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I don’t know what’s so weird about sampling and paraphrasing Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor”. I’m not hating on this or anything, but I see no big deal, except for maybe that change mid-song (which isn’t exactly unexpected in today’s r&b and hip-hop world where two songs become one frequently).
“Annoying song gets annoying remix”
I never expected to get into Tinashe as much as I have this year, but what a gorgeous and captivating album. I just love how she manages to bring the hooks and energy of mainstream r&b with the layers and experimentation that come from the production and structure of artsy, alternative artists of the past few years. She gets compared to everyone right now, from Aaliyah to Jhené Aiko, from Beyonce to The Weeknd, but she really knows how to take all these elements that have been used before to come up with a very refined sense of the genre without ever straying from having a clear and bold personality.
It’s also a very feminine album, in terms of perspective on sexual politics of relationships, which makes it a sister album to LP1 and Beyoncé in how blunt but sincere it is. It doesn’t seem like Tinashe will ever have the popularity of Beyoncé or Rihanna or Aaliyah, or that she gets the same respect that people like Solange or FKA Twigs gets (at least so far), but she really is giving us a great combination of the best of both sides of r&b music right now with this album, and one of the most interesting personalities in music this year, in my opinion.
Sexiest r&b track of the year so far.
Don’t Tell ‘Em is my favorite r&b track of the year by far, so it’s kinda annoying to see so many underwhelming remixes. And that Pitbull remix, just, urgh… Enough.
Don’t Tell ‘Em is a pretty massive single, even if only now it’s getting its due on the charts. Jeremih has been surprisingly consistent in delivering killer jams since Late Nights. One of my favorite singles this year. Let’s hope the album doesn’t disappoint, but whatever happens, we at least got that excellent EP with Shlomo earlier in the year and one of the best songs to dance to of the year.
I’m young, but I very clearly remember Kurt saying something among the lines of “I get tired of people trying to find too much meaning in my lyrics” back in the day, which is frustrating in the case of a song about abuse. That’s the problem you have when there’s near God-like universal admiration for rockstars. Kurt said it’s an anti-rape song, but he never really seemed to elaborate it much, always leaving the initial premise behind it as enough of a reason. So even if his intentions aren’t harmful, it doesn’t mean the song shouldn’t have to stand on it’s own merits like every other song, or that it was so loosely written that even if you are aware of the intended interpretation, it can still bother you how it lacks real depth in talking about the subject matter (even if it tries to capture the anger behind the experience musically) and just becomes frustrating – and not definitely not in the sense Kurt wanted to.
I think “In Utero” is Nirvana’s best album, but “Rape Me” really isn’t one of the best moments on it in my opinion, and that’s because it feels like it’s a track more worried about intensity, which would be fine in most cases, except, you know, a song about rape could use a little more complexity, and maybe even exploring more of the range of said anger, but it doesn’t. So yeah, I get thinking “Rape Me” is not exactly one of their best moments, and as I much as Nirvana is a great band, I do think Kurt songwriting is put too much on a pedestal sometimes.