Music Of The Day: Suddenly

Ashley Tisdale is in my opinion one of the best things to come out of High School Musical, a franchise I will write an in-depth article sometime soon when I have the time. Though she hasn’t done that much yet, the 23 year old is a joy to watch as Sharpay Evans in the Disney series of films and I’m convinced she’s capable of some great stuff in the future.

Suddenly is a single from her debut album Headstrong, and easily the best song I’ve heard from her, or any of the HSM crew’s solo efforts for that matter. A slow ballad about attaining her dreams aka making it as a performer, it’s not the greatest ever made, but I find it quite a pleasant listen. Similarly the music video isn’t amazing, but in tone with the song, and thus quite good. What do you think?

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Music Of The Day: Les Rivières Pourpres

Les Rivières Pourpres is title track of the eponymous French thriller known in English parts of the world as The Crimson Rivers. Based on a novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (The Stone Council) and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (Babylon A.D.), the film is amazing, a perfect blend of action, intrigue, suspense and visual style. I could seriously watch the the film several times in a row and this is no small part due to Bruno Coulais’ wonderful score. The visuals of the above video are pretty dumb and useless, but hey it’s the sound that counts.

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Music Of The Day: XY

XY is the latest music video fom French rapper Kery James. What’s so special about it then? Simply that it was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, director of such films as Gothika, the underrated Babylon A.D., and several French movies.

Costing around 88000 dollars, the video shows two guys burning a body in the forest, and through backwards storytelling explains how they got there. As for the song, it pretty much says what’s happening on screen.

I wasn’t convinced at first but then felt that the video grew more and more effective as it went on. I still don’t think it’s great, but mostly because I don’t really like the song and I still prefer that awesome Levi’s Onion Peel commercial in terms of backwards storytelling. But what do you think of this music video?

Fun Fact: Kery James apparently drew inspiration from films such as 21 Grams and Crash when writing the song

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Music Of The Day: We Have All The Time In The World

A Louis Armstrong biopic was recently announced, and while the legendary jazzman’s best known song is undoubtedly What A Wonderful World, did you know the man once sang a James Bond song? Indeed while 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service remains the only 007 movie to not have a song during its opening credits but rather an instrumental number, it did feature this rather romantic tune, which I must say doesn’t feel Bond-ian at all but is still quite good. The song, as covered by Iggy Pop was played during the end credits of the 2005 sci-fi thriller The Jacket.

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Music Of The Day: Un Garçon

Un Garçon (translation A Boy) is the latest single from Lorie, one of France’s most popular pop singers who recently signed to guest star in an episode of the long-running American TV show The Young And The Restless.

The song is about a girl finding out that the man she’s with is actually gay and is hurt that he didn’t tell her himself. The chorus goes something like this: “I was hoping you’d confide in me, I don’t want your silence anymore, would I lose my mind, just because you love a boy?”.

Of course popular does not equate well-liked as Lorie is easily one of the most hated and ridiculed French celebrities, just like many female American pop stars, with many believing she’s simply a pathetic opportunist who badly apes whatever is in fashion at the moment, jumping from sugary pop to rock-influenced pop to R&B to electropop quicker than you can say “huh?”. She hasn’t helped herself by recently stating she’d gladly stop making music if she was offered a good screen role.

As for this latest music video, a lot of criticizers have felt that Lorie is shamelessly plagiarizing Rihanna and Pink. Whether that’s true or not I find it mildly enjoyable but definitely not her best work. What do you think of it? You can find a full approximate translation of the song after the jump. Continue reading

Music Of The Day: Another Way To Die

By now you’ve probably all heard Another Way To Die, the theme song for Quantum Of Solace, the new James Bond movie (view the awesome trailer). Performed by Alicia Keys and Jack White (of The White Stripes), the song scores many Bond firsts, including the first time a duet serves as a theme song and by extension the first time two unrelated artists team up for it.

I previously expressed my disappointement with the song back when it made its instrumental debut during the Coke Zero advert, and sure enough now that it’s been released, the song is widely regarded as well, bad. I have nevertheless listened to the song numerous times now and have come to the conclusion that it actually isn’t that awful and actually contains some good stuff.

Yes, it still ranks among the weakest Bond songs, possibly the weakest one, and it is no way “Bondian” enough, but this is one song that definitely grows on you, give it a few listens yourself. And if you’re still not convinced, just remember to be glad that we didn’t get that waste of oxygen Amy Winehouse to sing the song, as was originally planned.