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September 19, 2014 by Dusk411
Mary Lambert

Secrets

Album: Heart On My Sleeve

Year: 2014

 

               Mary Lambert is unapologetic about her issues in the  plain-spoken                “Secrets.”

  

                 In the intro, over an affable guit...
September 18, 2014 by Dusk411
Janet Jackson

Black Cat

Album: Rhythm Nation 1814

Year: 1990

 

         Janet Jackson disapproves of her boyfriend’s new life of crime in the  mighty           “Black Cat.”

 

          A pointed cowbell and furious guitar open the single, setting a seething tone.  The police show her the search warrand. A...
September 17, 2014 by Dusk411
Toni Basil

Shoppin’ From A To Z

Album: Word of Mouth

Year: 1983

 

        Toni Basil goes to the grocery store to pick up some necessary items  in the odd            “Shoppin’ From A To Z.”

 

 

            Demanding synths open the single, setting a controlling tone.  A variation o...
September 16, 2014 by Dusk411
Kylie Minogue

Got To Be Certain

Album: Kylie

Year: 1988

 

            Kylie Minogue is cautious when it comes to sex in the reasonable “Got To Be Certain.”

 

               Easygoing synths open the single, setting a nonconfrontional tone.  In the chorus, she isn’t going to get sleep with with someone unless it’s ...
September 15, 2014 by Dusk411
Whitney Houston

I’m Your Baby Tonight

Album: I’m Your Baby Tonight

Year: 1990

 

              Whitney Houston flirts shamelessly with her crush in the  full-blooded          “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”

 

         Ardent synths open the single, setting an invigorated tone.   He...
September 14, 2014 by Dusk411
Kim Cesarion

Undressed

Album: Undressed

Year: 2013

 

            Kim Cesarion lusts for a woman he meets in the club in the inconsistent           “Undressed.”

 

            Nonchalant whistling and tumultous drums open the single, setting an obvious tone. He puts his hand on table. The people si...
September 10, 2014 by Dusk411
Madonna

La Isla Bonita

Album: True Blue

Year:  1987

 

         A trip to the fictional San Pedro in Belize stays with Madonna in the   fascinating             “La Isla Bonita.”

 

                     In the intro, she says “as it may be...
September 8, 2014 by Dusk411
Calvin Harris & John Newman

Blame

Album: TBA

Year: 2014

 

            John Newman rationalizes his cheating in the  underdeveloped  “Blame.”

 

               Trickling synths open the single, setting a listless tone.  He fluffs his pillow again and turns on his side. It’s the fifth time tonight. He has got...
September 7, 2014 by Dusk411
Adam Lambert

If I Had You

Album: For Your Entertainment

Year: 2010

 

             Adam Lambert’s new life in the entertainment industry is lacking without his crush in the charismatic “If I Had You.”

 

          Conspicuous synths open the single, making a pronounced statement. His assistant asks him he needs anything else. He puts his black ey...
September 6, 2014 by Dusk411
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo & Kid Ink

Delirious (Boneless)

Album: Neon Future I

Year: 2013

 

           Kid Ink is too high and drunk to comprehend what’s going on in the  perfunctory “Delirious (Boneless).”

 

           A pressing synth opens the single, setting a urgent tone. Kid Ink says his friend’s weed is awesome. He knows th...
September 5, 2014 by Dusk411
MKTO

American Dream

Album: MKTO

Year: 2014

 

     Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller slam Midwestern life in the holier-than-thou            “American Dream.”

 

 

        In the intro, a low piano plays, setting a  fatal  tone. they tell people to get out of the daily grind and not sit around dreaming. (“Do something with your...
September 3, 2014 by Dusk411
Jennifer Lopez & French Montana

I Luh Ya Papi

Album: A.K.A.

Year: 2014

 

            Jennifer Lopez likes taking care of her boyfriend in the uncertain “I Luh Ya Papi.”

 

            Rubbery synths slide back and forth, setting a Part of the chorus opens the single. She says she will sleep with him anytime he wants. The car isn’t the m...
September 2, 2014 by Dusk411
Sara Bareilles

I Choose You

Album: The Blessed Unrest

Year: 2014

 

          Sara Bareilles has found her soulmate in the intimate  “I Choose You.”

       

         A content synth opens the single, setting a grateful  tone.  A natural disaster could affect their home, destroying everything they’ve worked for. Their wor...
September 1, 2014 by Dusk411
Jason Aldean

Burnin’ It Down

Album: Old Boots, New Dirt

Year: 2014

 

          Jason Aldean and his girlfriend have sex all night in the stiff “Burnin’ It Down.”

 

     A sliding guitar opens the single, setting a pacing tone.  He gives her a kiss on the lips and tells her how much he missed her today. She runs her hand down his shirt and lets her index finger slide throug...
August 31, 2014 by Dusk411
Orianthi

According To You

Album: Believe

Year: 2009

 

            Orianthi resents her boyfriend for humilating and chipping away at her self-esteem in the skilled  “According To You.”

 

       A gutsy guitar opens the single, setting a  teed off tone. She offers to drive. He remarks that she drives too fast and is going to get a ticket. She folds her arm acro...