Friday, April 18, 2008

Single Reviews 21/04/08

We thought we’d get a bit more done around these parts this week, but sadly every chance we’ve had to do any form of writing has been dedicated to reviewing the new Tindersticks album for another website. Who’d have thought we’d have such difficulty finding a diplomatic way to say it’s the dullest, most depressing heap of badger-spunk ever to disgrace our ears? Thankfully, the Single Reviews require no such diplomacy…

First in the firing line (and let’s face it, it’s not a target you’d miss easily) is the miserable sack that answers to Adele, with thankfully a track that pisses over her vile, hateful Chasing Pavements. The comparably outstanding Cold Shoulder, although Mark Ronson by numbers, provides a far more agreeable showcase for an impressive voice. And yet, in the bigger picture, it’s still largely unremarkable. Long way to go yet, love. Looooong way.

Without You is the second offering from The Feeling’s slow-burn gem Join With Us. A pleasantly pensive ditty, it’s a perfect follow-on from the frenetic farm-giveaway of I Thought It Was Over. And although you may be sick of us griping about the nonsensical semi-Americanised pronunciation, we’re even sicker of hearing it. Apparently, it’s raining haRRRRd in Nawth Veh-ginia.

As the owner of what is arguably one of the most distinctive and identifiable voices in modern music, Sia is always going to receive the red carpet treatment here at The Sloppy Dog. So it’ll come as no surprise that The Girl You Lost scoops our Single of the Week. Stomping piano leading a largely Sixties swing, it may be a far cry from her unique brand of wistful chillout hymns, but it works magnificently. How global superstardom has evaded this woman is a mystery.

And lastly, The Wombats could do with taking their lead from Sia’s example, and stepping outside the box now and again. Mind you, while it may have sizeable sniffs of their previous singles, it’s otherwise difficult to fault Backfire at the Disco. Hugely catchy, heavy on personality, and above all, entertaining, we can forgive the soundalike aspect quite easily.

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