Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Single of the Week (24/10/05)

Single of the Week:
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (official site - videos, lyrics and more)
Another slightly pointless re-release from another successful newbie indie band. The Kaiser Chiefs have done it, Editors have done it, Kasabian have done it...all with varying degrees of success. The Park's breakthrough hit was this song, charting at 20 in March of this year. Whether it will now better that position remains to be seen, but it deserves to. The video is slicker, frontman Paul is now covering up that oh-so-offputting hair with a hat on TOTP, and the song itself still sounds great, however many times I may have heard it. It's upbeat, with energetic angular guitar riffs, is full of pizazz and sparkle and has a definite sense of I'm-not-quite-sure-what-the-chorus-is...and the most impressive thing is it's not even their best.
4.5/5

Other Releases:
The Magic Numbers - Love's A Game (official site - no video)
Let me put it simply. Like Supergrass, below, this is the wrong song released from an otherwise good album. In comparison to the band's previous (both fantastic) singles, this 'ballad' seems a little limp. Lewis has already slammed it this week - I don't think it's that bad, but the vocals do seem weak, the lyrics cliched in places, and the chorus something of an anticlimax. The last minute of the track also seems a bit pointless and rambling. Something has me yearning for the cheery, upbeat numbers-from-the-numbers that defined the summer of 2005.
2.5/5

Supergrass - Low C (official site - for video and radio)
Somebody, somewhere, clearly wants to convey the following message - 'Supergrass are old and boring'. This thing is that they aren't, but whoever opted for this song to be released as opposed to one of the others on their latest album, 'Road To Rouen' has made a foolish mistake. The song itself doesn't seem to go anywhere until the very end. It's rather sweet and dreamy, much like 'St Petersburg'. It pleasantly ambles along, much like 'St Petersburg' and is driven by piano and acoustic guitar, much like 'St Petersburg'. Sorry, but the 'new' Supergrass, have much more to them than a host of 'St Petersburgs'. It's a good song, there's just nothing outstanding about it.
3.5/5

All Releases: (ones I've heard in bold)
Akala - Bullshit, Amsterdam - Takin’ On The World, Audio Bullys - I’m In Love, Backstreet Boys - Just Want You To Know, Beauty Shop - A Desperate Cry For Help, Black Angels - Black Angels EP, Blak Twang - Travellin’, Bowling For Soup - Almost, Cagedbaby - Golden Triangle [7” only], Computerman - No More Broken Hearts, The Corrs - Heart Like A Wheel/Old Town, Crosbi - Coastline, DJ Tekin Ft Beth Trollan - Wait Forever, Dons Ft Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam, Envelopes - Sister In Love [7” only], Four Tet - A Joy [7” only], Glitterati - Back In Power, Hilary Duff - Wake Up, Howdi - Number One Song In Heaven/Play Dead [7” only], Ivories - Reduce The Temperature, Jamie Lidell - Multiply, Kate Bush - King Of The Mountain, Kirsty Hawkshaw - Reach For Me, The Leaves - Good Enough, Magic Numbers - Love’s A Game, Mari Wilson - Storyline, Mattafix - Passer By, Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure, Morning Runner - Be All You Want Me To Be, My Awesome Compilation - Set To Go [7” only], Natural - Rockaway [12’’ only], The Organ - Memorize The City, Patricia Vonne - Texas Burning, Pure Reason Revolution - Intention Craft, Rifles - Local Boy, Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep EP, Satomi - Heartbreaker, Styles & Breeze - You're An Angel [12’’ only], Supergrass - Low C, Superthriller - I’m Gonna Ask To Leave At Three, So Call Me [7” only], Syn - Cathedral Of Love, Testicicles - Circle Square Triangle, Tiefschwarz Ft Matty Safer - Warning Siren [12” only], Tom Vek - Nothing But Green Lights, Trickbaby vs Freemasons - Zap Me Lovely, The Wedding Present - Ringway To Seatac, Westlife - You Raise Me Up, Will Smith - Party Starter

What's your single of the week?