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This site is never gonna do one for Prince, is it?
Gush is such a smooth, sexy track. I’m basically drooling from my ears listening to it (ok, that sounds weird).
Where you see Frank Sinatra, I see Michael Jackson circa Off The Wall.
That’s the best Spice Girls song too
Yeah, because clearly, for people to dislike good indie music, they must like pop! Pop fans are all dumb after all! Aham…
Maybe a little too similar to Don’t Look Back and Arch N Point, and without the energy that made those so fantastic. Solid song, but rather underwhelming compared to his usual output. Gotta love Miguel’s productivity though.
Blue cheese and ranch dressing excepted, of course.
Azealia has become insufferable, but I agree with this.
I actually think this her most relevant rant in a long time.
Downvote away! Kacey Musgraves has an awesome album.
It was a total humble-bragging “look at me, I’m a nice guy” PR move.
I like that even the Grammys are smart enough to that Kacey Musgraves is better than Taylor Swift, but Stereogum hasn’t.
Why are you getting downvoted? Macklemore is clearly a rapper who is very conscious of his public image, and he is aware of the rejection he has in sections of the rap fanbase. This was a way for him to pander to that fanbase and continue his nice guy image just the same.
That Zendaya song is very solid. I also enjoyed Replay quite a bit. She’s like the new Cassie.
I usually like Shakira (especially when she does that ridiculous howl in She-Wolf), but I thought this was a weak single, even though it has Rihanna, who I love. It feels like it tries too hard to combine the styles of the two for me, but in the end, both come off as fish out of water in their own song.
Also, can we talk about that impressive climb that Pharrell’s “Happy” is making on iTunes? Just today he reached top 5.
Also, that Aloe Blacc song is doing very well, and I’m glad, I actually find him somewhat overrated when he is nto doing uncredited vocals for cheesy EDM anthems.
I love Human. I even love the line about human/dancer, cheesy as it is, and I don’t care if the downvotes rain on me for it. It’s the ultimate cheesy line, in that it’s very melodramatic in translating that feeling of loving to dance. I love songs about how dancing can make you feel like nothing else, and it always bothers me when people treat them as of less value than songs about love or other things in life, because I consider dancing to be damn essential. And the production is a marvelous thing, one of the best Stuart Price has ever done.
Yay for standing up to racist, full of themselves jerks!
Just because Moz is talented doesn’t mean people need to make excuses for him or think his stands up for important beliefs. The guy is an asshole. A talented asshole is still an asshole.
Two Arcade Fire songs on the top 3? Really? I love Arcade Fire as well, but that is kinda ridiculous, to be honest.
It’s the most indie-ish song on the album, along with the Panda Bear track, so it became the go-to place for people who don’t want to admit Get Lucky is really great. Personally, I agree. Instant Crush is one of the least interesting tracks of the album for me as well.
2. Grown Woman
I agree that Angel Haze’s beef was the most intense and the one that damaged her reputation. but her feud with Gaga was probably the one that hurt her the most. It’s bad enough that she never found mainstream success, it’s even worse that you make a lot of people’s first impression be hating on one of the most popular music stars on the world when you don’t even have an album out. During that time, I remember I could go to her twitter page, refresh every 5 minutes, and you would just see her hemorrhaging viewers. But really, you could pick almost any of them for beef #1. Girl is extremely committed to her feuds (not so much actually making music).
This and “Blow” are my favorite videos from the album.
Mainstream radio hasn’t reacted to indie world? What world are living in? The indie/hipster music aesthetic is all over radio. Just because it doesn’t come from the actual indie/hipster bands, doesn’t mean it hasn’t influenced pop music. It has. Big time. Wake up, man.
I truly think you people are all just bitter that Stereogum and sites like this are making harder and harder for people to be anti-populism snobs that irrationally hate artists like Beyonce.
Those “wonky” sounds are very Prince too. Again, Miguel, the actual songwritter of the song, is extremely guided by Prince’s music aesthetic. I get why people are reminded of “Untitled”, but again, I think it’s just a coincidence, since both songs borrow heavily from Prince.
I love D’Angelo, and yet I can’t see how anyone could say he has influence r&b just as much as Prince. I really can’t. They are both huge points of reference, but Prince’s influence is seismic and felt though all different genres and subgenres of not only r&b, but hip-hop, and hell, music in general.
Considering Rocket was written by Miguel, who holds Prince as kind of a personal God (with reason!), I think it’s safe to assume the similarities to “untitled” are a coincidence, and that this is yet another Prince homage from him, just so happens it’s similar to D’Angelo’s Prince homage.
I agree on the pairing of “Heaven” and “Blue”. Even though they are very emotional, they are also very tasteful and elegant without sacrificing the story behind the songs. Pretty much a knock-out way to close an album. Blue specifically has some early Kanye inflections (Family Business-like) without feeling like it’s straight up emulating that. And both manage to be very sophisticated in production and very touching in songwriting and performance. You can tell this is a special album for her by the way it ends with such special and personal songs. And it doesn’t feel like personal indulgence, but feels like sweet and caring vulnerability on display.