Peyton - I'll Rise / A Higher Place
Older readers may remember D:ream's Things Can Only Get Better, a sort of soulful, gospel-infused dance tune which made number one in the early 90s and, no doubt due to its positive message, later soundtracked New Labour conferences. It was crap.
It's 2005, and Peyton, the food and drink advisor on the British version of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, has delivered as his debut single this double A-side of... soulful, gospel-infused dance music. There's a theme of struggle and triumph here; the lyrics of I'll Rise are from an African poem by Maya Angelou, and no doubt find relevance with Peyton, son of a US Preacher, who has the experience of coming out to his parents behind him. Sadly, despite a somewhat enthusiastic voice, the wimpy beats and piano (on both tracks) are so tasteful and polite that one may may be left pining for the relatively adventurous, hard-edged sounds of The Lighthouse Family instead.
Don't tell Tony.