Sound Affects

December 2013

Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.


Why “The Fox” Is One of the Best Songs of the Year (No, Really)

It's pitched somewhere between "Disco Duck" and "Dick in a Box" on the novelty song scale, but Ylvis bamboozled the nation with a parody song so moronic it became a Top 10 hit. That is an absolutely absurd accomplishment, and it almost makes me laugh as much as the song itself does.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Push”

One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.


Counterbalance No. 155: Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Stand!’

There is a long hair who doesn’t like the short hair for being such a rich one that will not help the poor one—but they can all listen to the 155th most acclaimed album of all time. So should you.


Five Reasons Why the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” is a Modern Classic

"It was Christmas Eve, babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me / 'Won't see another one'" -- "Fairytale of New York" has become a modern holiday standard, and Sound Affects lists five reasons why it deserves that status.


Midas Touch: Succumbing to the Allure of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”

As I consider the music of the past year, I find a newfound admiration and affection for an '80s throwback I had discounted months ago.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night”

It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.


November 2013

20 Questions: Anoraak

From Kavinsky to the Chromatics to nearly everyone else, '80s synthpop is back in action, but no one does it quite like Anoraak, who also has a love for great things like moderately proportioned red wine and Anchorman.


Counterbalance No. 154: Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Siamese Dream’

Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!


The Best Mainstream Pop Singles of 2013

Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.


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