It's official. Auto tune has indeed killed the music industry. I just heard George Michael's version of New Order's True Faith and I just can't get to like it. George has done many great cover versions over the past 25 years such as I Can't Make you Love Me, Victims and Why but True faith will sadly not be one of them. It would have been a sublime version without the auto tune. He sounds like a tipsy robot on it! I know it's for charity but that debate often ends up being a 'well it's for charity!' excuse. I wish George would just get back to making new music or even write some songs for other people and then have his own great proper comeback.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Many moons ago Mary Mary had a hit with Shackles (Praise you). They have released several singles and albums since then. Their newest single Walking has been in the Billboard charts for the past three weeks and it would be great to see it climb further. Mary Mary's brand of music is gospel pop but R'N'B has changed so much in the past few years and the market for more innocent old school R'n'B is one that I wish would come back into the charts proper.Here's Walking. and from their debut album Thankful here's the wonderful I Sings.
Almost ever artist will release a remix album at some stage in their career. Some are great, some are not. In the 80's when Madonna released her singles she in reality released two great Madonna songs each time; the original single edit and the remix version. Madonna has and still does release great remix versions of her songs. Lady Gaga has had dozens of mixes of her singles and the imaginatively titled album Lady Gaga : The Remix was released a few months ago. The songs listened to as a collective album are sadly overall just ok with at least half of them forgettable. There are some good ones such as Eh Eh the Pet Shop Boys remix and the Richard Vission remix of Just Dance but an album which is comprised of hundreds of potential possible inclusions should have been fantastic as a whole project. The Telephone remixes in particular are pretty bad. The one remix that stands out for me was the Grum remix of Bad Romance. It reminds me of Kleerup who worked with Robyn. The picture above is Grum himself not Lady Gaga at another Italian fashion magazine shoot. Here's the rather super Through The Night by Grum
Still backtracking a few weeks with the songs that I have liked recently. I didn't watch the music awards show The Brits when it was broadcast on ITV a few weeks ago. Someone Like you by Adele went to number one in the UK the following Sunday because of her performance on the awards show night. I watched that performance last week and was just mesmerised. Truly wonderful. I usually hate the intros on clips like that and whenever I post songs I try to find an edit that features just the singer and the song. In the case of Adele's Someone Like you, I do think that James Corden's introduction added to the overall instant success of the song. Awards shows are scripted but he did two things in that introduction; he spoke from the heart as someone who is obviously a fan of the singer and he also highlighted the viewer's attention to the fact that they were about to witness something great and something that would remind them of their own experiences in life and love. The other songs that stood out for me almost two weeks ago now were Oh Land's Sun Of A Gun and Cults Go Outside. I like Clare Maguire's songs, Ain't Nobody and The Last Dance more each week and hope to see her in concert here in Dublin later this month. Please check out Beth Ditto's song I Wrote The Book if you are new to this blog which is one of the best songs of the year so far and the Freemasons remix of Alexis Jordan's Good Girl is also fantastic. All of those mentioned songs are available to watch on previous video posts on this blog.Strike Curious Poses Chart 28-2-2011 1(-): Someone Like you - Adele 2(1): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto 3(-): Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land 4(5): Good Girl (Freemasons Remix) - Alexis Jordan 5(3): Sunday - Hurts 6(8): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire 7(2): Big Jet Plane - Julia & Angus Stone 8(7): Hot Mess - Chromeo featuring Elly Jackson 9(6): Born This Way - Lady Gaga 10(13): Odessa - Caribou 11(9): Wish I Didn't Miss you - Angie Stone 12(12): Ain't Nobody - Clare Maguire 13(4): Ace of Hz - Ladytron 14(11): Hold On To your Misery - CockNBullKid 15(14): Going Nowhere - Magnetic Man featuring John Legend 16(16): Me & you - Nero 17(10): Limit to our Love - James Blake 18(-): Go Outside - Cults 19(18): Something In The Water - Brooke Fraser 20(20): Somebody To Love Me - Mark Ronson featuring Boy George 21(22): Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church 22(24): Give In To Me - Leighton Meester & Garrett Hedlund 23(25): Rolling In The Deep - Adele 24(27): On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 25(28): The Art Of Love - Guy Sebastian featuring Jordin Sparks 26(17): Heads Will Roll - yeah, yeah, yeahs 27(15): We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun 28(30): Price Tag - Jessie J featuring B.O.B. 29(23): Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland 30(19): When I Grow Up - Fever Ray