ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Durst with Halle Berry?
the single guy
By: Brian Wong
Gazette file photo
AND HALLE SITTIN’ IN A TREE. Now that Freddy
Durst’s a sensitive soul, he gets to swap spit
with classy chicks like Halle Berry in music videos.
No Doubt: “It’s
With the band’s recent flirtations with new-wave synths,
it’s fitting for No Doubt to cover Talk Talk’s
ultra-catchy 1984 angst-ridden hit for their upcoming singles
collection (out Nov. 11). Gwen Stefani and company stick faithfully
to the original, but inject the track with an updated punch — the
drums are as crisp as the beats in The Clash’s “Train
in Vain,” the bass is more sinister and the chorus explodes
with Stefani’s cry-baby voice.
The Shins: “So Says
After an acclaimed debut, Albuquerque’s The Shins are
doing nothing to shake off their lo-fi popsters tag. But who
needs to when this melody shifts from sunny and soulful to
severe and stubborn? “So Says I” (from Chutes Too
Narrow, out Oct. 21) is another dirty hippie gem influenced
by the ’60s/’70s that will give The Strokes a run
for their money in the retro-rock game.
Basement Jaxx ft. Dizzee Rascal: “Lucky
Like Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, the first single from
the U.K. DJ duo’s upcoming Kish Kash disc (out Oct. 21)
is a mish mash of styles to create an assaulting tour-de-force
that wins you over by its vivacity and excessive excitement.
Mercury Prize-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal practically spits
out his rhymes over a wild dance track that sounds like a blend
of The Prodigy, Neptunes, Nine Inch Nails, Chemical Brothers,
Kylie Minogue, the Middle East and kung-fu.
“The Voice Within”
There’s no doubt Aguilera has the voice within, but at
times, I’d wish she’d keep it within. The fifth
single from her Stripped record is an infinitely better ballad
than that trite piece of “Beautiful” garbage and
even has a jazz-inflected chorus, but once again Aguilera unnecessarily
uses her vocals to blow the roof off the house instead of showing
some Norah Jones-style restraint that keeps the quiet elegance
in the room.
“Behind Blue Eyes”
I hate Fred Durst. And everyone else does too. But the band
responsible for mostly bone-crushing songs without any real
meat surprisingly gets its act together on this Who cover in
which Durst eschews the usual boasts to “break you” for
some earnest sensitivity. The acoustic guitar-based song (lead
track to the Gothika soundtrack) incorporates a trip-hop beat
and best of all is the robotic Speak ‘N’ Spell
voice that spells out “LIMP” during the track’s
middle section. And that kiss between Durst and Halle Berry
in the video isn’t as gross as we expected.