Singles column 29 October 2012 - Adele, Robbie, GBV, My Chemical Romance, The Weeknd & more
Jamie Skey @jamie_skey rounds-up all this week's most significant singles, plus the new songs that have surfaced online in the last seven days that you shouldn't miss...
No doubt you've heard it already Adele's Bond theme Skyfall and made up your mind. For example when he first heard it, Daniel Craig - who firmly re-established Bond, as per Ian Fleming's books, as the flinty, unemotional international spy - reportedly burst out crying. It's textbook 007 fare, no less, in the classic, 1960s, Shirley Bassey-style vein, smouldering and lushly orchestrated, equipped with the requisite build-ups, soaring strings and femme-fatale delivery. Cracking, really.
Robbie Williams is back with the frankly awful Candy, a light, bouncy,
playground-chant of a tune. And like said school yard fare, it's irritating and seems to stage in your head at least until after lunch.
Featuring on John Lewis' Never Knowingly Undersold TV campaign, Paloma Faith's cover of INXS' Never Tear Us Apart was always going to be a risk. But, to some extent, she's pulled it off. Her version is certainly glossier than the original and might just make you want to buy some nice presents this Christmas.
US lo-fi indie kingpins Guided By Voices have had their noses to the grindstone and are set to release their third album of the year, The Bears For Lunch, on Nov 12. Album track She Lives In An Airport is a mid-tempo slice of gutter-fuzzed, slacker indie that devotees will lap up.
The Weeknd has subtlety co-opted The Smith's Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want into stand alone track Enemy. Usher-esque as a result of its crawling tempo and more-is-less emotions, the track, not to be included on his upcoming Trilogy album, seems to be a perfect soundtrack the after-dark pains and pleasures of R'n'B fans of a certain age and less likely to please Moz and co's followers.
High camp emo types My Chemical Romance have seen two tracks from their previously binned album, Conventional Weapons, 'leaked' online. Canned in 2009 during sessions for the band's fourth album which subsequently was scrapped in favour of Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, Boy Division is a frenetic punk thrasher while Tomorrow's Money snare-pulverising hybrid of Sex Pistols-style punk and art-metal ostentation.
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10:48 AM | 29/10/2012
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