Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
This is such a weird song, as all The Servant's songs are, and I'm never entirely sure what to think of the band, but I definitely like this one because I just can't help singing along to the chorus. It's certainly the poppiest thing on their album, which was released to absolutely no interest in the UK (did much better in other countries, I vaguely remember France and Italy) in April 2004, along with a pretty good single called Liquefy
. They recently released a second album, How To Destroy A Relationship, but I haven't had chance to hear it yet. Still, I do recommend this infectious track and The Servant in general if you like what you hear.
My no.1 fave Sugababe, Siobhan plans to release a second album this year, despite the disappointing lack of success achieved by her first solo CD. She released 2 singles from Revolution In Me (Overrated and Twist Of Fate), but these were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Siobhan was capable of, and the album beheld some real treats. I like every song on the CD, but this one, along with Iodine and Nothing But Song, is my favourite. It's such a cleverly made song, with great lyrics, making something very natural and refreshing-sounding while still obviously using modern technology. Siobhan is a very original and innovative artist, and it's a total 'up yours' to every condescending male music critic that this comes not only from a pretty young woman but one who began her career in a pop band. I hope her talent will be more widely recognised when she releases more music, but even if not I know those sensible enough to pay her attention will be very excited to have her back.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I can't believe I've never posted this song, but I've checked the archives and I really haven't. If you love Robyn's recent self-titled album and the Rakamonie EP, but haven't dug any deeper, then you are in for a big treat. This song is so gorgeous, so light and dreamy, drifting through you but still arresting your mind so you can't think of anything else. Before anyone outside Sweden ever talked about Robyn, I used to listen to this over and over again every time it was sunny enough to sit in the garden of my old house, which was an amazing garden, so full of flowers and colours it looked like it might really explode. But Blow My Mind doesn't remind me so much of that garden or my mid-teen self, as it does the sun - to me it sounds like the sun. I definitely recommend Don't Stop The Music, the album that proceded Robyn, as a great r'n'b-pop album which includes some of Robyn's best ever work.
Monday, January 01, 2007