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This is awesome. Coldplay did use Joe Satriani’s song “If I Could Fly” (maybe unintentionally but still used). I actually am not surprised because the song is basically 4 of the same chords over. This makes me laugh.

Maybe Viva la Vida could have used a bad ass guitar solo. Perhaps they can ask Joe out and he will lay down some licks for their next Prospekt March

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Struggling to find their niche somewhere between Bruce Springsteen, New Order, and down right cheese. They call themselves the Killers. “Losing Touch” starts as a classic rock song and turns into something of a swoon of good ol’ songwriting. I feel like I have heard this song many times before, but perhaps it’s because it’s executed without much of an edge to it (besides the saxophones). It is rock and roll, and for the opener, it is fantastic. “Human” is another odd song. Brandon Flowers plays all these songs seriously, but all get hit with big smelly cheese somehow. I do like it, but if this is their single, the Killers may have peaked a while ago. I don’t want to review “Spaceman” But I will…

“Spaceman” is all sorts of bad. Did they try to hire Markus Dravs (the Arcade Fire, Coldplay) to produce the first 30 seconds of this song? And after he refused, they just threw some shit together that sounded kind of like a chorus of “woah’s”? This song is not only bad, but it is embarrassing to listen to for me as well as actual spacemen.

After this, things get for the most part better. The album grooves as if it were being performed on Hawaii. It’s breezy, slower, less explosive, and maybe that’s where their life force lies. A Flock of Seagulls excelled with guitar lick driven tracks. Am I comparing the Killers to A Flock of Seagulls? Well, yes, because solid pop can be created by anyone, but consistently, it’s hard. “The World We Live In” builds nicely (same beginning chords as “When you were Young”!!!), and ends nicely. The album ends without any dramatic closing track (creepy “Everything Will Be Alright” from Hot Fuss was creepy and a good closing track). So where does that leave the album?

At least when the Killers did “Hot Fuss”, we could grit out teeth and smile politely. They’ve departed for a bizarre mix of Springsteen and MGMT. I still love Brandon Flowers’ delivery, but the day he is regarded as a serious musician, is the day I top 50 views (Probably not going to happen until I upload the nudie picks of myself).

A mess? No, not totally

Some songs a mess? You betcha.

The Killers are still searching for that special style of music to fall into. And when they do, I will be right behind them scalping tickets for maximum profits. Until then…

Album Grade: C

Album in a sentence: Scattered release that feeds off island groves, straightforward rock, and a little bit of Brandon Flowers secret magic potion for song creation; cheese. 

 

The Killers -Losing Touch

A lot has changed since Viva La Vida or Death and all His Friends came out. We elected a black man as our president (pretty cool), the Packers stink again, and that’s about it. Actually not too much has happened. This EP was released with some obvious holdovers as well as some reworking of tunes. This album also features a revolution era painting with thick uncompromising brush strokes. Fantastic!

            It starts out with basically a 12” (circa 1980s lingo) of Life In Technicolor. Now if you are familiar with the first Life In Technicolor, you know that it should replace Sirius (by the Alan Parsons Project) as the intro song for everything. Imagine it while, uh, “now introducing, your 1996 NBA Champion Chicago Bulls” or “and now for our Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Heather A. Higginbottom” with that song proudly playing in the background. We wouldn’t be in a recession. We would be in a success-sion. “Life In Technicolor II” is better when it’s “Life In Technicolor I” but I am happy they decided to at least try to make this a full song.

“Postcards from Far Away” is just a piano melody. Clocking in at :48 it is their second shortest tune (“Parachutes” is :46, right?), but sometimes melodies like these deserve only to be this long. Let’s just say it doesn’t waste any time, but doesn’t merit any more.

“Glass of Water” makes no real impression till the last ten seconds of the song or so when an oddly but beautiful piano chord progression bounces and Chris Martin explains that they are drinking glasses of water.

“Rainy Day” feels like it was written right after “Viva la Vida” with all the orchestral huffs and whatnot. It’s nothing special.

“Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields” is a peculiar number. It belongs on X&Y and is about as dramatic as they get. It’s smooth listening, and I have to say this song belongs on some album. I’ll put it on my debut album if they don’t mind. “Prospekt’s March” is fabulous; “Poppyfields” is not a song but just noises, but not bad ones.

“Lost+” rocks with extra umph that only a man named Jay-Z can bring. Unfortunately, we settle for someone named Shawn Corey Carter instead*.

“Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix) is an odd one because it really isn’t a mix. It’s more of a correction of the part between the chorus and the next verse. On the album, it just kind of sits there and feels unkempt and over-extended. Here, we are given neat “woahs” to clean up the mess. The song still has some pacing problems, but it does sound more focused and sharper.

“Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground” is “ ’Til Kingdom Come”. It is! I swear! But at only 2:30 I can excuse it.

            The album is an EP that functions as we most EPs are supposed too. They contain songs that did not make the album for a reason. And I can see this is the case for most of the tunes. Regardless, Coldplay puts out another generally enjoyable release for material hungry fans, as well as casual listeners.

Album Grade: B (low B but not B-)

Album in a sentence: This EP is mixed with some non-anthem friendly (Coldplay’s stronghold) and dull under-produced tracks while featuring some downright gems.

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            *A Joke

This is awesome. The video is as awesome as the song. I love how Toby cracks no smile. It is just great to see how serious (not really but for the sake of the song) he is about this war on Christmas. 

War on Christmas – Toby Keith

 

Liber-tree

From Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas”

 

Check out Feist too as an angel

FEIST AS AN ANGEL

She has a lovely face… and voice too.

If you think about it, just about everything was marketable about MJ. I mean even his name. It’s popular both for Michael and Jackson. Imagine his success if his name was Muhaj Derangrig. I apologize if this is your name (a quick google search shows I am in the clear… for now). 

This is not a new song by any means, but it is just awesome. The bass sounds like some sweet early 90s Super Nintendo/Sega video game with either mutant turtles or tecmo-ed super football being played. It is just… so cool. My favorite line delivery is definitely the “Time after time I gave you all of my money” because I can relate to it. Not because of giving my money to a lady, but because I am familiar with time. I just like the way he sings it that’s all. 

Anyways, listen to the success of this song.

Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone

 

Oh yes, DUB VERSION!! LISTEN TO THAT SEXY BASS BE ALL SEXY AND ANGRY.

Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone (Dub Version)

 

Probably the first wordpress blog post mentioning Michael Jackson without one gross kid joke. I believe I get some sort of reward.

cutcopyknightlifeI love Cut Copy. Their oddly constructed pop music is indescribably fresh and well indescribable. This is because they sample generations at exhausting awesome rates (90s, 80s, 60s psychedelics with the original “So Haunted”). Their album In Ghost Colours is fantastic (#2 on top albums this year) but often the remixes of their tunes don’t do them justice. This however is a dreamy disco recovery built on a warm melody. Basically Knightlife  took the end of the original “So Haunted” and made it into it’s own song…. with impressive results

 

Listen and/or Download 

Cut Copy – So Haunted (Knightlife End Edit)

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Okay, I will be totally honest with you. The song itself kind of sucks. But the music video is awesome. Their EP Bravado comes out on Saturday. I will check it out and see if you should buy it… who buys music anymore?!

 

Miami Horror Myspace