I have this weird tic. Certain sounds make me cry. Like the too-loud roar of a Harley, a plane engine up close…that kind of thing. Other times it can be certain notes of a song. I’ve never studied music or music theory, but I believe they are minor-key songs that occasionally cause the same reaction. I feel a sharp ache in my chest, and I cry. Any armchair psychiatrists out there are welcome to explain this phenomena to me, because I can’t figure it out.
So. After all that purging, I have a song for you. It’s the latest by Dhani Harrison’s band thenewno2 called Never Too Late from the film Beautiful Creatures. Dhani’s familiar voice combined with the slow build-up to the sweeping orchestral crescendo brought me to tears.
As young Dhani Harrison tagged along with his father George, Abbey Road Studios became a constant presence in his life. But although Harrison has long been familiar with the legendary studio, he had never recorded there. So when his group thenewno2 were tapped to score Beautiful Creatures, Harrison and bandmates Paul Hicks and Jonathan Sadoff ventured to Abbey Road for an experience full of firsts.
“I spent my whole life in and out of Abbey Road. Paul really spent a lot of his life there, 12 years mixing and engineering,” Harrison tells Rolling Stone. “Recording at Abbey Road was emotional: My first time recording there, my first time hearing something we composed for an orchestra of that size and my first major Hollywood film soundtrack.” But Harrison didn’t let the weight of the experience damper his creative vision, tapping guests like Ben Harper, the Duke Spirit’s Leila Moss and Paul’s father Tony (of the Hollies) for the project while staging grandiose arrangements. “I was able to put a 54-piece orchestra in Studio 2, which is really weird,” he said. “It’s where my dad spent a lot of his formative years, as well as Paul’s dad, who recorded in Studio 1.”
The Beautiful Creatures soundtrack is out February 12th. Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.
What do you guys think? I don’t expect you to be tear-stained like I am…but it’s beautiful and haunting, isn’t it?
Just as I did last year, I have really given up on ‘The X Factor.’ The change in judges and hosts didn’t help, and the “talent” seems even more questionable this time around. My biggest issue is the way the contestants get treated and the fact that there is no real mentoring going on here. If there was, the singers would be getting better and I wouldn’t look forward to some of them getting the boot. But I digress, so who was sent home during this “shocking” elimination?
Paige Thomas was the first to find out she was being sent home. Just like that. The show hadn’t been on for more than 5 minutes and they got rid of her. Paige wasn’t bad, she just wasn’t that good and was doing too much to try to distract from the fact that she wasn’t a good singer. Isn’t that de rigueur these days though?
That means that Demi Lovato has but one singer left in the competition, Cece Frey, whose presence on this show continues to baffle me.
Before the rest of the results were announced, there were performances from first season alum Josh Krajcik. Oh, you don’t remember him either? Weird that he got to perform on the show, or even record a single, before winner Melanie Amaro.
Then Alicia Keys made me wish I was deaf by performing “Girl On Fire“ yet again! I like you A.Keys, but please stop doing this to us.
[Editor’s Note: DivaJulia is snort-laughing and agreeing with Brittani ~ The Girl You Want, 100%. Gawd. Between G.O.F. and “Somebody Left the GATE OH-PUHHN”, there are bloody eardrums everywhere.]
So it came down to one of the two singers L.A. Reid and Britney Spears have left on the show, Vino Alan and Diamond White. Diamond chose Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” to sing for her life. She performed it like it was her swan song, but she got through it okay.
Vino sang Ray LaMontagne‘s “Trouble” which fit his voice perfectly and was much better than his performance Wednesday night. L.A. is the only one that voted to send home Diamond, so that meant it was Vino’s last performance on the show. The rankings for this week are pretty much the same as they were last week.
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar 2. Tate Stevens 3. Emblem3 4. Fifth Harmony 5. Cece Frey 6. Diamond White
Do agree with the judges and voters decision? Should they just go ahead and crown Carly Rose the winner? Let us know!
Because of last week’s debates, ‘The X Factor‘ was only an hour long, which threw Wednesday night’s show off a bit. The last 60 acts were supposed to be cut down to 24 acts, but the judges turned around and brought back even more people because this show insists on torturing me and it’s contestants. The judges also learned which groups they would be coaching and one of them wasn’t happy with who they got. I’ll give you hint, it was the black guy.
The Young Adults learned their fate first, and will be living in Los Angeles. Cece Frey and her stupid leopard spots are sent through first, followed by Willie Jones, an excited Jennel Garcia, Nick Youngerman who I don’t remember and Paige Thomas. Finally, Jennel’s friend Jillian Jensen was added to the group.
