Yeah, I really did. I like Arcade Fire but they always fly under my radar until someone points me in the direction of them. I'll never listen to them unless the idea is planted, if you know what I mean. Anyway, the new track is catchy enough to be popular and interesting enough to make me want their new album. Good stuff.
Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.
First off, with Arcade Fire, the best I can really hope for is that I don't really dislike it, and I didn't really dislike this song. But I didn't like it either. I haven't figured out why this band is popular. They don't have a lot of energy, they're not passionate, the music is bland and not really something you can dance to, so I just don't understand the appeal here. And this song is no different. And it's a 6 minute song that doesn't go anywhere. The drums sound like they were done on a drum machine, there's no change throughout the song. So, no, I don't enjoy the song or any other song I've heard from this band.
Mainly because I really don't understand the whole upset surrounding it. She says she likes the song but not the lyrics? Hmm. Okay, fair enough. Don't know why everyone has got so upset about it though, but it's maybe because I'm Scottish and the C-word is just another way to greet your friend here. I answer fiction because I think Lorde could have had the same issues with "bigger fish," so to speak. Selena and Taylor Swift are hardly the biggest culprits of releasing anti-feminist music, are they?
First off, I don't care I barely know who Lorde is and I unfortunately know a little bit about Gomez and Swift, and I truly don't care about any petty bullshit pop crap they're into. But, yes, I do agree with Lorde on both accounts. The way women are portrayed in music, both through image and much of the lyrical content, is pretty crappy. These are not real people, they're products. Unfortunately some people, mainly young people, look at these artists and think that it's real life. So good for at least one of these pop starlets for calling others out.
I say this as a big Aerosmith fan, but fuck no I don't. I find PSY borderline offensive to my eyes and ears and quite honestly, I can't believe that Aerosmith plan on selling out so spectacularly. Hand in that Hall of Fame card, boys.
Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.
I've been pretty done with Aerosmith for a while. 3 decades of pretty amazing work, but ever since "Just Push Play" it's been headed way downhill. I have very little interest in anything new that they do. And I have absolutely zero interest in PSY. Don't like pop/dance music. Put them together and I will gladly pass on whatever they're coming up with.
I almost always answer "Fiction" to stuff like this, especially when it concerns pop music. There's only so much that can be done, and the formula sometimes churns out crap that sounds very similar. But this is ridiculous. I swear it's the exact same piano backing track. The vocal patterns match up in many spots, the songs go in exactly the same direction, it's almost exactly the same song. I don't know the circumstances that made this happen, but it would be pretty easy to convince me that there is some sort of connection between these two songs.
Stewart Lange: FICTION.
It does, but I don't think there's much in it. Without sounding old or grumpy, 70% of chart music now sounds pretty similar to me. I'm not sure if there's been a big deal made of this yet, correct me if I'm wrong, but I've not read it anywhere as yet and just can't see it myself.
Honestly I almost answered "Fact" just because I didn't expect a train wreck of a song like I'm sure most people did. I'm indifferent towards Avril Lavigne and I probably don't hate Nickleback as much as most people. I'm not gonna say I liked this song. It's paint by numbers, which is what these two do. They're formulaic. If you like this formula you'll be happy with the song. Lavigne's vocals are good enough. Kroger adds that whole "gritty" feel to it without being actually dangerous. These two know what they're doing, and they churned out almost exactly what I would've expected from them.
Stewart Lange: FACT.
Why. Would. They. Even. Bother.
I only found out last week about these two and it's a very weird one, isn't it? I mean, the heart wants what it wants and all, but this is odd. I genuinely wish I could un-hear this, but not only that, because I used youtube I now need to wish I could un-see it, too.
I still think Lady Gaga is better than most of the other pop music out there, and I think she could do some great things if she was less worried about image. As it is, she's still very much style over substance, which is unfortunate because I've seen flashes of substance underneath. But this song is a pretty boring club song (although I find most club music pretty boring) and I don't see anything very redeeming about it. I'll gladly take a pass.
Stewart Lange: FACT.
It's not the worst thing I've heard in my life, or even this year, but let's be honest- Lady Gaga is not about to release a dud at the moment and even though R Kelly I'm sure is more than happy to providing it nets him a few dollars, it's not a terrible pop song. It's just really not to my tastes and I'll not get upset if I don't hear it again.
Score Card: 2 for 6
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