Pop Song Reviews - Want U Back by Cher Lloyd

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  • Brother  - First
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    Wow, I'm the first to leave a comment. Seriously though, it's wonderful that Todd has finally begun to prey upon our British dross. I would hasten to add though that The Cheeky Girls are Romanian, not English.
  • navvyshanekar
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    And technically Jedward & Ronan Keating are Iri.... I mean British pop music, when it's bad, it's really bad.
  • Unshaved Mouse
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    Yeah! Damn Brits!

    (Nice save, a chara.)
  • Reliena  - One Word: Snoop Dogg :(
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    Actually Todd, one rapper did have a guest verse on this song in America... Snoop Dogg... and it's like he didn't even listen to the context of the song before he wrote the damn thing!

    He raps about how he actually went through the trouble of changing himself for this insufferable bitch, because he, for some damn reason, wants her back as well... *head explodes* Yes because that explains why in the song the ex boyfriend gets a new girlfriend... And doesn't come running back to his narcissistic ex...

    The song itself, although bad, makes sense to me. Often times people want what they can't have, and it's not uncommon for someone to find someone else more desirable once they're taken ("I want what she has!" or "There has to be a reason why she wants him!"). Hell, I knew a girl who was furious when she found out her ex was dating someone else even though she broke up with him, because she just expected him to hang around for her... just in case. Actually, hearing a song from this selfish and bitchy perspective is kind of interesting. But once Snoop starts rapping it's like the whole premise of the song goes out the window, and only adds to the mess that already is this song.
  • Ohsha
    Saying UK's popular bands are worse than America's just loses Todd credibility. What popular American bands are better than Radiohead, the Beatles, The Clash, Muse, Led Zepplin, and Adele?
  • flamingoman
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    Pop music, as in synthetic commercialized dross. Those bands are rock, alternative, punk and folk. Adele probably being the most commercially appropriate of the artists mentioned. Personally though I think Radiohead is vastly overrated; they had some decent tracks but I always felt they were just pretentious pseudo-progressive stoner music and Muse is just Radiohead-lite. I'm not a huge Beatles fan myself but I cannot deny their creativity and their contribution to music. The Clash and Zeppelin I'd have to agree with being good while maintaining popularity.

    However if you want a list of some good popular American bands that are as good as or better than the bands you list -at least definitely better than Radiohead and Muse-, I'd say: REM, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Beck, Tool or The Doors just to name a few.
  • AphexTwin Fan  - Actually......
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    It seems you're mistaken. I believe Todd was comparing the WORST of America's Pop music to the WORST of British Pop music. The bands you listed don't qualify.

    Personally, I think when it comes to the BEST stuff out there music-wise, the UK has the US beat by a significant margin. Just an opinion, though. What do you think?
  • flamingoman
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    It depends. Personally I think there's sort of an equal between the two. Especially since majority of what I listen to is progressive, rock and metal. There's a pretty equal number of damn good bands from both the US and UK. I will however say the UK has the US beat when it comes to metal. But if I had to be forced to pick I'd pick the US. Mostly because, I find that the very best music is progressive and the US has some of the finest progressive groups.
  • Aaronage
    Downplaying Radiohead is a bit silly.

    They're one of the most influential, consistently great bands of the last 20 years. Name any alt band, they will cite Radiohead as an influence. You can here it everywhere.

    OK Computer and Kis A are two major big hitters, like Pet Sounds, Sgt. Peppers, The Wall, Unknown Pleasures kinda big. The sort of albums that people write thesis about.

    I wouldn't say this about many bands, but if you can't "get" an album like OK Computer (or Kid A), you're not giving it the attention it deserves. "pretentious pseudo-progressive stoner music" it certainly isn't, give OK Computer a proper listen.
  • flamingoman
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    I don't see why. Influential or not I just don't find them appealing. To me they're kind of like the music version of Richard Kelly; interesting and talented but flawed at the same time.

    I also don't find any of those albums (save for maybe Unknown Pleasures and The Wall) that interesting. I give the Beatles credit though for their creativity and because Sgt. Pepper helped create progressive rock.

    It's not that I didn't "get" them, I just don't find the albums or the band that good. The themes the albums deal with are interesting but I just feel no connection with any of it. It's just so cold and clinical and it feels like it's trying too hard to be all "deep" and "meaningful".

