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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Late to the Party - Sleepy Hollow (Season 1 Episode 7)

By: Clare Belshaw
No wonder Paul Revere was so fast; he had a mad Hessian Axe wielding rider after him.

Ichabod is amazed at the amount of groceries Abbie has bought for him; I gotta say, so am I! Is this an American thing where everything lasts as long as  Twinkie? Ichabod is shocked that Abbie would pay for water and even more shocked when he hears that the Lake water isn't safe to drink.

Abbie don't show Ichabod An Inconvenient Truth... I don't think his poor little heart could take it.

Picture: Not an actual Native American

They seem to be bunkering down since the Horseman will be there within the hour... and did anyone expect Ichabod to hide during this time just because the Horseman can know kill him? Also I am disappointed they didn't do more with the Horesman not being able to kill Ichabod cause it certainly was never mentioned before last episode.

Oh hey, it's.. you... ex boyrfirend guy. Yep... still don't care. Oh wait, it's Andy in an Alley. Looks like they are bringing ex-boyfirend into the adventure more, yay?

Uh oh, looks like something fishy has happened down at the Freemasons house, for a moment I'm worried it will just be Ichabod against the horseman but Abbie shows up too. Now it's a party. The horseman has left however, taking some Freemason heads as party favours.

Irving again is being a really stand up cop; still not quiet believing Abbie and Ichabod but giving them a bit of room to believe in the impossible. Ichabod works out that Horesman was searching for his head; glad we have some consistency. Abbie and Ichabod want to destroy the head, Irving is not thrilled to say the least but he checks out the head anyway... and ohhhhhhhh noooooo! The Horseman is showing up. Don't you dear tell me that Irving is so understanding because the show has marked him for death.

Then suddenly a gun fight between Irving and the Horesman with a Matrix style axe throw... it's everything I didn't know I wanted. I also like the pure absurdity of the axe decapitating a raven on the wall. Nice touch.

Irving gets out with the head! Go Irving! Welcome to the scooby gang! Now Ichabod and Abbie have a montage of trying to destroy the head, however it turns out magic skulls of the embodiment of death? Pretty sturdy.

Looks like Abbie and Ichabod have a new quest, find manuscript to learn how to battle death, Ichabod goes off to annoy uninformed Museum instructors and converse about the ridiculousness of being charged for water. Adorable, although probably not the best time. Remember those Mason brother who got turned into Jack-o-lanterns? Try and stay focused on the mission. Good news is the manuscript is online, cue Ichabod trying to use a computer.

Also cue Ichabod giving Abbie some dating tops about Captain dull, who has traded dull in for looking sleepy deprived and jump edits. Which an interesting character does not make.

Andy appears behind Abbie and immediately gets should smacked for his trouble, boy don't you know not to sneak up on a well trained woman. It's gonna end with you jaw dislocated. There spooky conversation is interrupted by Ichabod ending up on a sex website... Oh Ichabod, welcome to the 21st Century.
Porn! Porn! Porn!

Ichabod has solved the mystery of the cypher, as Revere had hidden the code word on the back of the Horseman's teeth. They need to trap the Horseman in a cage of light; having no witch to summon daylight Abbie suggests UV light. Irving gets brought in to help set the trap up and Ichabod has to learn some hard truths about how his friends may not have been a noble as he though, starting with Thomas Jefferson. Spoken over a cute little montage of getting the house ready for the wet bandits... oh wait I mean the Headless Horseman. It's time for sundown... and wait... wait... is that what I think it is?


I'm so happy right now.

Ichabod rides through the graveyard with the Horseman in hot pursuit, with them having turned his skull into a lantern. The help it blend in with the Halloween toys they bought. A bit of subterfuge and Abbie playing the damsel card and BOOM! Right in the trap! I'm sad that there is no way this will last past one or two episodes. But for now, good job team. Hit the showers and get some Waffles.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fifth Harmony - 'Reflection' (Album Review)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Fifth Harmony finally unveil their long delayed debut album 'Reflection'!

It's been a long time coming, but what better way to release something then starting off fresh with a brand new year?

Anyway ex-X Factor USA contestants who were put together on the show (think One Direction, except this time with ladies) under the group name Fifth Harmony. A decision which blended these young talents together to form an equally talented and harmonising group!

Not only have they gone and produced a catchy pop album, they also managed to collaborate with big industry names such as Meghan Trainor (famous for her "All About That Bass" hit) on catchy Destiny Child channeling dance bop "Brave Honest Beautiful" (which should have been on the standard edition!!). Kid Ink also features on Jason Derulo's sister track (but better) "Worth It" and rapper Tyga makes an appearance on cooee and infectious "Like Mariah".

