ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Single Guy reviews
the biggest new singles
the single guy
By: Brain Wong
The Single Guy reviews the latest songs (and
other ear pollution):
"Me Against the Music"
At last week's NFL Kickoff, Miss Spears actually debuted
this new song while singing it live! Some were surprised by
this move, but come on - the song doesn't require much wide-range
singing. All you need is a tongue and Britney's already demonstrated
how to use that to a worldwide audience. This new track is as
mature as "I'm a Slave 4 U" and looks to be the next
booty-shaker with it's "all my people on the floor, let
me see you dance" chorus, though the acoustic-guitar-riff-over-rhythm
sounds suspiciously similar to Justin Timberlake's "Like
I Love You." Hmm?
"House of Jealous Lovers"
This song is still shit hot and it's just about to
get even hotter. Originally released on vinyl more than a year-and-a-half
ago, this instant disco-punk cult classic is ready to cross
over into the mainstream with its infectious dance beat. The
re-recorded version includes a new screeching intro and appears
on their awesome (and much-delayed) Echoes record, of which
the entirety can be heard in broadband at www.therapturemusic.co.uk.
Kudos to The Strokes for making the first single from their
upcoming Room on Fire album available as a downloadable mp3
on their official site www.thestrokes.com. Clocking in at just
under two-and-a-half minutes, it's a pleasantly simple little
ditty with hand claps and the lo-fi production we've come to
expect, yet sometimes loathe - it wouldn't hurt for Julian Casablancas's
vocals to be a bit more upfront in the mix, would it?
The vocals and production are top notch in this exquisite example
of middle-of-the-road soft-rock goodness that's pretty, yet
pretty boring. Adult Top 40 will go ga-ga over this (if they
haven't already) but I'm not sure what TV show this song should
appear on now that Dawson's Creek and Felicity are no more -
people in the O.C. don't listen to Sarah, the Sex and the City
gals are too sexy for this kind of blandness and the Queer as
Folk boys would rather wait for the "Fallen (Get Back Up
and Disco Remix)."
"Eight Easy Steps"
More rockin' than most of her last record, this quickly-paced
new song performed on last Friday's Today show combines Alanis'
tendency to write lists of things with the Eastern sounds she
once acquired on that mythical rock star journey to India. But
her songs are still wordy exercises and her jagged little voice
treads a fine line between quirky and unbearable. Didn't she
once say, "Thank you, silence?"