Monday, December 31, 2007

RE: THE BEST SONGS OF 2007: PART 3 (#41-60)

Part three of my list is indicative of what Interpol culled on their last album as 'pace is the trick'. These songs you either totally love or hate for their concepts and the execution. While I favour experimental wall of sound over traditional song structure, some of these songs borrow, steal or simple collate different standards all in the name of fun. Such daredevil action should be rewarded at all cost.

60.‘Paris is Burning’ (St. Vincent): while we wait new words from Portishead, here is the pop base trip/hop now operates from: a creepy bordering on slow-mo rave that utilizes a smart trick by under-funding itself both vocally and musically to heighten its full psychotic message.

59. ‘Goody’ (Cecile): kitty kat perfection.

58. ‘Antichrist Television Blues’ (Arcade Fire): fantastic Springsteen-induced rave.

57. ‘Flightless Bird, American Mouth’ (Iron & Wine): nice and touching.

56. ‘1234’ (Feist): almost Bjork-like in its unabashed joy, Feist lets her tightly coiled folk-leanings down and around her shoulders with such grace.

55. ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’ (Radiohead): though it’s not as vicious as ‘2+2=5’, the track rushes about, jittery in aim and pace but glorious to witness.

54. ‘World Town’ (M.I.A): if this doesn’t convert you then nothing else ever will. Pure pop bliss with its catchy yet frantic chorus, Maya hurls on the ‘third world democracy’ our direction whether we’re ready for it or not.

53. ‘Melody Day’ (Caribou): a straight up psychedelic wonder, with its sinewy layers of sound, Caribou have crafted a sophisticated sound that strikes red hot too.

52.‘Flex’ (Dizzee Rascal): street flexing from his grime eminence.

51.‘Rehab’ (Amy Winehouse): brilliant, funk jam that nary tries to patch up a bruising, jaded soul.

50. ‘None Shall Pass’ (Aesop Rock): though his current opus couldn’t maintain the pace this scatter-heart single sets, one need not look too much away from its mélange brilliance: minimalist beats juxtaposed with bizarre vocals and it works stunningly.

49.‘Never Seen Your Face’ (Bishi): only the London underground could have produced both Bishi and this lead single from her upcoming album. Steeped in Eastern vocal styling and ornate production, the track unfurls with ‘Moulin Rogue’-like madness and culls any pretensions.

48. ‘Four Horsemen of 2012’ (Klaxons): chaotic but simply cool.

47. ‘Diss’ (Cat Call): another M.I.A sister spirit about to blow up big in ’08.

46.‘Handle Me’ (Robyn): no one does the Bjork/Pink divide better nor espouses so much pop attitude as well.

45. ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss’ (Yoko Ono): oldie but goodie with as wicked remix.

44. ‘She’s A Rejecter’ (Of Montreal): pure mania every time they rip the line, ‘oh, no/ she’s a rejecter’, then crash it all around them with chaotic noise. Lovely mess this!

43. ‘The Equestrian’ (Les Savy Fav): once again, their punk attitude hits you hard like a slap in the face.

42.‘Beautiful Girls’ (Sean Kingston): it’s hard to pin down the original version now given its many remixes but no matter, they’re all effective in showcasing Kingston’s nice contrast of grating vocals to so many spastic bursts of pop, reggae, steel pan and ska.

41. ‘Tame the Savage’ (Celebration): spins so gorgeously out of