Friday, September 11, 2009

Single Reviews 14/09/09

Well, it’s been a funny old week in popular culture, hasn’t it? A blonde female winning Big Brother in spite of housemates from that social group lasting approximately a week; Ellen DeGeneres joining American Idol in a display of UTTER GENIUS; and a Sugababe apparently going missing. But Keisha has since Tweeted her batty off in fury, proving that all is right in showbiz after all. So, as the world keeps turning, we bring you this week’s Single Reviews.

We begin with Ignorance, the first single from Paramore’s (somehow) third album, which doubles up as a warning to avoid at all costs. While the tiniest iota of respect has to go to Hayley Williams for shifting slightly away from her ‘grubby Gwen Stefani’ schtick, there’s little else of note. Perhaps such trite emo leanings are lost on those above the age of 16, much like a Mosquito alarm working in reverse.

Managing the impossible and escaping the shadow of Eurovision is the actually-not-bad Jade Ewen, who ditches the wibbly Shaftesbury ballad in favour of a dose of glossy, high-aiming, yet fairly limp, R&B. There’s certainly talent on show, but it’s hard to see whose heads she’ll turn with My Man. Still, she craps all over Leona Lewis. We’ll perhaps leave the Alexandra comparisons for now, though...

While it’s no secret we’d happily see the entire musical output of 1995-1998 played out in place of today’s charts, it’s perhaps more likely to hope for the occasional comeback. One such fulfilment comes from Skunk Anansie, with the classic yet wholly contemporary Because Of You. The tingles that only Skin’s voice can induce are accentuated faultlessly by the thundering rock backdrop, scoring an easy Single of the Week.

And closing this week’s analyses are a band quickly marching their way to the upper reaches of the Sloppy Dog Favourites list. Had Hockey not been releasing alongside Skunk Anansie, it’s safe to say they’d have scooped the above honour. Song Away is a more modest, slightly less anthemic offering than Learn To Lose, yet provides a nice contrast and highlights an exciting, multi-faceted band. An album review is on the way though, so here’s hoping we’ve not built them up too much...

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