Favorites At Play

Label
Tooth & Nail (TNN)
Release date
30 Oct 2009
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
31:23

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 1 2 3 4 2:33 500
2 Viva La Vida 4:04 893
3 I Miss You 3:27 706
4 Falling Slowly 3:47 614
5 When You Were Young 3:29 778
6 Somewhere Only We Know 3:25 671
7 It Ends Tonight 3:15 532
8 Decode 3:34 548
9 Say It Right 3:49 463

About this album

The first thing you may notice is that all these songs are from recent years. For me that simply meant that with the exception of 2 songs, I had no clue what these songs were until I listened to the album and recognized them from hearing them in stores or commercials (I don’t have a radio, even in my car). I’ve heard some complaints that there was no inspiration behind these songs, that they just sounded like the same songs with an electronic background. In reading recent Joy Electric interviews you’ll find that was his goal all along, to stick as much as possible to the original arrangements.

The album opens with “1 2 3 4” by Feist, it’s a great start to the album with lots of energy and lush vocals, all while still retaining the playfulness of the original track. It’s followed up by Viva La Vida, which has ironically become one of my favorite tracks on Favorites (I cannot stand Coldplay).Viva La Vida is a straight up dance number with a low thumping bass line and arpeggiators making for a spinning chorus. I Miss You is a classic Blink 182 track that really needs little discussion other than to say that it’s done in Joy Electric style while still retaining that Blink 182 feeling. Falling Slowly is from an Irish movie called Once that revolves around 2 street musicians. The song is gorgeous and by far one of the best on the album with flowing synth pads filling in the background behind Ronnie’s signature blippy electronics style.

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