Sunday, July 15, 2007

I lose my mind in a fantasy

Fact: Sergey Lazarev's "Fake" was one of the best songs of last year. Completely ridiculous in every way, but brilliant. Even if he'd never done anything else I liked (which isn't the case), the former member of Russian duo Smash!! would have had my attention for his second solo album, TV Show. Though there's nothing on the album that I think equals "Fake," it does have its share of good songs--though fans of the original may not like it, I love his cover of "Shattered Dreams" (speaking of which, did I hear once that boy band Ultra covered it? Is that true?). "He Said She Said" is not a cover of the Ashley Tisdale song, but it's good as well, though sometimes I think the chorus lets down the rest of the song a little bit (most of the time not, though), "Girlfriend" (which Ben Adams co-wrote) is good, "TV or Radio" should be annoying but is actually sort of addictively catchy, and the more ballad-like "Everytime" is good as well. I think ultimately my favorite song may end up being the cover of "Shattered Dreams," but since that's been around for a while, here's another great song from the album.

Do Me Right-- shamelessly cheesy pop, a little bit disco-tastic, and propelled largely on strings and a certain repeated electronic beat, this is a great example of the sort of song that you absolutely have to look outside of the U.S. to find being released...sadly. "Do Me Right" is very danceable, very electronic but not electro at all, and, possibly most importantly, catchy. Sergey's singing is high-pitched, but that's a good thing--it fits perfectly with the gloss of the song. Speaking of his voice, one of the other best aspects of the song is the remix-like playing with his voice that is used to create some backing vocals at various points. It wouldn't surprise me at all if people actually from Russia disavowed this song, but I really like it. Don't think--just listen to the song and have fun.

I still don't know any good Internet stores from which to buy Russian music (I'd love recommendations!), so I rely on eBay for my Russian music; you can buy Sergey Lazarev's album TV show from there. It's also available from Amazon's Marketplace.

Next up: maybe a Swedish singer.

Edited in because it never gets old: the video for "Fake."

Despite (because of?) all the water pouring down over scantily clad women, it's sort of like the video equivalent of the cover of Danny's Heart.Beats, no?


Paul said...

it's 6.30am and you have made my day by letting me wake up to a bit of sergey! I will be hunting down his album definitely when i should be working today :) Oh! You are so very right about the video.

Poster Girl said...

Good! ;) I have a feeling you might end up sort of like you did about the Danny album, but there are at least a few songs you'd probably really like. Let me know if you don't find it.

Adrian said...

Fake completely passed me by last year and I really don't know why. It's ace.

Poster Girl said...

Oh, it is! Shame it flopped (if it even ended up getting released) in the U.K. :(

insaneyin said...

just pass by and wanted to tell u u can order most russian albums at

Poster Girl said...

Great! Thanks for the recommendation.