Justin Bieber—“All Bad”
Over three minutes, but, just like “Bad Day”, “All Bad” sounds like a fragment—verse, chorus, verse, chorus, no bridge or middle eight, no lyrical conclusion or climax. Considering the concept of Journals this makes sense, and strung together songs like this may have more impact. But in isolation they become odd experiments and nothing else. And forgive me for going on about this (his release schedule leaves me no choice), but I get nothing from Bieber’s voice at all: it’s a lifeless hole in the middle of some well-made music.
American Authors—“Best Day of My Life”
This tidbit from their Wikipedia entry tells you almost everything you need to know:
Their second single, “Best Day of My Life,” was featured in a Lowe’s television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, a Telecom New Zealand advertisement, a trailer for the film Delivery Man, and the opening sequence for ESPN’s 2013 World Series of Poker coverage.
If that’s not enough, consider this statement of purpose from their web page:
We express our experiences as a shared unit, through music and an agreement of sound. With lows come highs and fighting always has an end. We accept struggle and are passionate about the lives we lead. We create the music that comes naturally to us and we’re not afraid of change. We are thrilled about the present. We all have a story to tell, whether it’s audible, visual, silence or motion. We are constantly creating new moments to share. We are American Authors from Brooklyn, New York.
Finally, to finish the picture, you should know they all attended the Berklee College of Music, made two failed albums as The Blue Pages while living in Boston, and then moved to Brooklyn where the big time beckoned. This is indie pop in 2013. You can’t make this shit up.
Jon Pardi—“Up All Night”
Pardi sounds like a second-rate Florida Georgia Line and…well, just think about that for a minute.