Friday, February 15, 2013

A-Z of Pop Music - A



Albums of Pop A-Z
A-   Armageddon by Guy Sebastian

For most of us who tuned in to Australian Idol back in 2003 have had the pleasure of watching Guy Sebastian win the first series.

Since then Guy has released seven albums that all reached the top ten, six reaching the top five and two peaking at number one. Not to mention, the singer has had six singles hit number one including his debut single ‘Angels Brought Me Here’ which is the highest selling song for Australia’s last decade.

Over Sebastian’s career he has been lucky enough to have already received seventeen ARIA nominations and has collaborated with the likes of John Mayer and Jordan Sparks.

Sebastian’s latest album ‘Armageddon’ (2012) demonstrates the great growth as an artist that Sebastian has achieved over the years of dedication to his career. ‘Armageddon’ and was the 9th highest selling album of 2012 in Australia.

The single ‘Battle Scars’ featuring Lupe Fiasco brought international popularity for the Sebastian as it reached number two in New Zealand and was added to Lupe Fiasco’s fourth studio album ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1’ . The song was also used in the US for the Television Promotion of the new remake film ‘Red Dawn’. Sebastian and Fiasco complement each other in this song and was a given to be a huge success.

His latest single from the album ‘Get Along’ is based around the idea of struggle against cultural and religious difference. The lyrics are definitely heart-warming and send a great message to humanity. You can almost tell that Guy’s song writing has matured and focuses more on real life rather than recent dance pop songs.  

Beginning with a ballad ‘Amnesia’ that demonstrates Sebastian’s amazing vocal range and ending the album with Used To You’ a love song, that could new ‘it’ song for weddings. It’s a sweet song that borrows an orchestral sound in the background and Sebastian’s soothing tone.

‘Armageddon’ is one of those albums that you just listen to easily and does not have one bad track. Overall it has an urban feeling with some RNB but still is very pop.

Guy will be touring nationally in 2013 for his ‘Get Along’ tour from March to July.

Review by Jessica Tisdell 

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