Sunday, October 26, 2008
A brilliant song and a brilliant popstar - it's no surprise this pairing makes for an excellent cover version. One of my absolute favourite British shows of recent times is Beautiful People, a comedy-drama series which is on at the moment, about an adorable gay teenage boy growing up in 1990s Reading. I also lived just outside Reading in the 90s, so despite the many continuity flaws with the programme (the most ridiculous being that it is not filmed in Reading at all, and they keep referring to things like the Oracle and showing H&M, which definitely weren't there in 1997), I can certainly sympathise. I may never have been a gay teenage boy, but that didn't stop me dedicating my life to learning the Spice Girls' lyrics and dreaming of being in a musical. Actually, that's an equally accurate description of my life today. Anyway, back to Sophie - she is one of the most fabulous British popstars of all time, and it's great to hear something new from her. Bring on the new album!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Are the Sugababes (or their management) totally mad? Why would you release No Can Do when you have a song like this on your album? There is another song which is a collaboration between Klas Åhlund and Max Martin, and still this one is better. Every Heart Broken is one of Klas' other contributions, and you've probably read about it on Popjustice under its original (and much better) name of Murder One. The lyrics are brilliant, but I mostly love how the song is just a great, traditional sing-along pop song: funny verse, building bridge, super-catchy chorus, funny verse, building bridge, super-catchy chorus, middle eight, super-catchy chorus. I'd also like to recommend Side Chick (including a rhyme of "knickers" and "ridiculous"!!), retro-tastic You On A Good Day, and the aforementioned Max collaboration, Unbreakable Heart, which is the song Chris Brown's Forever can only dream of being. After the disappointment and sell-outosity of Girls, I wasn't expecting much from this album, but I should have known better when Klas is involved.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sometimes I can spend hours scouring the Internet for brilliant pop music, following leads (artists or writers I usually like, or bloggers I often agree with), but find nothing at all of interest. However, when I do discover something special, it's all worthwhile. This song is my latest discovery, found through its ace writer Klas Ahlund, and I'm very excited about it. I haven't heard such a feel-good song in ages, and after only one listen its super-catchy chorus was firmly wedged in my brain. I'm sure you remember Eagle Eye as the oddly-named (and it is his real name - his middle name is Lanoo!) brother of Neneh, who had one hit in the late 90s with the lovely Save Tonight, although he actually managed two top 20 albums. Skull Tattoo was from his third, which was only a minor success even in Sweden (although Skull Tattoo made the UK charts... well, at 158!), but he is still going and plans to release another album in 2009.
Thursday, October 02, 2008