New Paris Hilton

So I’ve had the new Paris Hilton song ‘Nothing In This World’ in my head. It’s annoying because it really reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on. In general it sounds like much of Lindsay Lohan’s first album, which is a good thing. But there’s this one part, where the chorus comes in and she sings “Nothing in this world can stop us tonight”, and the vocal line is frustratingly familiar… Maybe something off of Snow Patrol’s second album, ‘When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up”?

New Hilary Duff

Am I the only one who hears early Garbage in Hilary Duff’s new song, ‘Play With Fire’– particularly the way she says ‘Love me, love me’ in the chorus, and the rhythm and punch when the chorus kicks in.

‘Beat of my Heart’ is a little Kylie-esque song; the writing is pretty bad, but interesting in so much as it signals a new stylistic direction. But ‘Beat of my Heart’ seems particularly weak coming after ‘Wake Up’, which I find utterly charming.

I think what gets me about ‘Wake Up’ is its real, deep optimism– something you find in Hilary Duff, but very seldom elsewhere in pop music. Britney Spears never had it, Christina Aguilera came close on her first record, but Duff’s music embodies it.

Not to endorse Steven Pinker

But I have to say, I like the way ‘The Language Instinct’ is written. Although it’s sort of boring to read what is in many ways an introductory book on Linguistics, Pinker has a lot of interesting details crammed into ‘The Language Instinct’, and he also frames his discussions nicely. Instead of saying: Here’s what we know about phonetics or whatever (the way I was first taught Linguistics) Pinker goes through the chain of questions that have taken linguists in a certain direction.