Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Rock Otaku’s Rockin’ Billboard Chart Watch: May 27, 2017

Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants.  I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and let it all out.

Welcome to my Rockin’ Billboard Chart Watch.  Here, I take a break from reviewing classic heavy metal albums, movies, TV, anime, games, and so on to review what is popular in the rock scene according to Billboard.  Back in the late 19th century, the magazine started as a news source for the entertainment industry back in the day (thus, circuses, fairs, and burlesque shows were covered), then, when music became a big business, it started covering music.  Then they started having an album chart, then a singles chart, in the mid-20th century, both of which are still going on to this very day, with changes to accommodate the changes in the landscape of music distribution.  But for the rock stuff, the first chart, which would be known today as the Mainstream Rock chart, debuted on March 21, 1981, with the Alternative Songs chart following suit in 1988, the Adult Alternative chart premiering some time in 2008, then the all-encompassing Hot Rock Songs chart came to fruition in 2009.  Here, I review them all, in order of either mainstream importance, date of creation, or which songs have the most material I can cover each week.

While I may not completely discuss all 4 of those, I will provide my thoughts on this week’s charts.  I’ll provide some of my smooth commentary on the new tracks that came out for each chart.  For the older ones, there are two methods I’m planning: the first is to edit this entry depending on views while also creating entries based on charts made earlier in the year based (again) on views.  So for today, I’ll provide my two cents for the songs that came out for Billboard’s May 27, 2017 versions of the Hot Rock Songs, Alternative Songs, and Mainstream Rock songs in that order.  As for Adult Alternative, that would be more of a special moment if there’s a song everybody reading these things wants me to praise or tear into.

Like with the last few, I’ll review the top 10 songs in order from highest charting to lowest with a short review that’ll provide my thoughts on it as of this week.  That and I’ll discuss songs that Billboard considers having merit, like best increases in position, sales, streaming, and airplay.  But with all of these songs having already been reviewed, and my focus on how many views I’ll need to re-review each reviewed track (which is 100 times the ranking the song is in), that isn’t as likely as of now.  That and the new songs will be reviewed as well, and they’ll definitely be reviewed.  Unless I reviewed it in a previous entry, initially or updated due to it meeting my viewership goals. 

Now for something of note.  A few weekends ago, a little film called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out and got the attention of fans.  And the film had a major soundtrack to go with the story for this film.  Since most of the tunes can be considered rock and pop, expect a bunch of the more rock-based songs as well as the ones that’d usually show up on classic rock radio here.  As a result, expect some of the newest in rock as well as some oldies to be reviewed.

Though I’m sure that I’ll need to get rid of the first few lines in future installments of this.  Anyway, let’s begin.

Now for the Hot Rock Songs, in order of highest position to lowest, with reviews for new tracks:

1.         Believer – Imagine Dragons

2.         Heavy – Linkin Park Featuring Kiiara

3.         Heathens – twenty one pilots

4.         Human – Rag'n'Bone Man

5.         The Night We Met – Lord Huron

6.         Thunder – Imagine Dragons

7.         The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
Okay, so this becomes a Top 10 hit on the Hot Rock Chart after over a week since the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 used this song in the soundtrack.  And, without spoilers, this was used twice in the film.
So what about the song by itself, because talking about its context in the film could spoil a few plot points.  Despite the fact that this was used in the final trailer.  And the title, plus the song theme of connections with the ones we love, would work in the context of the film as a whole.  And while I may have mentioned a few spoilers in my review (which were necessary for certain purposes), this song is still something that works outside of it.  With the harmonies of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, plus the guitar work, which alternates between acoustic lines, chords and arpeggios and electric overdrive, distortion, and bite (where the latter has an angry-sounding guitar solo), thick basslines that includes a killer one in the bridge that works in a retro sci-fi setting, and some decent drumwork (which includes a steady rhythm alongside a well done line of kick drum in the verses to give off a beating vibe), plus some organ, this song is a great tune to bring along with your space family for a wild joyride.  And the fact that the album this comes from being based around broken relationships gives this a very dangerous, almost venomous vibe that reflects a bond which has to be connected by chains to even exist, to the point where the bonds are almost forced and that at some point, the feelings of hate between them will blow up.  It’s as if this song reflects the most superhero team ups in a nutshell.

