MICHAEL BUBLE: Cry Me A River.The swing crooner stamps his own mark on the old classic by endowing it with a somewhat staccato orchestral strut to give it extra dramatic effect.
FRANK TURNER: Isabel.This is his ode to someone special, but sounds like he’s strutting around in musical military mode. Hardly the most subtle of love songs.
MR FOGG: Moving Parts.Pianist, bassist and drummer by the age of 14 and now songwriter, singer, producer and label boss for his own music. He doesn’t follow the crowd and took over a disused shop in London in December where he played every hour on the hour to promote himself and his music.That innovation deserves a break and, as for the music, well, it’s smouldering, tender and leaves the sense of anticipation hanging.
SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP: I Will Break You.Nothing traditional about this band as they flit with carefree abandon from delicate ditty to stark, ugly percussion bang and crash. Singer Jill O’Sullivan’s haunting voice sounds like she’s teetering on the edge of crisis. Their debut album, Crystal Falls, is out next Monday which is an amalgamation of their previous EPs plus two new songs.
LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR AND PAUL CARRACK: Soul To Soul.Smooth gospel soul from the choir and the voice behind hits by both Mike And The Mechanics and Ace that’s designed to send a shiver down the spine. The hairs start to stand up the more this track takes off and soars, but it lacks the killer chorus. Prepare to hear more from them in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics in London.
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS: Everybody Wants To Be On TV.It’s hard to believe this is only their second album. After all, the three best chums spent a decade together as an unsigned band, had a phenomenal self-named debut album that spawned big hits such as She’s So Lovely and It’s Not About You and, quite rightly, earned the right to be talked about in the same breath as Pulp and Blur. This follow-up album has surpassed the first and no-one can reasonably argue that current single This Ain’t A Love Song isn’t the best pop gem of 2010 so far. It is rare lyrics are as strong as the music, but they are with the scouts and most of the melodies have more bounce than a space hopper. They’ve even dipped into ballad territory with the heartwarming, skyscraping Take A Chance On Us.