Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2000's Guilt #05: Michelle Branch “Everywhere” (2001) / Santana “The Game of Love” (2002)

Whatever happened to this chick? She had quite a thing going for a minute... Cute girl sings cute songs about dudes. And of course the most important element of all: she's actually not annoying. Perfect. "Everywhere" was our #2 guilty pleasure song of 2001.

"The Game of Love" was written by Gregg Alexander from The New Radicals, which explains why Michelle Branch and Santana suddenly sounded like their songs were being written by Todd Rundgren. (Surprisingly, "I Saw the Light" has yet to be butchered by any current Top 40 artists, although a cover from Santana and Michelle Branch might have potential.) By 2002, The New Radicals had been disbanded for nearly three years, a wise decision since no one would have ever heard this song if he had sung it himself as the first single from their follow-up album. Instead, it's the only remotely palatable song from any of Santana's "comeback" records.

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