Monday, November 23, 2009

Orianthi - According To You

"According To You" has been unavoidable on Australian radio for the past month and is currently sitting pretty in the national top 20. My copy of the single finally arrived today, which inspired me to write about Orianthi's amazing ode to bad boyfriends. Chalk this up as another fine example of a local act - see Vanessa Amorosi - jumping on board Katy Perry's pop-rock bandwagon with great success. That might be a little unfair given the diva's rock chick credentials (she was Michael Jackson's lead guitarist on the ill fated "This Is It" tour, jammed with Santana as a teenager and has a guitar solo on Adam Lambert's forthcoming album) but there's no denying that Orianthi has undergone a radical overhaul since 2005's "Violet Journey". Not that it matters. The move towards a more commercial sound was long overdue and "According To You" proves that she definitely has what it takes to mix it with Katy, Avril and Pink. For me, this song is all about the lyrics. I think everyone has felt the same anger and confusion at one time or another. Most of all, I love how Orianthi sums up the universal truth that one man's trash is another man's treasure - a thought I find strangely comforting, particularly when it's expressed via the year's catchiest chorus. And don't even get me started on the ridiculously fabulous guitar solo. It's like Lita Ford never left us! I definitely recommend tracking down the physical single because the B-side ("Find It") is great and doesn't appear on Orianthi's excellent album. While you wait for your copy to arrive, check out the video. I'm not sure about the epilepsy inducing camera work but I seriously want to steal her sequined guitar!

6 comments:

tommie said...

What is it with Aussies and their obsession with St!nk sound-a-likes?

Mike said...

Well, P!nk's last two albums have gone 19 times platinum (between them) in Australia - so it's hardly surprising that people are taking note. At least this is a great knock off and not the sad, derivative shit that Cassie Davis has been pushing.

Paul said...

I do enjoy a good knock off - hey even Kelly Clarkson knocks herself off sometimes (My Life Would Suck/Since U Been Gone) - er, that sounds rude. Anyway, this is pretty decent.

Mel said...

She's very Clarkson esq, but she can slam on that guitar and that gives her that edge to me. That solo is kind of sick actually. :) Go chick rock!

Dylan said...

I really wish there were a couple more instrumental songs on this CD. When being signed to a record label it's expected that you make a shift towards commercial music; but at the same time the solos in Violet Journey were fantastic.

I would be in heaven if she joined shrapnel :)

Kobajack said...

Overrated.

The song is mediocre -- not total crap, but nothing special. It's repetitive . . . according to you, according to him, according to me, according to you, according to him -- Jesus! enough already.