Category Archives: Bubbling Under

Bubbling Under—8/27/11

Wale featuring Jeremih & Rick Ross—”That Way” #109 I still think Wale has promise, but this isn’t going to get him anywhere. Jeremih provides a decent hook, and Ross provides his usual presence (and his usual lack of anything interesting … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 8/20/11

Victorious Cast featuring Victoria Justice—”I Want You Back” #108 This is pure karaoke—the only thing that sounds different from the original is the vocals—but it’s a world away from Glee or the worst of American Idol. Still, it’s a well-crafted … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under, 8/13/11

Big Time Rush featuring Iyaz—”If I Ruled the World” #106 The line between teen TV soundtrack music and mainstream pop is now so thin that if it wasn’t for the strained actor’s vocals this would be inseparable from any other … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/30/11

DJ Drama featuring Fabolous, Roscoe Dash & Wiz Khalifa—”Oh My” #101 In which three guys who have never had anything to say say it together over a track that has nothing to say, either. At least DJ Khaled’s tracks are … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/23/11

Thompson Square—”I Got You” #108 Another sign that the most powerful outside influence on country is no longer the Eagles, or even Fleetwood Mac, but Tom Petty. The Hammond organ is the giveaway, along with the occasional elegiac sustained chord … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/9/11

Blaire LeVoir—”Digital Kiss” #106 The idea for the intro is stolen from Prince (not from a song, but from a segue between songs), the sound from David Guetta or RedOne or some other garish electro producer, and the theme of … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/2/11

Christina Grimmie—”Liar Liar” #103 This, coming after Christina Perri, is almost enough to make me think that no one named Christina should be allowed to make records. Granted, this is only mediocre, while Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” is unbearable, but … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 6/18/11

Tech N9ne, F/D-Loc, Twista, Busta Rhymes, Ceza, Jl B. Hood, Twisted Insane, Uso & Yelawolf—”Worldwide Choppers” #104 An entire single devoted to Busta Rhymes’ machine gun flow. No surprise that the only one who comes across is Busta himself, though … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—6/11/11

Colbie Caillat—”Brighter Than the Sun” #102 I’ve developed a certain respect for Caillat. Her craftsmanship is impressive, even if a lot of it is borrowed from her dad, and though her romantic optimism often sounds cloying, it also sounds as … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—5/28/11

Cobra Starship—”You Make Me Feel…” #102 Musically Cobra Starship isn’t any better or any worse than every other electroclash inspired dance band, and their lyrical message isn’t any different, either, but there’s something about their sound that emphasizes the most … Continue reading

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