My car’s satellite radio antenna went kaput last week, leaving me to listen to local stations again. Without Sirius to keep me company on the occasional drive, I’ve had to adjust to hearing commercials again (determining that every station still seems to break at exactly the same time) and a display that doesn’t I.D. artist and title information. Life is rough.
The other day, I tune to one of the Top 40 stations and happen upon a song that immediately grabs me. Since Sirius isn’t working to divulge the details, I’m left to guess. The track has an old-school vibe, incorporating a great horn part and some nice falsetto fills. Gnarls Barkley? After several misfires, could this finally be the follow-up that approaches the genius of supernova hit “Crazy”?
To be perfectly frank, I’ve never cared much for Jamie Foxx, Dreamgirls and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” aside (though the former was an ensemble piece and Foxx was simply doing his best Ray Charles on the latter). And while I enjoyed his mentor appearance on this season’s American Idol during “Rat Pack Week,” Foxx’s own live performance of his single “Blame It” was not all that, as it employed egregious use of AutoTune.
But for new single “I Don’t Need It,” Foxx wisely leaves that current bane of pop music behind, teaming with Timbaland for a terrific track that’s gonna be a summer smash. Hear here:
I occasionally write off Timbaland (his flaccid collaboration with Chris Cornell is the most recent reason), but “I Don’t Need It” is another brilliant production. He and Foxx also turned out “Street Walker,” which carries an entirely different feel, but that track is available only as a bonus on the UK edition of Intuition.