Events

Tue 28
  • Omar Khairat at Cairo Opera House
    Omar Khairat at Cairo Opera House
    Apr 27 8:00 pm to Apr 28 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Legendary composer and pianist Omar Khairat performs two consecutive nights at Cairo Opera House's Main Hall. Tickets are available at the...
  • Games Night at The Tap
    Games Night at The Tap
    Apr 28 9:00 pm to Apr 29 3:00 am - The Tap
    Retro arcade games and foosball tournaments are on the menu tonight, and every Tuesday, at The Tap. For more information, call 01016000558.
  • Wust El Balad at Cairo Jazz Club
    Wust El Balad at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 28 10:30 pm to Apr 29 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Local favourites, Wust El Balad, are back at CJC for an evening of live music. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended; call 010 6880 4764.
  • Ahmed Harfoush at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Ahmed Harfoush at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Apr 28 9:30 pm to Apr 29 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Cairo crooner, Ahmed Harfoush, returns to the Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge. For more information and...
  • R&B Night at O Bar
    R&B Night at O Bar
    Apr 28 9:00 pm to Apr 29 3:00 am - O Bar
    Head over to O Bar this evening to catch Cairo's one and only r&b and hip hop master, DJ Feedo, and partner in crime, DJ Hook. DJ Mounir...
Wed 29
  •  Electro Swing Night Ft. Hussein Fahmy at Cairo Jazz Club
    Electro Swing Night Ft. Hussein Fahmy at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 29 10:00 pm to Apr 30 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Versatile Cairo DJ, Hussein Fahmy, for a night of 1940's swing-inspired music at Cairo Jazz Club. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club...
  • Ahmet Kilic at Riverside
    Ahmet Kilic at Riverside
    Apr 29 10:00 pm to Apr 30 3:00 am - Riverside Restaurant & Lounge
    Having made a mark in Cairo with several gig over the last year, Turkish DJ, Ahmet Kilic, returns to Egypt's capital for a gig at Riverside in...
  • Mazaher at Makan
    Mazaher at Makan
    Apr 29 8:00 pm to Apr 29 10:00 pm - Makan
    The musicians of Mazaher, Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour El Sabah, are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt and will once again...
  • Noha Taha at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Noha Taha at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Apr 29 9:00 pm to May 01 3:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Egyptian singer, Noha Taha, takes centre-stage at Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge for two consecutive evenings. For...
  • Ladies Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Ladies Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Apr 29 9:00 pm to Apr 30 2:00 am - Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel's Vintage Bar & Lounge welcomes Cairo's femme fatales to let their hair down with Ladies Night....
Thu 30
  • International Jazz Day at Cairo Jazz Club
    International Jazz Day at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 30 10:00 pm to May 01 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Cairo Jazz Club hosts a huge line-up of live music for International Jazz Day, with the likes of Ahmed Nazmi, Shady Ahmed and Rami Attallah set to...
  • Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Apr 30 7:00 pm to May 01 11:00 pm - Napa Grill
    Fairmont Nile City invite Cairo's seafood fans for an open buffet and live music in popular restaurant, Napa Grill. Entry is 250LE++ per...
  • Noha Taha at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Noha Taha at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Apr 29 9:00 pm to May 01 3:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Egyptian singer, Noha Taha, takes centre-stage at Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge for two consecutive evenings. For...
  • Leila at Bab El Nil
    Leila at Bab El Nil
    Apr 30 10:00 pm to May 01 3:00 am - Bab El Nil
    Fairmont Nile CIty's Bab El Nil welcomes thebelly-dancing talents of Leila. For reservations, call 0224619494.
  • Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    Apr 30 9:00 pm to May 01 3:00 am - Ahlein
    JW Marriott Hotel Cairo's Ahlein welcomes one and all for quintessential Oriental night. For reservations, call 0224115588.
Fri 01
  • Lana at Onyx Lounge
    Lana at Onyx Lounge
    May 01 10:00 pm to May 02 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Fairmont Nile City's Onyx Lounge welcomes Egyptian songstress, Lana, for a night of live music. For reservations, call 0224619494.
  • Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Apr 30 7:00 pm to May 01 11:00 pm - Napa Grill
    Fairmont Nile City invite Cairo's seafood fans for an open buffet and live music in popular restaurant, Napa Grill. Entry is 250LE++ per...
  • Riham Mostafa at Onyx Lounge
    Riham Mostafa at Onyx Lounge
    May 01 10:30 pm to May 02 2:00 am - Onyx Lounge
    Catch glamourous and soulful singer, Riham Mostafa, at Fairmount Nile City's Onyx Lounge. For reservations, call 01220277686 or 01148107467.
  • Riham Mostafa at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Riham Mostafa at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    May 01 10:30 pm to May 02 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Catch glamourous and soulful singer, Riham Mostafa, at Fairmount Nile City's Saigon Lounge. For reservations, call 01220277686 or 01148107467.
  • Secret Friday at Bamboo
    Secret Friday at Bamboo
    May 01 1:00 am to May 02 6:00 am - Bamboo
    This Friday, resident DJs 3abkarino, Kiko and Bob are on the decks at after-hours bar, Bamboo, for a night of secretive fun. We won't say...
Sat 02
  • Karaoke Night at Peking Lodge
    Karaoke Night at Peking Lodge
    May 02 10:00 pm to May 03 3:00 am - Peking Lodge
    Zamalek's Peking Lodge welcomes one and all for a night of karaoke, where prizes will be given out for the best three participants. For...
  • Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    May 02 8:00 pm to May 02 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Under the conductorship of Mohamed Saad Basha, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs a special Jazz concert featuring works by G. Gershwin,...
  • The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Exploring the theme of man's journey through life, Kamal El Feky's latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery uses bronze sculptures to tell...
  • Helwa Ya Baladi Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Helwa Ya Baladi Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    The human dimension has always been the pivotal force driving the artistic vision of Rabab Nemr. Her exhibition 'Helwa Ya Baladi' explores...
  • 'Transcending Spaces' Exhibition at Arts-Mart
    'Transcending Spaces' Exhibition at Arts-Mart
    Apr 25 1:00 pm to May 25 9:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart hosts the latest exhibition by Abdelwahab Abdelmohsen, 'Transcending Spaces'; a collection that typifies the renowned Egyptian...
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Highlights