Demi Lovato was ecstatic to learn that she would be coaching them because she’s the same age as a lot of them. Joining her as the group’s mentor is Nick Jonas. I never really cared for or about his group, but I think Nick and Demi worked well together. (Didn’t she smack a bitch up over his brother Joe? Yeah. Thought so.)
Next were the Over 25’s which consisted of Jason Brock, David Correy, crazy pants Tara Simon, Daryl Black, Country singer Tate Stevens and Vino Alan would go on to scare Britney for a little while longer in the competition. They head out to L.A too. Perhaps the funniest moment of the show was when L.A. Reid learned that he would have this group for the season, right after he said he didn’t want the old people. After abusing that poor phone, he left his hotel room in a huff and later at the house actually told all of them he was disappointed he got them as his group. Um, wow. He introduced Justin Bieber as the mentor, obviously picked before he knew he would be getting singers that are almost 3 times Justin’s age. He also asked Bieber’s manager Scooter to come along because….look I don’t know. I also don’t know what kind of advice he could possibly give any of these performers, and because he’s an idiot, he had the nerve to say that he wasn’t shown on the show enough on Twitter. Not only does Scooter not watch the show, he doesn’t know how TV works.
The Groups were announced, and I could not care less about any them. They will be staying in Miami. Brothers Emblem3 made it through, along with Sister C and Dope Crisis. Simon Cowell was given the groups because he does have a lot of success with them, I mean this guy was behind albums for The Teletubbies okay? Marc Anthony is his mentor, for no other reason than he was available, I guess.
The other houses easily got their 6 members, but Simon was short 3 acts. The judges brought back a bunch of people they liked but didn’t initially pick to form 3 groups. Why they thought this was a good idea is beside me, but they basically stuck a bunch of them together and forced them to learn a song on short notice. Those three groups were Playback, LYLAS and Lyric 145.
Britney Spears got the Teens, who will be in Malibu with her. I think this is the best group of singers, with Beatrice Miller, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Diamond White easily getting through. Rounding them out is ReedDeeming, James Tanner and Arin Ray. She’s using Will.i.am as her mentor and this actually makes sense. I could see one of Brit’s singers winning this year because all of these kids are pretty talented.
Each judge has to narrow down the members of their house down to 3 acts to send to the live show. Demi’s house was shown first and she offered up some advice to Jennel who she noticed flips her hair when she gets nervous. There was no hair flipping during “I Kissed The Girl,” but she got through it okay. Demi worried that maybe she took her advice the wrong way because she seemed a little less confident.
Willie was next, singing the same song that he messed up on during the sing-off. I thought he did great with ‘Nobody Knows” but I really want him to let go of this whole Country thing. With “Gravity,” Jillian really impressed Nick who thought she came off “sexy” but again Demi worried that she took her advice too literally.
There has been way too much focus on Paige, Cece and their little non-rivalry. I don’t care if they actually hate each other, but they should be focused on their singing and neither is really getting all that better. Paige sang first with Chris Brown‘s “Turn Up The Music“, which didn’t translate well to acoustic for me. I get that she was trying to perform, but it came off as just awkward. Cece sang “Sexy And I Know It” and had to defend her choice as it just being “for fun.” Earlier, Demi and Nick had told her that she comes off as really unlikable which probably prompted her to pick this song. Again, I think Nick and Demi work well together, but their advice is backfiring.
Simon and Marc seemed split on the groups, but it was clear that none of them were really here for each other. Playback, a couple of the young guys that were thrown together, sang Hall & Oates‘ “Rich Girl” which was surprisingly not bad. Simon thought they came off “naive and fun” but Marc was bored by them.
Their rivals Emblem3 were up next with “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and omgthey are just the corniest. One of the brothers, the one that had his shirt buttoned, screwed up the lyrics which apparently Marc didn’t catch because he liked them. Or maybe he liked that one of them was showing off more boob than a Victoria’s Secret model.
During Boot Camp, both Demi and Britney commented that they didn’t like Sister C, so Simon sat down with them and told the sisters that they come off a bit standoff-ish. I actually don’t get that vibe from them, or maybe I’m just not paying enough attention to them. After their performance, both Simon and Marc agree that they would be a force in the competition.
Brother One45 were paired with Lyric and they did an odd version of “Party In The USA.” This right after Lyric talked about how hard life is in Michigan, but it went over well and I just need Lyric to get rid of that bedazzled eye patch.
LYLAS, which contains Dinah Jane Hansen, took a less Destiny’s Child approach to their song by letting each of it’s five singers get a solo verse. It doesn’t really work because they didn’t sound like a group, no harmonizing, no dancing. Nothing.
The results will be revealed on Thursday night’s show. Do you think the judges got the right groups? Who should Simon and Demi send home? Let us know!