Song reviews


  Hope by No Egos

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Escape from Dundee

Sounding older than they probably are, Dundee band No Egos go all walking, talking rock style with “Hope”. You could, if you were prepared to abandon your inbuilt coolness, even sing along with this one and the impassioned male vocals readily seal that deal. So, a good song done well and you can’t ask for more than that.

Review date:  August 26, 2012

  Island Girl by King Loverr

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Going back to his roots?

A strange one this. “Island Girl” sounds like it should have been a trip down Barry White street if it hadn’t been for the cheesy looped backing track and some off putting vocals that sound artificially lowered in pitch. Either that or King Loverr goes flat at the bottom end of his range and has been rather brutally autotuned.  Either way, King Loverr needs to try harder.

Review date:  August 25, 2012

  Fy Wnaf by Donna Davies

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Welsh songbird

"Fy Wnaf" is about as melodramatic middle of the road as you can go with a laptop and good intentions. Donna Davies - she is Welsh as you may have guessed - has the voice to carry this song (and any other) off even if the plastic production makes her sound more karaoke than she ought to. The potential is there, therefore, but money needs to be spent in order that Ms Davies can be saved from a future on Saturday night television talent shows.

Review date:  August 22, 2012

  Spirit of the Rain by Ivan Verrastro

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New age guitar man

“Spirit of the Rain” is to be part of a concept album – so it says here – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, sounds like it is a small part of something bigger. It’s an instrumental too with our Mr Verrasto’s guitar quite rightly to the fore in best soft rock style whilst he makes a sterling effort to stop the song being dragged into the abyss of background music by the rather leaden backing track.

Review date:  August 12, 2012

  Polaroid by Carmen Smith

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Soulful Australian

“Polaroid” is one of those mid paced songs that sounds just right. The backing is understated and Carmen Smith simply runs the show balancing confidence and passion with a polished professionalism in her vocals. In days gone by, this song would have been classed as radio friendly but nowadays, it is more likely to have soundtrack to a major movie stamped upon it. Credit is duly given to a song well done.

Review date:  July 30, 2012

  Girls Are Fun Again by Dreamstealer

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Busker goes straight

Not much to comment on here as "Girls Are Fun Again" is little more than a lot of looping and uninspired laptop trickery. Duller than Aberdeen, in other words.

Review date:  July 23, 2012

  Bullshit Love by Scott Rudd

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NYC songwriter

Lo-fi NYC songwriter  Scott Rudd sets his guitar and bare bones backing to stun in this short, angst ridden and angular journey into the trials and tribulations of relationships.  Ok, so "Bullshit Love" is a messy demo but, with a bit more effort, it could make for a very respectable bit of album filler.

Review date:  July 8, 2012

  Bird's Nest by Jo Schornikow

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Acoustically sensitive

Wholesome sounding female singer loads up on the melodic metaphors and sets sails to a land of sensitive poetry and deeper meaning. There are many like her but nonetheless there is something positively endearing about Jo Schornikow’s wistful voice that keeps you listening to "Bird's Nest".

Review date:  July 8, 2012

  Goran Ivanisevic by We Are The Physics

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Glasgow electro rockers

With a beep and a chant, Glasgow’s We Are The Physics once more rock the Ikea decorated house with “Goran Ivanisevic”.  The song rattles along at a fair old dramatic pace and, for reasons verging on unknown, I was left with the impression that this is what Queen would have sounded like if they had done a Depeche Mode style change of direction. Thunderbirds are go and all that.

Review date:  July 8, 2012

  The Thursday Millionaire by The Skunnered

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Glasgow does Darts

What’s the phrase I’m looking for? That’s right – delicately retro. The Skunnered are delicately retro with "The Thursday Millionaire" having the sonic signature of a sixties’ Cliff Richard record. Nothing to scare your auntie then but I don’t suppose that was the point and I have to admit that I liked the shoo-be-doo backing vocals.

  Big Tin Heart by Eliza Jaye

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Girl with guitar

Girls with guitars always go down well with me and Eliza Jaye is no exception. “Big Tin Heart” treads the commercial rock path with surefootedness and a well developed sense of what counts as an influence as opposed to what counts as reinventing the past.  Just the thing to play in the car, I would say.

Review date:  July 1, 2012

  Dead Rabbits by Seething Akira

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Rocking hoppers

Drawing heavily from Rage Against The Machine, Portsmouth hip hoppers throw in the riffs and rock beats to season their lively rhymes. “Dead Rabbits” does indeed sound like a RAGE clone but underneath it all is a very British sense of humour and that makes this song more interesting than you might have expected.

Review date:  July 1, 2012

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