the first week alone, which also beats the 18-year long record that the former music group, Oasis, once held with their 1997 album: “Be Here Now”.

Before the album was announced, Adele sent the whole of Twitter into meltdown after premiering a 30-second advert of her comeback record: “Hello”, which aired while The X Factor was on an ad break. In theory, she kind of did a Beyoncé moment, because the advert was completely unexpected, but once I heard her voice, I thought: “Oh my god!!! It’s Adele!!! She’s finally back!!! At last!!!! Welcome back Adele, we missed you!!!”, which just goes to prove that none of us knew what type of new music was to come.

On the day of Adele’s 25 album release, I listened to Adele’s new album after it arrived through the post, and I must admit, I thought it was absolutely fantastic, because her voice has matured and she appears more and more relaxed now given that she spent a two-year long hiatus from the music industry altogether to focus on bringing up her son, Angelo, who she gave birth to on the 19th October 2012.

This new album brings with it a new kind of sound that is absolutely enjoyable and also happy, but also at the same time, absolutely heartwarming, because you can listen to Adele all day and never get tired of her music, because her music and her voice are timeless, and her music will never date, which just proves that if she has managed to get three albums out in her time, and have all three of them become chart-topping albums as well, including winning 2 Ivor Novello Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, 4 Brit Awards, 1 Academy Award, 1 Oscar Award and 1 Golden Globe Award, including many more other various awards, then that just indicates that a musician doesn’t have to prove themselves in order to have a big success, and Adele has sold 3 albums, 25 involved, with massive successes across the board without needing to prove herself to anyone, and that is why I love her music because she has the bubbly personality and a powerful voice that go well together with absolutely no problem at all.

Since the release of 25 on the 20th November, Adele’s album, at the end of the first week, became the Official Number 1 album on the Official Charts, as well as being Number 1 on iTunes.

Adele most recently said that she was inspired by Madonna’s 1998 album, Ray of Light, which was the main influential album that inspired her to write 25.

Below is the Official Album Artwork for Adele’s third album, 25:

© Official Album Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Album Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015

Below are two of the latest music videos released by Adele from her 25 album: “Hello” and “When We Were Young“:

What do I think of the whole album overall? I absolutely love 25, because Adele has taken all of the much needed time to make this album, in order to produce the perfect sound possible. I love this album as well mainly because it is heartwarming, and 25 is completely open, as Adele has explored so many emotions from so many different perspectives and aspects, but the different kind of perspectives and aspects that we are all more familiar with.

The album is like a story, because it shows her mature from her 19 and 21 days into the 25 days, when she was at that age, even though she is now 27. Overall, I absolutely love the album, and I believe that Adele’s 25 album and her “Hello” video, including her live rendition of “When We Were Young” will certainly keep her album in the Top 10, the Top 20, the Top 50 and the Top 100.

Overall Rating for the Official “Hello” Music Video: 10/10

Overall Rating for the Official “When We Were Young” Music Video: 10/10

Overall Album Rating for 25: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© ADELE 2015

© XL Recordings 2015

© The Adele Logo, the 25 Album Logo, the Official 25 Album Artwork and the wide-scale Featured Image have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Life Goes On with Drowned Out | Special Music Feature | Pre-Release Music Review

With their EP, Life Goes On, being made available for digital release tomorrow, with the physical release of the EP being made available for release on the 23rd January 2016, my close friend Charlie Philbrick from the Drowned Out band treated me to an early listen of him and his band’s EP (Extended Play), and it’s absolutely awesome, and mind-blowing as well. One of the band members in Charlie’s band has certain vocal elements in her voice that remind me of Christina Aguilera.

This EP, standing in at 5 tracks, packs quite the adventurous ride, as this band has made sure to create their own sound, a sound that is entirely original and doesn’t copy any other band in question. The EP also carries full originality, as it has an exploration of different aspects and perspectives that even our own sub-conscious minds cannot see.

To give you a genuine idea as to how I thought the EP sounded, I’ll give you all a full run-down of the tracks in their desired order.

Transitions had that kind of welcoming feel where it reaches out to you, because in the lyrics, the same few words: “…can you hear me?” are mentioned, as it’s like you’re being asked as if it was a real life question you were being asked, though I find it welcoming because this track has that approach where it feels like as if it is a story; in other words, it’s like the person is trying to reach out to someone and that’s why I love this track, because it’s like that special someone wants to connect to someone that is far and wide from them.

