Listening to the opening lines of this simple pop track (“Imagine I’m in love with you”), it’s hard to believe John Lennon would be singing “Imagine there’s no heaven” just eight years later. These guys lived a lifetime in less than a decade.
Last week I wrote about the film’s use of a Mandarin version of the Coldplay song ‘Yellow’ in a pivotal sequence. The performer is Katharine Ho, an early loser on The Voice who had left the music business before being tapped for this breakthrough movie’s soundtrack.
Since I last wrote about Dua Lipa in April, I feel like she’s been everywhere. That’s probably because I follow her on Instagram and the Albanian pop star is very active on that platform.
Lipa has been riding high on the success of her self-titled debut album, which has sent five singles up the charts (particularly in England, her birthplace), and maintaining an exhausting tour schedule. She also must be working out a whole lot, based on the amazing shape she’s in in the aforementioned Instagram photos.
He’s so likable that, in his ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segments and other skits, he has the ability to make anybody next to him — even Justin Bieber — instantly likable too.
It’s rare that a movie completely sneaks up on me, but when one does it is often the most rewarding experience. Examples from recent years include Mudbound and Tower, two powerful and expertly crafted films that started entirely off my radar.
I can’t remember the last movie I loved as instantly as Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Not even a minute into the film’s prologue, which tells the story of a boy samurai who defended the “underdog dogs” against total canine annihilation and “beheaded the head of the head of the Kobayashi clan,” I was smitten.
The prologue segues into an opening credits sequence featuring a trio of young taiko drummers performing in the center of a gymnasium. And all of this is rendered in the most dazzling stop-motion animation I’ve ever seen.
The truth is I hear her songs quite a bit, especially tracks from her 2007 debut Little Voice, because my daughter plays the hell out of them on long drives. But Bareilles’ second album, 2010’s Kaleidoscope Heart, is very good as well and I never play that one. And I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know she had a third album, 2013’s The Blessed Unrest, which was nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy (it lost to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories).