Saturday, 12 May 2012

This Week's Top 5 Songs XII

Icona Pop - I Love It

you're from the 70's but I'm a 90's bitch

Swedes know how to make pop. Right, this song was actually written by a British chick BUT my point is Icona Pop are very pop, very catchy but also very smart with their choices. This is the first song of theirs I heard but I subsequently checked out the ones on their previous EP and hell, these girls are good!

Plus, I totally have a crush on Aino Jawo now. Just look at her:

Adam Lambert - Runnin

A few days ago I listened to a stream of Adam's upcoming album Trespassing and I pretty much liked what I heard...but Runnin has just stuck with me the most. It's no secret I prefer singers with low voices, so it's perhaps not such a surprise I find Adam's voice in the verses sexy. A great, dramatic song (drama in music, but not in life, is what I like)...and it's only a bonus song! Is Adam going to follow the example of the Pet Shop Boys and save the best songs for b-sides and bonus material, from now on? Well as long as the songs do get to see the light of day I don't really care how it's done.

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (Living in the Material World version)

I tend to prefer simple/demo versions to finished songs sometimes, and while I love the final version of All Things Must Pass I probably like this and the Anthology versions of this song even better. The song itself...its lyrics are a testament to George's songwriting talents. I already mentioned here a a month or two ago that I think George was the best lyricist in the Beatles. Here you see why. Simple, effective and conveying a message that's literally timeless.

Marc Almond - A Woman's Story

Last week was a pretty interesting one for fans of Marc. That's all I'm gonna say. I was already too depressed to listen to Marc and the Mambas' Torment and Toreros this week but this 1986 cover of a song originally recorded by Cher in the mid-70's is pretty much what the doctor ordered. Btw, Marc totally owns this song. Nothing against Cher, I love her voice, but Marc just sells this one better.

Amanda Palmer (feat. Brian Viglione) - In My Mind

Amanda's been in the "press" (or rather all over the internet) with her success Kickstarter story this week. I've been a fan of her for about 7 years now (in April it had been exactly 6 years since I first saw her live with the Dresden Dolls). What can I say, I can hardly think of another artist who would be capable of pulling off something like this. She might be a crazy artist person but she's also a hard worker and has amazing "people skills". So good for her.

This is one of my all-time-favourite Amanda songs. Enjoy, and if it makes you choked up a bit or full-on cry, don't fight it. It's all right.

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