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Artist: Christina Perri / Audio CD released 2011-09-19 at Atlantic US

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      22.10.2013 19:59
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      Nice soft debut album, let down by production and a couple of song choices

      == Introduction ==

      A few years ago I started talking to an American girl through Facebook and she kept posting some really cool statuses. I asked her what these statuses meant and she asked me if I had heard of someone called Christina Perri, at that time I don't think many people in the U.K. had, she told me to go and have a listen to some of her stuff. I went online and I found a live EP called 'The Ocean Way Sessions'. From the moment I listened to the first track on that EP, I was hooked and I was yearning for more, the EP only had five songs on it, including what would become a global smash hit 'Jar of Hearts'. A few months went by since I first heard Christina Perri, and everyone was on Facebook talking about 'Jar of Hearts', finally it had made its way over here. I kept looking out for any news of an album release and in May 2011 I managed to get a hold of the debut album by Christina Perri, 'Lovestrong'.

      == Christina Perri ==

      Christina Perri was born in Philadelphia in 1986. At the age of 16, she taught herself to play the guitar by watching a music video on VH1. When Christina was 21 she moved to Los Angeles and got married, divorcing just 18 months later. In 2009 Christina moved back to Philadelphia and worked as a waitress during the daytime and wrote and recorded songs during the evenings, it was during this time that she wrote 'Jar of Hearts'. Perri's friend had passed 'Jar of Hearts' onto American TV show, So You Think You Can Dance's choreographer and it was played on June 30th 2010 episode. A record deal with Atlantic Records soon followed and Perri recorded an EP called 'The Ocean Way Sessions' which showcased five songs, including 'Jar of Hearts'. May 2011, Perri released her debut album 'Lovestrong', which became a top ten hit in eight countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.

      == Lovestrong ==

      Christina Perri's debut album was recorded in 33 days in two studios and took its toll on Perri, emotionally and physically. For the writing of this album, Perri dug deep into her past and wrote about different relationship break ups, so what you hear on this album is just pure emotion pouring out in every song. Of the twelve songs on this album, four of them were solely composed by Perri, with the other nine composed jointly by Perri and another writer or two. Upon its release the album charted at number nine in the U.K. Album Chart and number four in the U.S. Billboard 200. The album has sold over a million copies worldwide, with 100,000 sales in the UK and just under 500,000 sales in the U.S.

      == Track By Track ==

      === Bluebird ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO5NLUOD8v8 ) ===

      This song is a nice little sad song with a cracking chorus and a little twist at the end. I am assuming by the lyrics that the "bluebird" is another woman who likes the singers ex and keeps calling around to look for him. At the end of the song the singer goes looking for the bluebird and finds her ex in her arms. The song starts off really slowly with just minimal backing instruments, then after the first chorus, the volume is turned up a notch. I think this is a great album opener and Perri really lets rip with her vocal mid way though the song.

      === Arms ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EYN4s4j_Xo ) ===

      This is a great mid tempo song that builds up the noise volume and the tempo slowly with each verse. I love the lyric "I hope that you see right through my walls, I hope that you catch me 'cause I'm already falling, I'll never let our love get so close
      you put your arms around me and I'm home", Christina sings it with so much passion. I think this is about a relationship break down and she is a bit hesitant of giving the ex a second chance with her, so she has put these "walls" up, but as her feelings are strong for him, the "walls" don't take too long in coming down. I love this song, lyrically and musically it is great, I like the way the song just keeps building up until it is almost racing to get to the songs end, then the tempo switches to the soft tones of the first verse. This was the second single released from this album and basically flopped, it only managed to reach number 94 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and did even worse over here in the U.K. just scraping in at number 194. The singles only saving grace was a number 13 finish on the U.S. Adult Pop Songs Chart in the U.S. (Thank god for the U.S. having so many different music charts).

      === Bang Bang Bang ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TRnrgKekO0 ) ===

      This is one of my favourite songs by Christina Perri, although I have to admit that I do prefer the version on 'The Ocean Way Sessions', the version here just doesn't convey the same emotion for me. I have posted the links for the two different versions, so you can judge for yourself. The word 'Lovestrong' was lifted from this song to provide the title for this album. This is one of the more uptempo numbers on the album with a catchy chorus to boot, oh and did I mention the venomous lyric? "Bang, Bang, Bang boy. You're going down, down, down boy. To the ground where you left my heart to bleed. Bang, she shot you,. Karma tastes so sweet". In this song Christina sings with glee at the thought of someone treating her ex lover as badly as he had treated her before.

