Thursday, August 18, 2011

Single Reviews 21/08/11

This week on the Single Reviews, we lay into a Britpop pioneer doing whatever the opposite of pioneering is; a so-called twat in a hat; an actual twat, who’s not in a hat, but has really noticeable hair plugs and a nails-on-chalkboard voice; and a generous heap of praise for a band we’ve already heaped generous praise upon approximately 237 times this calendar year so far. Sitting comfortably? Good.

We open with a surprisingly impressive new release from Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks, the vastly contagious Heart Skips A Beat. Think a more cheery Dub Be Good To Me as reimagined by the Ordinary Boys – on paper, it sounds grim, but the results somehow make for Murs’ best single thus far. Unfairly, ol’ Olly seems to be the target for a heavy dosage of disdain, and yet the odious Joe McElderry can do no wrong (apart from, y’know, his musical output). This song might’ve changed things were he not dancing like an utter bellend in the video.

Another reality alumnus who’s crafted something above and beyond what we’ve come to expect is Will Young, whose truly atrocious chart spell looks set to be broken with Jealousy. The melancholic refrain and subdued, seductive beats courtesy of Richard X make for a track which easily overshadows all his previous efforts. And yet, there’s no disguising that infuriating, unlistenable, seagull-playing-a-vuvuzela voice, which, however you dress it up, could still grate concrete from half a mile away.

Serial recipients of Single of the Week and general hope for indie in 2011 The Vaccines clock up yet another of our hallowed awards with the sharp, speedy merriment of Norgaard. Admittedly, had we not wanted to be pointed and laughed at by the rest of the internet, it might’ve gone to Olly Murs, but Norgaard’s inviting bounce makes The Vaccines more than worthy recipients. Even if it does only last a rather pathetic one minute and 39 seconds. ONE MINUTE AND THIRTY-NINE SECONDS.

And finally, to the surprise of precisely no-one, the more talented Gallagher brother trumps the less talented one in their respective post-Oasis musical hissy-fits. Beady Eye obviously aren’t much competition, but there’s a lot to be said for The Death of You & Me, the debut single from (full pretentious title alert) Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds. It’s essentially The Importance of Being Idle 2.0, but the measured, untroubled strum, memorable chorus and quietly madcap instrumental tick all the boxes. All the same boxes for the past 15 years, but they’re ticked nonetheless.

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