You Should Know: @JackSavoretti

Don’t tell anyone but Jack Savoretti is a bit of a hidden gem that those of us who like to pretend that they know music keep in their back pocket to judge others: “Have you hard of Jack Savoretti’s new album?” “Who’s he?” Cue shaking of head slowly in despair and move on to find a more discerning individual to converse with.

Well folks, it is well past time that everyone knows who Jack Savoretti is.  He is done with being an underrated gem and with his latest release Written In Scars, this is his time to make it big.

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Jack first came on the music scene with 2007’s Between The Minds.  A debut album chock full of awesome songs is a rare thing to behold: No One’s Aware, Without, Between The Minds, Lovely Fool and I was obsessed with Blackrain for months – from the opening guitar solo to his haunting vocals.    And Soldier’s Eyes …. gah!

With a soldier’s eyes I’ve seen inside the devil’s dreams where young men die
And graveyards open up their arms for mothers left to cry
I have seen the bleeding and I hate what we’ve done
But just like every other fool here I’ll keep marching on

Harder Than Easy is probably my least favourite album, if I had to choose between all 4 releases.    However, Breaking News is a real highlight and something that everyone can relate to and has a riff which drums into your brain.

Vagabond from Between The Storm is really catchy and has a kickass guitar solo in the middle.  However, Last Call is probably my favourite song of Jack Savoretti’s third album for the melody.

Kick drum in my head
Cold prison of an empty bed
And the sight of the sunlight scares me half to death

And  Lifetime because of the lyrics

We will all say goodbye
But that’s alright
Happens to everyone
The “alright” part is a lie
But that’s alright
We tell it to everyone
If you feel like you’re wasting your time
Waste it if you want to
The reason does not have to rhyme
Waste it if you want to

There’s only so much you can do in one lifetime
Take it easy
There’s only so much you can do in one lifetime
Oh, take it easy

And finally, Jack’s latest release Written In Scars.  What an awesome addition to his repertoire.  Asking me to choose favourites would be impossible but I’m going to try:  Home, Don’t Mind Me, The Other Side of Love, The Hunger, Wasted, Fight ‘Til The End, Tie Me Down …..

Behind the cloth, behind the paint behind the flesh and bone
Behind the laughter and the pain, behind the eyes lies my soul
When the tears get too heavy, I must teach myself to cry

Tie me down I’ll go wild, I’ll go wild
You can’t hold down a homeless child, a homeless child
There’s got to be a way
I’m a hunter for a better day

Yes, so definitely the whole thing.  There isn’t a song in the whole album that doesn’t worm its way into your brain and make you want to listen to it on repeat and if that isn’t proof of a stellar album then I don’t know what is.

Find Jack Savoretti on the Twitter, Instagram and the Web

This stream of consciousness was written by a fan for fans and future fans.

Grey’s Anatomy: 11×12 – The Great Pretender

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How nice to have a relatively lighthearted, enjoyable episode.  Things I loved: Meredith/Maggie, Meredith/Alex, Meredith/herself, Arizona and Herman bonding, the scene where Herman, Alex and Jo take the piss out of Arizona, Owen/Amelia cuteness, Ben/his brother – finally a chance for Ben to have a storyline.

The Mentalist: 7×13 – White Orchids

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HOLY CRAP!!!  Most perfect series finale in the history of series finales (and I loved how it sort of went down the same route as The Newsroom – two perfect endings for two of my favourite shi ps!!).  I don’t even care that I was massively spoiled (I didn’t know about Vega’s death so I think that will always be the big season shock for me).

There has been so much to love about Season 7 as a whole.  Number one being Jane/Lisbon of course and number two just it being generally more lighthearted and the fact that they finally put Red John to bed and didn’t have some crazy copycat killer or anything.

Onto the last couple of episodes ….  I liked how the last ‘case’ was interesting but not overly dramatic.  You didn’t ever really think Jane was going to end up dead.  As to all the other stuff?  Jane/Lisbon proposal <3, Cho and Lisbon dress shopping, Lisbon’s family and all her facial expressions to do with them, Cho’s “Postpone the wedding?  We’re the FBI”, Lisbon’s reaction to the wedding, Rigsby/Van Pelt!!!!,

And as to the final three scenes: Lisbon pointing a gun in her wedding dress (BEST THING EVER!), the wedding and all the dancing, the final final scene … Lisbon’s pregnant and Jane never saw that one coming.

