A long, long week has taken its toll on me. The long weeks usually mean that I can't sit at work with my iPod on listening to my favorite (and some not so favorite) songs to get me through the day. So naturally I was looking forward to this week's American Band to get my musical fix.
Apart from his hits, I didn't know Rod Stewart before the 80s. I don't think I ever listened to him growing up, but I've learned to enjoy a lot of his 80's hits through my collection of tunes. And the one thing you really can't forget about Rod Stewart is that voice of his. Very unique and very recognizable. So I was looking forward to hearing what these bands would pick.
I honestly thought
Dot Dot Dot would pick "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" but when I think back, I can't picture Adam singing that. I think musically though it would have been an awesome choice. But "Young Turks" was a better call. Just like Sheila, I thought it was a little fast on the tempo, but also probably their best performance to date.
Denver took the classic "Baby Jane" and worked it well. The performance was very solid with that nice sax solo in there. While I liked it, I absolutely didn't see them push their limits like the judges thought they did. To me, these guys and Sixwire haven't progressed from the beginning of the show. They are both talented bands, but both could get better my fixing little flaws here and there.
And as I write that, of course I know that
Sixwire changed it up a bit this week by going full blown electric on us. I thought it was their best performance yet which is funny because it seems to be the furthest away from their sound too. Though, not to far because I could certainly hear some Eagles in there and when they were soloing I thought I heard some good old .38 Special. It's kind of funny how everyone made such a big deal about the bass solo. I don't like bass solos as a rule, but this wasn't bad. Maybe in a weird spot, but not bad.
"You're In My Heart" was another good choice for
The Clark Brothers. What an intriguing arrangement, wouldn't you say? Now, I certainly wasn't crying like Sheila (oh c'mon Sheila, it wasn't
that good) but it was unique and that's one thing I like in my music. Earth shattering? No. But certainly one of the Top 5 performances of the whole season.
Light of Doom hang around for one more week and chose "Infatuation", This is the only one of the night that I wasn't thrilled with. I'm kind of in the middle though. There were points where I thought the kids were creative. But there were points where I just thought they tried too hard to mix the catchy cords with the metal riffs. At times, it sounded like they were fighting whether to go more metal or more pop.
Too bad for
Tres Bien. Personally, I don't think these guys will make it big as Dicko said. Their time was three or four years ago when bands like The Strokes were at their peak. That retro power-pop sound just doesn't have the same radio impact now as it did before. Now maybe they should just hire Timbaland to do one of their tracks and I'd take it all back.
Two interesting things to note;
I didn't know the bands were allowed to bring other people in to play with them. Apparently, neither did any member of The Clark Brothers who seemed genuinely shocked when Dicko pointed this out. I bet you someone goes back and reads a contract again and finds out they really aren't allowed to do that. If they are, then let's start bringing in celebrities. Can you picture Denver up there playing a song next week and saying 'give it up for our friend Mr. Tom Jones! Or Dot Dot Dot paying Nick Taylor from Duran Duran to come up on stage and play with them. That would be awesome!
And, Dominic didn't say who the covers would be from next week. Dicko had to be joking when he told Denver it was Pussycat Dolls week, right? I mean, that's a bit of a stretch. Though Light of Doom singing 'Loosen up my buttons, baby" would be priceless.
My vote goes to The Clark Brothers this week. Clearly I don't represent the views of America as I haven't yet got one right on who's going home. So instead, I think it's time for me to switch it up and finally predict a winner. Here it folksThe Clark Brothers have to be the favorites at this point in the show but they aren't going to win. Dot Dot Dot is. It's funny how far I've come around with them. I don't think they are the best band up there, but they are the band that will sell the most records a year from now and since the public votes, those record buyers will make them the champs. Stamp it in ink. It's a done deal! (I sound so certain of myself for always being wrong, don't I?)
Until next week, friends.
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A long, long week has taken its toll on me. The long weeks usually mean that I cant sit at work with my iPod on listening to my favorite (and some not so favorite) songs to get me through the day. So naturally I was looking forward to this weeks American Band to get my musical fix. Apart from his hits, I didnt know Rod Stewart before the 80s. I dont think I ever listened to him growing up, but Ive learned to enjoy a lot of his 80s hits through my collection of tunes. And the one thing you really cant forget about Rod Stewart is that voice of his. Very unique and very recognizable. So I was looking forward to hearing what these bands would pick. I honestly thought Dot Dot Dot would pick Do You Think Im Sexy? but when I think back, I cant picture Adam singing that. I think musically though it would have been an awesome choice. But Young Turks was a better call. Just like Sheila, I thought it was a little fas...