Lyric Riffs

Jan 5, 2015

When you listen to this, it’s two-thousand fifteen/Even if you listen to this in two-thousand sixteen/This song is a time machine

from Postcard #1 lyrics by Jens Lekman

Lekman’s 2015 resolution is to release weekly mini-songs so as to form a less labor-intensive songwriting process, therefore making himself less of a hermit and putting his music on less of a pedestal. That’s a cool idea – but, time-capsule or not, this song is basically just heart and soul; [LISTEN].

Jan 5, 2015

I can’t come when you call/I am not who you thought/You’ve built this up

from Youwouldn'tlikemewhenI'mangry lyrics by Thom Yorke

Between Radiohead’s eight highly innovative albums, Yorke’s solo records and the so-so super group stuff, it seems like Yorke’s exhausted every bleep-bloop trick up his sleeve. Still, even though we know what to expect from him, the stark landscapes painted here still have emotional draw; [LISTEN].

Jan 5, 2015

I talked to God about you/He said he sent you an angel/Look at all that he gave you/You asked for one and you got two

from Only One feat. Paul McCartney lyrics by Kanye West

Yo dawg – this McCartney nobody is about to get huge thanks to my boy Kanye. Also, didn’t Radiohead already get sued for using this chord progression back when they were actual newcomers? And how is this being dubbed “subtle” autotune? Ignoring all that, still a “meh” track at best.

Dec 31, 2014

There’s a candle to light the stairs/Where my dreams await/Someone to share/Ooh, there’s music on the radio/And good vibrations won’t let me go/I put my name on the ceilin’ above/’Cause it was built for love/It was built for love, ooh

from It's My House lyrics by Diana Ross

How easy it is to forget how sexy Diana Ross was. She didn’t have to spread her flower wide for the world to see, instead she laid it down with a sweet subtlety that gets the imagination reeling every time. Her groove here is tight and just try not to dance to that nasty break packaged in the middle.

Dec 31, 2014

Think before you judge a real nigga minding his real life/Doin’ what he want through traumatic times to feel life/If you askin’ me I’mma suggest niggas to kill hype/’Cause all this shit do is confuse/I’m a man, free my brotha

from Empower lyrics by Julian Malone

Another strong jam chronicling the growth of a bright star. He bobs and weaves through weepy strings, and delivers one devastating shot after another. His voice is gritty, dragged across life’s sandpaper, and he makes it known that the youngster is now a grown ass man – one looking for empowerment.

Dec 31, 2014

Has anybody seen all my wasted love?/I’ve been down every street, no, I won’t give up/If I have to die trying to justify, that’s how it’s gonna be/Has anybody seen all my wasted love?

from Wasted Love lyrics by Matt McAndrew

Pre-packaged, artificial romance, constructed for mass consumption – as soulless as a cyborg in a Philip K. Dick novel. The organ licks and grand piano add a level of melodrama that is at once detestable. Someone can call Ben Folds now and tell him that there is a clone out there stealing his mojo.

Dec 30, 2014

My friend come get high with/Hand in hand on New Year’s Eve/We’re allowed tonight to pretend we’re free/Promise me on New Year’s Eve

from New Year's Eve lyrics by MØ

So awkwardly flopping around Iggy Azalea‘s SNL appearance was the best thing that could have happened to the Danish upstart. To uphold only through pain is great art made is a bunch of you know what, but in this case it has allowed her to reclaim 2014. Fail again, fail better, as Beckett would say.

Dec 30, 2014

She don’t wanna fall for me, she don’t wanna fall for me/But it’s too late/We should make her pay for this/We can make her pay for this

from NWA lyrics by Miguel

Post WWF leg drop, Miguel has done an admirable job of salvaging his status as a smooth stylistic player. His collabo with Kurupt rides the line just right – sexy, sultry and as warm as a crackling fire; it’ll have the panties dropping in no time, and should find a place in his inevitable comeback.

Dec 29, 2014

Worst thing worse, I could’ve been stealing your purse/Or just been, putting in work and leaving niggas in the dirt/But ever since birth I knew I would be something on this Earth/So now I spit that dope, that shit be hittin’ ya nerve

from Curry Chicken lyrics by Joey Bada$$

Another single from his forthcoming album and yet another reason to get excited about the prospects of a potential classic. It’s an easy stroll beat that slides in and out of the sunshine like a chill cloud, which is just the type of atmosphere needed for him to put his hard work into perspective.

Dec 19, 2014

Take a note from my philosophy/I’ma give her what she need/Can’t snatch the meat out of the lioness mouth/Sometimes you gotta just/Ease it out

from Sugah Daddy lyrics by D'Angelo

These decades-long debacles can just kill a man by hype alone, but the pops of neo-soul returneth despite, and damn does the tragic star-cum-recluse strike deals w/ both the gods and devils of funk, tapping right quick back along the line ‘tween filth and class in sex in defense of the sugar daddy.


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