By James Pavel 

20. Surrender – Gold Star

A hippie caravan journeying through the wilderness with one cassette tape split between Neil Young and David Bowie.

19. How you been – Holy Holy 

The video features some of the best Dad dancing 2021 could offer and how could you not cut a rug to this positive greeting? How you been? carries heavy cargo in 2021, after another year of lock downs, divisiveness and at times, a complete loss of faith in everything. Unlike this season’s mandatory needles, this track is an injection of new-found hope and salvation.

18. Way back – The Lighthouse and the Whaler 

A culty chant followed by determined drums gets this tune off to a glowing start. It continues to shine as this Moby Dick sounding band breaks out the flashlights searching for the correct path back home.

17. Carry me away – John Mayer 

Nobody seems to take themselves less seriously than John Mayer, yet paradoxically, his music remains quite serious. He remains one of the most fascinating womanizers of our times and yet somehow remains a reclusive mystery. Mayer’s ability to poke fun at himself, (the 2021 album is titled ‘Sob Rock’ ) is an endearing quality, and it certainly helps when he delivers a silky smooth easy-rock, grandma pleasing track like this one.

16. Stay – The Kid Laori & Justin Bieber 

The song travels at a thousand miles an hour, which is basically the way we have been programmed to live in the current world. Crush caffeine, scroll relentlessly and drink our nights into oblivion. The song leaves even the Peloton-obsessed out of breath. 

15. Higher power – Coldplay 

Even the world’s biggest band can slowly fall into irrelevance. A Coldplay song just doesn’t feel as important as it used to be, just as a new U2 song just didn’t carry the same weight after the ‘How to Dismantle..’ album. It pains diehard Coldplay fans to admit that the biggest Coldplay songs are not from the first four albums, but are instead EDM emblazoned anthems from the past five years. “Higher Power” carries on the EDM obsession, but teases the old guard with hints of past glamour that used to give us joyful rushes of blood to the head.

14. KD and lunch meat – Boy Golden 

A song about scrounging up just enough money to get stoned and drunk will always resonate, but it feels a little extra close to home during the pandemic era. Anybody that was broke pre-Covid was definitely broke during and after (?) Covid and many of us got by on alphagetti, tuna sandwiches and in Boy Golden’s case, cardboard pasta and processed meats. The greatest test of a relationship is getting by with no money. If you can make it work with only a few hundred bucks between the two of you, you might have just found your forever partner. 

13. Look alive – Black Pistol Fire 

Leather jackets and cruising Harleys through firestorms. The world is on fire, this time literally, but if you can’t breathe at least do your best to demonstrate signs of life. The track has that eerie griminess that the Black Keys have made a professional living out of, but with a broader vocal range. 

12. Woopie – Still Woozy 

This is what elevator music in 2021 should sound like. Bouncy, positive and promises of taking us somewhere higher. 

11. My own worst enemy – Robert Delong 

A classic theme in rock music – nobody knows how to fuck me over better than the person in the mirror. It’s so depressing that it almost becomes comical.  Delong at times sounds delirious as though he is about to burst out laughing at his own personal self-sabotage. 

10. Happier than Ever – Billie Eilish 

Billie transports Nirvana 90’s pain and suffering to mix with modern-day angst. And yet although it begins as soft and tender, the song reveals a declaration of happiness and freedom. Gaslighting, over-sharing and one-sided stories on social media are embarrassing and not feathers in one’s cap. Get over yourself because I certainly am-  the ethos of being happier than ever. You don’t believe her because the truth is too much to bear – an ominous maybe hovers that perhaps the person you thought you scorched and scorned forever, has risen like a phoenix with stronger and prettier wings than ever imagined. 

9. Superstar- Beach House 

Is anyone more consistent than this brilliant band? The signature layers that they slowly add throughout their songs feels like your mother piling blankets on top of you before sleep.

8. In need of repair – Band of Horses 

Self-improvement is at the top of this group’s priority list. There has never existed an era where we have been more hyper-critical of ourselves. Whereas before we may have been susceptible to beauty expectations via billboards and grocery store magazines, we are now given hourly reminders of how beautiful one can and should actually look via social media’s relentlessness. 

7. Crutch on You – Band of Horses 

Who isn’t a sucker for world play? A crush would just be too easy for these wild horses. They should move on, but being independent can be overrated. ‘Crutch on You’ is vulnerable and honest and will help anyone with a metaphorical bad leg know they aren’t the only one limping around. 

6. Sleepwalker – The Killers 

The global lock down did wonders for the Killers – ‘Pressure Machine’ is their greatest storytelling album to date. Mr. Flowers works best when there is a narrative to share, and that is exactly what occurs on this borderline brilliant album. ‘Sleepwalker’ is one of many beautifully written songs containing some of their best lyrics concocted. “it doesn’t come from without, it comes from within” is the stuff rib cage tattoos are inspired by. 

5. Long Lost – Lord Huron 

It sounds like the theme song to Game of Thrones if it all ended in hand holding and dancing in the sunsets instead of blood and fire. There’s a magical sensation concocted by the warmth of “Long Lost,” like retrieving a runaway animal or repairing a relationship long thought dead.

4. Brightside – Lumineers 

The campfire bandits try for something a little grittier and it serves as a fresh breath of hipster air. “Brightside” is the sound of approaching a house in the middle of the night with a quiet light awaiting in the darkness, a fitting sensation for a band labeled Lumineers. That light is of course, love – it’s the purest, least complicated song of the year.

3. Like I used to – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen

It’s a dramatic soap opera with Stevie Nicks’ shadow watching in the background. It’s a perfect duet of two thundering voices and revealing diary entries. The world dramatically changed in the past two years, but heartbreak remains its usual and wretched self. Dancing by myself (like I used to,) Sleeping all day (like i used to) ..ahh the agony.

2. I don’t live here anymore- The War on Drugs feat. Lucius

Approved hipster Dad rock that should skip the classic rock radio line and be inducted into the library immediately.  We live in an “everything now” culture and we are currently hearing a band that could easily follow Tom Petty or the Eagles on your favourite station tomorrow instead of 20 years from now. “I don’t live here anymore” has snippets of Phil Collins with the smoky whispers that come from fighting the good fight.

