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#1 Posted : 31 December 2016 23:51:55(UTC)
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Title: “Warzones”
Artist: Maddie Urie
Release Date: December 31, 2016
Length: 40:04
Recorded: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California – June – November 2016
Genres: Pop, Electro-Pop, Alternative, Rock
Label: Songs to Love and Die By | Rogue Industries
Producers: Maddie Urie, Cara Zayn

“Warzones” is the title of the sophomore album from American electro-pop musician and songwriter 'Maddie Urie'. It's an album that has been a long time coming for many of her fans, having waited for a new record since 2014 when the sophomore album was initially expected to be released. It still has the same title that was planned back in 2014 and a number of the same songs but Maddie decided to take a step back from the music industry in September 2014 for a number of personal reasons, some of which she sung about on comeback single 'Anxiety' which came out unexpectedly two years after she decided to walk away from the business.
But around the summer of 2016 saw a rejuvenated Maddie Urie and she headed back into a recording studio in her hometown of Los Angeles, California and continued to work on songs that would form the nucleus of her sophomore album, she also re-worked a number of songs that she had initially written for the album two years prior.

Speaking to NME Magazine in the UK ahead of the albums release, she stated that her thoughts and feelings on the completed album, “I think the one thing that I can say about my career is that I've done everything on my own terms and not listened to what other people have told me. Like when I first hit it with my debut album, I had people positioning me to become one of the biggest names of that time with insane amounts of promotion and bringing in all these pop songwriters and collaborating with all these names that were on top of the industry at that time and I took the stand that I felt I needed to take and said, 'hold up, this is my career path, you don't get to lay out the road ahead for me'. And that's exactly what I did.
Here's another example, both when it came to releasing my debut and now this album, I've had people saying that I need to put another two or three songs on the record because ten isn't enough. I did ten on my debut and I'm doing ten on my sophomore. I have a belief that you can and a lot of people do see their albums suffer from overkill. I love nothing more than to consume an album in around forty-five minutes. I personally think the world has a short attention span and I personally think that this is why E.P's are becoming a lot more prominent. I like my albums to be compact and to give you what you need and then let you go.”

The album was primarily recorded between June and November 2016 at a small recording studio in San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California and will be distributed through Songs to Love and Die By and Rogue Industries. The record was produced by Maddie Urie and Cara Zayn and features prominent use of electronic instruments and maintains a very strong electro-pop vibe that has been ever-present throughout Maddie Urie's music career. The album will be available from December 31, 2016.



Tracklisting;

01. “Warzones” (4:07)
02. “Chasing Dreams” (3:39)
03. “Anxiety” (4:14)
04. “Standing In Spotlights” (4:57)
05. “Can’t Leave You Behind” (feat. Jaymay, Miami) (5:11)
06. “Say It To Me Softly” (4:38)
07. “Nights Under The Stars” (4:23)
08. “Call It A Comeback” (3:52)
09. “In A Better Place” (3:02)
10, “We Were Young Once” (3:21)



Personnel;

Maddie Urie – lead vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitars, bass, drums, lyrics, production
Jaymay – vocals, lyrics (*track 05 - “Can't Leave You Behind”)
Miami – vocals, lyrics (*track 05 - “Can't Leave You Behind”)
Cara Zayn – lyrics, production
Julian Morello – engineering, programming

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01. “Warzones”

“From the endless nights, to the empty days
To the glances and stares
Of the people standing in our way
The hatred and ridicule
The words like knives
They cut so deep
Cut so fine

One step forward and two steps back
It seems each day
We come under attack
We learn to hide our true selves from everyone around
We pretend to be someone we’re not
Well perhaps the lost are just never found

We’re battling life
Fighting in these warzones
We’re putting up our shields
Standing all alone
We’re battling life
Fighting in these warzones
We’re putting up our shields
Standing all alone

They throw pity at you
Throw it like a hand grenade
Don’t realize the destruction that their decisions can make
And the effect that their words can have on a soul
Can haunt and wound
Until we grow old
And we cling on for our life
We pray for the strength to carry on
But we’re not built to be warriors
We’re not all built that strong

We’re battling life
Fighting in these warzones
We’re putting up our shields
Standing all alone
We’re battling life
Fighting in these warzones
We’re putting up our shields
Standing all alone

One step forward and two steps back
It seems each day
We come under attack
We learn to hide our true selves from everyone around
We pretend to be someone we’re not
Well perhaps the lost are just never found”
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02. “Chasing Dreams”

