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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday Bears: Bears and Bullets Top 25 Songs of the Year (Pt. IV)

We'll continue our top 25 countdown with songs #10 through #5.

#10: Runaway - Kanye West (ft. Pusha T)
Kanye's had more profound moments in his six year career than "Runaway," but its hard to say he's ever been more endearing and earnest than during this nine minute epic. For a genre and an artist that cultivates so much on self-induced spotlight and showmanship, "Runaway" is Kanye's greatest weakness. The intertwined single-key piano loop opens to depths the artist hasn't had the nerve enough to explore until now: that he isn't as self-enclosed as his detractors may say, and that he's "a jerkoff" sometimes, but we've grown attached to it.

Kanye West - Runaway

#9: Not In Love - Crystal Castles (ft. Robert Smith)
The third official version of "Not In Love," originally from 80s new wave group Platinum Blonde, was reworked with the help of Robert Smith to realize its true potential. Crystal Castles's first cover, featured on Crystal Castles II, was a quieter, more ethereal take on the original with Alice Glass' subdued, electronically dulled vocals spilling over a beating synth pulse. With Smith, "Not In Love" is perfectly akin to the days of the Cure, evoking the unhinged, almost eerily perfect vocals transposed in front of Ethan Kath's ghostly production.

#8: I Can Change - LCD Soundsystem
With the release of This is Happening, most LCD Soundsystem fans went immediately looking for James Murphy's follow up to 2007's "All My Friends," Murphy's all-encompassing single that ended up being one of the best songs of the 2000s. "I Can Change" attempts to lampoon that three-year void, coming almost close enough to rival it. It's a demoralizing love tale, professing that "love is a murderer" without an ounce of dry, boring execution. 

#7: Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National
The National have cultivated years of success chiming into to a fan base's disheartening interest the solemn solidarity of despair, illusion and tearful loss. Without it, Matt Beringer and the group cease to be what they truly are, something "Bloodbuzz Ohio" highlights significantly -- a collective movement to find the sordid beauty in everything we may hate to understand.

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

#6: Bushwick Blues - Delta Spirit
Delta Spirit may be going through more creative growing pains than I may admit, but "Bushwick Blues" is an epitome of what they can accomplish at their best; roaring, almost undoubtedly epic rock-blues. The earthy love story of a young-hearted, weak and lonely man actually seems profound enough to here to project an image of unrequited retribution - the feeling all of us are able to feel, but never capture quite so well.

Delta Spirit - Bushwick Blues

Stay tuned, we'll return tomorrow with songs #5 - 1.

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