August 8, 2010

Alex "Hot Lips" Gardner's epic FAIL



Alex Gardner's out-of-the-blue new single, Feeling Fine, does not make one feel fine at all. It does not even make one feel just... okay. This is the sound of a brilliant singer smothered in vocoder. You can just hear the contemptuous, cynical record executives saying, "Let's make it more like Drake and Derulo and Cruz!"

Sample chorus lyric: "bleh bubbah feeling finnnnee belueb beebubb ahh promise always blee biee s uinnne inne." The vocoder might - might!- have been cool if used sparingly on the middle eight, but it's the apex of awfulness on every chorus.

The video itself, while trite, at least captures Gardner well: all nips, teeth, parted lips and hair. He looks young, but not jail-bait twinky.



Clearly money was spent on this production. If it's indicative that an album will arrive this fall (he's on tour in November), then fine, I will put up with this. I truly believe the single should have been There Goes My Heart*, a ballad in the Chris Isaak vein. It is hard to watch a label falter again and again with an artist who has all the elements for success.

PopJustice's tweet about the song sums it up best...



*note that version of There Goes My Heart omits the mindboggling middle eight

4 comments:

DanProject76 said...

Oh indeed. His album sampler had great songs on it but this just shits all over his talents for a cheap shot at trendy success.

He is nice to look at but that is not enough!

Howard said...

Wow, musically that was not interesting in the slightest. And, frankly, I would need a bit more skin to be interested in the video...

xolondon said...

Howard, you are a randy Andy.

smackcrumplebang.com said...

hahaha.

jail-bait twinky is the best description EVER.

This is some substandard enrique-darius type shite, such a shame.

she is also WAY too old for him - I worry what his mother would think (and thats not hot.)