Saturday, 15 September 2007

Short and to the Pointless

Nelly Furtado -- 'Maneater'

Did you know that there are different sizes of infinity, i.e. that some infinities are actually BIGGER than others? Because it might sound like the twisted brain-wrong of a one-off man mental, but it's true. The same theory can be applied to the concept of the 'best song ever'. What if there are many different varieties of best song, some of which are more 'best' than others? 'Maneater' is Figure A in this argument. When you're drunk and you hear it in a club, it might well sound like the greatest song you've ever danced to. It's got this huge synth riff that goes DE-NE-NE-NE-NE-NeNe—NUH—NUH and it's amazing! You'll totally want to grind up close to someone who wants to grind right back against you. Or, if that's not an option, you'll want to spin around in circles shouting 'Everybody look at me, me!' till you feel ill. But sit back down and you'll realise that 'Maneater' is maybe not as 'best' as a bedroom favourite like 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', or a true pop monster like 'Crazy In Love'. Does this diminish the value of those few minutes where it seems like Furtado is going to devour the whole world? Hell no! We're still dealing with infinities here; the shifts in perspective are so far off the chart that most of us mere mortals can't tell the difference…

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