Everything next year will just have to suck a little harder
This has to be one of the most entertaining “Best/Worst of the Year” features I’ve come across in a long time. I particularly enjoyed all of Sheffield’s “Pre-Thicke era” choices. Well worth the read.
First Listen: Lea Michele - “Cannonball”
After conquering broadway in Spring Awakening and dominating the charts with the cast of Glee, it was only a matter of time before Lea took a shot at pop stardom (in all honesty I’m surprised it took her this long to do it). ‘Cannonball’ serves as her first official single off her upcoming debut album Louder, and it’s kind of everything I expected from her. I’m not going to be blasting ‘Cannonball’ on repeat but that’s not to say it’s entirely bad. I’m sure her fans will flock to this one, but I don’t really see mainstream audiences latching onto it like they did with Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ or Miley’s ‘We Can’t Stop’. If you like what you hear, you can purchase a copy of it right now on iTunes by clicking here.
As the original post noted, this is certainly not terrible - but who is the intended audience? Even to an avid (note: young) “gleeks” this track pales in comparison to what we’ve already heard in a fairly strong year of Pop Music. Not to mention for someone who has a background in Broadway, this is hardly as vocally dynamic as one might expect - so there goes appealing to a potential theatrical fanbase too - and with production so safe it may only find heavy rotation on AC stations… as a result, the only place I can imagine someone hearing this song is in the waiting room at their next dentist appointment.
I guess I’m not missing much by not logging on to Twitter.