1. 17 going under – Sam Fender 

The late teenage years seem to always be pivotal, but in the moment, they feel slightly mundane and even meaningless. Turning 17 puts one on the verge of being handed the keys to an ambiguous vehicle that drives down an unmarked highway heading towards the mysterious future. Fender has the wisdom of a bloke twice his age, reminiscing on a part of his life like a grandfather reciting war stories to attentive grandchildren. Fender’s track is important and powerful for a number of reasons, but perhaps primarily because it wasn’t built around the collective Covid-19 experience.  It is what music is always supposed to be about – a timeless story that sounds even better belted out in the neighbourhood pub – an idea we used to take for granted, but now we have to do it with a mask on and only when governments declare it safe to do so.  

By James Pavel

20. Where we’re going – Gerry Cinnamon 
 Gerry Cinnamon sounds like a classic voice our parents grew up with on the radio. In 2019, the world seemed as connected as ever but in 2020, the year of sans travel, Cinnamon’s accent sounds more beautifully foreign than ever. English all sounds the same until you hear a Scotsman belting one out. 


19. Melody – Matthew Madigan 
Dublin’s finest peers out the window of past relationships and reflects on the parallels between music and love. The tune bops its way to a hand-waving chorus – the marching drums and soft guitars pair perfectly with Madigan’s raspy, vodka-stained words. 


18. There must be more than blood – Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat pounds on a solo piano key like a kid learning the instrument, but accompanied by a piercing electric, heavenly synth waves, this song is great before it even really begins. I can’t decide if it’s the worst or the most brilliant band name in recent memory, but they have us distracted with a wicked 2020 single for now. 


17. All of us – Sam Roberts 
Every album reveals a new sound for Sammy and company and yet they maintain a clear and obvious sound. What every band would kill for is someone who can write a banging hook and Sam seems to be sitting on a plethora of them.


16. Save your tears – The Weeknd
Canada’s Michael Jackson thankfully values quality over quantity (looking at you Drizzy) and when he drops an album, it’s always a guaranteed banger. Weeknd has done his 80’s homework, and isn’t afraid to borrow from the nostalgia lost and found. 


15. Real love song – Nothing but Thieves 
The guitar is not a guitar in this one -it is a modern-day spaceship, blasting a million miles an hour towards the raging sun. It torpedoes over and over, a high-speed atomic missile detonating all over 2020 rock stations.


14. Wild – John Legend feat. Gary Clark Jr. 
Johnny boy seems like the neighbour you’d gush about and the friend you’d call if your car broke down. The album itself has Legend stepping a little too far out of his comfort zone, but “Wild” is Legend playing in his safe zone, meaning triumphant choruses and inspiring mantras. 


13. New president – Mt. Joy
A new president was declared the solution to everything the minute Donald Trump shockingly won back in ol’ 2016. The left has gotten their wish and now time will tell – Can Biden miraculously save the most contentious, ego-centric country to ever exist? A year where you would think protest songs would be everywhere, Mt. Joy is one of the few that managed to get their point across with a song easy enough to enjoy. 


12. Champion of the world – Coldplay 
Coldplay went global a long time ago, but their music has never sounded as culturally diverse as their 2020 input. Martin’s voice is far from perfect and yet it remains smooth and comforting particularly in the most turbulent year maybe ever. If anybody can tell us everything is going to be okay and we believe them, it’s Coldplay. 


11. Into happiness – Phantogram
What begins like a gothic ballet quickly sails into a swimming pool of happiness. It dries off for a minute only to climb the ladder and take a leap off the deep end into a thousand smiley faces. 


10. Just exist – Eliza and the Delusionals
Lyrics are clear as day and when they resonate in all the right places, an audience will develop. Being heartbroken is perhaps the loneliest feeling known to us – if one could just not think about that person for a day, for even a minute, it would make existence infinitely easier. But it remains  a right of passage – have your heart removed from your chest in order to grow stronger. It provides wisdom and teaches empathy. To just exist without the perpetrator is unfortunately not possible and it is for the best.  


9. Chinatown – Bleachers feat. Bruce Springsteen 
It’s generally rap songs where you are counting down the seconds for the guest appearance to finally kick in – in this case, it’s when you can finally hear the grizzly Bossman’s sandpaper rapture. He wasn’t going to hop on a track if it didn’t have some whiff of classic Springsteen – Bleachers made sure they researched what would make the legend tick, and inevitably add his vernacular to “Chinatown.”


8. Sad happy – Circa Waves 
It’s the Pet Shop Boys for the Tik Tok/Vape generation. I was happy I was quarantined because I could spend infinite time with my family and yet sad because the world was falling apart before my eyes. One of the many paradoxes we live in is this dual feeling of sadness/happiness. 


7. This is the end – Sea Girls
 ‘I found heaven in your highlights’ – The fact that we are referring to highlights in 2020 is further proof that the 90’s continue to puke all over this dumpster fire of 12 months. Is 2020 the end? It certainly could be. Never has the existence of aliens seemed more certain and the economic collapse that we have still not fully experienced will make the Great Depression look like Scrooge McDuck’s money pool. 


6. Hit the coast – Future Islands 
Hit the coast – travel – move – explore. Ideas that were once certainties have suddenly become fantasties. Does a Canadian see California again without a mask? Does arriving at a beach require proof of vaccination? Is the proverbial letting one’s hair down only allowed in groups of 6 or less? Our freedoms are currently being sacrificed, ostensibly for the greater good – but we do this with the assumption that freedoms will return in full. We hope that to hit the coast remains with no strings attached. 


5. Why are Sundays so depressing – The Strokes 
The New York lads were back in 2020 and they didn’t disappoint. They’re singing about depression and yet, Julian hasn’t sounded this happy since ‘Last Night.’  Did the Strokes put out the album of 2020? Probably. They are a band that can never be more important than their first album because if they were, they would be in Beatles territory. They’ve seem to have finally come to terms with the idea of just cranking out great rock music is what the world needs from them right now – classic or not. 


4. I’m going nowhere – Kings of Leon 
A collective, global quarantine – We were all trapped within our four walls, forced to reflect on where we live, who we are with and where we are at. No escape to the pub, no jaunt to the gym – the clock became temporarily useless and we lived in what we thought could only exist in a sci-fi movie. We all went nowhere and allowed the powers that be dictate how and when the world would go back to a new normal. For the first time, even filthy rich musicians had to play by the rules and Caleb allowed us to feel closer to him than ever. Arguably the greatest voice in rock n roll ,a guy that could sing along to the blowing leaves and make it sound like a classic, bared his soul with a truly relevant and reflective moment. 


