Monthly Archives: June 2013

Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 23, 2013

It's not easy being green.

It’s not easy being green.

DEBUTS
40. The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
39. John Newman – Love Me Again
38. Tom Odell – Another Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Grouplove – Ways To Go (38)
21. Five For Fighting – What If (29) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
19. Lawson – Brokenhearted (25)
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (08) | PEAK: #03
09. Plain White T’s – Should’ve Gone To Bed (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (07) | PEAK: #06
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bruno Mars – Treasure (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – Cruise (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Let Her Go (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – Holes (-)
2. Andy Grammer – Crazy Beautiful (2)
3. Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (9)
4. Sammy Adams featuring Mike Posner – L.A. Story (3)
5. Fitz & The Tantrums – 6AM (10)
6. Savoir Adore – Dreamers (-)
7. Austin Mahone – What About Love? (7)
8. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed (6)
9. Parachute – Can’t Help (5)
10. Tony Lucca – Never Gonna Let You Go (8)

In The Mix:
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This (new)
Barenaked Ladies – Odds Are
Britney Spears – Ooh La La
Demi Lovato – Made In The USA
Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had (new)
Jack Johnson – I Got You
John Mayer – Paper Doll (new)
Jonas Brothers – First Time
Justin Timberlake – Tunnel Vision
Kelly Clarkson – Tie It Up
Megan & Liz – Release You
Michael Bublé – Close Your Eyes
Mike Posner – The Way It Used To Be
MKTO – Classic (new)
Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (re-entry)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Skylar Grey – Wear Me Out
Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool
Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation

Chart Notes:

  • Leaping from 12-7, “Brave” becomes the fifth top ten single on my chart for Sara Bareilles, following “Love Song” (#8), “Bottle It Up” (#8), “King Of Anything” (#2) and “Uncharted” (#10). The 33-year-old singer will be releasing her latest album, The Blessed Unrest, on July 16.
  • For the second week in a row, Five For Fighting takes the Biggest Mover honor, climbing from 29-21 with “What If”. The song’s moved twenty spots upward in two weeks. He, John Ondrasik, also has the distinction of being the oldest musician in the countdown at age 48. Age is nothing but a number, people; it’s all about the quality of the music.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to newcomer Tom Odell from Chichester, England. His song recently went top ten on iTunes in the United Kingdom and this week enters my chart at #38, titled “Another Love”. His album, Long Way Down, is out Monday over there, and gets a release here in the United States in September.
  • Another new singer to the chart is John Newman, who comes in at #39 with “Love Me Again”. Last summer, he was featured on the Rudimental song, “Feel The Love”, which went to #1 in the U.K. and is just now being released here. “Again” has already charted in several European countries, including a top ten peak in Hungary.
  • Last but not least, duo The Civil Wars debut at #40 with “The One That Got Away”, a totally different song from the same title that went to #1 on my chart for Katy Perry in 2011. This single comes after the two cancelled their tour and broke up last year, although they’ve seemed to agree on a forthcoming album release, due August 6. It’s self-titled.

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Charts

THE FRIDAY FORTY: The Sounds Of “Summer”

Happy Friday! Welcome to another special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics. It’s been a while since the last one, but I hope you enjoy my latest list.

Today, June 21, marks the Summer Solstice, and while the weather may feel like the summer’s already come, this would officially be the start of it. So, get out your shades and your sunscreen because the beach party awaits. You may have your favorite song that reminds you of summer, but how about the songs that actually have “summer” in the titles? From the breeze to the girls to the nights, there’s a lot to love about summer, and here are 40 of the biggest “summer” songs that have graced the charts over the past 50 years.

(This survey is based off of Billboard’s year-end tabulations from 1963-2012, with attention paid to chart life, peak and weeks in the top 40 for those that didn’t rank highly enough to make a year-end chart and tied songs.)