      Ocean Way Sessions Version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heBNKOhhRhQ


      === Distance ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACQ7W9gtjq0 ) ===

      Up next we have a song that appears to be about being in love with someone but are too scared to show how you feel for that person, perhaps for fear of rejection or perhaps because it just isn't the right time. This is a beautiful song and lyrically, Perri hits the nail on the head. This is mid-tempo ballad that was re-recorded as a duet with Jason Mraz and released as a single in the U.S. where it charted at number 20 on the Adult Pop Songs Chart. The version on this album has only Christina on vocals and she performs it beautifully.

      === Jar of Hearts ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H21fj0hQRM ) ===

      This was the song that propelled the unknown Christina Perri into a household name and in my opinion THE definitive track on this album. The song is about an ex of Perri's who wanted to get back in touch romantically and as much as she wanted to, her head was telling her no, because of the way she had been hurt by the relationship ending. This song is a lovely piano ballad and when it was released as Perri's first single it became a worldwide smash hit, reaching the top ten in 12 countries including number 4 in the U.K. Singles Chart, number 2 in Australia and number 4 in the U.S. Adult Pop Songs Chart. It has been certified platinum in 8 countries including the U.K. and the U.S where it was certified 3 x platinum.

      === Mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgopLRj8AAY) ===

      This is an up-tempo piano driven number and in my opinion, this is the weakest track on the album. It is quite catchy, but lyrically and musically it doesn't do anything for me. The music sounds like it should have some Cossack dancing going on, instead of someone singing to it.

      === Interlude ===

      This is the shortest track on the album, at only 51 seconds and it is basically what it says, an 'Interlude'. This is just a little musical break, that doesn't really serve any purpose really, in my opinion. I think they might have had some recorded material they didn't know what to do with and so rather than bin it, they stuck it on here and gave it the 'Interlude' title.

      === Penguin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzTFqKc5hT4 ) ===

      I love this really simple acoustic number with Christina in finger picking mode. The lyrics are really simplistic, talking of soul mates, "Love like this may come once
      Baby it's fate. Like a soul mate he's your penguin", penguins in the wild find a mate and stay with them for life, I thought the lyrics were weird at first until I read about penguins. I absolutely love Cristina's vocal on this song, it sends shivers down my spine.

      === Miles ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oTTooOqugk ) ===

      At first this song sounds like she is reassuring a loved one that it doesn't matter about the distance in the relationship "Don't count the miles, count the I love you's". Then after two verses, it takes a turn, and she is expressing annoyance and hurt that her ex partner didn't do all this and gave up on their relationship, "And these are words I wish you'd said, but that's not how it went, 'cause you gave up on us in the end". I love this song, it has a great sing along chorus, and is quite uplifting, but just when you are thinking things are going great, the song takes a bit of a dark turn towards the end, it's almost like the twist at the end of a good film.

      === The Lonely ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO4e4nCYBEo ) ===

      If the album were to end here, it would be an amazing song to end it on. This song was written by Christina after a night where she felt really lonely, sitting in her car in her drive at 2am. The song is just about being lonely and she sings of loneliness as if it is a person "Dancing slowly in an empty room, can the lonely take the place of you", all throughout we have a nice piece of piano playing and it does sound like a haunting melody. This is just one of those very dramatic songs that makes you sit and think. The song was released as a promotional single for the album on iTunes, before the albums release, along with 'Penguin', 'Tragedy and 'Bluebird'.

      === Sad Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTqg5lAHBY) ===

      This is a really slow number for the majority of the song, before the tempo and volume increases towards the end. In this song Christina admits her failings are due to her immaturity and she is asking for more time to mature "I'm so sorry, it's not like me, it's maturity that I'm lacking", it kind of turns into a waltz towards the end. I love Cristina's vocal on this song, as in a lot of the songs on this album, it is full of emotion and you can actually feel what she is singing about.

      === Tragedy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNsZVO6Yy0k) ===

      The album closes with this number and to be honest it isn't one of my favourite songs, even though I had heard it on 'The Ocean Way Sessions', it wasn't a stand out tune for me and I think it goes on a bit too much for my liking. This is Christina accepting that a relationship isn't right for her, in the opening line she sings "If you could envision the meaning of a tragedy, you might be surprised to hear it's you and me". In my opinion the album should have really ended at the end of the last song.

