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 News Reviews 27/04/2009

Single Reviews Released 27 April 2009

LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ by Jenny McCarthy - Staff Writer)

Pink - Please Don't Leave Me:
Pink saves the really brutally honest and personal stuff for her songs. 'So What' was a cry of defiance after her marriage seemed to be falling apart, putting you, the listener, in the room with her while she flicked the Vs at a cruel world (and her ex). Now here's the flipside, a song begging for forgiveness for being quite hard work, and pleading for a second chance. It's either taken directly from her life, or she's a very good character actress.

Green Day - Know Your Enemy:
New single 'Know Your Enemy' blends Green Day's usual political lyrics with a pop-punk beat that leaves you leaping around the room like a complete fool. On top of that the single sleeve has the lyrics printed on the inside, so not only am I prancing around the office to the song, but I'm also singing along whilst trying to decipher the lyrics as the case flies around in front of me. There are no words to describe how sound this ‘comeback' single is, and how pleased the fans who have waited so long for this will be...

Iggy Pop - King Of The Dogs: Iggy's new album 'Preliminaires' features seven songs inspired by France, the book and New Orleans jazz. The video gives a small preview of one of the album's songs, "King Of The Dogs," which opens with the line: "I got a smelly rear / I got a dirty nose / I don't want no shoes / I don't want no clothes." Inspired by the Michel Houellebecq novel Possibility of an Island, and vintage jazz and French chansons this is an atypical album for Iggy, but he has always liked slower stuff. The New Orleans-influenced 'King of the Dogs'—with a jazz arrangement featuring trumpet, trombone and clarinet—tells the story of a dog named Fox who explains 'how cool it is to be a dog, and how much it beats human life.'

Keri Hilson ft. Timbaland - Return The Favor: We have two singers, acting some sort of conversation out to each other. Then they can do little melodic fragments, bash bits and bobs of rhythm against each other, and you're always going to a different place, because you're not relying on one singer's vocal range and their ability to do scales (which does crop up from time to time as a compositional method). One of the choruses towards the end was set over slightly different chords to the others, and it made the whole thing change and grow, and become this unstoppable pop juggernaut.

Maccabees - Love You Better: Here we've got twiddly guitars, we've got hiccupy voices, and we've got sobbing Orlando promising eternal love in a un-aroused but massively romantic way. We've got a band who arrange their songs meticulously, and who know that expressing simple emotions well is often more complicated than it seems. Best of all, we've got a chorus in which a desperate Orlando pleads "I will love you better" five times, with little but a ghostly harmony for company, and it is just lovely.

Miley Cyrus - The Climb: 'The Climb', which has nothing to do with a No Doubt song of the same name, is taken from Hannah Montana: The Movie. It sounds like that kind of song, in that it sounds like a number of other songs (more often than not penned by Diane Warren and/or for an American Idol winner to sing) which detail somewhat generically how life is a journey which is difficult but rewarding. Miley acquits herself well vocally - there are moments where her voice sounds a tad strained, but it's good to hear her on a track that's a little more subdued and with less frantic production than the uptempo, sassy pop songs we're used to.

Billy Boy On Poison - Standing Still
Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Brakes - Don't Take Me To Space (Man)
Chapman Family - Kids
Ciara feat Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic
Detachments - The Flowers That Fell
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome
Girls Aloud - Untouchable
Ironik feat Chipmunk & Elton John - Tiny Dancer
King Creosote - Coast On By
Madina Lake - Never Take Us Alive
Morrissey - Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Mumford And Sons - The Cave and The Open Sea (EP)
Peaches - Talk To Me / More
Raphael Saadiq - 100 Yard Dash
Sam Lewis - Another Lifetime (feat KT Tunstall)
Shannon Noll - Shine
Theory Of A Deadman - I Hate My Life
Velvet - Chemistry

4th May
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
Ben's Brother - Apologise
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
Don Thomas - Come On Train
Fanfarlo - Drowning Men / Sand And Ice
Hockey - Song Away
In Case Of Fire - Enemies
Jade Ewen - It's My Time
The Jessie Rose Trip - Forever And A Day
The King Blues - I Got Love
Laurent Wolf - No Stress
Maximo Park - The Kids Are Sick Again
Middle Class Rut - 25 Years (EP)
Poppy & The Jezebels - Rhubarb & Custard
She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here
Steve Appleton - Dirty Funk
Tiga - Shoes
Tommy Sparks - She's Got Me Dancing
Two Fingers - That Girl
U2 - Magnificent
Will And The People - Knocking

11th May
Alesha Dixon - Let's Get Excited
Alex Roots - Fake
Annie - Anthonio
Asher Roth - I Love College
Brick & Lace - Bad To Di Bone
Broken Records - Until The Earth Begins To Part
Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
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
James Fox - Say What You Like
The Killers - The World We Live In
Laura Izibor - Don't Stay
Lightning Seeds - Ghosts
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Livvi Franc - Free
M83 - Graveyard Girl
Madness - Dust Devil
Magic Arm - Widths & Heights
Passion Pit - The Reeling
The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
School Of Seven Bells - My Cabal
Sky Larkin - Antibodies (Cassette)
Sparrow & The Workshop - Devil Song / The Cold Hearted Twist
White Light Parade - Wake Up

