Monday, October 03, 2005

Single of the Week (03/10/05)

Picks of the Singles:

Bloc Party - Two More Years
At the beginning of the year, Bloc Party were on the lips of every journalist, tipped to be the next big thing. As we move into the last part of 2005, they've made an impact, but possibly not as big an impact as the other journo's favourite - Kaiser Chiefs. The simple fact is that while Bloc Party have some great tunes, in the singles department they're a little inconsistant. This brand new song, however, is one of the better ones. While still maintaining the percussive sound the band seem to favour, the vocal melody here is far more tuneful and adventurous, complete with some neat harmonies and layered vocals. Bloc Party aren't worthy of the hype, but some of their songs are almost there.

Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
After the slightly questionable 'Negotiate With Love' and 'that-one-with-the-gloves' ('So Good') barely making it into the top 10, it was always going to take something incredible to propel Rachel back to the dizzy top 3 heights of 'Some Girls'. Is this song going to do it? Possibly not, but it certainly deserves to. It's unforgivably catchy, bouncy and heaps better than the Jo O'Meara effort last week. The song itself is another Goldfrapp-lite slice of glorious electropop and, despite the fact she's not the world's strongest singer - it doesn't matter. Nobody could front this other than Stevens. I'm not a pop lover, normally, but this is FANTASTIC.

Starsailor - In The Crossfire
It's nothing particularly new, adventuous, or sparklingly original, but it seems to pack a punch that the band never appeared to have before or at least haven't had in a long time. It's your typical epic ballad, which is perfectly fine if you like that sort of thing, but if you've never liked Starsailor, it's certainly not going to convert you.

Avoid these ones:

James Blunt - High
Possibly less annoying than 'You're Beautiful' because, unlike the aforementioned previous hit, it's not everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE, yet. It'll be interesting to see if this song matches the success of its predecessor, but to be honest I really don't want it to. The earlier the British media labels the future singles career of Blunt a 'flop'. the better. Mind you, the fact that the original lyric was 'f***ing high' baffles me. I can't possibly see how it would work...

Robbie Williams - Tripping
I'm always ashamed to admit it, but I'm a bit of a Robbie Williams fan. However, I find this single impossible to like. The verses seem tuneless and lacking in musical impact, the chorus features strained high pitched vocals and as for the 'rap' - let's not even go there. This song is almost painful to listen to. The video's suitably bizarre. Then again, come back to me next week - you can bet I'll love it.

All Releases: (all I've heard in bold)
Alex Gold - Back From A Break/Better Days [12” only], Amandine - Halo [7” only], Black Dice - Smiling Off, Bloc Party - Two More Years, Boston Rodriguez - Where's The Party [12" only], Bratz Rock Angels - So Good, The Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine, And You, You Need To Be Nicer, Depeche Mode - Precious, Emmanuel - Damelo [12" only], The Fight - Can’t Be Bothered, Fleet - Get Down EP, Freeform Five - (No More) Conversations [12” only], George Michael - John And Elvis Are Dead [Download Only], Ian Van Dahl - Inspiration, Idiot Pilot - To Buy A Gun, Ironweed - Down To My Grave, James Blunt - High, Leah Wood - Contact High, Mariah Carey - Shake It Off/Get Your Number, Mr. Oizo - Moustace (Half A Scissor) [12” only], Nazareth - Glimpse Of Perfection [12” only], New Order - Waiting For The Sirens Call, Prodigy - Out Of Space/Voodoo People, Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are), Ricky Martin - I Don’t Care, Robbie Williams - Trippin’, Rogers Sisters - Emotion Control [7” only], Sandie Thom - I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker With Flowers In My Hair, Saw Doctors - Stars Over Cloughanover, Schnappi - Schnappi, Skindred - Nobody, Starsailor - In The Crossfire, Ultrasonic - High Energy/Staying Underground, We Are Scientists - Great Escape