Monday, January 10, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (10/01/05)

The river has burst its banks, and a flood of new releases have invaded the shelves of our favourite music stores. There's actually a LOT out this week, possibly in excess of 30 songs, so I'm really sorry if I haven't mentioned an awful lot of them here. There's also nothing that blows me away, so, if you'll excuse me, most things are on 'special mention' status and there isn't an official single of the week. I've also implemented a new ratings system, so if you've noticed a slight change in the way I'm rating things, that's why. There's more on that, later. I also apologise for the extremely poor quality of writing - I'm been having trouble sleeping and I seem to only have a hundred-word vocabulary. Lovely.

Special Mentions:
The Killers - 'Somebody Told Me'
Somebody told ME that this was a re-release. And it is. Awkwardly enough it's another one of those re-releases I can actually remember, so is it really necessary? Mind you, I'm not a fan of the Killers and yet I can really enjoy this song. I didn't like 'Mr Brightside', like some sort of freak, and neither did I enjoy the followup. On the other hand, this is catchy, not remotely monotonous and I'll gladly welcome its return to the chart. Nice. 3.5/5

Thirteen Senses - 'Thru The Glass'
January could often be seen as a month of where these sort of artists shine. Sales are low, nothing particularly interesting is out and these sort of songs rocket to the top of the charts, and get the sort of radioplay that Coldplay do. There's a lot of 'Coldplay-clones' out there at the minute, although we're going to have to wait a month or two until we see anything of the real thing. 'Thru The Glass' isn't as likeable last year's similar breakthrough hit - 'Run' by Snow Patrol - but while it's nothing spectacular, it plods along, has a nice little chorus and...that's it really. It's likeable, but to be honest, we're waiting for Chris Martin and co. 3/5

The Music - 'Breakin''
Every day I change how I feel about this song. I can't help feeling I've heard part of it before, a long time ago. I can't help getting bored halfway through. I can't help getting irritated by it. Then suddenly, it's catchy, brilliant, close to perfect. Enjoyable, even. Like Thirteen Senses, it's got a good chorus, and the video isn't half-bad either. The little interlude in the middle, however, seems out of place and uninspiring. However, when the vocals are brought back in, it adds a bit of much-needed variety. I'm really not sure about this song, but it's easily worth a listen. 3.5/5

Single of the Week:

'Empty Souls' IS out this week. Last week, I wrote an early review, so if you'd like to check that out, you're quite welcome. I am still loving this song.

Avoid at ALL costs:
Jamie Scott - 'Searching'
I admit, the entire WL team is slightly prejediced against Mr Scott because of the fact he has pinched our staff member's name, thus forcing said staff member to resort to adding the suffix of Alexander. I'm sure (the fake) Jamie Scott is a perfectly lovely person, even if he is a good-for-nothing-name-thief, but aside from the whole name issue, there's an issue with his music. There's something of the Bedingfield in him I can't stand. 1.5/5

Oh, and Jamie says: 'Someone should shoot Fearne Cotton for announcing that 2005 will be the year of that name thief!' Well, quite.

Elvis Presley - 'One Night'
You know, it's not that I don't like Elvis. It's not that he hasn't made some seriously good tunes. It's that I don't like his record company making so much money out of the dead, by releasing one of his hits every week for the next few months. The novelty is going to wear off eventually. To be honest, just buy his greatest hits collection. I won't rate this track - it's not fair, just like these latest releases.

Complete Release Listings:
Asia - Long Way From Home, Bugz In The Attic - Booty La La, Candidate - Mountain Snow, Client Ft Carl Barat - Pornography, Coheed and Cambria - A Favor House Atlantic, Darius - Live Twice, Divine Inspiration - Someday, Elvis Presley - One Night, Jamie Scott - Searching, The Killers - Somebody Told Me, Kings of Convenience - Know How, Kings of Leon - 4 Kicks, Lazyboy - Police Dogs’ Bonfire, Little Barrie - Free Salute, The Little Flames - Little Rose, Longview - Coming Down /When You Sleep, Minnie Driver - Invisible Girl, Money Mark - Burn Away [7” only], The Music - Breakin’, Narcotic Thrust - When The Dawn Breaks, New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream Tight Fit [7” only], Pink Grease - Strip, Pop! - Serious, Puscha - Show Me What Love Is, Rachel McFarlane - Lover, Roni Size and Beverley Knight - No More, Rooster - Staring At The Sun, Sage Francis - Sea Lion, Soul Central Ft Kathy Brown - Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own) , Thirteen Senses - Thru The Glass

(Songs in bold are the ones I've actually heard this week.)