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And Just Like That… we’re back to the 90’s (or kind of)

Hey guys!

Loooong time no see. I have to say that the whole pandemic and lockdown combo have killed my creativity for a while, but as a big BIG fan of the 90’s, I feel like now is a good time to come back since And Just Like That premiered on the 9th of December.

And Just Like That sees the return of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, 3 of the 4 besties from the iconic Sex And The City series. Kim Cattrall is not part of the reunion: she moved on, and the fans know that Sarah Jessica Parker, aka Carrie Bradshaw is actually not her best friend in life.

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to watch this new series, because Samantha was the most interesting character and the signature of the show to me. Also, I found the films terrible. It didn’t bring anything to the original series and the storylines were so predictable. It ruined the spirit of the show for me.

And finally, I was afraid that the tone would change. Sex And The City was so bold and unique (I mean, women in their 30’s talking so openly about sex, I don’t remember any other series like that in the 90’s) that I didn’t think it was possible to get the same tone with different writers and of course, in a different era.

Before I really get into it, just know that there will be some major spoilers here for the first 2 episodes, so if you haven’t watched it yet… stop reading now.

First, let me say… it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

I guess the main problem in my opinion is that some things feel so unatural that it made me cringe a few times. And unfortunately, it’s mostly related to my favourite character, Miranda: Miranda’s political rant, Miranda’s son and his sex life, Miranda’s drinking problem, Miranda’s aggressiveness…

Let’s start from the beginning. The opening theme is a remix of the original one, and we find the 3 friends having lunch like good old times.

They are all still married to the men they ended up with in the original series and Carrie is now an influencer and co-hosts a podcast, Miranda quit her law firm to go back to studies and Charlotte seems to be a stay at home mum, with pretty strong ideas on how her daughters should look like and what they should be.

As they run into someone they know, we’re quickly getting the beginning of an explanation as to why Samantha isn’t hanging out with them anymore. She moved to London for work. Ok, fair enough.

But as Carrie and Miranda walk away, we finally get the full story: Carrie and Samantha fell out when Carrie told her she didn’t need a publicist anymore… What?? I completely agree with the other bloggers. This is definitely not what Samantha would do. She’s always been the less judgemental character of all, and probably the more independent too. It doesn’t make any sense.

Let’s address the Big storyline now. I’m not so shocked about the fact Carrie didn’t call 911, I guess when you’re facing this situation, your brain can completely freeze. At first I thought getting them a divorce would have sufficed, but then I thought about this again, and I understood why the writers killed him off.

If the couple had gotten a divorce, Big could have come back and messed with Carrie’s head every time she was in a healthy relationship, like he used to in the original series. To me, the idea was to give the show another dimension and I have to say, I’m on board. But I also have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of either Carrie or Big, and I’ve never understood why they are seen as the ultimate couple goal when they are the most toxic couple in all series of all time. I’m hoping though that the series won’t be all about grief, and that we’ll jump forward in time at some point to see Carrie dating as a widow.

I was talking about things that don’t flow naturally, such as Samantha’s reason to leave the gang . I’m of course all for diversity and I’m very happy the show is more inclusive thanks to the addition of the new characters. However, I felt like there was sooooo many social issues addressed in only 2 episodes that it seems like the show runners did a checklist. I wish they had introduced the new characters in the long run instead. I remember the quote from Anthony, when they all are at Lily’s piano recital “Give black Charlotte a glass”. This is exactly how I felt: every white character has their black alter-ego. This is great in theory, but in terms of how it’s introduced, it almost seems like a parody. The writing could have been better here.

Finally, I think that there are some obvious storylines already, particularly on the Miranda angle. As I mentioned above, we can already tell she’s going to have a problem with alcohol, and after watching the (very) awkward first scene between her and Che, Carrie’s boss, I have the feeling the writers are going to make Miranda question her sexuality. I think they were trying to create a chemistry between the 2 characters.

I also know that Aidan, Carrie’s ex boyfriend will make a come back in the show, but I’m really hoping they are not going to put them back together. First, it would be so predictable, and also I’m still not over the way Carrie treated him in the original series. He deserves better! #teamAidan .

To sum it up: I thought the 2 first episodes were quite heavy and dark for a reboot, but thank God for the few funny lines that made me catch a glimpse of the spirit of the 90’s show such as at Big funerals “Am I the only who remembers how much of a prick he was to her?” or after Carrie loses it in the hallway of her flat “Great, am I going to be that neighbour now?“.

