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Hey Guys! Hope you’ve read my latest review, which is of “R.E.M. – Losing My Religion“. Well, let me be REALLY frank here. It has come to my notice that my collection of best songs are soon to run dry. So, here’s a request to all my viewers. Why don’t you tell me the songs you like, so I can review them? It’ll be nice for a change, won’t it? And don’t worry, I’ll keep updating my list of favorite songs. My collection isn’t running dry any sooner than 15 years! So Just expanding my vision! What do you guys think? Leave your comments below!

Now here’s one song which rings as the most prominent favorite among helpless romantics. Slurry, drowsy and impossibly powerful vocals by Chris Isaak, and a psychedelic tune which will trip even the most sober person in the bar- “Wicked Game“. I really love this song because of the impact it has on me (Note: I’m NOT a die-hard romantic! Listening to the song allows me to experience what those helpless romantics feel). The song has a type of hypnotic feel to it (I know it’s got a psychedelic tune!), and I’m afraid if this song is played during the prom or on the slow dance floor, the two people are destined to become lifelong lovers. The “I Wanna Feel In Love With You” Chris Isaak chants is, in my opinion; a subconscious command to become infatuated with the person close to you. I’ve made up my mind, I need to add some songs to the ‘Soft Rock’ category; and this is going straight into it! So, let’s get started!

Chris Isaak

History: “Wicked Game” is a song from Chris Isaak’s 1989 album titled “Heart Shaped World” (Now do you see what a romantic Chris Isaak was? Heart shaped world? Only ultra-romantics would think in this way!). Although it was released again as a single in 1989 itself, it didn’t hit bull’s-eye. Then it happened. “Wicked Game” starred in the movie “Wild At Heart” (David Lynch) in 1990. A serious topic arises here. What is it with people? They see this movie, and as the credits are rolling, some awesome song comes on. And all of a sudden, you’re using Shazam, or asking one of your friends about the title of the song. Typical human nature! (It happened to me too, when I watched ‘Fast Five‘ with my pals, and ‘That’s How We Roll’ played as the credits started.) Anyways, back from the human paraphernalia, “Wicked Game” quickly climbed the charts, and peaked at Number 6 on the Billiboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart. For more peak positions, click here. The video also created a number of ‘sparks’ (Ahem!). The official video shows Chris Isaak himself and model Helena Christensen ‘frolicking’ in the sand; BOTH TOPLESS! (The clever camera angles concealed nudity, though. Whew!)  The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male VideoBest Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. It was ranked with a position of #13 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Videos and was also ranked #4 on VH1‘s 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 100 Top Music Videos”, and ranked #1 on Fuse‘s “40 Sexiest Videos” in 2010. It has also been used in many sitcoms and movies. For more details, click here.

Review: Okay, imagine (Or actually do) this. Go to a room that would surely make you claustrophobic, and enclose yourself in complete darkness. Then, turn on a bright (And I mean VERY bright) red or blue light bulb, take a chair; and listen to this song on a stereo. I guarantee you’ll feel a splitting headache and eyes full of tears (Of sadness or fear) when the song ends! In sense, “Wicked Game” is a psychedelic-soft rock mixture. The start of the song itself makes you groan. It’s too damn trippy! As the bass and the electric guitar continue, it gradually gets sober; and when it reaches a point where it’s just about to achieve ‘soberness’, Chris Isaak kicks in with his vocals at 00:36. And DAMN, does his voice do damage! The first bridge (viz. “I wanna fall in love”) starts at 01:09. There’s a faint buzz of background vocals during the bridge. The second stanza commences at 01:45; And at 02:02, it really hits me. When he (Chris Isaak) says “What A Wicked Thing To Say, You Never Felt This Way”, I really melt from inside. Just imagine, if I’m an anti-romantic, and this song has such an effect on me, what would the die-hard romantics feel? The second verse starts with “What A Wicked…”. The second bridge starts at 02:19, and continues to chew your brains inside out. And it finally appears. The meaning of ‘Psychedelic’ will change forever at 02:37. It’s strong and trippy, but wonderfully addictive. This instrumental interlude lasts till 03:10, and Chris Isaak takes over for the third (And final) stanza. The song signals it’s end with the beginning of his third bridge, and a ‘fairly’ listenable guitar rift. The song ends with “Nobody Loves No One (SO TRUE! SNIFF!)”.

