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.