Ask Me Nicely by @AmyAndrewsbooks

Ask Me Nicely (Entangled Brazen)WARNING: You will never look at Candy Floss / Fairy Floss / Cotton Candy(*) the same way again.
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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Sexy times galore between two hot vets

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary:  Sal, wounded veterinarian with a tragic past, has lost her mojo and ends up drunkenly hitting on her flatmate and fellow vet Doyle.  Sexy times ensue.

Review:  It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book so completely hot and sizzling with UST from start to finish!  I mean right from the opening scene the sparks between Doyle and Sal had me fanning myself.

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And Doyle …. a sexy hot guy who loves animals and won’t give up on a stubborn, scarred girl?  What more could you want in a hero?  If I send you a Self Addressed Envelope, do you think someone could send me one?!

I loved the whole book from start to finish so it would be too hard to choose a favourite scene but in terms of a memorable scene?  I think the candy/fairy floss wins hands down!

PS. This book gives a whole new meaning to Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ …. 😉

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You Should Know: @kerryjaneellis1

prkerrye5492If you’re a frequent  frequenter of the West End then you’ll know who Kerry Ellis is and already be convinced of her awesomeness so you can stop reading here.

Everyone else, here’s why you should know about Kerry Ellis:

 

 

tn-1000_kedp31. She is THE Elphaba.

I know that’s a pretty bold statement to make, given the wonderful Idina Menzel originated the role, but if you’re like me and got into Wicked during the Ellis-era then no one can sing Defying Gravity quite like her.  Don’t believe me?  Listen to it here and then go buy Anthems

 

cats42.  Her ‘Memory’ gives you goosebumps

Don’t believe me?  Go see her in Cats at the London Palladium before the run is over and enjoy the sneak peak here.  Singing cats – what’s not to like?!

3. Prior to Wicked and Cats, she has starred in We Will Rock You, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.

So pretty much every major production in the West End?  Yup.

4. She frequently collaborates with Brian May

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Killer guitar player + Killer voice.  Now if that doesn’t prove to you that she is Somebody to Love, then I don’t know what will!

5. Finally, and most importantly, her voice

She could sing anything.  Like literary anything and I would still love her voice.  The best bit?  When she sings and holds the ‘long’ notes in Defying Gravity, Memory and Let It Go (If you’re like me and are one of approximately 10 people in the Western world who hasn’t seen Frozen then the song was originally sung in the film by Idina Menzel so there’s a lovely synergy about this).

What I’d like to see from Kerry in the future?  I would really love TPTB to make a film of Wicked and for Kerry to reprise her role as Elphaba her to keep making albums, perhaps some original songs (I’m generally not a massive fan of cover songs with some obvious exceptions) and to continue being a fabulous leading lady of the West End.

Find Kerry Ellis on Twitter, Facebook and the Web.

This stream of consciousness was written by a fan for fans and future fans.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be…..”

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

POV: 3rd Person but told from multiple POV

I don’t read that many Young Adult novels and the ones I do tend to be Dystopian-related. However, don’t be fooled by the summary, whilst it talks of an asteroid heading straight to earth and possible mass-destruction, this book is anything but a Dystopian-world. It’s about our world, or rather the familiar world of American teenagers, and how possible impending death causes four of them to break out of their social circles and form new bonds with people they normally wouldn’t give a second glance to.

You’re probably thinking that exploring the world of messed up teenagers mixing it up with their playground enemies is nothing new but Tommy Wallach brings something special to the genre: the ability to write. He gets his characters to say some pretty prosaic, insightful things whilst still sounding like teenagers and he very quickly draws you into the world of these four characters and gets you to care about them.

The open-ended ending was something of beauty as well. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I really hope this book makes it on the 2015 Goodreads award for Best Young Adult fiction as I will definitely be voting for it. Can’t wait to see what the author writes next.