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It’s A Song About Boom
Hot 100 Roundup—6/21/14

Charli XCX—“Boom Clap” #62 Soundtrack fodder, reportedly a leftover from True Romance, and still better than 98% of whatever else has appeared on the chart this year. Charli XCX’s gift for hooks is amazing enough, but her gift for planting … 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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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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Hot 100 Roundup—7/30/11

Demi Lovato—”Skyscraper” #10 Lovato has one great and dangerous gift: a voice that can make even the most sentimental, over-reaching metaphors sound like felt emotion. It’s not something that can be learned—it either comes naturally or it doesn’t—but it can … 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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Hot 100 Roundup—1/30/11

Zac Brown Band—”Colder Weather” #79 This is so beautifully crafted, from the songwriting to the performance to the production, that it creates an impressive effect even when it starts to get dull halfway through. This is not a good precedent, … Continue reading

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A word of advice

Dude, don’t be putting down yacht rock if you can’t tell the difference between the bland (Phil Collins, Hall & Oates, Feist, Grizzly Bear) and the quiet but intense (James Blake, Destroyer). Notice he doesn’t mention Steely Dan or Fleetwood … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/3/10

Glee Cast “Empire State of Mind”, #21 “Telephone”, #23 “Billionaire”, #28 “Listen”, #38 “What I Did For Love”, #51 Akon—”Angel” #62 Yet another “I Gotta Feeling” rip, only this time not from someone directly associated with the original record, which … Continue reading

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New this week—1/3/10

Selena Gomez & The Scene—”Naturally” #39 The title is wonderfully ironic for such an obviously manufactured chunk of music, but this is still the best piece of Disney pop since Miley Cyrus’ “See You Again”, or maybe even Aly & … Continue reading

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New this week—11/29/09

John Mayer “Half of My Heart” (featuring Taylor Swift), #25 “Heartbreak Warfare”, #100 What bothers me about these records, both above average in execution, emotion, and intelligence—especially “Heartbreak Warfare”—is Mayer’s apparent inability not to wear his influences on his sleeve. … Continue reading

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