It’s been awhile since I’ve done a LxListening. I’ve heard a bunch of interesting (if not great) pop songs lately, and so I figured I could scrape together several of them to get out a proper LxListening. Please note that all of these songs may not necessarily be “new”, except maybe to me. But, at the very least, they are deserving for a few spare words from yours truly, and maybe even a few pointers on how they could be improved. Thanks for reading, and Happy Friday.
“Say Something” – A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
“Say Something” has all the makings of a great pop ballad. The composition and base piano is flawless, and for lack of a better word, beautiful. The choice to create a version of the song with Aguilera on back-up vocals was also smart, if not obvious. Even the video is pretty moving. My biggest issue with “Say Something” is that lead vocalist, Ian Axel, has a voice that is just a little thin. In fact, I found this amateur cover video with a vocalist who I think is more suited for the material in tone and timbre.
“The Knife” – Kyla La Grange
I have no idea how I stumbled across “The Knife”, or Kyla La Grange for that matter. I think it was one of those pop up recommendations on Youtube or something. What I do know is I’m a sucker for sexy female pop singers. I’m an even bigger sucker for sexy female pop singers who employ a shit-load of steel drum on a single for an upcoming album (June’s Cut Your Teeth). “The Knife” may be a little formulaic (minus the steel drums), but it is enjoyable enough. My recommendation for Kyla on her next music video is to experiment with more than one wildly colored wig.
“#SELFIE” – The Chainsmokers
This is part of our culture, ingrained in history forever. Eff this. Actually, as long is this song is supposed to be as satirical as I hope, then it is great. This is just one where I would like to know the artist’s intent, and so full judgment is reserved.