Musical Prozac: Rihanna, Beach House, R.E.M. and more

Posted on November 21, 2012 by

“Nobody’s Business” – Rihanna & Chris Brown

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for (or hoping would never happen)…the reunion of Rihanna and Chris Brown! RiRi and Brown’s new duet is definitely going to cause a stir as they sing about their undying love for each other and the fact that their relationship is nobody’s business but their own. The track samples Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and as much as I hate the thought of Rihanna reuniting with Brown, the track is pretty darn catchy. Listen for yourself. Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic is out now.

“Wild” – Beach House

Baltimore indie duo Beach House have a new video out, and *warning* this one’s a downer. So if you’re feeling unusually sad today, I would suggest holding off on watching the new video for “Wild,” off their latest album Bloom. The video features dark imagery with a young man indulging in all sorts of drugs and such, essentially losing control of his life in one big mess. It goes perfectly with the swelling vocals and gloomy guitars that Beach House is known for and could be the perfect track to study to.

“The Prodigy” – Smack My Bitch Up (Major Lazer remix)

Electronic group The Prodigy released “Smack My Bitch Up” 16 years ago, but I will admit it’s still a relevant song in my iTunes library. So imagine my excitement when I learned Major Lazer remixed the high-energy track. The song is already heavily laden with synth and hard beats, but Major Lazer added some more buzzing synthesizers, and sped up the bridge to keep the whole track’s tempo up. Next month, The Prodigy will reissue their best selling album “The Fat of the Land,” with a bonus remixes EP, which will feature Major Lazer’s track.

“Blue” – R.E.M.

Here’s the thing. James Franco is one of my favourite people in the world. I don’t care what he does with his life – every decision he makes is okay in my books. His latest veer off the film actor path comes in the form of his direction of R.E.M.’s “Blue,” off their final album Collapse Into Now. The video features Lindsay Lohan, and is a look into the darker side of California and its wandering residents. Franco definitely has directing talent and the video is edited perfectly to go with the track’s somber, sprawling mood. Collapse Into Now, is out now.

“Green Day” – The Forgotten

In case you hadn’t heard, Green Day will be featured on the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn: Part 2. The video for their track “The Forgotten” is out now, and features scenes from the film, and studio shots of Billie Joe and the gang creating the wicked ballad. I’ve never seen any of the Twilight films but I could see how this track could fit in somewhere in a love scene or at the very end to wrap up the saga. The movie is released today and the soundtrack is already in stores.

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