Last Wednesday, I did “Recent Releases,” but that was all wrong. It’s supposed to be “New Music Tuesday” and it’s my favorite unofficial holiday.
Today makes me realize how horrible music has gotten in the last few years.
Here’s today’s releases:
1. “Headlines” – Drake
- I don’t really expect much from Drake because his rapping isn’t really that skilled and his voice doesn’t really stand out from the rest. “Headlines” makes me want to gag though. The beat is a little too constant because it never changes throughout the song and the rhyming in every line annoys me. Also, the extremely clever chorus – repeating the words “they know” about fifteen times – is something a toddler could have written. So, really, WTF Drake?!?!
2. “High Tide or Low Tide” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Technically this song was released in 1973, but it was rereleased today to help launch the “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign to raise money for the children and families starving in Africa. Bob Marley mixed with The Wailers makes a great song, no arguments. A real acoustic guitar and some real drums mixed with soothing voices makes any listener extremely relaxed.
3. “It Girl” – Jason Derulo
- Immediately, my first thought about this song was how I liked the whistling accompaniment (and also how frustrated I was that I couldn’t whistle along). It may not be my favorite of Derulo’s songs and I may not like the idea of a song being written around the phrase “It Girl,” but it’s still pretty good. Derulo’s voice still manages to mesmerize me and his high notes still make me sigh. Overall, it will never be one of my Top 25 Most Played, but it will definitely get some iPod play time within the next few weeks.
4. “Titanium” – David Guetta feat. Sia
- David Guetta does an amazing job creating nice rhythms and beats for the background music for this song. Unfortunately, it’s Sia’s voice that makes this song not work. It sounds like a bad auto-tune version of Justin Bieber. I will admit she sounds better on the verses, but when I hear her sing on the chorus, I cringe a little. However, I think I can deal with the vocals and eventually they will grow on me because Guetta did a great job creating a nice dance track.
5. “What You Want” – Evanescence
- I usually rely on YouTube to let me listen to a song before I decide whether or not to waste $1.29 on it, but apparently Evanescence did a good job making sure this song didn’t leak before the release date. Evanescence, to me, has one of those addicting voices that you can’t stop listening to. She has a lot of power in her voice and you can hear her confidence shine through. In addition, the background music is strong and the intertwining of the piano adds a realistic and unique touch.
6. Fool Like Me – Cobra Starship feat. Plastiscines
- Cobra Starship is one of those bands that is allowed to have silly lyrics because that’s what we expect from them. This song is no different: “I never meant to drive your car into that tree, I’m still real sorry about that.” The Plastiscines also do a nice job acting as the friends throughout the song. In addition, Cobra Starship did a nice job staying within their genre of music while still adding a new spin to their track. Keep your eye out for their new album dropping August 30th and my review of it coming next week!
7. Bananaz – Ray J feat. Rick Ross
- My first complaint with this song is why did Ray J feel it was necessary to spell what should be bananas with a z? Is that considered cool or something because to me it just looks completely idiotic and stupid. Second complaint: the chorus (again the really clever repetition of “The sex is bananaZ”) sounds like it’s being sung by a forty-year-old midget with a speech impediment. Third complaint: the beat was only exhilarating for the first twenty seconds. I didn’t think it was actually possible to give a song 0 out of 5 stars, but their inability to spell bananas knocked it down an extra point. WTF Ray J?!?!
8. We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – T.I.
- T.I. sounds exactly like he did on all of his other songs and the beat sounds exactly like a typical T.I. song so I guess if you liked his old stuff, you’ll like the new song. I’ll admit that when the chorus goes and they sing “We don’t get down like y’all,” it sounds cool, but other than that there’s nothing spectacular or surprising about this song.
9. “Glee the 3D Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Glee Cast
- Only comment: please don’t get me started on Glee. I stopped watching it when they redid Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Oh wait, that was the first episode? Exactly.
10. Invisible – Skylar Grey
- Saved the best, in my opinion, for last. This song is what I like about music. It’s not completely auto-tuned or made with computers. It has some concepts of real music and Skylar Grey is actually singing. In addition, this song actually offers up lyrics that have real meaning. Take a look at every other song from this week and maybe one other has meaningful lyrics. It’s not often that we get a song that means something. It’s not often that songs with real singing get noticed.