Singles of the Week
As I wistfully look out the window, the sun is shining, birds are singing, yet this bucolic ideal is hardly matched here, amongst this latest lot of run of the mill singles. Some are decent, some are not, and only one rises like cream above the rest....
A. C. Newman
Y'know if Ed Sheerhan had a band? That. It makes me want to bark at dogs in the street.
Another piece of thoroughly enjoyable riff heavy 90s style indie bounciness that is so infectious that you cannot help but jump around like a mad young thing. Pop music as it should be, short, sparky and tremendous fun.
Mercury nominee Jessie Ware continues to go from strength to strength with another choice cut from her excellent debut album Devotion. Ware's arresting vocals are the star, captivating over the subtle rhythms to create a track that is about as effortlessly stylish as they come.
Above average rendition of Otis Redding's 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. Mick Hucknall plays it straight, allowing the beauty of the song to take centre stage. Though nothing can really surpass the original, Hucknall's sugary vocals can't help but draw you in.
Following in the footsteps of their debut single 'Shola / Pillow Talk', SHINIES' double A-side 'Ennui / Eighteen' is all lo-fi charm with the prerequisite guitar walls and the like. Unfortunately, unlike their debut, there's not much else to recommend about either track, both of which are competent rather than ear-catchingly memorable. If we were pushed to pick a favourite though, it'd be 'Eighteen'.
Streets In The Sky may have marked the third top ten album for The Enemy but by now, there's no doubt they're appealing to a very specific set of fans. For those, 'This Is Real' contains much to like - slow building into a rabble-rousing stadium rock effort - but for everyone else, it's about as staid as they come.
Single of the Week
Yet another impressive outing for the Transgressive imprint paradYse, LULS' debut double A-side single 'Swing Low / Young' showcases two mightily effective sides of the London trio. 'Swing Low' is anthemic rock writ large with a belter of a euphoric chorus, while 'Young' is more introspective, all subtle beats and hushed vocals. Promising.