Song reviews


  Stars Fall Like Leaves by Sister Savage

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Cornwall electronica

It would appear that bedsit electronica exists even in Cornwall and Sister Savage is the proof. Perhaps that physical separation from the big city makes all the difference as “Stars Fall Like Leaves” floats upon an ethereal cloud that showers you with folk inspired, gently persuasive female vocals. Really rather beautiful..

Review date:  December 13, 2012

  Keep It Comin' by Already Gone

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Midland rock

“Keep It Comin’” is about as solid as a rock song from an absolutely solid rock band from dear old Englandshire can be. The drumming is solid, the riffs are solid, the chorus is big and solid and the vocals are, once more for those in the cheap seats, rock solid. You could build a house on top this song with no fear of it ever collapsing.  Best enjoyed at ridiculous volume.

Review date:  December 8, 2012

  Now Now Now by The Penelopes

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French electro pop

If you happen to be looking for a pleasingly breezy electro pop experience then “Now Now Now” by French band The Penelopes could well be just what the doctor ordered with the entwined male and female voices adding a soupçon of laconically Gallic charm to the perfect Renault Clio soundtrack.

Review date:  December 8, 2012

  The Last Place by Gus By Heart

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Meaningful Swede

Once more into the pit of melancholy as Gus By Heart makes his heart bleed in the “The Last Place” and, like too many such practitioners of beard scratching, going all deep and serious did not add significantly to his appeal. Bit of a shame as the song has potential and would suit a proper rock band a lot better.

Review date:  December 8, 2012

  Seelenleer by Mont Go

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Three strong invasion force

Stomping four on the floor electro rock from, I assume, a German band. Squeezing in an ironic one chord at a time guitar solo in as a counterpoint to the three chord riffing, Mont Go set up “Seelenleer” and send it off to invade neighbouring dance floors. Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh as I did want to bang my head off a wall as this song stomped all over my brain.

Review date:  December 8, 2012

  Invitation to the Blues by Serena Spedicato

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Stylish Italian jazz singer

Ever since Holly Cole’s seminal “Temptation” album, it has hardly been unusual for a jazz singer to civilise a Tom Waits song. Duly, Serena Spedicato brings supper club sophistication to the dark words of “Invitation To The Blues” and carries it off without a hint of awkwardness.  Simply tasteful and elegant!

Review date:  December 2, 2012

  Moments by Daniel Badieie

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Swedish internationalist

A bit of lonely guitar in reverb mode launches Daniel Badeie’s song “Moments”. Then the rich voiced Mr Badeie throws everything else into the song that he could find lying about. I’m not sure why he would want to hide his voice in such uninspired cacophony but the result ends up sounding more American than Swedish. Maybe that was the plan? 

  It's OK by Josefin Falthin

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Uplifting Swedish popster

OK, so her song, “It’s OK”, sounds like an offcut from the debut album by any American idol contestant but Josefin Falthin’s voice is anything but banal. She sounds precisely in control yet full of determination and emotion and, while I would hesitate to actually call her soulful, Josefin Falthin is undoubtedly the real deal.

  Deserts by Lizzie and the Yes Men

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Indie rockers on the way up

“Deserts” is the kind of song that counts as commercial these days. Or at least it does if you have not been brainwashed by Saturday night talentless contests. With this song, Lizzie and The Yes Men demonstrate that they have the attitude and the reverb to lift themselves clear of lesser, melody free, indie rockers. Methinks many will feel the urge to sing along with this one.

Review date:  December 2, 2012

  Coupe De Ville by Si Cranstoun

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Revivalist preacher

That good time fifties r ‘n’ b sound gets revived, in a most respectful manner by Si Cranstoun. “Coupe De Ville” makes all the right noises for the retro crowd and is distinguished by our Mr Cranstoun’s confident and convincing vocals. One to make the cool cats happy.

Review date:  November 25, 2012

  The Fulfillers by Brita Kristina

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Swedish super pop

“The Fulfillers” needs a couple of listens before you truly appreciate it. After a lumpy looped start and a stumbling first verse, the song then positively soars with an emotional female lead vocal and a trumpet taking it off towards the clouds. I like a song with ambition.

Review date:  November 25, 2012

  Seven Days by Tom Vevers

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North Berwick singer songwriter

Tom Vevers demonstrates that he has a nice way with words in “Seven Days” even though it is a pretty standard too shy to talk to her tale. However, the song takes a long time to get going and, even then, trips over its own feet by making a rather awkward attempt at being indie rock. With some capable musicians, this song would have been so much better.

Review date:  November 25, 2012

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