Rating: Incredibly psychedelic tune, a bitter-sweet guitar rift, and a voice that could melt chocolate. Who wouldn’t like to listen to this with a glass of imported scotch or whiskey, and grieve upon on all the love ones one has lost? A perfect 10/10! Believe me, you’ll develop a real love-hate relationship with song!

 

Lyrics for “Wicked Game” : http://artists.letssingit.com/chris-isaak-lyrics-wicked-game-wxjwfw8

Download link for “Wicked Game” : http://mp3.plzmusic.ru/audio/chris_isaak_-_wicked_game.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Link/ Target As”)

Youtube link for “Wicked Game (Official Video)” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAOxCqSxRD0

 

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No need for any introduction here. One of the most powerful and famous voices in the U.S.A., the person who helped Courtney Cox be where she is today (See the history for more details), Bruce Springsteen, a.k.a “The Boss”. Undoubtedly his best singles, “Dancing In The Dark” and “Born In The U.S.A.” rocked the charts almost everywhere in the world. I’ll be reviewing “Born In The U.S.A.” later; but first things first (Pun intended!), I’ll be reviewing “Dancing In The Dark” today. So, let’s get to it!

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Bruce Springsteen

History: “Dancing In The Dark” is a song from Bruce Springsteen’s best-selling album of all time, “Born In The U.S.A.” (1984). This song was Springsteen’s first major hit, and it propelled him to fame. He experimented with some up- tempo synthesizer rifts and syncopation in his sound, and it did wonders to the song. “Dancing In The Dark” was also his greatest selling song of all time, followed by “Born In The U.S.A.”. During Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A. Tour” in 1984-85, he randomly picked up a girl from the front rows, and it turned out be the 20 year old, future F.R.I.E.N.D.S star, Courtney Cox. Talk about luck! Till date, she thanks Bruce Springsteen for getting her on stage to dance with him. It was released on May 4th, 1984. The Studio Version (The only version) of the song has a duration of 3 Minutes 59 Seconds (Quoted), but it’s actually 4 Minutes and 2 Seconds (Not much, I know. But still, for an audiophile, 3 seconds do count!)

What it tries to convey to us: It’s probably about a man who “tired and bored” with himself, and is dying for some company, and he finally meets a girl who feels the same way. Now, “Dancing in the dark” has two meanings- One, it signifies sexual intercourse (“Dancing” in the dark, got it?); and Two, it means “Going somewhere without any clue” (Like “walking in the dark”, except he’s dancing because he’s got company!). Either way, it’s up to you to choose.

Review: Let me tell you from the start itself, it’s a flat out awesome song. Sure, there are some quirky synthesizer rifts and jazz trumpets added to up the tempo, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pop song (Actually, many people say it’s a “Power Pop” song, but I beg to differ). For me, it’s a pure Rock song. The song starts with the synthesizer and the drum beats, kicking the tempo to a high level. The beats of the song are VERY steady, and they don’t change their tempo even once throughout the whole song. Bruce kicks in with his vocals at 00:13. When I say he’s got a superb voice, I really mean it. The effect and command he has on his songs; just epic! It’s like he dominates the whole song by himself, and the rhythm is there just to ensure he doesn’t go off-track. The vocals are loud, husky and rough; just perfect for a song like this. The first chorus starts at 00:39 (You cant start a fire (X2) without a spark, even if we’re just dancing in the dark). There’s a brief musical rift just after the chorus, before Bruce regains control over the song with his second stanza. They (The stanza’s) are short, but man, do they pack a punch! He’s well known for his powerful lyrics too, after all. Anyways, the second chorus starts at 01:24, and the brief bridge follows suit. Then at 01:50, there’s a slight change in the tempo, as Bruce ups his vocals a bit (Mind you, this is the third stanza). The roughness in his voice accentuates the song a lot, making it sound even more sexier. The third chorus starts at 02:29, but this time there’s a slight change in the lyrics. This one’s a little longer than the previous ones, with “Even if we’re just dancing in the dark” looping five to six times in a row. Then there’s the famous “Hey Baby!” at 03:21 (In the video, he spots Courtney Cox at this moment and calls out to her). The vocals end here itself, and the rest is the instrumental bridge, spiced up with some jazz trumpet rifts in the middle. The song fades out at 03:45, and finally ends at 04:02.