8.         Wish I Knew You – The Revivalists

9.         Hard Times – Paramore

10.       Sucker For Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors

11.       Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

12.       Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Like with “The Chain,” this song was used in GOTG Vol 2 in a certain way.  However here, it’s used (without giving anything away) in a more lighthearted and certainly genius way in the film.  If you haven’t seen it yet, let me state that the song’s use will have you grinning and giggling.  As for the song itself, and why it can inspire such emotions, it’s just a fun little song with a happy, uplifting vibe to it.  And while I might have given it a pass beforehand, it’s gotten a lot more emotion from be for being a happy little tune.  And the mix of rock, orchestra, pop, and even gospel is enough to bring out some great vibes with this vibe.  And yes, this is a catchy, accessible, and memorable progressive rock track.  Yeah, the fact that this is a prog rock tune is enough to raise eyebrows.  But don’t let that haunt you, this song is loaded with punchy basslines, well-done drums, great vocals that have everything from nice harmonies to some of the best vocoder use I’ve heard.  As for guitars, they’re definitely in the background outside of the guitar solo, and the orchestra, organs, and piano do a good job of giving the guitarist a break from off-kilter lines and shredding (despite this coming out a year before Van Halen brought tapping to the mainstream, and the 80s would bring sweep picking).  Plus the song ends with a tempo and key change that really adds to the spacey feeling of the track.  In general, this is a great tune, and one worthy of being played by the Guardians.

13.       Want You Back – HAIM

14.       Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons
Between the AWOLNATION-esque “Believer” and the disappointingly mainstream-focused “Thunder”, Imagine Dragons feels like they aren’t focused on letting their rock side take flight.  And this is a continuation of that trend, with hip hop beats, and rap-style verses.  And an overall R&B focus.  Which includes some bones for the rock fans in the chorus, with punchy guitars, a thick bassline, and stronger drums which are still synthetic but a lot punchier.  And the bridge is decent and atmospheric.  And as music, this is arguably the best tune out of the three tunes Imagine Dragons released recently, but this is still a letdown.  And this is coming from a guy who finds “It’s Time” to be alright, “Demons” to be fine, and “Radioactive” to be good but overplayed and a little off.

15.       Good News – Ocean Park Standoff

16.       Told You So – Paramore
Yeah, if you’re waiting for Paramore to return to their old pop punk style, then you better keep waiting.  And/or abandon hope for that.  What I mean is that while the band is getting more interesting with age, considering their incorporation of funk, pop, and 80s new wave while maintaining their rock edge, they had to sacrifice anger and fury for control and accessibility.  And this song is a fun little pop tune with a funky bass line (which is something Paramore is not known for), a steady drum beat, and some fun little guitar lines throughout including a good line in the bridge.  And while she does incorporate some mainstream pop elements in her voice, Hayley Williams is still a strong singer with a lot of power and control in her voice, easily outclassing most of her competition.  And the use of keys and what I think is a xylophone is well done as well.  And the song has a feeling of melancholy from the themes in the lyrics that translate into the video as well.  In short, this is a fun tune, but don’t expect another “Ignorance,” “Now,” or “Misery Business” from the band in the near future.  Or even ever.

17.       Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey Featuring The Weeknd

18.       Fox On The Run – Sweet
Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in this review: this isn’t in the movie.  Now I got that out of the way, let’s talk about this proto-hair metal glam rock tune.  I’m serious, like with “Ballroom Blitz” there are strong elements in this song that would be also used in glam metal, such as heavy riffs with a masculine tone, lyrics about girls, thick basslines, pounding drums, and melodic vocals.  And a beat that you can headbang to.  And that chorus, even if this the first time you hear this rocker, is one of the catchiest in glam rock, even as much if not more so than “Ballroom Blitz.”  And the vibe screams “push it and get going” so well that you can easily speed to this track.  And while the solo isn’t as shredding as the hair bands that would take this kind of song into much lewder and sleazier directions, it’s still a great melodic solo.  Overall, this is a great song, and it really sucks that this didn’t show up in the movie (hopefully it blares in Avengers: Infinity War), but at least Metallica used it well, even if they took the song’s title literally.  And decided to come out as furries.
James, it's impractical to wear sunglasses under a bear head.

And here's Lars cosplaying as Baloo.

"Playing air guitars on hunting rifles?  Weirdos."
Yeah, their response to the Glastonbury owner’s liberal politics was weird.  Hilarious though.

