The percussion pattern kicking off "Her Diamonds" carries the song forward with a gentle push and a bit of swing as the tune progresses. Thomas' soulful and smooth vocals deliver the lyrics on the feelings of powerlessness when seeing a loved one in pain with subtlety. The imagery of "tears like diamonds on the floor" is a powerful one.
Franti doesn't drop his social consciousness entirely for the sake of a simple love song here. References to his travels and embrace of people around the world give "Say Hey (I Love You)" an engaging international feel. The back catalog of Michael Franti and his band Spearhead is one well worth exposing to a wider audience.
Perhaps Adam Lambert's single from the soundtrack to the epic disaster movie 2012 should be titled, "Maybe It's Time for a Power Ballad." The current pop music environment is so dominated by uptempo music at the moment, a true classic power ballad feels like an exhilarating breath of fresh air. Add to that feeling that this is also a very very good one that I suspect would make Jim Steinman and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler proud.<
Flo Rida, more than any rapper of the moment, has a genius, along with his producers, for crafting incredibly hooky slabs of pop hip hop. On "Right Round," Dr. Luke steps into the production role and they create 3 1/2 minutes of tremendous fun. You will hear echoes of another pop classic, but this song stands on its own feet.