Song reviews

  Scream Out My Lungs by Southpaw

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You don’t get too many intelligent songs these days but “Scream Out My Lungs” is a fine example of one. Southpaw add some power pop moves and a side order of melody to help make the song more than just fast food.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Spirit Moves by Stefanie Clark Harris

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Weaving her song neatly between soft rock and modern day country is Stefanie Clark Harris and “Spirit Moves” duly has the hallmark of musical maturity. Easy on the ear, destined for radio play and playlists, I like how she rolls.

  One Minute You Is by VLLNS

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Making a pretty successful attempt at filling their song “One Minute You Is” with riffs and attitude are VLLNS. The reliance on repetition moves the song straight down the centre line but their final destination isn’t, as you might expect, the stadium.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Miss America by Vaughn

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Vaughn has his finger on the pulse of the currently trendy eighties retro vibe and he duly takes his song “Miss America” for a walk down the yellow brick road to Paisley Park. I think he might even get there and claim his prize.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Makeup by Rudy

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Kind of twee yet sufficiently strong to stand up as a song of worth, “Makeup” is infused with enough sugar free irony to render Rudy as convincing purveyors of the kind of songs that have caused the resurrection of the cassette as a physical format.

Review date:  November 7 2020

  I Can… If I Want To by Corrina Roppo

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I can’t remember when I was last in a shopping mall but “I Can… If I Want To” would fit right into the soundtrack for a visit to such a place. Corrina Roppo keeps the mood upbeat and she duly made me want to buy something.

Review date:  November 7 2020

  La Danse by Slant

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Ploughing the fields of more decadent times are Slant and their song “La Danse” plays out like the B52s on cheap cider in a sleazy nightclub. I love the smell of trash in the morning. It smells like yesterday to me and this song is duly approved.

  Whisky in Hand by Braw

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Pleasingly parochial, Braw pull in their best harmonies to turn “Whisky in Hand” into the kind of song that will make both residents and expatriates feel suddenly sentimental about dear old Scotland. I’ll raise a glass to that.

Review date:  November 1 2020

  System by Kat Duma

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Low key bedsit electronica is getting to be the style icon of our troubled times and Kat Duma gives us a rather melancholic addition to the playlist of the moonlight shadows. “System” has hints of a trippy dancefloor yet still generates cerebral approval.

Review date:  November 1 2020

  Revolution Son by Shiva and the Hazards

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Drift me baby and it’s one more time for Shiva and The Hazards as they resurrect the woozy sound of rock’s genesis and inject it with a fix of modern day power chord mentality. Swaying but always steady on course, “Revolution Son” takes it home.

Review date:  November 1 2020

  My Name is Karen by Karen Bishko

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I miss big city festivals as they always gave a home to songs like this. Almost overdosing on the machine polished irony inherent to political correctness, Karen Bishko nonetheless kicks her song “My Name is Karen” right at the audience. Hallelujah.

Review date:  October 31 2020

  Pink and Blue by Magazines

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With appealing wistfulness, “Pink and Blue” evokes the sugary side of C86 as Magazines take us on a three minute musical journey into the corners of dreamland. I have always had a failing for honeyed female vocals so this song works for me.

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