Sunday, July 16, 2006

Picks Of The Week #29

Lyrics Of The Week

This song played such a pivotal role in The OC. Season 1 ended with the late Jeff Buckley's version, as Seth's boat's sailing out to the sea. Season 3 closed with Imogen Heap's a capella version, as Ryan carried Marissa out on the road at midnight. Too bad Mischa quitted the show, she was the second reason I watched it beside the great indie soundtracks. Anyway, this cover version of the Leonard Cohen's song is classic. It's just a real, real sad love song, with emotional, heartbroken lyrics. Imagine listening to it at night and crying your heart out. That would hurt so bad.

Jeff Buckley

Well I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor,
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show that to me do you
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there is a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Bonus: Download these two versions of the song.

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Imogen Heap - Hallelujah

Download This!

Oh No! Oh My!/ Walk In The Park

Cool unsigned band. They self-released their debut self-titled record and already built up big hypes. This somehow sounds like a sequel to Belle And Sebastian's 'Another Sunny Day', but lighter and more gleeful. Simple and catchy, and awesomely suitable for a walk in the park in a summer day. The hooks are infectiously catchy, I still sing along the ba-da-das every time I listen to this song. Overall, highly recommended.

Download: Oh No! Oh My! - Walk In The Park

Bonus: If you like what I offered above, check out this one too.
Download: Oh No! Oh My! - Jane Is Fat


Keane/ The Way You Want It To

This song is a rare item. It's a b-side to their first ever commercial single 'Everybody's Changing' , way back in the pre-Hopes-And-Fears days, when they were signed by Fierce Panda Records. That explains how this song is so lo-fi, only Tom's vocals and Tim's piano playing. It's still a beautiful, lush, heartaching song, the type of song you listen to when it's raining outside, making you feel sentimental. A grower, but you'll be addicted to it if you truly feel the lyrics.

Download: Keane - The Way You Want It To

Music Video Of The Week

Beyoncé feat. Jay Z/ Deja Vu

When I first heard Sophie Muller's gonna direct this one, I didn't know what to say. I was hoping B would team up with Jake Nava again, together they work magics. However, this video turned out quite well. Sure, it was pretty random, simply just Beyoncé dancing and lip-synching in various studio sets and in the wilderness. But it's a mainstream video for the TRL audience, it's supposed to be that way, and it was fun to watch. Sophie, like usual, doesn't do those glossy color touch that Jake always has. But the dancing in the sand is wild crazy! Now I just love the song even more. Note: this has the most costume-changing ever in a Beyoncé's music video. Yup, I've counted.

Download Beyoncé feat. Jay Z - Déjà Vu Music Video (MOV format)

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