Monday, December 28, 2015

Top 25 Songs of 2015: #7-6

#7. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd: Years after having first perfected his dark, sexy brand of R&B, Toronto's Abel Tesfaye took things in a very new direction this summer with "Can't Feel My Face," the first single off his second album Beauty Behind The Madness. Big, discoey and obviously going to be his most infectious radio hit to date, the funk of this MJ-reminiscent jam was clear indication that we were witnessing the dawn of a new Weeknd era - one that wasn't going to scrap the candid, druggy undertones, but would add some accessible flavour in order to make him a mainstream market shoe-in. As expected, the rest of BBTM was insanely good, start to finish, and The Weeknd's reign doesn't look like it will be ending anytime soon.

#6. Eventually - Tame Impala: All of Tame Impala's psychedelic third album Currents was stellar enough to find a spot on this list; you had your woozy ballads and power-pop points - with little to no filler pieces - and Kevin Parker's dreamy vocals spilling his most honest confessions yet. But something about "Eventually," the glitter and reverb-laced synth ballad that was the last pre-album single, felt different and multi-angular. Following the album's theme of Parker admittedly letting people down (for various reasons) both the grand and soft moments on "Eventually" are all-consuming and emotional, with the ability to sort of slow time down and hit you like a ton of bricks with each listen.

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