How to Fix the Music Industry v2

Muse
Muse
Yes, I like to complain. But only about things I’m passionate about. I went onto NME.com and read that Muse covered the Hendrix version of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Nirvana’s “School” and couldn’t help but wish I could see or hear them.

If the music industry was smart they’d have someone recording these cool moments professionally and releasing them as iTunes tracks or directly on the band’s website–or both. I’d buy this things like crazy. Just like when I heard Travis cover Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” years ago. These are brilliant moments only left for people in attendance to enjoy. What a massive waste that such brilliance gets lost after the moment is over.

And if you care–here is Travis covering Britney.

All American Rejects Do Britney Spears

The All-American Rejects, hot off their December release of “When The World Comes Down,” have taken their time in the Yahoo! Music studio to bring a stripped down version of Britney Spears’ hit “Womanizer” to life. Packed with an accordion, clanking beer bottles, and a unison of “whooooos” the cover is described by frontman Tyson Ritter as “better than Britney.”

All American Rejects
All American Rejects

In another stripped down performance, The All-American Rejects’ performed their hit single, “Gives You Hell” acoustically. The band has uploaded the bare-bones version that can be heard at www.myspace.com/allamericanrejects.

Britney Spears – Circus – review

“Circus” is the seventh album by Britney Spears. It rolls into town on the heels of an MTV VMA awards sweep, where Britney walked away with three Moonmen awards for ‘Video of the Year’, ‘Best Female’ and ‘Best Pop Video’ for ‘Piece Of Me’.

britney spears circus
Artist: Britney Spears
Title: Circus
Label: Jive
Rating: 3/10

Corporate line:
“Circus” is the seventh album by Britney Spears. It rolls into town on the heels of an MTV VMA awards sweep, where Britney walked away with three Moonmen awards for ‘Video of the Year’, ‘Best Female’ and ‘Best Pop Video’ for ‘Piece Of Me’. Circus is the follow up to her critically well received album, Blackout, just in in time for her 27th birthday. The lead single, ‘Womanizer’ (produced by the up and coming Atlanta production team The Outsyders) has already created a frenzy amongst Britney fanatics, radio and the media alike-underscoring Britney’s continued reign as one of the Queens of Pop.

The good:
“Womanizer” – It is what it is… a dance song without substance soaked in sexuality. Mission accomplished.

The rest:
“Circus” – “There are only two types of guys out there/ the ones that can hang with me/ and the one’s that are scared” could be evaluated in many ways–but it seems like those who can hang have to be able to deal with the lunacy that is her life.

“Out From Under” – Spears whispers through this song without selling anything other than a pop ballad cliche.

“Kill The Lights” – Queen of pop? That’s the proclamation. Too bad they tried to pull that off on a track that is easily one of the worst songs on the album.

“Shattered Glass” – From bad to worse.

“If You Seek Amy” – Wait, this is even worse. The chorus is pathetic.

“Blur” – Let see, Britney is drunk, has sex and then wakes up with someone who she doesn’t know and wonders “what did we do last night?” I hope she isn’t trying to be a role model.

Finally:
Britney is trying desperately to follow in the shoes of Madonna as she reinvents herself again. This time its as a sexy queen of emotional comebacks. Instead Britney went from a girl to a woman to a mom to a … well you can fill in the blank. Either way you label her this Britney Spears release is a circus.