Monday, December 31, 2007

What's the worst that could happen baby if they knew?

I was going to try to hold back from posts beyond my countdown until I'd finished it, but I can't help it; instead, here's a compacted version of the things I've been itching to write about in recent days, in the form of songs I'm loving:

The-Dream feat. Rihanna, "Livin' A Lie" and Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown, "No Air"

A great pair of pop-R&B duets. I've written about "No Air" before, and it remains just as heavenly as it was back then, both in quality and in its feel of floating up among the clouds. The-Dream, best known this year for Rihanna's "Umbrella" and J. Holiday's "Bed" (though he's done other and earlier work), released his debut solo album a few weeks ago and, though I'd be fine never hearing the lead single again, this (so far) album track from it has captured me, got me transfixed, at least for the moment. It's simple, full of repetitive synth pulses, but it just works so well for me. It isn't necessarily a huge-sounding song, but I don't think I could ever get tired of hearing it on the radio (famous last words?). It's best heard with good headphones if you've got them and, of course, in good quality.

David Jordan, "Sun Goes Down"

I've been meaning to write about this for a while, since Popjustice featured it. Fantastic fantastic fantastic. I refused to watch the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie because the ending sounded just stupid, but this song could very well have been the soundtrack to all the pirate mania that came out after the first (and excellent) movie came out. That said, as much as it sounds very pirate-y, it's not pure novelty; it's really a well-done catchy song that just doesn't sound like anything else out there. The first chorus that opens the song is sparser than the rest of the song, by the way.

Natasha Bedingfield, "Pocketful Of Sunshine"

The title track to her upcoming American album, and, though it may seem unassuming, it's one of the most transporting songs I've heard this year, at least in that chorus and pre-chorus/bridge. After thinking "I Wanna Have Your Babies" was great, I've gone completely off of it and haven't bothered to check out the album N.B., but I still think she did some fantastic songs for her first album and am thrilled she's done something I like once again.

Cassie, "Is It You?"

I know this is months old, but I'm just getting into it now. It's from the Step Up 2 soundtrack and isn't at all like "Me & U" (a song which I've recently been thinking I really underrated)--it's probably a little more "basic/disposable pop song" sounding, but I like it--crunchy but simple electro-rock underneath the verses and a cute simple chorus.

I also quite like Leona Lewis's "The Best You Never Had," though the production on it sounds odd.


AcerBen said...

Check out David Jordan's performance on the Royal Variety on Youtube if you haven't already seen it. Hope he's gonna be massive.

P.S. Happy new year!

EuropeCrazy said...

Happy new year Poster Girl! Looking forward to lots more of your wonderful enthusiasm about the music you love in 2008. I can only add to what Acer Ben's already said - this David Jordan song is great and he deserves to make it big this year.

Digital Technique said...

Am loving that Natasha song, much better than the majority of N.B, although I Wanna Have Your Babies was a bit of a guilty pleasure song! Looking forward to hearing the rest of the new tracks on the American album!!

Hope you have a great 2008 PG!!

paul @ said...

all these great (ish in some cases!) new songs and still 31 songs from 2007 left? Oh its like heaven in a blogsite :) Happy new year!

Poster Girl said...

That's the one that was posted on your blog, right, AcerBen? It was fantastic! I REALLY hope this song is a hit for him--hearing it was one of those moments where you get excited about pop music all over again. It's a phenomenal song.

Thanks! :) Ha ha, I'm glad you enjoy the enthusiasm!

I'm not sure what happened...I loved it one day and then some months later I realized I didn't want to listen to it again at all. I'm hoping I change my mind again at some point! I'm really excited about this new album as well, which might be odd considering I never bothered to get or listen to the British-release album, but if we sort of ignore that one, I guess it makes sense based on the great songs from her debut.

Ha ha, awww, Paul, that's too sweet! Thanks!

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope 2008 is really great for everyone.