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TBR’s Best Singles of 2010: Part One

Okay folks, this is THE BEAT REVIEW’s Top 30 of 2010 List. I can’t make the effort to select up to 100 because you all know how hard that is to carry out and I’m so preoccupied with a lot of stuff.

Since I sporadically posted monthly playlists throughout the year, might as well give you the last rundown of the 30 best songs that defined this year. 2010 has been an amazing year for most genres of music. We saw comebacks that flop so hard, amazing new artists that has shown tremendous potential and the comebacks that proved they are really worth of the music limelight.

My last treat for y’all is the ability to download all 30 songs towards the end of the three-part series. The first part will be published today (#30 – 21), the second part on the 29th (#20 – 11) and the third part on the 30th (#10-1). So be sure to check out the blog on the next 3 days to see who’s in or who’s out in our 2010 Year-End list.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Giving Up The Gun

The American rock quartet has proven their eccentricity to be something very useful to their advantage. ‘Giving Up The Gun’ – Contra‘s most pop sounding tune is a brilliant one. And it represented their album’s premise perfectly.

MINI VIVA – One Touch

Mini Viva, one of British pop music’s biggest frustration this year may have split up but their last single as a duo, ‘One Touch’ proved to be their best. Every bit of pop music sweetness sums up this track and we’re still in mourning over the loss of one of the best pop duos that never came.

PLAN B – Prayin’

Plan B’s combination of hip-hop and soul never didn’t jive in together especially with the Mark Ronson’ sounding production – ‘Prayin’ is one heck of an anthem.

 

ROSANNA – Waterfall

Popjustice Hi-Fi first ever release is absolutely a treat to the senses. A piece of melancholic classic Swedish pop tune – it cruises its way to your playlists in just a glance. Like a Waterfall, Rosanna should be flowing through the mainstream with ease with this kind of pop genius.

 

SKY FERREIRA – Obsession

Sky is the exact epitome of a natural-born popstar. She’s got the looks, the voice and everything unconventional you can imagine. Maybe if the tweens listened a lot more to this lass, the world might be a better place to live in.

 

DRAKE feat. ALICIA KEYS – Fireworks

Drake’s own style of producing hip hop music might be meh for others but the truth is, he has an amazing singing voice and a one heck of rapping skills. Combined with Miss Alicia’s soulful vocals, ‘Fireworks’ sets its pace uphill as it reaches the skies with its magnificence.

ELIZA DOOLITTLE – Pack Up

The 50′s dancehall influenced track is a nice introduction on how things work for Miss Eliza Doolittle. The British songstress cleverly instills classic decades music into her cotton candy flourished music pieces. It might not be an original concept but the fact that she pulls up a fight in the pop charts is a nice way to say that at most points, ‘it works’.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT – Like A G6

The only Asian group so far to top international charts has proven their abilities in their début effort, ‘Free Wired’. The catchiness of ‘Like A G6′ is clear way to say that hip-hop music isn’t for black and white people only. It absolutely knows no race at this point.

GORILLAZ – Stylo

Damon Albarn and his animated friends came back with a bang this year. One of Gorillaz’ catchiest tracks ever, the basslines are superb with Mos Def’s perfectly fitted verses towards the endings of the track – it surely does deserve a spot on our list.

KE$HA – WE R WHO WE R

We can’t deny that Ke$ha always comes up with infectiously addictive tunes that always put out a good fight in the pop charts but the truth is, I always associated the word ‘AUTOTUNE’ with the word, ‘KE$HA’. It just won’t turn out good if the two weren’t together.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR PART TWO!


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Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack streamed online for 24 hours!

Listen to the Eclipse soundtrack now featuring tracks from Sia, Florence + The Machine, Muse, Metric, The Black Keys and Vampire Weekend. The soundtrack will be made available for purchase starting June 8th via Chop Shop/ Atlantic. The film hits theatres starting June 30th.

www.eclipsesoundtrack.com

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MySpace reveals ‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack Tracklisting (IN FULL)

Fans of the mega hit movie series ‘Twilight’ are going to be ecstatic this week. There are loads of surprises in store for the fans of the movie starring Kristen Steward, Brit actor Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The soundtrack for the series has always been being much awaited by fans as it sports some of the best artists putting on their best music for the film. This year is quite special, MUSE will release the lead single off the album titled ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)’ on May 17th.

The new soundtrack features new tracks from Brit Award winner Florence + The Machine, Australian pop icon Sia, a duet from Brits Beck and Bat For Lashes and American Indie Rockers Vampire Weekend among others.

After 7 hours, here are the official tracks included on the soundtrack:

1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”

2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”

3. The Bravery – “Ours”

4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”

5. Sia – “My Love”

6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”

7. The Black Keys – “Chop And Change”

8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”

9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”

10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”

11. UNKLE – “With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”

12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles An Hour”

13. Band Of Horses – “Life On Earth”

14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part Of Forever”

15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”#

A special episode of Twilight: Eclipse will air on Oprah today, May 13th followed by the sale of the movie tickets on May 14th.

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Album Review: Vampire Weekend – Contra

The indie rock outfit from New York definitely lit up the music scene with their debut album Vampire Weekend which got released two years ago. After two years, the band finally released their sophomore effort named Contra which actually serves as a great follow-up to its predecessor.

Contra opens up with Horchata (this is actually a name for a Mexican rice drink). The track shows off the band’s unique suits right from the get-go: the pulsating African drums. Following Horchata is the synth-laden White Sky. Ezra Koenig does sound great in this one as well. The chord work done on White Sky is simply great in my honest opinion. Holiday gives off a The Strokes semblance. The chord work is at its peak in this one. The presence of the keyboard helps add a sense of lushness into the track. Absolutely the album’s best moment.

Taxi Cab comes off as a surprise. The presence of the rhythms created by the piano are absolutely gorgeous. It does not sound as a very edgy track unlike previous material from the band but it does a great job nevertheless. Meanwhile, Run charges in like a festive track with the way the drums were going in the track.

No matter how hard I tried to appreciate the album, it does have quirks. California English, with its very hard-to-understand lyrics, is really a letdown. Cousins just does not match the richness of A-Punk. Sure, the high-paced crashing of the drums is great as well as the rapid playing of the guitar but it’s simply a track that loses its flavor eventually.

Another upbeat track comes with Giving Up The Gun. The synth-dominated track just ends as a decent track though it may seem underrated for others. However, Diplomat’s Sun may end up as the album’s most underrated track. The synth does a lovely job in this one.

The album closes with style through I Think Ur A Contra. It is a great ballad that shows off lots of great emotion from the band. The orchestral style seen in the track is definitely a treat to the senses as well.

Contra is not better than Vampire Weekend. However, the band’s efforts in trying to change things up must be lauded. Vampire Weekend knows what it’s doing with their stuff but it just falls short. However, the tracks are really likable once the third spin with the record is done. It really can be a grower. Still, I am convinced that the band got off track in Contra and eventually, the band does not match the greatness that its debut album had.

Recommended Tracks: Horchata, White Sky, Holiday, Taxi Cab, and I Think Ur A Contra

Genre: Rock

Label: XL Recordings

Date Released: January 8, 2010

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