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10 Songs: Monday, August 24th, 2015



1 – Blank Space – Taylor Swift – Her greatest pure pop moment and while I personally have no problem assessing it as also a Max Martin greatest hit, in the end it doesn’t need his whoops and cranes, though you might considered it the difference between 2.5M units moved and 5M units moved – A+

2 – I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys – I am sure you can imagine One Direction covering this with the greatest of ease, and this case that break towards the ease leads it into the stratosphere – A

3 – That’s The Way It Is – Celine Dion – The most fascinating thing here is not the beats but the way he keeps celine’s vocals under such complete control – B

4 – Teenage Dream – Glee Cast – Ah yes, 2012 was a different world wasn’t it? A piano  take on the song by Blaine Anderson – B+

5 – E.T. – Katy Perry And Kanye West – Yeezus should let Martin at some of his solo stuff, this huge hit proves he could handle it. My bet is we will have to wait for Tay’s next album to hear the two together again – B+

6 – Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd – Martin finds the hook here though I’ve had problems with it myself: I think it is the drum roll behind the chorus – B

7 – Problem – Ariana Grande – Made two stars for the price of one – A

8 – Domino – Van Morrison – His odes to Fats – A+

9 – Hot N Cold – Katy Perry – The greatest moment in Sesame street history was Katy singing this on Sesame Street, maybe she’ll go topless when they move to HBO- A

10 – Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson – While “Blank Space” is better, this is a purer example of Max’s superiority, the way he attacks the chorus is a thing to truly wonder over – A



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