June 3, 2008
Take 2: Sophie Ellis Bextor
Sophie Ellis Bextor is currently recording her new album. 2007's was a corker, so her work is cut out for her. La Bex's myspace player has two new songs: Off And On - the infamous Roisin Murphy castoff produced by Calvin Harris. Both have leaked all over the web, no suprise. Sophie's version is much the same, but her vocals are more sing-songy and light. She's also added a cool, choopy bit at the end ("I put myself, put, put, myself back together").
The other track, which PopJustice reports is produced by Richard Stannard and The Freemasons, has an epic title, Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer, which she, of course, pronunces dahncer. I'm disappointed by this one; it shimmies on a disco vibe, but never really lifts off. In fact, it's more like a Sophie knockoff. Perhaps it needs a better middle eight or some more heat in the arrangment. When it doubt, add more sparkles.