For a debut album, 'Reflection' is certainly a perfect starter as it manages to deliver a variety of hit singles. While it's not '***Flawless', due to some tracks being a little weaker and repetitive (like "Them Girls Be Like") when compared to the standouts of the album. But really, what's an album without a few weaker tracks?

Hopefully the girls can dominate globally with this album, and judging by the mid-success (which deserved better attention) of "BO$$" and "Sledgehammer" they are slowly getting there!

Now there's three great gal bands for the new generation, UK's Little Mix and other US girl band G.R.L. (who have just returned with new single "Lighthouse").

Best Tracks: BO$$, Sledgehammer, Worth It, Reflection, Body Rock.

Overall Rating:

Rihanna Returns With "FourFiveSeconds"

By: Nathan Bertao
Rihanna begins the R8 era with her most unexpected single yet...

After months of exciting rumors and torturous waiting, Rihanna has finally released the lead single from her upcoming eighth studio album. However, this isn’t the track everyone was expecting from her.

Featuring vocals from Kanye West, and instrumentals from Beatles legend Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds” is a stripped back pop track with country and folk influences. A departure from her signature pop/dance/r&b sound, Rihanna fans may be taken aback by her decision to release such a track, let alone make it the album’s lead single.

However, the track gives Rihanna the chance to prove herself in the vocal department like never before. Her voice feels raw and powerful alongside the production, which is kept simple, and to a minimum. Kanye also sounds great, getting the chance to sing both solo, and alongside Rihanna. The two have collaborated in the past on “All of the Lights” (2010).

The track is risky. Rihanna is primarily known for big, mainstream pop songs with memorable hooks and production, and “FourFiveSeconds” doesn’t exactly fit into that category. While the track isn’t terrible in any way, it doesn’t live up to the Rihanna standard that so many have become accustom to over the years.

With it being over two years since her last studio album (Unapologetic, 2012), it may have been wise for Rihanna to release something more expected and striking. Although, if any pop star has a chance of making a song like this a hit, the last ten years proves it’s Rihanna. Could this become her 14th #1 single in the United States?


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Sia Drops 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Track "Salted Wound" (Listen)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Sia unveils Fifty Shades Of Grey track "Salted Wound"...

Sia has dropped a hauntingly romantic track, titled "Salted Wound" for the upcoming film Fifty Shades Of Grey.

As usual it's stunning, as Sia delivers her powerfully talented raw vocals in a slow-paced and less-instrumental heavy fashion.

Listen to the track below:

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Revenge Season 4 Episode 14 "Kindred" Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
The dust settles as new plot-lines move forward on this week's Revenge.

Revenge came of its action high this week, planting the seeds for the rest of the season ...

A relaunched vendetta?... Victoria went back to dealing with her elitist group of friends as she attempted to launch her Daniel Grayson foundation, which gave viewers a glimpse at her assumed new enemy, Natalie Waters (played by Suits Gina Torres) but will she have more than one enemy to deal with when the show returns?

Upon the final minutes of the episode, viewers were given another shock death (this time off-screen) notifying Victoria that there has been a death in the family. There are two likely victims here as were running short on Grayson's: either Charlotte or Victoria's other non-Grayson son, Patrick.

Taking cues from the phone call, it's likely Charlotte (hopefully not though, as i'm kind of missing her) - who possibly couldn't deal with her brothers death and ended her life as she has attempted to do so several times. It could also be some other minor character.. some relatives of Conrad? Or could it possibly be 'bait' (which the next episode is aptly titled) to make Vic go after the Clarke's again..

Grrr, Revenge sure knows how to keep us intrigued.

*Side-note* Why did it take me till now to realise that David did the same thing Victoria did to Emily when she was child... Tarnish and damage the image of their loved ones.

Margaux takes a breather... With Vic still not hopping aboard Margaux's plan to bring down Emily, Margaux took a backseat. Well she attempted to coy Emily into social embarrassment over dating her father (hilarious!) which led to a icy little confrontation between the two.

BUT then she saw Jack, and for a second there she let go of her doomed-to-fail plan as she bonded with Jack over him telling her Daniel was a hero and that she would be an amazing mother. Are the writers trying to re-ignite something here?

Anyway Margaux has got herself into a bit of a pickle now, as her spy has conveniently scored some evidence in which Jack is talking to Amanda over the Kate Taylor murder... Whatever will she do now?

