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“FOUND” by PUSH PLAY!
by Matt Glodz
The Jonas Brothers have some new competition: Push Play. Hailing from Long Island, the quartet is yet another addition to the boy bands that are starting to make a comeback on the music scene. Push Playâ€™s new album â€œFoundâ€ brings listeners what they expect from a boy band, but is unique enough to keep their fan base growing.
â€œOur individual personalities really click,â€ lead singer CJ Baran says on Push Playâ€™s website, â€œand the fact that the four of us have distinct tastes in music, it seems to really work.â€
Baranâ€™s observation is right on point â€“ Push Playâ€™s music ranges from upbeat to somber, and the lyrics follow suit.
It makes sense that â€œMidnight Romeoâ€ is the albumâ€™s first single. The song is energetic, its lyrics flow well, and teenagers are likely to dig its scandalous content. â€œShow me yours and I’ll show you mine / Gonna make you sweat / Gonna feel you head to toe / You know, I’m your midnight Romeo,â€ Baran sings. â€œMidnight Romeoâ€ is the most stereotypical mainstream boy band song on the album, and it is likely to hit the airwaves soon as a result.
In â€œHeart Attack,â€ Baran sings about walking in on his girl making out with another guy and the eventâ€™s aftermath. Its lyrics lack depth as far as content is concerned, but for a breakup song, it is quite upbeat and catchy.
As its title may suggest â€œThis Is Us Breaking Upâ€ is another breakup song. Its frequently changing tempo and melody that incorporates futuristic synthesized sounds keep it from sounding sad and depressing, and also set it apart from â€œHeart Attack.â€ While the two songs share a similar theme, they are by no means redundant musically.
â€œWhere I Belongâ€ is one of Push Playâ€™s more somber songs, but it is one many high school seniors can relate to. â€œThe days we spent together / The nights would last foreverâ€¨/ But all good things must come to an end,â€ Baran sings. The song is reflective and has the slowest melody on the album, yet Push Play still pulls it off, showing their musical versatility.
The remainder of the album does not disappoint. â€œFoundâ€Â is also one of those albums that can be listened to straight through from start to finish, so grab a copy and Push Play.
In 2003, Kristinia DeBarge made it to the finals in the short-lived signing competitionÂ American Juniors. Though she did not win the coveted recording contract, DeBarge is now proving that you donâ€™t have to finish first to make it to the top. With herBillboard Top 20 hit â€œGoodbye,â€ DeBarge is now on tour with Britney Spears playing to sold out arenas every night.
Recently, she got the chance of a lifetime to perform two sets at the famousÂ MadisonÂ SquareÂ Garden. â€œIt has been an amazing experience,â€ she said. Though the crowds she currently performs to are in the thousands, DeBarge tries to create an intimate show. â€œI like to connect with my audience. I want them to have fun no matter where theyâ€™re sitting.â€
Despite being only 19, DeBarge has experienced a lot for her age and she chooses to talk about her past through her songs. On her debut albumÂ Exposed, she sings about everything from breakups to maturation. â€œI would describe my music as fun and relatable. There is a song for everyone.â€ It looks like DeBarge wonâ€™t be saying â€œGoodbyeâ€ to her career anytime soon.
Check out Kristinia DeBarge in Britney Spearâ€™s Circus. She will be performing at the American Airlines Arena on September 2.