When the Alien Ant Farm cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” came out, I was a senior in high school (I think?), and my friends would walk up to me, put their hand on my shoulder, and ask sincerely, “Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?” That song haunts me. And yet I also love it. So when a new and improved version comes out, I am all over it. Glee covered the song last week, and I am obsessed. The dueling cello arrangement is genius, as is Santana’s ad-libbing towards the end. Listen to it here if you need a new song to play on repeat for the rest of the week:
Speaking of music, everybody is freaking out about Lana Del Rey and her authenticity and her lip implants and whatnot. I think the gist of it is that her dad is rich and maybe helped fund her music habit, and at some point she got passed off onto the indie music scene as some sort of pop star rebel…long story short, her album is out and it’s mostly embarrassing (as in, she uses the word “python” to describe…you know). She’s like the hipster version of Ke$ha. But the sound is unique and her voice has an interesting texture, so I don’t hate parts of the album. Here are the salvagable tracks:
- Blue Jeans
- Born to Die
- Dark Paradise
- Video Games
I am also really loving the new Gotye song, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It’s so depressy and catchy and Sting-y. But I previewed the rest of the album and it’s sort of schizophrenic, which is disappointing. I’ll just listen to this track on repeat. I haven’t watched the video below so I can’t speak to its suitableness for work. You’ve been warned.
In conclusion, if you’ve read The Hunger Games and it consumed your brain for the better part of a week like it did mine, then feast your ears on the Taylor Swift/Civil Wars song that will be featured on the soundtrack (but not in the movie, because they don’t have music in Panem, obviously). It’s dreamy.