Friday, November 19, 2010

Single Reviews 22/11/10

Generally, on the Single Reviews, there’s a conscious effort to cover things across the board genre-wise, and we definitely try to give the bigger releases the once-over. However, we are categorically steering clear of the X Factor version of Heroes, on account of it not deserving a millisecond of our time. Plus it’s for charity and we don’t want to feel bad. So hey, just give a quid to Help For Heroes directly, and avoid the hellishness altogether...

Sticking with the theme of The X Factor though, we come first to last year’s silver-medallist Olly Murs. Second single Thinking Of Me travels even further down the road of pseudo-ska, contrived, throwaway, white-boy reggae than Please Don’t Let Me Go – and yet, it really does work. Scarily so, in fact: a full-on ohrwurm that prompts an outbreak of chronic toe-tappage. Shit. We may even have to make this Single of the Week. Still, it’s nice to see him doing well. And even nicer to see his chart performance wipe the floor with Joe McElderry.

Charlotte Church soldiers forward following the lukewarm response to her last single with Logical World. While it’s nowhere near as engaging as the likes of Moodswings or Crazy Chick, it does make a great deal more sense, and makes for a far more comfortable performance overall. The MOR mum-rock vibe does suggest it’s perhaps a tad safe sonically, but the abundance of personality just about excuses things.

When Bon Jovi suddenly began sounding like the Backstreet Boys for no discernible reason, it was a horrific move for rock music. Which begs the question, just how demented are Boys Like Girls for evoking this sorry era with what is essentially a note-for-note cover of It’s My Life? Granted, it goes by the name of Heart Heart Heartbreak and they’re claiming it’s a different song altogether, but either way, it’s nothing more than 3 minutes and 26 seconds of a seriously peculiar decision. The Great Escape this most definitely isn't.

Lastly, when Duffy sprang onto the scene, she brought with her the promise of a refreshing, distinctive vocalist with an albumful of brilliance. Then the Diet Coke ad happened, and her entire worth plummeted. But if the Diet Coke ad was the muddy seabed, then new track Well Well Well is the bottomless black abyss that the Good Ship Duffy has been lost to. Were it not for the teeth-grindingly shrill vocal hook it mightn’t be so dreadful, but alas, the damage has been done. To our eardrums.

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