#80: “Anti Hero (Brave New World)” by Marlon RoudettePaul Lorentz
The second single from this 29-year-old Carribean-British singer’s debut solo album Matter Fixed – a love song from a guy who knows he’s no good – was a pretty big hit all over Europe, but not here. I love the vibe of this song – it’s contemplative while maintaining a steady upper-midtempo beat. Roudette’s voice is certainly something to be gotten used to – it’s alien and pretty, but weirdly sexless – but there were weirder voices (Gotye anyone?) topping the U.S. charts this year.