Eminem, Mavis Staples, And Fischerspooner Share Treats In Top Songs Of The Week - November 17
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:54:23
As we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving next week, artists all over the country gave us music to be grateful for as we lick our collective chops in anticipation. Bearing lyrical verses, electric fuzz and even a love song for a snowman, this week delivered musical gifts more worthy of the December holidays.
Eminem questioned his evolving presence among a rap scene that seems overly trap-heavy. Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy finally debuted a song that he sings on. Fischerspooner previewed the latest single off their first album in seven years. G-Eazy runs roughshod amid his own fame, lifestyle, and substance abuse, while Sia delivered a final holiday treat before the release of her Christmas album.
Without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the (pre-holiday) week:
Eminem — "Walk on Water" [ft. Beyonce]
Marshall Mathers debuted a stirring live performance of his newest track, "Walk on Water", for the MTV European Video Music Awards. Beyonce, who sings the hook, didn't make an appearance, but true to form, the Detroit rapper held his own quite well. The song serves as the first single for his upcoming ninth studio LP, and its simple format allows Eminem to cast about within his past as he surges into the future. There's no doubt, among today's generation of staccato mumblers, Em's flow still sounds divine.
Mavis Staples — "Ain't No Doubt About It" [ft. Jeff Tweedy]
Mavis Staples has made waves lately by releasing a series of political singles from her newest album If All I Was Was Black. The entire LP is a collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, but "Ain't No Doubt About It" is the first we've heard of the Wilco frontman's voice as he contributes backup vocals. The song follows "Build a Bridge", "Little Bit", and the record's title track, and with another solid addition, there's little doubt left that the album will surely impress her fans.
G-Eazy — "The Beautiful & Damned" [ft. Zoe Nash]
Oakland rapper G-Eazy unveiled the title single from his upcoming album, The Beautiful & Damned, a smooth set of verses from a rapper exploring the roughest edges of his lifestyle. Zoe Nash delivers the chorus, wondering whether anyone's ever seen a person with such stark dichotomies. The full album is due out December 15, and if G-Eazy keeps digging this deep, it's sure to continue elevating the career of this particular rapping Gemini.
Fischerspooner — "Butterscotch Goddam" [ft. Johnny Magee]
"Butterscotch Goddam" is the third song released in advance of Fischerspooner's album SIR, due out February 16 of next year. The album features production from REM's Michael Stipe, and so far other contributors have included Boots, Caroline Polachek, and now Johnny Magee. The band's first release since 2009's Entertainment so far steadily explores the extent that vocalizations can float in and out of the sticky mess of their candy beats.
Sia — "Snowman"
Sia will release her unique take on Christmas this holiday season with Everyday is Christmas. The album features a series of new festive songs from the prodigious singer-songwriter, among which "Snowman" follows "Santa's Coming for Us". On the piano-backed ballad, she professes her profound love for a snowman, making for a quick addition to the canon of classic Christmas songs.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff