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Reviews 01/05/2004

Single reviews released 1 May 2004

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by Mikey (Gillingham, Kent, UK)
RECORD OF THE WEEK
Natasha Bedingfield - Single This newcomer is of course, the sister of Daniel, who has had a phenomenally successful couple of years with hits such as 'Gotta Get Thru This' and 'If You're Not The One'. Her debut release, 'Single', however, clearly differentiates the London-based singer from her sibling and is a striking piece of urban-fused pop. It certainly shows, 'Single' is sassy, cool, and dripping with feminine prowess and heavily polished, a few minutes of tough funk in which she declares herself happy being without a man. A strong declaration of independence from a singer who is most certainly one to watch, in the coming year.

HOT SHOT RECORD
Ash - Orpheus The finest power-pop act to come from Ireland return with the mighty 'Orpheus', the first commercially available single to be lifted from their forthcoming album 'Meltdown'. Harder and heavier than anything they've released before but still retaining Tim Wheeler's trademark gift for melody, 'Orpheus' is the sound of a band maturing into their position as elder statesmen of British Rock. Long live Ash, a force to be reckoned with, welcome back Tim.

Auf Der Maur - Real A Lie The new queen of Goth rock releases her second single from her massively well-received self-titled debut album 'Auf Der Maur'. The single 'Real A Lie' is another epic of a rocker of impressive strength that threatens to knock Courtney Love and Brody Dalle into the pits of hollow darkness.

Baby Bash - Suga Suga Most people don't know how much work Baby Bash has put into rap music, previously known as Baby Beesh. He is well respected and well known in the west coast and has worked with the best of them. A lot of people have to open their eyes and see what Bash has done in the past before criticizing him about being "pop" or thinking that he has just came out of nowhere because that isn't the case. In a nutshell this is another hit to go in the books of Latin rap history, Bash is really one of a kind, and he deserves the fame that he's gotten.

Christina Milian - Dip It Low Three years after storming to the forefront of the pop world with the breakthrough single "AM To PM", Christina Milian is back and seemingly ready to take her career to the interstellar next level. This song is so freakin sexy, from the first beat till the last, you and your significant other will be all over each other. With new album "It's About Time" due this summer, comeback single "Dip It Low" showcases Christina's slinky R'n'B skills to fine effect. In this artist spotlight, to see just why Beyonce Knowles is watching her back.

Gabrielle - Stay The Same Gabrielle has spent over a decade surprising both herself and us. It'll be 11 years this summer since her now classic first single 'Dreams' put Gabrielle into the Guinness Book Of Records for the highest entry ever for a female artist making their debut. The single 'Stay The Same' is taken from her fourth forthcoming studio album 'Play To Win', the single is classic Gabrielle with emotive lyrics, classy production and her trademark smoky vocals.

Gomez - Catch Me Up It's been a while since Gomez released the Mercury Music award winning Bring It On, but it seems that with this single they have finally come full circle. Catch Me Up is undoubtedly the most accessible single Gomez have released since Whippin' Piccadily and certainly contains the rootsy, stripped down blues which was the staple of their first album and to a lesser extent, the follow up Liquid Skin. After the over-production and experimentation of their last outing. Hopefully this breezy, sentimental, even 'pop' tinged single will open Gomez up to the wider audience they deserve as possibly the only original band left in the UK.

Gunther & The Sunshine Girls - Ding Dong Song Gunther's 'Ding Dong Song' has sprung to life in Sweden where it has already peaked at the top of the charts. Now the UK is set to enjoy the intimate pleasures of his tra-la-la. The accompanying video - bizarrely uncensored in Sweden - sees the glamorous Sunshine Girls 'experimenting' together whilst Gunther erupts with excitement. 'Ding Dong Song' is also firmly established as a cult hit throughout Europe, with even Franz Ferdinand performing an acoustic version for Dutch radio. Well this is aimed straight to the waste paper bin, its awful, hate it so much, so whatever you do, leave it on the shelf, for the little leprechauns to find it.

Keane - Everybody's Changing 'Everybody's Changing' is a shimmering, electronic-laden ballad that sounds like it was crafted in a velvet-clad keyboard laboratory, run by a honey-voiced, Thom Yorke-esque genius. Featuring a melody that locks onto your brain and a vocal that can only be described as 'perfect', this is the kind of breakthrough track that has seen bands like Travis and Coldplay break from the indie underground to take over the mainstream.

