Now that summer has arrived we can begin handicapping the song that will dominate the airwaves this summer.
What It Will Be: “Mercy” by Duffy
You’ll be immediately captivated by the warmth and beauty of Duffy’s voice but the beat-heavy R&B swing, a bit reminiscent of Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love,” is the secret weapon driving this song. Maybe it is me, but doesn’t the spoken word break bear a striking resemblance to Run-DMC’s “Tricky”?
What It Should Be: “Sequestered in Memphis” by the Hold Steady
Only Craig Finn could take a line like “subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis” and set it against a euphoric beat — heavy on horns — to get the summer party started.
Now it is your turn. What is your pick? Bonus points if you give the odds…
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.