REVIEW: CASSADEE POPE – ‘STAGES’ 0 231

Having first hit the music industry in pop group Hey Monday, before being thrust into the spotlight as a contestant on – and eventual winner of – The Voice USA in 2012, Cassadee Pope’s career has continued to skyrocket ever since.

Her latest – and hotly anticipated collection – titled Stages, addresses relationships, the shock of heartbreak and the utter joy that comes from the discovery of new love, all with a pop-country feel. Opening numbers, and 2018 releases, “Take You Home” and “One More Red Light”, get the album off to a strong start, the R&B rhythm of “Take You Home” in particular working brilliantly alongside Pope’s impressive vocals while “One More Red Light” is fairly easily the most country sounding inclusion on the album.

There’s a slight rock undertone to “How I Feel Right Now” before the album shifts into heartbreak mode with the first of a few break up songs, “Bring Me Down Town” which sees the central character of the song finally realising how futile it is to look back on and think about a former relationship – what’s gone is gone; move on.

If there’s any highlight on the album, it comes via latest single “If My Heart Had A Heart” – a brilliant little number which showcases every inch of Pope’s undeniable talent, while lyrically, it just screams to be played in arenas around the world with thousands upon thousands singing along to lyrics like “It would cut me some slack, have my back, it would give me a break.” With a great beat and thanks to it being damn catchy, this is a radio (and hopefully chart) hit if ever there was one.

Written almost like an open letter to the new companion of an ex, “FYI” will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and seen someone who used to be theirs happy (or maybe not) with someone else. Lyrics like “Sorry, I’m not sorry, it’s not my problem anymore” have an air of girl-power confidence about them while the song as a whole is upbeat enough to have listeners tapping their toes or dancing along wherever they might be when they hear it.

The musical interlude “Gavi” is a touching, piano solo tribute to Jasaon Gaviati, who died in 2015. Personally this piece resonated with me quite strongly, and lingered with me long after it had finished. It’s great to see an artist pay tribute to one of their own in this manner and Pope should be very proud of it.

The heart-break sentimentality of the album continues with “Don’t Ask Me” before the mood shifts into a slightly more upbeat mode thanks to “Still Got It”, while closing number “I’ve Been Good” – yes, that old expression we all use perhaps more than we should when we’re hiding how we really feel – will find a home with anyone who has put on a brave, confident face in front of an ex before.

Stages as a whole is a brilliant collection of songs that showcase Pope’s growth both as an individual and more importantly as an artist. A talent to be reckoned with, on the back of this album, her already strong fan-base and her impact and place in the music world, can – and should – only grow stronger.

Header photo credit: Jeff Nelson.

 

 

 

 

 

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CEO FIELDS UNVEILS HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE “YOURS” 0 35

It’s amazing what an idea can do. After dropping out of college and moving to LA, following managing a big pet boutique for a while, CEO Fields had the idea to launch his own fitness company for dogs. With business going well, Fields went on to invest his profits wisely and made his first million in two years.

This rags to riches story was personified and showcased for all to see and hear on Fields’ debut single “25/8” , which highlighted just how far perseverance and dedication to what you do can get you and now, with his business established, his position in the music world set on a solid foundation and his following on the rise, he’s sharing his latest work in the form of new single “Yours”, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the new release, Fields says:

“Yours is my version of a love song for the Boss Woman out there that has my heart and all of my attention. After ’25/8′ I wanted to speak to the women so that they know I have something for them too. It’s a fun song, both empowering and raunchy.”

Give “Yours” a listen below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

HARRISON CALDEIRA PRESENTS HIS NEW SINGLE “MAN UP” 0 42

Music is a HUGE part of Harrison Caldeira’s life. After being diagnosed with MS back in 2011, a diagnosis that at one point left him without mobility in his hands and feet, he found a new determination to be a part of a world that had provided him with so much pleasure throughout his life. After re-learning to play the guitar and while constantly working on his general health and well-being, he wrote and recorded his rather acoustic sounding EP, The Equinox, which was released back in 2017. Since then, Caldeira has spent the past couple of years writing and recording, taking the time to hone his craft and experiment more with his electric guitar.

Following on from the release of his previous singles “Friends With Benefits” and “Silence”, he’s now unveiled his latest work, a track titled “Man Up” and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to give the song its premiere.

Asked about the story and meaning behind the song, which fuses together soulful vocals with an electro-pop led sound, Caldeira says:

“Growing up, I was a really sensitive kid. I remember being told to “man up” when I tried to express myself. I love this song because it’s like an anthem to my younger self. Being that vulnerable person is who I truly am. So I wanted to turn that whole expression on its head to let people know that it’s cool to express yourself, and that being vulnerable is actually a strength.”

Give “Man Up” a listen below and for more information on Harrison Caldeira, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.