Sunday, September 21, 2003

Some random notes on tracks listed below which I haven't yet mentioned:

The Strokes' "12:51" will not change the world ("Last Nite" didn't, either). But it's awfully tasty - really, the first Strokes single to hook me, very Cars-ian with a dash of U2 circa their first trio of albums.

"Darshan" by B21 is from the Bend It Like Beckham soundtrack. It's splendid bhangra, Panjabi MC minus the rapping, with more of a "Join in the Chant" tribal feel to it (I mean that in a percussive sense, not a heavy-duty Teutonic industrial sense).

Gareth Gates finally proves that winners of televised musical talent competitions can make lovely pop records (are you listening, Kelly? Ruben? Fucking Clay?). Gareth won the first Pop Idol over in the U.K., and has until now largely released a string of saccharine-sweet, crap ballads designed for grandmothers. On "Sunshine," however, his production's beefed up a bit, with a white-boy-gets-slightly-funky feel to it. It's perfecto (not Perfecto - is that label even still around?) late-summer-into-autumn listening.

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