3 New Songs I Like

3 new songs I’ve discovered in the past month are Hold Back the River by James Bay, Renegades by X Ambassadors and Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy.

Hold Back the River by James Bay has an interesting sound and a great beat. I also like that it starts low and slow in the beginning and gets louder and faster as it gets to the chorus. The song reminds me of Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye and Take Me to Church by Hozier in that the first time you hear it it sounds kind of unremarkable and not very memorable but upon subsequent listens it begins to grow on you and you don’t understand why you didn’t like it at first. Bottom line if you’ve heard it before and weren’t too impressed at first give it more of a chance.
Chaos and the Calm
Hold Back the River can be found on the James Bay’ album Chaos and the Calm.

Renegades by X Ambassadors is another song I’m enjoying right now. It has a nice beat, an upbeat, catchy chorus and ever since songs like Ho Hey by The Lumineers or Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men I’ve really liked folk rock infused songs and this song has a little bit of that at times.
Renegades XA
Currently Renegades is only available as a single but will be available on X Ambassadors’ album VHS when it comes out June 30th.

Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy is the fourth single released from their new album. When Fall Out Boy released their 1st new album in four years in 2013 I was excited to hear that they were back from hiatus. The only problem with the album, Save Rock and Roll, was that I didn’t like their new songs as much as I did their old ones. It wasn’t until the first single, Centuries, off their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, that I found that to me they had found their pre-hiatus sound again. Now as for the song Uma Thurman I like that it samples some of The Munsters’ theme music while retaining the sound that is uniquely them. It’s just a really great feel good song and fun to listen to.
American Beauty:American Psycho
The newest Fall Out Boy album that includes the song Uma Thurman is entitled American Beauty/American Psycho.

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New Imagine Dragons Album 2015

Even though Imagine Dragons has only put out one album, Night Visions, so far they are doing quite well for a fairly new rock group. 5 of the songs on the album became singles; It’s Time, Radioactive, Hear Me (UK only), Demons and On Top of the World and they even got a Grammy award for their song Radioactive. I really enjoy the songs on Night Visions and consider myself a fan of Imagine Dragons.

On December 16th, 2014 Imagine Dragons announced the name and release date for their second album. It’s called Smoke and Mirrors and it will be released on February 17th, 2014. You can pre-order the album now. An exclusive Deluxe edition is available for pre-order from Target, it will have 4 extra songs.

Smoke + Mirrors

List of songs on Smoke and Mirrors:

1. Shots
2. Gold
3. Smoke And Mirrors
4. I’m So Sorry
5. I Bet My Life
6. Polaroid
7. Friction
8. It Comes Back To You
9. Dream
10. Trouble
11. Summer
12. Hopeless Opus
13. The Fall

Two singles have been released from Smoke and Mirrors so far; I Bet My Life and Gold. You can tell just from those 2 tracks that Imagine Dragons is trying something a little different. A lot of Night Visions had a little bit of a pop sound while these 2 new singles sound more rock.

I pre-ordered my copy of Smoke and Mirrors from Amazon. I can’t wait to check out the rest of the tracks on the album.