The APRA Song of the Year, Part 5

36 songs later, here they are in descending order.  As songs.  I didn’t pay attention to the video, the tastiness of the beats, or how cute anyone is.  The scores are from the Vanda-Young scale, explained here.

Blood (The Middle East) “a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more” is a fine, fine image.  This needs to be covered by someone with clearer diction, and a less enthusiastic producer 6

Cement (Washington) Bloody good idea for a song, and well executed 5.5

The Good News (Philadelphia Grand Jury) Catchy plus originality.  Bravo 5.2

The Darkest Side (The Middle East) Pretty, overwritten, self-regarding folk, with lots of good, specific imagery at the start.  I appreciate any song that mentions Panadol 4.5

Broken Leg (Bluejuice) If you’re going to use anthem-rock cliches, it is best to use all of them.  Damn catchy 4.4

Ramona Was a Waitress (Paul Dempsey) Earnest. So very earnest. Good chorus 4.3

Vanilla (British India) Some good imagery for one of those bleed-just-to-know-you’re-alive anthems 4.1

And the Boys (Angus and Julia Stone) 3.9

One Way Road (John Butler Trio) Not the first artist to preach revolution while working for the Warner Music Group 3.8

The Waitress Song (Seth Sentry) This topic is done, people.  Leave it be 3.7

Brother (Little Birdy) “Show me your soul and I’ll show you mine” is the line that should be inscribed on indie’s tombstone 3.7

All of the Dreamers (Powderfinger) 3.6

Thump (Bertie Blackman) 3.5

All I Want (Sarah Blasko) Enough material for a good verse, stretched out to the length of a whole song 3.45

Pictures (Illy) Best line: “good mates and stamps in a passport” 3.4

Science of Fear (The Temper Trap) Bonus points for trying to be about something interesting 3.4

Getting Wise (Yves Klein Blue) 3.3

Chase That Feeling (Hilltop Hoods) Decent musing on a very, very, very worn topic 3.2

Love Lost (The Temper Trap) Gets better as it goes along 3.15

Foreign Land (Eskimo Joe) 3.1

Coin Laundry (Lisa Mitchell) Quirk 101 3

We Won’t Run (Sarah Blasko) After the first verse, the others are made of prose forcing itself upon the melody 2.9

Byrds of Prey (Bertie Blackman) Uncomfortably reminiscent of goth girl poetry, set to music 2.85

You’ve Changed (Sia) 2.8

Parles Vous Francais? (Art vs Science) Fun novelty track, and barely a song. If Australia could enter Eurovision, this would be worth submitting 2.7

Shooting Stars (Bag Raiders) 2.6

All I Know (Karnivool) The kind of flavourless angst that Americans love 2.5

Still Standing (Hilltop Hoods) Standard hip-hop self-aggrandisement, with an occasional Aussie accent 2.45

Fader (The Temper Trap) After a good opening, the Cliche-o-meter gets a workout 2.4

Buttons (CSS Remix) (Sia) Repetition worthy of Terry Riley 2.4

Friend In the Field (Art vs Science) 2.2

Set Fire to the Hive (Karnivool) The sort of boy-anger you can only develop by struggling to survive in a First World democracy 2.1  

New Moon Rising (Wolfmother) A song made up entirely of bits from other people’s songs 2

She’s a Genius (Jet) And I thought Wolfmother sounded generic 1.7

Sometimes (Miami Horror) Maybe, but not with me 1.4

Remember Me (Tame Impala) was a cover, so it’s not eligible.  Good cover, though.  And of course FOTC are a New Zealand act, but just in case they’ve been “principally domiciled” in Oz, Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor) 2.9, Hurt Feelings 3.1, Carol Brown 4.45 

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