Shuffle: Reviewing 5 Random Songs

Time for a new installment of "Shuffle" (a review of 5 random songs).
First installment of "shuffle" is here.
See the list below:

"Beach Comber": Real Estate
Sit back in your beach chair, kick away the styrofoam cups at your feet and listen to this melodic, wandering guitar-rock band seep into your consciousness. Most of the songs from Real Estate sound relatively similar, and the vibe is all suburban, mischievous, and relaxed.

"When I Look at the World": U2
A fuzzy, warm guitar introduces us to this emotional tune from U2 and never lets go, only inviting some well placed keys and a steady, fizzy beat along for the ride. As expected, the song does reach an emotional high point as Bono laments that "I tried to be like you/ try to feel it like you do/ But without you it's no use/ I don't see what you see". This song is big on emotions and shallow on the details, and the instrumentation is heavily pop-influenced.

"Blue Flower/Blue Flame": Destroyer
Destroyer represents the sly guy over in the corner, summing up his drunken wisdom over an acoustic guitar and meandering lead electric. His vocal delivery is unique and artful as he sings a song about opposites, the dangers of familiarity, and bright red paintings. Part of me wishes that he didn't seem sarcastic all the time, even still, the images he paints here are compelling.

"Spaceship" Kayne West
Kayne West brings a punk rock attitude to the suburban strip mall here, combining class politics, race, and suburban malaise together to tell a tale about low wages, shoplifting, and the spiritual desire to get away. Kayne's not going to be the one to provide exceptional customer service while working at the Gap-he's on to bigger and better things, bigger and better samples, bigger and better beats.

"Kid A": Radiohead
From alt-rock gods to studio tinkerers, Radiohead is moodier like no other band is. This title track-the second song off "Kid A"- weaves together much of what makes the band great, even on one of the weakest tracks in the album. A slow, dripping keyboard is patted on, followed by a xylophone, synths, a high bassline, computers. . . it all works together, like a melodic lullaby with many moving parts. Here, those sweet sounds are paired with a murderous tale, featuring white lies and heads on sticks. This song could easily be the soundtrack to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, as they are both bittersweet explorations of the human tribe.

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