I think there was too much going on even if I understand they wanted to come back with a bang. I will still watch the whole season, because as I said earlier, it’s definitely not as bad as I thought it would be but I really hope I’m going to be surprised with the evolution of the characters and storylines.

I think it’s also interesting to mention that Big and Samantha’s ghosts linger in the 2 episodes. They are the most present absent of the episodes! I feel like the show runners are desperate to leave an open door for Samantha to come back, even if I really don’t think Kim Cattrall will have a change of heart.

I know a new episode came out yesterday, so I need to catch up now.

Feel free to discuss in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the reboot too! I might write about the show again after watching the full season.

You can watch the new series on Now TV in the UK, or Salto in France.

Have a lovely Xmas guys and thanks for reading my blog! I’ll try to be more consistent in 2022. x

Podcasts de “What’s Up, Glesga”

Hello tout le monde!

Oui, je sais ça fait longtemps mais je vous avoue que l’inspiration me manque cruellement en ce moment. L’année 2020 a mise à mal ma créativité, et me concentrer plus de 20 minutes est un vrai challenge. Mais écrire et partager avec vous me manque donc je vais essayer de m’y remettre plus régulièrement!

Je reviens aujourd’hui pour vous donner des nouvelles de ma chronique radio “What’s Up, Glesga” dans “British Connection, l’émission rock”. Comme vous le savez peut être, j’ai fait mes premiers pas en tant que chroniqueuse radio en Septembre 2020, d’une manière totalement inattendue!

J’ai monté un projet qui me tient beaucoup à cœur l’été dernier après avoir obtenu mon diplôme en Music Business. et qui s’appelle, sans surprise… “L’Ode Rose”. (Je sais que mon article sur ma reprise d’études vous avez bien plu, si vous ne l’avez pas lu: cliquez-ici)

L’Ode Rose” est un projet visant à faire connaître des artistes Écossais en France, et aussi à promouvoir la culture musicale Française en Ecosse. C’est dans ce cadre là que j’ai contacté Philippe, de l’émission “British Connection” via Faceboof car je souhaitais lui envoyer des titres à passer et il m’a gentiment proposé d’animer ma propre chronique à la place.

Je vous avoue que le défi était de taille, vu que je n’avais jamais fait ça de ma vie et comme en plus j’ai tendance à parler vite, j’ai des kilomètres de bêtisier en stock. Si vous voulez vous marrer, je vous en ai posté un récemment: bloopers.

J’ai dû mettre 2h à enregistrer la première chronique (qui est censée durer 5 minutes!) mais finalement, après avoir fait crasher Audacity et testé 50 fois les effets et les techniques d’édition audio…. je m’en suis sortie. J’en suis maintenant à la 4ème et ça commence à rentrer!

Une fois par mois, je vous parle donc de la culture musicale Écossaise dans sa globalité et selon mon humeur: je vous présente parfois des titres que j’ai découvert et que j’aime particulièrement, des artistes incontournables et ancrés dans la culture écossaise, des anecdotes sur la vie musicale à Glasgow etc …

“British Connection, l’émission rock” existe depuis 1982 et elle est diffusée sur 150 radio FM & web en France, Belgique, Suisse, Canada et à La Réunion. Vous pouvez retrouver toute la liste des radios qui diffusent l’émission en cliquant ici.

J’adore faire des recherches, vous raconter des anecdotes étonnantes, vous faire partager mes coups de cœur et je remercie encore mille fois Philippe de m’avoir donné cette belle opportunité. Il semblerait d’ailleurs que l’univers de la radio m’appelle en ce moment. C’est étonnant ce tournant que prend ma vie artistique, je vous en dirai plus très bientôt!

Je vais vous mettre les liens des podcasts de l’émission à la fin de cet article que j’actualiserai chaque mois avec la nouvelle chronique. J’apparais dans la partie 3, au milieu.

J’espère que ça va vous plaire, n’hésitez pas à suivre l’Ode Rose sur les réseaux sociaux (@loderosepr) ainsi que “British Connection, l’émission rock” sur Facebook. A bientôt!

Chronique de Septembre 2020: Electric Honey

Chronique d’Octobre 2020: Top 3 des chansons populaires en Ecosse

Chronique de Novembre 2020: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Chronique de Janvier 2021: Présentation du groupe Quiche

Joining a French radio show from September onward!

