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New Music reviews Tuesday November 3rd, 2009: Emo and Princesses

Do Better – Say Anything
The crits pet emo band but not mine because I always liked emo. I mean, a thousand bands taking their lead from Weezer’s Pinkerton? What’s not to like, right? Still, LA band Say Anything are new to me. “Life is not a parking space, a an episode of Will and Grace, controversial yet mundane. Debra Messing with your brain” is a long way to go for a really good play on words but the song is a mid-tempo let’s make sense of this stuffer and it is really good and by the end gets to the point, “You could do better, be the greatest band in theworld”. I loved it so much I bought another song and liked that and bought a third but the third one suxd. Single Of The Week.

Can’t Stop Partying – Weezer
I’m fearful of the wrath of Bach but even so, third song off Raditude does what the third song off the red album did last year -make me a little weary of em. I understand some mix of sincerity and nerdiness is the schtick here but shouldn’t a song called “Can’t Stop Partying” be a little more upbeat. And aren’t Weezer getting a little too busy in the arrangement -it keeps falling together and falling apart.

Russian Roulette – Rihanna
Didja know Neyo was behind this. Neyo? Elsewhere in this post I will be reviewing Neyo’s really good song for a new Disney movie. Why did he saddle Rihanna with this piece of crap? This is a moddy, plodding and completely unfun piece of product. I hope for Rihanna’s sake Rated R is significantly better.

Livin’ It Up – Shwayze and Snoop Dogg
The Buzzin’ kid comes up with another pleasure; this is what pure pop means in 2010; a great backing track and whoops in the background and a smooth flow front and center. Not a thing on it’s mind, “come along way from myspace to shooting at my place, to all the haters thanks for watching.” Fun.

Hate Worldwide – Slayer
What I love most here is the double timed drums and the amphetemine fast guitar solo on the breaks. This is a terrific piece of metal.

The Money Will Roll Right In (Live – 1992) – Nirvana
I have a double bootleg of live Nirvana, one from around Bleach era and the other including In Utero songs, and both sound as good as the what I’ve heard of the 1992 concert Live In Reading. Suggesting this maybe a case of you had to be there. I haven’t heard “The Money Will Roll Right In” and it is a flat out masterpiece -I know I’m saying the same stuff over and over but it really is a great song -Cobain’s riff is a monster just side of distorted, The lyric is knockabout tongue in cheek though in hindsite pointed to his obsession with selling out (or maybe not: it’s a Mudhoney cover) “I would give you some, if you only would have treated me nice. You’ll wish that you did, you’ll feel pretty stupid, I’ll just sit and grin, the money will roll right in”. Single Of The Week circa August 1992.

Left and Right In The Dark – Julian Casablancas
Second song off Phrazes For the Young and I like his vocals fine and the song fine… but it is a nothing special little rocker. Cool fade out but

Wild Girl – Rickie Lee Jones
Second great song off Balm In Gilead. If the third one I buy is this good I’m going for the album. I once stood in line for an hour at Tower records for West 4th and Broadway with vinyl in hand and Rickie Lee, took the book I was reading out of my hand, Nabakov’s Pale Fire, and said “This is a strange and lovely book. Enjoy it”.

New Fang – Them Crooked Vultures
This supergroup maybe all that but this song isn’t up to anything special. Written to be played.

We Be Getting Money – Juvenile
It’s been eleven years since 400 degrees and Lil Wayne has all the cash money and Juvenile is still rying to write the follow up to “Back That Azz Up”. This isn’t that.

Never Knew I Needed – Neyo
 From the new Disney cartoon movie The Princess Frog, this is a terrific ballad. It sounds like tweens would love it but it doesn’t sound like just tweens would love me. My pal Christopher Clarke swears by neyo and I’ve found myself, while admiring his songwriting skills, a little on the fence over his presentation. Not here, this is a perfect pop soul ballad. Single Of The Week (3)

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