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 News Reviews 13/04/2009

Single Reviews Released 13 April 2009

LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ by Jenny McCarthy - Staff Writer) -
Beyonce - Halo:
Beyonce's double disc 'I Am... Sasha Fierce' album has already sold three million copies worldwide. 'Halo' is a contemporary power ballad in the 'Bleeding Love' moood: modish beats, a simple piano melody and loads of emotion. "Halo," a stunningly beautiful power ballad that Beyonce' 's powerful pipes do justice to, although the song bears a strong resemblance to Leona Lewis's brand of melodrama (perhaps because this song was written for Lewis).

Jason Mraz - Make It Mine:
"Make It Mine" is a classic Mraz with feel-good, enrapturing melodies designed to sweep listeners clean off their feet. The single is particularly upbeat, full of hand-claps and lush, horn-laden instrumentation. Maybe this track should give Mraz his first major hit since 2003's "The Remedy" if radio programmers have even a neuron left in their heads!

Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone: I have enjoyed this song for the last three months. People love dancin' to it and like the way he is trying new things and confusing all who want to place him in a box with a label on. This song is made for the Top 20... The song goes up and down wonderfully, with huge beats, followed by Calvin's vocal ability shining in this track, amongst electro beats which keep the track to a good dance standard and vice versa. If you're going away this spring, this might just be your spring holiday anthem. I can't get enough of it!

PJ Harvey & John Parrish - Black Hearted Love: PJ Harvey's latest collaboration with John Parish is particularly cheerful - the lyrics are firmly rooted in Harvey's penchant for writing about the dark side of desire - but its general tone is about as upbeat as she's been since 2000's Songs From the City... Even for an artist who has specialized in intensity for the past two decades, the emotional peaks of "Black Heart Love" are extraordinarily potent, and seem to effortlessly evoke a feeling of terrified yearning on a grandiose scale without veering into empty melodrama.

View - Temptation Dice: Temptation Dice was something of a weak moment in Which Bitch?'s fairly weak whole, and so it's perhaps not the wisest choice for propping us sales for a fairly poorly received difficult second album. Aside from its skiffly, yelping, 1950s riff, there's little to get hold of here aside from the obvious Libertines comparisons: jaunty guitar hooks in the upper register disguising stories about life at the bottom of the pile.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero: Pop music is hard to do well. After a run of pop songs which try and break new melodic ground using one circular chord progression and a barrell of sass - Lady GaGa, that was for you - it's refreshing to hear a song which was plainly composed before work was completeted on the backing track. Karen's ecstatic build to the chorus only works because someone decided the song needed to go somewhere else at that point, and it's the best bit!

Bleech - Is It True That Boy's Don't Cry?
Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
Burial & Four Tet - Moth / Wolf Cub
Camera Obscura - French Navy
Delphic - Counterpoint
Enemy - No Time For Tears
Frankmusik - Better Off As Two
Gomez - Airstream Driver
Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man
Kabeedies - Little Brains
Lowline - Gun In My Side
McLloyd - Tembisa Funk
Rifles - The General / Romeo & Julie
Rochelle - Chin Up
Screaming Lights - Phenomena
Shermans - Venom
Smoove & Turrell - You Don't Know
Susumu Yokota - A Flower White (EP)
T2 feat Michelle - Come Over
Wave Pictures - If You Leave It Alone

20th Apr
The Big Pink - Velvet
Chocolate Puma feat Shermanology - Only Love Can Save Me
Eagles Of Death Metal - Anything 'Cept The Truth
Go:Audio - Drive To The City
Golden Silvers - True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)
John & Jehn - Oh My Love
John Dahlback feat Basto - Out There
Junior Boys - Hazel
Kevin Rudolf - Welcome To The World
Kid British - Sunny Days
Kidbase feat Sincere - Goodgirls Love Rudeboys
Kleerup feat Titiyo - Longing For Lullabies
N-Dubz - Wouldn't You
Okkervil River - Pop Lie
Patrick Wolf - Vulture
Super Furry Animals - Inaugural Trams
The Temper Trap - Science Of Fear
Tinchy Stryder feat N-Dubz - Number 1
Two Fingers - That Girl
Von Bondies - Pale Bride / Earthquake

