Cheryl Cole – Promise This
I see the tastemakers among you are already making lists of who and what will be big over the next year but this time last year how many of you had “The French Canadian children’s song Alouette creating a massive Bang Bang Bang (hahahaha) on the music scene” down on your list, eh? Well I did and look where I am now! Writing the singles column for Muso’s Guide on a Friday night next to someone watching old Sex and the City episodes. Basically, I’m living the dream.
Anyway, ‘Promise This’ by Cheryl Cole is at least the second big song this year to use Alouette in it. As far as I know, ‘Promise This’ was written before ‘Bang Bang Bang’ by Mark Ronson was heard by us record-buyers, but the choice was there by the label to release it anyway so there may be some pretty powerful French Canadians within Cheryl Cole’s team.
Is the song good? Yes! There are lots of bleeps, it has a big chorus and the “alouette” part is probably the best bit.
Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
Her last album Rated R showed an angry side to Rihanna, which sparked a lot of media interest and speculation in the wake of her assault by worldwide superstar and then-boyfriend Chris Brown. The darkness worked well on some songs and was less effective on others, but it was an exciting move for Rihanna.
This shouldn’t undermine Only Girl in The World’s energetic and dancey style. There is a point where you have to try and move on from the awful things that happen to you in life and this would only be disappointing if it was rubbish – which unsurprisingly it isn’t. When the beats disappear and Rihanna is shouting her heart out in the chorus before kicking in with the beats again, it’s euphoric.
Paloma Faith – Smoke and Mirrors
While I find Paloma Faith’s numerous appearances on rubbish panel shows annoying with her forced kookiness and childish speaking voice, she does have an incredible singing voice and some very good songs. Especially if you’re a fan of wildly popular types like The Noisettes, Duffy and Amy Winehouse. This is one of those good songs but, as some YouTube commenters point out, since being uploaded a month and a half ago it’s had just under 20,000 views and for such a public persona, and a song that’s currently on Radio 1’s Playlist, it’s a weirdly underwhelming amount. If you’ve managed to avoid Paloma so far then try listening to some of her songs. carry on avoiding her television appearances and you may have found a charming and talented artist to support. For those of you who knows what I mean when it comes to her public persona, it’s not going to be so easy.
Rumer – Aretha
Rumer is another one working the soul-pop trip. I’m very bored of this sound for new artists – it’s lucky that Paloma has an interesting spring in her step which makes it brighter and different. And lucky too here; if you like good voices then this song, well, displays one. It’s classy! It’s effortless! The video is in black and white!
I find this sort of thing dull, and while I’m sure Rumer finds having “the blues” and not having “the right shoes” distressing I’m sure with time she’ll be able to sort it all out and move on. Why not check out Rihanna’s new single, Rumer? Lift your spirit a bit.