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Reviews Of Singles Released This Week, 23/8/2004

After last week's list of soft rock and Fierce Girl, we'll begin with the, well, soft rock of Maroon 5, who're following up the release of their album, Songs About Jane, with this guitar ballad. Without the white-boy funk of their earlier records, this is the kind of song that all funk/rock bands deliver when they gave out of their audience and see that there's as many bored-looking women as there are drunken guys. So to a song that will have fans of Maroon 5 buying five lighters for a pound from street vendors just for the moment when the slow guitar of She Will Be Loved winds out.

You can buy it at Amazon but the album's been out for months and is surely only weeks away from a drop to a mid-price level.

Maroon 5 are one of the acts that Kane have toured in support of - the others being Bon Jovi and Simple Minds - leaving it difficult not to jump to a conclusion that this is well-meaning, sturdy pop/rock with fewer new ideas than you'd find in an entire series of Pop Idol. Apparently, we reviewed the album that this has been lifted off less than two months ago but not even hearing it again brings back the memory of that. Reading the review, the album had its moments - this being one of them, strangely enough - leaving us recommending What If instead of the purchase of this single. Kane will doubtless be playing support for some time to come as there's little here or on the album to suggest they have what it takes to make it as a headline act but, as ever, Amazon have Rain Down On Me on sale from today.

Making sure that my kids were safely in bed before I brought this out of its packaging, it's R.Kelly's Happy People. Assuming that this wasn't given a title after his visit to the Californian Children's Hospital, the San Franciscan Home For Ophaned Children or the Sister Immaculata's Convent Grammar School For Girls in Beverly Hills, R.Kelly delivers, if you can credit it, a trumped-up rap about, well, himself. This is the lead single from a pair of forthcoming albums, Happy People and U Saved Me, one of which is ten tracks of street soul, the other ten tracks of uplifting r'n'b. Uplifting, that is, if your idea of literature is OK! magazine and the view across your living room at night is of a partner whose greatest talent is balancing a can of lager on their gut.

Despite enjoying both critical and club success, Faithless have avoided the jump into the mainstream in the manner of Rollo Armstrong's cousin, Dido, yet you imagine that there is little that would appeal to them about such a thing. Instead, Faithless look to keep their cult success and I Want More is a great club anthem that, with a vocal and a subdued piano break from Nina Simone's version of Billie Holliday's Tell Me More And More And Then Some appeals to both the heart and the head. Buy it from Amazon or, even better, get the No Roots album that contains this song and many others just as good.

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