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411 Music Buy or Sell 02.21.13: Do Me a Favor Now And Start From the Bottom
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.21.2013

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). Our listeners this week are the man behind the Hip-Hop Herald, Bill Wannop, taking on 411's resident Master of Metal, Robert Cooper!

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

1) Paramore - "Now"
From Paramore (Fueled by Ramen)
Released January 22, 2013
Bill Wannop: BUY.

In promotion of the upcoming self-titled album, Paramore has released their first single, "Now." The song is a great way to promote their upcoming album, and really showcases Hayley Williams' vocals on the track. The hook will likely be stuck in your head for days, and the track is the perfect way to gain attention and momentum for their upcoming release. The catchy hook and upbeat production make this a definite buy, and I look forward to hearing additional songs from their album.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

I was originally a little torn as to what I would take this as, because with this column, unlike when listening to things in normal life, I try not to hate things, unlike in real life, where everything is fair game. This song was considered for a Buy, but then I listened to it a few more times, and the fact that this song was nothing really special started to become evident to me. I never disliked Haley William's vocals, but the ringing of NA-A-AH-AY-A-A-AH-OW eventually became too much for me. This isn't the worst of pop-rock (though more pop than rock), it's okay, but it'll be nothing that I can call a guilty pleasure.


2) Alice in Chains - "Hollow"
From The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin/EMI)
Released January 8, 2013
Bill Wannop: SELL.

On the other end of the spectrum we have the first single from Alice in Chains upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, their second new album since their comeback in 2005. The track is a very simple track, with a simple guitar riff repeating over and over again. While hardcore fans of the group may find this track exciting, it really did nothing for me and makes me think their upcoming album is going to be a disappointment.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I was so happy to see this here, because while Alice in Chains isn't a band I know all that well (like the hits, I know them, but otherwise, I don't follow them), but I know that they're pretty much a band of quality. This song is Alice in Chains, pretty much, you have a really nice vocal harmony for most of the song and the main riff is just crushing. The riff has tinges of doom metal that I just adore, and it even has a pretty solo included. If this is any indication of the new album, then consider me a happy camper!


3) Eve - "She Bad Bad"
From Lip Lock (FTR Music)
Released January 8, 2013
Bill Wannop: BUY.

The first leak off of Eve's anticipated album, Lip Lock, which will be released in May, finds Eve going back to her roots somewhat with her rhymes. The album has been delayed many times, which may be a good thing, as producer Jukebox gives Eve a great party type track to flow over. This is the first release from Eve as a lead artist since 2007, and the fast style rhymes of Eve show a hunger and prove that Eve will likely be a force to be reckoned with when the album finally is released.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

This song managed to slightly askew from the way Paramore did. I was going to buy this, because I was like, oh, Eve sounds pretty good, I liked the flow that she had. Though the repetitious nature of the track made my love shrink slowly, and I almost sold it. But after another run through, I decided to give this the edge, and buy it. I think this is better than a number of the female rappers (I'm looking at you, Minaj), and while I didn't love this song, this is really the opposite end of the spectrum for my music listening tastes, so it'll do. Though the guy that's doing the "OH SHE BAD BAD" sounds like he's having a stroke, and really takes away from the song, in my opinion.


4) Stone Sour - "Do Me a Favor"
From House of Gold & Bones - Part 2 (Roadrunner)
Released February 12, 2013
Bill Wannop: SELL.

Stone Sour brings us "Do Me a Favor" off of their upcoming album House of Gold & Bones - Part 2 which is slated to be released in April. The album is the second part of a double concept album and the band stated that part 2 would be much darker. However, judging from this first single, I think that fans are going to be very disappointed. For me the track was repetitive and boring, and something that I would not really want to listen to again.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I wasn't quite sure where to put this song at first, because I'm not the biggest Stone Sour fan, I will admit that a few of their songs have impressed me. This song is no different. I'm really not all that much for alternative-metal, because honestly, it usually takes up more from the alternative side than the metal. But I feel that this is a little different, like the chorus of this is really catchy and anthemic, and Corey Taylor sounds as good as his self-worship advertises, and that surprises me a bit. I won't be seeking this out, but if it comes on the radio, I won't turn it.


5) Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
From Save Rock and Roll (Island)
Released February 5, 2013
Bill Wannop: SELL.

Fall Out Boy returns after a three year hiatus to release the lead single off their upcoming album Save Rock and Roll to be released in April. If this is what the band thinks is going to save Rock and Roll, then we are all in for a world of trouble. While the sound of lead singer Pete Wentz is still intact, the overall sound of the album is not very rock and roll-ish. Add to that the fact that the bands previous singles blew this one out of the water, and you have to wonder if maybe the group should not have initiated a comeback...

Robert Cooper: SELL.

I really tried to like something about this song, but dammit, I'm finding it hard. In my early years of high school, this was one of those bands that I was not a big fan of, because they had a huge female fanbase, and I was one of those kids that didn't like them. When I got older, I could see that while I wasn't a huge fan of them, they weren't that bad, and had some charm to them. I don't know what happened to them while they were gone, but sweet lord baby Jesus, what the hell happened. this is the most generic sounding mound of doggy dung this side of the Biebs. This sounds like every bad song on the radio, and while the old Fall Out Boy wasn't my favorite, it certainly was better than this.


6) Drake - "Started From the Bottom"
From Nothing Was the Same (Young Money/Cash Money)
Released February 6, 2013
Bill Wannop: SELL.

Drake graces us this week with his first single "Started From the Bottom" which is a track about his early life and career beginnings. While the track is ok, the subject matter and concept is just wrong to me. While Drake has somewhat built himself up from nothing, he got his start in acting which gave him the funds to venture into music. That is not to say that he is not talented, but to insinuate that he had to struggle as much as some other artists is just insane. The track is not that catchy but at least it is mostly hip hop (unlike his last album which won a Grammy for best rap record!), however, I am sure that when the album is released it will be full of the sing-songy music that all the women love Drake for. In any event, this track is nothing special and a definite SELL.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

Well, he tried, I like this a lot more than some of the other stuff that I've heard from him. The beat, I at first was not all that impressed with, but as I listened to the song again, I was like okay, this is catchy, I dig it. But my problem here is with Drake's rapping, while I can see that he was doing here, giving tribute to those who stuck by him, It really gets repetitive and his uses of words that I as a white kid can not repeat really loses impact fast. It's like he needed a placeholder, and was short on time, so he put some Lil Wayne in for inspiration, and bam, now we get this song. I guess maybe this isn't my thing, but this is going to have to be a sell for me, too repetitive and didn't find as much substance as I'd liked.


So after a few Splits, Bill and Robert agree to buy Eve and sell Fall Out Boy and Drake. Thanks to both 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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