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9. Michelle Williams “We Break The Dawn”

With everyone copping I Am…Sasha Fierce, I copped Unexpected.  Okay, this is pop, but if you understood my history with TLC, and what I like in artists, you’d get it.  TLC is my favorite (girl) group of all-time.  I always felt Destiny’s Child stole a little of their thunder.  I’ve always said TLC is Destiny’s Mama.  The influence was there and it’s obvious.  And they even opened for TLC for one of their tours, but it doesn’t seem like the  props are given where they’re due.

I do like some Destiny’s Child songs, I bought their first single “No, No, No,” and if I were to buy one of their CDs, it would have to be The Writing’s On The Wall.  But, if I was ever going to buy a Destiny’s Child solo CD, Michelle Williams would not have seemed the likely candidate.  But alas, she’s the wayward fourth and last step-child; she’s the one that finally stuck around and found her way into my ear.

In 2008, it’s hard to re-invent the musical wheel, but you can forge new ground for yourself, reach new horizons, and put your own stamp on it.  A lot of pop girls seem to be going in a more electro, Europe-club/dance-pop direction, so it’s not like it’s totally fresh ground for Michelle, but it is fresh for an R&B girl and especially for her and that’s alright.  I like artists that change up, musically and image-wise, and don’t do the same thing over and over.  I also like a whole package deal –  a little song, a little dance, a little style, and a lot of personality.

Not only did she go in a different direction than her previous solo gospel work, she has created her own lane next to Beyonce’ and Kelly (Kelly’s direction seems too much like Beyonce’s to me), which of all DC I would not have expected (no pun intended) from her, she also got herself a cute little bob haircut and some edgier clothes (at least for her CD booklet and photo shoots, anyway).  The album is not a perfect effort.  I don’t listen to it beginning to end, but it’s not a bad little collection of songs.  And, I do like most of them.  I also liked how interactive she was with her fans on her MySpace Page and it was creative of her to mirror her personal publicity of her release to Obama’s presidential campaign.

I liked the first single, Number 9, fresh out the box. There’s even a remix with Flo Rida that I’m throwing in today.  She had a crazy remix of another single on Unexpected, “Hungover,” that was on her MySpace Page and that has since been removed.  There’s one remix on there for it, but that’s not the one I was diggin’ on.  Anyway, check them out.

Single and Listening

Single Reviews by Release Date

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So, it’s been a little while since I posted one of these.  I apologize for that.  I usually hear about new songs that have been released, but haven’t heard about that many new ones of late.  I know Rihanna has a new one with JT.   Because my partner in crime, J. Dub, made such a big deal about David Cook, I’m going to review his first single even though it’s been out for a minute.  Because I’m a Rent-Head, I’m going to review Idina Menzel’s latest.  Lastly, I’ll throw in Tracy Chapman’s latest, to give you four solid reviews.

David Cook “Light On”
Released:  September 30, 2008
From Latest Release:  David Cook ♫♪

The song doesn’t stand out, though he has a strong singing voice (I didn’t keep up with Idol).  Seems to me, he needs a track that allows him to make more of statement and let his presence be known.  Not bad, just not great.  I’d expect more from the reigning American Idol.

Rihanna “Rehab” featuring Justin Timberlake Released:  October 7, 2008
From Latest Release: Good Girl Gone Bad ♫♪

Not to be mistaken with Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.”  Not bad on first listen.  I actually like it.  On an aside, who agrees that JT needs to stop doing songs with everybody and their grandmother?  Nice groove, though.  Good sing-along quality. I’d want to hear it again, so that’s good enough for me.

Tracy Chapman “Sing For You” Released:  October 31, 2008  
From Latest Release:  Our Bright Future ♫♫

This I do like.  I do have one of Tracy Chapman’s albums, Telling Stories, I’ll admit.  When it works, it just works.  There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.  Or there is accounting for mine.  I don’t know.  All I know is that I like this ditty.  I feel the grit of her voice and the vibrations of the guitar strings in my gut.  And my gut tells me, “It is good.”

Idina Menzel “Hope” Released:  November 10, 2008
For:  Major League Baseball (MLB) Stand Up To Cancer Campaign ♫♪

This is for charity, but I don’t want to give it a good review just because of that.  I’ll try to be objective.  The piano is pretty and so is her voice, but this doesn’t move me the way I think a charity single should.  Again, not bad, just not great.  Technically, the piano and her voice are well-wielded instruments, just needs a little of that human vulnerability to shine through.  I let it play through on her MySpace Page to the next song, “I Stand,” and I like that one much better.

Wow!  Just finished writing these reviews.  Am I too harsh?  I just don’t want to give everything 4 musical notes as not everything is above average.  And I wasn’t really feeling today’s songs.

Maybe I’m depressed because Thanksgiving is coming up.  Don’t stats show more people get depressed during the holidays?  And I think suicide rates go up, too.  No, I’m not suicidal.  I am lonely, though.  But, I digress, TMI!  Trust me, I know, and I’ll try to be better about it in the future.