Friday, 9 December 2011

Diana Vickers - Music To Make The Boys Cry

Let's get Free Music Fridays off to a start with the latest effort from another former The X Factor starlet, Diana Vickers.

After the rousing success of My Wicked Heart, Music To Make The Boys Cry has a lot to live up to, and it manages to do so admirably. It's not quite so hit-you-between-the-eyes as its predecessor, but that might be because we've all realised Vickers has grown up a bit, and it's time to take her seriously.

You can, apparently, download Music To Make The Boys Cry for free by surrendering your email address in the box below - although to be honest, we've had trouble getting anything to happen after hitting 'submit'. Still, if your account is reasonably spam-proof, it's got to be worth a try.

FYI, this is the exact same signup form that's on Diana's official website, so we can't control whether or not it works, sorry!

However, just in case the form's broken, you can preview the track either by clicking play on the pic of Diana above, or using the SoundCloud player embedded below.

So, what do you think? It's a different beat to My Wicked Heart, for sure, but I can imagine sticking this on in the car, on a playlist for the way to school or work, or even chilling to it on the dancefloor.

Honourable mention for Steve Brookstein, who pointed out on Twitter the certain similarities between Music To Make The Boys Cry and Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere:

Vickers already got accused of nicking the chorus from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge for My Wicked Heart, so a few more parallels like this could be dodgy, but personally I think it's a good thing.

So much music tries so hard to be original, that it comes out sounding distorted - literally, in the case of some of the Black Eyed Peas' overly electronic tracks.

Vickers obviously draws inspiration from times past - it's a defining feature of her fashion ranges and her personal dress sense - so it's particularly authentic to see that her music reflects bygone eras as well. Like Rebecca Ferguson's new album, it seems Diana Vickers is bringing good music back to the charts, and there's nowt wrong with that.

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