Well, that was…something. So let's start off with the fact that I'm not a car guy, so a song that goes into detail about a car is not my cup of tea. And yes, we're talking about the music video but really, the song matters because it's an intrinsic part of the video. But onto the visuals themselves; aside from the weird Mariachi stuff its an incredibly generic music video about…cars. Which as I said, I am not a car guy. So yeah, no thank you.
Joseph Paige Jr: FACT.
I'm not a fan of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at all. I've tried to see what people find interesting in his music, but to me it's one long SNL skit. Power to those who find these guys entertaining.
I'm excited when David Bowie appears anywhere. Now this one is a little less than most because Bowie only supplied a brief backing vocal, so this is more along the lines of the "Oh shit, Elton John was on 'All of the Lights?' kind of reaction. I guess that "excited" may not be the right word, but it is really cool that he popped in for a brief spot and I really like "Reflektor" so yeah I'll give this a vague FACT.
Joseph Paige JrFACT.
I would be excited if David Bowie made a guest appearance on a Justin Bieber album. You can never have enough Bowie. Arcade Fire makes pretty good music and their styles should blend well.
I guess this depends on what you define as "good choice." Will be bring in Beyonce, Madonna or even Black Eyed Peas numbers? Probably not, at least in comparison to the first two. But will he bring a great stage show? Yes, absolutely. Bruno Mars is the right kind of artist because he brings in fans both older and younger and he's very well-known, but not yet a household name. This, obviously, will push him to household name status and more power to him. I don't love everything Bruno does but I enjoy his work as a whole and he always brings it live, so I think he's a fine choice.
Joseph Paige Jr: FACT.
When I think Super Bowl halftime shows I think spectacles. I'm not sure if Bruno Mars can deliver that for me. I won't judge too soon. Perhaps he'll pull out a dynamic performance like he gave at this year's Grammy awards.
I've been missing me some Coldplay. The last live album has been holding me over for quite some time, but it's good to hear some new material from the guys. Unfortunately I find the track rather boring and sleep inducing. As in Michael Jackson on propofol sleep inducing. Perhaps the track will grow on me as we await for it to play along side the new Hunger Games film.
Jeremy Thomas: FICTION.
Listen, I don't buy into this "Coldplay is crap" notion that seems to be so popular. I think that they're a good band who produces solid music. That being said, this is the kind of song that is exactly why some people hate them. Is it gorgeous musically? Sure, if you've downed a Red Bull and can make it through the song. I enjoy the sound but it's a bit too mellow for my tastes and it probably drives people who don't already like them further along those lines. I didn't hate it, but I sure don't like it.
If you've been an avid fan of Idol for the past couple of years as myself you would know that they've been brining on guest judges quite frequently to test their likability with the audience. Of the many celebrity guest judges I've really enjoyed Mr. Connick's commentary. He's talented himself and can give an honest opinion. Now about Kieth Urban, perhaps he should just go back to being Mr. Nicole Kidman.
Jeremy Thomas: FICTION.
To be honest I don't care all that much; I'm a Voice watcher and I couldn't care less about Idol. But I think they would have been better-suited to bring in a producer because that's something Idol has always had that is unique about it. This is, in part, why they're able to produce stars (okay, a couple at least); because they have someone who has the eye of a producer who can really help foster the true stars. I have nothing against Connick, Urban and J-Lo,
but I think this is an attempt to copy The Voice's format without a Cee-Lo/Usher and I think that it's going to fall flat.
I absolutely loathe Katy Perry's song "Roar", but Katy swinging in trees scantly clad is always a win-win situation.
Jeremy Thomas: FACT.
Listen, I'm not saying she's reinventing the wheel or anything but it was decent enough. It had a fun storyline that fits with the theme of the song, she obviously had fun and that's about all I'm looking for. "Roar" is far from my favorite pop song this year but it's not terrible by any stretch. Katy Perry does what she does very well. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it works for me.
Score Card: 4 for 6
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