Lostprophets - Wake Up (Make A Move) The third single from Lostprophets highly acclaimed sophomore album 'Start Something' is another monumental slab of brit nu-metal that will fill rock clubs across the land. The Welsh rockers are fast becoming the biggest and heaviest band in Britain and are certain to establish an even larger, worldwide fan base with this magnificent new track. Wake up to the Lostprophets they will rock your world.

Ronan Keating & LeAnn Rimes - Last Thing On My Mind The premier Irish heartthrob has teamed up with the gorgeous voice of US country to create 'Last Thing On My Mind' - a tear stained epic track that oozes sublime beauty. Ronan and LeAnn's voices wrap themselves around a haunting tune that is sure to create an upsurge in tissue sales throughout the country.

Tiesto ft. BT - Love Comes Again One of the most in demand records so far this year, and we have our hands on it! Tiesto teams up with BT for an absolute classic in the making! Unlike other collaborations with fellow-producers, BT does not push any buttons, but actually provides the vocals for this innovative production. If you're expecting hands in the air bunny trance, you're in for a surprise. Tiesto has turned the song into the perfect mix of dancefloor sounds and mesmerizing melodies.

Von Bondies - Tell Me What You See Following on from the single 'C'mon C'mon' and the awesome glam stomping album 'Pawn Shoppe Heart' comes the thumping new single 'Tell Me What You See', from everyone's favourite Detroit underdogs the: Von Bondies. Rammed full of darkly foreboding guitar, a screeching vocal from Jason Stollsteimer and 60s girl group harmonies from the ladies, 'Tell Me What You See' is the sound of a band on the verge of something great.

OTHER SINGLES RELEASED THIS WEEK
Acoustic Love Experience - Painted Pony
Ballboy featuring Laura Cantrell - Past Lovers
Bandits - No Shoes On My Feet
Bloc Party - Banquet
Buddahead - When I Fall
Chanelle - The Art Of Conversation
Coheed & Cambria - A Favour House Atlantic
Graham Coxon - Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery
Ingo & Eseni DJ - Scare Tactics/Drifting
Lari White - Nothing But Love
Little Menace - Come 'n' Gimme Your...
Polyphonic Spree - Two Thousand Places
Stylus Junkies vs UB40 - Food For Thought
Tali - Lyric On My Lip
Truth - Ready Now

Single Release Schedule
May 10
2Play featuring Raghav - It Can't Be Right
Adem - These Are Your Friends
Alanis Morrisette - Everything
ATL - Calling All Girls
Avril Lavigne - Don't Tell Me
Charlatans - Up The Lake
Dead 60s - You're Not The Law
Fabolous - This Is My Party/Make You Mine
Faultline - Wild Horses/Biting Tongues
Frankee - F.U.R.B. (F**k You Right Back)
Glen Tilbrook - Untouchable
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gomez - Silence
Icarus Line - Party The Baby Off
Jay-Z - 99 Problems/Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Joss Stone - Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me?)
Katy Rose - Overdrive
Kevin Lyttle - Last Drop
Mass - Testify
Millwall FC - Volare
Mohair - Brown Eyes Blue/Something To Remember
Morrissey - Irish Blood, English Heart
Natalie Williams - Yours Truly
Pete Doherty - Babyshambles
Raveonettes - That Great Love Sound
SJ & Baby Doc - What You Do To Me Baby
Zero 7 featuring Sia - Sommersault

May 17
411 featuring Ghostface Killah - On My Knees
ABBA - Waterloo
Barenaked Ladies - Celebrity
Bikini Atoll - Cheap Trick
Brand New - The Quiet Things That No-One Ever Knows
Calling - Our Lives
Cassidy featuring R Kelly - Hotel
Cherry Falls - All My Sins
Chikinki - Ether Radio
Chingy featuring J Weav - One Call Away
Corrs - Summer Sunshine
Cribs - What About Me?
Evanescence - Everybody's Fool
Feist - One Night
Fraud - On To You
Gladiator - Now We Are Free
Haiducii - Dragostea Din Tei
Hoobastank - The Reason
Jaimeson featuring Terri Walker - Common Ground
Jason Downs - Shut Up (Let's Hook Up)
Kurt Nilsen - She's So High
Lene Marlin - Another Day
Marjorie Fair - Stare
Method Man & Busta Rhymes - What's Happening?
Miss Kittin - Professional Distortion
Muse - Sing For Absolution
My Red Cell - In A Cage On Prozac
Nick Drake - Magic
NSM - Heat It Up
PJ Harvey - The Letter
Sarah Connor - Bounce
Stands - Outside Your Door
Sting - Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
Story Of The Year - Until The Day I Die
System Of Life - Luv Is Cool
Veils - The Tide That I Left
Vines - Winning Days
Zena featuring Beenie Man - Been Around The World

