Monday, May 09, 2005

You Oughta Listen: Hot Tunes Today

1. Best Of You - Foo Fighters
2. The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
3. Getting Smaller - Nine Inch Nails
4. With One Look - Glenn Close (from Sunset Boulevard)
5. As If We Never Said Goodbye - Glenn Close
6. Hella Good - No Doubt

Is The Hand That Feeds the hookiest song ever? No, but it sure catches on you fast. Give it a spin, and you'll be amazed how quickly you'll get addicted to it. Getting Smaller features superb drumming by Dave Grohl, one of my idols. He's really the best and most all-rounded rock musician around. His drumming is tight and exciting and inventive. You won't be disappointed.

Of course, Dave Grohl is the frontman of Foo Fighters, and they have a new album coming out in June, led by their first single, Best Of You. I didn't like it at first as it is a bit repetitive, but as with all Foos songs, they grow on you. And it is a typical Foos song that starts off serene but builds up in intensity as the track goes. Feel the power man!

The 2 Glenn Close songs are from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Sunset Boulevard. It is one of his lower-profile works, but in my opinion, the music is better than Cats. The tunes are more contemporary, reflecting its storyline of a faded Hollywood actress. The 2 songs here are the centrepieces, and they feature Glenn Close's (yes, the actress!) powerful vocals, delivered with heart-wrenching emotion.

Barbara Streisand did a version of With One Look, that appeared on The Very Best Of Andrew Lloyd Webber CD, but it pales in comparison. So make sure you listen to Glenn Close's version.

Hella Good is the opening song for No Doubt's last studio album, Rock Steady, and it is one of my favourite No Doubt songs. It simply is hella good, with its cool bass line and Billie Jean drum beat. Check it out!


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