Hey guys!

Yeeees I’m back, it’s been way too long I know. I have to admit that inspiration was hard to find during the pandemic and I could only focused on one thing at the time. Since I had to finish my studies, it obviously took me most of my time and energy!

But I’m a Music Business graduate now!

It is such an achievement for me as going back to studies after 16 years of being a professional singer was enough of a big challenge already but I also chose to do it in a foreign country. I’m very happy and proud I managed to go through with it especially during this challenging time.

Anyway, I know now what I want to do in the music industry: I want to work in PR & Marketing. That is why I started “L’Ode Rose PR” as a personal project during lockdown and it aims to promote Scottish artists in France, and vice versa. I would like to be a musical bridge between Scotland and France! It is important to me to share both culture, the one from the country I was born in and the one from the country which had made me feel like home for 3 years already.

I asked two bands I really believe in, Chris Greig and The Merchants and Stranded Astronaut if they would be happy with me trying to get them some radio plays and blog reviews in France and I was delighted when they agreed.

That’s how I had the idea of getting in touch with Philippe from my Facebook friends list, as I remembered he had a radio show called “British Connection” where he plays some of the best British music. It suits my project perfectly, isn’t it? I initially contacted him to ask if he’d be happy to play some tracks I would send him.

This was a looooong intro to get there, but as you read it in the title of the article, Philippe actually offered me to have my own radio show within his show once a month! If you follow me on my social media you have probably heard the news already but I thought it was a nice way to make a comeback on the blog.

It’s called “What’s up Glesga!” and I’ll be talking about the Scottish musical culture and will play my favorite “track of the month” for the French audience to discover new and/or unsigned Scottish talents.

I am so happy to join the team, I feel like my journey as a PR is properly starting and I can’t wait to be on air and to develop my business. Huge thanks to Philippe for giving me this opportunity!

I can already tell you that I will talk about Electric Honey Records in my first show. I’m currently working on my jingle and the recording.

I’m buzzing for this! You can follow British Connection on Facebook to get the updates on my radio show.

I realised now that I’m done that I could or should have written this article in French as the show will be in French but well, don’t worry my French friends, I’ll write about it in my mother tongue very soon to make sure you don’t miss the show!

Thanks for supporting me in this new adventure!

L’Ode Rose PR is on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Beverly Hills 90210, reboot

First, I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a true fan of Beverly Hills 90210. I was about 10 years old when the show became huge in France so I couldn’t identify to the main characters. My biggest problem at that time was to pick up some clothes for my Barbie doll. So rich girls’ problems with boys… I didn’t get it and I wasn’t interested.

When I was older, I decided to watch the whole show again from the beginning… I liked it overall but it never became my favourite serie.

When I heard they were preparing a 2nd reboot with the original cast (the 1st reboot happened in 2008 and only featured Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty in season 1 and 2) I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, especially when Luke Perry (Dylan) died the same year this reboot was announced.

Fox ordered 6 episodes, aired the first one last Wednesday and I managed to see it on friday. Click here to see the new opening intro.

So let me tell you straight away: this isn’t an actual reboot, it’s the story on how the reboot is going to be made. Are you confused? Great, me too.

The dream team play a satirical version of themselves inspired by their real lives.

In this pilot, the gang finally reunites at a fan convention in Las Vegas. So Tori Spelling plays Tori, a married mother of 6 whose TV reality show is about to be cancelled, and she has to find a way to pay the bills. Brian is slightly jealous of his much more famous wife and Shannen is away, taking care of the planet. Jennie is going through a divorce, Gabrielle is a new grandmother, Jason tries to make it as a director and Ian is a successful businessman, taking every chance he gets to promote his project.

It reminds me a little of “Episodes”, the serie where Matt LeBlanc plays Matt LeBlanc, who is desperately trying to get back into the spotlight.

Anyway, halfway through the episode, I still wasn’t sure I understood what I was watching.

I can’t deny that it is a very creative idea as they don’t have to come up with an explanation about Dylan’s death for instance, but I don’t know how I feel about it after watching it.

BH 20910 is clever for sure as there are a lot of references to the original show.

