Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”
The Foo Fighters are back with the first single off the band’s forthcoming album Sonic Highways—proving that rock can still thrive in the age of synthesized pop. As its name suggests, “Something From Nothing” epically builds from a reserved opening to a frantic conclusion of screaming vocals and distorted guitars.
Taylor Swift, “Welcome To New York”
With the latest single off her upcoming album 1989, Swift confirms the unsurprising death of her “country” label. Filled with synthesizers, heavy auto-tune, and electric drumbeats, “Welcome To New York” is clearly influenced by the ’80s. Beyond its catchy hook, the song does not have much to offer, falling back on standard pop elements and cliched lyrics.
Andrew Bird, “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine”
The violinist and music innovator Andrew Bird covers fellow indie artist Robbie Fulks’ “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine” in honor of Bloodshot Record’s 20th anniversary. The cover is repetitive, and not a far departure from the original with its folky melody, lyrics, and acoustic instrumentation. It features Bird’s impeccable violin playing, however, making it a decent track.
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