Tuesday, 1 June 2010

New Music: Muse, Kanye West + More

Due to the association with the next Twilight movie I should strongly dislike this, but I can't. That's not to say I'm loving the whole 'epic movie love ballad' that Bellamy & Co. have gone for, I'm just not strongly disliking it. Let's go with indiffirent. 'Neutron Star Collision' has left me with a feeling of indifference. It's just kind of... meh, which is exactly how I felt after listening to Muse's suprisingly underwhelming The Resistance from last year. Don't get me wrong, there were a couple of fantastic songs on the album but when we're talking about a Muse CD you want it to be blow-you-away-amazing, not just above average. Putting (Love Is Forever) after the cool song title is just lame by the way.

Rating: 2.5/5

Kanye West ft. Dwele - Power

Ah Kanye. The King of MTV controversy. After the stupidity of the Taylor Swift fiasco he was going to have to deliver with something amazing to maintain some credibility. Luckily for Mr West, he has. It's not quite as commercial as 'Gold Digger' or 'Stronger,' but it still has a lot of crossover potential and should be well received on radio and the charts. You could favourably compare it to the excellent 'Jesus Walks' off his debut which is quite high praise. I still think he's a tool but he makes it hard to hate him when he puts out a quality track like 'Power.'

Rating: 4/5

Kylie Minogue - All The Lovers

Colour me surprised. With all the other pop princesses going Gaga and trying to outdo the others with crazy antics and insanely out of control fashion it's nice to see one of them NOT trying to be a clone. 'All The Lovers,' the lead single off Minogue's new album Aphrodite, sees Kylie sticking to the disco inspired roots that have defined her over her career. Admittedly, it's not one of her best songs ('Confide In Me,' 'Did It Again,' 'Breathe' - 90s Kylie is kinda cool), but it's going to please her hardcore (aka gay) fans and will hopefully even get some attention in the US.

Rating: 3.5/5

Christina Aguilera ft. M.I.A - Elastic Love

Or, how about - M.I.A with special guest vocals from Christina Aguilera - 'Elastic Love.' Seriously, what does Aguilera do on this other than sing the chorus (is that even her singing?). With that out of the way, 'Elastic Love' is actually a pretty good tune. M.I.A as always brings the goods to the table and may be just what Xtina needed to be seen as cool again in the eyes of the public. I'm not going to lie, I have enjoyed watching the failure of 'Not Myself Tonight,' because no matter how many times she says she wasn't, it was Aguilera does Gaga. Poorly. The problem I have with her here is it's Aguilera does M.I.A. Does Christina Aguilera suffer from some form of split personality disorder? Like I said, good song, but that really has nothing to do with Christina Aguilera and everything to do with M.I.A.

Rating: 3.5/5

Lena - Satellite

In case you are a crazy person and missed Eurovision, this is the winning song for 2010. German entrant, Lena, deserved her win on Saturday night with this fun, upbeat indie-popish track. Her accent can get annoying after a while and you probably shouldn't pay too much attention to the lyrics but if you can get past that then you'll find a nice catchy tune. 'Satellite' has already become a huge hit throughout most of Europe and I don't see why it couldn't do well in the UK or Australia. Don't count on it being the next '99 Luftballons' though.

Rating: 3/5

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