Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (29/08/05)

A new school year looms, as does my 17th birthday, and while the latter means there's going to be lots of new music for me to enjoy, the former means I'm going to have to (yet again!) change the format of my blog posts. This means I won't get to write as much as I would like, but hopefully I'll still get the message across. I'm testing the new format this week, which probably wasn't the best idea ever, considering there are some pretty good releases available. Fish is also back from her extremely long, boring and tortuous holiday, so hopefully she might be doing a few posts come the start of September.

WL Ratings:
5 = Can't Be Beaten // 4=Great Stuff // 3=Good // 2=Pretty Average // 1=Dissapointing // 0=Dreadful

Single of the Week:
KT Tunstall - 'Suddenly I See'
KT Tunstall - Suddenly I SeeAfter a technical failure at the V Festival, it was up to the crowd to finish KT's previous well-received single 'Other Side of the World'. They carried it off with aplomb. KT Tunstall was arguably one of the most engaging performers I saw on the TV over the course of that weekend, and has released some spectacular singles already. This is another one of them. It's a catchy little thing and contrasts nicely with the gentler paced ballad that preceded it. In comparison, this is a stomping energetic number with more of an edge, and two vocal lines, illustrated cleverly by the video. Twice the amount of Tunstall. What a great concept.

Other recommended tunes:
The Dandy Warhols - 'Smoke It' - mad, crazy rock-out fun, with added doggies - 3.5/5
Elbow - 'Forget Myself' - worms its way into your brain and superglues itself to the inside of your skull. Top stuff, with one of the best videos of the year. - 4/5
Gorillaz - 'Dare' - Damon Albarn's side-project set out to conquer the world with this electropop stormer - 4/5
Gwen Stefani - 'Cool' - the eclectic indie-pop princess brings out the ballad, of sorts, and simultaneously experiments with being a brunette - 3.5/5

Avoid at ALL costs:
Jessica Simpson - 'These Boots Were Made For Walkin'' - Ashlee's sister makes a mockery of yet another song. Shameful. For more details of WL's issues with the Simpson sisters, feel free to browse the 2004 archives. 0/5

More Releases: (ones I've heard in bold)
Big Ang Ft Siobhan - It’s Over Now, The Bravery - Unconditional, The Dandy Warhols - Smoke It, Daniel - If You Leave Me Now, David Gray - The One I Love, David Grubbs Ft The Wingdale Community Singers - Give It A Kiss/My Les Paul [7” only], Elbow - Forget Myself, Faithless - Insomnia 2005, Funeral For A Friend - Monsters, Gorillaz - Dare, Grand National - Playing In The Distance [7” only], Gwen Stefani - Cool, Hawkwind - Spirit Of The Age, Jessica Simpson - These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, JJ72 - Coming Home, KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See, Les Rythmes Digitales - Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat), Linchpin - Linchpin EP, My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You, Nextmen - Blood & Fire [12” only], The Ordinary Boys - Life Will Be The Death Of Me, Paul McCartney - Fine Line, Pras Michel - Haven’t Found, R Kelly Ft The Game - Playa’s Only, Speedy Ft Lumidee - Sientelo, Stunt - Raindrops, System Of A Down - Question, T Raumschmiere - Blitzkreig Pop, Tara Blaise - Three Degrees, Twisted Charm - London Scene, UB40 Ft Hunterz and The Dhol Blasters - Reasons, Viva Voce - Alive With Pleasure [7” only], Wahoo - Make Em Shake It, Yeti - Keep Pushin’ On, Your Vegas - Your Vegas [7” only]