Adele - "Chasing Pavements" I first heard this song when Adele performed it on SNL a few weeks ago. I dug her soulful voice and the funky and raw roughness when she belts. I also was intrigued by the lyrics and the pretty awesome premise brought up during the chorus. The whole concept of "chasing pavements" is pretty awesome and from a literary standpoint, I think it kicks major poetic butt.
Joshua Radin - "Today" This was the song that played during the beautiful wedding video from Ellen Degeneres and Portia di Rossi's boda [NOTE: I cry every goddamn time I watch that video]. I instantly fell in love with the song in the background and downloaded it immediately. Some of the most heartfelt and vulnerably beautiful lyrics I have heard in a very long time. It reminds me of a certain someone as well, which makes it even more special to me. It literally gives me da goosebumps at certain parts.
P!nk - "Funhouse" & "Bad Influence"Of course I had to buy P!nk's new disc when it came out on Tuesday. As I've been telling everyone, I braved a
minor massive snowstorm that included down power lines, falling trees and detours adding up to approximately 45 extra minutes of driving. It was well worth it though. I'm totes digging her new jams, though this album is much more serious and somber than I'm Not Dead from a few years ago. Granted she DID just get divorced by her husband, motorcross super starstud Carey Hart, so I understand the abundance of sadder tracks, but I love P!nk the most when she's having fun. These two tracks are just that - P!nk getting wasted and burning down houses. Not only are they two of the best songs on the album, but they are just plain better (and riskier) than a lot of what else is topping the charts this year. Kudos to P!nk...duh.
dredg - "The Canyon Behind Her" I've learned just to trust my sister when it comes to music. She has proven to be a musical guide for me, turning me onto astonishingly talented acts like Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Incubus, so it is no surprise that dredg should also follow in those bands footsteps and enter the endless chasm that is my musical taste. Their albums are seamless masterpieces that really should be listened to all the way through, but this track in particular is quite captivating. The distant guitar in the beginning leads into a thunderous barrage of drums and lyrical repetition. As it goes on it becomes almost hypnotic - it creates this ethereal aura that just is unrelenting in its desire to drag the listener deep into the song. Quite stunning.
Paris Hilton - "Paris for President"Last and definitely least is the token guilty pleasure of the bunch. This song is utterly ridiculous, as is the gooftastic video. I enjoy this song purely for its obnoxious lyrics and terrible "singing" from Paris Hilton. It's quite addicting though and kudos to Ms. Hilton for owning up to the campy and bizarre premise of her even having a music career in the first place.