Shannen Doherty doesn’t come to the BH90210 reunion with the journalists but still manages to steal the whole cast’s thunder with an Instagram live appearance on a huge screen. We all remember that Shannen and the rest of the team had their share of drama back in the 90’s to the point she got fired, to the great disappointment of the fans.

Speaking about them, they always thought Andrea, played by Gabrielle Carteris, was gay. So Gabrielle explores her sexuality in this reboot and kisses a woman in a bar.

Donna and David have always cared for each other throughout the original series, whether they were dating or not. Tori and Brian still have this close bond in the reboot, even if they haven’t seen each other for years.

So to sum it up, this new reboot is inspired by the actual lives of the actors, the lives of their character in the show and sometimes also by what happened backstage in the 90’s. Yeah I know, I told you this is very confusing.

If I’m being honest, I didn’t laugh a lot, even if it’s supposed to be satirical. I think something is missing and the first part of the episode is kind of awkward. I didn’t feel any chemistry between the actors when they met up at the airport. It seemed pretty hypocritical and I felt like the magic was lost. The second half gets a little better and the tribute to Luke Perry in the end in truly moving.

So for now, let’s just say I’m not entirely convinced this reboot is necessary. Yes, there are some good ideas and it’s weirdly funny sometimes but it’s also very messy.

It’s only going to be 6 episodes (that’s what we know so far), but will they be able to build a good storyline? I will watch the next episodes anyway and see what it brings!

Have you seen this new reboot? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!

The Lion King

It took me some time to go and see the new Lion King, and yet I was very enthusiastic when I saw the trailer for the first time.

But I heard some people were disappointed in the film, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to go and take the risk of ruining the memory I had of one of the best Disney films I’ve ever seen.

Then I thought the director Jon Favreau did a very good job directing the latest version of The Jungle Book (2016) so I finally decided to trust my first instinct and go and see his adaptation of The Lion King. Without wearing waterproof mascara. I should have known better, what a mistake! =)

I have to say that I really don’t understand how people can be disappointed… the film is so incredibly beautiful that it is actually hard to believe that the animals and the sceneries have all been created in a studio and are therefore computer-generated. The remake makes you wonder if animation can get better than this.

The opening scene with the “Circle of Life” song in the background is truly outstanding and echoes the original film almost shot for shot: We’ll get this feeling again a lot during the film. From this moment on, you can already tell that it was important to the team to maintain the spirit of the Disney classic.

I know that a lot of people didn’t like the film because it looks too realistic and to them, it ruined the emotional dimension of the first version. I strongly disagree with that. In fact, I felt more connected to these animals BECAUSE they seem so real. This only enhances the sensibility and the emotions in the scenes in my opinion.

Let’s talk about the voice cast now.

First, what a delight that James Earl Jones came back for the voice of Mufasa. He was such a perfect king in the original version. His strong and deep voice is the best one to teach young Simba about the circle of life, how to be a good king and how he will someday watch over him through the stars.

Both young Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Simba (JD McCrary) are carefree and full of energy and their voices blend so well on “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”.

I wish Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar) sounded just as vicious as Jeremy Irons, the original one. Though Ejiofor does a really good job, Jeremy Irons will forever remain the voice of the most vicious and despicable villain Disney has ever known.

Donald Glover is a great choice for adult Simba, as the voice of a charming and powerful leader.

As for Beyoncé, she’s a perfect fiery and passionate adult Nala and her rendition of “Can you feel the love tonight” is beautiful, even if slightly unsubtle. It can be a little distracting for the audience when she sings, as she really sounds like Beyoncé and not Nala anymore.

Billy Eichner (Timon) captured the witty sense of humour of the original Timon and gets most of the funniest lines that he delivers in a very sarcastic way. Seth Rogen as Pumbaa is hilarious. The duo light up every scene they’re in.

I would like to mention a reference to the classic during “Hakuna Matata”. In the original, Pumbaa explains why he’s been rejected by the other animals and Timon stops him in the middle of his speech: “Pumbaa, not in front of the kid!”. He doesn’t in this version, and Pumbaa asks him “Are you gonna stop me?”. I thought this was a clever and funny reference that only people who saw the film several times would get!

Finally, the arrangements of the new versions of the songs are a little different and more modern but still in the spirit of the original ones. I only regret that Scar’s one “Be prepared” is a lot shorter here as it has an interesting dramatic dimension in the first version that could have been exploited more in the remake.

