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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Is Jordin Sparks' 'Battlefield' Really That Good, Or Are We Just Settling For Mediocrity?

Jordin Sparks performed new single "Battlefield," off her upcoming second album (due out July 14), on American Idol last week. The Ryan Tedder-produced track was added to iTunes today.

Thankfully it doesn't sound like "Bleeding Love" or "Halo" or that Kelly Clarkson "Already Gone" dirge, i.e., every other song Ryan Tedder has written for pop broads in the past two years.

But I can't help feeling a bit ho-hum about "Battlefield." I mean, has pop music gotten so bad (answer: yes) that we're to get all swizzled about a ballad that lyrically winks at a bland 25-year-old Pat Benetar jam?

Sure, it's preferable to 3OH!3, Eminem or Flo Rida. So maybe I'm missing something. But I still believe pop music can be better than Ryan Tedder.

Anyway, here's "Battlefield." Cough up your $1.29 if you see fit.

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  • At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Fizzled Sparks said…

    What a terrible, terrible song.

  • At 3:47 PM, OpenID ToddinFTL said…

    OMG gurl, she didn't perform it last week on AI. She's performing it THIS week.

    Gawd, don't you know anything???

  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Alas, Todd, when you read this next week—which you shall, you shall, you can't keep away—it will have been last week.

    Catch up, my chylde.

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Doll, open your ears (and reply to my email) - this sounds exactly like "Halo"! Only without a shred of that song's class. BORING.

  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger J.Me said…

    I, for one, love it. It's much better than "Halo" and "Already Gone". The rubbery space sounds behind the chorus take some getting use to, but this could be the "Umbrella" of 2009. "Battlefield, Battlefield, Battlefield!" I can just hear the kids repeating this ad nauseum. My favorite line is "You Better Go And Get Your Armor", I can't wait to work it into an everyday conversation!

  • At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Love is a Battlefield" bland??? Thats a great classic pop song and won Pat BenAtar a Grammy award.
    The vocal performance and production are incredible. Listen to it with headphones and find out.

  • At 2:24 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    A couple of things. Her mouth is really wide in that photo! She looks like the crazy frog. Secondly, there was an article in EW about how we crave "comfort" media when there is a crisis (such as the economic downturn) which surely can be the only reason Paul Blart: Mall Cop was a number one movie. It makes us feel better and therefore the nation/world is lulled into thinking it was good. I mean, after 9/11 Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond shot up in the ratings because they were familiar and lets face it - ELR was never good! So yes, i think perhaps that sometimes things appear better than they actually are. I will admit that tues morning, i saw all the hype over Battlefield and i was a bit bemused. Then popjustice made it the most twittered about song ever and i played it a few more times and became obsessed. then i got really bored of it. I mean it didn't really do anything did it? And now i'm up to thinking well, it's just a nice pop song. that was a very long comment.

  • At 2:55 AM, Blogger daavid said…

    Totally with you on this D'Luv. The song is alright but it's no "Umbrella".

  • At 5:16 AM, Blogger John said…

    I'm torn about this, now hearing it for the first time. We get all excited about a throwaway pop sensation like Full Industry with some of the WORST lyrics of the year so far, and then we trash a song like this, which really doesn't have anything wrong with it. In fact, the lyrics are kinda decent, and Jordin is apparently maturing as a vocalist (or found the Church of Vocoder). I'll definitely come back to it, but it sure isn't the second coming of "Umbrella", either.

  • At 6:31 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    She is completely and totally boring in every single way. I think her whole season of AI was a dud.


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