1. Because of the singles bias on Pulse, it will either be RITD or SLY for #1, though I'd love for "Set Fire To The Rain" or an album track to take it instead.
3. One of the Target bonus track, due to lack of familiarity
5. Lovesong will probably be polarizing. I think I ranked it low out of necessity because this album is damn near perfect, but I love it so.
7. See my first response - Set Fire To The Rain, that's always been my favorite single from this album even though SLY and RITD get so much love. I'm glad it was a #1 hit though, since the 25 singles were mis-managed.
Kicking things off at #14 is the first of the three bonus tracks from the album. "If It Hadn't Been For Love" saw a slight bit of Top 10 support, but it was no match for nearly everyone else who placed it in their bottom three, including six #13s and nine last place rankings. I think this song would've been much better (and fared better here) on a slower, softer, more somber production...a la "Turning Tables" or even "Someone Like You." The lyrics, on paper, seem like they call for a sad song, but instead we got some upbeat production that sounds like a 19 reject.
Fun fact: As you can see, the song was co-written by country artist Chris Stapleton, who appears with Adele on an "Easy On Me" remix, which will featured as one of the three Target exclusive bonus tracks on her upcoming album 30!
Next up is "Hiding My Heart," which was first recorded by Brandi Carlile on her breakthrough album The Story. Adele's cover was first featured on a 10th anniversary rerelease of that album, in which various artists, recruited by Brandi herself, came in to record one song from the album. Artists that also made appearances on the album include Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, and Dolly Parton. The album, entitled Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates The Story, was made to benefit the War Child charity.
I regret my ranking of this lovely song it was so painful to put it at the bottom, but I just couldn't find where to rank it among all the other spectacular tracks on this album! </3
And just like that, all of the bonus tracks are gone! I love "I Found A Boy." I've always kinda viewed it as a continuation of "Someone Like You," where she has found that person...and come to find out, he turns out better than the guy she was with before! Which becomes evident with the way the old guy suddenly wants her back now that she doesn't need him anymore...guess that marriage didn't work out
With the bonus tracks gone, now is when the REAL bloodbath begins!
"Lovesong" is our first track from the album proper to leave, and I'm not happy about it. I ADORE Adele's cover of this song!!!! It's so relaxing and has such a warm vibe to it, and--duh--incredible vocals. At least back2blk can rest easy knowing their last place is gone!
This song was originally recorded by The Cure for their eighth studio album Disintegration, which was released in May 1989. It was released as the album's third single and saw considerable success on this side of the pond, where it hit #2 on the Hot 100, the band's only Top 10 entry.
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