Saturday, February 7, 2009

Song du Jour

The Bran Flakes' "Stumble Out of Bed": After the Avalanches and Girl Talk, most sample-oriented music seems to lack ambition, but this manipulation of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" replicates the plight of the working man as it struggles to get words out and move the song forward while the DJ keeps backing him up. The forward/backward movement becomes an agreeable groove before there's a genuine interruption - the Osmonds' meditation on freedom in "Think" - and "you speak of freedom / as if it's just a word" seems to give the song the impetus to make it to the chorus. Who expected saving wisdom from the Osmonds?

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