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Reviews 31/05/2003

UK Singles released 2 June 2003

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Gillingham, Kent, UK (By Mikey: martin.grech@btinternet.com)

RECORD OF THE WEEK

Evanescence - Bring me to life Sounding like a cross between Kate Bush and Linkin Park, Evanescence are the latest US sensations looking all set to rock this side of the Atlantic. Already featured heavily in the Ben Affleck vehicle 'Daredevil', the band's debut release, 'Bring Me To Life', is an emotional, ethereal and at times, heavy, single that also highlights a future star in vocalist Amy Lee. A superb song.

HOT SHOT RECORD

Electric Six - Gay Bar Having kicked some life into the charts with their last single, the impossibly cool 'Danger! High Voltage', Detroit rockers Electric Six return this week with another slice of hi-octane, slightly camp, scuzzed-up rock action. Keeping the guitar-edged drama at the fore, 'Gay Bar' is slightly darker and more direct than its predecessor, but what that lacked in tongue-in-cheek antics this live fave more than makes up for.

Melanie C - On The Horizon The follow-up single to 'Here It Comes Again', taken from her album 'Reason'. This is quite a cheery well back tune with a hint of summery feel to it. It's nice to see Mel back in our charts after a 3-year absence since her last single. It's got to be said she is one of the best out of all the Spice Girls with a remarkable voice.

Grandaddy - Now It's On Our favourite Californians release their first new material for nearly two years this week with their glorious new single, 'Now It's On'. The first taster of the band's forthcoming 'Sumday' album, it finds Grandaddy at their melodic, laid-back best and serves as a perfect appetiser of what's to come on said album, a must for the fans and newcomers alike!

Ashley Hamilton - Wimmin' As the first few lines of Ashley Hamilton's anthemic debut single, 'Wimmin', smuggle their way into your head, it's clear to see that this Los Angeles native is never going to be part of the pre-packaged pop fraternity that currently fills the charts. Co-written by Robbie Williams (who also provides backing vocals), 'Wimmin' is witty, tongue-in-cheek rock-tinted pop that launches young Ashley Hamilton firmly onto the UK's musical radar.

Hot Action Cop - Fever For The Flava Hot Action Cop are: Rob Werthner (vocals), Tim Flaherty (guitars), Luis Espaillat (bass) and Kory Knipp (drums), and 'Fever For The Flava' is their UK debut single. Already creating a buzz on the US college radio circuit, not-to-mention skate parks everywhere, it's a fried mix of pop, metal, punk and straight-up funk (think early Chili Peppers) that's all set to blast this four-piece into an entirely new musical stratosphere.

iiO - At The End It's been a while, but Iio finally return this week with the long-awaited follow-up to 2001's Ibiza anthem, 'Rapture'. Already creating a bit of a buzz (and warming up nicely for THIS summer's dance madness), 'At The End' is a rare thing. Like its predecessor, it manages to easily meld dance with a slight hint of pop, and in the process creates a track that'll have enough appeal to crossover to both the underground and overground dance markets.

Marilyn Manson - mOBSCENE Inspired by "the glamour of 1930's Hollywood, the grotesque of vaudeville and the cabaret decadence and 'degenerate' art of Weimar Berlin", 'mOBSCENE' is the first single from Marilyn Manson's long-awaited new album, 'Golden Age Of Grotesque'. A twisted cabaret inspired glam-metal stomp (in true Manson style).

One True Voice - Shakespeare's (Way With) Words Having been thrust into the limelight in December last year as joint winners (along with Girls Aloud) of Pop Stars: The Rivals, One True Voice notched up a Top 5 hit, became media darlings, then, when everything seemed to be going swimmingly, disappeared from view. Well, this week sees them return with a brand new single in the shape of 'Shakespeare's (Way With) Words'. Effortlessly melding disco with pop, it's leagues away from their last single 'Sacred Trust' and finds the five-piece taking the fight to fellow Pop Rivals Girls Aloud.

Shania Twain - Forever And For Always The third single from Shania Twain's latest, highly successful album, 'Up!', 'Forever & For Always' also happens to be one of its best. Finding the country-rock chanteuse in a more reflective mode, it also highlights exactly what a talented singer/song-writer she actually is.

OTHER SINGLES RELEASED THIS WEEK
!!! - Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard
3 Colours Red - Repeat To Fade
The Basement - Slain The Truth (At The Roadhouse)
The Burn - Big Blue Sky
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - He Wants You Babe
Cornelius - Point Of View Point
The Crimea - White Russian Galaxy
Draw - Silver Screen
Dust - Where You Wanna Be
Hidden Cameras - A Miracle
I Am Kloot - Life In A Day
Katastrophy Wife - Liberty Belle
Kings Of Leon - What I Saw
Holly Lerski - Everyone's Lonely
Makoto featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Time
Medicine - I Smile To My Eyes
Medium 21 - By My Side
The Moonies - I Would Give It All Up For Love
Mull Historical Society - Am I Wrong
Nylon Pylon - Foot In Mouth
Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice
Si Begg - Moveup
Simian - La Breeze
Thermals - No Culture Icons

