Lyrics to the song CASTLE OF GLASS here.
This is my official second review off Living Things, the first one LIES GREED MISERY and also by Linkin Park. How awesome is that?
First of all, as always, before I jump into the track, the reason I wanted to review CASTLE OF GLASS was because of Medal of Honor: Warfighter and their making a music video (by EA), so it adds to the gloss.
When I first heard CASTLE OF GLASS, I knew people were gonna' go like, "Oh, it's unlike the other songs they've made." That I believe, is one Linkin Park's specialties. Making a track so raw, so intelligent as this, it almost became attached to me like most of the tracks of the album, which means it's a favourite. And when I meant that, I felt the song was just so good, it didn't have as much cons as I thought it'd have.
On to the song itself, I could feel the connectivity of the song and to our everyday lives. Not just on a daily basis but in every situation around the corner. One of the best choruses not just on the album, but ever made, I felt that this song had a style that is unlike any other Linkin Park song you've heard before. With that said, don't compare and don't judge it.
CASTLE OF GLASS starts off with this normal electronic kind of sound, before the rest of the whole comes in. As always, the writing is just superb. 'Take me down to the river bend / Take me down to the fighting end / Wash the poison from off my skin / Show me how to be whole again'. The chorus then instantly sticks to you. 'Cause' I'm only a crack / In this castle of glass / Hardly anything else for you to see / For you to see'. It stands out from the album and it's just so well-versed.
The role-play between Mike and Chester play a long part and they both are as good in their prime as they used to be. They both sing on the chorus which I felt was the best part of the song. So much intensity that weigh as light as a feather, but at the same time mean so much to the community and individuals because of the lyrics and the sound.
CASTLE OF GLASS is like IRIDESCENT mixed with HANDS HELD HIGH together with ROBOT BOY. Obviously, I do not lie.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - A sound unlike most others, CASTLE OF GLASS is a classic within a classic. A sound that is experimented which can be heard clearly, this is a solid example of the mother of examples taken from all of their previous albums combined. This, my friends, is the ultimate end of your learning journey.
SOUND: 9/10 - One you instantly connect to, CASTLE OF GLASS is one you're never going to put down just once. Not twice, but probably never putting it down. Trust me.
LYRICS: 9/10 - I have to admit it, the lyrics are well-written and they come together in this epic proportion and you just have to listen to it clearly to understand the meaning.
OVERALL: 27/30 - The first song to be added to my HALL OF FAME list! Why? No other song has ever crossed 26 on my other reviews and with this, I can assure you that you will be playing CASTLE OF GLASS for days!
This is probably one of the songs that I would love to review as it is one of my best loved bands of all-time: Three Days Grace. Let's welcome them back to the stage with their new album, Transit Of Venus, coming out this year. With that, the lead single will be called CHALK OUTLINE.
Lyrics video as always, click here.
I always felt that Three Days Grace, were one of the most underrated bands of all-time despite some string of good hits. And when I meant good, I mean seriously good. Now as a big fan of them since their second album which was fantastically made, (One-X), their new album seriously made me jump up in ecstasy. But it could never beat the scream when CHALK OUTLINE first appeared on YouTube that very day.
First of all, CHALK OUTLINE starts off as the strings of guitar, contemplating life under Adam Gontier and company. Let's not forget, they changed labels and I was glad it didn't affect them at all. Known for some very outstanding and great guitar-play along with the scream Adam displays, I could just enjoy this song for the next week and counting.
Now the title, if you don't know, is actually a shape of the person (usually dead) so as to mark it out at the scene of the crime. The rest is history. And with that, this song is about this girl leaving this guy out of her life because of whatever that is going on. I mean, just go listen to the song before you come back.
Adam's screams are worth a couple of popcorn and they are just so enjoyable. It was pretty much the signature of Three Days Grace in their sound. It was so authentic. The lyrics: 'You left me here like a chalk outline on the sidewalk waiting for the rain / To wash away, wash away / You keep coming back to the scene of the crime / But the dead can't speak / And there's nothing left to say anyway / All you left behind / Was a chalk outline'. Adam's voice just rings through my ears and the tension just ripples behind it. The electric guitar just smooths everything some wide inches.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - It seems unforgettable and I have to say Adam and co. rocked this song hard. In a good way. 9 for it's superb awesomeness and I'm not even mentioning biased.
SOUND: 9/10 - The electric guitar and Adam's voice are what sets itself apart from modern rock songs we have today. Seriously. Totally.
LYRICS: 8/10 - Although it is like on 'repeat' mode, it is catchy and very reminiscent of their past work.
OVERALL: 26/30 - All I can say is once Transit of Venus comes out, I will be sure I will get it off the shelves. Join me as well, fellow readers, as I can easily add that I will be Playing CHALK OUTLINE For Days.
What a seriously long and very cohesive, yet meaningful title by the country-pop princess or darling, Taylor Swift. It's the time again, and I know I haven't been doing reviews for a long time, so bare with me for 2 months and I will be back to business. I will be doing a couple of reviews, so let's start things off with this piece of music.
As always, the lyric video can be seen, here.
A little bit of nuggets before I move on, WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER (man, is that name tough or long?), is actually about Taylor's old boyfriend or ex-boyfriend and about their relationship. To be honest, I know people are criticising the way that she writes her lyrics on this and the way she sings it out - but hey - it's her music, she does what she wants with it. No Avril Lavigne comparison, I'm just saying that she has matured and one does not simply stay in a genre long enough to become an empire while you're at it. Simple enough, change is necessary and important.
To the song, I'm not gonna' repeat the title because of it's superb length and letters, it seriously doesn't compare to her older hits, I have to agree. Still, it has that love-hate vibe and what I really, really, really loved about the song was how Taylor connected with the listeners, in other words, audience. She puts in little snippets of her own voice and that is something that is gone in music today and by virtually lenient, is very cool and sweet. Let's not forget she also does it in the bridge, and I mean she was nominated Entertainer of the Year, so, why not?
The lyrics I have to say, are quite astounding. I mean, to be honest, we all know she is one of the better writers of the country genre and she proves it once again. Speak Now was a great album, and I've heard some critics already having high hopes of this one.
The song starts off with simple guitars, drums and Taylor's voice sinking in, which goes: 'I remember when we broke up / First time / Saying "this is it, I've had enough", cause' like / We haven't seen each other in a month / When you, said that you needed space - What?' When Taylor adds in the 'what?' part, it almost felt as if she was already having fun at the same time addressing what the song was about. Now although I have to say it was cheesy in a few parts, the overall flourish was cherishable and it was pretty catchy on the chorus.
RATINGS: (Before I go on, I have renewed the system once more, and I will have to drop a little more, so, bare with me.)
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Catchy, fun and sweet as usual, Taylor displays wealth in depth with this song.
SOUND: 8/10 - Always with the acoustic, gets me every single time.
LYRICS: 9/10 - The lyrics are well written, well composed and this is one of those songs which I feel connected to, and that is something seriously lacking in today's songs. Guaranteed.
OVERALL RATINGS: 26/30 - Taylor Swift scores with another hit single - I can feel it. With that, I must say WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER is awesome and I will be Playing It For Days. Have fun!
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.