Rating: I would HATE to dishonor this song by giving it anything less than 10. Also, many of you readers out there might even kill me. So, a 10/10 it is!

 

Lyrics for “Dancing In The Dark”http://artists.letssingit.com/bruce-springsteen-lyrics-dancing-in-the-dark-v8fm8p5

Download link for “Dancing In The Darkhttp://myprofileis.com/public/music_song/1000000/1000/109/2589.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Target/Link As”)

 

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“Dancing In The Dark” is a song from the album “Born In The U.S.A.”

Aah! It’s finally time to review the song of one of the best Soft Rock bands ever, viz. Bread. Simply put, they are “The Carpenters'” rock version. “Bread” consisted of extremely talented people; people who could play any instrument, and who could give vocals. Be it David Gates (Played the guitar, bass, violin, viola, percussion and gave vocals), Robb Royer (Played bass, guitar, flute, keyboard, recorder, percussion and gave background vocals), Mike Botts (Played drums) and Larry Knechtel [Replaced Royer later] (Played bass, guitar, harmonica). Talented bunch of chaps, ain’t they? They put on 13 songs on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles charts between 1990 and 1997. Actually, it was Bread who brought the genre “Soft Rock” into play. Out of a handful of my favorite songs, I’ll tell you three of them: “Make It With You”, “Everything I Own“, “Baby I’m A Want You” and “The Guitar Man“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So let’s get to it!

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Bread (Band)

History: “The Guitar Man” is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the pop rock group Bread, of which Gates was a member. It was the main song in their 1972 album titled “Guitar Man“. The song raced to fame because of the wah-wah effect introduced by Larry Knetchel. It peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts. The song is composed of more than 12 different chords (A rather large number). There are also a lot of cover versions of this song. The original version, however (The Studio Version) has a duration of 3 Minutes and 48 Seconds.

Review: The song starts with the wah- wah effect of the electric guitar, immediately giving the song a Countryside feel. The drums (Mike Botts) are very subtle and calm. David Gates starts the vocals at 00:13, keeping the feel of the Countryside intact. The soft and mellow voice of Gates has a certain kind of hook to it. You’ll hear the bass, the wah-wah of the electric guitar, and the acoustic guitar grinding in the background while the vocals are active. The first stanza finishes and the second one begins instantaneously after a quirky guitar bridge. The lyrics are also very, very smooth. The famous *only-acoustic-guitar* bridge of the song begins at 01:32 and ends at 01:58, where the electric guitar takes over for a brief solo. The solo, too; has a sharp countryside feel to it. The vocal part I like the most is from 02:28 to 02:38. In the lines “Something keeps him moving, but no one seems to know; “WHAT”  it is that makes him go”, the word “what” is SO SMOOTH, it just melts you inside. The second “Only-acoustic-guitar” bridge begins right after that. The song kicks into rock mode in 02:53 and keeps the tempo up till the end. The song ends with the “Either way” and “Got to play” loop, and an applause; and fades at 03:30.

Rating: It’s a smack-in-the-middle 10/10!! For fans of soft rock, this is an absolutely UNMISSABLE song for you guys! For the others, well, the same criteria applies for you too!! Listen to the song and have fun!