“You’ll never know if you don’t ever try
You’ll never learn how, if you don’t step outside
Your comfort zone, where nothing ever changes
Everything is easy
When you live your life in phases
And where will you be?
If you’re not chasing dreams
The good, the bad, the wildest
And everything inbetween

So close your eyes and count to ten
Make a wish
And open them again

You were born to be chasing dreams
Not to be all alone in the dark
Falling apart at the seams
You were born to be chasing dreams
Not to be all alone in the dark
Falling apart at the seams

Don’t let yourself believe you’re less than enough
The world can bring you down sometimes
But you have to be tough
Because there’s a whole world waiting
Just outside of your window
They say it’s better to try and to fail
Than to never know

You were born to be chasing dreams
Not to be all alone in the dark
Falling apart at the seams
You were born to be chasing dreams
Not to be all alone in the dark
Falling apart at the seams

So close your eyes and count to ten
Make a wish
And open them again”
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Title: “Anxiety”
Artist: Maddie Urie
Release Date: September, 2016
Length: 4:08
Format: CD Single, Digital Download, Weekly Airplay
Recorded: July-August 2016 – Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre: Electro-Pop, Alternative-Pop, Pop-Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: Songs to Love and Die By / Rogue Industries
Written: July 2016
Writer(s): Maddie Urie, Cara Zayn
Producer(s): Cara Zayn

“Anxiety” is the name of a song by American singer-songwriter musician, ‘Maddie Urie’. Set to become the fifth official solo single from the young musician after a rather stop-start career so far. With the anticipated release of her latest song, it marks a comeback from the California native who seemingly disappeared from the music industry back in 2014. Reasons for the absence from the industry are yet to be confirmed, but it’s thought that her latest song is in reference to her departure and reasons for that departure. In making her return to the music industry with this brand new song, Maddie Urie has done it quietly and has managed to keep it quiet for the past couple of months where she’s been working in a recording studio in California, working on songs that are set to be included in an upcoming E.P release and then potentially a full-length album that her fans have been waiting for quite some time now.

The song begins with a soft keyboard introduction and with the exception of a heavy drum beat mid-way through the song is the only instrumentation of this brand new track. Maddie’s soft melancholic voice works perfectly in combination with the light keyboard tones, it’s quite and emotive and highlights the strength of the lyrics. Setting the scene early on, Maddie sings, “There comes a moment when it all piles up too much/You keep everything bottled up for days, months and years and years/At least until finally it all comes crashing out/That’s the greatest of your fears.” Which potentially signal her own feels prior to her taking time out from the music industry after a successful couple of years. As we arrive at the chorus, the addition of the drums add a power and wait to the song as she sings out with a lot more power “I’ve got anxieties inside my mind/That I just can’t escape tonight/But sometimes it’s easier to hide/Than to face the fears that you feel inside.” Which again seem to directly relate to feelings and fears of not being all that she can be.

Maddie worked alongside Cara Zayn on the track as the pair penned the song together back in July and later went into a recording studio to finish up the song. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California and will be released on September 10, 2016 as a CD Single, Digital Download and Weekly Airplay primarily through ‘Songs to Love and Die By’.

“Anxiety”

“There comes a moment when it all piles up too much
You keep everything bottled up for days, months and years and years
At least until finally it all comes crashing out
That’s the greatest of your fears
Some girls grow up feeling like they are never enough
Some boys fear what they feel inside
These are things that we can’t always hide
You can’t always hide
The things we fear inside

Now that it’s here, I’m feeling that fear
What if I lose my voice
Stumble or fall
What if I say the wrong thing
Or worse yet
What if I say nothing at all
What if I say everything
That I’ve ever want to say to him
What if I get burnt
And he doesn’t feel the same in return

I’ve got these anxieties inside my mind
That I just can’t escape tonight
But sometimes it’s easier to hide
Than to face the fears that you feel inside
I’ve got these anxieties inside my mind
That I just can’t escape tonight
But sometimes it’s easier to hide
Than to face the fears that you feel inside

So call me a doctor or get me a shrink
Send me to rehab because I’m back on the brink
Say that I’m crazy and it’s all in my head
Tell me it’s just a bad day
Send me to bed
Call me a doctor or get me a shrink
Send me to rehab because I’m back on the brink
Say that I’m crazy and it’s all in my head
Tell me it’s just a bad day
Send me to bed”
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04. “Standing In Spotlights”

“You were thrown straight into the spotlight
Made to be the star of the show
Everybodies telling you that they love you
But they just don’t know
With the staring and the pointing
Their faces pressed against the windows of glass
They see your smiling face of innocence
But we know it won’t last

They push you out onto the stage
Microphone in hand
You sing the words they’re putting into your mouth
But they’ll never truly understand
That that’s an emptiness inside your heart
This is not where you want to be
But once you’re in, you just can’t get out
Of this world of celebrity

Standing in spotlights
Smiling faces
Singing back to you
Sold-out shows and giant stages
How will you make it through?

