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411 Music Buy or Sell 05.23.13: Stay in that Straight Jacket, It Fits
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.23.2013

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 the conductor of the Jam Central Station, Jeff Modzelewski, taking on the wielder of the Hammer of Doom in Robert Cooper!

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

1) Mariah Carey (ft. Miguel) - "#Beautiful"
From TBA (Island)
Released May 6, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: BUY.

First off, seriously? The name of the song has a hashtag in it? I almost just said "sell" based on that. But I did my job, listened to the song, and it's not bad. Nice love song, something a little different. I'm not a fan of Mariah Carey, but no one ever said the woman can't sing, and Miguel is a nice vocal partner for her. It gets a little repetitive since the beat just repeats for the song, but at right around 3 1/2 minutes I can deal with that. There's a reason Mariah Carey's still around, and it's the fact that she's a great singer. Even if you don't like her style of music you have to recognize that.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I really didn't expect to like this song all that much, and luckily I was surprised. Most of the time, if a song has a hash tag in the title, I pretty much have to hate in on principle, but the song wasn't bad enough for that. It was a song that was sweet enough to carry it over the usual viking ship of mediocrity that comes from a lot of pop songs. The video was pretty silly though, and I felt like the song should have had Mariah Carey being the guest, because she wasn't in it as much I thought she should have been on there much more, especially on her own song. But oh well, the song was good enough to pass, and I'm sure it'll be eaten up by the radio, I still think that Miguel needs to be leg dropped Mariah Carey in the song.


2) Wale - "Love Hate Thing"
From The Gifted (Maybach Music)
Released May 21, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: BUY.

This is a definite tweener song for me. I'm not a huge fan of Wale's style and the song does get repetitive near the end. I'd like to see a little more energy from Wale on the song. On the other hand it's great to see some rap that isn't overproduced computerized beats. It's not a song that's gonna make me seek out Wale on a regular basis, but I also would have no problem listening to it again.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I usually like stuff like this, and I was not disappointed by what the intro gave to me. It had a nice, smooth sound to it, with the guest vocals of Sam Drew working really with the main beat. I found it also to be quite catchy, which is rare, because this isn't my usual wheelhouse. That may be something to its' advantage, because I find this to be a type of song that I like in the rap genre, but I could see it getting old quick, luckily that is not the case.


3) Airbourne - "No One Fits Me (Better Than You)"
From Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner)
Released May 10, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: BUY.

Is this AC/DC? Not bad at all. Straight forward rock song, no whiny emo-ness. It fits a formula, but it's a good formula, and they don't try to do to much with it. Couple of verse/chorus exchanges, guitar solo, breakdown, chorus. But why fix something that's not broken? If you want something new and different there are plenty of places to go, but I'll usually enjoy a well done straight forward rocker.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

As soon as I heard the opening riff to this song, I knew exactly where we were going, this reeked of a band like AC/DC or Krokus, and that is what we got. The riff had a bit of catch in it, then the vocals just come in wailing away, and it doesn't really stop until the end of the song. It was a fun time, that is pretty much this song in a nut shell, and I have a feeling the entire album that this came off of was just as fun. Full of hooks and a little cheese, it'll have you raising your fist in the air in the name of rocking hard!


4) Amber Carrington - "Stay"
From The Voice Season 4 (Republic)
Released May 14, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

Yawn. If you come off of The Voice or American Idol or America's Next Big Drug Addict Reality Failure or whatever, call me after 2 or 3 albums. She can sing, but so can millions of people. Can she hold an audience? Can she create her own music or just sing a cover song? Can she put together an album? This is nothing special. She's no Adele.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I can't say much on this song, because the original was okay, it was really sold by Rhianna's voice, and her voice isn't all that bad, I think it's because I'm not used to hearing a Rhianna song I like and her voice being the reason why. This version I liked more, whomever this is has a really good voice. The song wasn't anything different, other than a voice switch, so I guess it passes just on pure voice, but it's really nothing special.


5) T.I. (ft. Lil Wayne) - "Wit Me"
From Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown (Grand Hustle)
Released May 20, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

Yeah, this is the shit that makes me hate modern rap. Boring, no point to it. It's like Chris Rock's "smack her with your dick" bit from a few years ago. If all you have to say is that you've got money and get a lot of pussy, I could care less.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

Jeremy, you were doing really good so far, I manged to like the first four songs, and then you had to bring in Lil Wayne. I wont lie, almost everything I have heard from this man makes me plead for a barbed wire colonoscopy, this was no difrferent, really. T.I.'s verses were better, I liked them a bit more than Waynes' versus, but I though his were pretty awful and a bad way to start the song. This was another of those songs that I wasn't going to like, I already knew that, but it was worse than I thought, with the whole WIT ME thing in the chorus really just annoying me to death. Maybe I'm just not cut out for reviewing hippity hop like this, but this was straight up awful from where I sit.


6) Eve To Adam - "Straitjacket Supermodel"
From Locked & Loaded (3 for 5)
Released April 18, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

This is kind of the opposite of the Airbourne track. Too much production, nothing raw, no real energy. Sounds a lot like every Nickleback song from the past 10 years or so It'll do well on the radio if the record label pays for a bunch of plays in the rotation because it's inoffensive and it doesn't challenge anyone. But I don't see that this band is gonna have any staying power based on this song.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

I was not a huge fan of this song, maybe I'm just weird, or something. But I found this song to be pretty much every song I've heard on the local rock station in the past month. It's ironic that the opening verse in the chorus is talking about being the "all original", when this sounds so derivative of everything else that is around nowadays, there is nothing hear that really stands out to me. Just a generic guitar part, coupled with Mudvayne-tabulous vocals, and a splash of a synthesized background and a really really REALLY bland solo towards the end. If this song gets big, I wont be surprised, because it sounds like the things that are big now, but if this is what the band sounds like, I don't see them breaking away from anything. Granted, this is where I am critical, and hard to please, when it comes to rock and metal, I have an opinion, I have my fingers to the pulse, and I will straight up tell you if you suck. But at least it wasn't Halestorm again! (thanks Jeremy, though it's a toss up between third straight Halestorm track or this).


We bounce back a bit this week as Mariah, Wale and Airbourne get Buys while only T.I. and Eve to Adam get Sells! Thanks to Jeff and Robert 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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