This American rock band have released quite a few albums since 1997, but I'm guessing this is the only one that most people could name - me included! It's a great little ballad though - simple, but effective. It's brilliant when songs like this, by little known acts, become hits based purely on merit and nothing else.
Three big names on one record about a bloke who is tired of using technology (it's only going to get worse I'm afraid!), and the result is quite an appealing rap track. I don't really remember it from the time, but it's a keeper as far as I am concerned!
One time X-Factor winner Shayne Ward is moving away from the pop sound of his debut album for this R&B flavoured double A-side, which was a #2 hit in 2007. 'No U Hang Up' is probably his best song to date, going along at a steady pace, but is as smoothas silk.
'If That's OK With You' has more of a summery feel to it, and has shades reminiscent of Akon's 'Lonely' in places. I've actually changed my mind - I think this is his best song to date!
Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand - Let Me Think About It
Fedde Le Grand had already had a massive dance hit with 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit' and he was back again with another club banger, this time teaming up with Danish singer Ida Corr. The single version is only two and a half minutes long, but it still manages to get the blood pumping. I love it.
Two amazing talents on one record here, taken from the Mark Ronson covers album 'Version'. There can't be many people who don't know this version of the song that was originally a slightly smaller hit for the Zutons, just a year earlier. There will be a lot of people who prefer the original, but I think this version takes the song to a whole new level and makes it sound like a jazz standard. It has to be up there with the best recordings this century so far.
Of all the songs Take That released during their second incarnation, this is the one that I would have definitely said was a #1, when in fact it 'only' reached the runner-up spot (albeit for 4 weeks). It's just a magnificent pop record that is proof that boybands can make a real classic if they really put their minds to it.
This is one of many dance tracks that I liked at the time but had totally forgotten about - but I suppose the brain is limited as to just how much music one can remember. It seems that both T2 and Jodie Aysha never repeated the success of this, but it's still a pretty good tune.
We're into January 2008 now, and another track that had slipped my memory for the last twelve years or so. It definitely wouldn't have been my cup of tea at the time so I'm not surprised I'd forgotten it really, although compared to the hip-hop of today I'm quite enjoying it now.
I was well and truly over Britney by the time this came out, and it just sounds typical of what she was doing towards the second half of the noughties. I know true fans will love this but I think it's just ok.