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Game of Thrones Season 4 (2014) Review

Another year ends in Westeros, fans begin the agonizing wait until April 2015.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Maroon 5 - V (2014) Album Review [Track By Track]

By: Shahbaz Malik
Maroon 5 are back with a brand new infectious and catchy album...


 Interscope Records
It's been a while, but Maroon 5 have returned with a new brand of pop songs! Adam Levine is pretty much all you really need to know to want to hear this album.

Here's a track-by-track look at 'V'.

1. Maps: An instant fun, rhyming and catchy track that is probably already stuck in your heads. It's the first single of the album, and draws you right into the infectious pop tone to come. 4.5/5

2. Animals: Sounding very close to 'Maps',  this track flows quite well from the opening track, with Adam Levine hitting the highest of highs on the chorus, complete with an epic howl. What's not to like? 4/5

3. It Was Always You: Hit after hit, this is another catchy pop tune to bop along too as Adam takes you on a journey of a love, that was always his. It gets a bit tiresome though after a few listens. 3/5

4. Unkiss Me: A perfect break from the upbeat tracks here, as Adam goes into ballad mode with a stripped back backdrop. 4.5/5

5. Sugar: A sort of filler track, but all-in-all a sweet little candy track that grows on you. 3/5

6. Leaving California: Songs About Jane anyone? This song oozes the bands old style, from the placement of the high chorus to the smooth and casual verses following. Fans will def love this track. 4/5

7. In Your Pocket: A mix of upbeat and downbeats here. It works at times but sometimes gets a little tiresome. The lyrics are also a little all over the place too, a phone in your pocket? Am I missing something here. 2.5/5

8. New Love: "Forgive Me" but this song is so good! It's a mix of classic Maroon 5 with a touch of their new style. It's just all really well formed, from the sassy Adam swearing to the arrangement of the instrumentals in accordance to Levine's voice, along with the amazing breakdown. Next single please? 5/5

9. Coming Back For You: 90's flash-dancing anyone? This track has a kind of disco vibe to it, with Levine cooeing out the catchy lyrics of "I'll be coming back for you, don't you worry girl". It's cool, but needs a little more lyrics to it. 3/5

10. Feelings: Another disco-ish kind of track, except it's more clevery arranged with Adam playing on the chorus, along with a play on certain line with Levine echoing dirty orgasmic sounds. 4/5

11. My Heart Is Open: Gwen Stefani makes a surprising appearance here, and makes for a beautiful stripped back ballad. Both Adam & Gwen flow perfectly with each other and prove a dynamic duo. The track is also penned by both Levine and Sia! Need I say more? 5/5

DELUXE TRACKS

12. Shoot Love: Another cleverly written track, that proves both catchy and is your usual driving and screaming along track. 3.5/5

13. Sex and Candy: A very chilled, and laid-back tune for those who love a good old stripped back country style track. 3/5

14. Lost Stars: Performed solely by Adam Levine, it's a stripped back Levine which makes for one of those good-feel songs to start the day to. 3/5

VERDICT: A perfect summer blend of classic Maroon 5, full of catchy tracks and ballads. It's much more diverse and strong than last album effort 'Overexposed'. Fans will love it, and should have radio air-waves alike pleased.

Overall Rating:
8/10

Watch the vid for their first single "Maps" below:

- Shahbaz Malik

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12 "Taking This One To The Grave" Recap

By: Shahbaz Malik
Pretty Little Liars delivers it's most shocking mid-season finale yet...

ABC Family
ABC Family weren't lying with the #FatalFinale campaign as we lost a major player in the A game.

Bye Mona... I believed the theories that Mona would fake her own death, but did not expect Mona to go out the way she did.

But to be fair, for one of the strongest and important characters she certainly got the most memorable and shocking death. For an ABC Family show, it was quite horrific to see Mona's blood scattered around the house, it didn't help that we got a creepy montage of A putting away a baby Jesus statue and replacing it with a Mona doll, and if that's not enough we got a look at her shocked dead body.

