Day 115 – All The Songs (part 2!)

More songs.
But only the good ones this time (my blog, my taste, tough luck!).
I’ll skip the rest.

Also, no video.
I’m just using Spotify because I like the way it embeds into WordPress.

48. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

I was almost instantly sold on the voice alone; an interesting delicate accent and it sounds so fragile.

Maybe that’s just because it’s a love song she’s singing though?
I will have to explore her work further.

Also, although love songs have a terrible habit of turning to cliché within seconds, it’s always nice to find one that tries to stray a bit.

How long will I want you?
As long as you want me too
And longer by far

47. Best Song Ever – One Direction

…just kidding…
Pleasant enough in the background without really listening, but… no.

37. Don’t Let Me Go – Jai Waetford

Spotify doesn’t have this.
And I’m not sure I like the idea of X Factor.
But this is a very talented kid (14!).

Worth having a look at if you don’t follow the show either:

36. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – James Arthur

Skirting into the crude; but I’m adding it as a little guilty pleasure.
There is not much to the lyrics, but the Blues/Rock totally works for me.

Even if the title is a little sad, and patently untrue.
You’re Nobody ‘Til You Love Yourself.
(Although that doesn’t quite sound right either)

33. The Wire – Haim

And a refreshing palate cleanser in the form of a break-up song… or maybe it’s just about commitment issues? I can’t quite say for sure.

I was hooked by it speaking truth about communication at the start of the song.

I’m sure Dan Savage would have some pointed advice for the lyrics though… the words are doing that relationship all wrong!

32. Rap God – Eminem

Very obviously self-aggrandizing, but the speed at which the words start pouring out of his mouth, and then more, and some more still.

It’s hard not to be in awe by the middle of the third verse.

I can barely listen as fast as he is spilling them out.

28. Move – Little Mix

It’s the playful beat it starts and then sticks with throughout that got me.
Honestly; the album cover didn’t even show in the chart playlist.

I wish the lyrics were better; the first verse is a promising start, but then it lets me down from there.

25. Royals – Lorde

All Lorde songs sound the same. All broody and emo.
And even thematically, I am having a very strong sense of Deja Vu here.

There were three Lorde songs on the chart.
One would have been plenty.
And it should be this one.

22. Riptide – Vance Joy

There’s something intimate about the hesitance and unsteadiness of the lead.
Only emphasised further when the band comes in.

It’s joy and hope without gloating.

It’s a song that wraps around like a blanket.

19. Wake Me Up – Avicii

More Avicii!
Just go listen to his album instead.

That’s all I have to say.

17. The Fox – Ylvis

No link.

This is one that you are going to have to consciously choose by typing it into Google. I don’t want to take responsibility for it.

It’s like the choice between the red pill and the blue pill.

Except there’s only one pill…
And it is a fish…
And it goes blub…
Or maybe rikikikikiki…
Who knows?

A General Note

There were many other songs I’d happily listen to in the background, and I’ve added them to the appropriate playlists for that. But nothing that was quite worth sharing here.

Day 104 – Five Songs (part 1?)

This is a mistake.
Nothing good will come of this.

I decided I’d go to the Australian Singles Charts for the week and watch the 5 highest ranked singles that I am unfamiliar with (which this week is all 5 of them), and write about the experience.

If it doesn’t send me into a spiral of despair I might even do it again sometime.

As per: (I tried Aria, but their site loads like a dog (I have no idea what that means exactly, but it sounded right)).

  1. Roar – Katy Perry
  2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Taylor Henderson (who!?)
  3. Hey Brother – Avicii (band? person? who knows!)
  4. Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$ha (which I guess makes Pitbull a person)
  5. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus (*groan*… okay… lucky last)

*deep breath*

Here goes then…

Okay; jungle theme then, that makes sense. Duckface explorer, funny… and he’s gone. Good for the tiger.

This song is very forgettable already. The beat completely drowns the song and the lyrics are just plain lazy. I’m sure she can do better than this.

I have no idea why this song is number 1, other than the mild humour, the sex appeal and a very sing-alongable song.

Oh wait… I guess that explains it then.
This definitely never needs to end up in my playlist.

Moving on.
Oh no… I don’t want to watch this show! 🙁

Well, the singing sounds promising at least. Even if he looks a bit too slick if you ask me.

And then, it suddenly gets musically interesting. I like a cover done creatively like this; and he can in fact sing. I might even go so far as to say that as long as I don’t look at the screen, this is actually a very good cover/song.

*Pause* yeah, the judges bit I really don’t need to see, thanks.

That was unexpectedly enjoyable. Shame it’s over in 2 minutes.
I wouldn’t call it “great” or “art”, but I’d say it’s worth throwing in the mix.
Manga, this could go either way…

30 seconds in. I think I’m sold al… yes, that’s the beat this needs. I wonder if the lyrics/video are borrowed/remixed for this.

Okay, this will definitely have to go into my playlist. Maybe this wasn’t such a bad plan after all.

I like the folky/electronicy mix of this sound. And the visuals go with it very well too… “There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do” goes very well with epic visuals.

And it closes where it begins. That was very nice… do it again, do it again!

Yes… this is actually a very good song. The music stands strongly on its own, but the visuals still fit perfectly with it to enhance the experience.

I just did a search while listening to it a second time; the lyrics are originals for the song. I’m going to have to listen to some more of his work to see if it stacks up.

Evoking a country sound; opening chords actually make me think of Sting – Heavy Cloud but No Rain… no visuals with this one it seems.

I’m torn. I kinda like the soundscape of this song. The thumping-bass/harmonica mix with interspersed rap fragments actually has something to it.

But the lyrics… this is so… banal and flat.
I wonder if there is a Spanish version or something, because if I couldn’t understand what they were singing I think this would actually be a much more enjoyable song.

Okay… I’m stopping this now, because it’s just not getting any better.

Again, I’m sure she can do better than this. A passable pop-song, but certainly nothing special.

And there we have the sex-appeal to sell the song… that’s disappointing.

Well, I’m sure the controversy over the twerk-cident has certainly not done her any harm with regards to selling music. But it doesn’t make the music itself better.

I’d still say this is a better song than Katy’s Roar above… simply because it doesn’t sound like it was written to fit around a metronome. But also not something to go on the playlist.

Two out of five ain’t bad.

I must confess, I don’t think Taylor Henderson will actually end up on my playlist, but I wouldn’t avoid it either if it happened to be playing.

Avicii though is worthy of further study.
Most definitely.