Saturday, December 13, 2008
#25) Usher feat. Young Jeezy, "Love In This Club"
I regret not checking out Here I Stand until recently; it's as overbaked and overlong as I feared, but not boring. Where Kells overstates for amusement, Usher sounds like he doesn't realize his grandiosity has become surreal. The album holds up thanks to the tunes and pathology, but the highlight remains the sole megahit, whose final verse obliterates any assumption of metaphor in the chorus. Rather than downscale, I hope his next album takes Usher to Vegas.
#26) M83, "Graveyard Girl"
Laying on the adolescent identification after realizing there's no points for subtlety, shoegaze-synth auteur Anthony Gonzales might be my favorite panderer since Sugar Ray traded Cali metal clowning for Beach B-Boys. If Diablo Cody had John Hughes' work ethic, she'd already have written the teen romance whose soundtrack would take this b(r)and to #1 - this being the title track.