But take note, could this be a subtle reference to resurrection...

Jesus rose again (not getting religious here) but PLL love to drop sneaky hints. So that possibly maybe a hint that we may see Mona again, but perhaps only in flashback (in which actress Janel Parrish revealed she will be returning as) or ghost form.

Spencer goes to Jail... Yes, it came to full blow after last week's development of Melissa covering up Spencer's attack on the 'supposed' Bethany Young.

After Ali gave her lie detecting statement, the Rosewood police department set their target on Spencer. Let's see if Toby (who is now officially a police officer) can save her from this one when the show returns. Oh, and who bought the show's play on making us think he was the #FatalFinale victim?

Is Ali A? How intense was Emily and Alison's confrontation? Props to Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse on that epic scene, I could feel the ice between them.

But come on! I call dibs that this is creator Marlene Kings usual way of throwing us off again. Plus it's too obvious if A is actually A.

I mean she is still hiding something.. just look at that smirk at the end, but does it have to do with A business? Perhaps the show will take on the twin route afterall?? I have a strong sense that Bethany is Ali's twin after Melissa mistook her for Ali!

This years finale will surely go down as the most memorable mid-season finales in the show's history. It really says something when it also managed to muster 2.3 million viewers!

We will next see the PLL girls for a Halloween talk-special, before we actually get a new Christmas themed episode in December.

Overall Rating:
4.5/5

Watch the preview for the Halloween talk special below:
- Shahbaz Malik

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 "Thank You" (Series Finale) Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
True to the end, or a changed style?...


Sookie digs deep... It wouldn't be a series finale without some nods to the past, as we saw Sookie try her best to let go of Bill.

We saw her back in the kitchen with grandma Stackhouse and her best friend Tara as kids talking on their future life. Her grandmas delivered Sookie something that stuck throughout the episode, in that we should never limit ourselves as we are all capable of achieving what life has to offer.

Both great advice for Sookie and a warming message for us viewers. This, and Reverend Daniels comforting Sookie on being exactly who God intended were some great messages of the night.

Wedding bells... Although quite rushed and random, it was a necessary plot device for Bill to experience more of life before leaving the earth for good.

Jessica and Hoyt's happiness also served as a double purpose, in that it made Sookie realise what life can give her, if she just let it.

The Flashforward

New Blood: Eric and Pamela ended up together in the end, in a new business under Fangtasia. The distribution of 'New Blood'. It was a kind of corny end, but still kind of fun.

It's all thanks to Eric ditching Mr.Gus and his assassin army, along with saving Sookie from being hunted by assassinating them (how hilarious was that chilled driving scene with Eric?) as he took Sarah Newlin (aka The Cure) for his own.

Pamela even got her fill of the cure before the flash-forward, as Sarah tried to persuade her into a lesbian love affair (which of course didn't work).


Bridget & Jason... Go Jason! Love these two together, as both catered to the others needs and in the end fulfilled each others life wishes of having kids.

It was also nice to see Sookie actually approve of her, which goes to show that Bridget is Jason's true soulmate.

Also thank you True Blood, for giving us some final brother and sister moments too.. it's been a while since we got them confiding together on the show.

Lafayette is happy.. Wish we got more from him in the final episode, but at least we got to see that he finally got his happiness.

Sookie lives out Bill's wishes... Once burying Bill (RIP Bill Compton), Sookie than left the graveyard for the last time.

We then saw her once again throwing an outside dinner, with a baby bump and looking as happy then ever.  That's not all though, as Sookie in the end kissed a new bearded man, who we can assume to be her husband. It was a nice little touch to learn that she actually had a normal life after Bill.

There was also other tiny nods to other characters too (including Sam back with his family) which should of appeased to True Blood fans.

It was quite strange that for a show that was quite untraditional, had a very traditional send-off. As Bill would put it, everything has to come to an end eventually in order to go out gracefully.

