Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Despite its size, wealth and prominence in the music industry, the USA isn't that great a source for ace new pop stars, so it's nice to see someone interesting coming out. All the songs on Lucy's MySpace are absolutely brilliant, but this track, her next single, is definitely the most commercially viable. That doesn't mean it will be a hit necessarily, but it's much more than good enough. The chorus is very infectious and it has a spelling bit! Whether it's the single of the year, or the hit that never was, I'm going to be singing along to So Uncool for the entirety of the foreseeable future. The lyrics are interesting, because she realises she has alienated the subject of the song (presumably her boyfriend, perhaps we could say 'love interest'!), but blames him for his aceness which makes her act "so uncool". As an objective listener, I have to say that any guy who distances himself because she's too full-on with her devotion to him, is not worth a lady as ace as Lucy!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I haven't heard the whole album yet but I was a bit disappointed with the album version of Birds - I much prefer the live recording I posted here a few months ago, but it may just be cos I'm more used to it. I do think that version has something more to it, though, the new one seeming less moving and emotionally striking, if that combination of words even makes sense. It just doesn't grab me in the same way. Merry Happy, however, is a very jolly and lovely song, and although I've only heard Mouthwash, which is supposed to be her next single, a couple of times, I do think this would be a much better choice. If she has any sense she'll definitely release it after that. This is a demo version as the album one has a bonus track attached to it.
Friday, August 10, 2007
There's often a subject I find myself writing about in almost every post for a period of time on Dirrrty Pop, and at the moment it's definitely Robyn's long-awaited conquering of the UK charts. She was at no.2 in the midweeks and many are predicting she'll be no.1 by Sunday - she's certainly the talk of the town, and her performance on Radio 1's Live Lounge feature on Wednesday will surely have helped. It's amazing to see her being recognised as a proper musician, considering that she was originally the Swedish counterpart of Britney, with people calling her voice and her music beautiful and really connecting to the emotions in the amazingly powerful With Every Heartbeat. She may not have intended it, but she did make a clever statement by performing this track as her cover version, as it is of course written by the same writers as Show Me Love and Baby One More Time, and Robyn and Kelly have in common that they have gained huge popularity and critical acclaim even from people who would throw away these CDs if they realised the link to Britney, BSBs, *N Sync etc. Robyn's version is much more delicate than Kelly's, as Robyn is a more gentle and controlled singer, so she shows the hurt of a break-up (a similar 'moving on' sentiment to WEH actually), rather than the anger in Kelly's version. A lot of Live Lounge covers are just an acoustic version of the track, which for me is interesting maybe once, but not exactly bringing something new to the table, whereas Robyn, with the help of trusty Kleerup, has gone for a more electro sound and the song sounds very different to the original, even though she is a pop singer covering a pop song so no genres have been crossed.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
There seems to be a trend in Europe in the last two years for novelty hits by young squeaky-voiced popstars not singing in English, for example Schnappi
, the awful Elias
and the only actual good one, Un Monde Parfait by Ilona Mitrecey. This song is a bit mad but super-catchy and very Eurovision-ish - think Dancing Lasha Tumbai meets French Affair
. In her video, Ilona is represented by a very cute cartoon character
, but actually she's an Amy Diamond-alike as seen in the picture here. This song was a huge hit in France and Italy and many other places unspecified by Wikipedia, but never made it in the UK.
Sunday, August 05, 2007