Last year, Romanian Alexandra Stan unexpectedly set the international charts on fire with Eurotrashy treasure “Mr.Saxobeat,” the catchiest thing to hit Europe since the Black Plague.
After a succession of flops, Alexandra’s back to form with “Lemonade”, the kind of breezy, dubby summer ballad that Ace of Base would be making if they weren’t in nursing homes.
The chorus of “Lemonade” makes me want to bow to Alexandra Stan…so much so that I think the song should be retitled to “Kool-Aid.” It even has a dubstep-lite bridge, just to silence the kiddies.
Don’t even get me started on how much I love the clip in which SHE ACTUALLY MAKES LEMONADE (Do they not have metaphors in Eastern Europe?)
It appears the European domination continues for Alexandra the great. 4 stars.
Incest? The C word? Smoking weed out of pistol shaped bongs?
South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord are up to their usual batshit crazy antics in “Baby’s On Fire.”
However Die Antwoord aren’t just around to shock, they’re here to change the template of modern music. Divisive, fresh and conceptual, “Baby’s On Fire” sounds like Betty Boop rapping over the Mario Brothers soundtrack.
They’re not everyone’s cuppa but at least they’re trying to diversify beyond English Breakfast. 3.5 stars.
Everything tells me I should hate Katy Perry. She made a name for herself from one of the most ridiculous and shitty songs (and faux lesbian anthem) “I Kissed a Girl”, she is the pinnacle of produced pop tart and she Mastershits me six nights a week.
In saying that, Katy has relentlessly assaulted the charts over the past few years and her most recent single “Wide Awake” could give Katy seven US No.1s from the same album. So it is any good? Well, yes and no.
There’s no epic guitar riff of “Last Friday Night” or pop spark of “Firework”, but it does help Katy Perry’s likeability factor. Regardless of what one thinks of Perry, you can tell she has quite a bit to do with the whole song writing process, which is probably more appealing than her taste in fuckwit rockers. 3 stars.