Rest easy True Blood.

Overall Rating:
4.6/5

- Shahbaz Malik

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bang Bang, It's Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj's 'Bang Bang' Music Video

By: Shahbaz Malik
The pop diva trio's 'Bang Bang' music video is here!



It's one of the biggest collaborations of the year, as Jessie J's teamed up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for the sexily fun tune 'Bang Bang'.

The video premiered during this years MTV VMA's, along with the girls performing an epic live performance mashup of the song, which also included performances of Ariana's 'Break Free' and Nicki Minaj's ass-tastic 'Anaconda'.

We have both the music video and live performance for you to enjoy!

Watch them below, 'You Know You Want It'.


MUSIC VIDEO:


MTV VMA's 2014 LIVE PERFORMANCE:


- Shahbaz Malik

Music Weekly Wrap-Up (August 19): Taylor's back, Nicki Get Dirty, Charlie XCX Breaks The Rules & More!

By: Shahbaz Malik
Music is in full swing, with so many hot new tunes dropping this week!

Get in the know on all this week's latest jams below.



WATCH:

1. Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off"

Taylor Swift lets go off her country roots, and delivers her pop comeback!
Plus, she shoots down her haters.. Go Tay Tay!!



2. Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"

Talk about full on! Nicki dropped the video for cheeky track "Anaconda" and the vids just as cheeky... Watch it below:



3. Tove Lo - "Not On Drugs"

Tove Lo who hit the charts with her single "Habits" has delivered yet another infectious jam!

Watch the psychedelic music video below:



LISTEN:

1, Ariana Grande - My Everything (Album)

Ariana's second studio serving arrived this week, and 'My Everything' is pretty much everything we wanted!


Full album review here.

2. Maroon 5 - "Animals"

Maroon 5 dropped their latest track this week too, and it's amazingly catchy!

Listen to it below:


3. Charlie XCX - "Break The Rules"

Charlie XCX continues to deliver popping tunes, and her latest effort is yet another flawless one.


4. Lady GaGa Ft. Tony Bennett - "The Lady Is A Tramp"

GaGa continues to unveil her Jazz album. The track isn't as good as "Anything Goes", but if your a sucker for Jazz music you'll probably eat it up.



- Shahbaz Malik

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ariana Grande - My Everything (Album Review)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Ariana gives us a bit of everything on 'My Everything' while maintaining true to herself...



Pop diva of this generation, Ariana Grande has finally given us her second studio album.

This time around, Ariana gives us a bit of mainstream pop (which proves she can adapt to whatever you throw her way) while still remaining true to her usual sound of old school RnB and soulfulness. Of course her mainstream sounding hits have taken over the charts too with her collab with Iggy Azalea on 'Problem', followed by mega-hit DJ/producer Zedd on 'Break Free'.

I applaud Ariana for giving us more versatility this time around, which was missing from her debut album 'Yours Truly'.  But if you want to see her at her true potential, tracks like 'Why Try' and 'Just a Little Bit of your Heart' give you just that as she packs a punch with high emotion and personal lyrics along with delivering them at the highest of notes.

Other tracks showcase Grande's experiences of relationships, such as her swift and casual tone on 'Best Mistake' (which is kind of brought down by Big Sean overpowering it). 'Love Me Harder' on the other hand touches on a more sexual sort of sound, from the "biting lip" line to The Weekend's hip pressure lyrics. Plus the more blatant sexually infused track 'Hands On Me' is definitely a realisation that she has grown up since her last album despite people constantly accusing her of appearing as a 'little girl'.

Those haters are even addressed on bonus track titled 'You Don't Know Me', which basically states that she is more than just a pretty face. Go Ariana!

Arianators will no doubt be satisfied with this album as it delivers on all-fronts, wether your a mainstream fan or simply a lover of her usual work. Plus, lovers of pop and newcomers alike will be merely pleased with Grande's serving of tunes on 'My Everything'.

