N.E.R.D. - God Bless Us All
"I think on every N.E.R.D. album there is that ONE song that I can listen to for days and days and days. On "Seeing Sounds" that record was unquestionably "Yeah You". This time around hands down it's "God Bless Us All". Pharell isn't an amazing singer but no one said you had to be one to make a great record (Britney??). He stays right in his comfort zone and delivers a solid, earnest performance with some silky smooth harmonies to boot. He does have backup singers but you can hear his own voice on the verse harmonies and I'm not mad at him at all. The b-section is both soulful and campy, which gives the otherwise poignant record a nice lift. I'm not really a fan of N.E.R.D.'s composition skills but when they get it right they really score and I think this is one of those records."
Kanye West - The Joy (Feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi)
"If you can get past the image of Pam for just a moment...thank you.
Pete Rock, Kanye and Jay-Z. Why did they never think of this before?? I'm almost annoyed by the fact that I had to wait till 2010 for this collaboration. All of you young squirts out there who have no idea who Pete Rock is I want you to turn off the Soulja Boy for a moment and head on over to youtube. Anyway, Pete Rock takes us waaaaay back with a sample of Curtis Mayfield's "The Makings of You" and touches of Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes". (If you check out the Syl record you'll notice the Wu-Tang sample also.) Ye and Jay both destroy their verses and Kanye should get a Nobel Prize for collaborating with Charlie Wilson. He's been awesome on everything so far. Enjoy. "
Armando Trovajoli - L'amore Dice Ciao (Bossa Version)
"This 1969 Italian comedy allegedly features many naked Italian women. Thus the title, which translates to "I See Naked". I've never seen the film so I couldn't tell you. However, the soundtrack from prolific composer Armando Trovajoli is a great example of the superbly creative music from that era. I personally can't stop listening to the stuff. Something about bossa nova just makes me want to move to Florida and have parties where all the girls dress like this and put lime in every cocktail. Yeah. That would be real nice."