And thank God, they kept the wonderful and irreplaceable orchestral music by Hans Zimmer, which is just as moving now as the first time I heard it. His work on the film is his masterpiece to me.

Jon Favreau said in a documentary about the film that they wanted to capture what people’s memory was of the original Lion King with both the music and the imagery. He also wanted to maintain the spirit while showing something new and surprising.

Well I guess it sums up pretty well my feelings about this beautiful remake.

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 is probably the film that most people were looking forward to seeing while being worried that it would ruin a perfect trilogy.

Toy Story 3 ends with Andy donating his toys to little girl Bonnie, including his long-time best friend Woody the sheriff. They play together before he leaves, and the toys can finally start their new lives with Bonnie. We all thought that was it!

None us was expecting a new chapter after this bittersweet and yet lovely ending, but here we are, following the new adventures of our favourite heroes 9 years later. I’m always a bit scared of being disappointed when a new installment is made so much time after the last one. Have we lost the magic? Fortunately, the magic is still here for me! First, because the animation is incredibly beautiful and also, because it takes our beloved Woody to another lever.

Funny thing to mention: there were no kids at all in the room when I was at the cinema!

-Spoilers alert! –

The plot

Woody has always been very dedicated to his kids. When little Bonnie burst into tears before going to kindergarten orientation, Woody sneaks into her backpack to help her get through the day. She creates a new friend at school named Forky, made of lollipop sticks and a spork, who comforts her more than any of the other toys. From this moment on, Woody’s mission is to keep Bonnie’s new favourite toy around, as Forky isn’t willing to embrace his new life as a toy and would rather throw himself away every chance he gets.

When the little girl takes the whole gang to a family trip, Forky jumps out of the window and Woody goes after him to try and make him understand how important he is to Bonnie. They will meet old and new friends along the way that leads them back to Bonnie.

The first thing to say about this film is that all the Toy Story’s classic themes are front and centre again: an existential crisis and insecurities, the importance of moving on, the rescue of a lost toy… though Forky (Tony Hale) is supposed to be the main character here, we can tell that it is really about Woody (Tom Hanks) trying to figure out his place in the world, as the film goes.

In my opinion, Toy Story 4 is possibly the weirdest film Pixar has ever made, as this film is like a horror film for kids. Most of the scenes in the antique store are pretty creepy, and there are a lot of references to iconic horror films such as The Shining or Chucky. I actually got lost in the film during these scenes, and I was expecting to scream and jump , forgetting that it was a Pixar film =)

But I can’t tell you how many times I laughed to tears as well! The dialogues are brilliant and smart, with a sharp sense of humour and the film is full of running gags involving Forky’s desperate attempts to throw himself away, Buzz (Tim Allen) and his inner voice and Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny’s (Jordan Peele) fantasies.

Ducky and Bunny would totally deserve their own spin off by the way, as they are the most entertaining characters in the entire series to me.

And obviously, like all Pixar movies, this one also pulls at our heart strings more than once, and I found myself fighting back some tears in the final moments.

Woody is like a father figure to the new characters, he takes care of Fork and teaches him the meaning of being a toy, he calms Duke Caboom’s (Keanu Reeves) insecurities and helps him build his confidence and he gives his voice box away to the most endearing villain ever Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) so she can be chosen by a kid. The wisdom, the sacrifices, the positive behaviour towards somebody who lack of confidence are qualities that we can get while growing up.

And when we thought Woody was finally where he was supposed to be, the return of Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who has been a lost toy for years, shakes his belief. She finds independence fulfilling and loves being free whereas it is Woody’s biggest fear. When he meets Bo Peep again, it is his turn to become a proper adult and to make some tough decisions, as Bo Peep shows him that independence is the first step of growing up.

That’s why in the end, I have the feeling that Woody’s character is the embodiment of our own growth. He went from a friendly but slightly arrogant and insecure character in Toy Story 1 to a responsible adult, finding peace of mind eventually in number 4. He’s not just saying goodbye to his friends, he’s embracing his new adult life and letting go of his childhood as well.

What if it was the perfect ending we were all waiting for unconsciously?

Madame x, Madonna

“Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places.

She is a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint, a prostitute. “ (album booklet)

“Madame X” has been out since June 14th, and I wanted to wait and listen to it a few times before writing about it as I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked this album.

