Coconut Man and Moonhead!
Londoner Jessie J has golden tonsils. Where Bruno Mars is a soul singer with a pop sensibility Jessie J is a pop singer with a soul sensibility – it’s not quite the same thing!
Price Tag has an easy contagious tune – staccato ska verses with pop saturated celebratory choruses.
A smart pithy anti-consumerist manifesto – just because it is simple does not mean it is dumb. And as likely to change our over-spending ways as any newsworthy stunt from UK Uncut.
“Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the sale comes first,
And the truth comes second,
Just stop, for a minute and
Supported by BOB who delivers a rap in the spirit of the song and manages to get the word Fuck in to his rap without you hearing it!
All delivered with a striking video with pop-art scenes punctuating the song’s heartfelt sentiment.
“Am I the only one getting tired
Why is everybody so obsessed
Money can’t buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now “
And among the stage-craft of the video itself Jessie J herself with immaculate bob-hair, manicured nails, make-up with an-inch-of-her-life and natty threads – unforgettable.
If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her
So sang the Beatles in this 1964 John Lennon penned song – that song was beautiful.
As sung by Evan Rachel Wood in Julie Taymor’s Across The Universe film from 2007 it is spell-binding.
The electric guitars and drums of the original replaced by a spare string arrangement backing her voice to haunting effect.
But this song transforms even more when you see Evan singing it – transfixing.
Finally for greatest impact of all see and feel it in context in the divine narrative of the film.