Of Monsters and Men are one of the loveliest, most delicate of the current crop of Indie Folk bands, and this haunting, horn-driven track with its pained, wistful verses and thrilling singalong chorus is one of their finest efforts.
Archives for June 2013
Of all the Three Days Grace songs I’ve reviewed so far, this is easily the best. It is both one of the band’s heaviest tracks and one of their catchiest, with marvelous guitar work, pithy lyrics, and an unforgettable chorus.
Songs about bullying seem to have been popular in 2012, perhaps as an adjacent to the self-esteem anthem trend, but Shinedown proved themselves once again as one of today’s best hard rock bands by utterly cornering the genre as far as hard rock goes. This stunning anthem, a cry to battle that acknowledges the reality that physical force is sometimes necessary in defense of safety and dignity, is perhaps the most intense and forceful song by them I’ve covered so far.
I was an admirer of Robin Thicke well before he became a household name, so I was certainly pleased to see him finally win the huge success he deserves. As a piece of music, this song is superb, with a wonderfully catchy melody and a marvelous production by Pharrell Williams. Granted, the lyric can be kind of obnoxious in its sexist, swaggering cockiness, although those who throw around accusations of implied rape are overreacting (I’m assuming most of those people don’t even listen to pop music, and thus don’t know that, as R&B sex jams go, this is actually fairly tame). In any case, this is a better song that the big summer hit the year before, “Call Me Maybe”, and while it may have been overplayed until people got pretty sick of it, it still deserves credit for catapulting the retro-R&B trend of 2013 to its highest level of success.