3. Second best – Younger Hunger
In 2020, every second rock band sort of sounds like Foster the People. A world filled with unlimited options has proven overwhelming in the best of times. What a crushing blow to discover that not only are you not the apple of someone’s eye, but merely a number in a long list of potential suitors. ‘My heart’s about to break for the seventh time today’ is one of the more compelling and accurate descriptions of a scorned lover’s anguish in recent memory. 


2. August – Taylor Swift
 It is too easy to forget that she might just happen to be one of the greatest songwriters ever. Who is she dating? Who cares. Who does she support politically? Yawn. Swift, unlike the majority of famous people in 2020, doesn’t get paid to do nothing. Swift gets paid to create 4 minute vacations into her soul. This is her life, or maybe it’s a character in her endless library of stories – August went from forgotten month in the summer to one of the greatest songs of 2020. 


1. My own soul’s warning – The Killers
Brandon Flowers told us this one was special and he wasn’t lying. A band that had to shed two members, whether it was Brandon’s ego or it was the dread of yet another monster global tour, the remaining members refused to hang it up. Brandon easily could have slid out the back door and continued on with his solo career, but he recognizes the magic in the name, the history and the future of the giant ‘k.’ No band tries harder to make concert anthems and they’ve had plenty that failed miserably – but as the English say, MOSW is a proper belter. You can practically hear the crowd screaming “I just wanted to get back to where you are” and they haven’t even had the opportunity to feature the track in front of a full, live audience. The Killers have realized they aren’t for everyone – but they also realize that there are bands that want to be like them. They haven’t aged badly – they’ve benefited greatly from misplaced nostalgia. People assume that Mr. Brightside is either a) older than it actually is b) is from the 90s (way off) or c) they grew up always loving it. There is an argument to be made that Mr. Brightside has never been bigger. When you are a hustler like Brandon Flowers, you seize this moment. You perform Brightside for the Las Vegas Raiders opener despite having a new album, and you make sure the record you put out is worth a listen for the Spotify generation – and boy did they ever. The boys sound alive again – “Wonderful, Wonderful” was beautiful but also confusing. “BattleBorn” was almost a half-made album. “Imploring the Mirage” is comparable to “Hot Fuss” in that half the album sounds like hit singles. MOSW is about remaining true to one’s self – a possible pledge for the next decade to not be absorbed with even more selfies, mindless videos and hedonistic values. Nobody bleeds authenticity like Brandon Flowers – he holds his heroes up for all to hear and see and more often than not, he does them justice. MOSW is the song Bruce Springsteen himself could only dream of writing – The Killers are 15 years in the game and continue to have the hungriest of hearts. 


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20. Tame Impala – Patience 

They might be the most underrated overrated band going at the moment. They headline festivals despite not having a proper smash hit, but do crank out listenable music at an efficient and consistent pace. They were hipster music before everything rock n’ roll became hipster, therefore some of their elusiveness seems to lack in 2019. Like all of their music, ‘Patience’ has that snake-dancing mesmerizing sound, where you can just drift off into the ocean and starfish for two hours.

19. Tegan & Sara – I’ll be Back Someday

Telling them apart may prove difficult, but their music serves as an ever-changing wardrobe. Whether it be a torturous relationship or just an introduction to music that your parents listened to, the Canadian twins keep it fresh.

18. Matthew Madigan – Best for Me

Madigan parks the acoustic guitar beside his three-legged dog and gives the piano an honest go. The keys play nice with his harsh whispers and delivers an earnest love letter to his Dear Ma. Move over Tupac and Kanye, there’s a new song for Mom and it’s 7 hours away in Dublin.

17. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing 

It’s a surreal sensation when one finally discovers the genius of Arcade Fire. It took Noel over a decade, but boy, they clearly made an impression. ‘Black Star Dancing’ could of easily sat along side any track on the ‘Reflektor’ album, but here it is in 2019, in Noel’s latest collection.

16. Gothic Topic – Drunk on a Rhythm

People are drinking less and less as we enter the 20s’ 2.0. Non-alcoholic booze, weed shops and apparently people getting drunk on the sound of music. Gothic Topic is stumbling out of the sound booth, but with no dreaded hangover to follow.

15. The Japanese House – Maybe You’re the Reason 

The future is a mash-up remix featuring every genre known. It’s 90s’ sound effects, its 80s’ reverbs, it’s the coolest rapper alive (Posty) dressing like Elvis, it’s The Japanese House releasing a beautiful song that has every trait of a 90s’ song right here in the last year of a bat-shit crazy decade.

14. Catfish & The Bottlemen – LongShot 

You can practically smell the Tom Collins cocktails on these British lads, a Kooks-sounding bunch with a bit more swagger. The song is loaded with the intensity of someone who knows their chances are slim,  reminiscent of an up-and coming Alex Turner. If the Arctic Monkeys are the template, then only glory should follow for the Catfish.

13. Post Malone – Circles 

Maybe he isn’t just another exhausting, pseudo-gangster with face tattoos. Maybe he isn’t just trying to reap the benefits of the shock value that comes with somebody that looks the way he does. Post had the competition running in, wait for it, circles in 2019, when suddenly he didn’t disappear, he instead came back with more brilliant sing/rap content, making him the closest thing that exists to Drake. He’s self destructive, but clearly sensitive and even more apparent, tremendously alert of his talents.

12. Ed Sheeran feat. Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow

Sheeran making a collaboration album and not forcing his own creative nature on others was one of the more brilliant moves of 2019. Stapleton has his signature country roar in the middle and Bruno has his signature, cocaine-laced sexual machismo smothering the final segment. Sheeran’s casual demeanor and approach would allow a weaker man to be run over by trends, but it has helped him remain poignantly relevant in the final chapter of the decade.

11. The Killers – Land of the Free 

For all the criticism that we read daily on social media of President Trump, there was rarely an artist or group that took a public stand against his actions. Besides ‘Fuck Donald Trump’ a shallow and simplistic shot at the Orange One, The Killers dug through their closet, put back on their Springsteen costumes and finally gave Trump, and American policy as a whole, a shot to the chin.

10. Foxygen – Work 

One of those songs that sounds like it could spill over into a million pieces, the barely-controlled chaos somehow works. It’s fun, quirky and even a bit foxy.

9. Bear Hands – Backseat Driver 

This is what MGMT was supposed to sound like in 2019. They are off trippin’ on God knows what, so Bear Hands took the indie-synth wheel and gave directions from the leather seats in the back.

8. Taylor Swift – Lover 

Her ‘Nothing compares to you’ moment, Swifty again shifted gears to keep the competition guessing, and predictably, hit another home run. The album as a whole didn’t have the mega-grip on the world that 1989 had, but it kept her firmly in position as the world’s biggest pop star.

7. Kanye West – Selah

It was the most anticipated album of the year, event-like, the way we had come to expect Kanye albums to be received. The music scene has changed drastically during his tenure, but from his Trump worshiping, Kardashian impregnating antics, we weren’t allowed to forget about him. He made Jesus walk, and now he’s declared him King, an uncommon boast for a musician to make, but he has taken it a step further by devoting his entire album to God and making sure there wasn’t one curse on the album. Jesus is King, so with that out of the way, lets hope we can re-crown Kanye again in 2020 as the leader of rap.

6. Vampire Weekend – This Life 

Maybe the most important band that nobody cares about (or at least not as much as they should.) They are incapable of releasing average music and seem keen on only recording albums that show tremendous growth. “This Life” sounds like it should be in a Steve Martin comedy, yes a modern-day ‘Father of the Bride’ if you will, with cheesy shots of people smiling in tuxedos, fat kids eating too much cake and old people dancing.

5. Keuning – Boat Accident 

Sent into exile by Brandon Flowers, or perhaps alternatively, Dave Keuning had enough of the flamboyant front man and managed to put out the surprise album of the year. It wasn’t awful, it wasn’t good, it turned out to be …excellent. It is easy to forget that the Killers are a sum of numerous influences, and a number of them played a significant role in Keuning’s life. The Cars, Rick Springfield and the 80s’ as a collective, made Keuning’s album a reality in 2019.

4. Sam Smith feat. Normani – Dancing with a Stranger 

He’s today’s George Michael, with equal vulnerability, less overt sexuality and way more assertiveness. His voice is second to nobody’s, and anytime he drops a new album, it is as big of deal as anybody not named Drake or Taylor Swift.

3. The Black Keys – Lo/Hi

Just when we thought we couldn’t handle another Black Keys radio single, let alone tour, they mercifully left us alone for a couple years. And in 2019, we pined for them like a drunk lover on the phone begging for a second chance. They welcomed us back, and gave us a big smooch in the form of ‘Lo/Hi’ a Black Keys sounding song if there ever was one. The highs, the lows, the static crunch of the axes and the way they seem to place us all at a dive bar in the south with their two piece duo banging away.

2. Harry Styles – Falling 

While most song writers try to be as opaque as possible about their subjects, bashful Harry is as precise as one could be. Most artists wouldn’t be capable of dominating the song vocally the way Harry does, but his chops are on centre stage throughout his entire 2019 album.

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – Eat, Sleep, Wake / Nothing But You

It has the charm of a quirky cereal commercial that you just can’t get out of your noggin. Of course, the eating and sleeping revolves around one particular individual and not a bowl of Cheerios. Bombay’s shoe-gazing, love-struck syntax follows the lead of the heat-beating bass guitar keeping both tires fully pumped on this gin-fueled bicycle.


James Pavel


20. Psycho – Post Malone

He makes the rise of Slim Shady seem like last page news. Where Slim was at least marketable because he looked like hundreds of other white kids looking for validation, Post Malone is an unremarkable, Amish-looking fella that could be mistaken for Weird Al if this was 20 years ago (which based on this year’s music, it felt like it was.) What Post has is undeniable flow – he walks the fine line with mumble rap and coherent rap so if he can keep the number of skittles in his grill to a minimum, he may have a long rap career ahead of him.


19. Sicko Mode – Travis Scott

If your head aint’ bobbin, get off your iPhone and pay attention. Travis Scott takes full advantage of Drizzy’s campfire heat and makes sure he puts out a banger while he has hip hop’s full attention with the King of the 6 on the track.


18. 99 – Barns Courtney

Sounding like Kings of Leon’s long-lost son, Barns Courtney puts out a non-cheesy throwback track to the caveman ages of 1999. It is a bit concerning how 1999 is being perceived by pop music now, as if it were some lost-oasis of the past that can never be retrieved. To refresh everyone’s memory, it was an era of shockingly bad music (Backstreet Boys, rap/metal hybrids), and an era on the verge of wild discoveries. Downloading music wasn’t thought of as stealing yet, and we were doing it by the boat load. It was a period where our greatest global concern was computers not being able to recognize the three zeros in year 2000, and everything would shut down for God knows how long – Now that I think about it, 1999 doesn’t sound so bad anymore.


17. Saturday Sun – Vance Joy

Banjo/camp fire music took a backseat this year, so it was either a pick up your busking gear and move on to the next train station or show some grit. Vance Joy has proven there is much more to his mojo than a Riptide or two and put out a song yearning for the heat waves of the West Coast and all the special women to be found along the way.


16. You Worry Me – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

It’s an old timey, crunchy rocker fitted for a blues can pub down the road. It sounds 100 years old, or at least 10, or whatever the year is that we can agree on that rock n’ roll officially died in the realm of pop culture. Rock n Roll will never completely die, but it is having a hell of a time discovering relevance in an increasingly complicated world that doesn’t seem to have time for a set of drums and a guitar.


15. Say Something – Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton

Bringing sexy back and helping people fall back in love with only a mirror took a toll on JT as his fourth solo album was unfortunately a flop. But with any great artists, there is always a diamond in the rough – That shiny rock was ‘Say Something’ a country song we all know Justin has been dying to do for ages.


14. OTW – Khalid feat. 6lack & TY Dolla $ign

You’re welcome – Drake. Gangster dudes singing their hearts out has been made globally acceptable by Young Money’s finest and now wise men such as Khalid are reaping the benefits. Enough about Drake and more about Khalid and his Uber driver anthem that gave all women confident that their distracted men were indeed just around the corner. The song wreaks of 90s RnB, to the point where you’re almost waiting for K-Ci and JoJo to belt out the final chorus.