Overall Rating: 
9/10

Must-Listen Tracks: Why Try, Break Free, Problem, Love Me Harder, One Last Time, My Everything, You Don't Know Me (Bonus Track).

Watch the music video for her latest single 'Break Free' below:


- Shahbaz Malik

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” (Single Review)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Taylor Swift is back with a brand new single! Get our verdict...


Taylor Swift has officially ditched her country roots for her recently revealed upcoming new album ‘1989’.

In a live announcement, Taylor revealed that her latest effort is pure pop perfection and if her first single “Shake It Off” is anything to go by, she’s not lying.

No guitar strings here, as the song uses a funky catchy mix reminiscent of her other major catchy pop hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.

It’s a statement on what the media has constantly been throwing Swift’s way, from her love life to just plain simple haters hating.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Watch the clip for the new single below, and tell us what you think of Taylor’s new direction! Your either gonna shake, shake, shake or hate, hate, hate it.



- Shahbaz Malik

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 9 "Perishable" Recap

By: Shahbaz Malik
Teen Wolf went all out this week, and maybe just a tad overboard.

MTV
And The Benefactor is... Meredith?

Thought she was dead, but we were wrong... I'm assuming she just wants revenge for her wrong-doings and judging from next week's promo she seems just a crazy list obsessed killer.

Oh and it was Lydia and her grandmother that pushed this girl into insanity. I feel sorry for Lydia as she feels guilty of the path she has taken, but maybe this will change next week?

Detective Parrish is supernatural? Talk about surprises, we all knew something was supernatural about him after appearing on the deadpool-list for 5K (yeah, not 5 dollars).

We saw him killed by another fellow Deputy for a quick cash-in, but boy did he regret it as Parrish came back all hot in black ash and completely nude to get his revenge.

One theory right now, goes by the word Phoenix. Take what you must from that...

Drunken times, or music high? Malia, Liam got drunk and later united as a team with Scott after a presumedly drunken bonfire, except it was some crazy-ass music disturbing their minds.

Thankfully, Derek came to the rescue.. Aww, don't you just love him looking out for Scott. But yes, we need some more info on this drug-inducing music though...

Stydia or Stalia.. We all love when Stiles and Lydia are together, as it's just classic Teen Wolf. I mean Stalia is still awesome, but Lydia shares a greater history with our loveable geeky Stiles. Seeing him get all protective over her and getting all mystery.inc Stydia again proves just why we love these two together!

List confusion.. What is going on?! Derek has been removed, and the list has changed. A current theory surfacing amongst Wolfies is because his losing his supernatural powers.

Perhaps Kate was actually protecting Derek to get off the list? Does this mean she's still crushing over Derek then? If she is, gurl has some competition.

Rating:
4.5/5

Next episode airs a day early due to the MVMA's, watch the promo below:

- Shahbaz Malik

Jessica Lowndes New Single "Silicone In Stereo" Details Revealed + Snippet!

By: Shahbaz Malik
Post-90210, Jessica Lowndes is now ready to take on the music world along with promoting her latest film project.


After the sad cancellation of 90210, Jessica Lowndes has been MIA in the music and entertainment world. But if you follow her on Instagram you would see that the Canadian beauty has been hard at work in the studio, along with filming her latest flick ''The Prince" alongside Bruce Willis and 50 Cent!

"Silicone In Stereo" is the title of her upcoming single, and touches on the good and bad dealings of the LA dream.

Watch her discuss the track below:



We can't wait to hear it Jess! In the mean time, listen to a quick snippet of the track here.

"Silcone in Stereo" will be available to purchase on Amazon & iTunes on September 9th.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 "Love Is to Die" Episode Review!

By: Shahbaz Malik
True Blood's penultimate episode delivers in setting up the final goodbye...

HBO
Jess fulfils her destiny... Jess reclaimed what was hers before turning into a vampire by reuniting with Hoyt. And to conceal the re-union, what better way then finally having hot steamy sex!

