Vote now! Backstreet Boys vs. Jill Scott!

Bsbjill_lThere are epic battles, like Godzilla vs. Mothra, and then there are arbitrary ones, like today’s PopWatch battle between a pair of popular recording artists with little in common, other than the fact that they’re hoping to take back the charts with their respective new singles. But will that stop any of us from taking to the stands with our homemade placards and screaming abuse at the opposing side, until the whole crazy imbroglio is settled? I sure as heck hope not!

So without further ado, in the red corner (and streaming here at YouTube), we’ve got Backstreet Boys’ "Inconsolable," the group’s first effort sans Kevin Richardson. Right off the bat, I’m surprised the Boys would put out a song with a title that not only echoes their most recent (and superior) hit, 2005’s "Incomplete," but also Beyoncé’s ubiquitous (and fabulous) "Irreplaceable." Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s only a title, and a lot of words begin with the letter "i," but it’s telling that after four consecutive listens, I’m fixated on such a picayune tidbit. I mean, where’s the hook? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, I bet every person reading this blog can immediately hum the chorus to Backstreet’s "I Want It That Way" and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" — and, if we’re being honest, "Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)." And that’s why "Inconsolable" is so disappointing. The lyrics ("I try to sleep, but the clock is stuck on thoughts of you and me") aren’t half-bad (in a power-ballad kind of way), but the melody sounds like it was developed by a second-rate scientist at the Lite FM Laboratory.

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In the blue corner (and streaming here at her MySpace page),we’ve got Jill Scott’s "Hate on Me," and the opening blast of hornsalone feels like a slap of funk to the face (and no one’s wearinggloves, I might add). It just gets better as Scott jumps right in andstarts bellowing the hell out of a melody that’s as delectable as it isimmediate. As much as I loved "Golden" and "Gettin’ in the Way," I’dargue Scott has never released a single quite this radio-ready. Let’sjust hope she doesn’t ultimately have to deliver her poetry ("Wonder ifI gave you diamonds out of my own womb/ Would you feel the love inthat, or ask ‘why not the moon’?") to the timid programmers of today’shumdrum airwaves.

Anyhow, that’s one vote for Scott from JudgeSlezak. Listen for yourselves, then show your scorecard in the commentssection below.

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  • Elizabeth

    Its the Backstreet Boys folks — what were you expecting. I’m a huge fan (and 31, thanks for asking) and if they veered from what they’ve done in the past, people would criticize. If they stick to what they know, people criticize. I’ll just look at it like Pepsi/Coke — you like one, or the other, or you don’t care either way. It sounds a lot like “What’s Left of Me” – probably because it was written/produced by the same bunch. Looking forward to the new album fellas, with or with out Kevin. And I did like Jill Scott’s new song for the record too.

  • Jill Fan

    It’s Jill all the way! She could be singing the alphabet and it would be superior.

  • Heather

    Jill, hands down.

  • Christina

    I don’t even have to listen to the Jill Scott song to give her the vote. I heard the Backstreet Boys song last night and is has absolutely no hook to it. There’s nothing memorable about it

  • NineDaves

    will anyone miss kevin? i can’t even tell that he’s not there.

  • Cece

    Jill will always win. ALWAYS! Listen to her songs and you will become a changed person. If you’d like proof, check out this clip of her performing with Moby and Blue Man Group a few years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPNceNV5bh8

  • lala1215

    Jill has been in heavy rotation in NY R&B stations and I absolutely love it!
    BSB who?

  • fredric

    It’s obvious that Jill wins. Maybe we need to pick out a more formidable contender here.

  • shonuff

    JILL! Its about time she (a) recorded a studio track that reflects her dynamic live shows and (b) got some commercial recognition. Hate on indeed!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    Jill Scott is the modern version of Jazz vocalist Randy Crawford. There IS no contest!

  • Chris

    Jill Scott, without question. She can do no wrong in my book!

  • Annemarie

    Backstreet boys, inconsolable, definately!!

  • Jill

    Backstreet.

  • StephanieC

    Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable
    I LOVE them and their new song!!!

  • Fatima

    Anyone who says Backstreet over Jill Scott in any way confuses and depresses me. This isn’t even a fair match when it comes to talent.

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