12 Days of Brumotions: Union J – ‘You got it all’ Album Review

On the 1st day of Christmas, Brumotions gave to you….

A Union J Album Review!

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               JJ, Jaymi, Josh and George are back with their second studio album, which we have already fallen in love with.

‘You got it all’, which shares it’s title with one of the tracks featured on the new album, was released on December 8th and we’ve had it on repeat ever since!

Check out our track by track review of Union J’s new release below!


Tonight (We Live Forever)

After catching the lads performing this energetic track at Fusion Festival earlier this year, this was definitely a great way for the lads to kick off their second studio album – It shows the Union J boys at their finest – Four young lads living their dream and having fun whilst doing so. We love it!

You Got It All

You Got It All is our favourite power ballad from the album! – Written by Canadian genius Nasri from Magic! (You know, the lads that wrote the UK chart topping track: Rude!) – although we weren’t sure how this track would fit on the album as the lads are more known for their energetic singles, we were definitely pleasantly surprise – especially after their stunning X Factor performance and undeniable vocal talent.

All about a Girl

Initially, this track reminds us of an old school 90s boyband track (our childhood right there!) with a Union J twist and we think it’s incredible… we also like to imagine it’s written about us, but that’s another story.

We currently have the incredibly catchy chorus stuck in our heads and have been walking around singing Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na for the past few hours, which makes us pretty excited to hear this track live.

One More Time

One More Time brings the party vibe that was missing in the first three songs, while also ensuring to display the amazing vocals that the lads have. It is slightly odd to be featured on this album though, as we’re nearing the end of the year, but this track speaks about the end of Summer, but it’s still a great song to celebrate the nearing of the New Year and will obviously make it on our end of year soundtrack! We would love to see this track released as the group’s next single.

Together

It’s already an obvious crowd pleaser and we cannot WAIT to hear this track live. Together is a fun loving, edgier sounding track about having fun and living life to the fullest.

I Can’t Make You Love Me

Although About A Girl sounded like a 90s track, I Can’t Make You Love Me truly IS a 90s track. That’s right! Union J have recorded their own version of the 90s country pop single, originally released by Bonnie Raitt. But like all of the tracks on the new album, the lads have placed their own stamp on the song and it sounds incredible!

She’s in my Head

This track screams Union J; it’s energetic, hyper and features incredible vocals and harmonies! It’s definitely a lot more edgier than we were expecting from the lads, but it fits the rest of the album perfectly!

Midnight Train

Once again, we’re faced with another incredible track that we’d like to imagine the gorgeous lads from Union J had written about us. We can definitely see this song being amazing during a live performance as it sets a great atmosphere.

I Love to Watch You Sleep

Who doesn’t want to imagine sharing a bed with Union J? We volunteer!

In this track, we see the lads turn into our very own Prince Charming(s) in this ballad, which has us (and we would be guessing you too) swooning over the handsome lads. It reminds us of a lullaby with the soft, crooning vocals that are very easy on the ears.

Central Park

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Central Park which is a slower song about heartbreak.

Although the lyrics explain a sad story, we absolutely love this track as it shows the more emotional side of these lads.

Girl Like You

This track is a Brumotions favourite; it’s upbeat, fun and has a real feel good atmosphere. Girl Like You will be perfect to brighten up those dull winter mornings and a track you will find yourself playing on repeat and singing in the shower.

YOLO

YOLO!

We’re glad that YOLO means ‘You Only Live Once’ because we wouldn’t be able to only listen to this song! It’s a great addictive and hyper track, however, we can’t help but feel that it would’ve been better to be released back when YOLO was still a thing.

Get It Right

This song gets a little lost within the powerful pop tracks on the album; however, we were excited to hear JJ’s vocals on the track, which we feel should feature more throughout the album. We weren’t overly impressed with this song, though we do want to ask “can we please have more singing parts from JJ?!”

