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Yep! Thanks again, Scott! Now I can get back to spamming–uh, I mean commenting–on all the Charli XCX related posts.
Fair points. Definitely a solid album, if not quite as immediately thrilling as True Romance. I do hope she releases some more mixtapes in the future, as her Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and Super Ultra mixtapes have some of my favorite things she’s done, especially “Forgiveness” from the latter. Her mixtapes tend to feel more cohesive to me. Maybe that’s just because in those cases, I listen to the whole for the first time, whereas with her albums, I have time to get used to the singles that are released ahead of the album, and then it feels strange to hear them in a larger context once the whole album is finally released. If that makes sense.
Why thank you. I will try to do that. Actually I have tried to comment a few times over the last couple months, but my comments weren’t showing up. Then I finally emailed Scott about it, and it turned out my comments were getting filtered into a spam folder or something. So I just momentarily slipped through the cracks of the system.
I was pleasantly surprised that she performed “Need Ur Love” instead of just doing “Boom Clap” or “Break the Rules” for the umpteenth time. Plus it felt like a better overall performance than she had on SNL.
“Doing It,” “Die Tonight,” and “Caught in the Middle” are my favorites so far. And “Boom Clap” of course. I’m surprised that there are people who view “Boom Clap” as some sort of disappointment–to my ears it’s one of her best songs yet (at least sonically, if not lyrically). For me, “Superlove” is the most bland thing she’s done. On the other end of the spectrum, nothing quite reaches the heights of my favorite Charli song, “Grins.” But “Doing It” comes fairly close.
On another note, I was disappointed that “Sucker” is censored on the CD version. I stupidly bought a physical copy, only to find out later that all the “fuck”s are bleeped out on the title track. Then I did some research and found that there exist no “explicit content” versions of the album on CD. Which is sad, because the song pretty much entirely loses its bad-ass quality when I try to come to grips with the fact that it’s been rendered “tasteful.” I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the label would pull this shit with the physical release. I’m just sad that I got suckered into buying it. Should’ve just gone with the digital.
I’ll sheepishly chime in to say that I enjoy both songs well enough. Or at least they’re decent enough to hold my attention until something better comes along. At this point I’ll welcome anything that’s not “Happy” or “All Of Me.”
For what it’s worth, I just spent my Friday night making a magazine cut-out collage while eating microwave pizza and listening to Clams Casino. It’s amazing the sort of trivial things I can do as long as I have good music to carry me through it.
I also find writing to be a good outlet whenever I’m feeling down, and you’re good at writing, so maybe it would help to just write some poems or journal entries or something. I mean, your music writing on your blog is already something you should be proud of, and something that brings enjoyment to other people, such as myself.
Anyway, I hope you feel better. Not sure if my comment here helps, and I usually don’t know what to say to cheer people up, but I figured I’d at least chime in.
Whoops, I swear I didn’t see this comment down here before I posted it at the end of my comment above (although I wrote “bitter” instead of “mad”–I didn’t even get it right!)
As did you, my friend. I think you snuck in your two comments above just before I wrote mine, because I don’t remember seeing them before I started typing, and they make pretty much the same points I was trying to make. Also, your avatar is my favorite song of ’09 (the whole year, not just the summer).
Can we strike some sort of balance between “Someday soon we will look back on poptimism with as much embarassment as witch house” and “a Song Of The Summer should have to get played on pop radio”? When I think of summer songs, I do tend to think of pop, but I don’t see why it has to be limited to Top 40 songs. If we were taking this poll in 2000, would we really rule out The Avalanches’ “Since I Left You” just because it wasn’t played on pop radio every day? What about Air France’s “Collapsing at Your Doorstep” in 2008, or jj’s “Ecstacy” in 2009? All of those could be called summer pop songs to some extent, even if they weren’t Billboard hits. I just don’t see why we should be forced to choose from such a narrow, somewhat mediocre pool of songs. Maybe you could at least make two lists, one for Least Shitty Top 40 Song of the Summer, and one for Indie Song of the Summer. Or just have one all-inclusive list of choices both popular and indie.
Also, I like “Fancy” alright, but it’s sure as hell no “Boom Clap”. Plus the summer is still young, and “Boom Clap” is up to #29, so hopefully Charli XCX will finally have a top 10 hit of her own here in the U.S. by the time summer’s over. Yesterday I heard it twice on the radio just by chance, so I’m (p)optimistic that it will continue to climb.
Short story long, I’m going to abstain from voting for any of the songs on this list. I’m not bitter, I’m just disappointed.