I spent New Year’s Eve watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve show with my family, as I have done for the past several years. The show is more or less a celebration of the magic four chord progression that is over-utilized in pop music. I like to use it as a barometer for where music is each year. Here’s a rundown of my opinions:
Pitbull. I still believe Afrojack is the difference maker in “Give me everything tonight” being relatively ok as opposed to completely generic.
Drake. This guy just kills me. Does every popular rapper these days have to rap about success? Drake does nothing exemplary.
Lady Gaga. Another day, another Gaga performance characterized by an obnoxious costume rather than any real performance.
One Republic. Says a lot that it’s 2012 and they’re still performing Apologize for big events like this. I’d be more impressed if it didn’t use “the progression” and was still as catchy.
Will.i.am. I may not like his music enough to listen to it, but I would definitely watch more of his performances. Will.i.am is something else on stage. And in his defense, he was better than the other electronic-y artists on tonight.
Nicki Minaj. Childish. Not really sure who enjoys her music. She seems like the black version of Lady Gaga, stylistically.
Gym Class Heroes. I liked them, actually. They’ve got a nice vibe. I noticed immediately when they covered a Bruno Mars piece, because the difference in quality was that drastic.
Florence + The Machine. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen her perform on TV, and I’m still not a fan. I don’t really have any criticism, I just don’t like her sound. It’s kind of boring, to me.
LMFAO. Dumb. The worst part for me at this point is that this is considered “cool.”
Robin Thicke. I have no idea who the market for this guy is. At least it seems he’s dropped the falsetto I remember from last year’s show. I’m dying to know the kind of person that listens to his albums.
The Band Perry. Not really sure why they were on the show. They just did some kind of Rihanna cover/country mashup. Wasn’t really that interesting. (edit Jan 7. I heard them sing the national anthem at the Cotton Bowl, and they actually did a phenomenal job at it)
blink-182. Cookie-cutter. That’s pop-punk, though. Having grown up hearing this music, there’s something oddly copacetic about it.
Taio Cruz. This guy has a knack for writing “songs that could play during the ending credits of a Dreamworks movie” (if you ignore the lyrics). His songs are off-the-charts bouncy, and not that spectacular.