Thursday, March 31, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (28/03/05)

Sorry this is a little later than usual. I've not been 100% well lately. I'll apologise in advance for things going a little more slowly next week, also. Intimate Manics gigs and GCSE exam preparation make for a very busy Hannah, I think you'll find. I'll include a brief chart observation, the usual links, and a singles summary for anybody who is 'botherd'. Otherwise expect my first live review since my outing to Cardiff sometime next week - if I have any recollection of it, that is!

Special Mention:
Do Me Bad Things - 'What's Hideous?'
Whilst lacking the sheer power of previous single 'Time For Deliverance', 'What's Hideous' still has the irresistable over-the-top fusion of metal and soul, complete with duelling vocals and funky guitar riffs. It's good, but not great, yet still better than a lot of what's on offer this week. The essence of DMBT comes from seeing them live, and the sheer craziness of the amount of band members. Their tour has practically sold out, and it's easy to see why. 3/5

Single of the Week:
Brendan Benson - 'Spit It Out'

It's release has been delayed for two weeks, but, at last, it's here. It's a little lyrically challenged in places, and has a riff that sounds suspiciously (in my opinion) like the Stereophonics, but it's great, lively, fun pop - just homemade (Brendan plays almost all the instruments himself) and free of anything artificial. Good pop music doesn't have to be manufactured! I don't actually have the song with me right now, because somebody has my copy of the album, but if you need further convincing - there's a cat on the cover. Look! See, what more reason do you need? 4/5

AVOID at all costs:
Lemar - 'Time To Grow'
Does this need explaining? Not really. Oh, and Mariah Carey's new one is out this week. I have successfully managed to avoid it, somehow, which I think deserves some sort of applause. 'Negotiate With Love', the latest from Rachel Stevens, appears to be getting some good press, though I have no idea why. It's not as bad as 'More, More, More' but it is many steps away from being a pop gem like 'Some Girls' or 'Sweet Dreams...'

All Releases: (may be subject to change/songs listened to are in bold)
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Rest Will Follow [12” only], Arcade Fire - Laika [Ltd Ed], Avril Lavigne - He Wasn’t, Brendan Benson - Spit It Out, Bullet For My Valentine - Four Words (To Choke On), Busface Ft Madamoiselle E B - Circles, Caves - Polymophic Light Eruption, Cherry Falls - My Drug, The Dead 60’s - The Last Resort, Demeter - Hellfire, DJ Format - 3 Feet Deep, Do Me Bad Things - What’s Hideous?, Eighteen Visions - I Let Go, Elvis Presley - (You’re The) Devil In Disguise, Estelle - Go Gone, The Fight - Revolution Calling, Fischerspooner - Just Let Go, Hanson - Lost Without Each Other, Jimmy Eat World - Work, Kaptain Black - Drone The Queen Bee/Overeaten [7” only], Kylie Minogue - Giving You Up, Lemar - Time To Grow, Mariah Carey - It’s Like That, Max Sedgley - Devil Inside, Michael Bublé - Home, Morrissey - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out/Redondo Beach, Patrick & Eugene - Old Times [7” only], Pink Grease - Peaches, Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love, Racine (Wendy James) - Grease Monkey, Studio B Ft Harry Brooks - I See Girls, Thirteen Senses - The Salt Wound Routine, Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying/Just Be Your Tear, Twista Ft Faith Evans - Hope, Yeti - Never Lose Your Sense Of Wonder

What's your single of the week?
(apparently The Arcade Fire are very good, but you'd have to ask Jonny...)