Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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

Paul Anka: "Mr. Brightside"

The Canadian crooner earned some yuks in 2005 for his swingin' cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," but this new rendition of the Killers' "Mr. Brightside" doesn't use tongue-in-cheekiness as a crutch. "Destiny is calling me!" Anka exclaims, making this arena-rock anthem sound like it was tailor-made for a smoky Vegas lounge.

PJ Harvey: "When Under Ether"

Mellowing with age, or maybe just downsizing, the big-voiced Brit sounds teeny-tiny as she explores her upper register on this delicate piano ballad.

Remy Ma: "Jump"

What to do when you're facing charges of attempted murder? For this embattled Bronx MC, flip a G-rated Kris Kross hit into an X-rated bad-mouth anthem and hope the jury doesn't see the video on YouTube.

Said the Whale: "Live Off Lamb"

That last Shins album? Meh. We prefer the old stuff as much as this band, who take big cues from James Mercer and company without sounding like total rehash.

Kenna: "Say Goodbye to Love"

That last Rapture album? Meh. We like the old stuff as much as this guy, who takes big cues from Luke Jenner and company without sounding like total rehash.

-- Chris Richards

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