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Musically Stabbed In The Ear

Hey folks! This one’s a two-parter…

Part The First:

James correctly mentioned, one time, that there are just some songs that cut through everything. You could be in a crowded room, or in an office with the music on low, and these songs will jump out at you and stab you in the ear every time!

On that occasion, he was referencing This Kiss, by Faith Hill. You know it, and you know what he means!

Another song that achieves this same effect is Kelly Clarkson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. You could not hear any of the rest of the song due to the din of the room you’re in, get to that chorus and BAM! Right in the ear.

Well, today I discovered another tune that has this same result, at work. It’s called America’s Sweetheart, by Elle King. I had to look it up, as I didn’t know who sang it – even after finding it, I still have no idea who this person even is.

And the song? I don’t like it one bit. It’s like they took the music of Mumford & Sons, a bit of Adele’s vocals, and the bombast of Katy Perry (think Firework – fuck me, why do I know that song? GAH!) and put it all into this one song. Ugh. The forced cracked-voice vocals thing turns my stomach. And you spend the whole song waiting for her to do that bit because you know it’s gonna stab you in the ear again. All I can do is wait for it to be over…

Please make it stop.


Part The Second:

I need a little help from you fellow bloggers on this one:

When I heard this one in our shite HMV last night, I didn’t stay long enough to ask the staff what it was because 1) you’d be unlikely to find useful help from those timid woodland creatures anyway, and 2) I had to get away from this frickin’ song post-haste. I actually ended my browsing and left because of this song. Anyway, I have to assume, if they’re playing it, it’s a newer release of some sort.

I don’t know the artist or title. The song itself plods a bit, sounds along the lines of a Coldplay or something crap like that, you know? But some of the lyrics go along the lines of “I’ve got the darkness in my heart and the darkness is good,” and then repeated a zillion times it sounds like he’s saying “I put a banjo in the air…”

It might not be banjo. If it isn’t, I’ll only ever be able to think of it that way anyway. Because you have to ask: why would you put a banjo in the air, right? Hm.

I know these are scant clues, but Google has been no help. Do any of you know the tune I’m talking about?


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