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Walkaway – Cast

24 Jul

This is a Britpop epic and definitely deserves a listen from all of your lovely ears.

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Doin’ Dirt – Maroon 5

23 Jul

Rock n’ (pop) roll

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:

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Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio

20 Jul

The boys from Brooklyn

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.

Already a classy video

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.

Ladykiller – Maroon 5

18 Jul

The gang, y’all!

‘Baby, she’ll eat you alive, as soon as she smells your blood in the water,’ Levine sings cheekily over one of the highlights from Overexposed, Maroon 5’s foray into undeniably and (semi) hitherto uncharted pop waters. Look, I’m a proud owner of Maroon 5’s entire discography. B-sides, deluxe editions, live sets: I have them all. And their recent resurgence makes me nothing but happy. I love them. Anyway, as much as every review begins with ‘Maroon 5 have decided to sell their souls to the devils of popular music,’ a lot of this sounds a return to their classical pop/rock roots. Fortune Teller rip-roars through an undeniable hook, yes, but wouldn’t sound out of place on Songs About Jane. The album’s a delight and arrived perfectly in time for my vacation. Listen to Ladykiller below and the exciting sound of Fortune Teller after the jump:

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Stay Away – The Honorary Title

18 Jul

I think we’re all lying if we pretend we don’t get this in some way. We’ve all been seduced and ended up in a state of hyper wariness. I remind myself of this song to save my feelings from more destruction… Continue reading

Grand Optimist (Live) – City and Colour

11 Jul

Colour! But no city.

I stumbled on this while trawling through live YouTube videos (it’s no surprise that this is coming after yesterday’s post . . .) and was amazed. I’ve liked City and Colour for a long time but this live session confirms that. It’s heartfelt but not overwrought. A perfect mix of sentimentality and restraint. Take a listen and check out the live cover of Fragile Bird after the jumppedy jump:

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How Long – The View

11 Jul

You know I always have loved The View. Who doesn’t love Scottish man children that below out songs that beg to be danced to. Answer – most of the public since 2007 but WHATEVER… (sob) Continue reading