Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bung’s Favourite Songs of 2010.

1. Forget You (Cee Lo Green)
I wasn’t too enamoured with this song when I first heard, but multiple plays on nights out with friends, not to mention the terrific cover done by Glee, has gotten me to really adore it. Essentially, it’s quite a sad tale of a man’s failed romance with a golddigger, but such are the upbeat tempo and tune that Cee Lo Green really has fun with his silver-tonguing.

2. Love the Way You Lie (Eminem ft. Rihanna)
Far and away, one of the deepest, most moving songs I’ve ever heard. It captures an abusive relationship that is massively detrimental for both parties involved, yet such is the power of the love (and hate) binding the two involved, that just walking away isn’t an option. This being something that both Eminem and Rihanna are very well versed in, it’s no surprise that Rihanna’s voice touches emotive highs and Eminem’s rapping really resonates.

3. Airplanes (B.o.B ft Hayley Williams)
Dreams, aspirations, shattered hopes, wishing upon airplanes… been there, done that. Hayley Williams has a beautiful voice, some parts of B.o.B’s rapping really hold true. What’s not to love?

4. Power (Kanye West ft. Dwele)
“No one man should have all that power,” notes Kanye, although I would argue that if anyone’s deserving of power, it’s him, for coming out of hiding after being publically denounced a thousand times last year to comeback and produce, write, score and rap and sing in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, by far one of the most complete albums I’ve gotten my hands on, this song on it being the crème de la crème.

5. On to the Next One (Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beats)
The video raised some problems with one of my super-Christian friends at work, but I absolutely adore everything about this song, from the Swizz Beats appearance (Cher Lloyd ripping them off irks me ever so), to Jay-Z’s all-round swagger and arrogance. “No I’m not a Jonas brother I’m a grown-up, no I’m not a virgin I use my cojones.” Tell me that’s not poetry.

6. Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
If there is one song that invokes memories of Summer 2010, it’d be this. I turned 20 this year so am no longer a teenager, but the song itself invokes the memories of what it’s like to FEEL like a teenager when you’re in love. Brill.

7. Empire State of Mind (part II) (Alicia Keys)
Poetry, pure poetry. Alicia Keys is a goddess.

8. Kickstarts (Example)
Example actually came to my University several weeks back, and I missed the opportunity to watch him perform. Still not over it; this song is gorgeous.

9. Take One for the Team (Ft. Cyhi the Prynce, Keri Hilson & Pusha T)
For flat-out lulz, there’s no better than “Take one for the Team”. “He said that bitch wasn’t pretty enough to finger!” whines Cyhi the Prynce in one verse, whereas Kanye happily admits that despite trying to be nice, “You know what? I’m not a nice guy”. More honest.

10. Monster (Kanye West ft. Jay-Z & Nikki Minaj)
11. Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
12. Fireflies (Owl City)
13. Born Free (M.I.A.)
14. Tightrope (Janelle Monáe)
15. Waka Waka (Shakira)
16. Acapella (Kelis)
17. Good Intentions Paving Company (Joanna Newsom)
18. Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
19. California Gurls (Katy Perry)
20. Dog Days are Over (Florence and the Machine)
21. Like a G6 (Far East Movement ft The Cataracs & Dev)
22. You Got the Dirtee Love (Florence & Dizzee Rascal)
23. Billionaire (Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars)
24. What’s My Name? (Rihanna ft Drake)
25. We Dance On (N-Dubz ft Bodyrox)

Monday, December 13, 2010

I kept my promise, don't keep your distance.

Christmases are kind of a big deal for me. The gift-giving, the Christmas spirit, the being with friends and family-- it's all good stuff. But idk, I'm so apathetic to Christmas this year. Possibly because 2010's been somewhat of a blah yeah for me, but also, I guess it's just another mark of another year, with nothing achieved. And no amount of Christmas spirit can make me shake off that feeling.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Top 10 Glee covers.

I’ve taken to watching Glee rather a lot whenever I’m down due to boy troubles/football team getting me down/sheer procrastination, and I’ve really come to love it. I mean, of course I know it ain’t perfect, but some of the musical numbers are absolutely wonderful, so I thought I’d list my top 10! (and yeah, sorry about the massive hiatus. I'll try harder, promise)

01. Entire cast – Don’t Stop Believing
What else? The stalwart number of series 1, this Journey songs embodies everything Mr Schue wants his Glee kids to represent. Lea Michele is amazing.

02. Rachel & Kurt – Defying Gravity
“I’m through with accepting limits, ‘cos someone says they’re so”, goes the lyric, and such a lyric suits the two divas of the show, Rachel and Kurt, to perfection. On their own, both are fairly irritating people, but together, they make amazing music.

03. Gwyneth Paltrow & all of Glee club – Forget You
Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” wasn’t really a song I cared for that much up until I heard Gwyneth’s spectacular take on it, after which it fast became one of my songs of 2010. The Cheerios looks like they’re having so much fun, and Paltrow has a fine set of pipes on her.

04. Mercedes & Kurt – 4 Minutes
From the Madonna episode, when “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue” were also covered, but it was this take on Madge & Justin Timberlake’s RnB number that I digged the most. Mercedes and Kurt look like they’re having the time of their lives performing it in their Cheerios outfits.

05. Mr Schue & Neil Patrick Harris – Dream On
Intense to the max, but the song merits such an emotional performance, and the frenemy energy channelled between both men in the song give it an extra edge.

06. Rachel & Idina Menzel – I Dreamed a Dream
Idina Menzel, the broadway queen, and Rachel Berry, who sees herself as one, come together in this beautiful and utterly heart-breaking performance of a Les Mis classic.

07. Rachel – Take a Bow
Gotta love a bit of Rihanna, and indeed, the Umbrella/Singing in the Rain mashup just missed my list, but this one, wherein Rachel expresses her disappointment to a unknowing Fin is the epitome of malaise and sadness.

08. Mercedes – Beautiful
A beautiful song by name, a beautiful song by nature, and Mercedes does Christina Aguilera’s classic so, so much justice.

09. Rachel & Kurt – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
The two divas come together again, channelling another Diva, in a diva-tastic song. No dancing, no fancy footwork, just sheer emotion through singing.

10. Santana & Glee club – Valerie
The dancing from Brittany and Mike Chang on this number was amaze, but it was equally pleasing just to see Santana getting a leading role for once, and her voice suits this song so well.