1. Gypsy – Lady Gaga – Her best song in years and the jewel in the ARTPOP crown, and the penultimate number on the album , just before “Applause” and ending the album on the highest of highs, this is a pop ballad of both beauty and seriousness. Major stuff for Gaga fans – A
2. Old – Paul Simon – The most inspired use of a sample, Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” since forever, Simon is good for two songs an album and this was one of them – A
3. Sometimes – My Bloody Valentine – They have been opening their live sets with it and it is easy to hear why, this is all melodic feedback – A
4. Remix – Mellowhigh – The best song on the newbie is catchy as hell and stoned out of its skull – A-
5. Are You With Me Now – Cate Le Bon – I had the impression that cate was folkier than this English (well, Welsh) pop song. Tremendous voice – A
6. You Already Know – Arcade Fire – A best moment on the newbie, very catchy Fire dance – A
7. Beautiful Pain – Eminem, Sia – Sia has more soul than Rihanna ever will, but not here because the song sucks – B-
8. Summer Love – Justin Timberlake – Better than anything except maybe three tracks on the newbie, and it is as good as them; he fucked it up in concert – A
9. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne – I don’t think the new album is very good but it is not terrible and as concepts go, the perpetuatual childhood of a rock star, it isn’t bad. On the other hand, this song is good – B+
10. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure – I am sure this isn’t an original thought, but… how much is this like the Byrds? – A
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!