19.       Young And Menace – Fall Out Boy

20.       Saturnz Barz – Gorillaz Featuring Popcaan

21.       My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
Before we get started, let me point that out that I think Bennett the Sage may have ruined this song for me.  After that, I can’t listen to this without thinking that George Harrison is emulating doo wop here.  But even then, it’s better than his hit “Got My Mind Set On You” anyway, with the strong use of acoustic and slide guitars giving this a laid-back and stripped down feeling, even with the basslines and the drumlines, which give this song a little kick (ah, musical puns).  And the harmonized vocals in the chorus, which is where I feel that The Quiet One of The Beatles really took elements of doo wop, even if they’re meant here to serve as Hindu chants.  And you get to the more notable aspects of this track, with Harrison’s eastern beliefs being on full blast here.  Will it convert people, even after his death, to Hinduism?  Not really, but it’s a decent showcase of George Harrison’s guitar and vocal talents regardless.  There’s a reason why he’s a Beatle even if there have been other, much more technically proficient guitarists from the 60s.

22.       Come A Little Bit Closer – Jay & The Americans
Let’s get down to it, if you saw the movie, then the scene this song is will be ingrained in your minds when you hear this.  But to give everyone a shot, let me point out that this is a fun little song regardless.  With its danceable vibe, mambo rhythms, excellent horn section, and nice basslines, this song just puts you in a vibe to either dance with a really hot girl in the bar or get in a fight, or even be a galaxy-traveling hero.  And the song, like any song from the 60s, is one about trying to get with a hot girl but then meet with her bigger, stronger, and meaner boyfriend, causing you to perform the Joestar Secret Technique on him.  Or for those who only watch Law and Order:
(skip to 0:35 for what I mean)

Yeah, so it’s “Gimme Three Steps” but set before the singer makes a run for it.  In short, this is a fun tune in general, but not the best on the soundtrack.

23.       Help – Papa Roach

24.       Father & Son – Cat Stevens
I had to check if this is the same singer who made “Cat’s in the Cradle,” and he isn’t.  But even then, this is a rather sad song dealing with a father dealing with his son trying to leave and make a new life for himself, and the son being unable to explain why.  It’s an example of how to do WGWAG tunes right, as in playing the acoustic guitar with skill and effort (and the occasional licks), a good backing from the rest of the band, including bass, drums, and piano, and a strong emotional vocal performance, with Cat Stevens playing the roles of both the father in the verses and the son in the chorus.  And it’s a rather heartwrenching tune when you consider the scenario being presented, both with the father trying to help his son, and the son trying to explain his decisions.  I’m sure most of us had to deal with this at some point in our lives.  And it’s a part of growing up to tell someone that you need to make decisions on our own.  Plus the scene that this song was used is arguably the moment when I really let go of my emotions and nearly broke down when watching it.  I won’t spoil it, but make of that what you will.  As a result, I feel that this song might bring out some sad emotions.  Great song though, and no, I don’t care about the singer’s personal life.

25.       Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

26.       call the police – LCD Soundsystem
Speaking of oldies, we have a song that sounds like a song that could have easily played on 80s pop radio from a more recent band.  What I mean is that this has a production style, vocal style, instrumental style, and thematic style that is similar to artists like U2, David Bowie, The Cure, Joy Division, and most other 80s pop rock artists and bands.  The production emphasizes the basslines, catchy drums, atmospheric guitars and airy synthesizers, and the melodic and melodramatic vocals from James Murphy to a tee.  And his vocals do channel Robert Smith and Bono with skill.  Plus the guitars are great, with some great melodic lines and a minimalist but effective solo in the bridge, the bass is catchy, and the drums do add to the 80s vibe.  And the song’s theme is probably having to do with conflict and disorder somehow.  I’m not sure, 80s new wave, post-punk, and alternative rock are not styles of music to look for easy-to-follow lyrics.  Even worse is 90s alternative in that department; it’s either too hard to figure out or too easy.  Overall, this is a great tune, and I don’t mind listening to it more in the future.  Now if it can get radio play.

