Pop: Beat Of The Week {18/04/12}

Posted on Apr 18 2012 - 12:15pm by LK Mahtani


Burn It Down

Linkin Park













Look who’s back so early!? Even though Linkin Park’s previous album, A Thousand Suns released two years ago, its effect still remains! And now Linkin Park return with new single Burn It Down form their fifth studio album, Living Things.

Linkin Park revisit familiar territory in Burn It Down, with their music’s arena-filling energy, Mike Shinoda’s power-packed rap and lead singer Chester Bennington’s restrained at verse/explosive at chorus vocals. The song’s lyrics are open to interpretation, Shinoda’s take on it being about how pop culture builds up a star and then destroys them just as easily.

The synth hook in the beginning, progressing to a mid-tempo beat and a mind-wrecking chorus, is classic Linkin Park. If anything, Burn It Down is more electro then you’d expect, making the track almost danceable. Shinoda & Bennington’s rap/sung chemistry is kinda lack-luster, something I personally always look forward to in a Linkin Park song. But this song somehow doesn’t go wrong. This one will climb Rock charts faster than you can say Go. So is it a step backward for Linkin Park? Not really. For now they’re just steady on their ground.

Living Things releases June 26, 2012. (can’t wait, right!?)


Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgEKLhvCCVA&feature=channel&list=UL




Maroon 5 (featuring Wiz Khalifa)













Wait, weren’t they no more? Last year before Maroon 5‘s third album, Hands All Over was announced, frontman Adam Levine made it pretty clear the band has reached its peak and will be making just one more album before disbanding. But their farewell album’s moderate sales and the hope that their biggest hit yet, Moves Like Jagger brought may have changed their mind.

Payphone featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, M5’s first single from their comeback album Overexposed, is so radio-ready its hard to believe this is the same band that created alternative hits like This Love and Makes Me Wonder. Quote M5 guitarist James Valentine, this is their “poppiest record ever.”

Backbeats, synths, airy falsetto, all the things that made M5’s songs a hit last year can be heard in Payphone. Levine compares his heartbreak to a payphone, spending all his “change” on her. First Stereo Hearts, and now this? Enough with the crazy analogies Adam! But that said, can’t argue that this song will touch hearts and not to mention, be a potential chart topper. While Levine sobs over his lost love, Wiz goes all cocky in his verse, talking about how she’ll regret leaving him now that he’s got it all.

The Lyric Video (link below), is a fun comic strip that illustrates the lyrics, superhero style!               Payphone’s gonna be one to watch out for on the Pop Charts.


Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FlQSQuv_mg&feature=channel&list=UL



So Hard To Breathe














Fame comes with a set of twisted side effects. Its pretty much a packaged deal. That’s what rapper B.o.B  desperately  tries to express in So Hard To Breathe, the third official single from his yet to release album, Strange Clouds.

The track begins with a deep sigh and a textbook indie-pop vibe: acoustic guitar finger-picking, off-beat drumming and a very The Cranberries-ish ‘ah-a-ah-aah’ hook. B.o.B wastes no time and gets to the point, rapping:                                                                                                                                               Since day one I said f**k the fame and everything it dealt/ But the fame is really here just to facilitate the wealth/ But the wealth attracts you haters like mosquitoes to a whale/ And the waters getting deeper so I must set out to sail.        

The pace picks up at the chorus, making it heavy and emotional. B.o.B calls this one a sibling to his debut album song, Don’t Let Me Fall, a song along similar lines as So Hard To Breathe. Both do compliment each other well.

Its funny the lengths record companies will go to sell their music these days. The link below says that its an [Official Audio], but it can easily pass off as the track’s music video. Its shows various (possibly disturbed) women getting into their bathtubs, sinking themselves under the water, struggling for air.           Intense stuff..!

For meaningful songwriting, So Hard To Breathe is definitely the best single from Strange Clouds yet. As they say, third time’s a charm!


Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLx1ouJEmX0&feature=channel&list=UL



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An Arts student from Pune (not Science... not Commerce... ARTS!), he is currently working as a Sales Intern in a musical instruments store. Likes playing his guitar, photography, Vh1, Bieber (bazinga! ;p) & keeping a tab on everything Pop Culture.