Julyssa’s Music Highlights of 2011
10. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes
I used to love Girl’s Aloud so much. They were my music shame. I am not sure why, but I kept my fascination towards them a huge secret. I followed their careers closely, I owned some of their albums and I used to sing their songs in the shower.
Besides Nicola, all of the girls released popular music during the height of the group’s career. She was the girl behind the glitz and scandals that are Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding. When the group was at its peak, Nicola was really the wall flower. The girl that, as horrible as it is to say, wasn’t as pretty as the others. But to me, she was the most fascinating of them all with her red hair and her sombre eyes. To me, Girl’s Aloud was Nicola. I associated the group with her.
So when the group disbanded, I didn’t think that Nicola was going to try and go solo. She hardly got any attention. Color me surprised when this album dropped. I can’t but applaud her for trying to do her own thing. I am happy to see her demand the attention she was denied.
This is Brit-pop cotton-candy! I am not completely sold on the entire album but I do think it has some really great tracks. I am pretty sure she is going to be great live and I hope that she does a gig here in Stockholm.
9. JPM – 月球漫步 (Moonwalk)
My only Mandarin album of the year. I wish I could get myself more engrossed in Taiwanese pop but I hardly find the time and I have no clue where to start. The main single of this album was sent to me at random and I fell for it hard. I have this ability, no joke — I can hear one song from an album and just know that the rest is going to be amazing. Since I got my hands on this album, I have been listening to it everyday. It is one heck of an amazing pop album. It makes me want to dance so bad every time I hear it – I look like a fool as I commute trying to dance subtly.
I think the reason I love this album is because it sounds so much like Kpop. But saying that feels unfair.