I HAVE been a huge fan of Emerald since Radio Two introduced me to the single A Night Like This from her first album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor.
Completely is the third single release from the gold-selling second album The Shocking Miss Emerald and is an uplifting love story with a catchy tune and clever lyrics.
I am transported (as with all Emerald’s music) back to an age when Big Band was ‘big’ and swing was king as she captivatingly teases the lyrics ‘completely’.
The single includes an acoustic version, an instrumental, and one which is Live at the Ritz (1924), complete with vinyl atmospherics.
Check out tomorrow’s Burton Mail to read my interview with the sassy songstress. (Caroline Kay)
Sex (Dirty Hit/Polydor
THIS new single by one of 2013’s biggest new acts doesn’t quite have the same punch as previous efforts.
Last single In The City and particularly the hugely addictive Chocolate gave the impression that The 1975 could effortlessly write infectious pop hooks.
That is somewhat missing on Sex, which still has plenty to offer with its spiky guitars and frontman Matthew Healy’s edgy vocals but the song doesn’t leave a lasting impression. (James Brindle)
NEON Jungle are the latest new girlband with major label backing to make a crack at being the next The Saturdays or Stooshe.
This debut single shows plenty of attitude and marks them out from the crowd slightly with quite a hardcore dance sound for a so-called ‘pop’ group.
However, it doesn’t quite have enough oomph to make it likely to trouble the scorers at the top of the charts and certainly doesn’t have a decent enough hook to last in the memory all that long. (James Brindle)
Formaldehyde (Play It Again Sam)
BIRMINGHAM indie rockers Editors release Formaldehyde as the latest single from Top 10 album The Weight Of Your Love after it became somewhat of a live favourite.
Like much of the album it is Editors with a difference, with Tom Smith’s vocals slightly less gloomy and the poppy backing vocals and chugging Americana beat reminding somewhat of The Killers.
It is fine but doesn’t hit the spot for me like their early stuff. (James Brindle)