Some days I was loving it, some others I wasn’t so sure. I think that you have to be in a certain kind of mood to fully enjoy this record. This is not the album you’ll put on casually when your friends are coming over or when you’re cleaning the house.

It’s probably Madonna’s most personal album she’s ever made. She has become more and more political throughout the years and she speaks her truth: gun control, women’s right, religion, oppressed minorities… Madame X speaks on behalf of us all.

“I’ll be Islam, if Islam is hated
I’ll be Israel, if they’re incarcerated
I’ll be Native Indian, if the Indian has been taken
And I’ll be a woman, if she’s raped and her heart is breaking”

(Killers Who Are Partying)

It’s not an easy album to listen to as it’s very intense, lyrically speaking, and it is confusing in so many ways. If I had to sum it up, I would say that most of the songs are like Russian nesting dolls. There are several songs within one and you never know where it’s going to take you.

“Dark Ballet” and “God Control” are the best examples. The first one starts with a piano and vocals, then out of the blue, it goes straight to the Nutcracker Suite with a robotic voice talking about politics:

“They are so naive
They think we are not aware of their crimes
We know, but we are just not ready to act “

“God Control” starts the same way, then a disco beat takes over, building up the intensity of the song with strings and a choir.

“People think that I’m insane
The only gun is in my brain
Each new birth, it gives me hope
That’s why I don’t smoke that dope […]  We need to wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up”

God Control – video

The world of Madame X

“The world of Madame X” is a 22 minutes documentary released by Amazon on June 29th. Madonna tells us the story of the record and I feel like I finally understood the things that didn’t make sense when I heard it for the first time.

The first thing we learn is that Madame X was Madonna’s nickname when she was studying at the Martha Graham school of dance, as Martha thought she was a mysterious young woman. She decided it was a perfect name for her new album.

Madonna found her happy place in Lisbon, where she met Dino D’Santiago, a Portuguese singer of Cape Verdean descent, who took her to living room music sessions. She met all these incredible latin musicians there who play “the music of the soul” and that’s why we can hear some Fado influences (“Killer who are partying”), Cape Verdean rhythms (“Batuka”) and some Portuguese lyrics (“Crazy”) in the album .

Inspired by these sessions, Madonna did some recordings and sent them to producer Mirwais, who worked with her previously on the albums “Music”, “American Life” and “Confessions on the Dancefloor”, hoping he would be as inspired as her. And Mirwais worked his magic. His special sound is very obvious on tracks like “Crave” or “Extreme Occident”.

Madonna also tells us that even if she loves voices that don’t sound human and music that sounds robotic, there always has to be some humanity in everything she’s doing.

This is why the album is so experimental: Madonna combined her musical experiences in Lisbon with the trendy sound of Mirwais, while keeping her soul by writing about her values and what she believes in: freedom, peace and tolerance. I strongly recommend to watch “The World of Madame X“, it’s so interesting.

“I Rise” is opening with a segment of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Emma Gonzales’ speech and it is the perfect song to end this intense album. It’s about hope and courage, and Madonna gives a voice to minorities who are suffering and don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind.

“Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it “

I’m glad I took some time before writing about “Madame X”. I finally bought the album. Even if I probably won’t listen to it as much as I listen to my favourite album “Ray Of Light”, at least now I know for sure that “Madame X” is iconic in its own bizarre way.

Sheryl Crow, Royal concert hall – Glasgow

One of the things you’ll quickly learn about me is that I have a passion for 90’s pop-pop/rock music. I guess you know it already if you read my Spice Girls’ gig review.

It was a time where a lot of female singers or bands with a female lead vocalist broke into the music scene: Spice Girls, The Cranberries, The Corrs, Texas, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette and, of course, Sheryl Crow.

I saw Sheryl Crow yesterday for the very first time, and it took me back to my younger years, when I used to sing my favourite single “If It Makes You Happy” in my bedroom, with a hair brush as a mic. Don’t laugh! I was belting it! =)

It did make me happy (see what I’m doing here?) to find out she was playing the Royal Concert Hall, which is my favourite venue in Glasgow. I saw 2 gigs there before (The Pretenders and Hanson, yes, I really wasn’t joking about being a 90’s fan) and the sound is always absolutely amazing.

Colin McCleod was the support act, and he gave us some very good tunes, playing the guitar and singing with a raw voice. He reminded me of someone, I couldn’t put my finger on it, and my friend gave me the answer as he had the same feeling as me: Rufus Wainwright.

