Monday, February 21, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (19/02/05)

Special Mentions:
Futureheads - 'Hounds of Love' (video here)
Laying down the red carpet for the eagerly anticipated return of Kate Bush, the Futureheads have released their cover of 'Hounds of Love'. Now, I'll admit, I haven't heard the original, but this punkier version seems to have got the thumbs up from the Kate Bush camp, so I can safely say it's not too bad at all. Futureheads manage to successfully incorporate their signature style into an existing classic. And even with me not being a fan of 'Decent Days and Nights' I like this song. It has 'hit' written all over it, and may be what really drags the Futureheads into the mainstream. 3.5/5

Maximo Park - 'Apply Some Pressure' (video here)
In a world ready to be dominated by angular, danceable indie rock, Maximo Park will probably begin to thrive. The video and song have such simple concepts, but it's very hard to stop watching and listening. The band seem to just radiate with charisma, while producing a single (their third, apparently, but it's all new to me) that's quirky, interesting, and pretty much unpredictable. It is really hard to tell, even after many listens, where it's going to go next. The song manages to cram in so many ideas that it's tricky to tell what is actually the chorus - everything is a chorus! Franz Ferdinand clones? Maybe, but it's damn good fun. 3.5/5

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Oh My God' (video here)
It's a re-release. Oh, and it's a re-make. Usually these things spell trouble. Fortunately, this isn't the case with the Kaiser Chiefs. They've produced a video that doesn't make lead singer Ricky Wilson look ugly (hoorah!) and manages to feature fake snow, belly dancers and plastic children's guitars - genius. The song packs more punch than before, and even if the chorus, in my opinion, doesn't quite equal the magnificence of 'I Predict A Riot' the song, as a whole, works, managing to please both the pop crowd and the indie kids alike. I'd be very surprised if this doesn't get in the top 10. 4/5

Single Of The Week:
Charlotte Hatherley - 'Bastardo' (video here)
Very seldom do you see credible guitar-pop perfection. It's not often you see a star-studded video, either. So, it's even more of a shock to the system when you see a remarkable song coupled with what is easily the best video of the year so far. 'Bastardo' is the second single release from Charlotte Hatherley's debut album, Grey Will Fade (not counting the awesome download-only release 'Kim Wilde') and is competing with the aforementioned song for being the best thing on it.

For anybody not in the know, Charlotte Hatherley is a full-time member of British rock group Ash, an extremely talented songwriter and solo artist and is also, as a bonus, dating the director of hit Brit flick Shaun of the Dead. Edgar Wright also showcases his directing talents on the video for 'Bastardo' which manages to incorporate some of the hottest names in British comedy. David Walliams, Simon Pegg and Lucy Davis, amongst others, all star in a masterpiece that just begs to be watched.

The song itself is fantastic, with clever backing vocals, upbeat rhythms and a blinder of a middle-eight. The lyrics have an adorable childlike singalong quality to them, the melody is perfectly crafted. It's officially my favourite single of the year, so far. And that, they say, is that. 5/5

Avoid at ALL costs:
Surprisingly there's nothing out this week I really dislike. So, you tell me - what should the general public be avoiding, this week?

Full Release Schedule (subject to change)
Akon - Locked Up, The Beat Up - Alright, Charlotte Hatherley - Bastardo, Cherubs - Club Hoola Hoops Walls, Crash Convention - Watch Committee/Thick As Thieves, David Guetta - The World Is Mine, Diefenbach - Re-make Your Mind EP, Dogs - She’s Got A Reason, DT8 Ft Andrea Britton - Winter, The Earlies - Bring It Back Again, Elvis Presley - (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame, Emiliana Torrini - Sunny Road, The Engineers - Forgiveness, The Frames - Fake, Futureheads - Hounds Of Love, Girls Aloud - Wake Me Up, Idlewild - Love Steals Us From Loneliness, Iron and Wine - Woman King EP, Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My God, Kaptain Black - Drone The Queen Bee/Overeaten, Katherine Jenkins - Time To Say Goodbye, Keisha White Ft Cassidy - Don’t Care Who Knows, Kevin Mark Trail - D Thames, KT Tunstall - Black Horse And The Cherry Tree, Low - California, Mary Hansen and Horizontalist - Hybrid, Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure, Nelly and Tim McGraw - Over And Over, Planet Of Women - Waking Up The Neighbourhood, Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes, Prefuse 73 - Hidey face, Radio 4 - Transmission, Ray Lamontagne - Trouble, Reflekt Ft Delline Bass - Need To Feel Loved, Simple Plan - Shut Up, Snoop Dogg - Let’s Get Blown, Tears For Fears - The Closest Thing To Heaven, Tokyo Dragons - What The Hell, Usher - Caught Up, Verbalicious - Don’t Play Nice, Whitey - Non Stop, The Wonder Stuff - Bile Chant/Rubbish Island

What's your single of the week?