The Naked and Famous
In Rolling Waves
I was familiar with one track (first heard on the underrated popcorn series Suits) from The Naked and Famous before delving into their second proper release, In Rolling Waves. Based on that one track, “The Sun”, I kind of pegged The Naked and Famous as a less lo-fi ripoff of The xx. There is the girl/boy vocalists interplay. There is also the electronic foundation to the music. But, I have to put aside the notion of The Naked and Famous as simply an opportunistic band following in the success of better acts. With In Rolling Waves, The Naked and Famous aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they are proving to be accomplished artists who can produce an awfully slick album. There is more than enough for their particular brand of electronic pop rock in this genre that is getting more and more crowded.
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Top Ten Thursday: Chi-Town Anthems
In keeping with our Chicago theme (due to my move there coming this weekend), we will be transitioning from yesterday’s list of songs BY Chicago to songs ABOUT Chicago. The Windy City has boasted its fair share of great artists, from Chicago blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy to more modern alternative/indie artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, and Andrew Bird to an unbelievably strong hip hop scene including Kanye, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Twista, and the one and only R. Kelly. While their quarterback’s a sad emo excuse for an athlete and their football team as an equally worthless franchise, there is greatness in this city and that’s why we bring you this list.
10. Common-“The Corner”
We love Kanye as much as any blog, but yes, this is a Chicago song’s list with two rap songs by someone not named by Kanye. He does, however, get production credit and a guest spot on the “The Corner”, a staple song about the Chicago Streets off of Common’s best effort, Be.
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