Well, things got kind of heated last week when I brought up the possibility that music better than Eminem's might exist. One of you called me "a homosexual" (classic!), a lot of you called me a dude (I'm not), and our own erstwhile Uptight Seattleite even tried to tell me that Eminem is a genius (he's not).
Killing your mom and wife is cool!
This was my response, which I'm sticking by:
A genius? Are you serious? He made a career for himself by writing songs about misogyny and violence, and now that that schtick's a few years old, he writes a record about how, oh my god, he's recovering from a drug addiction, and now we're supposed to think he's so changed and emotional and deep? I guess enough people bought into that marketing plan for it to be a hit record, but I'm not sold.
But the good news, Eminem fans, is that no one listened to me -- Recovery is once again the most popular record in the country this week (although Scissor Sisters' Night Work did jump to #11). Recovery sold 313,000 copies this week, bringing its two week tally up to 1.1 million. And here's the rest of the Billboard top 5 for the week:
1. Eminem, Recovery
2. Drake, Thank Me Later
3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack
4. the-Dream, Love King
5. Various Artists, NOW 34
"Love King" is a jam, and there's no stopping the machine that is Twilight. But if you're thinking about running out to buy Recovery, do yourself a favor and maybe consider these options instead:
1. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty: Nick Feldman reviewed this one for us and put it nicely: "Now the modern and wisened pimp, Big Boi's new sound is as current and stylish today as it was in 1994 when OutKast burst on to the scene." Wait, so he sounds edgy and fresh without having to rap about all the drugs he's done in a pathetic attempt to win the public's sympathy? Click here to watch Big Boi's music video for the record's first single, "Shutterbugg."
2. Fol Chen, Part II: The New December: L.A.'s Fol Chen deserves all the Bowie comparisons they get. The sextet employs synths, trumpets, and purring vocals to make smart and groovy electro-pop music that's both cryptic and eminently danceable. Click here to watch "In Ruins," the brilliantly funky first single off their new album, Part II: The New December. Fol Chen will also be playing the Sunset tomorrow night.
3. Kelis, Flesh Tone: Kelis has left her milkshakes behind and ventured into the shiny world of electronica. The songs on Flesh Tone, like "Acapella" and "4th of July (Fireworks)" are veritable club jams, and Kelis' vocals sound super sleek. It's fucking addictive. Click here to watch the crazy/awesome video for "4th of July (Fireworks)."