    It's just my opinion, and I'm not looking to offend or start an argument. (a discussion perhaps)
  • PlayMp1
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    And if you don't particularly care for alternative..? I could tell you all day about how groundbreaking Scream Bloody Gore was, or how influential Atheist was on the technical death metal scene, or how every artist in every genre since has been affected by John Coltrane. Do you care for any of these acts? Unlikely.

    The US and UK have always competed musically and have always come out roughly even. If one spits out a cool new genre, the other puts out a member in that genre that's very capable (Black Sabbath invents metal in the UK... then the thrash scene over ten years later erupts in America and changes the genre forever. Alternatively, America invents rock 'n' roll... then The Beatles and Led Zeppelin put new spins on those foundations).

    You wanna know where to go? Continental Europe's underground.
  • wasneeplus
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    Oh God, not the Cheeky Girls, NOT THE CHEEKY GIRLS!! Damn them, DAMN THEM TO HELL!!!

    Speaking as a continental European, I would like to say that you'd do better to just ignore the Eurovision songfestival. None of that shit ever makes it on the popcharts and no one who watches that does so for the music. It exists in a world of it's own, despised by everyone who is not part of that world.

    "Fairy Tale" was allright though.....
  • littlelili
    I thought the whole point of Eurovision was the fact it was cheesy and unlistenable. I mean this year wasn't too bad... there were some decent songs I enjoyed... And Eurovision did give us ABBA.

    "Fairy Tale" was great, though it's completely inescapable whenever it's that time of year ago.
  • PlayMp1
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    I suggest neither of you forget the total fucking awesomefest that was Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi that won Eurovision 2006 - and was the first Finnish winner. And was pretty goddamn metal for being in a pop contest.
  • littlelili
    Oh hell yeah, I was thinking that when he flashed the Finnish logo. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was awesome. IDK I can spend hours discussing Eurovision and I'm an American... I blame it on getting into the contest in 2009 because of a Norwegian exchange student that I was hanging out with when her home land won.
  • 3DMaster
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    Well, with the occasionally exception of a genuinely good song; which either only won because the performer was a former man, or finished about last.

    Those blithering idiots wouldn't know good music if it hit them their collective asses.

    Yes, the music on the song festival is so bad, even the people who usually push crap up the charts, won't buy it.
  • baticus_moronicus
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    'Those blithering idiots wouldn't know good music if it hit them their collective asses.' Oh cheers.

    I'm not sure if that refers to the UK, the Eurovision Song Contest specifically, or the whole of Europe, but it's bollocks. Everyone over here knows the Eurovision is filled with incredibly odd music, but that's part of the fun and my friends and I love it and watch it every year for its campy ridiculousness. It is also, I should point out, a chance for a lot of countries with very little home grown music to get a little recognition. Eurovision stuff doesn't tend to chart in the UK because we have plenty of home grown pop stars (whether they are actually good is irrelevant, they are still charting) along with a tonne of American stuff of course, but how often does Bosnia and Herzegovina (just one example) get any recognition? These songs are probably charting over there. And why the hell shouldn't they? The Eurovision also often sees interesting snippets of culture from these countries, and it's nice to hear music that is in some different languages.
  • CookieCrumbs
    FINALLY!! I have been waiting for this!!! XD
  • PlayMp1
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    I would like to add personally that the UK has basically higher highs and lower lows in music. On one hand, they brought us Black Sabbath and The Answer (yes, not from the island of Great Britain - they're Northern Irish), and on the other, they brought us the Spice Girls and Cher Lloyd.
  • Shinonaru
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    But I love the Spice Girls just as much as Black Sabbath.
  • ColeYote
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    Your avatar appears to be the Motorhead war pig and the second great UK band you think of is The Answer?

    Granted you're probably just going for a classic/contemporary combo, so... ignore what I'm saying.
  • PlayMp1
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    I was indeed going for an old school band paired with a new band, otherwise I'd have named any number of classic British bands (Venom, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest... I can go on basically forever).

    And have you listened to The Answer's second album? It's a masterpiece.
  • The Nostalgia Watcher
    DonĀ“t forget Rolling Stones, and those who battle for the title of best band of the 20th century: The Beatles and QUEEN.
  • 3DMaster
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    Battle?

    Bohemian Rhapsody - end of skirmish.
  • PlayMp1
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    I'm with you - Queen is definitely more my thing than The Beatles.
  • CookieCrumbs
    Great review!! Loved it!
  • accelgors
    Nice choice, because I absolutely cannot stand this song, and you covered pretty much everything I hated. (Also, that "I don't give a shit, no one else can have you" line is really creepy...)

