Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.

Fergie: "London Bridge"

"Humps"-haters, head for the hills. The Black Eyed Peas singer kicks off her solo career with a slab of crass, contagious pop that shamelessly apes Missy Elliott and M.I.A. You'll cringe. You'll shudder. Others might mistake that for dancing.

The Knife: "We Share Our Mothers' Health"

Swedish siblings Olof and Karin Dreijer make nightmarish electro worthy of an art-school dance party or a sci-fi slasher flick.

Aloe Blacc: "Gente Ordinaria"

If you thought John Legend's bare-bones ballad "Ordinary People" sounded too ordinary, try Aloe Blacc's cover version. Singing in Spanish, the Los Angeles crooner gives the tune a spry Latin twist.

Eric Church: "Before She Does"

The country newcomer believes a lot of things (gas costs too much, dogs are better than cats, O.J. did it), but his cocky charisma shines brightest as he delivers the kicker: "I believe Jesus is coming back . . . before she does."

David Bazan: "Selling Advertising"

Meanwhile, Christian indie-rocker David Bazan defends his faith (and his music) while taking a swipe at the critics on Bazan grumbles: "You're so creative with your reviews of what other people do. / How satisfying that must be for you." We give it a 7.1.

-- Chris Richards

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