While I found “Still Into You” to be pleasant enough, if left me wondering why Paramore’s self-titled album was being so lauded as the best of their career. Well, this song goes a long way toward explaining it. This song combines funk influences, bitingly sarcastic lyrics, a gospel-style backing choir and an insanely catchy melody into an absolutely incredible combination.
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Christina Perri’s first single, “Jars of Hearts”, was a potential classic let down by a poor lyric, while her next hit, the ravishing “A Thousand Years”, was simply classic. This song is somewhere in between: it isn’t quite as melodious as her first two hits, but the lyrics are quite good, and Perri certainly sings it gloriously.
This Australian group are basically a standard-issue boy-band trying to pretend to be rock. This particular song is half yet another “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” ripoff, and half underwear commercial, complete with an American Apparel product plug. There are some vague pop-punk influences in the music, but the soppy romantic lyrics and irritating choir-boy vocals keep this from being anything more than a typical soulless, cringe-inducing teenybopper act.
Now this is more like it! This is what Indie Rock is supposed to be like…an African-rooted, accordion-based sound that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard from any other band. On top of that, it rocks harder than any chart hit we’ve seen in years, and it’s about a literal deal with the Devil, which used to be Rock’n’Roll’s favorite subject matter. In a genre that seems more and more dominated by formulaic arena anthems, this song is a true breath of fresh air.
This is a song where the singer hears that you should pray for those who’ve wronged you, and interprets that as praying for horrible misfortunes to befall his ex-lover. It’s certainly creative, but it’s also one of the ugliest, meanest songs I’ve heard in a long while, and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to listen to it.
This song caused a big-fish-in-a-small-pond sensation when it debuted and some publications were predicting it would be one of the biggest hits of the year, but even in a generally crappy year like 2010, people were just not that desperate. This is a painfully lame, unfunny comedy rap that’s so self-deprecating it makes you wonder why he even bothered to release this, with a routine, forgettable hook that some of the aforementioned publications seemed to think was actually memorable.