Sonny Ellis-Bextor-Jones is like 4 and way cooler than me. That's him with Daddy and Uncle Dan. Anyway, some trainspotting:
The Script CD is fantastic in an easily listenable, singalong way. It's slick as an oil spill and essentially Maroon 5 without that quintet's wearisome spectre of pussy-on-demand. Standout tracks for me are Before The Worst, Talk You Down, and Breakeven. This album is worth your shillings.
New Order is about to go down Remaster Road. Here is some info on the bonus discs. My fave New Order songs are not deep cuts, but quite secular: Shellshock, Regret, Ruined In A Day and Krafty.
I am still not getting the love for Lady Gaga. It's something to do with the level of (crass) urban-ness in it and her overtly self-aware presentation. She seems to me like someone who wants to be a big star. I know mine is not a popular opinion, but word is that she's a bitty, so who cares. I dig real people, not Star People.
The love for Sugababes new track Girls (listen) also baffles me. Is it all that? I think not. Having said this, I've rediscovered Undignified from album 5 (listen).
I think Van She's song Changes (video) is similar in style to the group Tigercity, who produced the sublime Powerstripe earlier this year.
Good Gravy Marie! Solange's album is a shocker. My favorite song now is Cosmic Journey (hear it), which is the type of thing Hard Mandy should have done this year. I'll try to review the whole Hadleyangel Blablabla soon. One issue: on some songs Lil Sis tends toward a shrillness I cannot tolerate. You can hear it on I Decided (watch it), but Sandcastle Disco (watch it) is superb.
The newest free Pretenders song, Last Ride, is better than the others (most are dire), but oh howthemightyfall. It's like Chrissie is trying to prove she is not old - and she is old. That does not have to matter. Remember the days of Hymn To Her and thoughtful production? This new CD was recorded in two weeks and it shows.
I am recently obsessed with two "oldie" songs by toothy 80's gamine Pat Benatar. Two grandiose ballads: Run Between The Raindrops and Le Bel Age. Both from her 1986 CD Seven The Hard Way. A title I did not get when I was 15. I love these songs... come back to the five and dime, Patty B, Patty B.
Do a youtube search for the new Oasis single Shock Of The Lightning (video) and it will say "Did you mean: oasis shop of the lightning?" This is not a proper song, people, it's a bloody loop. Weak weak weak, especially given the brilliance of new album track Falling Down (listen), which is exactly the type of lush, rhythmic beauty this group should be creating. The fact that the good song is sung by Noel is not lost on me. He's a far more expressive singer at this point. He needs to ditch Our Kid.
In the BritPop world, I sampled a new act called Theoretical Girl and found her
Finally, the new Glen Campbell album (72, with some well done plastic surgery!) has a faithful cover of Sing by Travis. Please note that everyone on Earth should be forced to own Glen's gorgeous song Hey Little One. My GOD that song is epic. His new covers of U2's All I Want Is You and Green Day's Good Riddance are also lovely. Explore the album's microsite.
One last pic of Wee Sonny with MamalaBex. Have you heard he is the new singer for Radiohead?
Thanx La Doss!