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Wanna Be Startin Some Haim

 Haim – Days Are Gone (Album)

Haim are sisters Alana, Danelle & Este who hail from Los Angeles California, they have steadily gained a devoted fan base and have been acquiring critical acclaim by the truck load with every single release.

The Haim Hype machine has been in full flow all year, as critical acclaim was bestowed upon them with each single release with those said critics salivating over the prospect of a full long player. So Days Are Gone has landed are Haim just a female Hanson with better legs or is the Haim Hype justified?

We get the opening salvo of hits Failing, Forever, The Wire, most artists would kill for tracks like these. VeReviews reckons that if you listen very closely to Falling and Forever you can hear a similarity to Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin Somethin. After these tracks we get the excellent If I Could Change Your Mind; this track has the exuberance of early Madonna tracks and must be a contender for a single release.

My Song 5 is one of the most intriguing tracks on the album, it starts of like filler but then turns into the most experimental track on the album, it shows that the girls are not afraid to tack a few risks along the way. Go Slow and Running If You Call My Name feel like a tribute to Kate Bush with added Californian harmonies.

It would have been easy to knock Haim as they had been put on such a high critical pedestal as the only way seemed to be down, however, they have come up with the goods and the hype, a strong album with influences from Madonna, Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush and the odd borrow from Wanna Be Startin Somethin; Haim have delievered a debut album that will win over the naysayers. Haim have definitely changed my mind!

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Vocals Please

Pet Shop Boys –  Vocal (single)

Following on from Axis released in May, The Pet Shop Boys release Vocal from their upcoming album Electric (due out July 15th 2013).

Vocal sees The Pet Shop Boys hit the dance floor with a new sense of gusto. Nowadays it is rare for a song and a video to connect but with its rave tinged production and old skool video footage the Pet Shop Boys manage to do so to great effect.

Vocal also finds The Pet Shop Boys at their wittiest, lyrical best, with the following couplet: “I like the singer, He’s lonely and strange Every track has a vocal, And that makes a change” Its as if they know my own personal aversion to early dance music without vocals.

Will Stuart Price do for The Pet Shop Boys what he did for Madonna? The last time The Pet Shop Boys topped the official charts was in 1988 with Heart and the last time they reached the official charts top 10 was in 2006 with I’m With Stupid, whilst Vocal may not restore Pet Shop Boys to the higher echelons of the chart, however, it is a welcome return to the dance floor
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Thicke Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke at the DNC convention on August 2...

Robin Thicke at the DNC convention on August 29, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robin Thicke feat T.I & Pharrell – Blurred Lines

What do you get if you splice Marvin Gaye‘s Got To Give It Up & Madonna’s Give It To Me, with a dash of saucy lyrics throw in a rapper (T.I) & one of the men of the moment Pharrell Williams; plus a little controversy (the unrated video) you end up with Blurred Lines which is shaping up to be Thicke’s biggest ever UK hit.

Robin Thicke is no overnight sensation, think of him as Justin Timberlake but without commercial success, apart from his 2007 hit Lost Without U, however Blurred Lines, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name is about to change this.

Blurred Lines is a record that will get any party groovin  for sure, with an infectious yelp, a Prince like falsetto and a heavy bass.  Is there an act this year that Pharrell wont gatecrash?

 

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