Tag Archives: B.O.B.

Insanity, Fever, Drugs, and Other Lies
Hot 100 Roundup—4/12/14

Shakira—“Empire” #58 “Empire” is so insane that I couldn’t tell you whether it’s any good or not. Shakira borrows half a dozen different vocal effects, invents a few of her own, ties them to some of the silliest lyrics you’ve … Continue reading

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Beyonceworld: Hot 100 Roundup—1/4/14

Beyonce “Drunk In Love” (featuring Jay Z), #12 “XO”, #66 “Mine” (featuring Drake), #99 I have a lot of respect for Beyonce. Detailing all her virtues would be redundant, especially considering how much has been written by others over the … Continue reading

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Bombs Away: Hot 100 Roundup—12/7/13

One Direction “Diana”, #11 “Midnight Memories”, #12 “Strong”, #87 Good hooks, good words (mostly about being famous, but then what else would they know?), and they love their rock and roll. But the end result is too stiff, too slick, … Continue reading

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Hanging in There: Hot 100 Roundup—6/8/13

I’ve fallen way behind, which I feel some need to explain to those twenty or so people—most of whom I know by sight—who continue to read this column. Mostly I’ve fallen behind because I’ve been working on something totally unrelated … Continue reading

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Oh, My Aching Soul! Hot 100 Roundup—5/11/13

Ciara—“Body Party” #35 It’s been something like six years since Ciara had a big pop hit, and it’s a tribute to her tenacity that after years of missing the mark she finally created something that connects. For that she, and … Continue reading

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Skimming the Surface: Hot 100 Roundup—1/26/13

One thing that the new singles dominated market is starting to do is destroy the old release schedule paradigm. Last year’s summer lull was barely a lull at all, and here in mid-January the big guns are putting singles out … Continue reading

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Sincerely Uninspired
Hot 100 Roundup—5/19/12

B.o.B. featuring Taylor Swift—“Both of Us” #18 Well-meaning, well-crafted sincerity, devoid of any deep emotion. Swift’s hook is gorgeous, and B.o.B., despite the clichéd lyric, gets a certain intensity into his voice, but not even the most talented pop artists … Continue reading

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The Great, the Bad, and the Vaguely
Hot 100 Roundup—3/10/12

B.o.B.—“So Good” #11 One thing you can say about Bruno Mars, when he writes made-to-order hooks for other people’s records they at least have some emotional edge to them, which is more than Ryan Tedder, who’s responsible for this one, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup–1/14/12

Nelly—“The Champ” #64 Written to order for ESPN, and it sounds like it, though it’s not that bad. Nelly is an expert at mixing genres (he did feature Tim McGraw on a record once, after all), and this has a … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/15/11

B.o.B. featuring Lil Wayne—”Strange Clouds” #7 B.o.B. has been putting so much energy into the pop side of his career that I’d swear this is the first time I’ve heard him rap. That can’t be true, but that’s the way … Continue reading

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