Guide Grooves: Ben Folds Five and G.O.O.D Music

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This week’s Guide Grooves focuses in on the two new albums and three singles reviewed in last Friday’s issue of The Guide. The Sound of the Life of the Mind marks the ‘return’ of Ben Folds Five… or an attempt at a ‘return’, while Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music released Cruel Summer, a masterful compilation of some of the hip-hop industry’s most popular artists. And just to keep things more random, you will find a nice eclectic scattering of the Killers, some angry punk music and ska to compliment the already stark contrast between the two new albums of the week.

Erase Me — Ben Folds Five A dramatic opening of a song for a dramatic opening of an album. The beginning sounds like the Ben Folds Five I used to know but it soon progresses to what I imagine it’d sound like if Ben Folds covered a Panic at the Disco song…

Thank You for Breaking my Heart — Ben Folds Five Classic Ben Folds with the moving piano line, half-spoken half-sung lyrics, complete with dramatic pauses. J’aime bien.

Draw a Crowd — Ben Folds Five Opens with a fun and driving piano line and proceeds to some forcibly quirky lyrics. Absolutely a catchy song, but a little peculiar at a closer listen.

To the World — Kanye West ft R. Kelly Well it’s certainly no “Trapped in the Closet Chapter 2” but R. Kelly and Kanye put together what is sure to become the new anthem of dance parties across college campuses sometime soon. Needless to say, there will soon be a lot of middle fingers in the air.

Creepers — Kid Cudi It’s great to hear Cudi rapping again. “I’m just doing my thang, if you know what I mean”. Yes Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, I do know what you mean. I do.

Runaways — The Killers Oh goodness how I love The Killers. Great thriving beat, cannot wait to get home to my car so I can pop this on a playlist between a couple Springsteen songs and play it while driving around with my friends.

Push and Shove — No Doubt Mm…sorry Gwen, there’s a little doubt. This sounds like 4-5 songs in one very eclectic mix, doesn’t quite do it for me.

Secret Society — Title Fight Keep in mind that the girl reviewing this recently cried after hearing Mumford and Son’s ‘Reminder’: This was not exactly… my particular cup of tea. It was a very angry cup of tea.

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

I thought I needed a break when I ended things with my boyfriend. The Spice Girls thought they needed a break when they ran out of spice. The difference between these two things is that the Spice Girls’ reunion was epic enough to earn them a worldwide concert tour and a spot in the closing night of the Olympic Games. I, on the other hand, am still single.

Regardless of the woes of my personal life, I’ll admit that getting back together can sometimes lend itself to something greater than before. Two bands that can attest to this are the Killers and Ben Folds Five. The former released “Battle Born”, an emotionally charged album one should not listen to while sad. Ben Folds Five’s album, emerging after a mere 13 years, makes me want to square dance. And while the reason behind that is beyond me,  the tracks are undoubtedly strange and enticing.

This week, I’ll be sharing songs by bands that made the (sometimes) wise decision to reunite after spending time apart (even if it’s just for a tour).

Flesh and Bone — The Killers You can’t even listen to the first ten seconds of this song without wanting to listen to the whole thing.

Wannabe — The Spice Girls I wanna be their lovers all day long. Preferably Posh and her husband’s.

Battle Born — The Killers What I describe as a languid, chill, country rock jam.

Every Breath You Take — The Police “Every breath you take, and every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you ” Rather creepy. This was my parents’ wedding song.

Big Love — Fleetwood Mac Rumored to be having a reunion tour in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled.

I Hate the Kids — Hot Snakes Please listen to this song if you’re feeling like you want to punch that ex I was talking about in the face.

Take it Easy — The Eagles All Georgetown students should abide by these lyrics.  Most of them will not.

Here Comes Your Man — The Pixies Here comes my man? I’ll believe it when I see it.

One Last Breath — Creed Though I’m slightly frightened by the intensity of his mostly black eyes in this music video, the song is a classic. If you see me around campus, please ask for a Creed impersonation. I’m proud of it.

Do it Anyway — Ben Folds Five Great, great, great new song. Upbeat. True. Risky. This song is like a wonderful pecan pie.