Restaurants

Fuddruckers: New Cairo Branch Does American Diner Chain Justice

Fuddruckers: New Cairo Branch Does American Diner Chain Justice

American food has won over Egyptians a long time ago, and our love for all things fried and smothered in sauces and dressings has encouraged the evident boost in number of new diners offering American cuisine around the capital. Some chains, however, have long withstood the turnover of venues and have remained an echoing name in the fad-loving capital, one of which seems to be Fuddruckers. Heading over to the chain's latest branch in New Cairo's street-long food court, aka Concorde Plaza, we had our minds and stomachs set on devouring hefty burgers. The venue offers two floors of bright coloured indoor seating, as well as an outdoor seating area, but the chilly weather caused us to settle inside. Leading us to an immaculate window-side table, our waiter was quick to offer us menus. From classic appetizers, to salads, soups, burgers, steaks, chicken platters, wraps and desserts, Fuddruckers delves deep, as it has always done, into all our favourite American dishes. Going for the 1/3 pound Tumbleweed Burger (47 LE) with Extra Mushrooms (8 LE) and the ½ pound Hot Rocks Burger (52 LE), alongside a regular coke (17 LE) and a diet coke (17 LE), we placed our order and headed over to the complimentary salad bar. Our waiter offered us a couple of plates, which we gladly began to fill up with veggies. The salad bar was noticeably smaller than usual with lesser variety than most, but still boasted a few favourites including potato salad, coleslaw, pickles, pepper diced tomatoes and guacamole, all of which tasted fresh. Right by the salad bar was the condiments station, in which we loaded up on BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and scorching melted cheese. By the time we were halfway through with our salads, our mains had made their way to our table, looking enticingly delicious. The Tumbleweed Burger, with extra fresh mushrooms and without cheese and tomatoes as requested, was grilled to well-done perfection, also as requested.  The Hot Rocks Burger was medium done, and dripping with ranch dressing. Both were juicy, and had an ample amount of toppings. The wedges, which came as a side with both, were soft and well-seasoned yet came in a limited portion. All in all, Fuddruckers has managed to stand strong, despite fierce competition of new and glossy, hyped up burger venues and diner joints. This is perhaps thanks to its satisfactory service, delicious dishes and complimentary additives here and there that give customers value for their money.

