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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Kyprios is a hit, Switchfoot should be hit

the single guy
by brian wong

Kyprios:
“This Is My Hit”


Having worked with Canadian hip-hop collective Sweatshop Union, Vancouver’s Kyprios is looking to match the success of K-OS in the organic rap arena with the release of this single from his upcoming album for Sony Records. With a scratchy, acoustic-guitar driven backbeat similar to those used by Everlast, a jazzily-plucked bass and the MC taunting, “This is my hook/This is my chorus/This is my hit/It’s better than yours,” the track is as quirky of an introduction to a rapper as Eminem’s “My Name Is” — Kyprios even does a dead-on impression of the white trash Detroiter’s rhyming patterns in one verse. Should be a hit.

The Elected:
“Go On”


Rooted in Bright Eyes’ more melodic material, this new band — headed by Rilo Kiley’s Blake Sennett — takes on some earthy, sun-drenched songs on their debut record Me First, and it doesn’t get more sunny than on the lush pop-rocker “Go On.” Congested drum machines and keyboards frolic with lazy slide guitar and Sennett’s vocals, which are eerily similar to the intimate falsettos and angst-filled cries of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. Listen at www.subpop.com/scripts/main/multimedia.php.

Switchfoot:
“Dare You To Move”


On the latest single from their Beautiful Letdown album, the buzz-saw electric guitars from Switchfoot’s hit “Meant to Live” are back, but unfortunately the preachy lyrics and new-rock vocals (think of a soulless Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows) of singer Jonathan Foreman are back too. Lyrically, the main problem is Foreman’s attempt to make a precious and grandiose statement — he welcomes us to the planet, welcomes us to existence, then has the gall to dare us to move when the band doesn’t even dare to move themselves, away from the Default/Creed blueprint that has taken the “alt” out of alt-radio. Hey, Switchfoot — I dare you to drop the self-righteousness and write an interesting song.

Sarah McLachlan:
“Stupid”


There’s always a pleasant, generic theme to McLachlan’s songs — this time, it’s the love fool who gets caught up with the wrong person. At first, the drum brushes and lilting melody that open the track make you think “Stupid” is another lightweight, sterile clean McLachlan track in the vein of “I Will Remember You.” But at the chorus, the shit hits the fan, and a cacophonic surge of electric guitar and hypnotic strings brings some much-needed grit to Lilith momma’s latest material. “Stupid” is stupid compared to her earlier work, yet stupidly good compared to her recent angst-free, bland tunes.

 

 

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