13. Underline the Black – Metric

Their last album was a disaster. The magic of Metric seemed to have vanished somewhere in the Ontario Lakes, but then came the first single reminiscent of the hungry and tenacious days. The group played a set at the Danforth Hall in Toronto and immediately it was clear that fresh ideas had forged, and the new material would put the band back in Canada’s top five groups of the moment – ‘Underline the Black’ is one of the many gothic, sexy and near-perfect tracks on the transcending album.


12. Yikes – Kanye West

The most polarizing, bipolar, political pollster hanging from a Donald Trump flagpole of an artist was at his wildest and albeit, most concerning in 2018. He spoke 70 per cent crazy and 30 per cent genius this year and ‘Yikes’ would be an appropriate response to that sort of divide –

“Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too
I’m a pray for him ’cause he got #MeToo’d
Thinkin’ what if that happened to me too
Then I’m on E! News”

-Most definitely the 30 per cent genius portion.


11. Saturdays (feat. HAIM) – Twin Shadow

The most spoiled day of the week receives yet another tribute. If Saturday isn’t your favourite jour then quit your day job immediately, especially with Twin Shadow singing its praises. The way Shadow and Haim’s voices unite with such familiarity, it’s a surprise the sisters haven’t pitched adopting him as a late comer to the brood.


10. When we Drive – Death Cab for Cutie

Nobody’s lyrics matter more to a song than Ben Gibbard’s. It’s his fault that since the beginning of time, he has made every word of his feel like 80-pound weights on our hearts. Where other bands take the subject of a road trip and make a mockery of the event, Gibbard can give perspective on how to sit in a car with one person for hours, even days, represents a special kind of affection. The ability to remain silent, to appreciate the quiet moments and the stressful moments, are all noted by Death Cab for Cutie.


9. Delicate – Taylor Swift

The minute you think she must be certified crazy, she puts out a track that makes one wonder if she is the most relatable female artist around. Based on the mind games we saw from Ariana Grande this year, maybe Swifty ain’t so bad after all. She’s sexy, but never over the top, she is honest, but never to the point of overbearing – maybe, like so many other times in life, we must see beyond the exes, the whispers and decide for ourselves if Taylor Swift should remain the poster on our bedroom walls.


8. Uproar – Lil Wayne

Weezy pickpockets G-Deps 2001 semi-hit ‘Special Delivery’ and spits purple syrup all over the beat. Weezy is having a barrel of fun, despite the shit show getting this album out was. Whether he has been in a half-decade fog or refuses to allow contractual frustrations play into his music, fans proved they had not forgotten about Lil Weez in the grand scheme of rap. Weezy is the ultimate 6th man, every year he is the comeback player of the year as nobody as improved as drastically as he has as a rapper year after year after year.


7. Four stars out of Five – The Arctic Monkeys

The Monkeys finally made their experimental, acid album. It sounds a bit MGMT but with less weed, and more red wine and cigarettes. Turner transforms into the most eccentric hotel manager the hospitality world has come across, and he will be damned if the world doesn’t know how proud  he is of their near 5-star review.


6. A Good Night – John Legend

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend seem like the happiest couple on the planet. I can’t remember ever looking at a couple this way, so I can’t begin to imagine how Legend feels when he looks at his wife. We get a mild idea from this marriage proposal dance-athon, easily one of the most genuinely cool songs of 2018. John Legend doesn’t appear to have a negative bone in his body and is a refreshing example of a GQ dude that is proud to rock a wedding band and not sweat the coulda, woulda, shouldas.


5. Love it if we Made it – The 1975

It sounds like we are being yelled at for two straight minutes by an incoherent pretty boy, until the chorus drops, helping us realize we are hearing daunting fantasies read aloud. Some of them fluid vision, some dark reality, all notable commentary from some English lads not afraid to point out some of the deeply concerning and strange events that transpired this year.


4. Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino

Glover is the black Justin Timberlake, in the sense that he seems capable of everything that falls under the realm of entertainment. He can make you laugh, make you think, and most definitely, make you dance. ‘Summertime Magic’ was this year’s ‘Can’t Stop Feeling,’ a song put out precisely to enjoy the infinitely-long evenings in those precious four months.


3. I like it – Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

With all the 90s nostalgia taking over 2018, it made sense that the Latino Heat movement came back in full force. This time it’s not Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, it’s Cardi B blazing through with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, parking the low-riders and hosing down the year with Patron tequila on one of the biggest bangers of the year.


2. All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar feat. Sza

Two stars that went from nobodies to two of the biggest household names in the world in the span of a half-decade, put out the score to 2018’s most ground-breaking film ‘Black Panther.’ ‘Black lives Matters’ was one of the most prevalent discussions in 2017, and of course there is discourse that remains, but with the success of this super hero black movie it hopefully helped show that not only do they matter, but black stories resonate with Americans. The #MeToo movement will undoubtedly be forever linked with 2018, the year that enough was enough, but maybe it can dove tail with the story line that black musicians, black actors and a black movie dominated pop culture this year.


1. God’s Plan – Drake

He is as omnipresent in music as the CN Tower is in the City of Toronto. Drake Mania has surpassed Hulk-a-mania levels and it has been three years since this blog predicted its halt, and no such stop has happened. He even stumbled publicly this year with the news of a bastard child to be paired with a heavy serving of beef with Pusha T and the unpredictable Kanye West. But what Pusha and most definitely Kanye lack, is the charm of the 6 King. Drake smiles. Drake cares. Drake thinks he’s cool, but not too cool. He made a rap video about helping people. This hasn’t happened since Tupac. Fans forgive Drake for anything that they aren’t trained to think of as ‘real hip-hop’ because he has transcended every definition of what a rapper is and how they are supposed to behave.

Drake sees nothing wrong with the many hats he wears because in 2018 the ancient adage ‘You can grow up to be anything you want to be’ is most possible in today’s world. A white Jewish dude with face tattoos named Post Malone is one of the most prevalent pop stars there is. A TV show celebrity host with no political experience is the President of the USA. A drama teacher with a famous Dad is the Prime Minister of Canada. A man has never had an easier time becoming a woman and vice versa. With these incredulous moments all transpiring, is it a big deal that Drake chooses to be a wholesome basketball ambassador and then a violence-threatening gangster in the rap studio? He does not.

