ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ryan Malcolm and Justin Timberlake
fail to impress
the single guy
By: Brian Wong
The alt-country-rock poster boy with the shaggy hair gets
a Brit-pop makeover - and a haircut. In under three-and-a-half
minutes, Adams erases everything he's done in the past to go
RIGHT TO the past and conjure up his best Morrissey, complete
with echoed vocals. The track, slated to be on Adams' forthcoming
Rock 'N' Roll album (due Nov. 4), is a glorious new wave number
that begins with some energetic jangle guitar reminiscent of
early U2, which eventually launches into the uplifting anthem
of the chorus: "I am on your side/I'm so alive." It's
retro Ryan and he rules!
Okay, I will first publicly declare my love of Ryan Malcolm;
he'd work in a pop-country-Elvis Costello kind of way, but this
weak victor's single is nothing of that caliber and the lyric
"I never wanted something more" makes me pray Malcolm
is just joking. First unleashed last week during the final Canadian
Idol shows, the song is just another tepid thank-you-for-this-moment
Idol ballad; "A Moment Like This," "This is the
Night," "Something More" - they're all in the
same vein and it's a vein I wish I could cut open to make sure
there really is blood in there.
Belle and Sebastian:
"Step Into My Office, Baby"
A song about office work (just like a day at The Gazette!)
A song about having meetings (just like a day at The Gazette!)
A song filled with sexual innuendo (oh, man. This is OUR song).
This whimsical, upbeat single will have you doing a musical
number in your place of work as you sing along to lines like
"Wanna give you a job" and "I took down all she said/I even
took down her little red dress." It's darkly comic, as sunny
as the Beach Boys and a surefire way to feel some good vibrations
during lunch hour.
"I'm Loving It"
"Signals Over the Air"
Fuck, if rock radio doesn't catch onto this song that has the
words "signals," "air" and even "RADIO" in it, I just might
lose all hope in the format (okay, I've already lost it - stop
playing that Linkin Park/Evanescence shit). This track, off
of their latest disc War All the Time, has been out for a while
now. Also, as much as Thursday have been tagged an "emo" band,
it's balance of moody, Cure-like melodies, propulsive chorus
about sexual obsession and anguished cries makes it emotional
without coming across as sappy. Terribly infectious.
"Baby I Love U"
Aw. The latest single from J-Lo's This is Me... Then is a quietly
elegant '60s girl group number that was probably once a declaration
of love to Ben... but... not... anymore. Sob. I'm still devastated.