Friday, 11 June 2010

New Music: Eminem, Glee + More

Eminem ft. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

Well played Slim Shady. Getting Rihanna involved in a song about an abusive relationship was always going to be huge. Since the track was leaked to the internet last week, there's been a lot of media interest, creating a massive buzz around 'Love the Way You Lie.' Thankfully it's deserving of the hype, as Eminem delivers yet again with some fantastic lyrics and Rihanna plays her limited part to perfection. 'Love the Way You Lie' has the same feel as Eminem's hugely successful 'Stan,' and will likely follow in that song's footsteps by going straight to the top of the charts throughout the world.

Rating: 5/5

Eminem ft. P!nk - Won't Back Down

Very interesting. I would never, eeeever have imagined these two working together (and saying you have makes you a dirty, dirty liar). While it's not as strong as 'Love the Way You Lie,' it's still a fairly solid track. I would have liked to see Mathers make better use of Pink's time. While she delivers her defiant chorus pretty well, a more substantial role in the song could have lifted it from good to great. Now that Eminem's recorded something with Pink, I have high hopes for the long awaited Eminem/Britney duet. Just kidding. Or am I?

Rating: 3/5

Glee - Faithfully

I won't spoil anything about the Glee season finale, but I will say it was outstanding and the songs were some of the best the show has offered us so far. My personal favourite was this duet between Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Cory Monteith) of the classic Journey song 'Faithfully.' Journey must be loving the creator's of Glee sick right now. They would literally be rolling in all the money coming from royalties. Lea Michelle's voice is, as always, incredible and Monteith's supporting vocals compliment Lea, again as always, very nicely. It's probably not best to watch the YouTube link if you haven't seen the episode already! I also hope that everyone takes notice of Finn's ability to make even something as simple as walking look awkward.

Rating: 4/5

What's up with the Twilight franchise continually taking some of the coolest bands and making them kind of... lame? Maybe it's just me, but there is absolutely none of the good ole' Metric energy we saw on 2009s Fantasies here. In my review of Muse's 'Neutron Star Collision' (also written for the Twilight: Eclipse OST), I said that when you're at a certain critically acclaimed level, you can't just release something that's above average. It has to be blow-you-away amazing. I feel pretty much the same about 'Eclipse (All Yours).' To follow up Fantasies with this is a little disappointing.

Rating: 2.5/5

Florence + The Machine - Heavy In Your Arms

Wow. Maybe the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack won't be so bad after all. Leave it to Ms. Welch and her amazing machine to prove me wrong. This song is brilliant and another showcase for Florence's tremendous vocal talents. Could this be the song that finally gets Florence + The Machine some attention from the US market? I sure hope so!

Rating: 4/5

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