Various - Now 64

The 64th edition of this long running series is the usual mixed bag. Indeed there's a vast galaxy-sized gulf between the pop nous of Sugababes' Red Dress and The Pussycat Dolls' laughable Buttonz. Likewise Lily Allen's Smile (heavily reminiscent of Althea & Donna's Uptown Top Ranking, which is no bad thing) and Sandi Thom's horrible I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker. Horny As A Dandy (mash-up of Mousse T and The Dandy Warhols) and Rogue Traders' Voodoo Child must count as the two most irritating tracks currently around, and, even though I'm not one myself, I feel the pain of any Queen fan who hears McFly's cover of Don't Stop Me Now. On the plus side, there's The Zutons' Valerie, Oakenfold's Faster Kill Pussycat (which transcends just being a Flashdance rip-off thanks to Brittany Murphy's sexy tones) and The Automatic's Monster (perfect for when that ugly person walks into the pub!). Otherwise it's mainly the usual lot of MOR "indie", dance and R 'n' B, the kind of stuff that's easily forgotten about once its two month run on commercial radio is over.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:56:20

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