Call it the good, the bad and the ugly. Kanye West’s new album “Graduation” and two new Britney Spears tracks hit the Internet today. Kanye being the good in the earlier statement, with Brit being both the bad and the ugly.
Kanye West – “Graduation”
Just a quick review, since I’m only on my second listen, but Kanye trimmed the fat and cut the skits from his previous albums, making “Graduation” a lean 12 songs.
On the whole, the album is very, very good, with “Champion,” “Big Brother” and “Everything I Am” being immediate stand-out tracks. Even the song with T-Pain (“Good Life”) is nice — any time T-Pain is listenable, well, that’s quite the achievement.
Since we at The Beehive are not in the practice of helping you pirate music, I won’t give you a link, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find if you’re familiar with a wonderful thing called Google.
Britney Spears – “Gimme More” and “Cold as Fire”
Despite a horrible reception to the crap she put out last week, Britney returns with what is supposed to her comeback single, “Gimme More.” She’s helped by pop-producer-on-the-rise Danja and it really is what the title suggests — more. It’s typical Britney, nothing new, just slick production masking the fact that she can’t really sing. If I were a teenage girl, I might like this. But I’m not, so I don’t.
“Cold as Fire” plain doesn’t make sense on a few levels:
1. The title alone must be some backward Southern speak, ‘cuz I don’t know what in the name of Sean Preston she’s talking about.
2. She sounds, actually, like Britney from “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Some people might say this is an interesting thing. I think those people are stupid.
Feel free to listen to both songs at breatheheavy.com and tell me what you think, though.