SINGLE RELEASE SCHEDULE

June 9
AFI - Girl's Not Grey
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Alfie - People
Apollo 440 - Dude Descending A Staircase
B2K - Girlfriend
The Bandits - Take It And Run
The Blueskins - User Friendly
Canyon - Ten Good Eyes
Counting Crows - If I Could Give You All My Love
Cracatilla - You've Got It All/Everyman
Darius - Girl In The Moon
DJ Sammy - Sunlight
Rob Dougan - Furious Angels
Echoboy - Lately Lonely
Future Kings Of Spain - Your Starlight
International Pony - Hangin' Around
Jamelia ft. Rah Digga - Bout
Lemonescent - Cinderella
Linkin Park - Faint
Liquid People vs Talk Talk - It's My Life
Jennifer Lopez - I'm Glad
Massive Attack - Butterfly Caught
Noonday Underground - I'll Walk Right On
Nu - Any Other Girl
Erlend Oye - Sheltered Life
Peppercorn - Hyperventilating
Amy Studt - Misfit
Taproot - Mine
The Thrills - Big Sur
The Wannadies - Skin
Jan Wayne - More Than A Woman
Michael Woods ft. Imogen Bailey - If U Want Me
Vicki Young - Now That We're Together
Zoot Woman - It's Automatic
Zwan - Lyric

June 16
Ashanti - Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)
Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman - Sleeping Satellite
Blak Twang - Public Order
The Darkness - Growing On Me
Dillinja featuring Skibadee - Twist 'Em Out
Jennifer Ellison - Baby I Don't Care
Fast Food Rockers - Fast Food Song
Flip & Fill featuring Jo James - Field Of Dreams
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Gus Gus - Call Of The Wild
Har Mar Superstar - E-Z Pass
Hot Hot Heat - No, Not Now
KV5 - Flying Right
Timo Maas - Unite
Mew - Am I Wry? No
Dannii Minogue - Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
Moony - Flying Away
OK Go - Don't Ask Me
Placebo - This Picture
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Universally Speaking
Royksopp - Sparks
Scooter - The Night
Shakedown - Drowsy With Hope
Sugar Ray - Hey Bartender
Tahiti 80 - Soul Deep
Tommi - Like What
Train - Calling All Angels
Un-Cut - Falling
Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go

June 23
Anotherside - This Is Your Night
Athlete - Westside
The Bangles - I Will Take Care Of You
Blazin' Squad - We Just Be Dreamin'
Michelle Branch - Are You Happy Now?
Delerium - After All
Siobhan Donaghy - Overrated
The Donnas - Who Invited Who?
P. Diddy featuring Kelis - Let's Get Ill
Flaming Lips - Fight Test
Foo Fighters - Low
Harry - Follow Me
Kurtis Mantronix presents Chamonix - How Did You Know? (77 Strings)
Metallica - St. Anger
Moloko - Forever More
Morcheeba - What's Your Name?
Panjabi MC - Jogi
Roxette - Opportunity Nox
Nitin Sawhney - Falling
Simple Plan - Addicted
Sinead Quinn - What You Need Is
Three Doors Down - When I'm Gone
Ultrabeat - Pretty Green Eyes
Vitamin C - Last Nite
Barratt Waugh - Skip A Beat
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Pin
Zena - Let's Get This Party Started

June 30
50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg - 21 Questions
Bent - Stay The Same
The Foundation featuring Natalie Rossi - All Out Of Love
Peter Gabriel - Growing Up
David Guetta vs David Bowie - Just For One Day
Whitney Houston - On My Own
Kaci - I'm Not Anybody's Girl*
M Factor - Come Together
Lisa Marie Presley - Lights Out
Mario - C'mon
Cerys Matthews - Only A Fool
Mis-Teeq - Can't Get It Back
The Moony Suzuki - In A Young Man's Mind
Keith Murray - Yeah Yeah U Know It
N-Trance ft. Kelly Llorenna - Destiny
NRC - Here Comes The Rain Again
S Club 8 - Fool No More
Seal - Get It Together
Something Corporate - If You See Jordan
Star Spangles - Live For Speed
Paul Van Dyk featuring Hemstock & Jennings - Nothing But You
Wheatus - American In Amsterdam

July 7
Alkaline Trio - We've Had Enough
Appleton - Everything Eventually
Blur - Crazy Beat
Blu Cantrell - Breathe
Harry Brooks - Dance With Me
Joe Budden - Pump It Up
The Coral - Pass It On
D-Side - Invisible
Eminem - Business
In-Grid - Tu Es Foutu
Javine - Real Things
Beyonce Knowles - Crazy In Love
Madonna - Hollywood
Kym Marsh - Come On Over
Moby featuring Princess Superstar - Jam For The Ladies
Mya featuring Missy Elliott - My Love Is Like Wo
Planet Funk - The Switch
Kate Ryan - Scream For More
Simply Red - Fake

July 14
Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon My Face
Flint - Aim
Jinny - Keep Warm 2003
Pink - Feel Good Time
Super Furry Animals - Golden Retriever
Triple Eight - Give Me A Reason
Yomanda featuring Ultra Nate - You're Free

July 21
All American Rejects - Swing Swing
Daniel Bedingfield - Never Gonna Leave Your Side
The Dandy Warhols - The Last High
Kosheen - All In My Head
Mario Lopez - Always & Forever
Sash! featuring TJ Davis - I Believe

July 28
The Hiss - The Clever Kicks
Lisa Maffia - In Love
Phixx - Gett Off
Robbie Williams - Something Beautiful

August 4
4 Strings - Let It Rain
Elbow - Fallen Angel
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
Mark Owen - Four Minute Warning
Kelly Rowland - Train On The Track
David Sneddon - Best Of Order
Crystal Waters - This Is My Time

August 11
Busted - Sleeping With The Light On
Girls Aloud - Some Kind Of Miracle
Courtney Love - Mono
Venus Hum - Soul Sloshing

August 25
Big Brovaz - Baby Boy
Finley Quaye - Dice

September 1
Tim Deluxe - Less Talk, More Action

September 8
A*Teens - Floorfiller / Closer to perfection






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