“HoW To Love,” LIL WaYne What? no rap here? Is Lil Wayne switching gears on us? Guess you could say so, but the emcee is doing a ﬁne job playing with sade romantics.
“parTY roCK anTHem” Lmfao The Gordy boys take a page out of the Black eyed peas’ synth-bass party jams on this summer jam. It also helps to hear them conjuring the spunk of the Beasties.
“man In moTIon,” Warren HaYnes
The memphis soul on “man In motion” easily turns the Govt. mule creator into an al Green sidekick.
“THe edGe of GLorY,” LadY GaGa returning to pop magic, the fame monster discovers a sing-a-long chorus and pulls out yet another feel-good melody similar to “Bad romance.” The clever mutation of studio electronica and live instrumentation, including a Clarence Clemons’ sax solo, makes it a bit more more interesting. Could this be the sound of the future?
“Keep Your Head up,” andY Grammer encouraging lyrics are needed during a recession. and Grammer brings it on (“only rainbows after rain/The sun will always come again”). Like a cool glass of lemonade, the upbeat breezy melody makes it impossible to resist its timely message.
“(IT) feeLs so Good,” sTeven TYLer
“modern arT,” THe BLaCK LIps mark ronson has an ear for the vintage. Here he teleports The Black Lips back to rock n’ roll nirvana. The psychdelic drumming, fuzzy guitar riﬀs and Beach Boy tempo never fails to astonish.
“Good LIfe,” onerepuBLIC If Baywatch was in need of a new theme song, onerepublic’s “Good Life” would be a perfect replacement. dreamy atmsopheric, gentle whistles and marching band percussion highlight the breezy track.
Before aerosmith start working on that comeback record, their frontman’s gotta get that solo-pop monkey oﬀ his back. There’s hefty guitar and the occasional belting on board, but somehow the song sounds like Bon Jovi teaming up with the stones.
“THe sHoW Goes on,” Lupe fIasCo
a sped-up sample of modest mouse’s “float on” creates a brilliant contrast on the hipster’s encourager. The uplifting lyrics prove to be the perfect alternative to hip-hop’s ego-abstracted bragaddio. Instead of fiasco leaping into cocky rhymes about his bling-bling, he slips into dr. King theology: “Go on and put your hands up/When times are hard you stand up.”
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“and You don’T sTop,” KeLLY prICe
“proGress,” BooKer T. Jones YIn Yames
“soul Limbo” guru cooks up a batch of his delicious organ and more of that stuﬀ that hip-hop revelers are anxious to sample. another sidenote: Yin Yames never sounding so soulful.
“everY Teardrop Is a WaTerfaLL,” CoLdpLaY fist pumping beats, u2-esque guitar arpeggios and dream-pop tactics adds more adrenaline to the alt-rock band’s arena-rock extravagance.
The r&B songstress ﬁnally gets her groove back. on an uptempo number. With War’s “Galaxy” transplanted into the grooves, price ﬁnally brings her own spirits to the B.Y.o.B. sasha fierce’s got some major competition now.
Here’s some amazing chart performances from last issues’ ‘Pick of the Litter.’ thE stroKEs “under Cover of darkness” #12/alternative songs, #23/rock songs niCKi MianJ “Moment 4 Life” #1/rap songs, #13/hot 100, #18 Pop songs adELE “rolling in the deep” #1/hot 100 (7 weeks), #1 adult Contemporary, #15 rock songs thE bLaCK KEys ‘tighten up” #1/rock songs (12 weeks), #1/alternative songs (10 weeks), #87/hot 100 CagE thE ELEPhant ‘shake Me down” #1/rock songs, #78/hot 100, #1/alternative songs
Published on Aug 4, 2011
Published on Aug 4, 2011
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