I kind of hate when people write posts like this because I think it’s cheating to just put things in a list when there is a narrative available to be written; it’s not subverting the narrative form, it’s just being too lazy for narrative.
I am currently too lazy for narrative.
The last couple of days have been incredibly satisfying from a “professional” perspective, especially when I consider that my reasons for being in the “professions” I am in basically hinge on me either being more sensitive or more keen-eyed than other people. Ouroboros-y, too, which is funny.
The Grey Album being remastered is gonna lead to a lot of links to “A Stroke of Genie-Us”; don’t settle for that, go on through to "Genie in a Bottle," which is still probably the best song Christina Aguilera will ever record. (And I like a lot of Xtina!)
I swear I’ve written this before, but Steve Kipner co-produced “Genie,” and also Dream’s “He Loves U Not” (which shares the awesome fluttering drum-and-strings), and The Script’s “Breakeven” (which I like because it understands space, boringness be damned), and Cheryl Cole’s "Fight For This Love," which sort of flips the fluttering into something gorgeous and adds more sheen. I like Steve Kipner.
The “Fight For This Love” video is either a horrific piece of choreography or terrible editing or both. (It’s probably both.) But there’s a moment when Cheryl smiles that looks just like Cher Lloyd, with the caveat that Cher’s smiles are usually honest.
I started reading Al Shipley’s brilliant take on this year’s radio pop and saw that he has Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” as his sixth-best of 2012, but I was flooredto learn Sia wrote on it. This is the first verse, after all:
Much as you blame yourself, you can’t be blamed for the way that you feel
Had no example of a love that was even remotely real
How can you understand something that you never had
Ooh, baby, if you let me, I can help you out with all of that
Which is really writerly in the sense that a lot of early Ne-Yo is, despite Al noting that “not only did he not write it, but the title aped the first big hit he wrote for another artist”! (Mario’s "Let Me Love You," a fucking classic, for the uninitiated, which has jewels like “You’re true beauty’s description / Look so good that it hurts / You’re a dime, plus ninety-nine / And it’s a shame, don’t even know what you’re worth”). Ne-Yo’s listed as a co-writer of “LMLY (UYLTLY)” on Wikipedia, for whatever that’s worth.
Having “Gangnam Style” in a top 20 of pop and “Starships” in the bottom 10 is hilarious, though. “Gangnam Style” is an “audio experience,” sure: It’s also, removed from its status as the best meme for casual racism of 2012, an inferior copy of “Starships,” which features some solid, funny rapping that most people who called to request “Gangnam Style” on American radio stations can probably rap along with. (I’ll concede that the “Starships” hook gets worse and worse with time. P.S.: “Starships” has 95 million views on YouTube; “Super Bass” is pushing 300 million.)
It is a shame that Lil Reese is a shithead. (I’m not linking to the video of him assaulting someone, but, hey, it’s the Internet, you can find it.) He makes good music. I could say this of about 15 other rappers, and this could be said of thousands of other men in music and sports who I pay and have paid mind because beating another person does not disqualify someone from living a productive life. Many of them are significantly older than Lil Reese.
The Chris Brown-Rihanna saga is exhausting — and fuck Twitter comedians who are only looking to provide gristle for the masses to sit in judgment and retweet, because the difference between them and the really shitty “parody” accounts that subsist on ads is that comedians get jobs off their ability to be awful — BUT I don’t know that the use of personal turmoil in the public eye to fuel a ceaseless cycle of media breathlessness is different than, say, Taylor Swift establishing that she’s never going to talk about her relationships and won’t disclose who her songs are about while at the same time insisting that her songs are true and not just truthy. All the world loves a mystery.
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