    In the worst of list I'm currently constructing, this ranks about #5. Just terrible. I hope she doesn't stick around - the UK can keep her.
  • BizarroGeek
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    Oh god, no, please. You have to take her. If I hear another piece of arseballs from Cher Lloyd I may just drown myself in a bathtub of tea and custard creams.
  • leifeday  - However...
    England DID give us Lily Allen...
  • Wario_man
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    But she's mean-spirited and wretched and has like maybe two alright songs. Then she decided she didn't want to be famous anymore so she made a TV show about how she doesn't want to be famous anymore.
  • AutoAxpert
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    Yeah, British pop can be much, MUCH worse than bad American pop. At the same time, British pop can be much, MUCH better than good American pop.
  • Vismutti
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    Yeah. Smaller market, more variety and range.
  • LoadingPleaseWait
    Fabulous review! I love your righteous indignation XD
    Nice job wrapping up the Lupa-Todd-Nostalgia Chick love triangle, and sweet tie-in with To Boldly Flee ;)
  • Burritoman
    Just have to ask: are you going to do Ice, Ice Baby for your "One Hit Wonderland"? Seems like every reviewer on this site has to do a Vanilla Ice review, so... get to it, I guess.
  • elelgood90
    Oh, I really want that review to happen. Especially if it's a crossover with Rap Critic. Even without Rap Critic, that would be a fun review.
  • Burritoman
    Oh shit!! You are right, it needs to be a crossover with Rap Critic.
  • The Movie Explorer
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    Ouch! Good God, does this suck! How come every other review you do (i.e.: most of them not featuring the name Gotye) has me feeling sorry that you have to listen to such hideous dreck for a living?

    On the plus side, all signs point to Jedward being at 14:59 of their allotted 15 minutes of fame (two failed Eurovision appearances, cameo in the Keith Lemon movie, etc.).
  • Omega Kitty
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    I thought it was gonna be the othe Cher...
  • hopeh1022  - I cannot stand this chick.
    And it's mostly because she looks ridiculous with all that makeup on and her hair the size of her hips.

    Also, I love the way this video ended. "You suck!"
  • TemplarKnight  - FINALLY
    I have been waiting on this review for SO DAMN LONG!

    I was almost convinced I was the only one who had heard the song because no one else seemed to have any clue what I was talking about and when Todd went week after week after week without reviewing it, I started to crack under my apparent madness. But it is now here!

    Excuse me while I make some popcorn and hit play.
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    No, I've heard it, too! Argh...

    "Remember all the things that you an I did first?"
    Yes, and now he's doing the with someone else. That kinda sucks, but MOVE ON.
  • TheRealTuxedoMask
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    Obnoxious Pixy, I've got to remember that term.

    Terrible song, great review. I'll admit that Vida la Viva is a guilty pleasure of mine, but hearing that "rap" a few more times will make me hate it outright.

    The date with Lupa went about as well as I expected, sorry Todd. Still, after seeing that date and Todd's "totally over her" mentality, I have a feeling that the Todd-Lupa-Nostalgia Chick love triangle is still alive.
  • PublicEnemy
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    Haha, watching this did make me feel a lil better about Pop music in America since a lot of Europeans tend to comment on your videos saying how our pop is crap. Good to see some kinda comeback lol. (No disrespect to the Europeans out there, theres plenty of European and british music I like)
  • wasneeplus
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    American pop IS crap. But to think European pop is any better you'd have to be a complete idiot. We've got all the nonsense that's also on the American charts, as well as our own homegrown shit!
  • DonnaGnocchi
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    So Beyonce's ex boyfriend is a 19 year old British girl? Go figure.

    I literally heard this song for the first time yesterday. My first thought? "There is no way Todd is not doing a review on this. This is shit in its purest form"

    Good review, man.
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    Oh, God, this song... ~_~

    Great review!
    "Send your complaints to lewislovhaug..."
    Wait, doesn't he just review lamps?

