It’s Tuesday, Tunes on Tuesday. This week we are graced with the most epic of all epic genres of music: the Bond-film theme song. And of all voices to sing it, it simply had to be the booming bravado of the majestic and mighty Adele. Reverting to the classic feel of past Bond tunes like “For Your Eyes Only” and “Diamonds Are Forever”, the theme for “Skyfall” is a classy, dangerous and sinister affair. It’s a difficult track to listen to without getting the sudden urge to sit poolside clad in a tuxedo, with a martini in one hand and a loaded gun in the other.
From Adele’s impeccably majestic vocals, we transition into Lana Del Rey’s more raspy, less polished delivery. In her upcoming single, “Ride,” Del Rey’s casual and gravelly singing is particularly tasteful as it conveys her dulcet sorrow. “Ride” is a stirring track full of emotion that is easily accessible yet forceful and convincing. Del Rey again proves her ability to craft subtle, charismatic music.
The last pick of the week is the new Crystal Castles single “Wrath of God.” The unhinged electro-pop duo is out with yet another mad tune, this one being an attractive mixture of wild electronic beats and Alice Glass’ deranged vocals. Though probably less of a dance tune than some of Crystal Castles’ past work, “Wrath of God” still induces a restless, energetic state. The duo has a penchant for creating alarmingly mad yet highly enjoyable tunes.
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