Song for You and I

This track is a nice end for the album as its cheesy pop at it’s finest! Josh really jumps and succeeds at the opportunity to show off his smooth vocals and the entire song makes us smile and sing along. However, we believe that one of the previous tracks would have been the much better choice to finish the album.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This one was released at the perfect time! And it’s great to hear Union J’s take on this centuries old classic! It’s a great festive track, which we will definitely have on repeat up until the New Year… at least until next Christmas.



Overall, the album is pure and powerful pop at its best and we’re absolutely in love with it! The whole album is inoffensive, features incredible lyrics and vocals and is great to dance around to. However, we can’t help but think a few of the tracks are lost among the other incredible ones.

Let us know what you think!

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The Wanted will stay Gold Forever!

After an hour of singing, dancing, throwing water at their fans and leaving two of our Brumoter writers very emotional, The Wanted left the stage at Fusion Festival for what could have been the last time EVER!

This comes after the group announced an extended hiatus earlier this year (But remember, we also spoke of their ‘last ever performance’ previously in April after their Nottingham show during the ‘Word of Mouth’ Tour so don’t despair TWFanmily, they may have more!)

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The group’s appearance sparked controversy even before the event, not only because this was to be their only UK festival appearance, but as it was announced 11 days before the show that Nathan Sykes would NOT be appearing due to solo music commitments!

Leaving fans devastated and the other four boys to go it alone, with the promise from Max George that ‘the proper Wanted’ would be on stage.

However, this didn’t dampen the spirits of the four piece who were determined to make us glad we came and they did not disappoint!

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Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaren and last, but not least Tom Parker – put on an electric show, bringing the fun and party atmosphere to the festival (like they’re well known for). Mixing oldies from their debut album, including ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘All Time Low’ with newer crowd favourites like ‘We Own The Night’ and ‘Lightning’

The Wanted sure know how to put on a great performance as the four heartthrobs left tons of girls screaming and crying – though the lads were quick to comfort fans near the front of the stage to stop the sadness.

Tom even gave the ladies a cheeky flash of his rather perfectly toned abs (We know ladies, we know)!

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Even though there were a few vocal hitches and lack of singing in certain songs (Looking at you Mr. McGuiness) – which we put down to lack of rehearsal. However, their vocals remained strong  and their incredible stage presence and bond within the group showed throughout their performance, captivating the audience and showing the lads are pop, at it’s finest!

Before the show, both our Brumoters and fans alike were worried about the lack of Nathan Sykes, however, this didn’t seem to be an issue as the other lads seemed to express their personalities more and interact with the crowd. However, the question on everybody’s lips: Has Nathan already moved on? Or was it simply a case of bad timing (as reported)?

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The Wanted’s performance at Fusion Festival showed why they were and will always be one of the biggest boybands of our time, who will sadly be missed (though we hope not for very long, start planning that comeback gentlemen!)

Brumotions give their performance 5/5 microphones! (We apologise Jay, we know you wanted less!)

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BREAKING NEWS: The Wanted to perform at Fusion Festival without Nathan Sykes?

Are The Wanted scheduled to perform at Fusion Festival without Nathan Sykes?!

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It’s been announced today that this is TRUE!

Only moments ago, Fusion Fest discussed this topic on there Facebook page, posting the following statement:

“Hi everyone – just to say The Wanted were booked as a four piece at Fusion Festival next weekend due to Nathan’s ongoing and longstanding recording commitments out of the UK that day. The band are really looking forward to seeing all their fans in Birmingham and are planning on putting on an amazing show!”

This comes as a surprise to most fans as the group’s appearance at the Festival was never called into question and there are only 11 days until the group’s performance.

Shortly after the announcement of Sykes not attending the festival, fellow bandmate Max George took to Twitter with a pretty sassy statement, tweeting: “Can’t wait for next weekend! The proper wanted turning up! Let’s have it! #FusionFestival

So what do you guys think?

Have you gotten your tickets for the event? What do you think about this announcement?

Let us know!

George Ezra announces Autumn 2014 tour!