Jack finally deals with his feelings... Looks like Jack has finally come to the realisation that his still in love with Emily (you took your time didn't you Jack) after seeing Emily happy again with her father.

As we all know, love is a fickle thing (especially in TV drama land) as Emily has given into finding new love in Ben. Timing's a b***h  isn't it Jack?

Nolan & Louise drama settled... Turns out Louise's mum killed her father, and pinned it on Louise by again making her think she was insane (Btw, this plot kinda reminds me of Victoria and her mother way back in that flashback Thanksgiving episode).

Nolan phoned a friend to help bring the truth to light as Emily did some knife-fear technique to help uncover the memories of the night her father was murdered. Emily also managed to help bring back Louise after checking into her old mental clinic after falsely thinking she did indeed kill her father...

In the end Louise and Nolan managed to get the evil mother packing (and her lawyer lover). I still although sense that Louise's brother is innocent and will eventually hookup with Nolan...

Emily finally happy?...  David offered to help Emily become Amanda again, noting that she has nothing left to keep donning the identity. She cleared her father's name and made amends with the Grayson's (well they're all dead, and Victoria has kind of redeemed herself). But how can you abandon an identity you've assumed into for a whole eleven years?

Ben noted that it's easy to lose yourself in a false identity,  it's clear that Amanda has really become Emily Thorne as she is certainly not the same girl that she abandoned years ago. For once, she has actually found peace as Emily after struggling to come back to reality this season which thanks to her father has given her that very realisation.

Episode Rating:

It's a long wait till the next Revenge as the show is on hiatus until March *screams into a teary rage*. To tide you over, watch the promo for return episode"Bait" below:

See you all in March (possibly for the final few episodes ever!)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Arrow Season 3 Episode 10 'The Return' Recap

By: Clare Belshaw

Last episode left off with Oliver suffering from a bad case of sword in the chest and myself very excited to see how they handle this; I know enough about the DC Universe to know about the Lazarus pit. The mystical power that allows Ra's to keep coming back again and again. However I had hoped that since it isn't common knowledge among the casual TV audience that they really would try and build up the drama a bit. This episode ends with Oliver having recovered from his case of death and never having any real suspense for the audience about it.

That said the episode is at it's best following team Arrow trying to deal with the possible and then confirmed loss of Oliver. They however keep coming into the office everyday and fighting crime, with Diggle cosplaying as the Arrow *squee*. Arsenal really is killing it, I'm really looking forward to him getting some more attention as a hero, so far his drama has mostly been Thea or super serum related. Are you as excited as I am Roy?

The team however is struggling without Sempai Oliver and they catch one but the other gets away, back at the Quiver, Felicity is unwilling to discuss the possibility that Oliver is dead. Which is understandable, she has thought he's been dead a few times and he's come back, whereas the ever practical Diggle knows the odds are against him.

We also flashback to Hong Kong where the boys want to rescue Katana, Waller wants to stop bio terrorism... or use bio terrorism... it's always hard to tell when it comes to the Wall.

Ray Palmer is testing some of his tech, it's going the boring kind of bad rather than the blow up your office kind of bad so I guess that's a good thing. Felicity is feeling incredibly uncomfortable about helping another friend go into danger.

Laurel's in the court room kicking ass! I really would like a bit more on Laurel's day job, something I think we'll be getting less of the closer she gets to her night job. Although... I think that might just be a different show.

Team *missing* Arrow has tracked down the big bad of the episode... and oh my god it's VINNIE!! I love you Vinnie! Even if you do scare me a little.

And here we get into the problem of the episode, we see the corpse of Oliver and someone walking towards it; straight away we know  the Oliver is going to be back and back soon. Come on show, the ending was so strong, don't ruin it, leave us in some suspense.

Vinnie Jones (a.k.a Brick) doesn't take too kindly to people getting the police involved and the one who got away ends up a little worse for ware. Diggle finds a clue hidden around the remains. In the mean time it is revealed that the Quiver is really easy to break into. Merlyn is checking up to see if Oliver is alive, as Thea is getting very concerned that her brother hasn't come home. Felicity is adamant that he must still be alive. Malcom goes off, finds the sword the killed Oliver and makes it back... apparently within the hour. So I guess it turns out that all this time it was actually Merlyn who was the Reverse Flash.

Thea asks Roy to check in with the Arrow if he's seen Oliver, having realised that Roy is the guy in the red hood. Yay for having someone recognise the obvious, seriously cause I watched Sailor Moon I always expect everyone to have face blindness.

Felicity is done with team Arrow, but when they find out Brick's plan involve releasing every criminal Arrow placed away since he stopped Slade. Felicity may not want to stay in the team but she isn't going to let Oliver's efforts get washed away. However when Diggle and Arsenal get in a fist fight with Brick in a truck Felicity closes the gate, letting Brick escape and ensuring her friends don't get hurt. This also promotes her to tell Ray she won't help him become a vigilante because she doesn't want to see another friend die.

Diggle breaks the news to Thea about Oliver and clearly she is still concerned about what happens to Starling City if Team Arrow doesn't fight anymore. And oh! OH! Is it time? Yes it is! Time for the unveil of the new Black Canary!

Although I still miss Sara a lot.

If only there was some way to bring her back... in fact why the hell didn't I pick up on that earlier? Sara is the lover of not Talia, why didn't not Talia take her body back and pull a Lazarus? Well because it turns out it isn't Ra's who is bringing people back to life but Katana (who is not dead *yay*). This is an interesting change from the source material and I can't really see a reason for it yet as we know Ra's is too old for what he looks like so some form of magic has to be going on there.

Let's hope we find out why next week.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Must-Listen: Tove Lo's Raunchy New Hit "Talking Body"

By: Shahbaz Malik
Swedish hit-maker, Tove Lo delivers yet another pop smasher...

"Talking Body" marks the third single off "Habits" songstress, Tove Lo's debut album 'Queen Of The Clouds'.

It's such a catchy and naughty little jam - "If you love me right, we f**k for life."

Tove certainly has a good team behind her for making this jam (which I've had on repeat since hearing the album back in September last year) a single. A move that is already paying off, with the song already being a top 40 hit in the US!

And of course since it's a single fans have been treated to a cleverly filmed music video. The video portrays Tove in a fast-paced room-changing video, as she follows her criminal lover throughout clubs and strip clubs.

While Tove teased the video as being just as explicit as the song, the video is considerably tame in nature.

Watch the raunchy track's music video below: 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

WATCH: Zara Larsson Debuts US Single "Uncover" (Music Video)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Swedish newcomer, Zara debuts the US music video for debut single.

Zara Larsson is stepping into the limelight as January marks the beginning of her journey to cracking the US music market.

First up is Zara's signature and beautiful ballad, "Uncover" (which features on her first US EP of the same name) in which she touches on a secret relationship. 

Keeping with promoting the single, the 17-year old songstress has now debuted the official music video (which is conveniently shot in New York City!).

Big things seem to be in the works for this young talent, as it was recently revealed via social media that she is working on something huge with Dutch DJ and music producer, Afrojack!

Watch the debut music video below:

Get Zara's new EP 'Uncover' on iTunes.
Also check out our review on her debut album!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

WATCH: Ellie Goulding - "Love Me Like You Do" (Music Video)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Ellie drops music video for Fifty Shades Of Grey inspired single...

Ellie served one of the catchiest pop anthem for 2015 for the upcoming film of pop culture hit, Fifty Shades Of Grey!

Keeping with the success of the song, Ellie has managed to debut the music video just in time before the romantic flick's release in February.

The video is just as perfect as the single, and draws inspiration from Ed Sheeran's ballroom dance video for "Thinking Out Loud", except much more tame as it uses quite a few exclusive film clips from which the song was written for.

Watch the sensual music video below:

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WATCH: G.R.L. – “Lighthouse” (Music Video)

By: Nathan Bertao

New G.R.L. single is dedicated to the late Simone Battle

In September 2014, girl group G.R.L. was torn apart as member Simone Battle tragically took her own life, following a long battle with depression. While there is no doubt that the last few months have been extremely difficult for the four remaining girls, they have been working hard to pay tribute to their dear friend in the best way possible.

“Lighthouse” is a beautiful track about remaining strong, and being there for friends through difficult times.  Mixed with the always-memorable production by Dr Luke, it may be on its way to being G.R.L.’s biggest track yet. It certainly deserves to be. The track is more real and genuine than most of the songs charting right now.

If the lyrics were somehow unable to make you emotional, the music video most certainly will. Entirely dedicated to Simone, it features clips and images of her childhood and life, particularly the many enjoyable moments spent with her fellow bandmates. In between these, the four girls can be seen singing, clearly heartbroken by their sudden loss.

The music video concludes with an important and appropriate message dedicated to anyone who is battling depression:

If you or someone you know is suffering, please visit GRLGivesAnHour.org

No doubt Simone would not only be thankful, but proud. R.I.P Simone, you will be missed.

