Tag Archives: Bruce Springsteen

Yes, That Means Everybody
Hot 100 Roundup—10/25/14

Jimmy Fallon featuring will.i.am—“EW!” #26 I appreciate Jimmy Fallon’s love of music, because it results in great bookings on his show, but I’ve never found him funny, and this joke was done better earlier in the year by “#selfie” (even … Continue reading

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Obsessive Nostalgia: Hot 100 Roundup—8/10/13

One Direction—“Best Song Ever” #2 A good song, with nifty lyrical details, but One Direction’s love of rock and roll would be more meaningful if their idea of rock and roll extended beyond loud guitars, booming drums, and scripted shouts. … Continue reading

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Dance, Mr. Mambo, Dance! Hot 100 Roundup—7/13/13

Eli Young Band—“Drunk Last Night” #79 A good song, but the performance and arrangement are strictly average. Despite three decent, promising singles, I still can’t hear anything that sets Young apart from the pack. Maybe there’s no there there. Avicii—“Wake … Continue reading

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Mediocrity is a Spongiform Virus from Outer Space: Hot 100 Roundup—4/6/13

The main symptoms of which are ennui and procrastination, hence the lateness of this. It isn’t just that mediocre records are hard to write about, though they are, but they drain whatever energy you have for writing, as well. And … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Stampede
Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/12

As we ease, or force, our way into October, the release schedule continues to ramp up, and probably won’t ease off until Thanksgiving. It would be easier to be happy about this if the music were better. This week is … Continue reading

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Attempted Comeback Week
Hot 100 Roundup—8/4/12

Jason Aldean—“Take A Little Ride” #12 If it weren’t for Brantley Gilbert, Aldean would be the king of country overkill, so it’s nice to hear him tone it down a notch (half a notch, anyway) on this ode to driving … Continue reading

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The Killers – “Runaways”

As one of the seventeen people in the United states who actually liked “Human”, I was interested in what The Killers would come up with after four years off, but now I’m not sure why I bothered. “Runaways” sounds like … Continue reading

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The Boss and The Beebs
Hot 100 Roundup—3/17/12

Far*East Movement featuring Justin Bieber—“Live My Life” #21 Bieber’s involvement in this record may be the main selling point to millions of teenagers, but his presence is a distraction. For that matter, so is Far*East Movement’s. It’s not that any … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen—We Take Care of Our Own

Is it great? Hard to say. The lyrics strike me as too bare, and the music is old-fashioned and nostalgic. But Springsteen hasn’t sounded this energized in years, and the message is both potent and ambiguous enough to make you … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/11/11

Scotty McCreery—”I Love You This Big” #11 Lauren Alaina—”Like My Mother Does” #20 At first listen it seems as if the latest American Idol survivors have been granted better material than previous winners. But even though these songs are more … Continue reading

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