40. Tony Carey – The First Day of Summer (#33, 1984)
39. Belinda Carlisle – Summer Rain (#30, 1990)
38. Dawn – Summer Sand (#33, 1971)
37. Kenny Chesney – Summertime (#34, 2006)
36. Walter Wanderley – Summer Samba (So Nice) (#26, 1966)
35. Ronnie Dove – Happy Summer Days (#27, 1966)
34. Celebration featuring Mike Love – Almost Summer (#28, 1978)
33. Marianne Faithfull – Summer Nights (#24, 1965)
32. Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind (#25, 1966)
31. The Who – Summertime Blues (#27, 1970)

30. Diesel – Sausalito Summernight (#25, 1981)
29. The Lettermen – Theme From “A Summer Place” (#19, 1965)
28. Ruby & The Romantics – My Summer Love (#19, 1963)
27. Bobby Goldsboro – Summer (The First Time) (#21, 1973)
26. Peter Nero – Theme From “Summer Of ’42” (#21, 1971)
25. Night – Hot Summer Nights (#18, 1979)
24. Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain (#14, 1963)
23. Robin Ward – Wonderful Summer (#14, 1966)
22. Billy Stewart – Summertime (#10, 1966)
21. The Ataris – The Boys Of Summer (#20, 2003)

20. The Motels – Suddenly Last Summer (#9, 1983)
19. Nat “King” Cole – That Sunday, That Summer (#12, 1963)
18. Kid Rock – All Summer Long (#23, 2008)
17. Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze (#6, 1972)
16. Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69 (#5, 1985)
15. Bananarama – Cruel Summer (#9, 1984)
14. War – Summer (#7, 1976)
13. Nat “King” Cole – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer (#6, 1963)
12. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights (#5, 1978)
11. Ace Of Base – Cruel Summer (#10, 1998)

The top ten:
10. Blue Cheer – “Summertime Blues”
PEAK: #14, 1968

9. Don Henley – “The Boys Of Summer”
PEAK: #5, 1985

8. Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”
PEAK: #3, 1970

7. Chad & Jeremy – “A Summer Song”
PEAK: #7, 1964

6. Justin Timberlake – “Summer Love”
PEAK: #6, 2007

From Bel-Air to the charts.

From Bel-Air to the charts.

5. DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE – “Summertime”
PEAK: #4 in 1991

Once upon a time, Will Smith actually paid the bills by rapping his way onto the charts. So, when he (as The Fresh Prince) and his main man DJ Jazzy Jeff hadn’t scored a big hit in three years, they decided to tackle a song about babes, basketball and barbecues. It became the biggest hit of their career, launching into the top 5 while Smith was also starring on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. After one more album together and a few more seasons of his television show, Smith had his own solo career for a few years, tellin’ us how to get jiggy with it and party for the Willenium. He’s still acting today and so is his son, Jaden.

Keepin' it Lyte.

Keepin’ it Lyte.

4. LFO – “Summer Girls”
PEAK: #3 in 1999

New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits…” and so did this Boston trio. The Lyte Funkie Ones decided that after a few singles using that name, they should just shorten it to LFO. After a demo tape of this song made it into the hands of the program director at a Washington, D.C. radio station, he knew it was a hit, and he put it on the air in its unmixed form. This move led to airplay around the country and in the heat of the boy band invasion, a physical single sold well enough to lead it into the top 5 on the Hot 100. The group recorded one additional album released in 2001. Lead singer Rich Cronin passed away in 2010.

He Marx the spot.

He Marx the spot.

3. RICHARD MARX – “Endless Summer Nights”
PEAK: #2 in 1988

Released as the third single from Marx’s self-titled debut album, this ballad recalls the protagonist’s memories of a summer love and all the good times they had together. Marx didn’t have to look far for the inspiration for it; the song was written after a trip to Hawaii that he took with his now-wife, former Animotion singer Cynthia Rhodes. However, the male in the song doesn’t end up with the girl when the season ends; he just has those images in his mind of what once was. It was Marx’s biggest hit at that time in his career, peaking at #2 in the spring of 1988, blocked behind Michael Jackson‘s “Man In The Mirror”.

Living for the "City".

Living for the “City”.

2. THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – “Summer In The City”
PEAK: #1 in 1966

Out of New York, John Sebastian and his band The Lovin’ Spoonful hit it big with a string of singles beginning in 1965 including “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?”, “Do You Believe In Magic?” and “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice”. However, it was in the summer of 1966 that they scored the biggest of the top-selling tracks, which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in August. By 1967, group members began to exit the band, and Sebastian was gone the next year. However, he managed to score another #1 in 1976 as he was welcomed back to the charts with the theme from Welcome Back, Kotter.

