Tuesday, December 01, 2009

You left me on my own at 600 feet

Sometimes you just fall for simple little pop songs far more than you'd expect to.

"Black Box," which must be the best winner's single from Idol since Aleksander With's "A Little Too Perfect," is written by Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon, Wayne Hector, and Mich Hanson, the same four men who wrote the Pussycat Dolls' "I Hate This Part." You can hear that, I think; the beat is no carbon copy, but it sounds like it was created using the same technique.

The video is nothing more than a way to listen to the song, but even outside of the fact that it's refreshing to hear an Idol winner's victory single be something other than a poor example of a giant ballad, something actually approaching chart relevance, "Black Box" is a lovely little pop song. There's no particular bite or edge to it, but I've yet to feel exhaustion with this template, and Stan's semi-but-not-too soulful male voice brings at least a little change from the female pop singers we've heard singing this song's cousins so far.

Stan Walker's debut album, which is mainly a bunch of covers from Idol but does contain "Black Box," can be preordered here (physical).


Paul said...

Superficially, I'd only given Stan a cursory glance because he didn't particularly strike me as very popstarry or someone I would check out. He DOES have the least popstar name since David Sneddon. However, Black Box is quite nice :)

Poster Girl said...

"Quite nice" is about right--I don't think I'll be playing it on a weekly basis in a year, but it's something I've been enjoying for a few days.

Len W said...

Hayley Warner's Pink-influenced Idol "winner's song" (though she only made it to second place) was also really fun and amazingly catchy. I hope other IDOL countries can follow this recent development from Australia and make their winner songs less ponderous and more chart-worthy.

Rick said...

I love this song - thanks for introducing it to me.

Although I have to say that Stan has a good face for radio.

Poster Girl said...

Len, I missed Hayley's song--I'll have to go look it up, especially if it's also on the fun, "less ponderous" side of things!

He is no Dean Geyer, but really, who is?