Friday, June 10, 2011

Single Reviews 12/06/11

Welcome to this week’s Single Reviews, which we’d like to use to pay tribute to the pure comedy genius of Roy Skelton, a man who will always reign supreme during every pub conversation about 80s kids TV up and down the land. So before you read on, stop for a moment to enjoy this quintessentially-Zippy clip of Rainbow. “It wasn’t my fault! It was the silly spoon!”

Opening the show is a sickly portion of extraneous candyfloss courtesy of Alexis Jordan, a girl quickly establishing herself as a monumental relevance vacuum. It’s hard to imagine Hush Hush soundtracking anything other than the sleepovers of 7-year-old girls, but that’s no excuse for such piss-poor quality. Gawky teenybopper clichés and e-number beats make this almost as big a ‘quick-switch-the-radio-off’ anthem as her reflux-inducing debut Happiness.

Cocknbullkid further underlines her utter brilliance – or, for those of you yet to experience her genius album, introduces it – with the lilting, gospel-flecked Yellow. It’s not her best effort, admittedly, opting for a smoother, more placid approach as opposed to her more electro-based antics. But hey, at the very least, it’s a nice gap-bridger until VV Brown stops tweeting cod-political claptrap and gets on with her sophomore album.

A largely pleasing comeback from Coldplay takes the form of Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. Its synthy intro could well belong to a grim DJ Sammy banger, but works rather beautifully beneath the simple strum, the peculiar noodling and the unmistakeable vocals of Chris Martin. A band like Coldplay could rest on their laurels for a good few albums, so kudos for the active progression, particularly when the results are this impressive.

And our Single of the Week is bestowed upon Nicola Roberts, the one-time Jim Corr of Girls Aloud, now stirring up some serious excitement with her debut solo effort, Beat of My Drum. Imagine a British, one-woman Daphne & Celeste possessed by the spirit of a dubsteppy Kate Bush, and even then you’re only a quarter of the way there. It’s doubtful the public at large will get the backwards loops, military beats and raucous choruses, but then, they didn’t take too warmly to Nadine’s MOR hogwash, so there’s still hope.

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