But don’t you dare give him all the credit because according to him, this is all God’s Plan.


By James Pavel

This past weekend, the tech-savvy group Anonymous protested Canada Goose jackets on Dundas Square in Toronto. They provided graphic videos and handed out pamphlets detailing the barbaric way in which Canada Goose retrieves the fur they use to decorate their winter jackets. Canada Goose has come under fire because videos have surfaced of coyotes being caught in traps, being shot in the head and eventually skinned all to provide a warm neck surface for the consumer.

The jackets are immensely popular and therefore gain strong defending from their supporters. An argument I read against the protest was essentially the following: ‘I was just yelled at for wearing my Canada Goose jacket while that person was wearing an outfit that was probably made by a child laborer in China and drinking coffee that had its beans retrieved by an impoverished child in South America. Hypocrites #Justletmelive.’

This individual is likely correct in his/her assessment of the other’s wardrobe and origins of their beverage. Sweatshops still exist and are still operated by some of the biggest suppliers in the world. Ditto for the coffee. But that provides little justification to completely excuse Canada Goose of their business strategies.

While sweatshops are unfortunately located in countries where we have little to no influence on labor laws, the same cannot be said for Canada Goose. This is the home of the strong and free remember? Canada Goose is a CANADIAN company that is trapping and killing defenseless coyotes daily. The details and the videos are graphic and upsetting, but if you wish to see/hear, visit the PETA website. Although sweatshops are dehumanizing and unethical, they are not killing grounds. These children are not murdered or have their legs locked in traps. These animals are. The Canada Goose headquarters is in Toronto, not in Beijing or another country where a Canadian voice does not register the way it can in North America.

What’s ignorant from this post is that we are provided with a plethora of other alternatives to Canada Goose. Faux fur and materials that are proven to be as warm as real animal fur. Folks, it’s a no-brainer. The idea of having a dead animal draped around your shoulders is as dated as smoking in a restaurant or consuming alcohol while pregnant. Canada Goose is a company that treats animals as creatures incapable of feeling pain, which is tragically not the case.

Visit PETA for more information on why Canada Goose should not be purchased. It’s worth a Google search.


By James Pavel

  1. What Lovers Do – Maroon 5 feat. Sza

Pop/rock is currently defined by one band – Maroon 5. Radio advertises mega stars, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, etc., along with one face standing among the crowd as the sole survivor of pop/rock – the dude with a tiger wrapped around his arm. The track is an overdose of morphine gone horribly right. Maroon 5 knows their role and they play it perfectly – keep it simple and keep it fun. Mission accomplished this year.

  1. Telefono – Phoenix

Thomas Mars grumbles aloud about the paranoia surrounding a long-distance relationship with Sophia Coppola. He ponders her latest casting decisions and perhaps he is merely old news. He pines in French and in English, the transition between languages perfectly reflecting his wishy-washy emotions. Phoenix remains one of the quintessential bands of the summer and will forever define July/August skies.


  1. The Man – The Killers

In case you didn’t realize the Killers were all about Brandon, you do now. Brandon is at his ego maniacal finest, swinging his dick around the casino table like an elephant swinging its trunk at an opponent. At first listen, it’s the worst song the Vegas group has ever released. Second hearing demonstrates a humorous side to the track. Finally, after three or four re-starts, the heavy bass and thundering drums become the center pieces, and the genius of ‘The Man’ ensues. It has David Bowie at his funkiest with Brandon’s unmistakable showmanship all tied into a fancy bow on a brand-new Cadillac.


  1. Bad Ones – Matthew Dear feat. Tegan & Sara

Tegan and her sister team up with what sounds like a Calvin Harris fill-in, for what was a sneaky treat for us in 2017. It showed the strength of the two sisters harmonizing together with a beat that couldn’t be better for their range and overall sound.

  1. Slide – Calvin Harris

The world’s house DJ was at it again in 2017, this time pairing with the mysterious Frank Ocean. If you didn’t enjoy the song, you were shipped off to the insane asylum or declared deaf. Hearing people yell ‘I might’ in the voice of an 8-year-old grew annoying after a while, but it was all in good taste.

  1. Unforgettable – French Montana feat. Swae Lee

    Heavy bass paired with soulful vocals is always going to be a smash. French Montana has a cool name, but he could use a few dope tracks to back up the title. He managed to do just that in 2017, pumping out one of rap music’s go-to joints.


14. Call me Pretty – Alexander F

An Apple iPod commercial waiting to happen. This song is practically bursting at the seams by the time the chorus explodes into a thousand multi-colored balloons blasting out into the sky. The 80s’ hyper-synth mashed with 50s’ doo-whop, made fans grab for their comb and quickly transform it into a pretend microphone.

  1. Passionfruit – Drake

We might officially be Drake’d out. He still runs the 6, he is still the Toronto Raptors head cheerleader, and he was still able to put out one of the hottest numbers we heard all year. But I swear we have had it up to our nostrils with Toronto’s finest. That is, until the next banger comes out. Here we go 2018.

  1. In Undertow – Alvvays

Ever wonder what hipsters dream about? Look no further, Alvvays captured it on camera. So shoe-gazey, so synth-warming, so ridiculously hipster. Oh, did I mention it was a fantastic song? That too.

  1. Congratulations – Post Malone feat. Quavo

Welcome to emo-rap. No genre is more self-indulgent than rap, and this song doesn’t help that reputation. Malone congratulates himself for working so hard, that he forgot how to book a flight to Mexico. A life-time of back-slaps would not suffice, and only a brilliantly-constructed rap banger would suffice for one of the new faces of hip-hop.

  1. You’re the best thing about me – U2 vs. Kygo

If Coldplay can mash with the dance scene, why not U2? Bono and company recruit one of dance music’s hottest acts and dare him to go toe-to-toe with planet Earth’s greatest band. It’s Bono at his cheekiest and most self-deprecating, a man who refuses to stop smiling regardless of how any haters try to tear down his walls. The ‘Songs of Innocence’ and now the ‘Songs of Experience’ albums, mark a new era of U2. The band recognizes that they aren’t supposed to matter anymore, but when did Bono ever listen to anybody?

  1. Gravity don’t pull me – Rostam

Rarely do we hear a love song so blatantly gay. But here we are, and it’s a beautiful thing. Vampire Weekend sidekick Rostam, delivered one of the boldest albums of the year, with ‘Gravity don’t pull me’ being one of many highlights. The closing dub-step portion magnifies the heart-break while elevating the overall track’s significance.

