Monday, January 14, 2013

An open letter to the singer Justin Timberlake regarding his new single Suit & Tie

Dear Justin Timberlake

I'm not very happy with this new single of yours. Suit up all you want, but damn this is not comeback single material. You've been away from the music scene for longer than Taylor Swift has been slutting hey way to Hollywood so you should have thought it through better. 

Suit & Tie works on some level (aka it's a new JT single, so it's better than nothing) but let's be honest, it's less exciting than when your demo for Ciara's Love Sex Magic leaked a few years back. We all know you've been very busy lately acting in movies I'm yet to see (except the one where you played a hot piece of ass soldier doing Christina Ricci), and marrying the hottest girl in the world. 
That being said, I have to say I like the part when Jay-Z says "All Saints were my angels"(does he?). I really do hope he's rapping about Shaznay, Melanie, Natalie and Nicole. It was high time they got a shout-out in a pop song. 
Other than that, the chorus is okay, bringing that undeniably hot falsetto of yours just like Cry Me A River happened last week. 

If this song teaches us anything, it's that your pal Timbaland doesn't have "it" anymore. The mould is broken, and that futuristic trademark sound of his... now belongs to the past. While pretty much everything on FutureSex / LoveSounds actually sounded like Future AND Sex, the production on Suit & Tie sounds somehow dated although the tracks has a certain retro feel. Let's say it's more a Senorita than a Sexyback.

Dear Justin Timberlake, I was expecting more, and slightly better. I guess that's what happens when you keep people waiting for years. I'm confident you'll bring sexy back with the next release though. Cause I'm like that: confident. And you're like that: a fucking great popstar.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hurts' new single Miracle: let's not get carried away

I've LOVED kings of '10s moody pop Hurts from day one. Their debut album Happiness is still one of my favorites of the last few years. 

One thing I like about bands: when they release new music.
One thing I don't like about bands: when they release disappointing new music.

The new Hurts single, Miracle, is not bad per se. It's just happening in a post-Mylo Xyloto (Coldplay's latest album) world. I'd be surprised if Chris Martin's band didn't give Theo & the other guy from Hurts a call to discuss royalties. Miracle just sounds like a mashup of Princess Of China and Paradise, though let's be honest things could have been worse: Hurts could have enlisted Rita Ora for a duet. 

Previous "buzz" track (which made no "buzz" at all) The Road was already a let-down now the new single just sounds like the result of an A&R brainstorming named "how do we make Hurts a proper mainstream act?". This new album of theirs, Exile (out March 11) better be more Hurts-y.

I'm disappointed and a bit angry. An totally hungover, which isn't helping.