Dreamer has more of a visual approach, as it creates a visual image that depicts the song like as if it’s a story, but at the same time, it also has that kind of feeling where it wants you to dream the kind of dream that wants you to push away all of the crap and the pain you’ve had to put up with, in other words, this song is more of a letting-go song, as it advises you to let go of your past and move on into the future.

Leaving shows more of the strenuous and courageous side to anyone’s personality, as it has that kind of feeling where instead of you putting up with it all, why not just leave? In other words, this song is saying to you: “You shouldn’t have to put up with all of this on your own. If you leave now, you’ll become stronger because you’ve decided that you’re not going to put up with it anymore, and instead you’ll just rise above it and let those who want to do that to you do it to themselves instead. Just concentrate on you and you only. That’s what matters.” I like this song mainly for that reason, because it takes off all of the weight on your shoulders, and it’s like it takes that weight as if it was a piece of paper, and you just chuck it in the bin.

Interlude is the introduction of what’s to come after the interlude finishes, as much of the EP shows a transition between hell and heaven, but in a really honest and genuinely kind way, but with the final song that comes up after the interlude, it brings more positivity to the table.

Summer ends the EP on a very, very positive note, as this song brings with it some more magic, which, in its own context, makes the EP sum up exactly what it is all about, and that it proves what it says on the front cover: “Life Goes On“.

Below is the official artwork for the Life Goes On (EP):

Drowned Out - Life Goes On (EP)
© Official EP Artwork | Drowned Out 2015

What do I think of this whole EP overall? I absolutely love it, because it explores so many different emotions that have, very easily, tugged at my heart-strings, but this EP has given me goosebumps, given that it has a directly bold approach that can instantly make you feel comfortable, and not only that, but this EP has put my mind at ease, and has relaxed it also because of the fact it has made me feel comfortable with listening to it, and if you want me to be honest, I absolutely love the EP, and I absolutely believe hand on heart that Charlie and his band, Drowned Out, are going to go very far with their music careers.

My Overall EP Rating: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Drowned Out 2015

© Full Credit: Charlie Philbrick (Bass), Maizey Palmer (Vocals), Robert Jenkins & Sam Marklew (Guitarists) & Owen De Lacey (Drums).

© The Drowned Out Logo, the ‘Life Goes On’ EP title, the EP artwork, the track names, including the high-res photograph used in the Featured Image above have all been used courtesy of the Drowned Out band. Full permission has been granted by Charlie from the band. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) | Croydon | Special Music Feature

Coming exactly 5 weeks today after he released his collaboration of Second Hand Heart with the Piece by Piece American singer, Kelly Clarkson, Ben Haenow has finally released his long-awaited debut album to the world.

After spending 10 months out of the spotlight, considering he won the X Factor last year, Ben Haenow decided to take as much time as he needed to make sure this album achieved the sound that he wanted, as he didn’t want to release an album less than 6 months after winning, which has, in the past, been the usual method after a contestant has won on the show. Well, not this time, as Ben Haenow has taken all of the time he’s wanted to take to make sure this album is perfect.

The three songs he released from his album, which were Second Hand Heart (feat. Kelly Clarkson), Make it Back to Me & All Yours, were all made available for purchase in the weeks leading up to today’s release, and for this album to be a powerhouse pop-rock album, Ben Haenow has most certainly hit all of the right notes and has also done this album justice. It really is that good, you just can’t miss out on the opportunity of listening to his debut album.

Ben Haenow - Official Standard Album Artwork
© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Standard Album Artwork)
Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) - Official Deluxe Album Artwork
© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Deluxe Album Artwork)

To show my love and full support to our Croydon lad, Ben Haenow, I have taken to GIMP to use both of these debut album covers, and I have merged both of them together to make this for Ben:

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) - Customised Final Album Artwork
© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Fan-Made Customised Deluxe Album Artwork)

What do I think of Ben Haenow’s finally-released debut album overall? I absolutely love it, he really has hit the right notes, and to be honest, I’m absolutely glad that I pre-ordered his album and received it, as it feels like he’s given us all something back we can always feel proud of, knowing that we’re absolutely proud of him, and even I am absolutely proud of Ben Haenow.

My full recommendation to all of you is to give his debut album a listen, and I am absolutely pleased to announce that starting from now, Ben Haenow’s self-titled debut album is now available to stream via the Spotify Playlist that’s located in the “Ben Haenow” widget on the right of this website. This album will also remain as a permanent fixture on Mother Nature.

