so the other day i posted a review of my favorite album of the year; the yeah yeah yeahs’ it’s blitz!. it’s a killer recording, but there are some other notable songs that came out this year and they deserve a blurb or two as well. is this the best of the best? probably not, but it’s what i jammed too this year. i present 2009; in review – the tracks:
drown in the now – the crystal method featuring matisyahu
- marked by a bigger (if that is even possible) sound & featuring organic sounds including live drums, the songs on the 4th crystal method album divided by night are big, dark & deeply funky electro grooves. matisyahu brings his jewish reggae flavor to the track and propels it via a killer groove. diehard tcm fans are divided on the album (and the song), but i for one always appreciate when electronic acts add organic live sounds. it doesn’t always work, but tcm pull it off here in a big big way.
stone cold sober – paloma faith
- i first talked about paloma here when i received her disk (and many more) from my friend scott. i’m still blown away by her voice and the groove she creates here. yes, i said she was derivative of amy winehouse’s classic r&b sound – but that’s just in style only. the accomplishment of stone cold sober far surpasses amy’s canon. from the swelling horns to the simple piano melody – the vamp of stone cold sober shines high. i still need to find this on actual cd… import shops here i come.
bad romance – lady gaga
- the song that converted me. completely hummable. completely joyful song. bitch. i maintain that lady gaga is a distilled version of moloko’s roisen murphy (the american version at that). but i gotta give it to her – this song rocks. tho’ i can honestly say i haven’t a clue what the hell she’s singing about. i’ve gone back and listened to the fame & the fame monster – i can’t say i’m quite the fan the rest of the world is – but there’s something here. it’ll be interesting to see how she evolves. (and i still think she’s trying to hard).
bust your window – cast of ‘glee’ / amber riley (honorable mention to defying gravity – but that was way to obvious)
- ok kids, it should come as no suprise that i **love** glee. and i love black diva’s. and i love underdogs. i was only slightly familiar with jazmine sullivan’s original, and with respect to her – amber just fucking blows the roof off the joint with her version of the tune. she’s also my favorite female character on the show. when this tune comes on in the car – i can assure you i am singing it as a duet with amber and nailing it (at least in my head).
tigerlily – la roux
- pure synth pop bliss. it’s as if 1983 never left. la roux is most certainly the spawn of the eurythmics & yaz. and what brilliant spawn they are. “…i know you better than this / i could be here when you call / i’ll make you top of the list / And in the crush of the dark / I’ll be your light in the mist / i can see you burning with desire for a kiss…”
game over – v.v. brown
- ok, this is the shit. the funk. the beat. the energy. when i discovered vv (via scott again), i think i about fell over. her stuff is great big dramatic pop r&b. “…oh no, you’ve got me in a headlock..“
dance 4 me – prince
- yes kids, a prince song. been a long time since one of these have been on my end of year lists. so 2007 brought us 3 prince albums (lotus flow3r, MPLSound & elixer)….for more of my thoughts on the 3 disks go here. dance 4 me is off his funky MPLSound disk – it’s a slice of vintage prince minimalistic funk. it’s groove is deep and harkens back to the heydays of dirty mind & 1999. the lil’ bastard still has it in him. just wish he’s show it more often. funky congregation indeed!
uprising – muse
- this song blew me away this year. hard. edgy. huge. and let’s not forget that amazing keyboard line (hmmm, dr. who?). rock n’ roll ain’t dead ya’ll.
difficult for weirdos – robbie williams
- i’m reasonably assured this track will appear on nobody else’s lists – they will no doubt focus on bodies or you know me – both of which are great songs. but for me, it’s all about wierdos – i like quirky songs with quirky lyrics & electro-funk. this tune has all of that + more (hello soaring string section) – can anyone say kitchen sink? robbie’s voice sounds awesome & the production is excellent.
listen to the darkside – charlie mars
- a simple song with a beautiful melody (and hammond b-3 organ, i love me some hammond). classic rock done in a modern way. amazing. “…if you wanna come over, come over & get high / we can listen to the darkside of the moon…”
billionaire – peaches featuring shunda k.
- electro sleaze never sounded so wonderful. “...fuck you like a billionaire / ooh billionaire love affair take you there / i’m a take you there…”
most annoyingly hummable/stick straight in your head song of the year:
i gotta feeling – black eyed peas
- is there a more inane song that was released this year? we played the fuck out of this at a work event this year. if i never hear it again, it’ll be too soon. but the kicker is, when i do hear it, i find my head bobbing and toe’s tapping. and i’m still singing it hours later. motherfucker.