27.       In The Blood – John Mayer

28.       Andromeda – Gorillaz Featuring D.R.A.M.

29.       High – Sir Sly

30.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

31.       Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant

32.       Ascension – Gorillaz Featuring Vince Staples

33.       Love – Lana Del Rey

34.       Don't Take The Money – Bleachers

35.       Monster – Starset

36.       Angela – The Lumineers

37.       Let You Down – Seether

38.       Blame – Bastille

39.       Let Me Out – Gorillaz Featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T

40.       Sweet Disaster – DREAMERS

41.       Reverend – Kings of Leon

42.       In Cold Blood – alt-J

43.       American dream – LCD Soundsystem
Before this, I don’t know what really happened to the American dream?  After this, I’m really not sure.  I’d guess that globalization (which is a good idea in concept but broken due to crappy groups of people using it to game the system) and technology (that’s guaranteed to change the status quo no matter what) had to do with it.  For LCD Soundsystem, it’s slightly more of a strong liberal focus (obviously, they don’t seem like the kind of band to state pro-Trump rhetoric).  But then we get a dark, mid-tempo, and moody track that details these themes in interesting ways.  With its percussion work, synthesizers, basslines, and probably a guitar or two, this electronic rock tune gives off this vibe that things are completely broken, and that there are people who will continue to keep them broken for their own personal gain.  That’s a slightly dark, nihilistic view on society, and one that definitely doesn’t support someone like Trump (or Clinton for that matter, don’t pull the gender card on me).  And yes, it’s meant to sound catchy, melodic, and nice, but there’s a sense of bleakness, rage, and disappointment that turns this song into a song of revolution.  Not as strong as “Revolution Calling” by Queensrÿche, but something along those lines.

44.       Homecoming – Josh Ritter
For this track, we get a soft, breezy, and fun little tune with a lot of vibe and fun to it, one that’ll hopefully serve as a reminder of how non-mainstream music can be more filling and engaging than most modern pop.  Even with a great piano performance and a pulse in the bass guitar in drums, the talk-sing vocals are a little weird, even when he puts some melody in his voice.  But for the chorus, there is some guitar in the background going for a palm-muted performance to give the song some more edge and incorporate a 80s rock anthem vibe to it.  Even when the song has more of a soul vibe to it.  But does that mean this song is one to kick ass?  No, it’s more of a chill tune that does have some kick to it.  But it’s like mild wings, not hot enough to burn your mouth but hot enough that the flavor is noticeable.  And the ending chorus after the soft bridge is a decent touch to the song.  In short, this is a fun little tune.

45.       Judas – Fozzy
Uh, the last time a serious musical artist named their song “Judas,” it was a weird song.  However here, Fozzy goes instead for a heavy, aggressive, and angry song with softer verses building up to an explosive chorus.  And adding to the buildup is a heavier second part of the verses, but then the pre-chorus goes heavier before the ultimate burst of mainstream radio-friendly metal that is the chorus.  Even then, the drum is steady and maintaining the heavy beat with the bass serving a backbone to the guitar work.  And Chris Jericho is providing a heavy, guttural, but melodic and catchy vocal performance that has the grit and bite that showcases his metal affections for heavy metal.  And then you have the guitar solo, which is mostly easy-to-play-sounding melodic lines and is the only disappointing aspect of the tune.  However, the sense of bite and grit is still there.  But if there’s another flaw, it’s a very easy song to get into, even when it gets really heavy.  And yes, I feel that Chris Jericho is capable of much higher vocals and a stronger rock star performance, even when singing with M Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.  Not to say this song is bad, its fine, but it isn’t my favorite Fozzy tune to date, and not the one I set my standards for their overall quality to.  If I did, then they’re the best metal band of the modern day in comparison based on their earlier work.

46.       Black Rose – Volbeat

47.       Hard Love – NEEDTOBREATHE

48.       Feels Like Summer – Weezer

49.       The Violence – Rise Against

50.       J-Boy – Phoenix

And for this week thanks to the Guardians of the Galaxy, here are the dropouts from then:

The Apprentice – Gorillaz Featuring Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK

Momentz – Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul

Submission – Gorillaz Featuring Danny Brown & Kelela

Strobelite – Gorillaz Featuring Peven Everett

Human – Jesse Larson


Busted And Blue – Gorillaz

Charger – Gorillaz Featuring Grace Jones

We Got The Power – Gorillaz Featuring Jehnny Beth

She’s My Collar – Gorillaz Featuring Kali Uchis

Doing It For The Money – Foster The People

Carnival – Gorillaz Featuring Anthony Hamilton

Song #3 – Stone Sour

Sex Murder Party – Gorillaz Featuring Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz

Song On Fire – Nickelback

SHC – Foster The People

Despite previous showcases of my taste in punk and metal, here’s the Alternative Songs:

