here they are:
"Everybody's Falling In Love" by World Party: World Party have been around since the mid 1980's, and scored a couple of modest hits in the early '90s, but ever since then, they seemed to have dropped off the musical map. So where have they been all these years?! Thankfully, fans of World Party need not wonder about this anymore! Their first big song in almost 20 years, "Everybody's Falling In Love", sounds exactly like how one might expect it to sound! It's a very happy, upeat, almost soulful song, slightly reminiscent of songs like The Beatles' "Let It Be", only without the minor key chorus. In fact, "Everybody's Falling In Love" is almost entirely in major key. Kinda like R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" with a slower beat, more sunshine, and more sincerity!
"Heaven" by The Walkmen: When The Walkmen debuted a couple years ago, I had mistakenly lumped them in that sort of fractured, "neo-new-wave" category that bands like Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party might fall under. Boy was I wrong!! The Walkmen actually have a sound that's closer to bands like Wilco, The National, and Delta Spirit, and no song of theirs illustrates that better than their latest song, "Heaven"! Despite its title, "Heaven" doesn't exactly sound...well...heavenly. That doesn't mean its sound isn't pleasant or mellow, it is. It's just that it starts off in minor key with a sort of urgency that almost sounds like Wilco trying to cover The Police's "Message In A Bottle". It switches to major key during the chorus, but its persistent, spiraling mantra of "Remember, remember" in the chorus also makes it sound rather urgent, just like the verses. That being said, the title "Heaven" for this song (which is not mentioned anywhere in the lyrics), seems at least half sarcastic in a a way, and the lyrics to the song seem more sad than they are blissful. However, the compelling sound and passionate vocals of "Heaven" still manage to make it a great song!!