I would really like to hear him with a full band! It was a very nice set.

Then I finally heard Sheryl Crow’s recognisable voice and the first thing I could say after a few songs is that she gives plenty of room to her musicians. The live arrangements give everyone a chance to be in the spotlight. I really enjoyed that, it didn’t feel like there were a superstar and her band. They work as a whole.

It was the kind of gig that keeps me entertain until the end. Most of her songs are very catchy and it never gets boring. She was pretty talkative and she said it herself, she was “very happy to play a 2 hours set”, after being the support act for Phil Collins and The Eagles lately. We could definitely tell that she enjoyed every minute of it.

It seems like she made the setlist thinking of her fans, as she almost apologised for playing a couple of songs from her forthcoming album “Threads”, which will be out on August 30th. I guess she knows that we were all expecting to hear her 90’s best tunes.

And what a pleasure it was indeed to hear all these songs that we’ve never forgotten, such as  “All I Wanna Do”, “My Favourite Mistake” and, of course “If It Makes You Happy”!

She told us a funny story about “All I Wanna Do” by the way: she thought it was a throw away song when it actually got her where she is now. “This proves how little I know about music,” she said with a laugh.

The new songs are pure Sheryl Crow, a mix of country/rock vibes and “Soak Up The Sun” kind of pop.

Prove me Wrong” is a hit for sure, as I found myself singing along when it was actually the first time I was hearing it. The chorus is so addictive and easy to remember! The studio version features Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris and has been out since June 5th.

I have to mention the amazing live version of “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, ending as a rock’n’roll song. I loved it and I really didn’t see that coming!

She also uses a sort of whistle voice sometimes, and that made me realise what a wide vocal range she has. She makes it sound so easy. I couldn’t believe she is 57!

The whole show was brilliant, nothing was missing for me to have the best of times.

“Threads” will be a collaborative album featuring her long-time friends and artists who inspired her to be a songwriter, and she mentioned that it will probably be her last. She wants to focus on releasing individual tracks.

Let’s hope she’ll still be touring in the future, as the nine-time Grammy award winner showed us last night that she’s still a hitmaker and an incredible live performer.

To see the full setlist, click here!

Spiceworld tour, Edinburgh

It all started with a phone call from my father in autumn 2018: “What do you want for Christmas?”

I seem to remember it took me half a second to answer: “I’d like to go and see the Spice Girls in Edinburgh!”

Yes, I’m 30 something and I used to be a Spice Girl in my younger years, like all of us, teenage girls in the 90’s. Funny story: I will never forget my mother’s face when I asked her if I could go to a costume party dressed up as Geri in the Say You’ll Be There video. I was 12. Oops.

(I’m sure you all remember, but, just in case, Say You’ll be there Geri):

Anyway, 50 minutes in the virtual queue on Ticketmaster later, my father finally got me the Holy Grail: a ticket, in the seating area, for the Spice Girls gig in Edinburgh on June 8th. OH-MY-GOD.

June couldn’t come soon enough!

And finally, it did. Dressed up as Mel B, (as I didn’t think walking around in Scotland wearing Geri’s iconic Union Jack dress was the best move) here I am, in a bus to Edinburgh.

Murrayfield was full of Spice Girls that night, and I found myself sitting next to the 3 other Spice Girls, Mel C, Emma and Geri. It was meant to be!

It was about 7:30pm when the support act, Jess Glynne took the stage.

I didn’t really know what to expect. She’s very trendy now as she releases hit after hit.

Her songs are very catchy, and she knows how to work a crowd. Her vocals were on point, but it’s fair to mention that her backing vocalists also did an amazing job. I really enjoyed the live arrangements, especially on Rather Be that she mixed with My Love.

She managed to build up the best of vibe and was definitely a great choice as support act for the Spice Girls.

After a wee while, the 4 remaining Spice Girls finally rose from the front section of the half moon stage, opening the show with “Spice Up Your Life”. It totally put us in the mood!

From that moment, I felt like I was partying with 67 000 friends, singing our heart out and giving our best dance moves. (“Stop” is definitely my fav!) 

After a few songs, the girls took a moment to talk to the very enthusiastic crowd, while Geri wrapped herself in a tartan blanket.  It wasn’t the only tribute to Scotland: Mel B talked to us with a decent Scottish accent, Emma held an Irn Bru can on “Holler”, and they started to sing a bit of 500 miles by the Proclaimers when introducing the band.

