Colorado songwriter mixes obscenity and emotional heft with huge pop melodies
This Week's Singles Reviewed (20/10/12)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Misha B, Robbie Williams
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 'Your Love'
‘Your Love’ is reminiscent in many ways of Armand Van Helden’s ‘U Don’t Know Me’. Google its soulful refrain (“Can’t get enough/No no no/All I ever wanted/Was to be with you”) and you get an article by Lori Gottlieb entitled “Why There’s No Such Thing as ‘Having It All’ – And There Never Will Be”. Well, sorry, Lori, but this track is proving otherwise.
Misha B - 'Do You Think Of Me'
Though alleged backstage teeth-kissing saw Misha B voted off 2011’s X Factor much earlier than was just, she has been safely returned to pop radio with this second single. It’s an EDM-influenced mid-tempo ballad vibing heavily off Leona Lewis and Swedish DJ Avicii. That stupendous voice is left mostly intact, triumphantly storming the middle eight.
Robbie Williams - 'Candy'
Robbie once nicked Mel C’s jibe at Liam Gallagher (“Comm ’n have a gor if yer think your ’ard enough”) for ‘Millennium’. Similarly, he’s used “ner ner ner ner ner” from ‘Ring A Ring O’ Roses’ and ‘I’m The King Of The Castle’ – nursery rhymes about the plague and taxes – as the hook for this comeback. Luckily for you, Robbie, I’ve run out of words before mentioning your shameful patois.
Django Django - 'Life’s A Beach'
Tight, syncopated guitars and bass twist and turn around this dusty track, haunted by sitars and jangled along by spit-and-sawdust drums. It’s almost made for a Kill Bill soundtrack. The vocals are its only fault. When they kick in it ruins the initial thrill – like if you met Samuel L Jackson only to discover he’s got a noodle-limp handshake.
Sub Focus ft Alpines - 'Tidal Wave'
Halloween came early this year when Ellie Goulding and Skrillex made sweet music together – their collaboration ‘Summit’ showed how all the heart and soul can be surgically removed from dance. Fortunately, Sub Focus and Alpines’ Catherine Pockson have created a tonic to erase that from the collective consciousness.
Arlissa vs Nas - 'Hard To Love Somebody'
A YouTube “response” to Professor Green and Emeli Sandé’s ‘Read All About It’, this song seems more like an echo. Pianos and kick drums underlay Arlissa’s shaky vocals while Nas flows about crisps. He wears a green Adidas shellsuit in the promo, presumably dressed as Jimmy Savile for Halloween. A video shouldn’t be the measure of a song’s value, but when the song is this anodyne it sure helps make it more interesting.
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