Cafés

Bubblicious: Zamalek's Laid Back Eatery Still Standing Strong

Bubblicious: Zamalek's Laid Back Eatery Still Standing Strong

Big fancy restaurants pop up around Cairo at an alarming rate, but some days all you need is some place cozy where you can enjoy good food in a quiet peaceful atmosphere. This is where Bubblicious steps in. This small venue in Zamalek has just a few tables with charming little white chairs and an open kitchen where you can witness your food being prepared before you. The breakfast menu holds an impressive selection of omelettes, fava beans, pancakes, and sweet and savoury waffles, while the lunch menu boasts several pasta, pizza and sandwich options. The signature item, the one that inspired the venue's name, is the bubble tea; which comes in different flavours including green tea, fruit-flavoured black tea or tea with milk, to which your choice of Tapioca Pearls or Popping Bobas can be added. We opted for Green Tea with Blueberry & Cherry Popping Bobas (27 LE). While the drink was cold and refreshing, we found the popping gummy balls to be unpleasantly weird. From the breakfast menu we opted for the Mexican Omelette (29LE) and the Tunisian Shakshuka (25LE). Shortly afterwards, our orders were laid before us. The Mexican Omelette featured one large tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, smoked beef, Mexican chilli sauce, chilli pepper, onions and cheddar cheese. Despite being flavoursome, the wrap wasn't held together and far too messy.  The Tunisian Shakshuka, however, had an interestingly unique amalgamation of flavours.  Served in a casserole with a side of perfectly toasted brown English Muffins as requested, the Shakshuka featured three sunny side-up eggs in a tomato-based sauce flavoured with paprika, chilli peppers, garlic, onions and parsley.  It was a tad too runny for our taste; nonetheless, the diverse infusion of flavours totally enticed our taste buds. We had to try their dessert options which looked absolutely divine, so we ordered the Cream Cheese French toast with Blueberry (31LE). This dish was undoubtedly one of the most tantalizing dishes we've ever seen and tasted even better than it looked. It was served as two pieces of French toast generously dipped in egg batter, rendering them thick and juicy. Stuffed with blueberry flavoured cream cheese and drenched in blueberry sauce; needless to say, they were ridiculously delicious. Although it felt like we were eating inside the kitchen at times, our experience was still rather enjoyable thanks to the generous food portions, excellent service and the laid back atmosphere. Bubblicous is still serving consistently great dishes prepared with high quality ingredients at reasonable prices.

Nightlife

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

It might have seen better days, but Downtown Cairo is steeped in history and character – things that extend, even if superficially, to its restaurants, cafes and bars, including Le Grillon on Kasr El Nil Street. Divided into two parts with two separate menus, Le Grillon offers a sheltered outdoor area that we were told was the 'drinks area' and then a more elegant indoor restaurant which is used mainly for food, though this opens from 9PM.  It is possible to order something from the food menu and eat outside however if desired.  We decided to explore the drinks menu and check out the outdoor part as the décor was rather alluring and exotic with fake green vines and jungle-like scenery.  However it was rather odd to see the waiters in this unlikely scene dressed in a black suit and bow-tie. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed, almost basic; think beer, shisha and meeting up a good old gossip.  During our visit we opted to try one lemon juice and one mango juice each costing 12LE each and finally one beer (Heineken) at 21LE from the alcohol menu. The lemon juice was deliciously sweet, zesty and light with a fluffy white foam on top but the mango was a little too thick in consistency and also arrived ten minutes after all the other drinks as the waiter told us it was still frozen.   Afterwards a gust of curiosity led us to try a Bloody Mary (35LE) from the cocktail menu; the classic mixture of vodka, tomato juice and various spices arrived in a tall glass. Unfortunately, the overall flavour lacked the kick taste of vodka; however, there was a spicy aftertaste that lingered long after. After a tequila shot (40LE) ridded us of even more inhibitions, we were excited to try others drink from the cocktail menu though most were unavailable as the waiter told us there was no longer a bar man. Le Grillon offer an interesting mix of apertisers which, though a little expensive and small in portion, were quite delicious and pleasantly served.  We opted to try the shrimp cocktail (40LE) which was small yet flavoursome with large succulent shrimps and a tangy sauce. The atmosphere at La Grillon is very quiet, relaxed and good for enjoying shisha and a drink; it's by no means a detestable place to enjoy an evening, though the service was somewhat sloppy during our visit, especially which made 10% tax and 12% service charge a little difficult to swallow.

