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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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Darlin Murs

Olly Murs – Dear Darlin Single

I was sitting a coffee shop, one that pays it taxes I hasten to add, when over their speaker system they played this retro sounding sweet song, the voice sounded familiar but I couldn’t put a name to it, so I shazamed it and to my initial surprise it came back as Olly Murs – Dear Darlin

I say initial surprise because, Olly Murs seems to release at least one song from his albums that makes me go who was that? From his first album, Olly Murs; Busy; this track was so good that a well-known high street store used the instrumental track for its commercials, on his 2nd Album, In Case You Didn’t Know; who did not succumb to Heart Skips A Beat. Now Murs releases Dear Darlin his third hit from his third album, Right Place Right Time.

Dear Darlin was co-written with the talented Ed Drewett, is a heartfelt letter to a lover, the relationship was sort but at least they tried. Music wise it apps Mowtown, while not exactly pastiche it is a nice slice of retro pop which Murs sings sweetly. With Murs the support act on Robbie Williams‘s Take The Crown tour, if Murs releases more quality pop like this he may well do so.

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