Saturday, March 10, 2007

Single Reviews 12/03/07

In keeping with past attempts to push our favourites in numerous reality shows, we’d like to use this opportunity to twist your collective arms into supporting our favourite on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. Joining the hallowed ranks of Aisleyne, Jonathan and Shilpa (the latter of whom we take TOTAL credit for) is the awesome Mel Giedroyc. If nothing else, see it as thanking her for the legendary Light Lunch. To summarise, Go Mel, etc etc. Lecture over, enjoy the Single Reviews...

Bandwagon-avoidance is a difficult pastime, as we’re finding out having recently been presented with a plethora of new acts meeting the hype bestowed upon them. To illustrate, Calvin Harris – recipient of acclaim and now tabloid-botherer thanks to a collaboration with the more expensive Minogue sister – provides bleeps, tweaks and likeable babblage in all the right places. Acceptable In The 80s isn’t yet exceeding the hype, but certainly one to keep an ear out for.

Inducing a deep slumber with the first offering from new album Good Morning Revival, Good Charlotte ought to learn pretty quick that chattering an oafish white rap over an uninspired tune vortex isn’t particularly effective. At least their early material carried a sense of knowing fun – Keep Your Hands Off My Girl all but defecates on that.

On to the long-awaited and much-criticised Walk This Way by the Comic Relief supergroup of Sugababes vs Girls Aloud. That’s all Nicola Roberts needs, isn’t it? Another three women to stand in front of her. While we’re certain Xenomania would have been a better choice to helm this than Dallas Austin, it’s actually refreshingly British, and manages to find a common ground for both bands to successfully work on. While the sheer event quality of the song combined with the charidee aspect are pushing us to award it with our Single of the Week title, that honour goes to The Fratellis, who lift yet another item of terrace-forged bewitchment from the magnificent Costello Music. Rescued from overkill courtesy of its Hot Fuzz link, Baby Fratelli is a jagged hoedown making way for a jolly mash-up of chant-a-long blokals and can-can sensibilities.

Brett Anderson, having decided passing Suede off as The Tears was denial on a previously-undiscovered level, produces a solo gem in the form of Love Is Dead. Perhaps a somewhat tepid number were it not for the bed of enchanting strings, which provide a much-needed backbone. Bloody nice instrumental, too.

Finally, we were all geared-up for some full-on noxious acrimony for Westlife’s feeble take on Total Eclipse of the Heart. Alas, the release has been cancelled, so we’re off to stamp on some kittens to liberate the build-up of bile. Ta-ra!

1 comment:

al said...

Well our Mel Giedroyc Campaign lasted all of two seconds, didn't it?

Bastards, the lot o' ya.


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