Saturday, March 15, 2008

Singles roundup

Great DJ - The Ting Tings. This is a really cool single. The Ting Tings were tipped as one of the new bands to watch this year, and if this single is any indication, I'm definitely interested. Reminds me a bit of the New Pornographers--upbeat, poppy, with female and male lead vocals.

If Only - KT Tunstall. KT Tunstall's second album isn't generating as many sparks as her first. Shame this third single--the best so far--will likely get buried. The slightly discordant verse gives way beautifully to the richly melodic chorus.

Cold Shoulder - Adele. This was such an obvious choice for a single--the Mark Ronson produced homage to Massive Attack's classic "Unfinished Sympathy." On the album it sticks out as being a bit overproduced, but on its own it's pretty good. The most lively we'll probably see Adele.

Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield. In 2004 I loved Natasha Bedingfield, but lately she's disappointed me. "Babies" was a let down, so was "Say it Again," and "Love Like This" bored me. This upbeat track is much better--the closest she's gotten to "Unwritten" yet.

Something Good '08 - Utah Saints. The theme this month is dance music is "the old is new again." While that's generally the case, now we're getting straight up new remixes (not remakes) of former dance hits. I've never the original of this, so I don't know how much it differs, but it's a pretty fun high-energy dance track.

Toca's Miracle 2008 - Fragma. Here's the other. This was a #1 hit in the UK in 2000. The remix is pretty light touch, actually mellowing it out a bit with deeper keyboards. Fine, but not a must have.

Love in This Club - Usher (feat. Young Jeezy). Usher's back with a monster hit. Of course the premise is rediculous--he's so horny that he's going to drop trow and do it with his SO right on the middle of the nightclub floor with everyone watching, no doubt taking video for YouTube and photos for MySpace. That aside, it's pretty catchy, and gets better with repeat listens.

Sunshine in the Rain - BWO. Silly fun from the Swedish pop band. BWO stands for "Bodies Without Organs," which is surprisingly unpleasant thought for a band with such a light touch.


Us Against the World - Westlife. Worst Westlife single ever. Dull dull dull.

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