Jar of Hearts (Christina Perri, 2010)

Ending the week with Christina Perri‘s “Jar of Hearts“…

And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are?

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Sweet Disposition, Love Lost (The Temper Trap, 2009)

The The Temper Trap is an indie rock band formed in 2005. They were originally from Australia then moved to London in 2008. Some of their songs were featured in movies like (500) Days of Summer and in episodes of several TV series like Chuck, Skins, and One Tree Hill. Among their songs, I really fell in love with “Sweet Disposition” and “Love Lost“. Here are the videos of these songs.

Just stay there
Cause I’ll be comin’ over
While our bloods still young
It’s so young, it runs
Won’t stop til it’s over
Won’t stop to you surrender

Our love was lost
In the rubble are all the things
That you’ve, you’ve been dreaming of
Keep me in mind
When you’re ready
I am here
To take you every time

If I Knew Then (Lady Antebellum, 2010)

“If I Knew Then” has been playing in my Ipod for weeks now. I don’t know, there’s just something so emotional and heartwarming with this song. The chorus is really my favorite part of the song.

Cause love only comes once in awhile
Knocks on your door and throws you a smile
And takes every breath, leaves every scar
Speaks to your soul and sings to your heart
And if I knew then what I know now
I’d fall in love

Just a Feeling (Maroon 5, 2010)

I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I fell asleep while typing this (Can you believe it?). Anyway, I’m itching to get my hands and ears to Maroon 5‘s newest album, “Hands All Over.” Been listening to the tracks in YouTube and it’s definitely a bad thing because it makes me crave for more. I keep screaming, ME WANTS! ME WANTS! ME WANTS! But I think I have to wait a couple of days for the moolah to arrive. *Evil grin*

For now, let’s indulge on these amazing tracks “Get Back in My Life” and “Just a Feeling”.

Not Afraid (Eminem, 2010)

Never mind his “ehh” statement regarding “Relapse“, the video and the song itself perfectly captures the message Marshall Mathers is trying to get across – an angsty rebellion, a wrecking realization and an ultimate recovery.

Not Afraid” on repeat in my music player for days just goes to show how I missed the Eminem music.

Key lyrics which are very thematic.

Whether he’s on salary, paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shit’s his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a fuck you for christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the earth he’s got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt and fuck the universe

To realization…

It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you
So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through

…and recovery

I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you’re not alone

For the First Time (The Script, 2010) – Single Review

We’ve all been hit by a lot of worse -ions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: recession, depression, rejection, inflation and what-have-yous. The least we want to hear is another piece of grief-stricken music that will drown us with sorrow and hopelessness. That’s exactly how The Script crafted “For the First Time,” the first single from their second album “Science and Faith.”

It talks about a couple whose relationship is being jeopardized by  personal and external factors. The analogy is made with Ireland’s experience during the recession. The lyrics in itself loudly reverberates the difficulties of our travails and how we struggle to surmount them. And we’ve all been there, right? Some of us are still sulking right now, looming over lost jobs or failed relationships. Others have moved on and courageously faced the challenge. The melodramatic impact of “For the First Time” in this aspect is two-edged.

I believe that the track effectively portrayed misery and at the same time, left a window for second chances. Danny sang it true to his heart. His soulful voice at the opening soothes your heart and he sustained it throughout. The electric guitar jived with the drum rhythmics, powerfully evoking the emotions carried by the song. However, the song is also a bit formulaic. The band stuck with their sentimental signature style  which somehow rendered the song predictable. The concept has been used over and over in genres other than modern or alternative or pop rock. At some point, “For the First Time” reminded me of “Breakeven” and “Before the Worst”, songs from their acclaimed self-titled first album.  The songs did really well in the music charts, especially “Breakeven” which climbed the Irish and UK Singles Chart.

“For the First Time” could do well in the bid for chart-topping hits. But there are still serious contenders out there which offer a lighter, lifting kind of music. Nevertheless, this single made me crave more for the entire album.