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Foxes Chases Her Youth

Foxes – Youth (Single)

Foxes has been making her way as a featured on other artists hits, but that’s all about to change, as Foxes strikes out on her own, with the might of Debenhams behind her, Foxes unleashes her Youth.

Foxes would seem to imply more than one, however Foxes consists of just one fox; born Louisa Allen – will her fans be known as Little Foxes?

Foxes has lent her vocal talents to diverse acts such as Fall Out Boy (Just One More Yesterday); Zedd (Clarity); Sub Focus (Until The End) and Rudimental (Right Here). In her own right Foxes released her Echo EP in November 2012 and Beauty Queen earlier this year, however, it is with her new single Youth that Foxes is set to strike.

To categorise Youth as just pop does Foxes a disservice, however, Youth is a slice of radio friendly music of undoubtable quality which also lends itself well to be being remixed; mournful lyrics -“Don’t tell me our Youth is running out – Its only just begun” and a trance-lite backing gives way to tribal drums with Foxes vocal holding the whole thing together, musically somewhere between Kate Bush, Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding.

“They didn’t want me when I was running wild” Foxes sings on the opening lines on Youth, however, on the strength of this single everyone will be chasing after Foxes’s Youth.

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Boys Don’t Cry

Diana Vickers – Music To Make The Boys Cry (Album)

Diana Vickers appeared in series 5 of X Factor and has appeared on two number 1 records and saw her debut album Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree reach Number 1 in 2010. Three years on from that and on a new record label, Vickers releases her sophomore album, Music To Make The Boys Cry. The omens for this album do not look good as the lead off single Cinderella couldn’t’t make the top 40. So does Vickers have the tunes to Make The Boys Cry with euphoria or boredom?

3 years is a long time in pop, fellow X factor finalists and finalists from other shows have been more productive than Vickers; JLS & Olly Murs have both released 3 albums, One Direction will be releasing their third album soon and Ellie Goulding, who co wrote Remake Me + You on Vickers’s debut, has released 2.5 albums, no doubt with changing labels there would have been some behind the scenes wrangling going on which could have delayed the follow-up, but has the worth the wait?

Music To Make The Boys Cry, which is also the current single release, kicks off the album nicely followed by Cinderella which had the potential to be big limped into the chart at No.55, its chorus gets better with each listen maybe a remix from one of today’s hot DJ’s could have propelled this single to greater heights. After this the album dips and picks up with the track Boy In Paris. I imagine if Debbie Gibson was still making hit records they would sound like Mad At Me. Then events take a turn southwards but pick up on the closing two songs Better in French and Blame Game. Has Vickers got an infatuation with France, as after Boy in Paris we get better in French, this a very Kylieesque number and hints at what could have been. Blame Game rounds off a pretty disappointing album.

Music To Make The Boys Cry has an impressive list of credits including Miranda Cooper, Jimmy Harry and  David Gamson on song writing and production duties, however, they cobbled a batch of electro-lite tracks which are neither one thing or the other, the record label should have been more courageous and got some tougher mixes in place. I predict a Top 50 placing and then a rapid fall, which is a shame because with this collection of songs Vickers should be hitting the heights that Ellie Goulding is currently reaching. The 3 year wait between albums is in my opinion too long for an artist like Vickers. For it to be Music To Make Boys Cry, boys would have to listen to it first and I am afraid to say that few will.

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80’s Electro Bones

Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe (album)

Pronounced Churches but styled as Chvrches are; Martin Doherty (Samplers, Synths & vocals); Iain Cook (Guitars, Bass, Synths & vocals) and on lead vocals & additional synths Lauren Mayberry have been releasing songs since May 2012 and building up a following with their extensive touring schedule; finally get around to releasing their debut album The Bones Of You What You Believe. Chvrches have distilled their 80’s influences ranging from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Human League, Prince, so is it an 80’s electro delight or 80’s electro disaster?

The album has been pre-ceded by the following tracks which have either been  free to download or released commercially; Lies – released May 2012; Recover – released February 2013; Gun – released July 2013 – which is their best-selling single to date reaching Number 55 on the official charts and The Mother We Share – released September 2013.

The Mother We Share opens precedings – a mid tempo piece which could be viewed as speaking out about a difficult relationship with a sibling or it could be about the struggles we all endure, with the mother we share being a metaphorical mother.

After the upbeat nature of We Sink and Gun, Chvrches follow with Tether, which is the darkest track musically so far , Lauren solemnly sings I feel incapable of seeing the end, I feel Incapable of saying its over to minimal backing and then the synths kick in taking this track in a different direction and also giving the track a more optimistic feel. A track worth persevering for its glorious ending.

Under The Tide features lead vocals from Doherty, this adds another dimension to the album and is not too dissimilar from early Human League tracks. Lungs effortlessly ventures into dub step without sounding like Chvrches are jumping onto a bandwagon, VereView’s reckons that you can expect to hear an Ellie Goulding cover of this track in the near future.

The Bones Of What You Believe appears to have overwhelming themes of control and being kept against their wishes – On Tether , Lauren Sings “In a place where we don’t have a prayer, there’s a tether that’s keeping me there.” and on By The Throat Lauren sings “- If I could catch you and cut your ties, I would leave you, every time

The Bones Of What You Believe is an encouraging debut and gives each of the members of the group space to showcase their skills. There are one or two misfires but overall there is much to commend, what could have been an 80’s parodying disaster is a genuine 80’s delight.

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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.

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