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Harry Styles Sign Of The Times Review

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After 18 months of silence, Harry Styles has arrived with his debut single, Sign Of The Times. Now, I think it's probably best I establish myself as a pretty big One Direction fan quite early on, but know that that never let me like This Town or any of Zayn's music. But moving onto Sign Of The Times, my love for 1D doesn't really come into it, but instead my love for David Bowie who I can see as being a massive inspiration for this track. 

I was being very open minded about the track, knowing that it would probably be something that I would absolutely adore (spoiler, I do) but I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. However, Sign Of The Times is right up my street with a ballad meets rock tune and words about love, space, and the eventual end of the world. It is a far cry from 1D's What Makes You Beautiful but I'm more than sure no one was expecting it to be, which is good. 



But, Sign Of The Times, does seem to be less about love and more about his time in One Direction and the restrains that he and the rest of his bandmates were placed under throughout those five years. The band's breakup/permanent hiatus led to worldwide pandemonium back at the end of 2015 and I do have my suspicions that the line 'just stop your crying it's a sign of the times/we got to get away from here' is some sort of reference to the pressure put on the band when they were together or the endless reams of rumours and newspaper articles about them, especially Harry who was seen as being the frontman of the band. But even if it is a love song, it's a bloody good one. 

As far as debut singles go, I think that this is the best track I've heard in a very long time and one that I know I'm going to have on repeat for days. 

The single is available to download and stream now, and Harry's debut album will be released in the summer.


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Soundtrack To My Life

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Hi! Today I will be answering some of the questions from the 'soundtrack to my life' tag which is going around at the moment! As you can see from my blog, music is a massive part of my life and I have a pretty broad taste when it comes to artists and genres. Enjoy!

1. What song do you listen to when you're happy
Blue by Howl. It's one of my favourite tracks at the moment and is incredibly good live as well. It's a massive bop.




2. What song do you listen to when you're sad?
Back in December by Kaiser Chiefs. I always scream along to the bridge and it cheers me up immediately. It's also on their most underrated album. In fact, the entirety of The Future Is Medieval cheers me up when I'm sad.


3. What song will you have at your wedding?
A Million Love Songs by Take That. Yes, I know, the most traditional wedding song ever. It's such a good song though and can you believe Gary wrote it when he was 16? The songs I've written at 16 are horrific. 


4. What song do you dance around the house to?
Knights Of Cydonia by Muse. I sing the entire guitar interlude and introduction too, because it would be wrong not to.


5. What song do you play through your headphones when out and about?
In My Mind by The Amazons is my go to track at the moment, however all of The Amazon's songs are bloody brilliant and I would whole heartedly recommend going and giving them a listen.


6. What song do you listen to when you're angry?
Fallout by Catfish and the Bottlemen. During a very hard time I went through with my ex-best friend I would have this on repeat. It's such a good rant song and tends to summarise my feelings as well. Oh, and Pacifier by Catfish and the Bottlemen.  


7. What song would you have at your funeral?
Requiem by Gary Barlow or Carry You Home by James Blunt. I have always been a massive fan of both artists and Carry You Home always makes me feel really emotional, and I would hope that that feeling would carry over to everyone at my funeral. Requiem is about death(?) so would be rather apt.


8. What song makes you lose your shit at a party?
Mr Brightside by The Killers. I always find myself at the peak of drunkenness when it comes on at a party and me and my friends all stand in a circle and sing along. Admittedly, I'm normally far more enthusiastic about it than anyone else...


9. What was the last song you listened to?
Fairytale by Alexander Rybak. I am a massive Eurovision fan and this was the first winning song I can remember and is also such a beautiful song from an utterly beautiful and adorable man. I had been watching old Eurovision winners' songs, so ended up adding Fairytale back onto my Spotify playlist.


10. What is your karaoke song?
Copacabana by Barry Manilow or Laura by Scissor Sisters. I entirely blame James McAvoy for me new found love for Copacabana after he performed it on The Jonathan Ross Show a few years ago. Laura is one of my favourite songs ever and carries some really happy memories with it too.


11. What song has the most memories attached to it?
Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs. We played it at my dad's funeral and was his favourite song, but it was also the song that Ricky Wilson sang to me when I saw the band live last year. It was the most incredible experience of my entire life.


12. What song makes your cry?
Don't Forget Where You Belong by One Direction always makes me cry no matter when I listen to it, but I always bawl when I hear it life. Same goes for Angels by Robbie Williams, but I think that's a given.


