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Single: Lily Allen – “Hard out here” (2013)

Well, why review one Lily Allen single when you can review two? No, don’t answer that. Last night I talked about nice-as-pie Christmas cash-in “Somewhere only we know” but we were surprised last week with the debut of another song that seems to be for her upcoming third album.

lily allen hard out hereNow I always quite liked Lily Allen. It took me a little while as she surfed in on a wave of hype, but she’s released plenty of great songs over the course of only two albums, so I’d always be interested to hear what she’s got to say. I thought she was retiring anyway?

Either way, fresh from having two kids, she’s ready to make herself heard again with a typically brash and unapologetic comeback. “Hard out here” isn’t the first song about gender inequality, but Lily puts her trademark snark into this, decrying the pressure on women to look amazing and get a husband before their looks fade. Continue reading

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Single: One Direction – “Story of my life” (2013)

Well you WERE going to get the “Prism” review today but I’ve had a breakthrough on Animal Crossing and that’s sort of sucked up my Sunday. But that’s another story. So instead you’ll get a new One Direction single, I’m sure that’s just as good!

one direction story of my lifeIt’s not bad actually, though one of its key strengths seems to be that it doesn’t really sound like a One Direction single. You could probably say that about “Little Things” too, but that was practically an Ed Sheeran single. I mean I know he wrote it, but they sang it like he would have.

“Story of my life” heralds the release of their third album “Midnight Memories”, and since Christmas is on the way, it’s a nice fuzzy ballad sort-of-thing, this time co-written by proto-Sheeran Jamie Scott. I remember fancying him, but I can’t remember any of his singles, none of them made much impact chart-wise. Oh but (apart from two other co-writers) it’s also co-written by all five 1D members! Of course it is! Continue reading

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Single: Lorde – “Royals” (2013)

What’s that? Buzz? Yes, a new exciting talent is being rammed down our throats, in the form of 16-year-old New Zealander Lorde. I don’t know about you, but I certainly love listening to people half my age (depressing) that talk like they’ve worked everything out already. Especially if they sound a bit like Lana Del Rey and Adele. Lana aDele Rey?

That was sarcasm by the way, I guess it doesn’t really come across in text. Oh but that makes me seem like I don’t like her already. I know nothing about her apart from what people have been going on about, with respect to how opinionated she seems at such a young age, for better or worse.

That’s not really how to get me on board at all, so what about the song? It’s just topped the UK charts, as well as becoming only the 2nd NZ-artist No.1 on the US Billboard chart (after Kimbra’s duet with Gotye on “Somebody that I used to know”). Continue reading

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Single: Le Grind – “I was there (where were you?)” (2013)

Well I was all geared up to write another single review today, and having had this on a CD in the car for a few weeks now, I thought I’d cover Le Grind’s debut single. Except I don’t really know anything about Le Grind at all, aside from a bit of trivia. They are a trio from London, and … actually that’s all I know.

le grind i was thereBut what a song to debut with! “I was there (where were you?)” is a pretty slick effort for an unknown debut, but it seems to have got some press interest. It’s a pretty lazy comparison to say it’s a bit like Scissor Sisters, particularly as I’m not 100% what SS even sound like these days. I think it’s because they seem to be filed easily enough under ‘gay interest’. Continue reading

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Single: Little Mix – “Move” (2013)

A lot of single reviews this week, huh? Well I guess it’s that time of year isn’t it? Also for some reason I’m really tired out and this is about all I have energy for at the moment.

little mix moveSo Little Mix are back, with their second album “Salute”, fresh from the success of their debut album “DNA” at home in the UK and in the USA – still not sure how they managed a US Top 5 album. The career of X-Factor winners isn’t quite as smooth as it used to be, but it’s still your best bet if you want to win a talent show in the UK. There was a lot of goodwill behind Little Mix at the time, and they became the first group to win the show 2 years ago. Continue reading

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