Welcome to Poptastic Confessions! This blog is dedicated to glorious, unashamed alternative pop music! We hope to share new music with you that you might not have heard before because it is usually overlooked by the masses. Of course, we'll always encourage you to buy the music legally to support the artists. Enjoy! —Davearama, editor of Poptastic Confessions
UK singer Louise has just released her brand new studio album Heavy Love. And it’s her first one in 20 years!
Louise first became famous in the early 90s as part of the girl group Eternal. She was in the group only during their first album Always and Forever, which included some excellent singles such as “Stay” (a top 20 hit in the US), “Just a Step From Heaven”, “Save Our Love”, “So Good”, and “Crazy.” She left the group after a string of UK top 20 singles and was launched as a solo act.
As a solo artist, she had 3 top 20 albums and 12 top 20 singles in the UK. Her last single was “Pandora’s Kiss” in 2003. It was supposed to be the lead single from her fourth record, but then it was unfortunately cancelled, and we heard no more from her. In 2017, she came back for a tour in the UK, which was successful and led to her recording new songs for a new album!
The first single in 2019 was “Stretch,” a kind of funky song, which was VERY Louise, but at the same time didn’t sound dated at all. She recorded a sexy video for it. A very nice Initial Talk remix was also released, which was a cool nod to Louise’s time with Eternal.
The second song released (though it wasn’t really considered a single, maybe a buzz track?) was “Small Talk”, which sounded a bit more contemporary than “Stretch” and showed a bit more of the direction she was moving into.
The third song (and actual second single) was the banger “Lead Me On.” Produced by Clean Bandit, it’s a perfect summer song. The video is very summer-ish and shows Louise dancing with her partner.
Next track released was the ballad “Breaking Back Together.” It’s proof that even staying away from music for more than a decade, Louise’s voice is still very enjoyable, even for a sad song like this.
“Not The Same” was next in line, sounding nothing like the other songs. It’s another banger. Even though the lyrics are sad, about a person who feels their partner is getting distant, it’s a very uplifting song.
“Hammer” was the 6th pre-album release song. Written by Louise with a songwriting team than includes Hannah Robbinson (responsible for many amazing songs by artists such as Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Annie) this song feels like a nod to Eternal as it is a bit funky, a little bit RnB, and it might be one of the best vocal performances in the record. She recorded a video in the studio to go with it.
The 7th and last song to be released before the album was “Hurt.” This might be our favorite! A tears on the dancefloor anthem, this song would not feel out of place on a Kylie Minogue record.
Heavy Love features a fusion of many styles of pop music. Some of the album tracks are not as instant as most of the singles and are somewhat calmer, like “Just a Minute” and “Wonder Woman”, but they present another side of the singer and are a nice balance to the more dance-y songs on the first half of the album. Of all the newest songs, our favorite is “Straight to My Heart.” With a happier theme, this disco-influenced banger could be yet another single off the album.
It’s so good to see an amazing popstar such as Louise return unashamedly to pop music after such a long time. But it’s even better to see that she returned with a mission to record songs that are so good! Heavy Lovemight be Louise’s best album, it’s diversity and cohesiveness already make it an early contender for this year’s best albums lists!
Dear Poptastic Readers, It has been awhile since we heard from Ani Glass. She's back with a lovely song called "Miores" and that is Welsh for Mirrors. It was written and produced by Ani, too.
"Miores" a wonderful slice of electropop! It is mostly sung in Welsh, there are a few English words. It has such a great beat and melody that you just want to sing and dance along. Ani's vocals are great too — she soars during the chorus. The music video is quite a visual treat! Have a look ...
Wasn't that fun? Ani is so good about the spoken middle 8. "Miores" is available to purchase on digital outlets. Please buy the track so that she can continue making more fabulous music. We've added it to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~
Are you new to Ani Glass? Well, check out these songs of hers that we have previously featured in Poptastic Confessions ...
Dear Poptastic Readers, The Pet Shop Boys are about to release their new album Hotspot on January 24, and the new single for 2020 is "Monkey Business."
"Monkey Business" is a disco-pop number with strings and a fun rhythm section all with the signature PSB sound. It was written by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, and Stuart Price. It was also produced by Stuart Price. Have a listen ...
Apparently, there was a second single that we missed called "Burning The Heather." It's a rather downtempo number. It was written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (PSB). It was produced by Stuart Price as well. Listen here ...
"Clueless" is a super-cute song that name drops the movie named Clueless. It has a lovely chorus. This will definitely be part of the soundtrack to 2020! They made music video for it, too. It has the sisters singing the song Karaoke-style. As a bonus, the lyrics are on the screen! Woo. If you have epilepsy, please be careful watching the video as there is some flashing lights — otherwise, have a look ...
Wasn't that fun? Yes, it was. "Clueless" was written by Gabriela Banuelos, Joe Kirkland, Rami Jrade, Simon Oscroft, and Victoriah Banuelos. It was produced by Simon Oscroft. "Clueless" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! We've added it to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~
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Dear Poptastic Readers, Happy 2020! We aren't sure how we missed these, but La Roux had a new song out at the end of October called "International Woman Of Leisure" and another song out in early December called "Gullible Fool." We found out about them during our 2019 countdown. D'oh! Better late than never!
"International Woman Of Leisure" has a classic La Roux sound with lots of synths, a steady rhythm section, and very high vocals. The music video is fun. Have a look ...
Weren't they both nice? Yes! Both "International Woman Of Leisure" and "Gullible Fool" were written by Elly Jackson (La Roux). Both were produced by Elly Jackson and Dan Carey. "International Woman Of Leisure" and "Gullible Fool" are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copies today! We've added both songs to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Woo!
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Each January at Poptastic Confessions, we do a recap of the countdown that we just had in December and share some interesting (and perhaps not so interesting) tidbits about the Top 21 portion of our countdown. Here are the chart toppers for 2019 ...
Newcomers this year were Isle Of You, REYNA, Rozalla, Lina Hedlund, Aly & AJ, Cirillo, and Shakespears Sister. Although Lina has been in our countdown before as part of Alcazar. Marcella from Shakespears Sister was on our countdown last year with Parralox.
Bananarama, Jody Watley, Parralox, and Francine Belle were all in our Top 21 this year. They’ve all been #1 on our countdown before. Jody Watley has been at #1 twice before. And now Bananarama have also been at #1 twice. Parralox and Francine were almost #1 together when they came in at #2 in 2014.
The last time the Sugababes were on our countdown, they also came in at the #7 position in 2011. However, it was a completely different lineup of the group. The original lineup of the group was on our countdown in 2013, but under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan (aka MKS). The Sugababes/MKS have been in our Top 21 four times since we started.
17 songs in the Top 21 were sung by woman! Girl Power! Speaking of Girl Power, one entry was even by a Spice Girl — Sporty Spice Melanie C! How many Spice Girls have been in our Top 21 before? The Melanies and Geri! However, Emma and Victoria have been in Davearama's countdowns before Poptastic Confessions came along.
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