Arts & Culture

Zamalek Art Gallery: The Cycle Exhibition

Zamalek Art Gallery: The Cycle Exhibition

Zamalek is one of the most beautiful and tranquil areas in Cairo, filled with luscious greenery and surrounded by calm water, yet it is also well-known for its splendid galleries displaying some of the richest and finest contemporary art works in the city. Currently on display at the Zamalek Art Gallery is a tremendous and glistening body of work by Kamal El Feky titled 'The Cycle.' A series of bronze sculptures in different sizes all entailing the existence of man and his journey through time.  One figure, almost identical in every piece is used to tell a story of life and the passing by of it through the different positions and moods.  Some appear full of life and full of an iridescent energy, especially those looking up to the sky and also the ones displayed alongside a bicycle, whereas others are portrayed in slouched positions with a sense of sadness and resignation.  At first sight these large and obscure figures appear quite comical with their bulky bodies and tiny heads on top and seem like they could fit into one of Tim Burtons animated movies yet there is something deeper lurking within them.  Each body has small pieces calved from it as though it is a piece of cheese half eaten by a tiny mouse; this could represent the idea of the body decaying or perhaps the mind even.  The Zamalek Art Gallery space used for Kamal El-Feky's work is just perfect as it is a maze of twists and turns, each one revealing a surprise for the viewer.  The lighting is adequate; the floor immaculately polished and the space itself is decently sized. To create this series of sculptures, Kamal El Feky has chosen Bronze which is an excellent choice for it has reflective qualities therefore when each person studies one of his sculptures they can see an essence of themselves within it.  To begin the process of making a bronze sculpture, most artists begin making the original from clay; the process is time consuming and requires both patience and stamina. The title of this exhibition, 'The Cycle,' conjures ambiguous meanings; this could be associated with the cycle of life through the more powerful and energetic positioned statues and then the aging process through the tired and slouched positions further emphasised by the decaying effect of the bodies.  It could also be the cycle of moods and the change between them.  Using the bicycle in the sculptures and naming the exhibition 'The Cycle' could be the artist adding some humour to his work. Kamal El-Feky was born in 1984 and received his bachelor of Fine Arts at Helwen University in Cairo in 2006, specialising in the sculpture department.  He has gained an excellent reputation within his field, earning him the Cairo Salon Prize in 2013, and has participated in countless exhibitions worldwide. Flowing with visitors all eager to get a good look at Kamal El-Feky's glistening ray of sculptures and to top it all there was some delicious delicacies along with sweet beverages available.  Another Egyptian Artist represents the country of Egypt through his marvellous, artistic talents and ideas. 

Shopping

Suiteblanco: Spanish Clothing Brand Hits & Misses in Cairo Festival City Mall

Suiteblanco: Spanish Clothing Brand Hits & Misses in Cairo Festival City Mall

Gear up, Cairene shoppers, it’s time to hit the stores and restyle your summer wardrobe.  With the summer collections promptly hitting the racks, we’re personally spring cleaning our old worn out garments and getting our eyes and hands on new ones. Having been around at New Cairo’s favourite shopping spot for a while, Suiteblanco seemed like a good starting point for us to put together some new outfits. Located on the third floor of the mall, the store is brightly lit and appropriately sized- neither too spacious nor too constricting. On a general note, we found the summer collection to be equal parts trendy and comfortable with practical pieces here and there. The general theme seemed to be circling around light pastel colours with a few bright pieces for those wanting daring items that are a little more out there. Dedicating a whole section to denim, Suiteblanco offers an abundance of different fits and shapes when it comes to jeans. We spotted a slew of jeggings that come in varying shades (229LE), as well as ripped boyfriend jeans (329LE). Softly knitted light tops are also some of the signature items in the collection, our favourites being a white cut-out top (229LE) and a cream-coloured crochet Kimono (359LE). A brightly coloured floral knee-length dress (329LE) also caught our eyes. Towards the inner side of the store is the accessories display, boasting various shoes and handbags. Generally, the accessories department failed to impress, with most items being of mediocre quality and unimpressive designs. We spotted flat floral crochet ballerina shoes (199LE), pastel coloured high-heeled sandals (359LE) and a classic black and beige handbag (299LE). All throughout our visit, the staff kept their distance, allowing us to freely roam around the store. When needed, however, they immediately came by to assist. All in all, what Suiteblanco lacks in terms of quality and design in the accessories department, it sure makes up for with the fresh cuts and designs of its clothing items. We’d definitely recommend it for those looking for practical yet easy on the eyes clothing that won’t break the bank.

