Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Recent Single Round-Up! (Daniel tries rating things?!)

All ratings are out of 5 stars:

Knights of Cydonia, Muse

Rating: ***1/2

Hard as they try to run from that Radiohead label, the gentlemen in Muse have certainly created something of a hard rock identity not to be trifled with. Musically, this is probably one of the grandest rock songs of the 00's; thematically it is both ridiculously epic and epically ridiculous. Even the creepy Queen breakdown at around the three and a half minute mark takes the track from being simply overblown and pushes it into downright gaudy territory. The odd thing with Muse is that, sometimes, when they try so hard (as they are ALWAYS doing) there is an attraction derived from the determination. Knights of Cydonia comes at you swinging and is almost annoying in that same way. However, when it JUST DOESN'T STOP there is this odd occurance when it actually wins you over with its brashness.

Cheated Hearts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Rating: ****

My pick for the best track on a near brilliant album, Cheated Hearts is a song that can get under your skin incredibly quickly. The inviting and symbiotic relation between all of the sonic elements is a true testament to how impressive this group can be when at the top of their game. "Sometimes I think that I'm bigger than the sound" is about as layered as they come as far as central themes go, and the decidedly non-cheeky delivery helps to rope you into the observations and questions the track raises. Definitely one of the best singles of the year. Great video to boot!


Teresa said...

Cheated Hearts? Great video? No Youtube link?! Now I'm going to have to TYPE in order to see it. I heard it here first.

Jake said...
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Jacob said...

I'm not really sure about the best track on Show Your Bones, but the video for "Turn Into" (http://youtube.com/watch?v=MSU1F9XYk58) is the band's best yet.

Here's the "Cheated Hearts" video, by the way: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3lWEmmUt24A.