Pop-Rock Vets Return
By: Brennan Carley
Chalk it up to synthesizer fatigue, but there’s just something startlingly fresh about the new Pink and Matchbox Twenty songs. The fact that both acts, babies of the nineties who have faded ever so slightly in the past few years, have chosen to jump back onto the scene so prominently is almost certainly due to audiences’ Adele fever, an artist who proved contemporary pop-rock’s relevance and staying power in the face of the David Guettas and Chris Browns of the world.
Pink’s track, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is full of all the gusto and bravado characteristic of a Pink song, and while it certainly is far from her best outing (never forget the brilliance that was Missundazstood) it points to a bright future for the brash, bold entertainer.
Likewise, Matchbox Twenty’s “She’s So Mean” is catchy and jingly and all the other buzz words to tack onto a song that will surely creak its way up the Top 40 charts, but it’s more important for what it isn’t than what it is: it’s not hardcore rock, it’s not alternative—the likes of which have all but been burnt off the radio following WFNX’s demise last month—but rather, it’s pop rock with a hook, a message, a heart that beats stronger than the tin-filled mechanics of pop radio.
—-If you’re intrigued, as you should be, check out the singles!
Pink, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRaOu0bxR2I
Matchobox Twenty “She’s So Mean” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6jNeCQv2k
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