audio review : Poppin Tags ( song ) … Jay-Z + Twista + Killer Mike + Big Boi ( featuring Sleepy Brown )

This song would be better without Twista. That’s not a knock on his rap skills. All four verses are up to par. It’s just that, with Sleepy Brown, Killer Mike and Big Boi already being associated with each other, he seems out of place, especially considering the fact that Big Boi fails to mention him when name-dropping each rapper as if Jay-Z included him as an afterthought.

It’s a good song though, despite Brown emulating the beat on the chorus, which I normally detest. What saves it is the slight alteration in melody, though the song would be less repetitive if there were a new layer; not just Jay-Z ad-libs; added to each break. The title is a reference to buying expensive clothes, which makes this not only baller music but maller music.

my rating : 4 of 5

2002

audio review : Poppin Tags ( song ) ... Jay-Z + Twista + Killer Mike + Big Boi ( featuring Sleepy Brown )

audio review : The Lady In Red ( song ) … Chris De Burgh

Chris should’ve left out the part about hardly knowing this woman because he also mentions the things he’s “never seen” about her, which implies he’s known her for a long time. It’s an odd contradiction and the one ugly flaw on a song that is otherwise quite beautiful.

Most appealing is melody of the vocals, which are partnered by a gorgeous guitar lick, though it’s the waltzy beat that serves as the basis of the concept. “The Lady In Red is dancing with me,” De Burgh announces as they embrace, “cheek to cheek”, in the ballroom.

my rating : 5 of 5

1986

audio review : The Lady In Red ( song ) ... Chris De Burgh

The Lady In Red ( song lyrics ) … Chris De Burgh

The Lady In Red ( song lyrics ) ... Chris De Burgh

I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight.
I’ve never seen you shine so bright.

I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance.
They’re looking for a little romance if given half a chance.

I have never seen that dress you’re wearing or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes.
I have been blind.

The lady in red is dancing with me; cheek to cheek.
There’s nobody here. It’s just you and me. It’s where I wanna be.
But I hardly know this beauty by my side.
I’ll never forget the way you looked tonight.

I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight.
I’ve never seen you shine so bright. You were amazing.

I’ve never seen so many people want to be there by your side.
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away.

I have never had such a feeling, such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight.

The lady in red is dancing with me; cheek to cheek.
There’s nobody here. It’s just you and me. It’s where I wanna be.
But I hardly know this beauty by my side.
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight.

I never will forget the way you looked tonight.

1986