January 13, 2007
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has never been an album artist - I cannot listen to one of her CDs all the way through. In 2007, though, she seems poised (literally) to unleash a dreamy pop classic. We already know that Catch You is an asskicking slice of Blondie dance-rock and the first brilliant pop single of the 2007.
I am wondering if If You Go is one of the Dan Gillespie Sells tracks? It certainly has a rhythmic quality that sounds like The Feeling and the reverberating vocals are so... aqualine. It's the definition of shimmering, a word I use far too often. Edit: It's a Xenomania track according to Mr. PJ.
Me And My Imagination is the most classically Sophiesque of the new songs with its disco strings and rubbery bassline. This song sounds like a hit single, though for me it also sounds like the one that could overstay its welcome a wee bit. Yadadadadadee...
New York City Lights has been compared to recent Madonna and not just for the title or the namecheck. The track has a repeating chant delivered with a vocoder and a guitar crunch much like Madonna's own NY song. What elevates this one is the truly epic middle eight ("Run awayyyyyy with me") that starts at minute 2 and lasts for almost a minute.