    Clips from TBF! Yay! Oh, and of course, "I don't even think her new boyfriend is real. She says he's 'from Canada'..." LOL!
  • parfai
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    how is it possible that youve not done something w/ GangumStyle by now...? :p
  • Vismutti
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    Hey! Gangnam Style isn't bad, it's awesome!
  • hordrisstheconfuser
    I am English.
    I am proud to have never watched x factor. There is some interesting stuff produced in this country, but I'll admit that a lot of crap gets recorded here.
  • Mauve_Avenger  - Loathing!
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    I HATE this song! I haven't even seen the review yet and I need to say how much I LOATHE this song. It's on rotation at my job and I hear it at least twice per shift. And it's one that I can't ignore because her voice is so high pitched that it just slips into my mind, but the only part I actually know of it is "I want you back. I want you back. I want you back." Seriously, this song has invaded my nightmares and all I hear is "I want you back. I want you back. IwantyoubackIwantyouback. " I hate whining and all she's doing in this song is whining. Whenever it comes on, I can't help but think of a much better song about a girl who dumped a guy and wanted him back after she found out he moved on. It's called "Foolish Little Girl" by the Shirelles. Learn something, annoying British girl! Rip this one to shreds, Todd!
  • americo-russian-nerd
    weird. all the british music that i've ever heard was really good. then again, i manage to dig up bands/singers no one has ever heard of, and they all sound great.

    Anyways, thank you Todd i have now been shaken out of my fantasy where i thought british music was better than american. i am now warned

    no offense to the uk. u guys still have better tv shows (not reality tv, i mean stuff like Doctor Who)
  • PlayMp1
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    American shows that are great:
    -Star Trek (take your pick of which ones you like and dislike)
    -Stargate (ditto)
    -Warehouse 13 (fucking hilarious)
    -Supernatural
    -Buffy
    -Band of Brothers
    -The Pacific
    -The Daily Show (not fiction, but still)

    Need I go on?
  • Mattevansc3
    Stargate and Warehouse 13 were more Canadian than American.
  • PlayMp1
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    Still North American, so it counts to me.

    Supernatural is filmed in Canada, too. You could also throw on House, any of your preferred American political shows (Rachel Maddow since I'm a stinkin' liberal), and Mythbusters.
  • uchihakat  - Hate this song.
    YAY! You finally did this song! I've been waiting for this since I first heard it weeks ago.
  • elelgood90
    Man, that song sucks. I haven't really heard that much about it.
    Not to get off topic, but I just heard the news yesterday that LMFAO broke up. :( I am heartbroken. I'm sorry Todd that you won't be able to review anymore of their songs. I wanted to hear a follow-up review to "Sexy and I know it."
  • Mr.Anderssson
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    Damn Todd you're going to get a lot of hatemail. Though if I recall correctly, you said that novelty hits show up in Europe all the time because of the smaller demographic, so it shouldn't surprise anyone.
  • The Dubya
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    Songs/movies/shows like these are absolutely reprehensible. Like, I'm surprised you could even find jokes for this one.

    This is Deuces level of bad. This...THING is a god awful singer spreading a terrible message about how to be a shitty human being. And I fucking hate it when shit like this is directed toward an audience that, I'm sorry, IS better than this. I know it's easy to paint young people as the biggest mouthbreathing neanderthals on the planet, but they aren't. They're YOUNG, they aren't STUPID. And I'm sick of these corporations making the market so it looks like all their is is shallow stupidity, and I'm sick of said shallow stupidity influencing the young people that just need some better direction; direction from US/the ones who should be responsible for making the world a better place once they come into their own.

    NOT fucking them over with horseshit like this. This is the worst song of 2012. NOTHING is going to beat the wretchedness of this.
  • Moon Spirit
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    I think I saw this girl performing on America's Got Talent Finals. God, she was terrible the minute she started rapping.
  • Bloodrealm
    No, nothing that bad was ever in the America's Got Talent finals. Maybe she was in Canada's got talent. I barely remember that one, but I do remember it was shit, and that there were two (TWO!) beatboxers in the final 6 acts.
  • Steve the Pocket
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    Eek. How did X Factor, which features the real Simon Cowell, let this girl through without being eviscerated? That clip of her rapping sounds like something he'd kick out on the first episode of the season if she were a contestant on "American Idol."
  • LikaLaruku
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    Todd: "Now what is that tune from?"

    Huckleberry Hound: "Oh muh darlin, oh muh daaaarlin, oh muh daaarlin ClementiiIIIiiiIIiine!"

    Me: ::Spits coffee into keyboard::
  • CyborgPrince
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    Poor keyboard. Damn you Cher Lloooyyyyd!!!
  • Treiz  - meh
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    Yeah I'd like to imagine that they left the boy off in the US because he sucks, but we all know it's really because he looks 12 and it would be statutory. >.
  • Admiral Zod
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    something tells me that linkara is going to be pissed at all the random hate mail that starts showing up in his inbox!
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