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Vickers Would Lose Her……..

Diana Vickers – Cinderella (Single)

Cinderella is the lead off single from Diana Vickers’s forthcoming album Music To Make Boys Cry which is scheduled to be released on 15th September 2013.

It is as if they didn’t know what direction to take Vickers’s career, does she go onto make cutesy, girlie pop records or do they re-invent her as a dance diva, so as to keep everyone happy they have sort of gone for both.

On first listening Cinderella sounds like a cutesy girlie pop record, even the title is of a fairy tale, the verses are passable nothing out of the ordinary, but then you get to the chorus and what a chorus it is. There is a big trance song waiting to burst out of Cinderella, I can hear the Fred Falke or Tiesto remixes (please note these remixes only exist in my head).

Vickers sings “Because for you I would lose both both of my shoes ” I wonder what else she would lose?

Unfortunately this Cinderella won’t be going to the ball as it only reached No.76 on the official charts on 28th July 2013, this does not augur well for her second set.

VereView Star Rating VVVV/5 for the chorus

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A Gripping Bathroom Tale

Best Boy Grip – Locked In he Bathroom (Single)

Best Boy Grip are a five piece band hailing from Derry and Locked In The Bathroom, will form part of an EP which is due for release in September 2013.

To describe Locked In The Bathroom as just a piano led number would be doing it a disservice as this song has the lyrical depth of most songs used in any modern-day shows.

Whilst musically, Locked In The Bathroom is reminiscent of early Keane numbers and lyrically tells a story in the way that early Squeeze songs did.

Not only is Eoin O’Callaghan the lead singer, pianist, songwriter, video director and editor (obviously a man with many talents) he also possess the innate Celtic/Irish gift of story telling. On Locked In The Bathroom O’Callaghan is not just singing a song he is telling a story, he gives you an insight as to what’s going on inside the family house but he wont let you in if you knock on the door.

Locked In The Bathroom is an enjoyable introduction to Best Boy Grip, More information can be found at:

http://www.bestboygrip.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/bestboygrip
http://www.twitter.com/bboygrip

VereView Star Ratinhg VVV/5

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Undefeat ED!

Undefeat ED

Ed Drewett – Undefeated -Single

Ed Drewett is possibly about to have the biggest hit single of his career, unfortunately it will not be with Undefeated but as a co-writer of One Direction’s new single The Best Song Ever and therein lies the rub.

Drewett has had the majority of his success either writing for other artists, Olly Murs, Stooshe, The Wanted and One Direction or guesting on a couple of Proffesor Green’s singles. In his own right Drewett had previously released, Champagne Lemonade and Drunk Dial neither made much impact on the Official Chart and I am afraid it seems like Undefeated may follow suit.

Undefeated is not a bad song, its well sung with a punchy beginning and lyrics advising people to keep on going, Drewett may need to take on this mantra for his own recording career.

One cannot help thinking that if he had given this song away to any of the previously mentioned artists who have recorded his tracks; Undefeated could have been a bigger hit. Drewett should take solace from Robin Thicke who had been releasing records for years before he hit pay dirt on these shores.

VereView Star Rating VVV/5

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Timberlake’s Horns Say

Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night (single)

Justin Timberlake’s albums are like buses; you wait ages for one to come along and then 2 come along literally at the same time, for Take Back The Night is taken from the second instalment of The 20/20 Experience, which is due at the end of September. So as to not confuse the fans, as the current single is Tunnel Vision, Take Back The Night is offered as an instant download when you pre-order The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.

Controversy sells whether you make an artistic video or get threatened with legal action, Timberlake has been through both with the Take Back The Night Foundation first issuing a notice advising that Timberlake had used their name without permission, however, a lawsuit was averted when Timberlake issued a formal apology.

Take Back The Night is a slice of feelgood retro soul; you could imagine Michael Jackson recording a track like this if he was still alive. Timbaland shows that he is not a one track production pony, gone is the kitchen sink production & his usual utterings. Take Back The Night features strings & horns to good effect and leaves you in no doubt that it is aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

The first instalment of The 20/20 Experience left me underwhelmed if Take Back The Night is anything to go by then The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 should be a corker!
VereView Star rating VVVV/5

 

 

Goulding Burns

Ellie Goulding – Burn (single)

Taken from the forthcoming re-packaged version of Halcyon, Ellie Goulding releases Burn, this track is co-written with Ryan Tedder & Greg Kurstin amongst others, so this track comes with a stellar pedigree.

Singles wise Goulding is on a hot streak and has chosen her collaborators wisely, following on from I Need Your Love with Calvin Harris, she enlists Kurstin to produce this track.

Kurstin definitely knows his way around a hit record and delivers for Goulding, the track itself, lightly, straddles a  number of genres, EDM, Trance and bashment but it still remains pop, not as off kilter as Figure 8, however, I expect Burn will give Goulding another top 10 hit.

VereView Rating VVV/5

Timberlake’s Tunnel

We have had the comeback single which divided his fans, Suit & Tie, we had the the big Number1 single, Mirrors, which more or less united the fans and now we have the third single, Tunnel Vision, which will titillate the fans or at least the video will.

Tunnel Vision, whilst not a bad track itself, leaves me with a feeling of haven’t we heard this all before but done better with Aaliyah and is Justin Timberlake hoping that a little controversy will sell the third single from The 20/20 Experience? That being said,Timberlakes video is not as crude as Robin Thicke‘s unrated Blurred Lines video.

The production is everything you would expect from anything associated with Timbaland, however, I can’t help feeling that Justin’s vocals should be higher in the mix and how many times can Timbaland yelp freaky freaky freaky girl before it becomes passe?

Tunnel Vision will serve to keep the sales of The 20/20 Experience ticking over and help to promote the upcoming festivals that Justin will be playing.

VereView Star Rating VVV/5

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Sugababes May Have Flatlined; resuscitate MKS

Sugababes May Have Flatlined; resuscitate MKS.

Sugababes May Have Flatlined; resuscitate MKS

 MutyaKeishaSiobhan (MKS) – Flatline (Single)

Earlier this year, MutyaKeishaSiobhan: MKS. gave us a preview snippet of Flatline which was produced by Dev Hynes, who also produced the sublime track Losing You by Solange, so expectations for this track were quite high so do MKS deliver?

This is a strange kind of comeback, not being able to use the name that initially made you famous and to which you contributed much to its success, but as the now flatlined Sugababes (or as they officially put it on hiatus), the original members MutyaKeishaSiobhan.MKS, have re-grouped and are Back In Business and are about to take the pop crown that Girls Aloud have recently vacated.

There must have been a degree of risk by calling your comeback single Flatline, can you imagine the music press having a field day with lines like The Originalbabes comeback flat lining etc, however, there will be no need for such headlines as MKS have delivered something so amazing and unlike anything like the songs currently in the charts.

Flatline starts up 80’s & 90’s R&B sounding with the obligatory handclaps, with Siobhan ushering in the new MKS era in very much the same way she did on Overload, the change was obvious Keisha coos who could she be refering  to?

One thing that MKS apart from the other bands when they were known as the Sugababes was their vocal harmonies, when the girls sang together it was if angels were singing and now as MKS nothing has changed, Girls Aloud & The Saturdays would kill for harmonies like MKS

When Overload came out in 2000, it sounded fresh and original, fast forward to 2013 and I would say the same about Flatline, with the middle eight breakdown the dramatic tribal drums coming across all Florence & The Machine Like and with additional oh oh oh from Spector’s Fred MacPherson. There is no need to resuscitate the Sugababes as MKS have arrived and have delivered.

VereView Star Rating VVVVV/5

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