  1. Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

If social media could provide one PA message for the entire world, they need to recruit Arcade Fire. ‘Some girls hate themselves, stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback,’ – Is that not everything wrong with the selfie/social media culture in one carefully-crafted verse? No band is as conscious of the times we live in, exemplified by yet another thematic album, ‘Everything NOW.’ Instant gratification is our motif, regardless of the suicidal consequences.

  1. Sign of the times – Harry Styles

    Styles does what we did not necessarily expect. It would have been an obvious step for him to go the route of a Justin Bieber of Nick Jonas. But Styles has decided to show off his true colors, which look and sound remarkably like a young David Bowie. ‘Sign of the Times,’ was a total throw-back, an almost miracle that it was given proper airplay. Only someone of Styles magnitude and promise could pull off releasing an instant-classic sounding hit made for the 70s and get away with it in the generation that has the attention span of a puppy.


    6. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

If there ever was a guitar slaying that deserved repeating, it is Santana’s ‘Maria, Maria.’ If you remember when Santana’s song was originally released, you my friend, are officially getting old. The good news is that Rihanna managed to somehow turn what was a classy dame of a song, into a sultry, half-drunk senorita begging for trouble. Basically it’s ‘Maria, Maria’ on Cialis.

  1. Slow Hands – Niall Horan

Easily the sexiest song of the year. Fast hands are overrated, and even criminal, in 2017. ‘Take it slow’ remains advice to be taken seriously. The song hovered over the summer like California smoke. We spent half the year enjoying the best offering from One Direction and the other half trying to determine if, after all this time, dirty laundry is an aphrodisiac.


  1. Too good at goodbyes – Sam Smith

He looks a little thinner, but he sounds even more powerful this year. How could you follow up such an insanely successful first album? Passing this exam is always a sign of the greats. George Michael left a massive role for an English bloke to fill, and Sam Smith already seems on his way to trumping any of Michael’s greatest feats. While most of us are pathetic at saying goodbye, Smith has mastered the art as a twisted defense mechanism. It likely helps that he can sing his way out of any pain or emotion, a tactic that hopefully continues for the decades to come.

  1. Prisoner – Ryan Adams

A refreshing metaphor for love encapsulates the most recent dish served up by Adams. If love is a crime, then Adams is a brutal and sadistic prisoner, worthy of the electric chair. It’s an exceptionally beautiful concept and perhaps the premier album of the year. Adams songwriting and harmonica abilities make him a less grumpy version of Neil Young.

  1. Something just like this – Coldplay feat. The Chainsmokers

Could the biggest band in the world somehow remain relevant in an EDM-obsessed planet? Of course they could. In the ultimate case of ‘if you can’t beat em, join em,’ Coldplay joined forces with the dark side and put out, incredibly, one of the biggest songs of their career. While the other tracks to contend for their best offering are funeral-ready slobber fests, this song is a bombastic, bouncy castle of fun.

  1. Humble – Kendrick Lamar

In the year of fake news, ‘Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks,’ was the realest shit said all year. Kendrick is real news, and we’ve never needed a subscription this badly. Do you want to see a pack of teenagers go bonkers? Surprise them by blaring ‘Humble.’ It sounds like a beat by Dre for millennials, by the closest rapper we will ever see that could be considered the resurrection of Tupac. Substance and clear-sounding, Lamar is the greatest rapper today. While Drake may finally be suffering from over-saturation, Lamar has managed to strategically pick his spots and maintain integrity with the hip-hop hardcore, and yet appease the pop masses.







By James Pavel

The latest onslaught of new television shows debuting this Fall may have different characters and storylines, but they all contribute to the same cause – to push forth a pro-American war sentiment. ‘S.W.A.T,’ ‘Seal Team,’ and ‘The Brave,’ all showcase American soldiers in a ‘save-the-world’ complex. This ensures that television viewers have no doubt who to cheer for in the fictional world and of course, in the real world.

Tensions with North Korea are at an all-time high, the Middle East remains in shambles and there has never been this many question marks surrounding Russia in decades. The United States is a country of divided cultures and ideologies and never has a president created such polarizing conversations.

So what better time than to introduce entertaining propaganda disguised in televised format, to convince the war-mongering attitudes of the USA can continue despite a fervent anti-war and anti-gun movement within its boundaries. The shows will paint Middle Easterners as hell-raising terrorists’ intent on destroying America. The shows will cast the foreigners as villainous antagonists threatening nuclear war. And most importantly, the programs will continue to show American soldiers and government officials in a favorable light.

What a grandiose chunk of the population seems to know, that America are the intruders and the aggressors, does not matter. The American war-machine can’t be stopped and television will continue to help push this agenda, regardless of the inaccuracies.


By James Pavel

Going solo was always going to be easier for Noel. He was the songwriter and the soul of Oasis and his individual creations versus Liam’s in the post-breakup era have been comparable to a Manchester City versus Crystal Palace matchup. But despite Liam’s Beady Eye shortcomings, more is still expected. He is, after all, the primary voice of the greatest British insurgence outside of Beatle mania.

So here in 2017 arrives yet another kick at the can from Liam, but this time ensuring no confusion over who or what is behind the project.

‘Greedy Soul’ is immediately forgettable and comes across as a Beady Eye B-side. ‘When I’m Need’ demonstrates what quitting cigarettes and alcohol can do for the system. Liam reaches notes he hasn’t hit in decades and the determination pays off. It’s the song John Lennon would have made in his last days if he hadn’t been too busy rolling around naked in the hay with his little China girl.

‘Wall of Glass’ has that grimy, down in the allies of England feel to it. Do you secretly hope to hear Noel come raging in for the chorus? Absolutely. But Liam holds his own on this one, making it arguably the first proper single he has put out, post-Oasis.

The gem of the album is ‘Chinatown.’ It captures Liam in a state of reflection, a song that finally displays who he really is – a man who has seen and been through some shit. It features instrumentation potentially viewed as too soft for an Oasis bloke, but not in 2017. ‘Show me that you’ve seen some places,’ dares Liam, as if he couldn’t fathom another individual matching his singular experiences.

