Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Rating Game Redux (22): Am I Blue?

My latest list contribution to our local paper. This one's so slight it's almost not there. But still, here:

Best Songs With a Color in the Title

I’ll take the easy way out and give myself the “blues”:

“Blue Velvet”
Sappy, spooky—and beautiful in its own way. Besides, no other song makes me think simultaneously of David Lynch and Bobby Vinton.

“Crystal Blue Persuasion”
Tommy James and the Shondells go mellow, and produce their most pleasantly melodic hit.

“Almost Blue”
Pure cool jazz from Elvis Costello, who once more proves he can write any kind of music he pleases. After “My Funny Valentine,” perhaps Chet Baker’s greatest cover.

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