Face Off: Round XI (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Better Days” VS Wale – Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas) (Yarin Lidor Remix))

0 Posted by - 05/25/2013 - One Timer

Face Off features two tracks, both unknown and unheard by myself. Did I mention these tracks are selected specifically because they encompass genres that I am ignorant of, or generally avoid? Well, there’s that too. Oh, and they are from the Hype Machine charts, so apparently they are fairly popular.

Face Off is meant to be a fun interlude in the seriousness of music blogging…if blogging can be called serious, which it cannot. I tackle songs I would never give a second thought, or delve into genres where I’d be better off sticking my own foot in my mouth than try to talk intelligently about them.  Read and listen responsibly. Enjoy!


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Better Days” – from self-titled album out July 23rd – #7 on no remix charts


Straight up, I was greatly unimpressed with this track the first four or five times I listened to it.

In the time since, I’ve done a complete 180. I didn’t wanna go on some “give up shit”, so I persevered. Part of that is being able to look at the lyrics, too. “Better Days” are a comin’, and in it’s slightly haphazard way this track by Edward Sharpe’s magnetic bunch delivers on the promise of being both uplifting and hopeful.

This track began rapidly growing on me throughout the day yesterday.


Wale – Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas) (Yarin Lidor Remix) – #15 on remix only charts


I was hoping to have this happen again, and here it is.

This is not a top ten track, but it’s going to be. I also received it a day or three ago and sat on it trying to decide what to do with it. I like it, but I hate it, does that make sense? It’s unbelievably catchy, and you couldn’t convince me with a stack of 100’s that you’ll be forgetting it soon. That said, I hate what it’s about, or more specifically the lines it samples.

That’s the nature of the game, I guess. It’s still a hell of a remix with a nice sound. If I was closer to 20 instead of 30 I’d probably appreciate it a lot more.

I’m gonna give this one to Edward Sharpe and those pesky zeros on principal, though the argument could certainly be made for Yarin Lidor.


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