1.         Believer – Imagine Dragons

2.         Wish I Knew You – The Revivalists

3.         Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

4.         Blame – Bastille

5.         Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

6.         Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant

7.         High – Sir Sly

8.         Human – Rag'n'Bone Man

9.         Sweet Disaster – DREAMERS

10.       Don't Take The Money – Bleachers

11.       Green Light – Lorde

12.       Reverend – Kings of Leon

13.       Take It All Back – Judah & The Lion

14.       Feels Like Summer – Weezer

15.       In Cold Blood – alt-J

16.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

17.       Hard Times – Paramore

18.       One Of Us – New Politics

19.       Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

20.       Doing It For The Money – Foster The People

21.       Hot Thoughts – Spoon

22.       The Violence – Rise Against

23.       Too Much To Think – 311

24.       Suit And Jacket – Judah & The Lion

25.       High Enough – k.flay 
So we now have a review of a K.Flay song from yours truly.  And my thoughts?  I didn’t have high expectations based on her name, thinking of her as an R&B, EDM-based pop starlet.  But here, I’m surprised that she’s going for a raw blues-rock basis to her music.  With some jangly, low-key guitars used to play mean riffs, thick bass, pounding drums (with some electronic integration), and a groovy beat aiming for power, this song ends up becoming a thick, syrupy indie rock hit that may or may not deserve its attention.  Then you get the titular performer, with her mix of grit and feminine grace leading to a snarling performance that is themed to her exclaiming that she’s not into drugs or not needing them, as she feels that her love and feelings for you are what gets her high.  Overall, this is quite a surprise, and I hope to hear more from her.

26.       Good Morning – Grouplove (Need 20 views to review)
27.       Lights Out – Royal Blood

28.       J-Boy – Phoenix

29.       Down – Marian Hill

30.       Kill For Candy – Dreamcar (Need 30 views to review)
31.       Set On Fire – Magic Giant

32.       She Said – Sundara Karma

33.       Goodbye Angels – Red Hot Chili Peppers

34.       Howl – Biffy Clyro

35.       The Night We Met – Lord Huron

36.       A Change Of Heart – The 1975

37.       Help – Papa Roach

38.       Let You Down – Seether

39.       Nimble Bastard – Incubus

40.       Rhythm & Blues – The Head And The Heart (Need 40 views to review)

And here are the dropouts from last week:

Lost On You – LP (Need 50 views to review)
All The Pretty Girls – Kaleo

And finally, my favorite one to look at due to a combination of my musical interests, nostalgia, and biases: the Mainstream Rock Chart:

1.         Let You Down – Seether

2.         Monster – Starset

3.         Help – Papa Roach

4.         Black Rose – Volbeat

5.         Show Yourself – Mastodon

6.         Nimble Bastard – Incubus

7.         Back From The Dead – Skillet

8.         Now That We’re Dead – Metallica

9.         Song #3 – Stone Sour

10.       God Damn – Avenged Sevenfold

11.       Lights Out – Royal Blood

12.       Madness – All That Remains

13.       Breathe – Through Fire

14.       Aftermath – As Lions

15.       The Violence – Rise Against

16.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

17.       Little One – Highly Suspect

18.       Anti-Everything – DED

19.       Howl – Biffy Clyro

20.       Bullfight – A Day To Remember  
After “Naivety,” these melodic hardcore punks come back with vengeance with “Bullfight.”  Thematically focused on rage and frustration with a lack of communication with others, this song contextualizes a bad scenario the singer is going through as a fight to the death.  While it could be considered to be more like a fist fight or using knives, the song’s title I feel is slightly misleading.  While it can describe a bout between two bull-headed men, I think of Matadors and stabbing actual bulls when I see that title.  But even then, it’s still a furious, aggressive, and angry metallic hardcore tune, featuring aggressive vocals with both cleans and screams, intensely-performed guitars loaded with dark melodies, thick bass, and pounding drums like a charging bull.  And with the war imagery in the music video, it really adds to the theme of war in this song.  However, while there’s a good breakdown, I feel that usually the hardcore and metalcore songs that appeal to me tend to have guitar solos and a lot of great guitar licks, which this song has neither of.  However, if you’re a fan of bands like Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, and Hatebreed, then I think this song will appeal to you somewhat.  For me, it’s alright, and it’s good for when I need to unleash my rage.

