Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Hannah's Single of the Week

ARGH! The single-pickers worst nightmare - two awesome singles in one week! So, I have to have TWO singles of the week...one honourable mention and two I really detest!

Honourable Mention:

Estelle - 'Free'
'1980' was a grower, but this tune just hit me on first listen. It has one of the catchiest choruses of the year, and is only really spoilt by the fact that she has to have a male rapper on the track. Her star-studded video features the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and Ms Dynamite. And singing and rapping in the same track? We LOVE this girl, and can't wait for more! 4/5

Robbie Williams - 'Radio'Single of the Week (1)
Robbie Williams - 'Radio'
However much of a complete twat he can often be, we still love Robbie. He makes the best original videos, gives some of the greatest interviews and is a true 'old-fashioned' entertainer. He's back with a vengeance, ready to win back the charts with this new song, 'Radio'. It's very eighties-influenced, yet still sounds super-modern and extremely fresh. We STILL haven't managed to work out what it's about, but that doesn't spoil it from being a great song, even if the critics are giving it mixed reviews. If I'm going to be critical myself, he doesn't really DO much when it comes to the chorus - it isn't something amazing that you can crash straight into - it's just the verse with different words and tune. But that can be left aside, as you still can't help singing along. Mr Williams, welcome back to the UK charts. 4.2/5

Dogs Die In Hot Cars - 'Lounger'Single of the Week (2)
Dogs Die in Hot Cars - 'Lounger'
It's not been the year of success that Dogs Die In Hot Cars deserve, really, has it? Despite seeming to play every festival known to man, making songs like NOTHING out there at the moment and generally being awesome, they seem to have nothing to show for it. Although their album is critically acclaimed, with few exceptions and they have some die-hard fans, they've had no tremendous chart success or real publicity. The BBC hasn't acknowledged the single's existance, I haven't heard any radioplay and the only way I know of it is because I had a quick browse at HMV. Other than that, this is possibly the best single from their debut album 'Please Describe Yourself'. 'Lounger' is a happy tale of a slob, living off benefits; a clever song of a failed education and the life of the underdog - basically like many of their songs, but a lot more positive. Sarcastic? Maybe. Sheer pop brilliance? Definitely. 4.5/5

Avoid at ALL costs:
Rachel Stevens - 'More More More'
A reworking of a classic. Looks cheap. Sounds cheap. Is cheap. How do we like it? Straight into the bargain bins. Next? 0.5/5

Eamon - 'Love Them'
Yes Eamon, f*** it. We don't want you back either. 0/5