Song of the Day #1,894: ‘Ready to Start’ – Tears For Fears

tears_for_fearsTears For Fears has released one album in the past 18 years, and that was nine years ago. Now the band is back in the studio working on a new record, so I guess the ‘once every nine years’ pattern is working for them.

This is actually a great time for new Tears For Fears music, assuming it’s as good, and in the same style, as their 80s hits. Today’s pop music is very much influenced by the 80s and I can imagine songs like ‘Shout’ and ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ succeeding wildly were they released in 2013.

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Song of the Day #1,691: ‘Ready to Start’ – Arcade Fire

suburbsTrack two of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, ‘Ready to Start,’ picks up the tempo after the ramshackle opening track. This is the anthemic rock sound I most associate with the band.

‘Ready to Start’ seems to be about commercialism vs. purity, though lead songwriter and vocalist Win Butler doesn’t necessarily make the obvious choice when taking sides. Is this an apology by an indie band for seeking (and finding) mainstream success?

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