As both the Taste of the Danforth and The Festival of Beer begin tomorrow, I may be in no condition (a.k.a. a tad tipsy) to post anything. So I figured I would get this one in early. I received my second Summer Burn CD in the mail last week (another great mix), but I will go into more detail another time. This week I am in a pop kind of mood.
Random Song 1: The Roots vs. New Order - Crystal Seed 3.0
If we are to believe the first line of the new single "Sexy Back", then Justin Timberlake is on a one-man mission to bring sexy back. When did it ever leave? A more appropriate title for the song would be "Timbos Back". It seems famed producer Timberland has become the pop defibrillator this year. He single handedly saved Nelly Furtado's career by producing her chart-topping album Loose. Now Timberland is poised to have is second number one album out in only two months. Timberland has re-teamed with Timberlake to provide a "more futuristic" edge to Justin's Future Sex/Love Sound album (in stores September 4, 2006). If we were to judge the album based on it's first single, the "future" sounds a lot like late 90's Euro electronica. I think "My Love", which features rapper T.I., is a much better indicator of what to expect from the album. Personally I think this should have been the first single, and not annoying Back. The synth-heavy track provides a more mature sound than Timberlake's last club hit "Rock Your Body". The last time the "Timbers" joined force was for the Britney-did-me-wrong ditty "Cry Me A River". That song was a massive hit and help to shed Justin's boy band image. With Timberland producing a bulk of the tracks on Future Sex/Love Sounds, I fear I will be saying "I can't believe I like that track..." for sometime.
Who ended up winning the Justin vs. Britney battle? I think we all know who is laughing all the way to the bank...K-Fed. Anyways, here is "Cry Me A River" from Justified:
Random Song 2: Hot Chip - The Warning
A wise man once said "you gotta know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away..." unfortunately Fegie misinterpreted the advice. Instead of converting her Black Eyed Peas fame into, say, an acting career; Fergie will be releasing her solo album on September 19, 2006. In an attempt to show off her witty side, Fergie has entitled the album The Duchess. That's right, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson is playfully comparing herself to Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson. Although I'm sure the humor will be lost on her fan-base who are to young to know about The Duchess Of York. Sure Fergie has come a long way from her Wild Orchid Talk To Me" days. Yet listening to the album's first single "London Bridge", you cannot help but think she folded her ace card too soon. Fergie had a good thing going as the hook-girl for B.E.P. Many will say that the Black Eyed Peas were better before Fergie. This is true, but they were also broke as hell too. The last B.E.P. album with Fergie, Monkey Business, sold more in one week than their three non-Fergie albums combined. The point is both sides need each other. Without the rest of the Black Eyed Peas to shield her, Fergie's vocal limitations become blatantly obvious. Also, if a weak song like Bridge is your first single, what does that say about the rest of the album?
We have the Black Eyed Peas uber-hit "My Humps" , from Monkey Business, to blame for Fergie's solo venture. Curse those lovely lady lumps:
Random Song 3: Swan Lake - All Fires
Ipod Workout Plan: Gnarls Barkley's " Smiling Faces" from their debut LP St. Elsewhere. Current front-runner for video of the year in my opinion: