Posts Tagged ‘Beyonce’

Lady Gaga vs. Ke$ha

June 4, 2010

What can I say? Both women seem to be cut from the same cloth in terms of image and musical style, and in all honesty I can’t get enough of ’em. There’s no denying the sheer excellence of Lady Gaga, an incredibly talented musician with a lot to offer in terms of voice and instrumental ability. Her vocals on, “Bad Romance, ” are a notable highlight, and when she teams up with the queen of all modern-day divas, Beyonce, on, “Telephone, ” her uncanny knack for blending catchy hooks with astounding vocals truly shines. Comparisons between her and Madonna have been made for some time now, yet I believe Gaga possesses more talent that Madonna did at the dawn of her career-I can only imagine what time would have shown us had Lady Gaga come first.

Ke$ha, while similar to Gaga in many ways, almost seems to represent something of a little sister to Gaga-although her music is lush with the synthy pop Gaga seems to favor on songs like, “Poker Face, ” and, “Just Dance, ” her lyrics are far more playful and fun, encompassing a persona that emits an overall lack of seriousness. “Dinosaur, ” is a great example of this, while, “Tik Tok, ” and, “Your Love Is My Drug, ” seem to demand we hit the dance floor, while Gaga would probably prefer we lounge around to her music whist sipping Cristal.

I hate to have to pick one over the other, as both have many individual talents to offer, so I’ll instead continue to sit back and enjoy the music. Keep up the great work ladies!


GP: Destiny’s Child (circa 1999-2000)

February 12, 2010

NOTE: This is the first of my Guilty Pleasures segment, which will briefly look at a song, group or album I secretly enjoy.  No judging!  🙂

Yes, I’m happy to admit it.  Before I first heard the ladies of Destiny’s Child harmonize on, “Bills, Bills, Bills, ” off 1999’s The Writing On The Wall, I couldn’t believe it was possible to make a sound so unreal.  Subsequent singles like, “Say My Name, ” further showcased their talents, instantly placing them on my list of the most talented female groups I’d ever experienced.
However, time has not been kind to the group, who broke up a few years after 2001’s Survivor (which seemed to rehash everything we’d already heard without breaking any new ground) so the ladies could pursue their respective solo careers.  After a brief reunion in 2004 and the release of Destiny Fulfilled, the group seemed to live up to the album’s title and permanently disbanded in 2006.  Since then, frontwoman Beyonce Knowles has gone on to enjoy a massively successful career that has spawned impressive record sales, various awards and a high-profile relationship with Jay-Z, while the other two can easily live off Destiny’s Child’s royalties for many years to come.
However, nothing will ever compare to early DC, who still continue to capture my attention to this day.  Regarded by some as the next Supremes, their influence has already been heard in groups like 3LW and Dream, and will hopefully continue to inspire countless other acts as time goes by.