Lyric Riffs

Jul 22, 2016

My coin is tossed/My pain is boss/I’m wrapped in your wire

from Skeleton lyrics by Screaming Females

Marissa Paternoster turns the knobs to 11 on her usual Siouxsie and the Banshees‘ howl on a b-side from Rose Mountain, all genitals to the wall on a punk brawl-room screamer about writhing in one’s pain, in a bone and sinew twirl of Bleach-era Cobain and iron-hot guitar solos. Whatever the source of the protagonist’s pain is, the band hold nothing back in chase of the catharsis dragon; [LISTEN].

Jul 22, 2016

Back in the bunker in the operations room/A bored soldier is eating his lunch/While drones in their thousands are unveiled in Texas/To roaring voices, but nobody asked us if we wanted them

from Guilty lyrics by PJ Harvey

The absolute catastrophe that is today’s geo-political climate, particularly our drone addiction, gets filtered through a sound that is appealingly confrontational and comes with some ear-catching bells and whistles. Yet is also has the nuance and restraint you’d expect for older indie audiences. Marching snare rolls and general soundtrack orchestration spell out the doom; [LISTEN].

Jul 21, 2016

Yeah there’s a symmetry/There’s a continuity/A time before experience/A time that was my innocence/And I wanna go there

from Walk Right Back lyrics by Jamie Lidell

Lidell wants to “walk back” to his past feeling of all-encompassing “love,” fresh newness, and possibly naivete. The janky, skittering drum beat right from the starting line will either draw you in or turn you off. It’s a perfect example of how he seems to be recreating Jamiroquai vibes well, but only for the higher-brow funk listener, lacking some mainstream appeal; [LISTEN].

Jul 21, 2016

When I dance they call me Macarena/And the boys they say que estoy buena/They all want me, they can’t have me/So they all come and dance beside me

from Macarena lyrics by Los Del Rio

Gangnam Style” had a predecessor, and any ’90s kid can tell you that it’s the original viral hit. We’ll never know if it would’ve generated 2.6 billion views if it were released in today’s age of video sharing, but we do know that its cheesy, synchronized dance managed to get just as many Americans off their butts as Pokemon Go. Plus, the hook is sung by two adorably awkward old men; [LISTEN].

Jul 19, 2016

I saw behind my brain a haunted stain/It never fades/I hunt for the kind of pain I can take

from If I Ever Was a Child lyrics by Wilco

Eclipsing their previous LP drop joke, the cat-emblazoned Star Wars, w/ a 10th effort called Schmilco, brilliant Spaniard absurdist cartoon art included. Though like many a Wilco joint, Tweedy’s ruminations turn a dark page despite the sunlight of this unplugged classic verse-chorus-verse, coming in like a bittersweet front of Sky Blue Sky summer sadness about a disconnection w/ one’s inner-child.

Jul 18, 2016

They just surrounded my place/Hold the court in the streets so I can win my case/TEC-9’s with a couple 45’s/And the revolution will be televised

from Revolution lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Why he would end the album on a revolutionary note is a mystery. The whole album is based on opulence, so to punctuate it with messages of revolt is odd. It’s a transparent move, and a cheap way to remain relevant. The beat is just as tired and only adds more pageantry to the phoniness going on. It’s an insulting gesture and out of his league, a tasteless way to end the album.


Jul 18, 2016

Never late, predicate, elevate, levitate/My nigga, I’m way too high to ever hate/Papa Snoop in my momma Beverly, heavenly/Thank God for ya’ll havin’ me, for real

from What If lyrics by Snoop Dogg

After all the posturing and braggadocio, Snoop has the nerve to come forward with a song about doubt. Normally it would expand the scope in which we view a superstar of Snoop’s caliber, but in this context it comes off as disjointed and out of place. The beat is a throwback, but it doesn’t conjure up any fond emotions. Instead what we get are a series of lame, half-hearted regrets.


Jul 18, 2016

Never felt this way before, so I guess I’m-a let it go/Since I’m-a let it go, you better get ready for/More than the incredible, teach her what you gotta/Came for a little but I left with a whole lotta

from Let the Beat Drop (Celebrate) lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Swizz Beatz is milking his opportunity dry, rendering each song lifeless with a style that has no depth. Snoop does his best to pick things up, but ends up faltering under all the dead weight that has accumulated. The beat goes nowhere, with drums that are weaker than the lyrics. Everything about it is lukewarm and once again Snoop checks out, treating it as if it were a cheap throwaway.


Jul 18, 2016

We came from the bottom to the top floor/Plus I paid for it it cost a lot though/Money problems everybody got those/But now a days we don’t got those

from Got Those lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Not even a slammin’ Timbaland beat can save Snoop from mediocrity. He’s rapping about everything and nothing at the same time, moving in what is essentially one big circle. There are so many vague references going on that it’s hard to get on board with any one idea. He’s rapping about nonsense, which has him sounding like a follower instead of a leader. A poor showing from a living legend.


Jul 18, 2016

Livin’ in the south/Backyard, big house/Three or four cars, but she need a little D in her life/And G in her life/So I’m-a hit her with the business

from Double Tap lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Snoop has one quick verse and then he dips, fleeing the scene to let his guests do all the handy work. His stamina is waning and it’s offensive how generic it all is. The beat is flavorless and the hook is weak, leaving nothing but empty feelings and bored looks. He’s searching for a hit to take the album to the next level, but it’s not materializing. Far too many cliches to get off the ground.



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