Friday, 11 June 2010

B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams and Eminem - Airplanes.

Yes, B.o.B, Hayley Williams and Eminem. I couldn't think of a weirder combination of artists either, but this seriously works. Hayley Williams' vocals are, as usual, superb, but the surprise newcomer genius of B.o.B and the still noteworthy Eminem maintain the high standard she sets at the beginning of the song. Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now. This lyric is possibly worthy of being a tattoo - that's probably the highest praise I can give it.


The White Tie Affair - Candle (Sick and Tired).

I have a newfound addiction to The White Tie Affair and their brand of bitchin' pop. This song is an amazing example of how a song and it's lyrics can juxtapose and yet still have the desired effect. This is essentially the story of a failing relationship, where the people involved don't have the necessary fight left within them to save what they had - you're a tragedy, a queen for his majesty, all this blasphemy, your kingdom is crumbling. Yet this moment of giving up is set to a song which will rot the enamel of your brain.


The Cribs - Bastards of Young (cover)

This song, originally by The Replacements, is a fantastic example of eighties riffs mixed with a disillusioned yet completely accurate view of the world. I will admit that the first thing which attracted to me to this song was the following words; 'the ones who love us best are the ones we'll lay to rest, and visit their graves on holidays at best, but the ones who love us least are the ones we'll die to please.' those lyrics cut to the heart of humanity, and the fact that they have a good tune behind them only highlight their poignancy.


The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine.

This song is a long held favourite of mine, with a dark guitar riff running straight through the heart of the song, brilliantly playing up its dual nature. The lyrics tell of either a failed romance, or possibly a more sinister event. 'There ain't no motive for this crime, jenny was a friend of mine' - is this a metaphorical analysis of a break up, or a literal plea of innocence? The wonderful Killers leave this decision in your hands dear reader.

[On a side note, there are other songs in this tale - Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf (here) precedes Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, and Midnight Show (here) concludes the story.]