Monday, January 31, 2011

Singles Reviews


This weeks batch of singles:

Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines - (4.5/5)
Price Tag - Jessie J feat. B.o.B. (4/5)
Wonderman - Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding (4/5)
Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (3.5/5)
Black and Yellow - Whiz Khalifa (3/5)
Rocketeer - Far East Movement feat. Ryan Tedder (3/5)

Read reviews after the jump:


Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines (4.5/5)

So, the best in the bunch is "Post Break-Up Sex" the second single from new British band The Vaccines; who came third in the BBC's Sounds of 2011 poll. It's an awesome slice of muffled-guitar driven pop/rock--re-calling a more upbeat Interpol or a more lyrically accessible Editors. They kind of remind me of a very watered down Strokes too, so I'll just throw that influence in there too.



Price Tag - Jessie J feat. B.o.B. (4/5)

Following the boisterous "Do it Like a Dude," establishing herself as a force in our British charts, Essex-born singer Jessie J follows it up with "Price Tag" a relatively laid-back, less-swaggered more R&B/pop influenced ditty--Kind of reminds me of Fergie or Stacie Orrico (remember her?). There's an obvious money-ain't-a-thang message here, but it's kind of a misfire--do we not have to pay for the single? But it does have a cool video.



Wonderman - Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding (4/5)

British rapper Tinie Tempah sure does know what makes a hit, 4 top 10 hits so far, with only 1 single disrupting the feat. The sixth single from his debut album Disc-Overy is "Wonderman" featuring Ellie Goulding; beat driven, synthetic undertones--the same hook-laden production that fueled his previous singles and it still sounds fresh.



Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (3.5/5)

American pop singer Alexis Jordan nabbed herself a hit with her debut single "Happiness" scoring her first top 3 in the UK. So, hot on the heels of the release of her debut album is the second single "Good Girl," still trailing that summery, innocent dance-pop sound as "Happiness" only I don't like it as much--there was something more instant and endeering about "Happiness" that "Good Girl" doesn't have.



Black and Yellow - Whiz Khalifa (3/5)

This has been quite popular in the US, it's been hovering around the upper-reaches on the Hot 100 for weeks now, so I thought I'd give it a listen. It's a standard hip-hop production, community-bigging rap lyrics etc. It's cool but I don't understand why it's being so hyped-up, does it not sounds like every other self-indulgent hip-hop track out there (not that I have a problem with that)? Or am I missing something?



Rocketeer - Far East Movement feat. Ryan Tedder (3/5)

"Like a G6" was great, mindless, electro-hop fun, now the Far East Movement try their hands with a slightly more serious sound. Unfortunately, I'm not feeling it. Maybe it's a grower?

4 comments:

Paul said...

it's all about Price Tag this week really isn't it. It's not about the buh bling buh bling.

J.Mensah said...

Definitley! I was hoping this could have finally landed her a #1--cause DILAD failed to do so.

rcLoy said...

Still not feeling Jessie J :\
I'm very sure Rocketeer is a grower because it is for me.
I kinda dig the Good Girl song, maybe some leftover love from Happiness? Lol.
And who is these Vaccines? Clicking play. Better be good! :P

J.Mensah said...

So, did you like the Vaccines? I think they're pretty awesome.