ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Chris Martin, you ain't Moses
the single guy
By: Brian Wong
Broken Social Scene: "Cause=Time"
One of the more rockin' affairs on the Scene's masterpiece
You Forgot It In People gets its well deserved single release
this week (through Mercury UK). The track is classic indie
rock: breathy, strung-out vocals that are incredibly sexy,
no chorus and jangling instrumentation that builds from clockwork
drumbeats into a hailstorm of fuzzy guitars.
It might be about Gwyneth, but if you listen closely to this
song -a live track from the band's live DVD/CD out Nov. 4 -the
thin Moses analogy, the boyband lyrics ("You're the air
that I breathe," "Don't you want to see/Just what
a difference you've made in me", "I'll be waiting
no matter what you say" and Chris Martin's I've-got-a-stick-up-my-ass
vocals makes for an amazingly boring song. And for the first
time, Martin's lovely falsetto is entering Muppet territory.
Alicia Keys: "You Don't Know My Name"
As overplayed as it was, "Fallin'" was a gem of
a hit and Keys' performance of it brought down the house with
her dramatic and impassioned delivery. In contrast, the first
single from her long-awaited sophomore disc (The Diary of Alicia
Keys, out Dec. 2) is a laid-back track that is pure '60s soul:
groovy bass, silky strings, fluid ooooohs, a plethora of back-up
singers and best of all, a 90-second speaking-voice interlude.
Oh so smooth, baby.
Motion City Soundtrack: "The Future Freaks Me Out"
The Soundtrack is probably Epitaph's best hope for a radio
breakthrough right now with this catchy piece of Weezer-style
power-pop. It's nothing incredible, but it's hard to resist
a go-get-the-girl song with Moog synths, a peppy sing-along
chorus that seems to cut and paste lyrics from other songs
("I'm on fire/And now I think I'm ready to bust a move" and
energetic vocals from lead singer Justin Pierre that makes
Rivers Cuomo sound bored. (MP3 available at www.epitaph.com).
The Ying Yang Twins: "Salt Shaker"
With close friends Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on board,
the gruff and raspy voices of Atlanta's Kaine and D-Roc instruct
all the booties at the club to "shake it like a salt shaker" on
this hip-hop track destined for Saturday night at G.T.'s..
The song's bouncy, dirty beats are definitely from the dirty
South and are a surefire way to get things a-jigglin?