Sunday, 13 February 2011

Singles Round Up: Lady Gaga - Born This Way

We're a broad church here at Popsiculture, and no artist could be of broader appeal than the all conquering Gaga. Born This Way is, without question, our single of the week. That doesn't mean it's any good though; read on to find out about it, and the rest of the week's releases.

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Bobble: Born This Way is much, much less annoying than most Lady Gaga songs, but it's not as good as everyone will say it is. For the same thing - but done better - get David Guetta's When Love Takes Over. Highlight is at 1:37 when I'm fairly sure Gaga sings "Give me some puddings, and Lovenkrands". Now that is genius.
>> Lady Gaga - Born This Way on iTunes

JLS ft. Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut
Dan: If I'm imagining Aston Merrygold and Tinie Tempah artfully entwined at the centre of a freaky experimental sex party, a la the film of the same name, then it's only because the thought entertains me more than listening to this formulaic garbage. Tinie's contribution lifts the track a little, but overall this is dull, dull, dull.
>> JLS ft. Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut on iTunes

Sea Of Bees - Wizbot
Dan: Don't get too excited, that's Wizbot, not Wizbit. The first single from Sea of Bees' Songs For Ravens is a simple but beautiful song about love, loss and longing, and nothing whatsoever to do with Paul Daniels' 7-foot alien magic hat. Otagazuzulum indeed.
>> Sea of Bees - Wizbot on iTunes

Maps & Atlases - Living Decorations
Dan: My pick of the week on a personal level, Maps & Atlases are one of those groups that have been on my 'to-do' list for some time. Living Decorations is a sprightly three minutes of playful indie-pop experimentalism. Now I'll have to go and buy the album.
>> Maps & Atlases - Living Decorations on iTunes

Tony Christie - Now's The Time!
Bobble: Tony Christie (what a legend) is keeping 1960s lounge kitsch alive with a fairly frantic and very, very upbeat three minutes of big band, big vocals distilled musical joy. Plus, you get to sing "Batman!" over the backing track - take a listen and you'll see what I mean.
>> Tony Christie - Now's the Time! on iTunes

The Thermals - Not Like Any Other Feeling
Dan: More radio friendly punk-rock from The Thermals, there's nothing revolutionary about this track, but despite that there's a lot to like about it. A nice riff, and a warm 70s analogue sound make Not Like Any Other Feeling a solid 7 out of 10.
>> The Thermals - Not Like Any Other Feeling on iTunes

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