We love you Ben!!!!! I absolutely love this album of yours, and I believe, hand on heart, that you’re going to be in the music business for a very, very long time. I will always believe in you, not just because you’ve done the whole of Croydon proud, but because you have also done me proud as well. I will always support you no matter what, and I’m absolutely glad that I’ll be behind you 100% all the way to support you in your musical career. This is your time to shine. We love you Ben Haenow :-)!!!!!!!!!

Overall Album Rating: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Ben Haenow 2015

© SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015

© The Ben Haenow Logo, the Official Standard Album Cover, the Deluxe Album Cover, the Customised Fan-Made Deluxe Album Cover and the wide-scale Featured Image, including ‘The Deluxe Edition’ logo have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Vander | Venus (EP) | Special Music Feature

After working hard behind the scenes on his EP, Vander is back!!! Last year, you might remember me telling you all about Vander, as he released a free download of his single: “Back to the Sun” last year. After I gave his Back to the Sun record its first listen, I knew straightaway that it would instantly grow on me, and it did, and I had a very good feeling that more of his music was to come. This Special Music Feature article has been commissioned by the man himself, Vander, and it gives me the absolute pleasure to talk about his EP in full detail.

Back to the Sun has seen a final re-hash of the same record, and still captures the sound of the demo version that Vander released via Bandcamp last year, with some new lyrics, and I won’t lie to you, the sound of it is really futuristic and bold, as it retains the same sound, but brings more magic with it as well, and I absolutely love it.

Shine has a vibrant summer sound to it, as it captures the shining light of Summer, but in a style where you can feel the natural vibes of summer, but also with a glimmer of hope and joy that brings its own chant with it too.

Take You Home has a kind of homesick, yet interesting feel to it, as Vander has aimed for a feeling that anyone can relate to. When I say homesick, I mean that Vander has created this feeling where it feels like that person is missing that special someone in their life, and that they want to meet up again and rekindle that special connection that they’ve been missing. This song is more of a make-up song, because it’s a song anyone can relate to, as it tugs at the heart-strings, and has a good emotion that you can understand, feel and relate to in many different ways.

Below is the official artwork for Vander’s Venus (EP):

Venus (EP) - Official Artwork
© Vander (William Vandermade) 2015 – Official EP Artwork

Below is the official music video for “Back to the Sun“, taken from Vander’s debut EP, Venus. Enjoy!!!

What do I think of Vander’s Venus EP and the official music video? I absolutely love the EP & video, as they connect together completely, and Vander has created his own sound with full originality, and not only that, but his music appeals really well to any fan who is a fan of the likes of U2, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Bastille & Imagine Dragons.

My final thoughts? I absolutely love the EP, as it carries a different sound, but the kind of sound that I’m more familiar with now than I was before. I highly recommend you give Vander’s EP a listen, it’s actually that good that you won’t want to stop listening to it. Please click on the official Venus (EP) artwork above the official music video to be directed to Vander’s Bandcamp page, where the EP is available for purchase now worldwide.

My Overall Rating on the Venus (EP): 10/10

My Overall Rating on Vander’s “Back to the Sun” Official Music Video: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Vander 2015

© The Vander Logo, the Venus EP Logo, the EP artwork, including the Featured Image have all been used courtesy of the artist. Full permission has been granted by Vander. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

ADELE | Hello | Special Music Feature | 25 out on the 20th November!!!!!!!!!

After sending Facebook & Twitter into a frenzy with her 30-second advert of Hello, Adele has, after four years, come back with a bang.

After the advert aired, Adele announced shortly after that this record would be available by the week’s end, and just like clockwork, the record was released, along with a comeback video for the new record, and during the course of the week, Adele announced her comeback album, 25, which hits all retail and digital stores on the 20th November.

In just 48 hours alone, Adele’s official music video for Hello was viewed more than 50,000,000+ times, which is one of the quickest music videos to achieve that many views in just less than a week.

Below is the official comeback music video, Hello, by Adele. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

What do I think of the record Adele has released? I absolutely love it, and it’s a fantastic comeback for her, because this record gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. This is a faultless record that took an awfully long time, and I won’t lie to you, but I absolutely know for sure this will be Adele’s year, as she releases her third album next month, and I can also tell you that I believe highly that this album will be on the charts for a very, very long time.

© Official Single Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Single Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Album Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Album Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015

If Adele keeps this up with this record, she could have over 100,000,000+ views before Friday, because if her comeback music video has had almost 60,000,000 views in just a little over 48 hours, then this week will most certainly skyrocket the popularity of this video to over 100,000,000+ views and if not, more than 130,000,000+ views.