      == Track Listing ==

      1 - Bluebird (Perri)

      2 - Arms (Perri)

      3 - Bang Bang Bang (Perri Lawrence, Yeretsian)

      4 - Distance (Perri, Hodges)

      5 - Jar of Hearts ( Perri, Lawrence, Yeretsian)

      6 - Mine (Perri)

      7 - Interlude (Perri, Hodges)

      8 - Penguin (Perri, Anderson)

      9 - Miles (Perri, Hodges, Kurstin)

      10 - The Lonely (Perri, Hodges)

      11 - Sad Song (Perri)

      12 - Tragedy (Perri, Nick Perri)

      == Price ==

      This album is available from www.amazon.co.uk, on compact disc for £8.14 and you also get a free MP3 version, or alternatively you can purchase the MP3 version for £4.99 on its own.

      == Verdict ==

      I do like this album, although I was expecting more from Christina Perri's debut, especially after having listened to 'The Ocean Way Sessions' EP for so long. I was disappointed with some of the production on this album, especially on tracks such as 'Bang Bang Bang'. Also, there is a song I have heard by Christina, called 'Daydream' that I thought was much stronger than some of the songs on this album and its omission is a mystery. Overall I will give this album 4/5, the songs are really good, the lyrics are sublime and Christina's vocal is just amazing. Most of the content on this album deals with broken relationships and it sticks with that formula throughout, I would have liked to have heard a little more diversity, but maybe that will come on her follow up album. It's definitely another one of those albums that would be on my playlist to help deal with a relationship break up, it would sum up exactly how you are feeling coping with a break up, it did help with me anyway.

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        19.05.2012 13:31
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        Rather disappointed with this album

        I bought Christina Perri's album Lovestrong on the strength of positive reviews on Dooyoo, Ciao and Amazon as well as her single Jar of Hearts. This is the debut album from the American singer-songwriter and was released in 2011. Jar of Hearts was incredibly popular last year, and deservedly so - it's an excellent, powerful love song, full of anger and hurt.

        The album as a whole is about love in one form or another, whether positive or negative. On Penguin Christina sings about having a soulmate, while in Arms she rejoices in feeling comfortable around a lover. In Miles, she maintains that it is commitments rather than distance that is important: "Don't count the miles, count the I love yous". However, sad songs and broken relationships dominate, as in Distance, where she tries to hide her love from an uninterested man, and in Sad Song itself: "I wish I wasn't always cold, I wish I wasn't always alone". In Bluebird, she asks, "How the hell does a broken heart get put back together when it's torn apart?" Unfortunately, this common theme makes the album sound a bit samey. Just looking at the titles of the last three tracks - The Lonely, Sad Song and Tragedy - you get an idea of what the record is about.

        Some tracks do stand out more than others. The Lonely is a comparatively memorable ballad, and the strings in Tragedy do sound lovely. Mine has quite a funky sound, while Bang Bang Bang is jaunty and upbeat compared to the other songs on the album. It takes pleasure in an ex's misfortune ("Bang she shot you, karma tastes so sweet") and has more personality than some of the other tracks. Interlude sounds very promising, but as the name suggests, it is simply a short instrumental break between songs. It's a shame, as it is more memorable than some of the full-length tracks!

        Christina has a lovely voice, expressive and emotional, and the album hasn't been overproduced. She has been described as the 'American Adele', and while I can see the similarities - both are female singers with strong voices singing about failed relationships - I personally feel Adele is far better. To me, there is much more variety and personality in her music, while Christina's grates on me after a while.

        Overall, I've been rather disappointed with this CD. I still think Jar of Hearts is a brilliant song, and there are a couple of decent tracks on here, but overall I find it a bit dull and samey. I know lots of people love it and would give it five stars, but it's not really for me.

        Track Listing
        1. Bluebird
        2. Arms
        3. Bang Bang Bang
        4. Distance
        5. Jar of Hearts
        6. Mine
        7. Interlude
        8. Penguin
        9. Miles
        10. The Lonely
        11. Sad Song
        12. Tragedy

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          01.11.2011 18:06
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          The girl who came out of nowhere better stick around!

