Newly-Released CD Reviews

Laura Carter and Riker Lawrence, Staff Writers

Waiting for the day a favorite band releases a new CD can be endless. This winter, many stars are releasing new CDs and songs. One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Green Day are just some of the few that have decided to do so.

One Direction’s new album “Take Me Home,” which came out Nov. 13, has proven to be a big hit with teenage girl fans.

“It blows my mind,” sophomore Jayla Younge said. “It’s my album of the year.”

The album has a mix of upbeat and slow songs. “Live While We’re Young” is a catchy, upbeat song. Many other songs are included in their album “Take Me Home.”

“I like ‘Rock Me’ because it’s really fun and upbeat,” sophomore Rameen Malik said. “I think it’s [like] my personality.”

“Little Things” is another slow song about love. The guys all have their own parts, singing individually instead of as a whole group. The album surprised a lot of people.

“This album is probably a billion times better than ‘Up All Night,’” freshman Nina Avedissian said. “I think I listen to more songs on the ‘Take Me Home’ album than ‘Up All Night.’”

Another singer, Kelly Clarkson, released her album, “Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One” Nov. 19. It consists of fourteen of Clarkson’s biggest hits, plus a few new songs. Hits like “Walk Away,” “Behind those Hazel Eyes” and “Mr. Know It All” are included on Clarkson’s album. “Walk Away” is a song about a relationship. In the song, Clarkson seems mad about the boy she is ‘dating.’ “Walk Away” was the fifth song on Clarkson’s album “Breakaway.” “Mr. Know It All” recently came out on the album “Stronger.” In the song, Clarkson expresses her feelings on those types of people: ‘know-it-alls.’ “Stronger” was also a favorite. Many girls found the songs relatable.

“I think it’s very inspirational,” senior Emily Grace Rowson said. “A lot of girls feel overlooked.”

In addition to these stars, Green Day released “¡Dos!” Nov. 14 as part of their trilogy music collection. The album contains thirteen songs. One of their songs, “See You Tonight,” starts off with the sound of guitar strings and a friendly ambiance. Other songs on their album include “Nightlife” and “Amy.” Although not the most well-known band, many people still enjoy their music.

“I think it’s really good,” senior Nana Asare said. “It’s a new direction for them.”

Some people noticed a difference in style between their albums.

“The first album is more of a punk style, the second one is more mainstream and pop style,” Asare said. “It exceeded my expectations.”

This winter, many stars were determined to ensure their albums would attract fans. As time passes, the prices of these new albums decrease, but right now on iTunes, “Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One” costs $11.99. One Direction’s “Take Me Home” costs $11.99, while the Yearbook Edition costs $14.99. Lastly, Green Day’s “¡Dos!” costs $9.99. The prospect of hearing new songs has tempted many people into buying recently released albums. Many students were pleased with the results of these albums.

“Go buy the album,” Avedissian said. “[The album] didn’t let me down.”