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i never really got the hate anyway, but that new song is sweet
so take it with a pinch of salt
but he's had the good fortune to stumble across - yes - a GOOD chord-sequence, and a nice beat, and some effective vocals.
trouble is, he doesn't have the imagination to VARY this good chord-sequence AT ALL. it's like 'let's just repeat it for the chorus, but more upbeat!'
even in its catchiness, this song reveals M Ronson's artistic bankruptcy
shame because 1 minute in I thought I'd be talking about a winner
1 day ago
if i were stuck in? an elevator with her she would be very lucky to make it out without getting pregnant!
i think you're clutching at straws there really. Who says he needs to change the melody for the chorus, or even do anything? Maybe the repetition is what makes this song catchy, and memorable? Maybe a different chorus would have been out of step with the hip hop style of the rest of the song.
I'm interested in your idea of "everything he stands for" though. He is clearly a commercial artist and proud of it, but in general his songs are pretty decent. Maybe there's an element of cynicism to his endeavours, of course, but to me he just strikes me as a man who wants to bring the hits. Egotistical maybe, but pretty effective
to keep to one chord-sequence in THIS sort of song for four minutes - it is like Ronson is saying 'YEAH you guys I'VE GOT A GREAT SONG' and not actually bothering to write any more than a fleshed-out prologue - it's a ploy that screams of smugness
also it's not a hip-hop style, it's old-school electro, with a steady beat one might choose to rap over
the whole conceit of the video - the forced chic, the arrogant referencing, the otiose display of financial clout - by god it rubs me up something bad.
yes, the chord-sequence and the sound is catchy. but scratch beneath his gaudy veneer and there's NOTHING THERE.
mark ronson is a child of IMMENSE privilege - his family owns half of Long Island or w/e for fuck's sake. he has grown up fucking minted, surrounded by the social 'cream' - his career has lain on a fucking plate for him. does he have much talent? no. he doesn't. he is a buffoon, a hack, whose ideas of what 'pop' is are truly vulgar. a man who knows money, and knows how to exploit people in order to get it, but a man without a musical bone in his body.
this track was invented by a committee, in a boardroom. no fuck that, in M Ronson's fucking penthouse over a posh cocktail or seven.
and yeah, of course he wants to bring the hits. getting hits and garnering popularity is all part of his little game. what larks, pip!
bit of poor form to be honest. However he made his way to the top, he's there now and so we have to judge him on the product. And yes, it is a product. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, a well formed pop song is something to be applauded, even if it was made fit for purpose. Plenty of people have done it before, except they had the good grace to sit behind the desk, remove themselves from the PR campaign, and generally be the baldly little fella making the records behind the shopfront without any sort of ego. Ronson wants to be the main story. And frankly, i don't have a problem with that
We might disagree about the qualitee of the songs, but you're being particularly harsh about his talents. He clearly likes what he's doing, enjoys making music, has a vision etcetera, so to label him as nothing more than a cynical paymaster is a bit derogatory
but when i listen to his music all i hear is trumpets
Q-Tip is ice cold in the video. I can understand why people hate him, given the over-exposure of his last album and the characteristic sound of all those songs (i.e. trumpets!), but dude can at least write a decent hit that isn't immediately awful.
makes a nice change from the total shite that's around at the moment.
I thought "oh great he's finally ditched that brass band shtick" then heard an interview with him saying "Yeah for my new album I decided no horns... but i've just recorded a new song with Winehouse and went back to that old sound. Its just totally "Amy""
My only gripes with it are that the vocals are somewhat beneath the music, so I don't even notice that Q-Tip is rapping and just hum that riff, and it maybe sounds a bit *too* '80s nostalgic. I think it's because he's using that particular keyboard sound - if he changed it, it could've sounded way more modern or something.
Other than that, it's not so bad. I think it's just from his covers that people think he's naff. He's alright and seems to be rather self-aware, which is quite refreshing.
the chord sequence sounds like something i'd come up with on garageband or some shit and think "nah this is rubbish" and open up football manager.
not great but it's good
'Mark Ronson Is Pretty Good Isn't He?'
Apt, I thought.
Worthless smarmy crap.
But I can never get enough horns.
but this new track is one sweet single
Destroyed 'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before'. Destroyed 'Just'. Well, OK, those are the only two I bothered to listen to, but first impressions are lasting. Plus, the amount of trumpets he uses amounts to overkill. I don't like him much, either.
His songs are pretty decent, and he's a good producer, got a nice 60s vibe going, cant fault it.
Not sure I know anything else of his, that Zutons cover aside
but the new song and video is awesome. I literally can't remove it from my brain.
but that doesn't always mean that talent includes anything which resembles artistic merit. The dude has that Hollywood mentality of stuffing as many star-power personalities into a familiar script to create a blockbluster movie. But movies like that, songs like this, are rarely worth the price of admission. 3/10
More, please. Keep 'em pithy.
to not like Ooh Wee
I don't know why he wasted a couple of years on 'Version' when he could have been doing this.