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Hot 100 Roundup—6/18/11

Coldplay—”Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” #29 Producer Brian Eno continues to toughen them up musically, but the lyrics are as self-obsessed as ever. This one posits romantic revolution for record nerds, where sitting in your room and listening to daring … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 5/21/11

Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett—”Knee Deep” #104 Brown’s imitative powers are impressive, and I bet he worked his ass off getting this right, but this is the sort of knockoff Buffett could write in his sleep, and often does, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/24/10

Taylor Swift—”Back To December” #6 The problem with most pop and country ballads isn’t that they’re slow and lugubrious (though they often are), but that they’re so damned predictable. You can see every turn in the melody and lyric (if … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/17/10

Taylor Swift—”Speak Now” #8 Another cute fairy tale, a song form at which Swift has become an absolute master. Sassy, funny, and sharply observed as always, only this one is streaked with some real bitterness, including details and descriptions that … Continue reading

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“…it’s got too many notes…”

Despite the sheer level of bombast and confused—and confusing—showmanship displayed at this year’s Grammy awards, there was nothing about the show that could be considered controversial. In fact, with its largest audience since 2004, the program can be considered, in … 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—12/6/09

Lady GaGa “Telephone” (featuring Beyonce), #30 “Speechless”, #94 Despite it’s honest origins—GaGa says it was inspired by her father’s initial refusal to seek medical treatment for a heart condition—or maybe because of them, “Speechless” is a terrible song. If she … Continue reading

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