It’s late on a Sunday night, and I’ve been in the car for the majority of the day. I have nothing to write about, so I decided to ask my girlfriend what three of her favorite current songs are, check them out, and quickly give my thoughts. I had only heard one of the selections before, so I was at least glad to check out a little top 40-ish stuff I wouldn’t otherwise hear. Check out what my girlfriend is listening to after the jump.
Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
On this track, which is the one I’d actually heard before, Avicii does his best Mumford impression. On its face, that sounds like a nightmare, but it works for the most part. Not only does the song work as a standalone, it works towards a very pointed diversification in Avicii’s career. He is proving he can branch into other genres and bend them into what he does best. Quick note: the vocals on this track sound eerily like Tracy Chapman.
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”
This song is terrible. It follows the contemporary country tradition of titling the track with the first phrase from the the refrain, which Blake hopelessly moans on this dumpster-song. He manages to squeeze booze, cigarettes, and sex in before the first round of the sorrowful chorus, another staple to this brand of toilet-country. Don’t listen to this song.
Tegan and Sara – “Closer”
As an introduction to Tegan and Sara’s newest album, Heartthrob, “Closer” reaffirmed my decision to not listen to much new Tegan and Sara. It’s not that bad, but it doesn’t have the depth of the duo’s earlier work. I needed to listen to “I Know I Know I Know” as a nice little pallet cleanser after this one, and I suggest you do the same.