Here are my thoughts on some recently-released pop songs. Feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree with my views, or if you have anything else to add!
1. “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift: I described this song in an earlier post about Taylor Swift as “emotional, haunting, and memorable.” The video validates this critique of the song, as it adds another layer of complexity to what is a pretty clear song. There’s an air of eeriness and uncertainty as Swift progresses through the video – the setting evokes a chilly and uncomfortable (in a good way) feel, and it’s powerful in its simplicity. Swift appears striking despite not wearing any makeup and plays the part of a ghostly, pure young adult well.
2. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” by Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.): I’m not sure what I expected before listening to this song, especially since I had never been a big Madonna fan in the past. Nevertheless, this song is bad. And by bad, I mean dreadfully dull, painful to listen to, and almost anachronistic in a way. It’s pure bubblegum pop without any substance – entirely auto-tuned, lacking a hook (I refuse to count that cheerleading nonsense as a hook), missing a catchy chorus, and overall something even I would be embarrassed to be caught listening to. There is something wrong when Nicki Minaj’s verse is the best part of a non-club song… something very, very wrong. At least her Half Time show performance went well.
3. “Glad You Came” by The Wanted: Go British boy bands! I should’ve included One Direction in this post, ha. Maybe in the future. Anyway, “Glad You Came” is a pretty standard club song, with lots of auto-tune as well as references to drinking and partying and sex. It’s one of those songs you listen to on the radio, maybe download it off of your computer, and forget about it a few days later. At least there is eye-candy available… (check out the video if interested, I didn’t obtain the most appealing screenshot)
Thoughts? Perhaps I’ll do more of these mini-song reviews, they’re quite convenient.