          ~~~~~~ Who? ~~~~~~

          Christina Perri is a 25 year old singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, USA who has been writing songs since she was just 15. For me, she literally came out of nowhere. I wondered where this girl had been hiding! I heard her song Jar of Hearts on the radio; at some points throughout the song, I thought she sounded a bit like Avril Lavigne (voice, not style) but after forming a thorough opinion I can safely say that Avril has nothing on this girl, though some of the things they can do with their voices are somewhat similar. I had no idea who it was until I Googled some of the lyrics, and a short hop round YouTube later I was in love. This same song is the one which rocketed her to fame, while she was waitressing to support herself, after it was featured on the USA show So You Think You Can Dance?. It was later featured on Glee also.


          ~~~~~~ Lovestrong ~~~~~~

          Her debut album Lovestrong was released 2011 on Atlantic, and to anyone who listens the theme of broken love, broken hearts and broken promises is evident. Some may argue that the album is samey, there is very little deviation from this theme. Christina herself says "I looked at the album as a whole piece and the two themes that stood out were love and strength...It really titled itself. Writing about love is just who I am. I've tried to write about other things, but ultimately this is what comes out of me."

          However Christina, at the tender age she still is, already has a failed marriage behind her. Perhaps she really does know what it's like. It's no crime to write what you know, especially when the result is so utterly breathtaking in its simplicity. The lyrics are clever, but nothing groundbreaking in all honesty. What they are though, is genuine, heartfelt and filled to the brim with emotion. Not only the words but how they are given to us by that voice.

          With the wide success of Jar of Hearts, I think it is important to step back and give the whole album a fair chance. 'Jar of Hearts' is a truly incredible song but, for me, it is not the one that shines the most on the album.

          I bought this from iTunes so can't really comment on the artwork and liner notes. The cover of the Jar of Hearts single was very attractive though so I would guess, given her style, that the liner notes would be nice to look at. The front cover of Lovestrong is quite plain, just a photo of Christina in black and white. Nothing spectacular but nothing offensive (unless you hate tattooed girls!).


          ~~~~~~ Availability ~~~~~~

          iTunes, hmv.com and Play.com - £7.99; Amazon - £7.97 (CD), £7.49 (MP3). It has been cropping up on eBay a lot, with 99p start auctions and £1.25 max P&P, so worth keeping on eye out. hmv.com and Play.com both offer free UK delivery.

          Christina's YouTube channel can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/lovemspenny


          ~~~~~ Tracks ~~~~~~

          Most of the tracks are relatively short, with few reaching over 4 minutes. I don't feel the songs are missing anything but a lot of them do seem to end abruptly. I quite like this though as it leaves me eagerly awaiting the next one starting, rather than feeling anything is dragging along. There is not a single track I skip when listening to this album and I can listen to it over and over again (and in fact I have hence I know every word to every song!)

          --- 1. Bluebird (3:49)
          Opening the album and setting the tone is Bluebird. With the opening line of "How the hell does a broken heart get back together when it's torn apart?" you get a pretty good idea of what this song, and indeed the album, is about. Christina's voice is soft with a gentle piano tune in the background. This song is both melancholy and uplifting and I think it's a good choice as an opener. From the beginning to the end, it is a pretty gentle song.

          --- 2. Arms (4:21)
          This was the leading single for the album, an excellent choice in my opinion. Christina shows off her soaring voice in this one. Again, starting with the focus purely on her voice. The melody is subtle and it really matches the tone of the vocals, and how they change in tempo and pitch. Lines like "I can't decide if I'll let you save my life, or if I'll drown" tell a story of a confused girl, but one with a lot of hope. This is one of my favourite songs, I just love the feel of it. It's urgent and defiant at parts and pleading in others.

          --- 3. Bang Bang Bang (3:05)
          This is the first upbeat and playful song on the album, and the album title can be found in the opening line "All my life you know I haven't been very lovestrong". The story of the song is familiar, but the feel of it is very different. Christina sounds much happier and self assured in this one. It is much faster paced and less ballad-y, showing her voice in a different way altogether. I think it's a good choice for track 3 as it brings the mood up and I challenge anyone to resist singing along with this one after a couple of listens!

          --- 4. Distance (3:56)
          This song is heartbreaking. It tells the story of a couple resigned to lying, trying to save what they have and not knowing how the other feels the same - "I'll try to keep my distance, say I love you when you're not listening, how long can we keep this up?" Christina's vocals are backed by one of her male band members and the contrast between the two is stunning. A really beautiful sounding song, again her voice shines and the accompanying music is just utterly perfect.

