Category Archives: Music

The World From the Side of the Moon by Philip Phillips

Philip Phillips

Bibliographic Information:

Phillips, P. (2012). The world from the side of the moon. Santa Monica, CA: Interscope.

Plot Summary:

Contents:

  • Man on the moon
  • Home
  • Gone, gone, gone
  • Hold on
  • Tell me a story
  • Get up get down
  • Where we came from
  • Drive me
  • Wanted is love
  • Can’t go wrong
  • A fool’s dance
  • So easy

Critical Evaluation:

Rolling Stone calls Philips’ sound “Mumford & Sons-esque” (Hyman, 2012). Billboard compares him to Dave Matthews Band (Philip Phillips, 2012). He is new to the music scene and it will take more than one record before audiences will know what type of artist he will be.

Reader’s Annotation:

Philip Phillips debut album continues the sound he made popular on Idol; acoustic rock with catchy lyrics and a strong beat.

Information About the Author:

Philip Phillips broke onto the music scene when he won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. Born September 20, 1990 in Georgia, he has been making music since he was fourteen and learned to play the guitar. Later, he started a band with his sister and brother-in-law.

After graduating high school, he went to Albany Technical College where he graduated with a major in Industrial Systems Technology and kept playing with the band. In the summer of 2011 he auditioned for American Idol.

For more information and music please visit his site at http://www.phillipphillips.com/

Genre:

  • Pop music
  • Acoustic rock

Curriculum Ties:

  • N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Reviews:

“Driven by his acoustic-guitar bravado, and full of sweeping verses and uplifting power-pop hooks, Moon will feel instantly familiar to fans who discovered Phillips on Idol.”

“the album actually plays out more like the year’s second-best Dave Matthews Band release.”

References:

Hyman, D. (2012, November 19). Phillip Phillips calls his own shots on debut
album. Retrieved May 9, 2013, from Rolling Stone website:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/phillip-phillips-calls-his-own-shots-on-debut-album-20121119

Philip Phillips. (2013). Retreived May 10, 2013 from http://www.phillipphillips.com/Default.aspx#!featured

Philip Phillips. (2013, March 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 10, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Philip_Phillips&oldid=545623652

 

 

Red by Taylor Swift

red

Bibliographic Information:

Swift, T., Lightbody, G., Sheeran, E., & Big Machine Records. (2012). Red. Nashville, TN: Big Machine.

Plot Summary:

Contents:

  • State of grace
  • Red
  • Treacherous
  • I knew you were trouble
  • All too well
  • 22
  • I almost do
  • We are never ever getting back together
  • Stay stay stay
  • The last time (featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
  • Holy ground
  • Sad beautiful tragic
  • The lucky one
  • Everything has changed (featuring Ed Sheeran)
  • Starlight
  • Begin again

Critical Evaluation:

According to the editor’s notes, the title “Red” was chosen to represent Swift’s passionate nature; the revenge she is known to take by writing ex-boyfriends into songs and that she is a romantic. It also suggests that she is no longer a child but a woman.

The disc has received critical acclaim. Swift plays with a variety of styles and the sixteen songs show her versatility as an artist. Red is her fourth album.

Reader’s Annotation:

This album has some vintage Taylor Swifts songs and some new sounds for the Country crooner.

Information About the Author:

Taylor Swift is a 23 year-old singer/songwriter who has become one of the best known country artists of her generation. In 2009, she was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association; one of the youngest artists ever to win. She has won multiple Grammy Awards and in 2010 was the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Taylor was born December 13, 1989 in Pennsylvania. When her family moved to Nashville when she was 14, she secured an artist development deal with RCA Records (Biography). She released her debut album at the age of 16. She is known for writing and singing her own songs.

Genre:

  • Country music
  • Pop music

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

N/A

Please check out Billboard website for videos and tracks from Red. http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/1066798/taylor-swift-red-track-by-track-review

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

I enjoy Swift’s humour and the story that her lyrics often tell. Also, I have been surprised lately about how many teens admit to listening to Country music.

Red was on a number of year-end best-of lists. It was number five on Billboard’s ten top albums of the year. In the States the album became the fastest-selling album in a decade (Red)

Reviews:

“No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach – her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco.”

“As she settles into her superstar persona at the age of 22, Swift has made it clear that she is never going to be pigeonholed, and will always strive for relatable transcendence. “Red” is her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won’t be when all is said and done in her career.”

References:

Biography for Taylor Swift. (2013). Retrieved May 9, 2013 from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2357847/bio

Red (Taylor Swift album). (2013, May 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 9, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Red_(Taylor_Swift_album)&oldid=554027551

 

Taylor Swift. (2013). Retrieved May 9, 2013 from http://taylorswift.com/about

My Head is an Animal by Monsters of Men

of monstersBibliographic Information:

Of Monsters and Men (Musical group). (2012). My head is an animal. New York, NY: Universal Republic.

Plot Summary:

The album includes the following tracks:

Dirty paws
King and lionheart
Mountain sound
Slow and steady
From Finner
Little talks
Six weeks
Love love love
Your bones
Sloom
Lakehouse
Yellow light

Clips of the songs can be heard on BBC Music at http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/rh8r

Critical Evaluation:

My Head is an Animal was released in April 2012. My head is an Animal, the band’s debut album, has reached the number one position in the charts in several countries across the world including Australia, Iceland, and Ireland. “Little Talks,” a single off the album, reached number one in the music charts of Ireland and Iceland and United States Alternative Songs chart.

Of Monsters and Men is a winner of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards.(Of Monsters and Men). Of Monsters and Men are currently touring in North America to sold-out audiences.

Reader’s Annotation:

Of Monsters and Men is has interesting lyrics, strong beat, and unusual sound.

Information About the Author:

Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece band from Iceland. The band has been together since 2010. The names of the lead singers are Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar þórhallsson. The names of the band members are Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Brynjar Leifsson, Ragnar þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Árni Guðjónsson

The band won Músiktilrauni, a battle of the bands competition in Iceland in 2010. This earned them a spot in the Iceland Airwaves Festival. While performing there, they performed a Living Room session that was picked up and played in a radio station in Seattle, thus moving them into the North American music scene (Bios).

Genre:

  • Alternative
  • Indie folk/pop

Curriculum Ties:

  • Music program

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

My daughter introduced me to the band and I think the sound is interesting. Alternative Rock has a substantial following with teenagers.

Reviews:

“Once you get the message, little of this debut album will surprise. However, its consistency is undeniable. There isn’t a bad pop song here, and the balance between whimsy, sensitivity and boisterous fun is expertly weighted.”

“This Icelandic six-piece pull off a neat trick: They make whimsical sound tough.”

References:

Bios. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ofmonstersandmen.com/

 

Of Monsters and Men. (2013, May 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Retrieved May 9, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/
index.php?title=Of_Monsters_and_Men&oldid=554032364