Havin' "Fun".

Havin’ “Fun”.

1. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – “Hot Fun In The Summertime”
PEAK: #2 in 1969

Combining members of the Stone family with several other musicians, Sly & The Family Stone became one of the top R&B acts of the 1960’s with a soulful, funkadelic sound that pleased several audiences. Originally released as a stand-alone single, “Fun” was eventually featured on the group’s Greatest Hits album in 1970. Both the single and album peaked at #2 on their respective charts, with “Fun” also making the top ten on the year-end chart. After “Family Affair” and There’s A Riot Goin’ On rose to the top in 1971, drug abuse and the egos of various band members tore the group apart, eventually splitting by 1975.

Thanks for taking some time and checking out another of the Friday Forty posts and if you have any suggestions for themes or a favorite song on the list, let me know! Post away in the comments or find on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Until then, keep cool and enjoy the warm days while they’re here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers, Countdowns

PROFILE: Eleven Past One Own The “Night” With New Single

Set your watches.

Set your watches.

The boys of Eleven Past One are making time for the big time and they certainly aren’t sleeping through any alarm clocks. The five-man band with members from New Brunswick and Ontario originally formed in 2007 and moved to the U.S. in 2009 to record their debut album, The Ultimate Catch, which was released the next year. With little promotional effort, the set ultimately didn’t do well, but it was the first in many steps to getting them where they are today, one of Canada’s hottest new acts. With a sound that combines an electro-pop pulse and a breezy, carefree attitude, the boys are on their way to superstardom in their native country and beyond with a pair of singles that are getting love from both fans and radio programmers.

Consisting of brothers Daniel (vocals) and Stephen (guitar) Richter, along with Kyle Bykiv on guitar, Steve Patenaude on drums and Dan Beattie on bass, the quintet originally hit the airwaves with their debut single, “The World Is Ours”, late last year at the CHR format in Canada. This was issued by a small label out of British Columbia called Tandemtracks, responsible for some other minor chartings in the past few years in the country. It gradually picked up adds in November and December before charting, eventually cracking the top 30 at both the CHR and Hot AC formats in February. With top 20 peaks at two different formats, it was instantly one of the highest-ranking independent singles on the charts, though it quickly fell down and off with no major label cushioning it. It’s still on Canada’s AC survey, but it’s essentially stalled out at that point, and that’ll be the end of its run up north.

That might’ve been the end of it until an opportunity last month, when Warner Music’s division in Canada came knocking on the door. Of course, with an accomplished roster including the Barenaked Ladies, Michael Bublé and Tegan & Sara, how could they pass up the opportunity to sign with them? Thus, it was, and they’re proudly showing off the contract they signed at the label’s headquarters on their Facebook header and Twitter avatar. Now, it’s back to business for the group as they play several live dates in Alberta and Ontario and promote their second single, “Tonight’s The Night”, their first full release with the new team.

While “World” could easily be reduced to a The Wanted sound-alike track as the boys pranced around on the beach in its video clip, “Night” takes them into the Hot Chelle Rae or Maroon 5 realm, a more mature but still enjoyable pop/rock edge with a reggae twist. The video for it, which is now streaming on YouTube, shows the boys in their element on stage, intercut with scenes from a raging party with feathers, a dance-off, and more. I’m sure you’d like to be a part of that. It may not be the most original concept, but it does the trick, and presents them well enough as some talented numbers with a catchy number of theirs. As the followup to a breakthrough single, they likely aren’t a household name up there yet, but with the right promotion, they could definitely be looking at some bigger recognition.

I suppose there’s a little bit of difficulty, at least from my eyes, of whether it’s better to have Eleven Past One established as a boy band or just a band, because it seems like they’re somewhere in limbo between the two classifications. Other Canadian bands to hit the U.S. with similar musical tastes, like Hedley and Simple Plan, have gone either way, and neither are really remembered in the scheme of things today. Perhaps this leaves an opening for the group to shake things up here. The U.S. division of Warner Music is riding high on our pop chart with Jason Derülo‘s “The Other Side”, and while they’re mostly concerned with their rock acts succeeding, maybe investing in a poppier act could do them some good. Any sort of U.S. release for them hasn’t been established yet, but I would certainly like to see it, especially with the kind of songs they’re cooking up.

