Saturday, October 29, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
This is the very long-awaited follow-up to Automatic, the amazing dance-pop single by Dutch pop girl Elize. It may not quite be that mighty, but it's pretty ace all the same. Despite Elize being "no Latino", the song does
have a Latin vibe, as well as some ace almost-rapping, nonsensical lyrics and much more! Now all we need is for Elize to hurry up with releasing her album, or at least update her web site. She doesn't seem to be the hardest working pop star!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
This is Swedish pop prince Darin Zanyar's cover of the legendary Lena Philipsson's 2004 Eurovision entry, Det Gör Ont (or It Hurts in it's English form). According to my Swedish pop expert
, this was recorded for a TV show earlier this year, celebrating 50 years of Melodifestivalen, the fantastic Swedish song contest. Apart from a male voice, Darin also brings a new, slightly rocky sound to the song, using a Michael Jackson sample, although it rather deceptively begins as a ballad.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
So, the best British album of the year so far has been released, and unsurprisingly it's currently (narrowly) missing the top 20. Of course the lack of success has absolutely no correlation with how good it is, and to prove that here is one of the best tracks and also one of the most controversial. This song was written by the singer Alexis Strum (known for her recent single Bad Haircut and her brilliant column on Popjustice
) with pop genii Xenomania. Alexis never released her version but it was leaked on the Internet several months before Rachel's and it was generally believed to be a masterpiece of quirky modern pop. As expected, Rachel brings the song back towards the core of pop music, the shiny, smiley side, and views on her take on it have been very mixed. Some have hated it, others even prefer it to the original. Personally I love both, as they are excellent in their different ways. It's definitely Alexis' best song and also one of Rachel's best. I'm posting the Rachel version because I want to persuade you to buy the album, but do get hold of Alexis' as well if you can, if only for the interesting comparison.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005