Texas - I'll See It Through
Following the release earlier this year of Carnival Girl comes this single, the second to be lifted from the Careful What You Wish For album, which was released on 8 December. This time, Texas have rightfully decided to leave the contributions from rappers behind, in favour of a well-known pop songwriter. So farewell to Method Man and Kardinal Offishall and hello to Robbie Williams' old writing partner, Guy Chambers, who joins the usual Texas writing team of Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone.
Chambers brings a different sound to Texas for whilst the obvious Marvin Gaye/Al Green steals have been replaced by a more melancholy guitar and piano through the verses, he brings a storming chorus much like the songs written for his previous partner. Whilst the simple instrumentation that opens the song gives I'll See It Through the feeling of being composed late at night, the string section that breaks through to assist the first chorus is of a much bigger song and, were this given a chance, it could do well. Certainly, it's one of the best songs Texas have released since the days of White On Blonde and deserves to do well.
Those of you who have already been to see Love Actually may well recognise this song amongst the spiteful Christmas song sung by Bill Nighy and the country ballad from American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, which makes this the third single to be released from that soundtrack album to date.
The b-side to this version of the single is the band's cover of the old Al Green song, Tired Of Being Alone, which, when first released, marked the beginning of their move away from the being known for I Don't Want A Lover and slide-r'n'b to the style of writing that would eventually produce White On Blonde. There are other b-sides on other formats, which a look to the column on the left will confirm.