Watch the must see video below:

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LISTEN: Fifth Harmony Unveil Pop-Banger "Worth It"

By: Shahbaz Malik
Fifth Harmony release hot new track, straight off of upcoming debut album 'Reflection'

Fifth Harmony continue to impress with their pop jams, with yet another song being unveiled off the much-delayed debut album 'Reflection'.

Simon Cowell knew what he was doing when putting these talented gals together on USA edition of The X Factor (the season with Britney Spears & Demi Lovato), and it certainly shows on "Worth It".

"Worth It" has a Jason Derulo "Talk Dirty" flavour... except it's a whole lot better! Sorry, not sorry Jason...

 Listen to the club banger below:

M101 Track Rating: 4.5/5

'Reflection' will finally be available to listen and purchase this February!

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Revenge Season 4 Episode 13 "Abduction" Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
Revenge goes action-thriller...
Talk about a nail-biting episode!

Let's dissect the night's events:

Victoria and Emily unite... Who would have thought Victoria actually fear for Emily's life?!

Yes, the episode began with her blaming her once again but ended with her coming to Ems rescue. You all know how long i've been rooting for these two to put their differences aside *giddily jumps around*

Firstly, I knew right away that both Emily and Victoria were working together on the Jack/David plan. Then BOOM! David showed up and Malcolm snuffed out that his daughter was indeed dead, vowing to make David suffer the same with his daughter.

Then everything turned into a nail-biting fight to the death, as not one fave were at risk but four (five, counting newcomer Ben) as David was shot in the leg, Jack and Ben fighting Malcolm's henchman while Emily was brutally attacked by Malcolm (while Victoria tried to desperately to help out *shock face*) in which Vic came to the rescue and falsely confessed that she killed Kate (or as she put it, killed the "bitch").

From threatening to burn David's loved ones to chocking Victoria, Malcolm is defintley the most violent man we have ever seen on the ABC drama!

Anyway, by the end of it Emily nearly incinerated after being hit by a pole (in which Victoria yelled to warn Emily, btw) which led to the eventual six-time shooting from David that made Malcolm Black turn into blackened ashes after entering the very fiery pit he intended for Emily! Bye Bye.

David/Jack & Ben team up! Now that Ben knows Emily is Amanda, he has finally become likeable and enjoyable as Jack's cop buddy (when I couldn't stand them earlier in the season, over the yawn inducing change-room chats) as he proved an asset to David and Jack to recover Emily & Vic.

Jack and David seem to also have a father-and-son kind of relationship, in that Jack always ends up proving that his capable of taking care of a situation as David continually brushed off his advice earlier in the episode. If the lover-endgame is truly Emily & Jack, then David would perfectly fit into being David's nagging father-in-law.

But if Ben is to be Emily's new love though, they do now seem to share a connection as the closing of the episode saw him share a similarity of having to take on another identity. Ben's certainly got some skeletons in his closet, and perhaps it has to do with the upcoming *spoiler* arrival of his ex-wife.

Nolan proposes a new way to take down Louise's mum... While Emily has dealt with pretty much everyone who has mistreated her, Louise continues to be tormented by her mother (who is such a biatch).

I don't buy her mother's statement that Louise killed her father (I mean she's still grieving over how much she loved him) and think it's yet another attempt to make her think she's a fruitloop. I can't wait to see this woman get served!

I'm still running on the belief that Lyman is actually innocent in all of this, and will eventually become Nolan's future boyfriend. I mean I like Louise and Nolan together, except they seem to share a chemistry just as friends (it feels kind of strange when they pretend to be flirtatious). Only time will tell as the wedding goes forward...

Victoria lets go of David.. While Emily and Vic were locked up together, truths came out as Emily revealed that her father intended to murder her. Shockingly, Victoria acted humbly and wished David and Emily well after going though the ordeal they just faced.

Her path now is redemption as she's come to the realisation of her sins towards the Clarke's. All that's left for Vic now is her son's child (and her other son Patrick who is busy with his artsy new life while Charlotte [who i'm missing quite a bit right now] continues to recover in her never-ending rehabilitation).

Margaux begins her own revenge... This was kind of an anti-climatic end, I just can't take Margaux seriously as a villain.  I mean a pregnant bad gal?

I don't see this storyline lasting, perhaps Jack will come to the rescue and put an end to her ridiculous exposé. If Victoria thinks it's ridiculous (who takes the cake for being the most over-the-top when it comes to Emily) then it certainly is not worth it. But if this is indeed the last season, something needs to carry it forward.

Overall Rating:

It's yet another faux wedding! Watch the promo for next week's episode, "Kindred":

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