Bridget and Jason .. After last weeks episode I sensed these two would get together after Jason's crazy ex was killed.

Bridget saw past his sexual facade, and comforted Jason over Hoyt's angry words after Jason worked his magic in helping Bridget with an airline woman (only Jason knows best to manipulate the female species). Plus Jason got all intimate this time, instead of the usual mindless animal sex.

I sense these two will get a happy ending, and possibly have kids together? #fingerscrossed

Sookie's heartbreak.. Bill went through with his decision to not take the cure. While some might say it's selfish, I think it's rather courageous. I mean who would want to live forever? There's always a beauty in beginnings and endings, and Bill wants Sookie to move on away from the darkness.

But is this really goodbye? We didn't see Bill bite the dust tonight, but all will be revealed in next week's final.

Eric in a desperate situation... Poor Pamela being the constant victim in order to make Eric's decisions, this time he had to reveal the truth of others knowing about the cure! And now the assasin mafia is headed for Bill and Sookie (if Eric did tell their location).

Bill also tonight seems to have made Eric have the same mind-set when it comes to Sookie, as he refused to go inside when she offered. Afterall Eric and Bill only want whats best for Sookie and it looks like Eric will follow through with Bill's wishes.

Ginger gets what she wants... and falls to sleep.

Eric finally gave her what she's craved forever, even though she was Hep V infected. It was hilarious seeing her just get a little touch of intimacy from Eric before she got all she needed.

While Eric said his immune to Hep V, I can't remember that being revealed before.. Has Eric gave up his thirst of life if he was lying, and meet the same fate as Bill?

Overall Rating:
4/5

It's the end of HBO's blood-sucking drama, so take a look at the final ever promo for True Blood:


- Shahbaz Malik

Friday, August 15, 2014

Music Weekly Wrap-Up (August 10): Hilary's Radio Return, Ariana's Space Adventure & Iggy's Revenge Trip!

By: Shahbaz Malik
It was a big week for pop music lovers this week, so get up to speed with these MUST listen/see tracks!


LISTEN:

1. Hilary Duff - "All About You"

If you were disappointed with "Chasing The Sun" (which was honestly not that bad), it was rumoredly just a buzz single and this is her official radio return! 


2. DEV - "Kids"

DEV has been a hit and miss (even though her tracks are crazy good) with only a few tracks cracking the radio-waves (Dancing in the Dark, and her collab with Far East Movement on 'Like a G6'). She has now given a taste of her new EP "Bittersweet July" with a song titled "Kids" and it's a pure dance party-starter.


WATCH:


Ariana shows off a more sexy side in her galactic inspired music-video for "Break Free". It gives us some serious 90's space inspired music-video flashbacks too! Watch it below.


2. Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora - "Black Widow"

Ever hated a bad customer so much that you thought of a whole 'Kill Bill' inspired film in your head to get revenge? Well, Iggy Azalea does just that in her video for new single "Black Widow"


3. Sam Smith - "I'm Not The Only One"

Feeling emotional? Than your going to love Sam Smith's latest ballad. Plus, Glee beauty Diana Agron makes an appearance in the music video!


4. Dami Im - "Gladiator"

X Factor - Australia winner is now onto her third single and shows no signs of slowing down with her latest catchy-warrior inspiring song "Gladiator". Check it out below.


- Shahbaz Malik

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WATCH: Ariana Grande Debuts Intergalactic Music Video For "Break Free"!

By: Shahbaz Malik
Ariana Grande reveals quirky and sexy video for "Break Free".


Looks like Ariana is stepping it up in the music video department. The former Nickelodeon stalwart is now trying out more raunchy moves in her latest vid, which are very Katy Perry reminiscent.

The producer of the song, Zedd also makes a surprising appearance near the end to showcase his DJ moves in space!

And is just me or does it give you Britney Spears 'Oops!...I Did It Again' feels?

Watch the video below:



- Shahbaz Malik