MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE: Sing.Slow-burner culled from their recent album Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys that turns out to be a surprisingly melodic soarer when it pushes the button marked ‘stadium chorus’.
PENDULUM: Crush.It’s certainly out to crush your senses with its rapid-fire and relentless buzz plus synth waves out to deluge the senses. Sounds like they’re stirring up a hornet’s nest with this one.
KACI BATTAGLIA featuring LUDACRIS: Body Shots.Sleazy-minded bump and grind that certainly veers towards the ludicrous.
THE GO! TEAM: Buy Nothing Day.Anything involving a tambourine has to be a stand-out single and this harkens back to the late 60s summers of love in both sound and spirit. They’ve so much inner energy it’s more a sandstorm than a beach song.
BRUNO MARS: Doo-Wops And Hooligans.The man of the moment following on from the glorious Just The Way You Are – a song with a timeless feel that sounds like it’s been around forever – and now blasting to the number one spot in the singles charts this week with Grenade. As the album title suggests, these are songs that actually mean something and Mr Mars is certainly on this planet when it comes to getting his message across by linking the words into a musical tour de force. There’s an organic reggae spirit deep within him that comes to the fore with the soft, twinkling Our First Time, the happy, bouncy – but not too bouncy – The Lazy Song and the dancehall-style of Liquor Store Blues featuring Bob Marley’s youngest son, Damian. Songs of hope come in the form of the ultra-positive Count On Me and the soaraway yet simple Marry You.
TI: No Mercy.Rapper TI may have brought in some big names on this with the likes of Kanye West, Scarface, Eminem, Pharrell and even Christina Aguilera, but it’s soul-induced, cliche-riddled sleazy gangsta hip hop obsessed with easy money, even easier women and fast cars. Scratch the surface and there ain’t nothing there. The title may be No Mercy. Add in No Respect too.