21.       LOUD (F**k It) – Motionless In White (Need 20 views to review)
22.       New Land – Avatar

23.       Dark Black Makeup – Radkey (Need 30 views to review)
24.       Alone – I Prevail

25.       Believer – Imagine Dragons

26.       I Want It All – Hell Or Highwater (Need 40 views to review)
27.       Catch Me When I Fall – Stitched Up Heart

28.       Feed The Machine – Nickelback

29.       Cheaper To Drink Alone – Black Stone Cherry

30.       Come Together – Godsmack (Need 50 views to review)
31.       Sick Of Me – Beartooth

32.       Run Rabbit Run – Black Map

33.       Hurricane – Thrice

34.       Can You Hear Me – Shallow Side

35.       Heavydirtysoul – twenty one pilots

36.       Striking Matches – Cover Your Tracks
Yay, more Hot Topic-friendly metalcore.  I wonder when you’d show up.  However, I’ll give the song some good word for some of its guitar work, especially on the lead licks, and the key of the song, being one that I’ll a fan of (I like songs in sharp/flat keys, that’s appealing to my weird tastes).  And the song does have some catchiness in the chorus, and the breakdown with the guitar line in it is fine.  However, the bass is fine, the drums are generic and predictable for the genre, and the vocals alternate between whiny cleans and obnoxiously whiny harsh lines.   Which, of course, makes this a decent, though forgettable addition to the genre.  In short, don’t expect me to give these guys flowers.

37.       Out Of My Hands – Chrysalis
Also something I judge carefully and with skill: alternative metal.  For this one, it’s obvious that Chrysalis are heavily inspired by Deftones, from the moody melodies from the guitars in the verses, the singer’s Chino-style crooning, the sudden push into off-kilter heaviness in the chorus, the overall pounding rhythm section, the incorporation of moody synths, and the weird lyrics.  But as a tribute to a band, I’m glad that this band takes from Deftones rather than Limp Bizkit, as I feel that the style of melodic but aggressive alternative metal with elements of shoegazing that the Californian alt. metal institution is known for is one that’s worth emulating with skill and talent.  And arguably, the song sounding like a Deftones tune might be it’s only weakness, despite having a pretty good guitar solo, as it makes this band sound derivative, even if they’re clearly better than most bands out there right now.  Unfortunately, that may not convince people that they’re the next big thing but that they’re a replacement for Deftones.  Even then, I have heard some more of their work before putting this out, and their style is more than capable of showcasing their talents and djent inspirations, but that if their radio hits are emulations of famous alternative metal bands, then they have a problem.  Great song regardless.

38.       Promise Everything – Basement
From the jolly-old United Kingdom is this emo rock act bringing their British punk to us Yankee Doodle Dandies.  And there’s definitely an alternative/grunge influence to this track, with the bursts of sound, aggression, fury, and focus on a basic but interesting musical performance.  And it’s a short one, so if you’re looking for deeper meanings outside of traditional emo themes, then you’re not going to get any.  However, as a rock tune, it’s still a blast of energy with fast and loud guitars, thick bass, pounding drums, and vocals that go from soulful to angry and gravely in a second flat.  If you like emo music, then this track is a good listen.

39.       Mad Love – Bush
Yes, this is the same Bush from the 90s.  And if you’re wondering, their sound is still based around mainstream emulations of grunge and alternative rock with classic rock swagger.  And it’s a love song dealing with how Gavin Rossdale has strong feelings for this one chick, who I can interpret as Gwen Stefani.  The guitars are nice-sounding with some good arpeggios, the bass and drums are pure classic 90s style alternative rock in their focus, and the vocals are emotive, with Gavin and even this one chick he’s now with (or just a studio musician) singing their hearts out.  In short, it’s a simple 90s alternative-style love song, and it’s one I can see maintaining their careers.  But it’s weird that it has the same title has a famous Batman comic storyline.  And if you’re knowledgeable on Batman comics and the cartoon series from the 90s, then you know how much of a weird choice of title this is.  I mean, I wouldn’t see the Joker sing this to Harley Quinn, even if it can be possible for the other way around.

40.       Stones – Manafest

And here are the dropouts from last week:

Take Me – Korn

Pure Evil – Like A Storm

Worth The Pain – Letters From The Fire (need 60 views to review)
My Champion – Alter Bridge (Need 70 views to review)

So those were my thoughts on the charts and the new arrivals.  If you feel that I skipped out on certain songs, then feel free in the comments what songs you want me to elaborate on.  I have plans depending on how this is received for what I will review next week as well as what is new next week for the chart(s) I ultimately look at.  If you have different opinions on the songs I reviewed, feel free to tell me in the comments as well.

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