The BEST SPOKEN WORD TRACKS of 2010
Welcome back to the second and final week of the Weekend Review Presents… lists. This is your source for twelve categories (plus a thirteenth honoring original Christmas music) designed to recognize a wide span of new music from the year of 2010.
The list today revolves around spoken word tracks. Granted, there are not all that many songs with spoken word components, never mind the number out of those that are standouts.
That being said, there are a few that deserve mention.
The best of the year has to be “Things You Think,” the spoken word collaboration between Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, and Pomplamoose. It’s a quirky little track with an outstanding set of lyrics and a pleasant chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head. This one’s not a surprise, as it was Ben Folds who orchestrated William Shatner’s spoken word/rock/alt/country/(insert genre here) album Has Been, one of the best albums of 2004 and arguably one of the best albums of all time. (That is, if you can decide which genre it belongs in…)
Another highlight of the year in music is the closing track to the Scissor Sisters’ Night Work. “Invisible Light” concludes with an excellent spoken word delivery that conjures — and respectably so — vintage late sixties/early seventies Moody Blues. And, with that, I think it’s official: enough said.
A final addition to this brief list comes, surprisingly (for me), from Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, an album that has more than made the rounds on this year’s “best of” lists. I’m as surprised as anyone who knows me or is familiar with my tastes and opinions, but West’s album is a fine example of gathering the best aspect of several genres, perspectives, and directions in sound. The opening track “Dark Fantasy” begins with a brief but fitting spoken word track that caught my attention for what followed.
All in all, this hasn’t exactly been a big year for great spoken word tracks. As always, if I’ve missed any, please add them in below, and I’ll check them out immediately. Barring that, these are my picks, and I invite you back for another list tomorrow!
1) “Things You Think” – Ben Folds & Nick Hornby feat. Pomplamoose (Lonely Avenue bonus track)
2) “Invisible Light” – Scissor Sisters (Night Work)
3) “Dark Fantasy” – Kanye West (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)