Noisettes

January 20, 2008

This band has been bound for success since the first introduction of their song “Don’t Give Up.” Led by the vivacious voice of Shingai Shoniwa, Noisettes live show explodes with charisma. While their antics have defined them as one of the more exciting live acts in rock today, their song writing is equally as impressive. “The Count of Monte Christo” showcases the band’s originality and unique sound as well as any of their tracks.

This single released in 2007 really seems to have that necessary “staying-power” for which so many artists strive. “Mistaken for Strangers” teems with dark guitar sounds and vocals resonating with empathetically lonely lyrics. But the interesting aspect of the track is that I still wanted to listen to it over and over, despite the dark overtones. The song is really adicting. The vocals might be compared to other monotone-like singers, such as Interpol’s singer or She Wants Revenge’s singer. But I don’t embelish when I say that The National does it better. Yes Interpol has their fair share of great songs with haunting, monotone vocals. But The National seems to have the elements that are lacking for other similar bands.

“Mistaken for Strangers” is dancable, fun, and self-loathing all in one. Who could want more? If you’re feeling in the mood for some straightforward, catchy indie rock, check these fellas out.

Few artists over the last 20 years are as haunting as the late Jeff Buckley. With a voice that could not be dupicated despite numerous attempts over the years, Jeff Buckley stands out as an inspiring icon in music. This song “Forget Her” was not released during his short lifetime but was later released 2004 on “So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley.” Emotion spills from the song as Jeff Buckley’s last contribution to the world resounds. Please enjoy.