Sunday, September 26, 2004

Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? (Updated with CD-rip)  

Here is Gwen's long-awaited debut solo single, and it certainly was worth waiting for! It begins as a ballad, then suddenly goes all Euro-disco on us complete with "tick tock tick tock"s and soon turns into a thrash-pop extravaganza that could be mistaken for the fab Surferosa or Lene Nystrom. The song ends with the repetition of the line "Take a chance you stupid ho!" The whole song is very Gwen, but still manages to be nothing like my expectations for her solo material - it's much better than I expected and very 'me' so I'm extremely excited now about the accompanying album.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue  

This is the brand new single by the incessantly lovely Delta, and although it's not quite Innocent Eyes or Predictable it's easily as good as her other singles. I never expected to like Delta, but I was very pleasantly surprised by her album which recieved a lot of listens last summer in my house. There's something very serene and calming about Delta, who just carries on being effortlessly pretty and nice while her peers lose every ounce of their integrity and more trying to generate interest in their new singles. As much as I love Britney and (sometimes) Christina, this is a refreshing change. However, if she doesn't grow back her lovely hair soon I might change my mind!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Infinite Mass ft. Lambretta - She's A Freak  

I'm not usually a big fan of Infinite Mass but I love Lambretta and their ace singer Linda who appears on this song, although not until nearly 2 minutes in. Even without Linda this would be a great song and proves that even crap genres of music like hip-hop sound fab when made by Swedes. And with Linda it becomes truly excellent.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Brolle Jr - Watching The Stars  

When I first heard this song I wasn't at all keen, but as I heard it more and more I began to like it and before I knew it, I loved it! Brolle Jr is in fact a male solo artist (his real name is Kjell), rather than a group as I previously thought, and first found fame auditioning for Swedish Popstars. He didn't make the grade but was spotted by a producer and swiftly signed up. This is his latest single, a big hit this summer in Sweden.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Darren Hayes - So Bad  

As any Darren fan will know, the b-sides on his singles are often just as good as the album tracks and this is one of my favourites. It's one of the poppiest songs he's done, cheeky and fun. Darren has in the past been more successful for his mum-pleasing ballads but it's these sexy pop extravaganzas that made me a huge fan.

Alcazar - Start The Fire  

This is one of the brand new songs on Alcazar's new Sweden-only album, Dancefloor Deluxe. The chorus is taken from Billy Joel's 1989 hit We Didn't Start The Fire, but the song is just as discotastic as everything else the group have done, with plentiful mentions of discos, dancing, parties, "the groove" and of course the all-important name check in the line "by this Alcazar beat".

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