Pushed in front of a camera
But you wish you were backstage
If you tell them the truth they won’t believe you
You feel like you’re trapped inside a cage
You’re tired of standing in spotlights
Smiling faces
Singing back to you
Sold-out shows and giant stages
How will you make it through?

Standing in spotlights
Smiling faces
Singing back to you
Sold-out shows and giant stages
How will you make it through?

To the one in the spotlight
Does their dreams feel more like a curse?
While their income gets better
Your mindset gets worse
Standing in spotlights
Smiling faces
Singing back to you
Sold-out shows and giant stages
How will you make it through?”
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05. “Can’t Leave You Behind” (feat. Jaymay, Miami)

Maddie - Indigo
Jaymay - Blue
Miami - Violet

“I just want to walk away but it’s hard for me tonight
I’m still so in love with you, but I just can’t stand another fight
You’re always on my mind
Whether we’re fucking or fighting
I just can’t leave you behind


I thought you’d have already left by now
Because all those fights add up and I just don’t know how
You’re still around
Standing your ground
And I’m so fucking proud
I don’t say it out loud
And I can’t stand that fact
But I ain’t looking back
So let’s face it
We both fucked up, got a little rough
But they all know that we’re pretty fucking tough
And maybe it’s meant to be this way
Internal scars and bruises through the mind games that we play


I just want to walk away but it’s hard for me tonight
I’m still so in love with you, but I just can’t stand another fight
You’re always on my mind
Whether we’re fucking or fighting
I just can’t leave you behind


Late night conversations
Falling in love in the pitch black dark
You’re so fucking real I can’t stand what I feel
You know exactly how to hit the mark
Even when we argue and fight, the make-up sex makes it alright
And I’mma need you to get me through the night
Because this place is fucked up
And I’m so in love
But can’t explain why
You always rise above
See, I think maybe you’re my drug
And I just need that love
And you feel the same
Always looking for something else to blame
That we’re both addicted to the drug
Can’t resist the love


How did you not know what everyone else knew?
Too good for me and too good to be true
Somewhere along that road we seemed to go wrong
If only I could drive back down it wit' my GPS on
I’d punch in the destination, arrive at my safe haven
Tell you how much I love you and that you’ll never be forsaken
But when I look back now at how I live,
Can’t believe I'm so damn unappreciative
Taking you for granted was my greatest mistake
And the only positive is the love we make
I can feel I'm losing you, I can feel the earth shake
Like 1, 2, 3 our love turnin' to hate
Cuz deep down, I don't wanna lose the best
Ya crazy, but you're better than the rest
An Angel and a Demon don’t make a good team
Whether we fucking or we fighting
Still don't want you to to leave me

I just want to walk away but it’s hard for me tonight
I’m still so in love with you, but I just can’t stand another fight
You’re always on my mind
Whether we’re fucking or fighting
I just can’t leave you behind"
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06. “Say It to Me Softly”

“If I never love again, I know it’ll be too soon
Because the scars and heartbreak live deep inside this bandaged wound
And I’m trying my hardest not to cry
Trying hard to find my smile
And I know I’m barely holding on
But maybe someday I’ll feel alright
Maybe someday I’ll feel alright
If I can just get through another lonely night

Don’t go, don’t leave
Please don’t walk out and abandon me
You’re all I’ve known and I need you inside of this broken home
Because I can’t face the night
Without you there to hold me tight
I can’t face the night
Without you there to hold me tight

So when you go and when you leave
Please won’t you
Say it to me softly
When you go, when you leave
Please won’t you
Say it to me softly

I’ve never felt a love like ours
But they say good things don’t always last
I’ve never felt this alone
Wish this pain could be over fast
And I’m barely holding on these days
Everywhere I look I see your face
And I’m just a wreck
Why couldn’t you just keep this
Instead, I’m falling to pieces

Don’t go, don’t leave
Please don’t walk out and abandon me
You’re all I’ve known and I need you inside of this broken home
Because I can’t face the night
Without you there to hold me tight
I can’t face the night
Without you there to hold me tight

So when you go and when you leave
Please won’t you
Say it to me softly
When you go, when you leave
Please won’t you
Say it to me softly”
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07. “Nights Under the Stars”

