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411 Music Buy or Sell 03.21/13: The Stars Make For a Beautiful Day in Supertown
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2013

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 our illustrious Movie Zone editor Chad Webb, taking on MMA Zone writer emeritus Stewart Lange!

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

1) David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
From The Next Day (Iso/Columbia)
Released February 25, 2013
Chad Webb: BUY.

I already bought this album, so it's safe to assume this is an easy "Buy" for me. In truth, this was the first track I heard from Bowie latest album The Next Day and I was initially indifferent to it, but it's really growing on me. This is a song that slowly sneaks up on you. It might not be one you hum right away, but eventually you will. The beat and lyrics have a lingering effect. Bowie's vocals are strong, but matured. He's not afraid to change with age and make that known, yet he also retains his roots, which is what makes the album so great.

Stewart Lange: BUY.

I'm not a particularly big Bowie fan, so the fact I quite like this surprised me. I actually heard it on the radio and really wasn't bothered but I'm glad I gave it another chance because it changed my mind this time round and it seems better I'm writing this positively rather than just going on one listen and starting off with a sell.


2) Anthony Hamilton - "Best of Me"
From Back to Love (RCA)
Released February 4, 2013
Chad Webb: BUY.

Anthony Hamilton is an artist I'm primarily familiar with due to his contributions to soundtracks, like American Gangster and most recently Django Unchained. Otherwise, I have not listened to him enough, but that will soon change. I liked this track a lot. On the surface, there is nothing remarkable about it. We have simple R&B here, nothing more. But everything clicks because Hamilton evokes emotions in his music and that is difficult to replicate. His gentle voice combined with the reserved but poignant beat creates a terrific song. So many R&B singers just imitate the sound, but Hamilton gets to your soul, and this is one example.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

This feels like it could have been a random radio track on a Grand Theft Auto game and if it was, it wouldn't bother me but this isn't my thing at all. He's clearly talented but its a bit drab and doesn't do anything for me.


3) Michael Buble - "It's A Beautiful Day"
From To Be Loved (143 Records/Reprise)
Released February 25, 2013
Chad Webb: SELL.

Michael Buble has an excellent voice and from interviews I've seen with him, he loves what he's doing and strikes me as a nice guy. That being said, I'm not really into his music. A few of his past songs were ok, but not special enough for me to purchase…and they sounded quite similar to this. "Haven't Met You Yet" came to mind a couple times. Buble's music is occasionally too safe and generic for my tastes. His more jazz themed material, or those which spur comparisons to Frank Sinatra, are more my cup of tea, but then I would just listen to Frank anyway. His pop stuff like this is forgettable. I will say that this is likely the happiest track this week. Seriously, if you're feeling depressed, give this a whirl. He's obviously immensely popular, so my stupid opinion won't matter, but this is not a distinct tune and is rather weak overall.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

I don't even want to listen to this, such is my dislike for the guy. Next.


4) Rob Zombie - "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown"
From Venomous Rat Rageneration Vendor (Roadrunner/Loud & Proud)
Released February 25, 2013
Chad Webb: SELL.

I enjoy Rob Zombie's solo material, but feel it has been the same variations on his original Hellbilly Deluxe album. Still, I dig it usually, but this track is lackluster. I guess it's typical noisy Rob Zombie metal, but the chorus gets repetitive incredibly fast and I generally dislike talking or voice-overs in songs (with a few exceptions of course). To me this can take away from memorable qualities and catchiness of the music. Zombie's brilliant guitarist John 5 has barely anything to do here, saver for one quick minor snippet, and the quiet 60's piano in the background was odd as well. I was tempted to give this a pass solely for the awesome title, but I can't. I hope the rest of the record is good though.

Stewart Lange: BUY.

It's what it was always going to be. Rob Zombie since Hellbilly is basically "by numbers" but hey, painting by numbers will always look great if it's a great painting you're using as a template. It's not White Zombie, but it doesn't have to be and nobody who'll by it will expect it to be either. Count me as one of those people.


5) Future (ft. Lil Wayne) - "Karate Chop"
From Future Hendrix (Freebandz/Epic)
Released February 19, 2013
Chad Webb: SELL.

I haven't been very enthused with the Future songs I've heard thus far and this continues that trend. I'm not one to pay attention to remixes. To me they often ruin the track. There have been good ones, sure, but they're normally not something I seek out. This isn't either. The ominous, doom-like beat is solid, but I had trouble understanding half of what he was saying, half because it sounded like mumbling and half because the pauses come across like a speech impediment of some sort or a stuttering problem. Lil Wayne is rather uninterested in his verse and the whole "Karate Chop" aspect is kind of dumb here. Of course Lil Wayne uszes auto-tune. Who could have guessed? Yeah, huge "Sell" on this one.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

Fucking hell, I'm going to call this one of the worst things I've heard with my ears. Off, off, off. God almighty, you owe me for this one, Jeremy.


6) Pink (ft. Nate Ruess) "Just Give Me A Reason"
From The Truth About Love (RCA)
Released February 26, 2013
Chad Webb: BUY.

I have always appreciated Pink as a pop artist even though I don't own any of her albums. Not sure why. I like her collaborations with Linda Perry the best. This pop ballad is not one of those, but I liked it all the same. Apart from her distinguishing look and crazy clothes, Pink actually has a superb voice when she wants to show it off and this track accentuates that wonderfully. The beginning is standard as the simple piano starts, but then the drums and bass kick in and the song takes off. Fun.'s Nate Ruess establishes commendable chemistry with Pink and it makes for a worthy duet. They both have voices that stand out, so to hear them mesh is intriguing, yet effective.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

Pink has a lot of talent and the fact she's remained as popular for as long is a testament of that. The guy from FUN on the other hand, is coming off a year as one of the hottest breakout acts in the world and I just don't see why. This song is pretty bland too and it's a shame it comes across as something Pink is being forced into by her label to include this guy on her track. Or something like that.


Rough one for our singles this week as only Bowie gets a Buy while Michael Buble, Future and Wayne all get Sells and the rest split! Thanks to Chad and Stewart 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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