she had a punk phase in the ‘90s
as sweet as can be
you feel like storming a prison and offing em
The music was simple to get into, and it wasn’t flashy or smoke and mirrors, it was a basic blending of instruments that just worked and was heavily appreciated by the masses. Generic is too harsh a word but it served as fine background music.
We appear to be in a period of extended mediocrity within the upper reaches of the charts. The album charts are so volatile it has no middle ground any more. In 2011 albums were staying in the top ten for months on end, today the album charts reflect something at all. Meanwhile, the single charts are so conservative and static they seem set in stone. Nothing on this list is good enough. It is a dreadful disappointment
How many times can I express my loathing for “Let It Go”, the standard formusical numbers is so low really ever since “Wicked” made the point and kept to it, that anything that rises from key to key to a full scale scream can be considered a power ballad, we have been heading for this place where everybody has given up on song for spectacle. An abominable, apocalyptic piece of crap.
Yeah, we all knew it would enter the charts at # 1, that isn’t the question. The question is, how will it sustain the position through the year. Meanwhile… what makes the UK charts the UK charts is that Mike “Tubular Bells” Oldfield is still having hits with crappy albums.
Imagine if you will, Oasis meets Primal Scream and you’ll have Reverend And The Makers, whose third album is really good and who have continued the gradation from opening for Oasis on their final tour to becoming a phenom in their own rights.
It is one of the wonderful things about the record biz. Dan Smith was a bartender writing songs on his laptop two years ago, and one, based upon the infamous city, went onto his first album. Today his life is changed forever, he is a sensation, and whether I (or you) can stand the song is irrelevant, the man hit the jukebox jackbox. PS we don’t like the song at all.
The kiss of conformity being allowing yourself to guest on Saturday Night Live, and I am not sure if that was the right move for them. I tend to think they would have been better off in their quiet nitch. The quest for success has watered down many an act and I fear Bastille will face that fate.
Not bad, pure pop UK 2013 style: Lily twice, Gary, Ellie, Litttle Mix, 1D, there have been much worse charts out there. No hip hop but two EDM hits as icing on the cake