October 25, 2009
10 Musical Thoughts, v.?
First, wishing Morrissey well. Don't leave us now!
Much of the Spandau Ballet redux album is quite good, including Only When You Leave, Gold and To Cut a Long Story Short.
Robbie Williams seems wiser now - matured in to a real person at 35. The Body Double remix of Bodies is tremendous (I really dislike the single version) - and it's on US iTunes too - a rare treat.
Sting believes we choose our parents. This pleases me. That interview is one of the best he's done, by he way, because the writer is fearless. "You're confrontational!" he tells her.
The Right Thing, the closing track of the new Alphabeat album is like crack. Total 90's joy. It reminds me of the summer I had to teach a 30-min aerobics class (just one time) for a grade. One track I recall using was Crystal Waters' Gypsy Woman.
The Rihanna song is not bad, it's just not something I want to play again and again. Simple as that.
If I were Frankmusik, I would actually tone down on the next record and put the voice out front more forcefully. I really feel like not releasing Vacant Heart was a mistake in that sense. Vince, you have a fantastic, emotional singing voice... so bring it!
Cheryl Cole's song 3 Words with Will.I.Am - is superb. Really dark and unexpected. What I hear in it is the beginning of a love affair you know is going to end in total drama. It's a shame one gets the sense her album was rushed. But again, Nicola is the Girl I really want to hear do a solo record.
I cannot tell you how sick I am of this Ryan Tedder rock ballad/epic sound - like what Jordin Sparks does. That trend needs to end NOW because I tune it out the moment i hear it. Faux emotion with no personality. I think Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke need to be realistic that they are going to be compared. There are many people - Simon Fucking Cowell? - who want the latter to be a new version of the former.
Meanwhile, Adele - who Simon would have made snotty comments about - is doing her new disc with Rick Rubin, which I think sets her up for the long haul. Go straight to the top sweetheart.
Nerina Pallot has a new ballad called It Was Me. Please note that it's the piano version of the song (on the bonus disc version) that's literally a classic standard from the moment you hear it. Not the watered down LP version.