May 24
Alarm - New Home, New Life
All About Eve - Let Me Go Home
Amy Wadge - Just In Time
Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra - Jumping Jack Flash
Blonde Redhead - Equus
Deepest Blue - Is It A Sin?
DJ Sharon O Love & 3 Elements - Fast Car
Englebert Humperdinck - Release Me
Features - A Million Ways To Sing The Blues
Hope Of The States - The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue
Hybrid - I'm Still Awake
InMe - Faster The Chase
Jagged Edge - What's It Like
Jimmy Johnstone & Shane MacGowan - Dirty Ole Town/Road To Paradise
Jessica Simpson - With You
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Jody Lei - Just The Music
Junior Jack - Stupidisco
Kelis - Trick Me
Killers - Mr Brightside
Kristian Leontiou - Story Of My Life
Liars - We Fenced Other Gardens With Bones Of Our Own
Mark Owen - Makin' Out
Morjac featuring Marly - You Never Know
O-Zone - Mai-Ia-Hii
Pop! - Heaven And Earth
Sam & Mark - The Sun Has Come Your Way
Scooter - Jigga Jigga
Scout Niblett - Uptown Top Ranking
Signum - What Ya Got For Me?
Space - 20 Million Miles From Earth
Supergrass - Kiss Of Life
Thirteen Senses - Do No Wrong
Twen2y 4 Se7en - Hide
V - Blood, Sweat And Tears

May 31
3 Doors Down - Here Without You
Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out
D-Side - Pushin' Me Out
Datsuns - Blacken My Thumb
Drowning Pool - Step Up
Emma Bunton - Crickets Sing For Anamaria
Faithless - Mass Destruction
Flip & Fill featuring Karen Parry - Discoland
Fountains Of Wayne - Mexican Wine
Ian Van Dahl - Where Are You Now
Kid Symphony - Never Been A Rockstar
Lulu - Keep Talkin' I'm Listening
Mario Winans featuring Enya & P Diddy - I Don't Wanna Know
My Red Cell - In A Cage (On Prozac)
Peter Andre - Insania
Stacie Orrico - I Could Be The One
Taz - Can't Contain Me
VS - Call U Sexy
Yellowcard - Way Away

June 7
Angel City featuring Lara McAllen - Touch Me
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
Blazin' Squad - Shorty
Britney Spears - Everytime
Candee Jay - If I Were You
Candice - Hello
Cornershop presents Bubbly Kaur - Topknot
Fifth Avenue - Spanish Eyes
Future Kings Of Spain - Venetian Blinds
Kanye West featuring Syleena Johnson - All Falls Down
Keyshia Cole featuring Eve - Never
Loose Cannons - I Like It When Ya
N*E*R*D - Maybe
Sarah McLachlan - Stupid
Scissor Sisters - Laura

June 14
Anastacia - Sick And Tired
Belle & Sebastian - Wrapped Up In Books
Ferry Corsten - It's Time
Five Star - System Addict 2004
Javine - Best Of My Love
Ordinary Boys - Talk Talk Talk
Paul Weller - The Bottle
Phixx - Wild Boys
Rob Tissera & Vinylgroover - Stay
S Club 8 - Involved
Shonagh Daly - All I Want
Styles & Breeze - You're Shining
Usher - Burn

June 21
Bellefire - You Were Meant For Me
Beverley Knight - Come As You Are
FYA - Too Hot To Handle
Lemonescent - All Right Now/Bohemian Rain
McFly - Obviously
Rezonance Q - Sweetheart
Speedway - In And Out

June 28
Air - Alpha Beta Gaga
Kylie Minogue - Chocolate
Lindsay Armaou - Innocence (What U Got)
Mania - Looking For A Place To Go
Nelly Furtado - Forca
Savana - Pretty Lady
Will Young - Friday's Child

July 5
Agnetha Faltskog - When You Walk Into The Room
Blue - Bubblin'
Busted - 3AM
Hun - Gone Before It Happens
Janet Jackson - All Nite (Don't Stop)
Kimberley Locke - Eighth World Wonder
Shaznay Lewis - Never Felt Like This Before

July 12
Ash - Starcross'd
Jamelia - See It In A Boy's Eyes
Michelle - Emotional
Sugababes - Caught In A Moment






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