18th May
Absent Elk - Sun And Water
Agnes - Release Me
The Aliens - The Sunlamp Show
Black Lips - I'll Be With You
Cicada - Metropolis
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Datarock - Give It Up
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
Eg - Broken
Graham Coxon - Sorrow's Army
Kanye West feat Kid Cudi - Welcome To Heartbreak
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Liz McLarnon - Lately
Malcolm Middleton - Red Travellin' Socks
Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
Marilyn Manson - Arma...geddon
N-Dubz - Wouldn't You
Phantom Band - Howling
Scott Matthews - Fractured
Silhouette - Masquerade
Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night
Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar
Team Waterpolo - Room 44
Toddla T & Herve - Shake It

25th May
Billy Talent - Rusted From The Rain
Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
Dan Black - Hypntz
Dani Harmer - Free
Flo Rida feat Wynter - Sugar
Howling Bells - Digital Hearts
The Joy Formidable - Whirring
Kevin Rudolf - Welcome To The World
Little Boots - New In Town
Luigi Masi - Armed With Love
Magistrates - Heartbreak
Melody Gardot - Baby I'm A Fool
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Ro"yksopp feat Robyn - The Girl & The Robot
Sonia - Fool For Love
Stunt - I'll Be There
Tori Amos - Welcome to England
TV On The Radio - Crying
The Veronicas - Untouched
You Me At Six - Finders Keepers

1st Jun
Ashley Tisdale - It's Alright It's OK
Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke feat Deborah Cox - Leave The World Behind
Blazin' Squad - Let's Start Again
Client - Can You Feel
Demi Lovato - La La Land
Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
Hockey - Learn To Lose
Just Jack - Doctor Doctor
Kasabian - Fire
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kissy Sell Out - This Kiss
Marina & The Diamonds - The Crown Jewels (EP)
Matt & Kim - Lessons Learned
Opposite Worlds - Feel
Peggy Sue - Lover Gone
Pet Shop Boys - Did You See Me Coming
Placebo - For What Its Worth
Snow Patrol - The Planets Bend Between Us
Solange - T.O.N.Y.

8th Jun
The Airborne Toxic Event - Happiness Is Overrated
All American Rejects - The Wind Blows
Bat For Lashes - Moon And Moon
Cartridge - The Woods
Chaka Khan feat Mary J Blige - Disrespectful
Gathania - Blame It On You
Mastodon - Oblivion
Papa Roach - Lifeline
Pixie Lott - Mama Do
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
Jarvis Cocker - Angela
Kid British - Rum Boys
Kid Harpoon - Stealing Cars
La Roux - Bulletproof
Noisettes - Never Forget You
Paloma Faith - Stone Cold Sober
Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone
22nd Jun
Rob Thomas - My December
Slow Club - It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful / Wild Blue Milk
29th Jun
David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland - When Love Takes Over
The Lonely Island - Like A Boss
Saturdays - Work
Silversun Pickups - Panic Switch
Vogue - Twilight

Coming Soon
AC/DC - Anything Goes / Big Jack
Alcazar - Burning
Alina - When You Leave (13th Jul)
Anastacia - Defeated (Apr)
Annie - My Love Is Better
Bandito - Rockin' At The Disco
Basement Jaxx - Raindrops (Jun)
Basic Element - Touch You Right Now
Benassi vs Bowie - DJ (6th Jul)
Billy Talent - Devil On My Shoulder (Aug)
Bimbo Jones - And I Try
Blackout Crew - Dialled
Booty Luv - Say It (Aug)
Cahill - Sex Shooter (Apr)
Charlotte Hatherley - Winter
Chicane - House Arrest (Jun)
Cutback feat Federal - Rock To The Rhythm (Apr)
Daniela - Push It Up
Deerhunter - Never Stops
Dolly Rockers - Je Suis Une Dolly (20th Jul)
Dolores O'Riordan - The Journey
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)
Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'a
Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
Kelly Llorenna - Dress You Up
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Laura And The Tears - Love Live On!
Lazee feat Neverstore - Hold On
Lonnie Gordon - Gonna Catch You 2009 (Jul)
M Ward - Rave On (Jun)
Maria Lawson - These Walls
Metric - Stadium Love
Natalie Imbruglia - TBA
Natural Born Grooves - Candy On The Dancefloor
Noisettes - Every Now And Then (Aug)
Paloma Faith - New York
Peacemakerz feat Danielle Senior - Take It To The Dancefloor
Pixie Lott - Gravity (Aug)
Platnum - Trippin'
Private - My Secret Lover
Razorlight - Burberry Blue Eyes
September - When You Leave It All Behind (Jul)
Shontelle feat Akon - Stuck With Each Other
Slipknot - Sulfur
Swingfly - Singing That Melody
Tina Cousins - Sex On Fire
Ultrabeat - Starry Eyed Girl
The Veils - Three Sisters
VV Brown - Shark In The Water

A Camp - Love Has Left The Room (04/05)
Funk Fanatics feat Peyton - Love Is The Answer (04/05)
Kleerup feat Titiyo - Longing For Lullabies (04/05)
Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch (04/05)
Honey Ryder - Choices (11/05)
Jessica Garlick - Hard Not To Fall (11/05)
Maps - Let Go Of The Fear (11/05)
Attack! Attack! - Honesty (18/05)
Jamie Foxx feat T-Pain - Blame It (25/05)
Speech Debelle - Go Then Bye (25/05)
Blackbud - You Can Run (01/06)
Starsailor - All The Plans (15/06)

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