Locked on pop

If I were to write about something regularly, I think it might have to be pop music.

I’m not what you would call a pop music expert.   I couldn’t even name half of the songs in the top 40, right now, probably.

But I know what I like.  I’m obsessed with catchy songs.  I play them over and over again, whenever I’m at my computer.  And I’m at my computer a lot.

Example: I put “Only girl” by Rihanna on, on repeat, until it exceeded 100 plays.

I love songs you can dance too.  I love songs with a heartfelt message that would make you to cry if a sappy movie were on.

I’ve been building myself Youtube playlists recently because it’s a less costly alternative to buying every song that catches my ear.

The song that I am listening to over and over again right now is “Someone like you” by Adele.  I love her voice and I love this song.  Adele’s voice is soulful and natural-sounding.  The song has an awesome chorus.  A real slow burner.

My other favourite song of the moment is also by a singer who is younger than I am.  “Who’s that chick” by David Guetta featuring Rihanna (and really, it’s all about Rihanna) is a great dance track.  I guess a song like this might seem a far cry from Adele’s soulful acoustic piece, but the part of me that yearns to dance is not that far away from the part of me that loves a soulful ballad. These two are back to back on my playlist.

“Who’s that chick” is infused with Rihanna-ness — her slightly nasal, unflinching, almost deadpan delivery exudes fierceness. But the truth I think is that Rihanna simply gets all the best songwriters. Here she has David Guetta pulling the strings. He might not be a lyrical genius. There are some dumb ones (“I won’t stop until the sun is up oh yeah”) alongside some clever ones (“Too cold for you to keep her, Too hot for you to leave her”) but it doesn’t really matter — with dance tracks it’s all about the songwriting.  When Rihanna sings “I just wanna daa–aaa–aance, I don’t really caa–aa–aare,” you can really feel the melody start to bounce around the beat in a kind of give-and-take motion. The song starts to take off.  The chorus it leads to is a bit of an anticlimax, but it works — it stays close to the verse instead of blasting off into something new (like the chorus in “Someone like you”.)

Rihanna and Adele — what would they say to each other if they were talking about music?


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