I was very pleased that they put Something Kinda Funny in the setlist, as it’s one of my favourite tracks from the album “Spice”, but though the setlist itself was perfect, I have to admit that the order wasn’t the best. The girls did 3 slow songs in a row “Viva Forever”, Let The Love Lead The Way” and “Goodbye” and it kind of killed the vibe for me.

Fortunately, the girls then delivered the super catchy “Never Give Up On The Good Times” to start a new set and this second half was very festive right until the end.

Some of the high points of the show were to hear the crowd singing “Say You’ll Be There”, and the wristbands that had been handed out and that were flashing to the beat gave Emma’s long high note on “2 Become 1” a magical dimension.

They belted out their iconic hit “Wannabe”, wearing a sparkling version of their original outfits from the video and it was already time to leave the stage, after telling us what an amazing crowd we were. The whole night felt like a dream!

I know that for some people, the Spice Girls tour is just a business thing, like, “yeah, of course they reunited, they need the money”.

Well, I never had this feeling that during the show. I’ve been following them of social media for years, and they’ve never stopped hanging out ever since they split up in 1998.

They were very spontaneous, holding hands, hugging and supporting each other throughout the gig. There is no doubt to me that friendship never ended and that they were truly happy to go on tour together.

I felt a real connection between them and their fans, and this show was one of the most impressive ones I’ve ever seen… The staging was breathtaking with fireworks display, confetti, the Spice ring and the big screen delivering messages of love, acceptance and empowerment.

The Spice Girls put on an incredible show, celebrating 25 years of friendship with some of their most dedicated fans.

To see the full setlist, click here!

Nothing breaks like a heart – Mark Ronson feat Miley Cyrus

I wrote this review a few months ago, but I’ve never had the occasion to post it.

This song is still one of my favourites at the moment, so even if it has been out for a while, I decided to post this article as Mark Ronson has just released his 5th album “Late Night Feelings” that features this single.

Every superstar has known this throughout the years: If you need a hit, Mark Ronson is the one to go to.

The gifted songwriter/producer needs no introduction, and his strength has always been his adaptability.

Every artist who has ever collaborated with him got a tailored album, revealing their true musical colours.

Whether we’re talking about Amy Winehouse and her iconic “Back to Black” that suits her voice and personality perfectly or Bruno Mars with the groovy sound of “Uptown Funk”, Ronson seems to have the key to success and turns everything into gold.

Miley Cyrus started to exploit her love for country music in her last album “Younger Now” with songs like “Malibu” or “Week without you” in 2017.

She’s now teaming up with Mark Ronson on the very addictive “Nothing breaks like a heart, full of country vibes mixed with a pop beat and dramatic strings.

Once again, Ronson found the perfect balance between the truest sound of the artist he’s working with and the musical trends.  Miley is going back to her roots with a guitar that reminds us of “Jolene” (remember the cover she did for the Backyard Sessions in 2012) while keeping the trendy sound of her last album.

 “This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar, things fall apart but nothing breaks like a heart”

The lyrics are pretty straight forward, the song is about a relationship that is going down in flames.

We got all night to fall in love, but just like that we fall apart, we’re broken, we’re broken”.

But it may have a deeper meaning if we look at the video.

Nothing breaks like a heart – video

Miley Cyrus wouldn’t be Miley Cyrus without a little bit of provocation.

She rides her car through the town, witnessing everything that is wrong with the world, and especially with the American society: children with guns, teenagers so obsessed with their phones that they don’t notice the car crashing through a wall, people fighting for toys and chocolate in a very busy store…

“Nothing, nothing, nothing’s gonna save us now”.

Ronson shows again that he really is a hitmaker with this new single, and Miley revealed that it’s not the only song he’s been working on with her of her upcoming album.

She also confirmed that the producer Mike Will Made-It from her album “Bangerz” is back in the game. Let’s not forget that “Bangerz” is the 2nd best selling album by a female artist in 2013, with the famous “Wrecking Ball”.

With such a great team behind her, Miley Cyrus’s new album will probably be one of the most successful in 2019. She released an EP called “She is coming” on May 30th, and the new album should be called “She is”, but it doesn’t have a release date yet.

What about you, are you waiting for this album as much as I do?