I don't actually remember Will doing the Children In Need single but here we are. 'Don't Let Me Down' is a good (but not great) ballad that just plods along really, not really changing in pace for the whole song. It has actually got a total of 5 songwriters to its credit, which makes you wonder how they couldn't come up with something a bit more remarkable between them, but never mind - as I said it's not horrible.
'You And I' is another ballad, but at least it builds up to something with a bit more oomph in the chorus. I definitely think I prefer this one out of the two, but thankfully he did go on to do much better things.
I really don't get all these double A-sides where the sum quality of both songs doesn't even add up to one really good song. 'The Last Goodbye' is a fairly mid-paced ballad of which the tune in the chorus sounds exactly like something else, which I can't place at the moment but it's going to be bugging me for ages now! Actually, as the song progresses it's not too bad really. They've done worse.
I know exactly where the chorus of 'Be With You' comes from - it's the hook from E.L.O.'s 'Last Train To London' and I'm afraid to say it really is the only good bit of the song.
Is it wrong to have a soft spot for the Cheeky Girls? I know they are renowned for not having much talent and for being one of the 'joke' Pop Idol auditionees, but this is one of those songs that is undeniably catchy and impossible not to smile throughout it - You could actually say it's so bad it's good!
One True Voice - Sacred Trust/After You're Gone (I'll Still Be Loving You)
Oh not another blessed double A-side - Well it would be ok if it was 'Little Bird/Love Song For A Vampire' or something! One True Voice were the boyband who lost out to Girls Aloud in the 'Popstars-The Rivals' battle for the Christmas #1 spot in 2002, and it's easy to see why because this is vastly inferior to the girls' song. 'Sacred Trust' is a cover of a Bee Gees album track from the previous year, which is why the song itself isn't bad, but their vocals do nothing for it - I'd stick to the brothers Gibb version to be honest!
'After You're Gone' is a totally new one on me - I've somehow managed to avoid hearing it for the last eighteen years, and on hearing it for the first time I hope I go for a longer period before I hear it again as it is a total blandfest, that makes Peter Andre's 'I Feel You' sound edgy!
Well I can't think of a better time to hear this record! A bit of excitement at last, and something completely different from pretty much everything else really! I don't know what sort of music you'd call this: Funk? Disco? Probably a mixture of a few different genres really, and the end result is something pretty electrifying indeed! A rare treat.
The year 3000, where 2020 will be reduced to a page in the history books (if they still have books then!). Anyway, I digress, because this actually a pretty good solid pop song by Busted, and was apparently inspired by the Back To The Future films.
Back when Beyoncé was still using her surname, this song steals the chorus from Tupac's 'Me And My Girlfriend' and this works well in the context of the song, which I'm liking a bit more now than I did at the time. It's not entirely my cup of tea, but I can recognise the qualities of it.
Strangley this is the only Kelly Rowland song I can remember, but I loved it at the time and thought it was a shoe-in for #1 - until that massive tune from t.A.T.u. was released on the same week that was. It feels like ages since I've heard this, but it still sounds fresh and melodic. Songs like this are what makes projects like this worthwhile.
JT just misses out on a #1 single again, with a song that isn't a cover of the old song made famous by Julie London. Seeing that record cover, it seems apparant that his outrageously good loooks must have helped some way in his success, but you can't take away the fact that this is another great tune that is a huge step up in quality from his days with his old boyband.
Who? Well apparently she finished second in the first series of Fame Academy, which I never actually watched but the name does ring a bell. The song doesn't though - I can't remember ever hearing it before, although I could have just forgotten it because, although it's not a bad effort, it's not good enough to really make you stop and listen. That said, the potential was definitely there by the sounds of it - and I reckon I could grow to like this after a few listens, but it seems they gave up on her too quickly and her star fizzled out.
This was very much a case of, if something works once then why not do it again? In case you'd forgotten, DJ Sammy had previously had a #1 hit with a danced up version of Bryan Adams' 'Heaven', featuring a female vocalist - so why not take another soft rock classic from the same era and do the same thing! It's ok - the original by Don Henley is brilliant obviously, but this one doesn't really take off into those clubbing heights like 'Heaven' did. It just plods along really, but it is what it is - it's a hard song to make sound bad.
Post by Last Dreamer on Nov 11, 2020 20:06:14 GMT 1
"I Can't Break Down" spent very unusual 10 weeks at # 1 in my chart and was my all-time # 1 song from 2003 to 2012 year (before Anmary - Beautiful Song). Sadly it was impossible to buy her album in my country, but I have "What You Need Is" single in my collection. She had so much potential and could have a similar career with Amy MacDonald.
I hate "All The Things She Said" for stopped her at # 2 instead deserved # 1 in UK.
My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.
Dannii has always been there in her sister's shadow, and I have to admit that when I'm in the mood to listen to some Minogue I pretty much always head straight for the older sister's catalogue. Which is a shame because the younger one has put out some pretty decent stuff in her own right. This is a pretty good dance track, which if was on one of Kylie's albums of the period I would have thought it was one of the standouts. Note to self - I must not neglect the younger Minogue sister in future! *heads straight off to play Kylie's new 'Disco' album!*
Both artists have done some decent tracks, but I have to say I have absolutely no recollection of this one at all. On hearing it, it still doesn't bring back any memories either. I don't mind it to be honest, it's a pretty laid back R&B song that isn't one of the most boring I've ever heard, but at the same time it doesn't exactly blow me away either. I'd probably sum it up as being on the better side of average, which is faint praise I know, but better than none at all!
Mis-Teeq's defining moment here, and anthemic right from the intro, this is an absolute belter of an R&B track and truly showed that the girls were capable of being the next Destiny's Child. It's lost none of it's appeal over the years and doesn't even sound old now... p.s. I know it's not quite 'Shaddup Your Face'/'Vienna' levels of injustice, but it's worth pointing out that the record that kept this off the top was Gareth Gates' version of 'Spirit In The Sky'.
You can be forgiven for forgetting (because I had!) that Kym Marsh hadn't gone straight from Hear'say splitting up to playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street - and I certainly didn't realise she had had a single that had gone as high as #2, but it's actually a pretty ok (if unremarkable) pop song. It's certainly a step up from the bubble-gum pop of Hear'say, and the further you get into the song the more I'm liking it. I could actually imagine Natalie Imbruglia doing this, and a few more listens and I reckon I could really get into it...
Maybe I'm too much of a fan to be objective about any of Madonna's works, but I've never got the negativity around this song - or indeed the album of the same name. Maybe it wasn't what people were expecting after 'Music' but she was never one to be predictable, and that is why we love her, right? Anyway, what the hell, I love it - always have, always will (excuse the Ace of Base reference there) and I even like the rap she does on it!
There's a name that I'd completely forgotten. She was the main singer from the So Solid Crew who had a bit of a solo career (but not much of one) after leaving the group. This is actually much, much better than I was expecting and is actually a really great hip-hop track that I am really grateful to be reminded of.
Sting is credited here because it contains a sample of his 1993 song 'Shape Of My Heart', which cruelly only reached #57 in the UK. I actually really like this, and think the sample and Sting's vocals work well with Craig David's smooth R&B sound. It just sounds really laid back and easy to listen to.