They’re only just starting out, but Eleven Past One are taking it minute by minute until the world is theirs and they’ll win you over in no time.

Download “The World Is Ours” and “Tonight’s The Night” on iTunes Canada.

3 Comments

Filed under Music News, Single Reviews

SINGLE PREMIERE: Backstreet Boys – “In A World Like This” (+ Lyrics)

What a wonderful "World".

What a wonderful “World”.

They wished that they could give the world to you, but the “World” has changed a little bit since the Backstreet Boys first dominated the charts in the late 90’s. Music acts have come and gone, including a lot of their boy band counterparts. Music styles have changed, including the evolution of their own catalogue from bubblegum pop to R&B to pop/rock to dance and now back to just straight-up solid power pop. Last month, the group came out with what I thought was their first single from a new album, “Permanent Stain”, an uptempo electronic-pop track that they performed live and premiered of Good Morning America. However, it was never sent to radio or to any digital retailer, and just ended up as a teaser of what was to come. Now comes the actual first single from the project. It’s already been serviced to radio stations and has its sights on becoming the group’s first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 since 2005.

“In A World Like This” is the title track from the forthcoming album by the band, due on July 30. It’s their first album for Sony BMG after longtime home Jive Records was dissolved into RCA in the fall of 2011. It’s also the band’s first album with all five members in eight years after Kevin Richardson was absent on albums Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009). It’s their best single in years, at least for me since “Inconsolable” in 2007, displaying their crisp and clear vocals against a little guitar and drum. Even if you’ve given up on the Boys for still trying with material that isn’t going to get the same amount of attention as the prior stuff, this is pretty much their classic sound with a fuller arrangement. They’re in control of their own material now and their work has paid off. Inevitably, this is probably going to get some comparisons to some of the newer boy bands like One Direction with the emphasis on the repetitive end-lines and a prominent hook, but cut them some slack; they’ve tried really hard to maintain their fan base and this could get them some return listeners.

It may be an uphill battle for the Backstreet Boys to return to their glory days on the national charts, but they’re doing what they want, and, forgive the pun, “I want it that way.” Let me know what you think of the song below or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Listen to the premiere of “In A World Like This”.

“IN A WORLD LIKE THIS”

[Verse 1]
You’ve got me wide open, wide open
Now I’m yours
You found me heartbroken, heartbroken
On the floor
Became my salvation, salvation
Through the war, yeah
You got me wide open, wide open
Now I’m sure

[Chorus]
In a world like this where some back down
I, I, know we’re gonna make it
In a time like this where love comes ’round
I, I, know we’re gonna take it
In a world like this where people fall apart
In a time like this where nothing comes from the heart
In a world like this, I’ve got you

[Verse 2]
And now I’m free falling, free falling
In your eyes
You got me still calling, still calling
No surprise
I never knew I could love ’til the
End of time, yeah
And now I’m free falling, free falling
By your side

[Chorus]
In a world like this where some back down
I, I, know we’re gonna make it
In a time like this where love comes ’round
I, I, know we’re gonna take it
In a world like this where people fall apart
In a time like this where nothing comes from the heart
In a world like this, I’ve got you

Ah, yeah
Ah, In a world like this

[Middle 8]
You got me wide open, wide open, yeah
And now I’m free falling, free falling
Hey, yeah, yeah
Yeah yeah yeah
In a world like, in a world like
‘Cause I got you in a world like this

[Chorus]
In a world like this where some back down
I, I, know we’re gonna make it
In a time like this where love comes ’round
I, I, know we’re gonna take it
In a world like this where people fall apart
In a time like this where nothing comes from the heart
In a world like this, I’ve got you

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 18)

Yeezus take the wheel.

Yeezus take the wheel.