Following the success of his debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’, which debuted at Number 3 in the UK charts, George Ezra has announced a UK tour, this October!

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Fans of the new and incredibly talented artist will be able to see the chart-topping lad perform at a number of live shows across the UK, including a show at the Institute in Birmingham on October 25th!

However, make sure to get your tickets NOW! As this tour follows previous, sold out tours in both February and June!

The UK tour dates are as shown below:

16/10 – Leeds, UK//Met University.
17/10 – Newscastle, UK//Newcastle University.
18/10 – Glasgow, UK//Queen Margaret Union.
20/10 – Manchester, UK//Manchester Ritz.
21/10 – Bristol, UK//O2 Academy Bristol.
22/10 – Portsmouth, UK//Pyramids Centre.
24/10 – London, UK//Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
25/10 – Birmingham, UK//The Institute.
26/10 – Cardiff, UK//Cardiff University Solus.

Tickets are currently AVAILABLE!

Canary Swing Just Wanna Dance With Somebody!

After touring around the country with FutureProof, Canary Swing ended the tour with a BANG at the London Islington Academy on June 1st, alongside artists such as Tich, Rewind, Kingsland Road and many more!

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Canary Swing, made up of Ben Crook (Bass), Sam Blake (Drums), Cory Gaffney (Guitar) and George Crump (Vocals & Guitar) entertained the audience with an array of pop/rock originals, each with a summery and feel good sound which left us humming along to the tunes hours after.

The group finished their set with crowd favourite ‘Second Star to the Right’, which gained an electric reception and is also the band’s latest single which can currently be bought through ITunes!

They also left the audience dancing around to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ which was an unusual but incredible cover choice for the young, pop/rock band.

Canary Swing had great audience interaction as the lads entertained the relentless crowd – who were looking forward to the artists placed later on the bill – introducing each member as sexy, which gained large cheers from an array of dedicated fans, some of which had travelled far to see their favourites!

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Overall we enjoyed Canary Swing’s performance – although this band had previously gone unnoticed by our Brumoters, we were slightly unsure at first and took a little while to get into the group, but we instantly began to like the boys who grew on us throughout their set and therefore we would like to find out more about this band!

Canary Swing’s EP ‘The Flight’ is out NOW!

Brumotions gives them 4/5 Microphones!

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Loving Union J is Easy!

With an incredible line-up planned throughout the day and night, OMG Live was nothing short of a success as the Forum Live stage at the LG Arena was jam packed on Thursday night!

The event – with joint headliners Lawson and Union J – held an electric atmosphere with fans being able to alternate between seeing their favourite artists, some fresh faces on the music scene or stand in the sun of ‘The Yard’ with an amazing DJ set!

But like the majority of those attending the event, we made sure to see the incredible group that is… Union J!

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The quartet, consisting of Josh, George, Jaymi and JJ grew in success during their time on Series 9 of the X Factor UK and have since released their debut album and three singles, which have all reached the Top 10 in the UK.

Fans were ecstatic to see the boys perform in Birmingham once again and were thoroughly entertained as the lads proceeded to have a laugh with one another much to the delight of their dedicated J-Cats.

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Union J impressed with their relentless energy and obviously catchy tunes, making the atmosphere in the arena electric as their fans screamed the lyrics back at them, from the various songs they performed from their debut, self-titled album, including: ‘Beethoven’, ‘Head in the Clouds’ and ‘Lucky Ones’.

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The groups second and third singles, ‘Beautiful Life’ and ‘Loving You Is Easy’ rounded off their incredible setlist – which was unfortunately too short for our liking as only 7 songs were performed.

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Union J are definitely a group that people need to experience a live performance of.

They’re great fun, especially when showing their individual personalities, and also with great voices and incredibly catchy tunes, you will not be disappointed!

With the promise of a second album on the way, make sure to keep an eye out!

You can also see them at this years Fusion Festival! Tickets are on sale NOW!

Brumotions give their performance 5/5 Microphones!

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