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the single guy
By Brian Wong

“Silver and Cold”

Arguably the catchiest song on AFI’s major-label breakthrough, Sing the Sorrow, rightfully gets its release this week. Cinematic sounds of falling rain and gloomy piano open the song and give way to chugging drums and metal guitars that collide head-on with the sing-along chorus, “Your sins into me/Oh, my beautiful one.” More anthem-rock than punk.

“Me Myself and I”

With the single of summer 2003 and the equally hot “Baby Boy” behind her belt, Beyonce slows it down to drop this vibe-driven track about being an independent woman after a lover cheats on her. It’s not terrible; Ms. Knowles’ voice is sweeter than ever and the downtempo mood adequately captures poor Beyonce’s loneliness. But it’s nothing new that we couldn’t get from someone like, say, Ashanti — and I hate that girl.


An Indian rhythm section may be one new trend, but shakin’ it is the second and Kelis — who worked with the Neptunes before everyone else did — successfully does both on this new single from her upcoming Tasty album. While the Ying Yang Twins invite us to “shake it like a salt shaker” and Outkast wants us to “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Kelis, over a sparse arrangement of hand-drums, fuzzy basslines and bells, boasts, “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,” — and no, she’s not talking about a drink. See the next song for more clarification.

Junior Senior:
“Shake Your Coconuts”

Not as amazing as their “Move Your Feet” single, but this B-52’s-inspired single is still a fun affair with an upbeat mix of western-rodeo guitar, island party twist-and-shout and lyrics perfect for a Club Med commercial: “Just keep on dancing now/Just keep on getting down/Just keep on having fun/The party’s just begun.” Oh yeah, and shake those coconuts.

Hot Hot Heat:
“Talk to Me, Dance With Me”

It’s been quite a year for Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat and their Make Up The Breakdown disc which has received much love Stateside. And although Breakdown isn’t as wonderful as their Knock Knock Knock EP, a dance jam plea like this third single still makes you want to just break it down on the dance floor. The reason? Cowbell mania.



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