It’s a rapper’s delight this week as three of them go head-to-head on the charts. Only one can wrap themselves around the top spot. Here’s what is in stores this week, June 18:

  • Both his album and his new baby with Kim Kardashian leaked over the weekend, but that’s not going to stop Kanye West from being the highest new entry on next week’s album chart. His Yeezus is released today, one of the most-highly anticipated releases this summer. (iTunes)
  • Rapper J. Cole is out with his second album, Born Sinner, which features recent R&B hit “Power Trip” with Miguel and new single “Crooked Smile” with TLC. His last album debuted at #1 and was certified Gold. (iTunes)
  • Currently featured on Ariana Grande‘s hit “The Way”, Mac Miller serves up his second album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Two digital singles from the effort have charted just below the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Former Destiny’s Child singer and now solo artist Kelly Rowland is giving us lessons on how to Talk A Good Game this week. The effort features “Dirty Laundry” and “Kisses Down Low”. (iTunes)
  • Country cutie Hunter Hayes is back with an Encore edition of his self-titled debut album, which features the current Country radio single, “I Want Crazy”. (iTunes)
  • They took the world by storm with “Mmmbop” back in 1997. Now, Hanson return with their latest studio set, Anthem. (iTunes)
  • Pop and rap duo 3OH!3 are back with their third major label album and first in three years, Omens. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: BWB‘s Human Nature (iTunes), Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark‘s Blind, Crippled and Crazy (iTunes), a self-titled album by the LoCash Cowboys (iTunes) and Kveikur by Iceland’s Sigur Rós. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Best I Ever Had”, the first single from Gavin DeGraw‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Bourbon In Kentucky”, a new one from Dierks Bentley featuring background vocals from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Made In America”, a new song from the family band Cimorelli. (iTunes)
  • “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, from pop goddess Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Paper Doll”, the highly anticipated new single from John Mayer. (iTunes)
  • “Woman’s World”, a return to music for legend Cher. (iTunes)

Next week’s schedule isn’t particularly exciting, but do look for albums from Mavis Staples, Wale and more on our next update!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

SINGLE PREMIERE: Gavin DeGraw – “Best I Ever Had” (+ Lyrics)

Could it be his biggest hit "Ever"?

Could it be his biggest hit “Ever”?

It was back in September 2011 that Gavin DeGraw put out his last album to date, Sweeter. The leadoff single from that effort, “Not Over You”, was a major change in style for DeGraw, who went from a more organic pop/rock sound to the heavy drums and repetitive keyboard of Ryan Tedder‘s production style. It worked, becoming his biggest national hit since “I Don’t Want To Be” back in early 2005. Two other songs, the title track and “Soldier”, both charted at Hot Adult Contemporary radio. Now, DeGraw is changing it up once again both mixing a few different sounds on his latest, “Best I Ever Had”, from an album yet to be titled.

First of all, it’s not a hot Drake or Vertical Horizon remake. Let’s just get that straight. “Best” is going to sound real familiar to you just a few notes in. It has the quick-paced, pop culture laden lyrics and vocal style of Pat Monahan from Train. I mean, “Helter Skelter” and hipsters? Only in a Train song… or one that’s imitating one. Plus, there’s a hint of Paul Simon especially in the bridge. My first impression from hearing it was a little bit of “You Can Call Me All”, although it could be something else in his catalogue. There’s a certain vibe that it gives off that classic Simon sound. You’ll also hear a slightly more folk-driven background instrumental, which sounds like a peppier version of “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons. Everybody’s doing it in their music regardless of whether they’re a folk or bluegrass act; why not buck a trend?

It’s easy to compare DeGraw’s new song to a lot of different songs that are already out there, but at the end of the day, it’s his first single out there from the new record and this sounds like a hit even if it’s not the most original song ever to be created. It’s probably not a signature song, or rather, the best he’s ever had, but it’s definitely accessible, fun, and light-hearted, for sure. We’ll be sure to be hearing it into the fall. Let me know what you think of it below or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Listen to the premiere of “Best I Ever Had”. / Purchase “Best I Ever Had” on iTunes.

“BEST I EVER HAD”

[Verse 1]
Melt Antarctica, savin’ Africa
I failed algebra and I miss you sometimes
We’re at war again, save the world again
You can all join in, but you can’t smoke inside

[Bridge 1]
You said “Take me home, I can’t stand this place
‘Cause there’s too many hipsters and I just can’t relate”
You’re my neon gypsy, my desert rain
You’re my “Helter Skelter”, oh how can I explain that

[Chorus]
You’re the best I ever had
And I’m trying not to get stuck in my head
But I read that soda kills you and Jesus saves
On the bathroom wall where I saw your name
You’re the best I ever had
I won’t be the same