City Life

Cairo Weekend Guide: Mada Market Place, Live Music & Lots of Exhibitions!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Mada Market Place, Live Music & Lots of Exhibitions!

Hello Cairo! With summer rapidly approaching and the small hints of spring fleeting as quickly as they came, it's time to leave your house and take up some new activities. Luckily, we have just that. On Thursday, Jordanian band, and self proclaimed chameleons of music, Za'ed Na'es make their debut on the CJC stage, while this week's edition of Riverdeep features the talents of Italian duo JazzyFunk and Cairo favourite, Mohasseb. 9-man New Age group Musiphoria blend their unique influences at Zamalek's Sufi Bookstore, while Alchemy puts together some tasty sangria for Scarlet's Vintage Brew. Heliopolis night club, Cavallini, hosts a night of no-nonsense commercial house music, and across town, residents DJs 3bkarino, Kiko and Bob dish out more house tunes at Bamboo Night Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya put on an exquisite song and dance performance at El Sawy Culturewheel, while Rawabet Theater hosts a special performance of Three White Soldiers- based on a story archive put together by Anders Paulin and Johan Forsman. On Friday, Fitbox hosts Pole Fitness Egypt's-ladies only-Launch Event, featuring special guest instructor Marina Kostrova, meanwhile, CJC kicks off the night with a special edition of House Obsessions featuring an all-ladies line up that includes Mayounah, kidmims; and Akladios. Chez Jean Claude hosts a special day of food and fun for the whole family, while Ali El Helbawy brings his unique brand of spiritual music to El Sawy Culturewheel. Cavallini channels all things Levant for the outlandish Lebanese Night, while Vintage bar & Lounge invites the brave and shameless for a fun Karaoke Night. The Cairo Opera Ballet Company teams up with the Cairo Opera Orchestra for a special rendition of the Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House, while Arts-Mart host the opening night of Abdelwahab Abdelmohsen's exhibition 'Transcending Spaces'. On Saturday, CJC mixes thing up with African Night featuring Hawidro and Us We Lazq, while Cavallini ends the weekend with a bit of nostalgia at Oldies Night. Mada turn Downtown's Greek Campus into a vibrant Market Place of food, art and fashion, while the Cairo Symphony Orchestra perform works by Olivier Messiaen, Friedrich Gulda and Dmitri Shostakovich at the Cairo Opera House. Nazir Tanbouli exhibits a collection of water colour paintings titled 'Remains of Old Albums' at Art Lounge Cairo, while Katherine Bokhoum explores the magic and nostalgia of her childhood in Egypt in an exhibition titled 'Magic of the Orient' at Safar Khan Art Gallery. Zamalek Art Gallery features two different exhibitions; 'Helwa Ya Baladi' by Rabab Nemr, exploring nautical elements ingrained in her heart from growing up by the sea, and 'The Cycle' by Kamal El Feky, a journey through man's life represented by bronze sculptures. All of this and more is going on around Cairo this weekend, for the full list, check out our event calendar – here.