‘I’ve all I need’ is Liam at his most honest, and honesty serves him well in his now advanced age. It sounds as though he has reconciled any angst or sourness with his brother, yet is still profoundly aware that their relationship is beyond repair. ‘There’s no time for looking back,’ he exclaims, which is true for both parties as Noel prepares to release his latest material. Some situations are meant to remain unresolved and we are better off going our own way – This track may be Liam’s way of convincing himself.

Liam and Noel could both wait for the next wave of 90s nostalgia to grasp the youth and cash in on an Oasis reunion. But they are both too stubborn, too bull-headed, but also too ambitious. Liam knows and believes he is a rock n’ roll God and that music still needs him. It’s that faith in one’s self that seems to define the greats. While many bands are happy to play the hits, Liam finally punches out a solo project that refuses to be dismissed.


By James Pavel


‘Killing them Softly’

·         The most disorganized bank robbery in history. Could you imagine going into such a crime without ever discussing the ins and outs before hand? My adrenaline was thrusting through the ceiling, but I can’t imagine the internal struggle going on between these two knuckleheads.

·         Brad Pitt at his most intimidating.

·         The film takes a useless detour with James Gandolfini ranting about hookers and booze.

·         The moment Brad Pitt’s character enters the movie, it loses almost all excitement. While the bank robbery scene is pure excitement and the bind that Marky (Ray Liotta) finds himself in, introduces a highly-intriguing plot, it is all lost upon the introduction of Pitt’s character.  

·         The final scene delivers the greatest line – ‘America is not a country. It is just a business. Now pay me.’ Potentially everything wrong with America, all in one paragraph delivered by Pitt.


‘Fight Club’

·         Fight Club remains the character Brad Pitt seems forever linked to. When we reflect on his career, it may remain as his signature work.

·         After a third watch, the film finally makes complete sense. Try it.

·         This desire to fight random strangers is clearly a plot reaching for a higher idea. So why were men in the late 90s so desperate to feel something? The film tackles materialism, the greatest internal and societal war that men appeared to contend with. Now 18 years in our rearview mirror, it is astonishing to see that we have appeared to have traded in our materialism ideals for narcissism. Status symbols and name brands have been slightly blurred while the way one is perceived by others online has taken greater prominence. Material items can easily be forged in today’s online world. What is important in today’s world is the appearance of materialism and not necessarily actually owning a Mercedes Benz or dressing like the Queen of England every day. What would Tyler Durden have to say about 2017? It seems that we need a Fight Club more than ever. To truly feel, to truly connect is lost on today’s world – nothing could solve that faster than a punch to the ribs.

·         The fact that Tyler Durden is as cool as he is remembered is a remarkable feat – He wore absurd red sunglasses, tops intended for hookers and slept and bathed in an abandoned dungeon. 


’12 Monkeys’

·         Pitt displays his greatest range at this point. As a result, he won a golden globe award for best supporting actor.

·         By the end of this journey of Brad Pitt films, this will contend for the title of his greatest film.

·         Pitt at his ugliest. Cross-eyed, witch-haired and sufficiently bat-shit loco.


‘Spy Game’

·         Pitt was two weeks away from graduating from Journalism college, before dropping out. With that in mind, his role in ‘Spy Game’ seemed to come naturally to him.

·         The flash-backs make the entire movie. A viewer will wish that the movie focused more on the spy’s past together as opposed to the present-day circumstance Pitt’s character finds himself in.

·         It’s possible that the film began Pitt’s fascination with spies as he will go on to play a spy in at least two more films. ‘Spy Game’ is likely the greatest of the Pitt/Spy genre.

To be continued..



By James Pavel 

After watching the semi-enticing ‘7 years in Tibet’, I have decided to completely commit myself to watching every Brad Pitt movie in no particular order. Here are my thoughts on the first batch of Brad:


Billy Beane is the ultimate story of failing to meet grand expectations. I can’t think of a moment that would compete on a scale of frustration.  His inability to perform at the standards he was accustomed to was not a conscious decision nor was it because of any new strategy or unexpected variable. It wasn’t a decision like choosing to leave the club that drafted him or a personal one like choosing to have an affair. It was a mentally excruciating ordeal that was completely out of his control – The sudden saga of no longer being any good has no equal. He will forever be labelled a bust of the greatest proportions. There are few experiences in sports that would be as difficult to overcome as this. To suddenly have the results drastically dwindle for every other past experience would be overwhelming and yet Beane finds a way to squeeze out success in the pros, just in a much different setting. This is certainly one of Pitt’s greatest films.

‘Burn after Reading’

-Brad Pitt’s ability to manipulate his age is second to none. He looks no older than 28 years old in this film despite being well into his 40s

-By far the funniest scenes are of Pitt dancing like a goof

-John Malkovich has some of the greatest anger outbursts in Hollywood. He is the white man’s Samuel L. Jackson.

-This film has potentially the worst ending of Pitt’s career (at this point anyway)

‘Ocean’s 11’

-Likely Brad’s worst fashion/hair phase. The 2000s showed no mercy and even poor Bradley was not spared. His hair urges to grow long but is haulted by the quirky and bizarre trends that defined the new millenium.

-RIP Bernie Mack. Truly hilarious.


‘The Devil’s Own’

-Pitt’s worst attempt at an accent.

-The film had the ingredients to be an Irish powerhouse but was petrified to be too dark and focused  heavily on contrived, light-hearted moments that did nothing for the story’s development. We needed to feel Pitt’s character’s pain, but we rarely were given the chance because scenes were either rushed (the opening break in/murder scene) or time is allotted to the police department’s pursuits of no-name crooks. The audience immediately recognized that Harrison Ford’s character was a fine chap, yet the film repeatedly drove this point home instead of defining Pitt’s character as a hell-raising Irish terrorist with a plethora of reasons to be pissed off at the world.

-Pitt reminds us how great an Irish sweater with a leather jacket can look

-A fantastic time warp back to the simplicity of the 90s’. When the father warns the daughter that she is only allowed five more minutes on the telephone, they both know he has the ability to cut the conversation off at any time, unlike a buzzing cellphone that knows no boundaries.

-This story doesn’t have a happy ending. “It’s not an American story…it’s an Irish one.”


-Probably the most bad-ass opening scene of Pitt’s career. You immediately stand behind Achilles.

-Man versus boy has never been clearer than the relationship between Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana.

To be continued..