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TBTS Reviews: 10 Popular Music Videos, Who Rolls to #1 with “Dark Blues-y Gospel Disco Tune”?

September 20, 2011

Hint: No.

Like I used to do ’bout this time of year, I  immerse myself in whatever music video programs at my disposal (category: televised, for old time’s sake) for a week or two so as a taste of what moves the masses. As one of them, I like a good pop tune, always have and will. I’ve shed most of my pretensions long ago. And yet, a girl’s got to have her standards….

Truth to be told, there is a lot of “stuff and nonsense” about in my estimation. But for every trifling, lightweight, interchangeable (in other words, David Cross’s use of “manufactured” in response to Creed) flash-in-the-tin-pan forget-me-should-er, there exists at least one artist (perhaps with a capital “A”) that more discriminating listeners should perk up thine ears for.

This is not that kind of column.

Here, I have not-too-closely examined ten popular videos in keeping with my yearly exercise. Using the magic of the innernyet, I also rounded up some chatter — including some recommendations, insights, and quips — from my chums. It’s “webster 2.0” or some damn thing. Apparently, you just run (it’s a soft “j”)…er, you just fill some column inches by letting unpaid others do your work. Ol’ man Tweed’s coffers runneth over.

With minimal further ado….

Pink, “F*ckin’ Perfect”: I never know what to think about Pink. Same goes for this song and its video. I like the idea behind the song (loving your body concept and your mind), if even the song isn’t that strong, but the suicide attempt is a bit too graphic and heavy-handed. Given the fact that the song is “marketed” to impressionable young women, I think that it could drive some of those girls to consider suicide, rather than listening to its positive message. The vid might backfire.
Mat Kearney, “Hey Mama”: Even tho the slight nod to South African music is appreciated, I can’t help but think that Kearney’s trying too hard (or not enough) to marry Paul Simon rhythms with Coldplay vocals. It ain’t working, but it isn’t awful.
MM: I thought he was Adam Duritz when I first heard him on the radio years ago.
J.St.O: Me,too! Yee-haw!
OneRepublic, “Good Life”: From the tired “Subterranean Homesick Blues” placard-based storytelling to the cheap-looking fx, the song and the vid are dual failure.
PD: I think the video sucks. But I really like that band. The record “Good Life” is on is great.
J.St.O: Just my initial impressions; I know nothing about the band, other than the band’s name. I’ve heard positive things, but, I agree with you, the vid sucks to the detriment of the song and possibly the band’s, lit’rally, image.

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”: I hear something a bit Brian Wilson-esque in the chorus. I like that. The band seems immature in term of its songwriting chops. I’d like to follow up later.

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”: Reminds me of Amy Winehouse with less of the overt 60’s R&B/Soul influences; much like Winehouse (RIP), Adele has a “classic” feel in term of her voice. More nods to contemporary dance pop, with none of that stuff that plagues both the songwriting and the vocalists (shoddy lyrics, too many trills and other unnecessary adornments). I like it.
SR: It’s a pretty good song. I like ’21’ quite a bit, the whole album is definitely worth checking out.
J.St.O: Will do, Scott. Thanks for your recommendations.
AR: She is great in an interview.

Coldplay, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”: Sigh. I had high hopes for for the album. That album was ten years ago.

The Band Perry, “If I Die Young”: Glorifying young death. Egregious, irresponsible, and just a bad song and video. Nice Auto-Tune in the chorus. Subtle. Ugh. Doesn’t anyone sing these days? Oh yeah: Adele, for one.
C.T.: This song reminds me of the smash hit song “Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It)” from the band Big Fun in Heathers. And we all know how that turned out.
A.L: I gotta motor if I’m gonna make that funeral.

Lenny Kravitz, “Stand”: Stand up, Lenny, your career’s gonna run again. But not on the strength of this single, though the “gameshow” vid is mildly entertaining (Nirvana did it much, much better). One-time (or lapsed) fans would do well to reacquaint themselves through Palladia’s LK concert. He’s awesome, if only live these days.
S.R.: So is this a cover of the Sly and the Family Stone song? Haven’t heard it yet.
J.St.O: I wish. Not bad, but no Sly. Not even close. But, he’s inching ever closer to getting his recording mojo back, in addition to his live-performance chops. Maybe, one day, we can accept his gratitude for our having let him be himself again.

Nickelback, “How I Remind You”: Say, this song reminds me of this afternoon:
TBTS Reviews: Nickelback’s “This Afternoon” Video

Bruno Mars, “The Lazy Song”: Something about this song and vid recalls Paul McCartney: occasionally piss-poor songwriting and a rickety reggae beat.

That’s all, folks! Thanks for your time and comments. Keep them cards and letters a-comin’! Wrapping up, I leave you with my top-rated song/video of the morning:
Adele – Official Website – Rolling In The Deep (Official Video)
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