The lead single from the Prism album, “Roar”, was a return to Katy Perry’s ‘classic’ style, but this follow-up is just another of her delusional attempts to reinvent herself as a ‘serious’ artist. Not only is it the first intentional attempt to co-opt Trap music for a sellout pop song (“Harlem Shake” having essentially been an accident), it’s one of trashiest, most ridiculous songs of Perry’s career, with a convoluted concept that fails on every possible level. Combine this with a terrible guest verse by idiot rapper Juicy J, and you have easily the worst single Perry has ever released.
Archives for January 2014
The score of Wicked is one of the few pieces of Broadway-related music to penetrate the mainstream pop consciousness in the current century, and it largely has Glee to thank for that fact. This softer, abbreviated version of the show’s famous showstopper doesn’t achieve the impact the song has in the actual show, but Lea Michele and Chris Colfer certainly sing it beautifully.
Soulja Boy, who burst on the scene with the maddeningly annoying dance novelty “Crank Dat” in 2007, is, or rather was, one of the worst and stupidest rap acts in the entire history of the genre, ranking alongside the likes of Vanilla Ice and Insane Clown Posse. Roughly between 2007 and 2009, he released a string of the most repulsive rap songs of his generation, but this, thank God, was the last time he would ever trouble the Top Forty.
This is one of the finest items from Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, with Kanye’s gloriously funky beat and one of Nicki Minaj’s best verses ever being particularly outstanding.
This epic, ten-minute song was the centerpiece of Kanye West’s brilliant My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. It isn’t the best of the albums’ singles, and the lyric is quirky to the point of being downright strange, but the music itself is lush and frankly gorgeous, and the song as a whole is one of Kanye’s most fascinating compositions.
Among the many heinous faults of Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy is his bizarre belief that Britney Spears is some kind of misunderstood genius. This track comes from the first of _two_ Britney Spears tribute episodes from the show, and like everything else from those episodes it demonstrates that when you take the kind of pop-trash Britney Spears sings and give it to people who can actually sing, it doesn’t really do anything to change the fact that they’re still terrible songs.
As much as I normally praise Glee’s cast of singers, there is one painful exception. Kevin McHale, who for some unknown reason has become their go-to guy for rap numbers, is the stiffest, dorkiest, most generally punchable performer ever to attempt to rap: he makes Vanilla Ice look like ODB. Here, he butchers Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” in one of those soulless, Kidz Bop-esque performances that people who don’t watch Glee think the entire show’s music is like.
This is one of the very finest Indie Rock crossover singles of our time, and it’s a real crime that it didn’t become a bigger hit. With its old-fashioned sound, sweeping intensity, and Florence Welch’s massive, soulful contralto, this song now seems like a direct forerunner of Adele’s 21.