No. 13: Bobby Valentino Wants To Know Your Name Your Name Your Name

Dec 21st, 2007 // 4 Comments

bobbyv.jpgBut really, Bob, is it that hard to just ask a lady’s name, especially when you’re already dancing with her?

“Anonymous” was the best of Timbaland’s trance-rap or hip-house or techno-R&B or some-electronic-music-and-some-urban-music hybrids this year, and it also proved to be the least heralded, leapfrogged by late-breaking singles from Timberlake and Furtado and the songs released under Tim’s own trademark. Why? Well, the song’s throwback beat (two jarring kicks, a fuzzy snap/clap/snare, and a junk drawer full of polyrhythms rattling and beatboxing on top) is closer to the tricky-toed Tim of a decade ago, and maybe the bleepy filigree of the track’s buried keyboard hooks (whose hands were really on the knobs here?) was always going to get steamrolled by his new money-making embrace of grimy waveforms and brutalist pop beats, a fey, spacey song lost in the shadow of the arena-pleasing hugeness of “The Way I Are.” But really? I have no idea why our No. 13 stalled at Billboard‘s No. 49. Label cock-up? General cosmic injustice? Bobby Valentino atoning for the sins of a previous pop life? While I’m sure other Tim hits made more sense this year when your body was upright and moving, there were few earbud moments-in-love more tingly in 2007 than the almost minute-long outro to the album version of “Anonymous.”

Bobby Valentino – “Anonymous” [YouTube]
Idolator’s 2007 Top 40 List Of Awesomeness

  1. Aleb

    Great pick! This song alone pisses all over ‘Shock Value’!

  2. Anonymous

    meh. I liked this too, but it was just waaaaayyyy too similar to “my love.” bobby clearly pointed at justin timberlake and said “I want that.” Have you ever played these back-to-back? Yeesh.

    Although, the pre-chorus on this is good. and justin’s falsetto annoyed me on “my love.” but this is still totally in that song’s shadow.

  3. Anonymous

    For about a month, I thought this was Usher, especially during Bobby V’s verses in the chorus.

    I was sorely disappointed when I saw the video and it wasn’t Usher (this had to be the first one in about two years that Timabaland didn’t costar in). I was even more disappointed when I heard the song Usher planned to release. Soo bad.

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