Before recording had even begun on this album, which is due out on the 20th November, Amazon took 100,000 requests for this album from many of the fans of Adele’s fanbase, which just proves that although she may have been off the music scene for the best part of three to four years, she is still very well thought of and everyone is still eager to hear any new music she intends to release in the future.

Before I conclude, I will leave you with two questions:

  1. Were you over the moon to hear that Adele was making a comeback to the music industry?
  2. Did the song give you goosebumps?

My final thought is that this is such a fantastic comeback for Adele, and that I wish her all of the best for her for the future, she is going to be around for a very, very long time, and there is absolutely no shadow of a doubt that she will be receiving so many awards for many, many years to come.

Alex Smithson

© ADELE 2015

© XL Recordings 2015

© The Adele Logo, the Hello track name, the 25 Logo, the 25 Album Artwork, the Official Single Cover and the wide-scale full single image have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Monthly Roundup: June 2015

As I round June off on a high note, I will now take a look back on this month as it unfolded, and I will go through a quick roundup of the articles I have published on Mother Nature over the course of this month.

1.6.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for what would be a relaxing and peaceful month that would lie ahead. I also did a very short look back as I mentioned in this article that it would be one year ago this month that I had left school for good, given that I had also mentioned that I took a near-enough 5-month hiatus from February 2014 to June 2014, as I had my final exams to worry about.

6.6.2015 – Mother Nature marked a very important milestone on this day, as this day saw Mother Nature officially mark it’s 2nd birthday on WordPress. In the space of two years, I have gone on to publish two books online, one of which I have a physical copy of, and with my third book being close to being ready for its final release, I have felt absolutely proud to have come this far in the space of 2 years.

29.6.2015 – After a month-long wait and a lot of research, I was finally able to publish Case Study #6, which focused on the Former President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This Case Study is the first case study to have more than 10,000+ words containing dozens of research about a Former President.

30.6.2015 – Following just weeks after Apple held their Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 8.4 was officially released to the masses. Along with this update brought the newly-announced music service, Apple Music. After 2 very long years, the United Kingdom, for the first time ever, gets access to iTunes Radio, including the new Radio Station, Beats 1 Radio (a.k.a. B1), and with this update came an entirely redesigned Music app, which was given not just a massive overhaul in design, but it also brought back with it the ability to play music videos in the Music application, but in Landscape Mode, which was a commonly used feature that was often seen quite frequently in iOS 6.

Also on this day, I published a Special Music Feature article on the Queen of Pop, Madonna’s high-octane music video: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)”. This music video had featured a numerous amount of cameo appearances. These cameo appearances featured the likes of Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Diplo, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Alexander Wang, Rocco Ritchie & David. This video, as mentioned by some, if not a lot of people, would wipe Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video to the floor. This video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who had previously directed Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, taken from Madonna’s 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart.

Thanks so much to all of you, that’s including my friends, my family, my two main role models and also all of you for such a fantastic, relaxing and peaceful month, and I’ll see you all in July. Also, before I conclude this monthly roundup on a high note, I am delighted to let you know I will be publishing more articles over the course of July and August, now that I have got a huge amount of time on my hands until September. Again, thanks so much to all of you for a fantastic, relaxing and peaceful month, and I’ll see you all in July!!!

Alex Smithson

[Note: Please make sure to keep a close eye out for my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens”, as it will be out very soon, and I will also be announcing the release date for this third book on Mother Nature :-).]

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) | Madonna | Special Music Feature

With her music video inching much closer to 30,000,000 views in just the space of two weeks, Madonna released her latest: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)” music video to the masses. With her previous video only just recently clocking up to over 10,000,000+ views, with the first video from the Rebel Heart album clocking up to over 15,000,000+ views, Bitch I’m Madonna looks more than ready to set the bar for the next video that Madonna may release off of her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.

Featuring cameo appearances from musicians, such as Rita Ora, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West & Katy Perry, with further actors and designers, such as Chris Rock and Alexander Wang, along with Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie and also David, that’s including the DJ, Diplo, Madonna’s latest video is set to wipe Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video to the floor.

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) follows on from Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, which I had most recently talked about shortly after it was released. In “Bitch I’m Madonna”, there is a vibrant, yet interesting feel that brings the video together, as the video surrounds a party-based theme which is interesting, but also at the same time, elegant and modern to the present day.

The video from my view has a vibrant, yet bold approach that is appealing. Despite the fact the video is explicit, it has a lot of good value to it, because Madonna is making sure that no-one forgets who she is.

