Friday, 9 July 2010

Music: Whatabeauty! - Alicia Keys 'Unthinkable (I'm Ready)'

This, for me, has been one of the musical highlights of the year. I was so indifferent to Alicia's solo singles from the album The Element of Freedom I was tempted to not bother listen to this, but I'm so glad I did!

Written by hard-working Drake ;o), the song tells of a woman placing her proverbial cards on the table and asking her potential (I dunno, suitor, lover, link?!) who is going to make the first move - regardless of who will start the process, she's ready. 

The video is really entertaining, cutting through different eras of an interracial relationship between Alicia and Chad Michael Murray (formerly in One Tree Hill), but I just don't understand why she stops at the halfway point of a fight each time, if you're going to intercept, do it properly!

Plus, barring the nasty haircuts, I think Chad Michael Murray looks quite cute.

(I thought it would be released in the UK. Not so.)

What do you think about the video? Alicia? Chad? 

Music: A classic tune - 'Mirrorball' from Elbow

I first heard Elbow's music when I bought the Mercury Music Prize compilation CD in 2002 when I was obsessed with Zero 7's Destiny, and Guy Garvey's vocals teased my senses through the CD player as he sang 'Powder Blue'.

It wasn't until 2008 that the desire for Elbow became established when I stumbled across 'Bones of You' on the Annie Mac show on Radio 1 and it was 'Boom!', my heart got arrested.

But after I bought the album, The Seldom Seen Kid, I proper fell in love with 'Mirrorball'. What an epic ballad. The first throes of engagement in a relationship are explored as Guy makes a strong case for extended metaphors in songs.

I relish them all.

Music: Janelle MonĂ¡e - Tightrope

I hope she makes it big with this! Finally...