Monday, October 26, 2009

Vanessa Amarossi and Robbie Williams

No comment last week since there was no change in the top 3, however, this week Vanessa Amarossi is at number 1.

First of all I want to comment on Robbie Williams because I've long been fascinated with his character and I've enjoyed his songs in the past. Robbie Williams reached number 4 last week with 'bodies', but this week he's dropped to number 10, so clearly, this song doesn't have the staying power of David Guetta's 'Sexy Bitch' or The Black Eyed Peas. The song has a solid groove, and I've always liked the way Robbie William makes his lyrics groove and his melodies. However, this time I think his words let him down. This song simply doesn't make sense. His main thesis is this:
"All we've ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection"
Everything else is a confused mish mash of images and phrases. He has obviously lost the plot. I feel sorry for him. Hope he gets it together soon though. Maybe it's time for a career change.

Onto Vanessa Amarossi's ' This is who I am'. Musically it's fine - grooves along, well produced, etc. etc. Nothing extraordinary - save to note the ongoing popularity of synth based night club inflections, despite this being essentially a pop-rock song. The music is full of cliches though - big guitars in the chorus, yada yada yada. Her singing is mighty though she seems to keep it fairly low, except at the end where she shows us her range. This song is a winner, because of its styling, is passable, the singing is good, and because of its content. It's positive and feels genuine, a song about learning to accept oneself, and it follows all the verse-chorus song rules. The bridge really stands out as do the joining sections (a-a-a-a). One can't help but wonder what she has been through....dropping out from the public eye from 2003-2008 (more or less). Anyway, she's on good form, but it's not art, and it won't be remembered 10 years from now.

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