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411 Music Buy or Sell 10.05.12: Let Your Body Go
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.05.2012




Greetings and salutations, Music Zone readers! Welcome to your top choice in music single opinion columns, 411 Music Buy or Sell! I'm your host Jeremy Thomas, and each week we'll look at some of the hottest new and hit singles and a couple of our esteemed writers will decide if they want to keep the song (Buy) or drop it like it's hot (Sell). This week's listeners are the new master of Ask 411 Music, David Hayter, taking on the Low End Theory's own Tony Acero!

All right, enough of the introductions and rules…let's hop to it!



1) Christina Aguilera - "Your Body"
From Lotus (RCA)
Released September 17, 2012
David Hayter: SELL.

I wasn't overly impressed when I took a first look at this track during Fact or Fiction a couple weeks back, and I'm genuinely surprised see that Christina has garnered 6 million views for this video already. It's big bellowing pop songs with a thudding bass drum, but really it's about as paint by numbers and indistinct as it gets, if it weren't for Christina's trade mark wail "Your Body" could be the work of any Tom, Dick or Harry. There's plenty of club and dancefloor concessions, and while I'll concede that this could be a winter club hit, it's got next to no staying power and is the pop world's equivalent of background music.

Tony Acero: SELL.

It seems like Aguilera has finally joined the frey of music that is made mainly to make you dance. Not to say that she hasn't done so before, but this is the new pop fodder; heavy synth and some boom boom to make the ladies want to shake it up a bit. The difference that Christina has against the likes of Rihanna, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj is that she can sing. While that's on display here, it's simply not enough. She's still pretty though.

ANALYSIS: SELL




2) Muse - "Madness"
From The 2nd Law (Warner Bros.)
Released August 20, 2012
David Hayter: BUY.

Muse haven't gone Dub Step but they have embraced a whole new palette of sounds on The 2nd Law. Truth be told, the major influences remain the same, and while "Madness" is light on Radiohead, it feels like a perfect hybrid of Muse's two other great mentors Queen and U2. "Panic Station" is a far more exciting single, but this dubby little ballad is a perfectly acceptable pop song and a stands as proof positive that Muse can do understatement.

Tony Acero: BUY.

Well fuck me sideways, I enjoyed the hell out of this song. It felt like someone was softly whispering in my ear, while at the same time rubbin my tummy after a big meal. It was comforting and moving; which is ironic considering it's title and content. This is solely an immediate reaction due to a time constraint, but I think it's definitely worth a listen, and will be getting a few more from me.

ANALYSIS: BUY




3) Faith Evans - "Tears of Joy"
From R&B Divas (Prolific Music Group/E1)
Released August 20, 2012
David Hayter: SELL.

Faith Evens is targeting souls big guns on "Tears Of Joy", it has the slow sweep and yearning vocals of a 60s/70s epic. To her credit the execution is frightfully slick. Faith is a professional at this stage of her career, unfortunately while she's smooth, she lacks a depth of character and her emotion feels second hand – expressed with postcard platitudinous phrases. Not bad by any means, but not dynamic enough to raise an eyebrow.

Tony Acero: BUY.

It's been so long since I've heard Faith that I forgot she actually has some pipes! Not like Mary J. Blige vocals, but enough to make a song like this effective. It sounds soulfoul and almost mandatory for a slowly moving fight scene in a film. Aside from the feeling it berings, the lyrics are strong enough from a woman's perspective about the emotional range that one could go through. I know, I know; no one should really look too deep into a song - especially in this column, but it was nice.

ANALYSIS: SPLIT




4) Flo Rida - "I Cry"
From Wild Ones (Poe Boy/Atlantic)
Released September 18, 2012
David Hayter: SELL.

Yep, Flo Rida is still milking The Wild Ones for all it's worth. There's no two ways about it – the man knows how to write a hit. Sadly he does it in the most crass and cynical way possible. This wouldn't be so bad if his rhymes weren't so cringe inducing. Each Flo Rida album and track seems to be a passing scrapbook detailing all pop's transient trends (usually two-to-four years out of date at that). Which means he should hit dub/brostep in 2014.

Tony Acero: SELL.

Easily forgettable, even from Flo Rida standards, as he doesn't change anything. It's what we have come to expect from him, so I suppose that's not really a complaint, but again - you either enjoy Flo or you don't really care for him. I fall in the latter. He's got the chops to possibly put something thought-provoking out there, but resorts to the poppy/dance club hits, which is fine considering he's been very successful in doing so.

ANALYSIS: SELL




5) Green Day - "Let Yourself Go"
From ¡Uno! (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
Released September 5, 2012
David Hayter: BUY.

This is a real take it or leave it track. Like Uno it's a slice of easy dispensable teenage pop, full of angst and fist pumping release. The cruel among you might call it regressive, the glass half full crowd would call it a fun little jaunt, but for everyone in between it's a paint-by-numbers Green Day tune - the type of track they perfected decades ago and could write in their sleep.

Tony Acero: SELL.

Green Day is just hit or miss with me, and although I can appreciate the musical appreciation behind this song, it doesn't tickle my fancy. There are times within this Buy or Sell column when I can hear a song and think that it's absolute crap or absolute gold. Then there are the songs I can't label as either because it doesn't touch where it needs to be. Green Day is a mainstay in the rock community - which isn't my community, and although I can enjoy the guitar, the drum, and the lyricism, at the end of the day it becomes just a song to me I'd probably change if I heard it come on my radio or iTunes.

ANALYSIS: SPLIT




6) Kanye West, Jay-Z & Jay Sean - "Clique"
From Cruel Summer (GOOD Music/Def Jam)
Released August 14, 2012
David Hayter: BUY.

Strong recommendation here. The Hit Boy beat is sick and the rappers go hard (well as hard as Big Sean can go). The chorus is sleek and the mood is impeccable, celebratory and menacing in equal measure. By Kanye's standards it's back to basics, but it's incredible effective. Not sold? Well how often do you get to hear George Tenet referenced on a hip hop anthem?

Tony Acero: BUY.

Yes, I can turn my brain off and enjoy a song without any actual content, and this is a perfect example. This song is so disgustingly sick that it makes me wish I was a part of the "Clique." Big Sean brags but it's so cool. Jay-Z, admittedly, feels like someone wrote his shit, but it comes off good, so I won't complain too much. I can't say too much about it without gushing over how bad ass this song is, so let me just end it with YES! YES! YES! I'd buy this song.

ANALYSIS: BUY


Not a bad week this time around, as Muse and the G.O.O.D Music crew get Buys while only Flo Rida and Christina get Sells! Thanks to David and Tony for their participation this week; that will do it us! What do you think of the singles we covered? Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!





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