          --- 5. Jar of Hearts (4:06)
          This is the single that put Christina Perri on the map. The song is generally quite controlled for the most part, with soulful piano music and Christina injecting just the right amount of emotion into certain parts, making it very powerful; I really feel the pain in this song, all the broken promises and how she has struggled to fight against it, and ultimately won. I really recommend watching the video for this song as it tells so much more of the story, and is visually stunning too.

          --- 6. Mine (3:33)
          The opening bars of this song make me smile. It's very upbeat and jumpy. When the vocals come in they are so perfectly in tune with the music (or perhaps it's vice versa!) This is another I can't resist tapping my foot to. "What might you do...to find out why....I can't love you" Followed by a very definite, almost shouting repetition of "I can't love you" tells us this story has ended. I think the overall tone of this song is very much 'Listen to me, I have made up my mind!' It's a nice contrast to some of the other tracks where Christina sounds far less sure of herself and in a bit of turmoil.

          --- 7. Interlude (0:50)
          This is a 50 second long lyric-less tune. It is very peaceful, but haunting. I do think it serves its purpose as a useful interlude before moving onto the latter part of the album, which is in my opinion tinged with more palpable darkness in some tracks than the first half.

          --- 8. Penguin (4:36)
          This is a comical, touching and memorable song about soulmates and fate. This is a showcase if ever there was one for Christina's voice. A slow, gentle guitar plays in the background, complimenting the breathtaking vocals. There are no drums or bass or anything else in this one but some tinkling piano notes toward the end. The song makes me smile from ear to ear and the message is just nice. There's not enough in life that's just nice. "Baby we're fate, baby it's fate....not luck".

          --- 9. Miles (4:04)
          Possibly my favourite of the album. A heartfelt plea for true love and acceptance. "Kiss me on my shoulder, tell me it's not over, I promise to always come home to you. Remind me that I'm older, to be brave, smart, sweet and bolder, and don't give up on what we're trying to do - don't count the miles, count the I love yous.....proud of me, that's all I want you to be, look at me and love what you see" We are brought back to the insecure girl who just wants it to all turn out alight.

          --- 10. The Lonely (3:53)
          One of the darkest and saddest songs on the album. This one sounds like a story of the loneliest girl there ever was. "The ghost of a girl that I want to be most, the shell of a girl that I used to know well". I love the lyrics, I really get the loneliness encroaching and how it affects and taints everything she does. There is a lot of strong imagery in this song for me and it is unforgettable. Despite the darkness though it is a joy to listen to. Again Christina's voice is just flawless, though very emotional.

          --- 11. Sad Song' (4:29)
          For a sad song, this has a bit of an upbeat tune to the chorus. It's like a rebellion. Opening with "Today I'm going to write a sad song, going to make it really long, so that everyone can see I'm really unhappy". It does sound like self pity, but it's a lovely song with gorgeous vocals. The story of this song is about growing up and having to deal with all it entails. The latter half of the song has a catchy drumbeat and the apologising chorus takes on an almost mocking feel. She seems to acknowledge she needs more maturity, but wants to grow up slowly and perhaps isn't actually offering a sincere apology for being herself.

          --- 12. Tragedy (4:39)
          Referring to a relationship as a tragedy, this song is almost an attack against the other half of the partnership. She forgave and forgot "a thousand times" and she's not doing it again. As with almost every song on this wonderful album her voice is just so strong, and she sounds almost angry at times. This is an excellent closing track to the album. It is reminiscent of the strong person she has become. The music of this song is interesting and quite unusual, I'm not sure how to describe it really! You'll have to listen.


          ~~~~~~ Overall ~~~~~~

          For me, Lovestrong is an exceptional album. I fell in love with this voice as soon as I heard it and it is not diminishing. I feel every song is strong in both sound and lyrical quality; some of the lyrics and turn of phrases I find very unusual, as they are not the sort of expressions used much in songs of this subject matter. Some of them are almost child-like in their innocence and the desire to just be loved, pure and simple comes through. This is not an album of simple love songs though, by any means. These are all songs Christina declared the need to share.

          The one criticism I think could be made about this album, is that the songs are all about a common subject, and the overall tempo of many of them is alike. In that regard there is little variation. However, I do not feel at all that it suffers for this. Each song has a completely different sound and I have no trouble distinguishing between tracks - there is no 'samey' here. I would like to hear Christina doing more upbeat, faster, shoutier songs though - Bang Bang Bang is an excellent example of how she can do this type of song every bit as well as the more ballad-y ones and I hope any subsequent releases will have some more tracks of this nature.

