Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (03/01/05)

Special Mentions:
Kasabian - 'Cutt Off'
Kings of originality, aren't they, Kasabian? Not only have they been strikingly innovative with their cover (an attractive shade of banana-yellow this time) they've tried something completely new on the song-front, as well. Heh. 'Cutt Off' is essentially everything Kasabian has done before, in a different order. This doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad song - it's catchy, and you don't really require any lyrics to sing the chorus, but if you don't like the band already, you aren't going to be convinced by this track alone. Mind you, the video is worth checking out, despite the fact that it only 'works' upon first viewing. These novelty plots never can really acheive the 'Just' effect. 3/5

Scissor Sisters - 'Filthy/Gorgeous'
They've had the career-making cover version, the gay anthem, the touching ballad and a single so great I managed to favour it over every indie track going. So, what was next for the Scissor Sisters? That's right, something all-out crazy, camp and controversial - 'Filthy/Gorgeous'. You're extremely unlikely to see the video televised, and you're definitely going to hear parts of the song 'fluffed' out on radio. So, what's it like as a song? Great in a club, but not so much in my headphones. Must be the talky-bits... 3/5

Single of the Week:
Manic Street Preachers - 'Empty Souls'
I'm a bit confused. This is the second time, to my knowledge, they've changed the release date for this single. It was going to be out next week, or so I believed, but while HMV's website, and most release lists proclaim 03/01/05 IS the week of release, I didn't actually see it in the shops. However, I did buy Lifeblood, which is much better than the folks at Q Magazine say it is. Anyway, here is my old review of 'Empty Souls' which will no doubt be scrapped, and dredged up, once again, next Monday...

Oh, the wonderful hypocrisy-in-print that is Q Magazine. After putting down 'Lifeblood', leaving it with a two-star rating and plenty of derogatory comments about the titles being the most exciting thing about the album, they claim 'Empty Souls' is one of the best 'loud' songs of the year. Rightio then. Did I ever care? Not really.

I'm a bit of a latecomer to the Manic Street Preachers, purchasing 'Forever Delayed' early this year, before becoming fatally addicted. 'The Love of Richard Nixon' did eventually grow on me, but 'Empty Souls' captured my heart straight off, leading to a Manic Street Preachers musical revival. 'Empty Souls' seems to have taken the Embrace approach of a catchy piano line combined with a chorus that sticks in your head for the best part of a week - 'marathon' and 'comparison' = classic. The video's not exactly inspiring, but just because some fiery-tempered young men have matured, it doesn't mean they stop making great music. Then again, since everyone hates it, I must be easily pleased. 4/5

Avoid at ALL costs:
Blue ft. Lil Kim - 'Get Down On It'
What could be worse than a song that not only reminds you of sofa adverts, but is by one of those bands that is universally disliked by the entire WL team? And let me assure you, that doesn't happen very often! Even the cover is so ridiculous it makes me giggle in disbelief. Of course, this isn't the cover shown here, which makes Blue seem like some sophisticated dance outfit. All lies, I tell you! It's better than anything else they've done in a while, mind you, but maybe that's because it's not theirs... 1.5/5