[Verse 2]
Night sky full of drones, this neighborhood of clones
I’m looking at the crowd and they’re staring at their phones
They groom the coast line here, it’s starting to disappear (Oh God!)
And maybe once a year, I think to clean my car

[Bridge 2]
Caught my reflection, dropped the call
I’ve been medicated with cigarettes and alcohol
I got vertigo, no I can’t see straight
I got obligations though I’m usually late but

[Chorus]
You’re the best I ever had
And I’m trying not to get stuck in my head
But I think I dropped my wallet in Santa Fe
Lost the only picture I had of you that day and
You’re the best I ever had
I won’t be the same

[Middle 8]
Hey West Virginia, Hey North Dakota
I think I love you, but don’t even know you
Hey Massachusetts, Hey Minnesota
I think I love you, but don’t even know you
Hey Carolina, Hey Oklahoma
I think I love you, but don’t even know you
Hey Alabama, Hey California
I think I love you, but don’t even know you

[Chorus]
You’re the best I ever had (you’re the best I ever had)
And I’m trying not to get stuck in my head (get stuck in my head)
But I passed a lonely sign on the interstate
Saying “Find someone before it gets too late”
You’re the best I ever had (you’re the best I ever had)
I won’t be the same

[Middle 8]
Hey West Virginia, Hey North Dakota (Oh why, oh why)
I think I love you, but don’t even know you (I won’t be the same)
Hey Massachusetts, Hey Minnesota (you’re the best I ever had)
I think I love you, but don’t even know you (I won’t be the same)

Yeah, I won’t be the same

5 Comments

Filed under Single Reviews

SINGLE PREMIERE: John Mayer – “Paper Doll” (+ Lyrics)

Makin' "Paper".

He’ll be makin’ “Paper”.

35-year-old John Mayer has been through a lot in his over decade long career. His last era, Born And Raised, was meant to mark a grand return for Mayer and debuted at #1 after some delay, but it was ultimately marked by a cancelled tour due a throat issue and a lack of promotional appearances. “Shadow Days”, the lead single from the effort, ultimately disappointed on the national charts, while “Queen Of California” and “Something Like Olivia” did even worse. He hit the lowest of his lows, but in the last few months, he’s been able to perform live again. He’s also recorded a new album, which will be out later this year. The first single from it has been teased quite a bit on Twitter through Vine videos of the lyrics and is now finally hear in full: it’s called “Paper Doll”.

Mayer’s latest track is an understated but slow and soulful track that doesn’t have anything glitzy about it, unless we’re talking about the outfits on the dolls. They’re rocking some haut couture pieces. This piece of his new album is simply just pretty. It recalls early 90’s Bonnie Raitt for me; it could do something else for you. It’s not the most exciting release on the planet (it sort of just stays there in a comfortable little groove), but it’ll do well enough on radio because of the guy who is singing it. It’s the lyrics that primarily save it, at least in my opinion; it’s a simplistic set, but there are some standout lines. At least it’s not a bad record, though I’m hoping for some rockier numbers with a little more energy on his forthcoming album.

What do you think of “Paper Doll”? Is it worth framing on the wall or is it flimsy enough to throw out? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Watch the music video for “Paper Doll”. / Download “Paper Doll” on iTunes.

“PAPER DOLL”

[Verse 1]
Paper doll, come try it on
Step out of that black chiffon
Here’s a dress of gold and blue
Sure was fun being good to you

[Verse 2]
This one we made just for Fall
And Winter runs a bit too small
This mint green is new for Spring
My love didn’t cost a thing

[Chorus]
You’re like twenty-two girls in one
And none of them know what they’re runnin’ from
Was it just too far to fall?
For a little paper doll

[Verse 3]
Fold a scarf, Moroccan red
And tie your hair behind your head
Strap into some heels that hurt
You should’ve kept my undershirt

[Chorus]
You’re like twenty-two girls in one
And none of them know what they’re runnin’ from
Was it just too far to fall?
For a little paper doll

[Verse 4]
Cut the cord and pull some strings
And make yourself some angel wings
And if those angel wings don’t fly
Someone’s gonna paint you another sky

[Chorus – variation]
‘Cause you’re like twenty-two girls in one
And none of them know what they’re runnin’ from
Was it just too far to fall? (x2)

6 Comments

Filed under Single Reviews