So sorry for the interval between this edition and the last. The truth is that I’m simply not getting enought time to write an article everday, because of my horribly intefering exams and some family complications with the only computer in the house right now!! :( So, what I’ve decided, is that I’ll write about a song whenever I get time; maybe every two or three days. BUT dont worry. When I DO write, I’ll make sure I do the best I can ‘for YOUR entertainment’. [Quote-UnQuote Adam Lambert! :D]
So lets get to it…’HALO’
Well, I have some every sweet things to say about this angelic masterpiece, and even more about the angel who sings it—> BEYONCE…
To get the Drift:
It was composed by Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce. In the United States, the song was released on January 20, 2009 as the album’s fourth single. :)
Similarities and references to other songs have been a raised issue over ‘Halo’. Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Already Gone’ and Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ have been two songs which are continuously on the similarity scale. [Maybe it’s because all three had the same composer working on them Ryan Tedder, way to go… :P] Seriously, I think the only things the songs have in common is the beat, that steady ‘dum. dah-dum’ throbbing that easily imitates the heart.
No prizes for guessing who she wrote it for, eh? ;) *ahem* Jay-Z! *ahem*
Deeper into it:
Emotions run high; layered with a promise of undying love, Beyonce swears that the person she is singing to is the light of her life or her ‘halo’. There is also a note of sorrow in the song, which you have to really read into, to find… A sense of dread at losing the light, y’know…. OMG. I am getting SO sentimental, it’s choking me!! Bleuuagh! :D
“Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace, baby I can see your halo, you know you’re my saving grace,” sounds like he’s passed away and remains in her life as an angelic presence of sorts. Makes the whole song kinda haunting doesn’t it?
It’s the only song in her album that has a color video, unlike ‘Diva’, ‘Single Ladies’ and ‘Ego’. Wow. That’s pretty cool… The video consists of her and her ‘lover’ sharing really sweet moments with each other, and showing really gently, yet deep and connected love. [So sweet! <3 ] There was another version of the video that had Beyonce driving down a long road to find her lover, and then she discovers he is dead. [Um. Ouch.] However, this was never released… Hmmm…. :/
Well, I utterly fell for it of course, being the soppy and desperate romantic that I am! I love the smoothness of Beyonce’s voice, and the power and control she harbors as a singer. The R&B undertones, mixed with the whole pioano-pop-ballad thing, all do good to a girl’s soul! [Makes ME wanna cry! :’)] Its bloody hard to critisize this song, no matter how desperately I try to find a mistake.
For anyone who’s been in love, this song can really tear the heart apart, and mend it too. It tells you that you REALLY have to value the one you love, and nvere take ‘em fro granted. Trust me, that is the WORST thing you can do…. :/
Overall, a three out five on my scale, purely for the honesty in her voice and three <3 <3 <3’s for getting me so worked up and emotional… [Makes me see sad things in my head…] *sniff*. Anyone got a tissue??
What other critics said—>
Billboard magazine wrote that “On “Halo” Beyonce sings in a lower register than usual over big drums and an epic piano pattern….
Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly writes, “‘Halo’, is an absolutely glorious and perfectly produced track that should be as big a hit as ‘Irreplaceable’ and ‘Crazy in Love’.”
Digital Spy said in their review of Iam…Sasha Fierce that “Halo sounds like a muscular hybrid of Umbrella and Bleeding Love”.
Boston Globe said that the song is “by far the most evocative power ballad Beyoncé has ever recorded. It’s a hulking, epic love song that sounds like it has Phil Spector working his Wall of Sound magic on the mixing board. Never mind the garden-variety lyrics; this one is all about build-up, starting with a pre-chorus that climaxes with Beyoncé’s voice ricocheting at the word ‘halo’.”
Well that’s it from me!! If you wanna see the vid, here’s a link! –>
If you just want to listen to it on Billboard:
Enjoy! ^^ <3
NEXT TIME—> I’ll be back with some My Chemical Romance…. In the mood for some love??? ;) <3