Wednesday, September 17, 2008 any other name, would smell just as sweet

I've been known to make people mixtapes for their birthday, and today's post is no exception, it's just that since it's such a tidily themed playlist that i should share it with everyone. Regardless, to its original intendee, a very Happy Birthday Ms. Girdwood.
Rose - A Musical Playlist
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose
Outkast - Roses
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorns
Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
Matmos - Roses & Teeth
A Perfect Circle - Rose
Kanye West - Roses
St. Germain - Rose Rouge
Ben Harper - Roses From My Friends
Bette Midler - The Rose

Instead of doing my usual track-by-track breakdown, i thought i'd just talk about them all in retrospect. Firstly i couldn't pass up the immediacy of Seal's Kiss From A Rose, it's one of those hits (funnily enough from Batman Forever) that everyone of my generation seems to know the words to regardless, it was was that all-pervasive.

Considering the theme, Ms. Piaf's warbling was the first thing that came to mind as did some 80's power ballads which come in the form of Poison and Bon Jovi. Hip Hop seems to have a floral mindset too, as evidenced by the appearance of Outkast and Kanye West. While A Perfect Circle and Matmos lend the compilation some edge with some atmospheric rock and avant-garde experimentalism respectively. Finally a bit of acid jazz to lead into Ben Harper's soulful acoustic guitar before the soppy ending we all know we love to hate and hate to love, The Rose.

Ahhh a quickie but a goodie, i've noticed that the hits have gone up considerably since i bothered to add a counter - so i thank you for taking the time to join me here at The Rant and i hope you continue to do so in the future.

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