14. What song do you hate the most? 
Honestly anything by Taylor Swift. I cannot stand her. Oh, and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. But, once again, that's a given. 


15. What song do you want to hear live?
Fake Tales of San Fransisco by the Arctic Monkeys. I've been a fan of the band for a good seven or eight years now and have always longed to hear them live. Fake Tales of San Fransisco is also my favourite song of theirs at the moment.


16. What is your favourite song of all time?
I think it must be Coming Home by the Kaiser Chiefs. It has this amazing way of making me feel on top of the world even at my lowest points and will always remind me of some amazing times I have had at gigs and the amazing friends I have met through the band. 



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Take That Giants Review

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Take That are Britain's biggest and most successful boyband ever. Yes, they're even more successful than One Direction and The Beatles. If you look at their back catalogue then it's pretty clear to see why that is, with 90's anthems such as Back For Good and, of course, the 2007 number one Rule The World which has been played at every wedding to have ever happened since it was released. Now, the three remaining members (Mark, Howard and Gary) are back after a three year break with their new single, Giants, and a new album, Wonderland. 

I've always been a massive Take That fan and have seen them live twice, and will be seeing them twice this year too. Mark has always been my favourite, and I cried the morning I found out that Jason had left the band. Admittedly, I was pretty disappointed with their last album III, but after hearing it live I realised that actually, it's not that bad. I'm hoping that the same will happen with Giants. 




My first thought when I was listening to Giants is that it sounds a lot like Union J's song Tonight (We Live Forever.) Now, that isn't a bad thing but it's also not the BEST o things to say about a new Take That song. Take That have been renowned for their ballads and feel good songs which, yes this is, but it's nothing close to Greatest Day or The Flood. Looking at Giants and then III, it's pretty clear to see that Jason had a HUGE impact on the band's sound, even if he was often forgotten about. 

Lyrically, though, Giants is great. The chorus made me tear up a little bit when I first listened to it and after going through the lyrics, I realised it's probably about the band's fans rather than one individual which is sweet. I do think that an acoustic version of Giants will be more to my liking, though. Also, I'm praying that Mark and Howard are going to sing a bit more on Wonderland. That was another thing that really disappointed me about III, 90% of the songs were just Gary singing and then Mark and Howard's voices layered over the top Really, all I want is an album full of songs like The Garden and Mancunian Way

Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate how good Mark looks on the single cover? Serious make up inspo. 

Giants is out now and the new album, Wonderland, will be released on the 24th March.  

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An Ode To Stationery

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I'm one of those ridiculously nerdy girls that loves stationery with a burning passion, especially notebooks. (I have an entire draw of notebooks. I know.) So compiling my favourite stationery items into a blog post seemed like the perfect idea.

A lot of my stationery bits were influenced by a little corner of Tumblr, the studyblr community. The main impulse purchase thanks to my fellow studyblrs was the Pilot FriXion Pastel Highlighters which I picked up from Amazon for £6; a lot of money for a five pack of highlighters. As much as I love the shades of them, they're pretty rubbish highlighters as a. they smudge my pen and b. the ink always bunches up at the end of where I've highlighted, leaving an uneven highlight. All in all, I probably wouldn't repurchase them but I'll try and use them up. Another Tumblr-enabled purchase were the Muji 0.5mm Gel Pens which I seriously love. I have all of the colours and two six packs of the black ones. I use these pens every day for my school work and the only disadvantage is that the ink smudges so easily so I always have to be careful when writing. I think a leftie would really struggle with these pens, but as I'm a righty I just about manage to cope.

But moving on to notebooks, I have a standout favourite. For all of my A-Level subjects, I have an Oxford Campus A4 Wirebound Notebook. The paper quality is insane and makes writing so easy and comfortable. The paper is also quite thick so it's pretty rare for the ink to run through the paper, both when writing and highlighting. The only highlighter that I've found to have run through the paper is my Promarkers but as I rarely use them, it's not that much of a problem. But as far as the rest of my notebook are concerned, they're from a whole range of places. My prized notebook, though, is my A5 Mulberry Lined Notebook that I bought as a 16th birthday present to myself. I am yet to use it as it is so pretty, and have instead been making my way through my notebook draw. I tend to use my notebooks for doodling and plotting out ideas for fan fiction rather than using them for anything overly productive. I really want to start a diary in 2017 so will defiantly use one of my many notebooks for that!

Have you got a favourite type of pen or a favourite notebook? Let me know in the comments below!