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411 Music Buy or Sell 01.17.13: Let Us Move On From Stubbon Love

January 17, 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 Jam Central Station’s Jeff Modzelewski, taking on the resident 411 Master of Metal, Robert Cooper!

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

1) Rapsody (ft. Raheem DeVaughn) – “Non-Fiction”
From The Idea of Beautiful (Jamla)
Released July 25, 2012
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

I just don’t enjoy most hip-hop. I’m biased, sure, but it is what it is. I can’t say what it is that I don’t enjoy about this song, since it’s not some cliche dance club thing, but there’s just nothing here that I enjoy. I set the bar pretty low on Buy or Sell when it comes to genres that I don’t normally listen to, and there’s really nothing wrong with this song, but I’m just not “feeling it” as they say.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I really didn’t expect much of this, which is what usually happens when I come into this column, because I’m the metal guy, and when it comes to things that aren’t metal, I’m not all that versed in what is going on. This is pretty damn good, I like the beat that it has, it kind of feels old school to me (like I can talk about old school hip hop), you get a beat, a good guest singer, and a flow that makes Niagra Falls tremble. I could honestly listen to this a few more times, and not tire of it, which is pretty rare for me to say about a hip hop song. But I like it, good find, Jeremy!


2) Hatebreed – “Put It To The Torch”
From The Divinity of Purpose (Razor & Tie)
Released November 19, 2012
Jeff Modzelewski: BUY.

Hatebreed’s one of those bands you either enjoy or you don’t. They’re not straight hardcore, but they’ve always had a great updated hardcore sound. If you enjoy “This Is Now” or “I Will Be Heard,” you’ll enjoy this song. It’s straightforward and there’s no screwing around. Standard Hatebreed.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

I’ll be honest, Hatebreed is not exactly a band that I’m a huge fan of. They don’t offend me in any way, but I find their music to a bit generic. It’s funny that the past two metal tracks I’ve gotten, I’ve sold, I guess it’s because I expect more out of my metal. This track isn’t anything bad, it’s perfect for what it is, short, sweet, and a punch in the face. There isn’t much beyond what Hatebreed already does here, it would have been great when I was in high school where I loved stuff like Killswitch Engage and would stab you over disagreeing. I still love them, but not as much, this is kind of the same story. I don’t have anything to wow me and change my opinion either way. So just going to have to skip it for now.


3) MKTO – “Thank You”
From TBA (Columbia)
Released January 4, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

So the premise was funny for the first few seconds of the video, and then the music began. This is like a bad version of a fun. song. It’s LMFAO except without the comedy. It’s basically a “grownups suck, teens rule” sort of thing, so it’ll probably sell millions of copies to suburban kids using their parent’s credit cards to put it on the iPhone they got for Christmas.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

Usually, I try to give a song another listen for the benefit of the doubt and try to like something about it. I’ll give the song that it’s catchy. Otherwise, this song does a whole bunch of nothing for me. It has likable aspects, it’s catchy, the singing isn’t bad, and the theme is easy to relate to. But I feel like I’ve heard this song before, many times before.


4) T.I. (ft. Lil Wayne) – “Ball”
From Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
Released October 16, 2012
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

The beat sounds like it was made with one of those cheap keyboards from the late 80’s. As far as the rapping, neither T.I. nor Lil Wayne have anything interesting to say, and neither of them display much talent in their flow. The video is a party in the hood. Looks like a good time, if you want to get drunk and pregnant at 14.

Robert Cooper: SELL.

I saw Lil Wayne and cringed. But I know TI has a reputation for some good music, so I held some hope. It was a chore for me to get through this, this song is so fucking stupid. It’s about ass, and then maybe some other things. But with the hot pokers going into my ears, I had to tune a few things out. This did not make me like Lil Wayne any more than I already didnt, his voice grates on my ears, and his stuff was just generic as hell. But I will say that if you like songs for clubs, this would be your shit.


5) Hot Water Music – “Drag My Body”
From Exister (Rise Records)
Released January 3, 2013
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

I don’t know, it’s an OK rock song, but nothing that’s gonna stick with me. I almost went Buy just because it’s better than most of the other stuff this week, but if I heard this I’d wonder if it was Nickleback, and that’s not a good thing. There’s some talent here but the song is pretty boring and forgettable. Maybe they’ll do something interesting next time around.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I have never heard of these guys. If this song is any indication of their overall sound, count me in for a few more listens. I like the smoky sound to the singer, and I really love the bass beat that is going on, gives a real groove to it. Apparently they’re a punk band, wouldn’t have thought that. One other thing I must say, the video is a pretty good band, it gives you all the feels.


6) Nelly Furtado – “Waiting For The Night”
From The Spirit Indestructible (Mosley/Interscope)
Released December 14, 2012
Jeff Modzelewski: SELL.

Again, it’s OK but I don’t really go for mediocre. If you’re a Nelly Furtado fan you’ll probably enjoy it, but there’s nothing here that’ll pull in a non-fan. She’s got a good voice, but the song itself is easily forgettable. Frankly I think she can do better given her voice, but, as far as this song goes, it’s not really worth a second listen.

Robert Cooper: BUY.

I didn’t really expect to like this. I associate two songs with her, the first one is “Promiscuous”, which I thought wasn’t bad, not my cup of tea, but not bad. And the other is, “Like a Bird”, which is totally different from the other song. This song has a nice beat to it, and it has different elements than most of pop music. Though I know there was one song that had an accordian, what the name of it was escapes me. This song also has an accordian, and IT’S A FUCKING SOLO! I almost started a pit during it!….Okay,all kidding aside, I really like that this song has some different qualities. Nelly Furtado also has a very good voice, but I’m pretty sure that this was never disputed.


We have a contentious week this time, with Jeff and Robert only agreeing enough to Sell both T.I. and MTKO! Thanks to both of them 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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