Some may say I’m a little feature happy. Well, I’m pleased to inform you that I don’t care. I love to keep the masses informed of every little opinion I have in every area of thought. So with out further ado, I present to you the “Song of the Day” feature!
This feature will showcase a song, whether it be a live recording or studio recording, and a little short review or snippit. The song earns an automatic spot on the TCJ Playlist and of course bragging rights for being featured on a site as prestigious as The Conservative Journal.
Today’s song of the day was also the video of the day, Paramore’s recording of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. That video can be found here.
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For the third year in a row, iTunes is offering an end of the season collection of each contestant’s best performances of the year. This year, I’m pretty sure the collection includes every performance of the year. To continue the theme of celebrating Kris Allen’s victory, here is a review of his “Season 8 Favorite Performances Collection” via iTunes:
(The songs are in the order they appear on the track listing, and will be rating on a scale of 0 to 10 elephants)
- “Ain’t No Sunshine“- 9 Elephants- Probably my 3rd favorite song by Kris of the season. This one really pushes Kris’, and he think he pulls out if very well. “Ain’t No Sunshine” is some of the best evidence that Kris can make anything current.
- “All She Wants To Do Is Dance“- 8.5 Elephants- Though this performance received some of his less enthusiastic critiques, the studio recording is fun and, as usual, has a current sounding vocal. The backing music is the main detractor from this song, but overall it’s a good one.
- “Apologize“- 8 Elephants- The vocals are great, but it sounds almost identical to the original. This is one of the less inventive Kris Allen tunes. A must have for fans, but those with the original can probably save the 99 cents.
- “Come Together“- 9 Elephants- Well first of all, I love this song. And though Kris’ rendition doesn’t quite live up to Carly Smithson’s from last year, it’s entertaining. Kris takes a more fun, upbeat route with “Come Together”, and I think it worked better on the recording than on the show. But I enjoyed both.
- “Falling Slowly“- 9.5 Elephants- Ahh, “Falling Slowly”. The live performance, it’s worth noting, was brilliant. It was performed the night that only two judges gave critiques and Randy, in his ignorance, gave it a very poor review. Simon fixed by calling it “brilliant” the next night, and thankfully it was too late as Kris was sent to safety. My favorite vocal from Kris, but second favorite only to..
- “Heartless“- 9 Elephants- So convenient how I could transition seemlessly like that. Anyway, many of you that followed my season of American Idol commentary know that this is the only song I gave an “A+” rating on my recap. Well, the recording only gets a 9 because the acoustic element is not there. In American Idol fashion, they have to throw in the full orchestra even for great acoustic performances. Still a great song to have.
- “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)“- 7.5 Elephants- This is one of the few songs that I just cannot remember the live performance for. I’m debating over whether I was gone for that episode or something. Anyway, this is one of the least memorable of the “Kris Allen Collection”, and the back-up singing is a annoying and too loud.
- “Remember the Time“- 7.5 Elephants- “Remember the Time” is very much like the above song, though I do remember this one vaguely. It’s a more upbeat and fun song, though I don’t think I’ll find myself putting it in the “Top 25” rotation on my iPod.
- “She Works Hard For the Money“- 8.5 Elephants- This when I really started to consider Kris as a potential contender. He took this Donna Summer song and completely changed it up in a way that made it current and entertaining. The live version was definitely better, but I think he more than likely didn’t choose the extra orchestra accompaniment.
- “The Way You Look Tonight“- 7.5 Elephants- The recording of “The Way You Look Tonight” is one of Kris’ more traditional songs. It doesn’t stray far from the original, and is a more subdued performance by Kris.
- “To Make You Feel My Love“- 9 Elephants- I sure am glad that I decided to review this because I had forgotten all about this performance. This performances came around when no one really knew anything about Kris and mostly just considered him the purest form of canon fodder. However, “To Make You Feel My Love” is truly a great performance, and it deserves a little more praise than it has gotten.
- “What’s Going On“- 9 Elephants- The finale of Season 8 was full of great performances by both contenders, and this was definitely one of them. I prefer the live version of this one slightly, but as you can tell I usually do when it comes to American Idol produced songs. Definitely an under-appreciate song from the “Kris Allen Collection”.
I definitely enjoyed listening back over Kris’ performances of the season to see just how far he progressed as a competitor and an artist. As for the playlist, the following make the cut:
- “Ain’t No Sunshine”
- “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”
- “Come Together”
- “Falling Slowly”
- “She Works Hard for the Money”
- “To Make You Feel My Love”
- “What’s Going On”
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I realize that some people think I’m going a little overboard on the “feature” posts, but, to quote a famous song, “it’s my blog, and I’ll post what I want to”.
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The latest addition to The Conservative Journal line-up of entertainment is the “TCJ Playlist”. How this will work is that each time I review a CD or a new song (Which I plan to start doing soon.) I will decide if it makes the cut for the playlist or not. The playlist does not necessarily include songs that I like, but rather songs that are not complete garbage. If a full CD is reviewed, I do reserve the rite to “line-item veto” (Barack/Congress, take notes for this part) the songs that I do not like, placing only those that I deem not complete garbage on the playlist. I think this holds the potential to be a lot of fun for me, and moderate fun for those that read along. As usual, any suggestions for the playlist are greatly appreciated and welcomed, simply e-mail your suggestions to email@example.com.
What does this have to with politics, you ask? Everything, because politics is in everything and music is a thing.
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