Film

Get Hard: Hart and Ferrell Star in Run of the Mill Comedy

Get Hard: Hart and Ferrell Star in Run of the Mill Comedy

As far as buddy-comedies go, you can do a lot worse than Etan Cohen's – not to be confused with the other Ethan of 'Ethan & Joel Coen' – partially entertaining and exceptionally raunchy Get Hard. Written by the director himself – along with the help of Jay Martel and Ian Roberts – the latest Ferrell & Hart coalition is promising of a few laughs, but, it's definitely not for everyone. The story is centered on a cheerfully unconcerned multimillionaire trader, James King (Ferrell) who is unexpectedly arrested for the suspicion of fraud and embezzlement.  Outraged and willing to fight for his innocence, James soon finds out that his 'type of people' – you know the white-collar ones – are no longer protected by the judicial system and he is soon sentenced to ten years in a maximum security prison. Scared and worried at what awaits him, James – who has been given thirty days to get his affairs in order - soon comes across Darnell Lewis (Hart); a straight and hard-working African-American who runs the car-cleaning service in the garage of James' firm.  Determined to get as much help as he can get, James turns to the only man he believes knows a thing or two about prison.  However, what he doesn't know is that Darnell – who is more than happy to accept the thirty-thousand-dollars payment – is just as naïve about life in prison as he is. Get Hard is not original nor is it exceptionally funny. Its lack of creativity shows and its love for conventionality is at times a little hard to bear. However, in the midst of all the vulgarity it so shamelessly finds itself in – the prison-rape jokes as well as sexual assault humor is a little on the excessive side but plenty funny if you allow it to be - there is still enough room for laughter. The jokes – which involve a lot of 'back-door' talk and other seemingly offensive behavior which some viewers might find a little hard to sit-through – don't always land where they're supposed to but, when they do, the results are rewarding. The one thing that keeps the movie from falling completely flat on its face is the genuine chemistry between the two leads who have managed to pour in some of their best work into the mix. Ferrell is well, Ferrell and his oblivious and not-as-annoying-as-you-may-think man-child works well against Hart's snappiness and fast-moving energy and the duo, although, not the most easy-to-love characters, succeed in delivering the laughs. It's stupid, funny and rude. It works, almost.

Music

Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece

Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece

Kelly Clarkson's unambiguous orchestral balladry hasn't been heard in its full glory since 2011's Stronger – save for misguided 2013 Christmas album Wrapped in Red. Four years after her last full studio album, the American Idol star has set the tone for her 2015 with Piece by Piece. Throughout what has been a whirlwind career and rise to fame, Clarkson's music has primarily revolved around themes of heartbreak, survival, struggle and self-empowerment, all thrown together under the banners of country and pop. Staying true to her origins, Clarkson covers the same lyrical themes on her latest LP, but shows signs of evolution, with Piece by Piece taking strong eighties inspirations as well as sprinkling it all with a hint of electro-pop. With a catchy bubblegum chorus and a cheery Clarkson crooning about an exhilarating new love, 'Heartbeat Song' opens the album, which, as a whole, shows Clarkson's voice to be much more versatile – something that is perhaps most evident on 'Invincible'. Co-written by Sia Fuhrler, the track is a slow-building power ballad that mixes the worlds of pop and electronic music to chart-friendly effect and feels like a continuation by previous hit single, 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)'. Covering none-other-than German rock band, Tokio Hotel, Clarkson delivers an r&b-adorned duet of 'Run Run Run' with John Legend; a tune dripping with despair that gives the album more emotional depth – and, of course, the vocals of Mr Legend. But for every emotional exploration, there's an equally hollow song to go with it; tracks like 'Dance with Me' sees Clarkson lean the way of contemporaries such as Katy Perry with a disco-pop number that sees her sing, "And when the music starts and the lights go down we will all be found." It's this type of modern chart pop that sways the album into mimicry; 'Take you High' draws heavily on the use of electronic vocal tampering, resulting in Clarkson's vocals being void of any of its distinctiveness. This is the struggle that 'Piece by Piece' embodies; it feels like Clarkson is trying too hard to make a statement – what that statement might be isn't immediately clear, but it's almost certainly motivated by the need to stay relevant. The lyrics go from being emotionally draining and gritty to fun and bubbly, and while it showcases a flexibility and adaptability that we've not seen often, Clarkson shines brightest when she uses her strengths – namely, her voice. While she delivers the more en vogue pop sounds well, she is at her best when her voice leads – something that doesn't always happen on what is a largely digestible album.
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Win! Group Dinner at Ayadina Lebanese Restaurant!
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