Thursday, April 26, 2012

Single Reviews 29/04/12

Welcome to this week’s Single Reviews, in which we find out which genre a one-man band is tackling this week, discover the reality TV ‘sad music’ of the future, slip in a negative remark about Rihanna, and try to review Tulisa without mentioning her sex tape. Although this probably counts as a reference itself, doesn’t it? Oh well, we blew that one. BA-BOOM-TISH! Thank you, we’re here all week.

The debut solo single from First Lady of N-Dubz and Tiresome X Factor Misha-Baiter, the aforementioned Tulisa, is first on the chopping block this week. Young is a ‘hey-aren’t-we-crayzee’ Ibiza cliché-fest, all predictable keyboard stabs and constructed abandon. For all N-Dubz’ failings, at least they had a modicum of originality in their output. Were it not for the desperate attempts to amplify Tulisa’s profile, this would be eternally forgotten on the lamest of compilation house CDs.

Single of the Week is given to Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly, with a strikingly different offering in the form of Daylight Robbery. Admittedly, Sam Duckworth has become one of the most unpredictable artists of recent years, switching from shoegazing indie to atonal drum ‘n’ bass without any warning. Daylight Robbery boasts an immediacy nothing in Duckworth’s catalogue can lay claim to, armed with an exhilarating pop hook that could well make the track his new calling card.

Snow Patrol unveil perhaps their most introverted, mellow single thus far, the modest but highly effective New York. The unassuming verses are made all the more effective when the final chorus swells into a refined crescendo, while Gary Lightbody’s voice presents a real poignancy throughout. Anyone desperate for another Run could do a lot worse than give New York a few repeated spins, but such comparisons would detract from what’s actually a significantly more mature offering.

And finally, proving that a certain dead-eyed, atonal cumsponge is by no means the best Barbados has to offer (whoever could we mean?), Cover Drive follow up their Ashley Tabor-instigated Number One with Sparks, a hard-edged demi-ballad with a sweet, enchanting melody. The juxtaposition of male and female vocals is an effective one, plus there’s a real craft evident in what Cover Drive do. Plus, they’re mentored by Eddy Grant, which = ace.

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