“Take me back to the nights, where everything seemed just fine
Dancing in the yard around a blazing red fire
We’d sit on the front porch in the Sunday morning rain
Just singing songs of love to pass the time again

And it seems time moves things on
Time shifts things along
And I’m wishing you weren’t gone
Forever holding on

This house just ain’t the same, without your presence near
And I’m stuck abandoned with my thoughts
Memories of when you were here
Late night conversations, from across the dining table
Food fights and long nights when sleep was the furthest thing from our minds
And I can’t help it, but that candle still burns

And it seems time moves things on
Time shifts things along
And I’m wishing you weren’t gone
Forever holding on

We’re young and full love and I thought it would last forever
Nights of passion and nights of laughter
Memories shared together
Getting drunk under our apple tree
Dancing around the garden with nothing on our feet
We’d fall to the ground and feel so in love
Nights under the stars
Watching them shine from above

And it seems time moves things on
Time shifts things along
And I’m wishing you weren’t gone
Forever holding on

Take me back to the nights, where everything seemed just fine
Dancing in the yard around a blazing red fire
We’d sit on the front porch in the Sunday morning rain
Just singing songs of love to pass the time again”
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08. “Call It A Comeback”

“The scars have cleared from my time away
And the wounds have healed up with each passing day
And I’m learning to walk again
Taking those first steps once more
But the trick is to rise up
From each tumble to the floor

Well they can say what they want
Rumours always fly
But in the moments spent away
I’ve grown strong in time

So you can call it a comeback
Let everybody know
You can call it a comeback
This is all I’ve been hoping for
So you can call it a comeback
Let everybody know
You can call it a comeback
This is all I’ve been hoping for

I don’t expect flags raised in the air
I don’t expect fireworks shooting across the summer sky
I don’t care for a parade down broadway
I just want another chance to fly
Nothing is ever handed
It takes blood and sweat and tears
But I feel more battle ready this time
To give in to all of my fears

Well they can say what they want
Rumours always fly
But in the moments spent away
I’ve grown strong in time

So you can call it a comeback
Let everybody know
You can call it a comeback
This is all I’ve been hoping for
So you can call it a comeback
Let everybody know
You can call it a comeback
This is all I’ve been hoping for”
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09. “In A Better Place”

“I'm in a better place
I'm in a state of grace
There's a light that shines inside
I feel excited for the first time in a long while

Stripped away all those dirty little memories
Moments of dreaming of a different life
Tired of clinging onto hope and the thought of you
Little did I know, that I would be alright
If I just stood my ground
Should have said goodbye earlier
Should have said goodbye the moment I didn't want you around

I'm in a better place
I'm in a state of grace
There's a light that shines inside
I feel excited for the first time in a long while

Little did I know that our love was self-destructive
Playing games and I guess I kinda loved it
Didn't realize the pain it was causing me
Turned into a person that I'd never wanna be
If I only I could see
What everybody else saw
If I only I could have realized
That the best thing to do
Was to let you go

I'm in a better place
I'm in a new state of grace
There's a light that shines bright inside
I feel excited for the first time in a long while
Excited for the first time in a long while

I'm in a better place
I'm in a state of grace
There's a light that shines inside
I feel excited for the first time in a long while”
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10. “We Were Young Once”

“They could have let me know that things can come to an end so fast
They could have reminded me
That not all good things tend to last
And those summers spent hiding out in your backyard
Now seem like a distant memory
The smoke rings, the laughter
And the promises of happily ever after
Have faded to the sky
I wish I had a chance to say goodbye

Now I’m drawing circles on the window
Not sure if you’re coming home
Not even sure if I even want you here with me tonight
I doubt I’m strong enough for another fight
I’m just wishing for yesterday
Wondering why it had to go
Wondering how we both became so disconnected
I guess ignorance is bliss though

But we were young once
Rebels in the sun
We were once young
Always on the run
We had the world out ahead of us
And it faded someday
And before you know it, this is all gone
And you’re just longing for yesterday

And there’s an empty bottle on the table
Drained of it’s very last drop
Can’t help but see the metaphor
Of the love that we’ve lost
And it’s gone
I don’t see it coming back
I’m constantly longing
For my youth back

When you’re young, you make promises
To never grow too old
To always keep your heart alive
With stories to be told
But we have jobs to do and bills to pay
We’re empty inside
We’re all vacant this way

But we were young once
Rebels in the sun
We were once young
Always on the run
We had the world out ahead of us”
And it faded someday
And before you know it, this is all gone
And you’re just longing for yesterday”
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