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411 Music Buy or Sell 01.10.13: Let Us Move On From Stubbon Love

January 10, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Greetings and salutations, Music Zone readers! Welcome to your top choice in music single opinion columns, 411 Music Buy or Sell! I’m your host Jeremy Thomas, and each week we’ll look at some of the hottest new and hit singles and a couple of our esteemed writers will decide if they want to keep the song (Buy) or drop it like it’s hot (Sell). This week we’re changing things up and instead looking at some of the biggest hits of 2012. Our s listeners are 411 Music Zone emeritus Adam Hill, taking on the master of 411’s new Magazine Show, Stewart Lange!

All right, enough of the introductions and rules…let’s hop to it!

1) Dido (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – “Let Us Move On”
From Girl Who Got Away (Cheeky/RCA)
Released January 24, 2013
Adam Hill: SELL.

Come on, hands up. Who knew Dido was even still alive let alone making music? You, the guy at the back with his hand in the air, you’re a liar. So anyway, this year will see the release of her first album in five years and it sounds like time has stood still for Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong as, while her voice is as soft and lovely as ever, the music sounds just as it did back in 2008. In fact, the music doesn’t even feel like it was even written, just compiled from the producer’s database of beats and melodies. The use of Kendrick Lamar may buy some small semblance of current credibility but in a day and age where practically every other track has some one rapping over some it, it doesn’t stand out at all. So, welcome back Dido, we didn’t really realize you were gone and, as you sing on the track, “let us move on/for this is short/and it will pass.”

Stewart Lange: SELL.

Wow, Dido is still making music? That is actually more boring than the music she was releasing 10 years ago? I’ll be damned. This is bland stuff to kick us off and the Kendrick Lamar part seems very out of place. I could see my mother liking this, but then he starts rapping and even she would switch it off.


2) Snoop Lion (ft. Angela Hunte) – “Here Comes the King”
From Reincarnated (Doggystyle/Vice/RCA)
Released December 3, 2012
Adam Hill: SELL.

Not that he would care but I do admire Snoop for daring to do something different and changing up his style the way he has. Unfortunately it feels kinda lazy and uninspired. Where is the pain and suffering, the emotion and depth that reggae conveyed so well in the past? It’s like someone has got Reggae for Dummies out of the library, jotted down a few notes (hmmm, they used to sing about religion a bit. We’ll use that), added a dance element to it, let Snoop mispronounce some stuff to make it almost rhyme and let him still do a bit of a rap in the middle too. Nice try Snoop but there is still a long way to go if you are really taking this seriously.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

Ha ha ha, Snoop Lion? Give me a break. If you told me this was a spoof track, I’d believe you and I’d laugh at it, thinking it was a nice parody. His mispronunciation of the word religion makes me cringe and I couldn’t make it through the whole song. Absolute joke of a track.


3) The Lumineers – “Stubborn Love”
From The Lumineers (Dualtone Records)
Released October 3, 2012
Adam Hill: BUY.

It’s the best thing so far this week but considering the tracks that have gone before, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement. To be fair though, this is pretty decent, it’s like Mumford and Sons, but not bland and wearing cardigans and beards, or cardigans made out of beards. It’s a reasonably pleasant stampy, clappy folk track that the cool kids loved a couple of years back and old men in tweed have never fallen out of love with. I don’t wear tweed, but I am getting old so this gets a pass, just.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

I think Mumford and Sons will be suing someone over this. It’s actually not bad, but I have no interest in actually ever hearing it again. It doesn’t go anywhere and isn’t actually particularly exciting. For those of you that think the Arcade Fire would be good if they weren’t so “darned heavy.”


4) Lisa Loeb – “No Fairy Tale”
From No Fairy Tale (429 Records)
Released December 18, 2012
Adam Hill: SELL.

A quick look at YouTube hits reveals, unsurprisingly, that “Stay (I Missed You)” has millions and millions of views while other Lisa Loeb tracks are lucky to break into the 100,000 mark. There is a reason for this and “No Fairy Tale” does nothing to suggest it will ever be another way.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

Oh, wow. Lisa Loeb? Jeremy, please. You’re spoiling me with all the crap this week. I’m not sure what 40 something Lisa’s motivation was behind this, but it sounds like the sort of song a 17 year old girl would release after winning the X-Factor. It’s that good.


5) Skylar Gray (ft. Eminem) – “Come On Let Me Ride”
From TBA (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Released December 11, 2012
Adam Hill: SELL.

Skylar Grey, the girl the industry seems to be desperate to succeed. No doubt this will appeal to many; mainly kids who have never actually seen a woman naked before of course and who get hard for boner jokes. Annoyingly it is quite catchy but sweet jeebus it is puerile nonsense. Do double entendres count if they are so freaking obvious it practically says it out loud? Not to worry mind you, as, should there be anyone out there in any doubt as to what the song is about, the lyric video takes the time and care to make it quite clear to even the most backwards of people, Huh huh, the bike is his cock. Huhhuhhuhuhuh. That make me done a laugh in my pants. Huh huh.

Stewart Lange: BUY.

I love this! Why? Who knows! Because the lyrics have no right to be as filthy as they are? Yes. Because she’s hot? Also yes! Because Eminem is great? Yes! Yes! Yes! The fact is, I had a big, fat grin on my face the whole time this was on. Then I watched it again.


6) fun. – “Carry On”
From Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen)
Released October 23, 2012
Adam Hill: SELL.

It’s ok everyone, Fun are not just another shitty boyband made to look real because they have instruments. I know this because in the video for “Carry On” they are drinking shots of apple juice in a bar, and only proper, hard-nosed rock stars with attitude do crazy things like that. Man, they are going to have such a juice hangover in the morning. As for the music, it sounds like Mika and Mika is shit too.

Stewart Lange: SELL.

These guys really piss me off. They blew up last year and I just cannot get myself to enjoy them. This one doesn’t have the catchy refrain of whatever “We Are Young” but they seem to be catching a break as an extremely diet version of the Killers.


Rough week this time around as everything is a Sell except for Skylar and the Lumineers, and even those are just Splits! Thanks to Adam and Stewart for their participation this week; that will do it us! What do you think of the singles we covered? Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!


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