27th Apr
Ben Harper & Relentless 7 - White Lies For Dark Times
Billy Boy On Poison - Standing Still
Bimbo Jones - And I Try
Blazin' Squad - Let's Start Again
Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Ciara feat Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic
Detachments - The Flowers That Fell
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome
Girls Aloud - Untouchable
Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Ironik feat Chipmunk & Elton John - Tiny Dancer
James Fox - Say What You Like
Kanye West feat Mr Hudson - Paranoid
Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'a
Keri Hilson feat Timbaland - Return The Favor
The King Blues - I Got Love
King Creosote - Coast On By
Maccabees - Love You Better
Madina Lake - Never Take Us Alive
Miley Cyrus - The Climb
Morrissey - Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Peaches - Talk To Me / More
Pink - Please Don't Leave Me
Shannon Noll - Shine
Sky Larkin - Antibodies (Cassette)
St Vincent - Actor Out Of Work
Steve Appleton - Dirty Funk
T-Pain feat Chris Brown - Freeze
Velvet - Chemistry
White Light Parade - Wake Up

4th May
Airborne Toxic Event - Gasoline
Annie - A'nthonio
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
Ben's Brother - Apologise
Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
Britney Spears - If You Seek Amy
The Brownies - Cougar
Carolina Liar - Show Me What I'm Looking For
Chairlift - Evident Utensil
The Days - Never Give Up
Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
Fanfarlo - Drowning Men / Sand And Ice
Hockey - Song Away
In Case Of Fire - Enemies
Jade Ewen - It's My Time
Laurent Wolf - No Stress
Liz McLarnon - Lately
Maximo Park - The Kids Are Sick Again
Middle Class Rut - I Guess You Could Say
Tiga - Shoes
Tommy Sparks - She's Got Me Dancing
U2 - Magnificent
Will And The People - Knocking

11th May
Alesha Dixon - Let's Get Excited
Alex Roots - Fake
Asher Roth - I Love College
Brick & Lace - Bad To Di Bone
Broken Records - Until The Earth Begins To Part
Dub Pistols feat Ashley Slater - Back To Daylight
Ebony Bones - The Muzik
Eminem - We Made You
Gary Go - Open Arms
God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night
The Horrors - Who Can Say
The Killers - The World We Live In
Laura Izibor - Don't Stay
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Livvi Franc - Free
Madness - Dust Devil
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Pixie Lott - Mama Do
The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
School Of Seven Bells - My Cabal

18th May
Absent Elk - Sun And Water
Agnes - Release Me
Black Lips - I'll Be With You
Cicada - Metropolis
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Datarock - Give It Up
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
Eg White - Broken
Graham Coxon - Sorrow's Army
Howling Bells - Digital Hearts
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Magic Arm - Widths & Heights
Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
Marilyn Manson - Arma…geddon
Scott Matthews - Fractured
Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night
Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar
Team Waterpolo - Room 44
Toddla T & Herve - Shake It
White Light Parade - Wait for The Weekend

25th May
Billy Talent - Rusted From The Rain
Dan Black - Hypntz
Dani Harmer - Free
Flo Rida feat Wynter - Sugar
Gathania - Blame It On You
La Roux - Bulletproof
Little Boots - New In Town
Melody Gardot - Baby I'm A Fool
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Ro"yksopp feat Robyn - The Girl & The Robot
Sonia - Fool For Love
Tori Amos - Welcome to England
The Veronicas - Untouched

1st Jun
Client - Can You Feel
Demi Lovato - La La Land
Hockey - Learn To Lose
Just Jack - Doctor Doctor
Kasabian - Fire
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kissy Sell Out - This Kiss
Peggy Sue - Lover Gone
Pet Shop Boys - Did You See Me Coming
Snow Patrol - The Planets Bend Between Us

8th Jun
All American Rejects - I Wanna
Bat For Lashes - Moon And Moon
Cartridge - The Woods
Chaka Khan feat Mary J Blige - Disrespectful
Papa Roach - Lifeline
Rose Elinor Dougall - Start/Stop/Synchro
Shinedown - Second Chance

15th Jun
Filthy Dukes - Messages
Freemasons feat Sophie Ellis Bextor - Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Kid British - Rum Boys
Noisettes - Never Forget You
Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone

Coming Soon
AC/DC - Anything Goes / Big Jack
Alcazar - Burning
Alina - When You Leave [May]
Anastacia - Defeated [Apr]
Annagrace - You Make Me Feel
Annie - My Love Is Better
Basic Element - Touch You Right Now
Billy Talent - Devil On My Shoulder [Aug]
Blackout Crew - Dialled
Booty Luv - Say It [Aug]
Cahill - Sex Shooter [Apr]
Charlotte Hatherley - Winter
Cutback feat Federal - Rock To The Rhythm [Apr]
Daniela - Push It Up
David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland - Love Takes Over
Deerhunter - Never Stops
Dolly Rockers - Je Suis Une Dolly [20th Jul]
E-Type - Rain [Apr/May]
Elin Lanto - Discotheque
Elliott Minor - Discover (Why Love Hurts)
Example - Girl Can't Dance [Jun]
Flo Rida - Jump It [Jul]
Fragma - Memory
Friday Night Posse - Before He Cheats
Grace Jones - Love You To Life
India Arie - Chocolate High
Jack Pen~ate - Be the One [Jun]
Janelle Monae - Many Moons
Jenny Jones - Don't Walk Away
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Just Jack - The Day I Died [Aug]
Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
Kelly Llorenna - Dress You Up
Laura And The Tears - Love Live On!
Lonnie Gordon - Gonna Catch You 2009 [May]
M Ward - Rave On [Jun]
M83 - We Own The Sky (EP)
Maria Lawson - These Walls
Master Shortie - Dance Like A White Boy
Natalie Imbruglia - tba
Natural Born Grooves - Candy On The Dancefloor
Noisettes - Every Now And Then [Aug]
Peacemakerz feat Danielle Senior - Take It To The Dancefloor
Pixie Lott - Gravity [Aug]
Platnum - Trippin'
Poppy & The Jezebels - Rhubarb & Custard
Private - My Secret Lover
Razorlight - Burberry Blue Eyes
Rob Thomas - My December [22nd Jun]
Saturdays - Work
Shontelle feat Akon - Stuck With Each Other
Slipknot - Sulfur
Slow Club - It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful / Wild Blue Milk [22nd Jun]
Swingfly - Singing That Melody
Tina Cousins - Sex On Fire
TV On The Radio - Crying [May]
Ultrabeat - Starry Eyed Girl
The Veils - Three Sisters
Vogue - Twilight [29th Jun]
Wideboys feat Dennis G - Sambuca (The Return)

Alex Cornish - My Word What A Mess [20/04]
Duke Special - Sweet Sweet Kisses [20/04]
Gallows - The Vulture (Act II) [20/04]
Marmaduke Duke - Rubber Lover [20/04]
Red Blooded Women - Enjoy The Silence [20/04]
Rozalla Miller - For Lovers [20/04]
Valeriya - Back To Love [20/04]
William Orbit - Optical Illusions [20/04]
A Camp - Love Has Left The Room [27/04]
Raphael Saadiq - 100 Yard Dash [27/04]
Theory Of A Deadman - I Hate My Life [27/04]
Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch [04/05]
Jessica Garlick - Hard Not To Fall [11/05]
Attack! Attack! - Honesty [18/05]
Jamie Foxx feat T-Pain - Blame It [25/05]

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