Saturday, November 15, 2008

COVERS: Radio 1's Live Lounge Volume 3

Radio 1's live Lounge is back with their third compilation album and what a corker it is! Boasting everyone from Goldfrapp to Foo Fighters to Rihanna to McFly this album is guaranteed to have something for every accoustic or covers lovers out there.

While the live tracks are undeniably good their likely to appeal more to hardcore fans of the particular bands. It's when an act takes on someone else's music that things really get good.

Kicking of these covers are McFly, turning their hand to katy perry's "I Kissed the Girl". Mixing in Snap's I've Got The Power gives the track a great edge and really allows the duo to put their mark on the former number one. Dizzee Rascal then turns the tables on The Ting Tings given his own treatment to That's Not My Name. For a song that was played so much over the summer, Dizzee's version keeps it fresh and different. Further down the track list is a version that on paper really shouldn't work but somehow, in practice it manages to. Electronic artists Pendulum take on Coldplay's Violet Hill and turn it into something totally different but enjoyable. The electronic effects turn this into something completely different - who'd have thought you'd be able to jump around like a mad man at a rave to a Coldplay song!? Girls Aloud, don't really step out of their comfort zone when they take on Robyn's With Every Heartbeat but they still do the song justice turning the dance track into a beautiful ballad. Another disappointment comes courtesy of Elliot Minor who sing Rule The World. The band could have put their own stamp on the Take That song but it was really nothing special.

Elbow are one of the acts who stand out when performing their own song. They sing a really touching version of their hit One Day Like This.

A great bonus of this album is that you get the chance to hear Ironik's Stay With me without that bloody chipmunk voice. The song has some really touching lyrics and could be a fantastic ballad but the single version is hampered by the chipmunk vocals. When he looses them for the live version it makes the song one hundred times better.

Anyway here is the track listing, my picks

Disc: 1

1. Duffy – Mercy
2. The Ting Tings – Standing In The Way Of Control
3. Dizzee Rascal – That’s Not My Name (The Ting Tings Cover)
4. Sam Sparro – American Boy
5. Pendulum – Violet Hill
6. The Streets – Blinded By The Lights
7. McFly – I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry Cover)
8. The Kooks – Shine On
9. Newton Faulkner – Foundations (Kate Nash Cover)
10. Panic At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon
11. Girls Aloud – With Every Heartbeat (Robyn Cover)
12. The Feeling – Work
13. The Hoosiers – LoveStoned (Justin Timberlake Cover)
14. The Wombats – Moving To New York
15. Paramore – Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)
16. Elliot Minor – Rule The World
17. Ida Maria – Sweet About Me
18. R.E.M. – Munich
19. Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone
20. Foo Fighters – Keep The Car Running

Disc: 2

1. The Script – Lose Yourself (Eminem Cover)
2. Adele – Chasing Pavements
3. Elbow – One Day Like This
4. Scouting For Girls – Elvis Ain’t Dead
5. Guillemots – Black & Gold
6. Lupe Fiasco – Superstar
7. Ironik – Stay With Me
8. Kate Nash – Fluorescent Adolescent
9. Goldfrapp – It’s Not Over Yet
10. The Pigeon Detectives – Ready For The Floor
11. Kasabian – LSF
12. Athlete – Wires
13. The Zutons – Beautiful (Christina Aguilera Cover)
14. The Automatic – Love In This Club (Usher Cover)
15. Santogold – Hometown Glory
16. Alphabeat – 10,000 Nights
17. Bat For Lashes – Sweet Dreams
18. Ne-Yo – Closer
19. Rihanna – Hate That I Align CenterLove You
20. Estelle – American Boy

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Almost Goodbye

It's been almost nine months since I started this blog and so far I've had almosy 150,000 hits (not bad, right?!) and I think it's time this blog came to an end. The main reason is that I don't have that much interest anymore in maintaining a music blog as much as I did when I started. I've also been very busy and I don't really have time to update it (like other music bloggers do). And most importantly, I've had a lot of posts removed by the blogger admin. They would keep sending me Blogger DMCA takedown notifications regarding copyright stuff. I'm tired of my posts being removed without any warning and then receiving Blogger DMCA takedown notifications. So I'm asking you now, readers and visitors, should I continue or abandon this blog forever?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rock/Alternative Song of the Week: Paramore - Decode

"Decode" is a single by Paramore released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Twilight. Hayley Williams from Paramore is a huge Twilight fan and recently talked about her love of the books and the song's title.