          I think Christina Perri may appeal to fans of many genres. I am not sure what genre I would even put her in. I've lost track a bit anyway, when I was younger it was just rock, pop, punk, classical and rap. Now there's endless genres and I wouldn't have a clue what half of them even are! Christina is very easy to listen to though, and I really think anyone should give her a try.

          "Emotionally, it [recording the album] was the hardest 33 days of my life, but it was worth it because the result is that this album is 100 percent me. It's heartfelt, real, bold, honest, vulnerable, hopeful, strong, poetic, bluesy, gritty, pretty, and simple" - Christina Perri

          Couldn't have put it better myself.


          *** I know there's a recent review on this, but I have been waiting impatiently to copy this over here since I published it on Ciao on the 14th Oct. I must have suggested it around the same time as the first reviewer and didn't know my suggestion was unsuccessful until now, as I was waiting for the email alert! So apologies to those who hate repeat product reviews! :o) ***

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            22.10.2011 13:41
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            A fabulous album!

            For those of you who don't know, Christina Perri is an American singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. She is currently 25 years old. As well as sing, she can also play the piano and guitar.

            Lovestrong is the debut album from Christina. It was released in the United Kingdom in September 2011 and so it is very recent. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £7.49 which I think is great value for money.

            ~ * Track listing * ~

            1) Bluebird 2) Arms 3) Bang Bang Bang 4) Distance 5) Jar of Hearts 6) Mine 7) Interlude 8) Penguin 9) Miles 10) The Lonely 11) Sad Song 12) Tragedy


            I will now give an opinion on the songs which stand out or don't stand out for me.

            ~ * Jar of Hearts * ~

            Man, I love this song! It is so emotional and I love how the song just keeps on building throughout the song. I actually performed this song at a singing competition last night. It really is a great song - possibly the best song on the whole album. It was this song that made me buy the album.


            ~ * The Lonely * ~

            This is such a sad song and again I love the emotion in this song. Christina really puts all her emotion into it.

            ~ * Miles * ~

            This is an acoustic song which I really like. Sometimes I find that an acoustic song has more effect and emotion than a 'full instrument' song.

            ~ * Tragedy * ~

            This song is ok, but it isn't as dramatic as some of the other songs, and so I thought that it was quite an unusual choice putting this as the finishing song to the album. She sounds really good on this song and hits some really high notes, and with power too!

            ~ * Bang Bang Bang * ~

            An upbeat song - takes some getting used to but is definitely a grower.

            ~ * The Album *

            The album comes under the following genres: pop, alternative rock and indie rock. Whilst I wouldn't say I am a heavy rock fan, I absolutely love this album. This album isn't a heavy rock album by the way, but it is kind of rock-y...and I LOVE IT! It is definitely different compared to a lot of albums in the charts right now, and so this album makes a fabulous and refreshing album.

            ~ * Lyrics * ~

            Christina has a really clever way with words and I enjoy listening to all the different lyrics in the songs - they really are thought provoking. There are so many lines that make me think 'ah that's clever'.

            Some lyrics which stand out for me include:

            "Who do you think you are / Running around leaving scars / Collecting your jar of hearts/ and tearing love apart / you're gonna catch a cold / from the ice inside your soul / so don't come back for me / don't come back at all"

            So as you can see, they are lyrics which make you think. I also like the fact that the songs are about things that absolutely everyone can relate to which I think is great.

            I remember hearing Christina Perri's debut single 'Jar of Hearts' on the radio a couple of months back. I didn't catch who the song was by and assumed that it was Paloma Faith's new song; I then saw the music video on the music channels and that is when I found out who it really was.

            ~ * Voice * ~

            I think that Christina Perri sounds a lot like Paloma Faith; they have similar unique strong voices. Christina has a powerful voice and sings with a strong American accent which I like.

            ~ * How Good Was It ? * ~

            I am really impressed with this album, because Christina has wrote every single song on this album, which to me proves that she is a REAL artist, and not like the likes of Cheryl Cole who just sing songs others have written for them.

            I also like the fact that each song tells a story and that each song is personal to Christina. It makes the songs have a lot more meaning and helps you understand the person behind the music, through the music! An excellent album!

            I highly recommend this album!

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            October 2011

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 Bluebird
            2 Arms
            3 Bang Bang Bang
            4 Distance
            5 Jar Of Hearts
            6 Mine
            7 Interlude
            8 Penguin
            9 Miles
            10 The Lonely
            11 Sad Song
            12 Tragedy