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Moneyball is a top film – I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’m a sucker for an uplifting sports film, and Moneyball ticks all the boxes. Loser baseball team, check. Lack of funds, check. Beating the system, check. Heartbreaking loss at the end, check! But another aspect of the film that is strong is definitely the soundtrack, and of all the accompanying score, This Will Destroy You’s input fits the film most appropriately.
There are no words to this song, but there definitely shouldn’t be. It’s perfect the way it is. This song swells, rises, and drops majestically. The heavy beat of the drum resonates, every note seems to have a reason for being there. By being 11 minutes long, this no longer conforms to the now generation’s idea of a 1 minute song being plenty, but the range of this song is phenomenal. That first drum snare at the start is enough to hook you. If I could ever write the soundtrack to my life, this would be played over all the epic moments (to think, there are embarrassingly few epic moments in my life so far, I will try and jazz up my life ASAP). It’s summer – take 15 minutes out of your day, crank this up, and just enjoy.
This is a Britpop epic and definitely deserves a listen from all of your lovely ears.
I’m in the process of making my way through Overexposed and am loving every joyfully pop second of it. M5 excel when their sound is gritty but always on just the right side of pop. Adam’s voice rocks it out and their heavy guitar influences shine through, bursting out at the undeniably catchy refrains. ‘We’re putting on a show for the crowd, / So turn it up, baby / Let’s make it loud’ is as easily memorable as anything on Moves Like Jagger. And in exchange for the whistling, you get repetitions of ‘Right now, now,’ ‘Shining like a neon light, light,’ and so forth. From my experience, that’s easier to repeat than the whistling. Seriously, Flo Rida’s Whistle isn’t as easy to recreate after the third G&T. Take a listen below and Flo Rida’s Whistle after the jump. Because hey, sometimes it’s nice just to surrender to the pop:
Oliver Tank is the master of trancy-calm-pop. Exhibit a: Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion, which Jonah reviewed and – long title aside – is beautiful. Up All Night runs in the same vein and delights in its tenderness. It’s three minutes of wonder and intimacy as Tank mixes sentimentality with a soothing blend of space-out. Seriously, there are scuba diving noises on this one, folks. Which makes me really, really miss scuba diving. But the same level of intimacy with oneself and an escape into a dream world can be found on Up All Night. Surprise contrast after the jump!:
TV on the Radio are my favourite band – fact. I have followed them through every album, been to as many of their gigs as I can, and generally irritated everyone I know with my comments of “mate, mate, give this a listen”. Well finally I have the opportunity to share their talent with you, our learned audience.
This little band from Brooklyn have gained much critical acclaim from their albums “Return to Cookie Mountain” and “Dear Science”, but still haven’t propelled themselves into the universal acclaim that I believe thy deserve. But enough of my rant, let’s move onto the song at hand.
Wolf Like Me just makes me want to drive – drive off down a dusty American highway and not look back. The swell of the song before it breaks into a slower section always draws me into attempting to sing like Tunde, and I never do achieve that rasping, emotion driven voice that he so easily sings with. There are so many aspects to this song that work alone, but put together they form in my opinion one of the best rock style songs of recent years. This is certainly a song that makes you want to do, so do watch it, and then see what you make of it.
This is killer. I only found it by trawling through our inbox (and if you’re emailing us, please avoid capslock at all costs. Most likely I’ll be checking this thing in the early hours of the morning and don’t appreciate my computer SCREAMING AT ME) but it’s great. Viceroy is a producer from San Francisco (whence comes all the coolest music) and remixed Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night last summer! It may be slightly dated but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out immediately. I’ve posted the MP3 below and you can download it from Soundcloud. After the jump is the original Last Friday Night video (fun!) and an article I wrote at the time (tempus fugit! I remember writing that in Thailand) about Katy Perry, Beyonce and feminism. It was kinda cool: