Mea Culpa.

Ugh. I have not posted in a month. Things have been properly insane. Moving this weekend, which is also the weekend of my birthday, after which things shall calm down. In the meantime, a month’s worth of Jukebox pieces.

Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk [7]
Lady Antebellum – I Run to You [5]
Fabolous ft. The-Dream – Throw It In the Bag [7]
Chipmunk ft. Emeli Sandé – Diamond Rings [7]
Christina Milian ft. The-Dream – Chameleon [9]
Gaggle – Crows [6]
Jessica Jarrell – Armageddon [8]
Armageddon is an ambitious mantle to take on in a pop song, and against all odds, Jessica Jarrell pulls it off. Monotone (literally – they’re comprised of one note!) verses embody the willful blindness of a relationship past its due date, before the chorus joins No Air in the school of ‘Over the Top Pop Hyperbole.’ The production splits the difference between Timbaland 2003 and 2008, layering stutter-syths over a faux-Clocks piano line. The chorus tops it all off with a pounding dance beat, joyfully careening towards the end of the world. A cataclysm which is caused by Jessica’s own supernova-like self-destruction. Splashes of Autotune and a string quartet in the final stretch ensure that this is properly epic. Is this R&B, or Aly & AJ-gone-house?
Maxwell – Bad Habits [8]
Danny Byrd ft. IK – Red Mist [7]
Starts off deceptively sludgy and funky, with a measured vocal, and almost convinces me that I’m listening to a dub track. Being caught unawares by the explosion of DnB renders it doubly effective. The spooky organ line is great, and the return of the screwed vocal halfway through is a welcome respite before the final burst of freneticism. I’d rate this higher, but I’m woefully ignorant of drum & bass and I suspect that its classic era contains even more mind-blowing work, so conservatively sticking to a
Chrisette Michele – Blame It On Me [8]
Gloriana – Wild At Heart [7]
Kelly Clarkson – Already Gone [5]
Demi Lovato – Here We Go Again [9]
Eva Simons – Silly Boy [3]
Method Man & Redman ft. Erick Sermon – Mrs International [7]
Mika – We Are Golden [7]
Monica ft. Missy Elliott – Let Me Know [4]
Charlotte Hatherley – White [6]
Humphrey ft. Rohff – Dans La Minute [5]
Christophe Willem – Plus Que Tout [3]
Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend [7]
Mos Wanted Mega ft. Janee – Touch My [6]
Sugababes – Get Sexy [4]
Lights – Saviour [8]
Fefe Dobson – I Want You [7]
Metric – Help I’m Alive [7]
Madonna – Celebration [4]

Spottier writing than the last crop, although there are some pieces here I quite like. Mean to write something about Dirty Projectors and Passion Pit, both of whom I’ve seen this month, and also The XX’s self-titled and The Antlers’ Hospice. Hopefully making note of this will hold me to it.


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