"This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race (Remix)"
Fall Out Boy's original "Arms Race" is a little annoying, but at least it rocks. Unfortunately, Kanye's rather dark remix of the tune sucks out all of its energy and most of its appeal, putting a sleepy minimalist heat and soulful "ooh"s under the hand's vocals. There's also a silly B-game rap in which Kanye makes fun of FOB's tight pants and says he can't figure out what the song is about. At the end of the day: mildly humorous, but barely worth a mouseclick. | More »
Nine Inch Nails
"My Violent Heart"
This bite of fight from Year Zero, Nine Inch Nails' forthcoming concept album about an America under far-right tyranny, opens with mastermind Trent Reznor turning his usual self-loathing the other way around: "You and I, we may look the same/But we are very far apart/There's bullet holes where my compassion used to be/And there is violence in my heart." There is plenty of vintage NIN scorch in this music, too: distorted, goose-stepping percussion; vicious spikes of what sounds like ... | More »
Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
"Give It to Me"
A leaked cut from Timbaland's upcoming solo album, "Give It to Me" is a moderately catchy tune with a Timbabeat that balances clubby sleekness and tweety synths with pumped-up clip-clop percussion. Timberlake sing-raps a snaky melody in a big, powerful rumble that has more presence than his usual cameos, but Nelly steals the spotlight. This story is from the December 14th, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone. | More »
Riding a trashy bass-and-guitar riff that sounds simultaneously bluesy and Radiohead-esque, this single from Beck's upcoming album finds him in free-associating Mellow Gold mode. But while the style isn't novel, the garage-band-in-space sound — clicking, super-syncopated LCD Soundsystem-style percussion, random bleeps and machine noises — breaks new ground for Beck and producer Nigel Godrich. It's not as polished as much of last year's Guero, but it may be more... | More »
"Think I'm In Love"
Along with "Cell Phone's Dead," Beck's online-only new single, this brand-new song indicates Beck already has some prime material in the can for his next album. "Think I'm in Love" is catchy and weirdly seductive, combining narcotic funk and a great psyched-out chorus; the video (briefly posted, then yanked) is even weirder and more fun, with Beck singing in front of a badly wigged fat dude plus other tripped-out imagery. | More »
For the first single from a pop superstar's new album, the Timbaland-produced "SexyBack" is as odd as it gets – a thunderstorm of synth pulses underneath Timberlake vocals rendered alien by pitch-shifting, distortion and Lance Bass knows what else. But as Timbaland chimes in with a chant of "Get your sexy on," it's easier to accept the song – if not the transformation of "sexy" from adjective to noun. This story is from the August 10th, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone. | More »
Kanye West feat. Twista and Keyshia Cole
Kanye goes Hollywood with a glossy, Philly-soul-sampling contribution to the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack (he also delivered a bombastic take on the franchise's theme music), featuring speed rapper Twista, hip-hop soul princess Keyshia Cole and a mind-numbing number of repetitions of the word "impossible." It doesn't quite work: The skittering beat never settles into a groove, and the rhymes never explain what, exactly, is supposed to be so impossible. This is one mission Mr. ... | More »
Nine Inch Nails
"The Hand That Feeds"
On his first new song in four years, Trent Reznor piles Nine Inch Nails' signature distressed guitars atop a sleek, pulsing beat that could belong to LCD Soundsystem. Hipster dance-rock aside, the pushing-forty frontman summons some of that old mesh-shirted fury for a "Head Like a Hole"-ish refrain: "Will you bite the hand that feeds you/Will you stay down on your knees?" | More »
"Stepping Stone" b/w "Izabella"Hendrix Band of GypsysReprise0905 Now here's a hot little item that's only a few months old, released before the Capitol album and a dozen times as good. Hendrix and the guys rocket through "Stepping Stone" with its outrageous lyrics ("You're all woman – at least you taste like you are") and ever-increasing tempo, culminating in a frenzied guitar solo which ends with the engineer breaking in and saying "You made it!" Indeed. "Izabella" ain&... | More »
World in Harmony
Why Reprise is pushing a klunker like "Manalishi" is beyond me. It's another of those aimless heavy things that goes nowhere. "World," on the other hand, is a beautiful instrumental, featuring placid guitar work through several tempo changes, sounding very much like a world in harmony. This recording, incidentally, was made before guitarist Peter Green left. It is unlikely that it'll ever be on an album. This story is from the September 3rd, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone. | More »