Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Hannah's Single of the Week (25/10/04)

There's a shedload of new releases this week, BIG new releases that will hopefully end the boredom of the eternal reign of Eric Prydz. So, who's heading for next week's chart?

Runners Up:
Graham Coxon - 'Freakin Out'/'All Over Me'
We're not sure about 'All Over Me', but isn't this a re-release of 'Freakin Out'? There's still rumours that Graham may be coming back to Blur, but meanwhile he's free to produce songs that sound a little bit like what Blur used to be, which is no bad thing. You can't say an awful lot for his singing ability on 'Freakin Out', but who cares? The guitar is good, and so is the song. It's speedy, infused with electricity, and it just exceeds the perfect 3:30. Impressive. And if you're not impressed yet, it's a grower. 3.8/5

The Libertines - 'What Became of the Likely Lads?'
I did a peculiar thing last week, and finally got round to buying 'Can't Stand Me Now', which I really enjoyed. What I really like about the Libertines are their disjointed, dueling lead vocals, and the way the track appears to be all over the place, yet is incredibly catchy. What seems to be incredibly average begins to grow on you, especially as you notice more and more within each song. This single assures me that this week is being one for good, but not necessarily power-selling releases. 3.9/5

Single of the Week
Snow Patrol - 'How To Be Dead'
Accompanied by a rather 'on the cheap' video of what the band have been up to on tour, 'How To Be Dead' is Snow Patrol's fifth release (counting the re-release of 'Spitting Games') from their breakthrough album, 'Final Straw'. If you haven't yet bought Final Straw, we insist that it is a far better idea than just sticking with the single. It isn't just studded with gems, it is positively jewel-encrusted. And yes, we did take our name from it, so it's only fair that we should give Snow Patrol a bit more credit for producing such a great record. 'How to be Dead' is the opening track from Final Straw and is largely rambling, with no apparent structure, perfectly complimenting story behind the lyrics. It jingles it's way through three minutes with a combination of guitar and glockenspiel, accompanied by Gary Lightbody's tender, honest vocals. The instrumental in the centre isn't exceptional, but it certainly gives the track more of a sense of being, rather than just incoherent words. It hasn't changed from the album version - it still has that abrupt stop at the end, but it's that sense of the unexpected that captures your imagination and leaves you a little breathless. To be honest, I can't wait for the followup. 4/5

Avoid at all Costs:

The Noise Next Door - 'Ministry of Mayhem'/'Lock Up Your Daughter'
Oh dear. Another Busted-style collective who's gimmick is that they're triplets. Fair enough, but they look, according to my friend Sarah, 'like skunks that fell into some hair dye'. The fact remains is that the song is awful, and once again aimed at the 'wannabe-punks-that-aren't' of my generation. They also did the theme tune for a kids' tv show - what does that tell you? 0.3/5

Daniel Bedingfield - 'Nothing Hurts Like Love'
Apparently having things drilled into your skull doesn't come close...oh well! It isn't his worst song, but the video seems like a blatent crossover/rip-off between 'Just' by Radiohead and 'Year of the Rat' by Badly Drawn Boy. With kissing. The melody, on the whole, is boring, and it looks like Bedders is just showing off. No thanks. 1.2/5