Sometimes I Go To Church, Just to Watch Her Pray.
The Citizens - Blusher - The Citizens are full of the hallmarks of pretentious prog. Oblique lyrics (Sally got smacked / With a blue knapsack / before she passed out from blood loss and boredom.), constant time changes with no regard for structure, and a lead singer with the sort of rich, operatic tenor, that most of the pretentious 70's bands I'm referring to would kill for. But this isn't prog. It's pop in the purest sense, a 3 minute nugget of singalong nonsense and dance able beats that I'm convinced, that, were it to come from a certain Atlanta based hiphop duo, and not 4 white guys in Fedoras from New York, it would be storming up the charts right now.
The Citizens - Kaleidescope (Do You Recall?) - But really, the Citizens debut album, Are We There Yet?, shines on it's ballads. Kaleidescope is a gorgeous little slipe of classic pop. Delicately strummed guitar, and those vocals. At the 2:50 mark, they kick into high gear, drums and cymbals crashing around, and words just seem to float in an absolutely gorgeous atmosphere before the song goes into a break full of fuzz and everything falls apart. A shattered memory, only to once again be pulled together by those vocals. Multitracked and gorgeous. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, or a young Bono on a high note. Epic and excellent.
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The Kleptones - Bite - Things are gettin INTERESTIN now. "Another One Bites the Dust." ODB's "Baby I Got Your Money". And a hint of Justin Timberlake to kick things off. It fuckin works and then some. ODB's insane confrontational cadence works perfectly over the gutterfunk of what will always, for my money, be Queens finest moment. R.I.P. Dirty.
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