It’s amazing how a video like this has managed to clock up that many views in just the space of two weeks, and I can say I actually like it, it’s not too raunchy, it’s not too in your face, but it’s a high-octane pop record that gets Madonna’s point across, not just in her own way, but also in a way where you can understand her.

Madonna has made sure to be as repulsive as possible to her haters who have criticised her because of her age by releasing this video to the masses, to tell her haters that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, she just wants to be accepted for who she is, no matter what age she is.

In this day and age, some musicians, if not a lot of musicians, are criticised, not so much on how they create their music, but also on the way they create their music. Madonna has been in the music business for over 30 years and she hasn’t taken her fans’ support for granted, yet those who criticise her take her for granted and act like they don’t give a damn about her.

One of the most inspiring thing’s Madonna has said, was when she made this quote:

This will be a revolution of inquiring further, of not worrying about winning other people’s approval, of not wishing you were someone else but perfectly content to be who you are. Someone unique, and rare, and fearless. I want to start a revolution of love.” – Madonna

Bitch I’m Madonna is a high-octane record that will get your taste buds flowing, and it is also a good record that has some sentimental value, given just how hard-working Madonna has been since she released Rebel Heart on Monday 9th March 2015.

In it’s full HD glory, here is the Official Music Video by Madonna: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj), which was directed by the director who did Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, Jonas Åkerlund.

If you enjoyed reading this Special Music Feature article, please make sure to give this article a like, and if you enjoyed the article and the music video, please feel free to leave your comments below this article.

Alex Smithson

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

© Any of the logos used, such as the Bitch I’m Madonna logo, the Rebel Heart logo, and the Madonna logo, including the image used behind the text are all courtesy of the record label, the ticket provider, the director and the artist itself. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fact: Jonas Åkerlund is best known for some of Madonna’s notable music videos, such as: “Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Jump & Celebration”. He has also worked with Madonna on putting together the tour footage for notable tours, such as: “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London (2006)” and “The Confessions Tour (2007)”.

Don’t Wait / Joey Graceffa / Special Music Feature

It is an absolute honour to talk about Joey Graceffa’s new record, Don’t Wait.

Since Joey Graceffa released this record earlier this week, I was instantly hooked on it after I gave his record its first listen yesterday, and my god, it is absolutely fantastic.

Joey Graceffa uploaded the “Don’t Wait” Official Music Video to YouTube last night, and I was blown away, it’s that good, as it document’s some of his life struggles, with a friend of his being by his side to this day.

You may be wondering why I’ve used a wide range of colours on the image’s text. This is because I have made sure to celebrate Joey Graceffa for who he is, and for what he does. It has been revealed by Joey Graceffa himself that he has officially come out as gay, in the debut release of his first ever book: “In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World“, which comes out and hits store shelves on Tuesday. I am absolutely proud of Joey Graceffa, because it takes a lot of guts for someone like him to come out and reveal their sexuality to the world, and I am absolutely proud of him for the fact he has chosen to reveal his sexuality in his own, and official style.

I support the LGBT Community entirely because for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, I believe in equality, LGBT equality and gender equality entirely, no matter what sexuality the person is. I respect all of those who have come out and expressed their sexualities to the world, because everyone in this world deserves to be treated equally, no matter what sexuality they are, and everyone should be respected for who they are and also be treated with the full respect that they deserve.

After watching the music video, I was blown away, it’s fantastic, it has a lot of personal, yet interesting values to it, and Joey has managed to create this video in a way where everyone can watch it, and also find out more about not just his personal life, but some of the bad and good parts of his life as well. This music video has a kind of video-game effect behind it, because some of the clothing that Joey Graceffa wore in this music video has a similar, yet realistic approach to the video-game character, Link, from Nintendo’s Gaming Series: “The Legend of Zelda“.

After being hooked on this song, I took to the iTunes Store to purchase Joey Graceffa’s “Don’t Wait” Single. The single’s artwork can be found in its full, High-Definition glory below.

Don't Wait - Single
© Don’t Wait – Single – Official Artwork – Joey Graceffa 2015

In its full glory, here is the Music Video of Joey Graceffa’s latest record: “Don’t Wait”, which is now available to watch below in Full HD.

I recommend that you go and buy Joey Graceffa’s single: “Don’t Wait” on iTunes, Google Play and any other music services that are selling this record now. It has a lot of sentimental value to it, and it is the type of record that you’ll want to keep on listening to. This record by Joey Graceffa has a personal, sentimental and bold value to it, and it is something that will most definitely tug at your heart-strings. You’ll love it instantly on its first listen. Go on, you know you want to buy it.

Alex Smithson

© Joey Graceffa 2015

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