Dya know who Lee Thomas Miller is? He’s one of those craftsmen you get in the south, one of those nashville cats John sebastian told us about lo those many years ago. Every time I love a country song, whether it’s Brad Paisley’s “I’m A Guy” or a number so great it made the singer of the song, Jamey Johnson, an instantaneous cowboy legend, Miller is behind it. The song was last years “In Color”. A great single about the reflection of the past on the present as Jamey looks at old black and white pictures of himself and his best friend during WW2, “If it looks like we were scared to death, like a couple of kids just trying to save each other, you shoulda seen it in color”. I like Tim McGraw but not as much as Taylor Swift or you do. I love country but not all of it and not always and if I’m going mainstream country I’ll take George Strait over McGraw and Alan Jackson over both. But this is a masterpiece and McGraw sings the fuck out of it -the country backing is a bluesy country rumble and it is yet another economic blues song. Single Of The Week
Natural Forces – Lyle Lovett
I mentioned this song’s bluesy background sound was a bit ordinary but the lyric was great when I heard him play it during the taping of Costello’s Spectacle. But finally getting the chance to repeat listen there is nothing ordinary about this brilliant thumbs up to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as Lovett tries to piece together his feelings about beer, football, Americans and war. A great piece of songwriting.
Grito Mundial – Daddy Yankee
Ah yes, the big Papa of reggaeton. Sure I love Don Omar but it can’t compare to Daddy Yankee. Mundial is his NINTH album and this an exciting very energetic blast of salsa carried completely by saxes and when Ayala isn’t saying “heh heh heh” he is rapping and very well as well.
Papers – Usher
Was it ten, fifteen years ago? I saw Usher open for Mary J. at the Paramount and towards the end of the set he put the spotlight on himself, put on a bowler hat, and did ten minutes of MJ covers. Usher was very good and I thought, who knows? But he didn’t quite have the crossover appeal no matter how many times he confessed his sins. Now Usher is grown up and “Papers” is about record contracts and divorces -grown up stuff. It is pretty good but a bit of a downer
Modern Day Delilah – Kiss
Crunch, crunch, crunch? How can you lose Ace Frehley and Peter Criss and not lose a beat? Just keep on going like nothing changed. Frehley hit the road it 02, Criss 04, and the stand ins are awesome. The songs are so written too formula and the formula is so in the interplay between Paul and Gene it feels organically accurate. The guitar solo is a blast… beautiful? No. But really a blast.
Comeback Clean (Kascade Extended Mix) – The Crystal Method
I know Kascade mainly from his work with Britney -the remix of “Womanizer’ is excellent. The Crystal Method are one of the most popular electronic duos in the country and this is all beats and bass to start and than includes a cool robotic woman’s vocals. Nice.
Gangsta Luv (feat The Dream) – Snoop Dogg
Dogg has the most distinctive flow in the biz -he sounds like he did back in his “Gin and Juice” day and this song has a great chorus sung by a sorta minor Rihanna type chick. But somehow… it feels like Snoop is playing Popeyes to Jay-Z’s Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Everybody Loves Me – OneRepublic
Better off without Timberland and for sure. This sounds very Maroon 5ey and isn’t bad at all.
the effects pedals have greatly helped him transform his guitars into basses
Last January The Weeknd was # 1 and though that album was better than Trippie’s, the rest weren’t
Sam’s best to date
featuring Renée Zellweger on vocals
a mini women in music summit
a soothing palette
seven weeks at # 1