 

Lyrics link for “The Guitar Man”http://artists.letssingit.com/bread-lyrics-the-guitar-man-g8f7zw9

Download link for “The Guitar Man”http://netanimations.net/The-Guitar-Man.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save As”)

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“The Guitar Man” is a song from Bread’s album “Guitar Man”

Aah! “The Dance”! My favorite Country song! This song is popular amongst people of all age groups. Teens love this song because it is one of the most played one on prom night. Middle – aged people and senior citizens also love it because the song brings back the memories of their first dance. I am extremely infatuated with this song. It connects with you at a very deep level. You can feel the core of your heart when you listen to the song. Garth Brooks may not be one of the most reputed Country singers out there, but he sure can pack a nasty punch with this song! It is one of my personal Top 10 Country songs. So, let’s get to it!

History: The Dance” is a part of Garth Brooks‘ 1998 self titled album, Garth Brooks. The song was actually written by Brooks’ friend Tony Arata. The song went on to be a phenomenal hit in the US, topping the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles list and The Canada Country Singles list at Number 1, while it peaked at Number 36 in the UK Singles Chart. This is undoubtedly his signature song. There are two *famous* versions of this song, one being the 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Studio Version, and the other being a remake of the song (The Hit Crew), done with equal perfection. To be frank, I REALLY prefer the latter over the former. I’ll also post the remade song’s Youtube link to this blog, so you all can check it out. I’ll be reviewing this version of the song . [Source: Wikipedia]

Review: The song starts off with a beautiful piano intro. At 00:12, the bass guitar and the acoustic guitar kick in simultaneously. Now, to be frank; I wasn’t a great fan of Country music until I heard Blake Shelton‘s “Honeybee” (I’ll be reviewing that later, too). I gradually became accustomed to the rhythm, the beat and the typical country style accent; and I have to say, I really have started loving it! That’s when I Googled ‘Top 10 Country Songs Ever”,  and came up with this BEAUTIFUL song at Number 2. (Anyways, getting back to the song) The vocals start at 00:18. I don’t who has given the vocals for the remake version of the song, but I sure do want to worship him! His vocals blend into the song perfectly. The melody of the song and his voice together make a lethal combination. The accent he has used is also the typical “Garth Brooks” type of accent, because of which the song never loses it’s originality. My favorite part of the song viz. the chorus, starts at 00:47. It is absolutely beautiful! The beats start from the first chorus. The lyrics, being simplistic are equally mesmerizing. Doesn’t “I’m glad I didn’t know, the way it all would end; the way it all would go.. Our lives are better left to chance; I could have missed the pain. but I’d had to miss the dance” sound so simple, yet so beautiful? Such is the beauty of the song. During the last chorus, you’ll hear the harmonica very clearly; which accentuates the song very nicely. The singer finishes the vocals in typical country style too, taking a brief pause between “The” and “Dance”. The instrumentals take over from 02:42 (Instrumentals being the piano, drums, bass and acoustic guitar) and finish off the song very nicely. The song as a whole is so catchy, you’ll find it to be hard to resist. It certainly deserves a Number 1 position in my Top 10 Country Songs.

Rating: It’s at perfect 10/10! It’s got all the elements a country song needs. Accent, rhythm, the acoustic guitar and melting vocals. I recommend you listen to the song asap!

 

Lyrics for “The Dance” : http://artists.letssingit.com/garth-brooks-lyrics-the-dance-9676l8c

Download link for “The Dance” : http://hstrial-jgoodman1.homestead.com/Garth_Brooks-The_Dance.mp3 (Right Click anywhere and click “Save As”)

Youtube link for “The Dance” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2WcWLavw5U (MUST WATCH!)

 

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“The Dance” is a song from the album “Garth Brooks”

What this blog is about

What this blog is about

I don’t know if this happens to you guys, but sometimes when I hear a song, I feel like knowing what other people think about the same song. Sure, there’s the Youtube™ comment section and the Letssingit™ comment section too, but won’t it be nice if you had an ENTIRE BLOG based upon only the review of a song, alongwith the download and lyrics link? Well, that’s where I come in. Welcome to audiophileparadise, your all-in-one solution to music. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Do comment if you like the idea!!