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After ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ was released from their second album ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’, I have to say I switched off from Scouting For Girls. Their style just seemed so ‘samey’ and repetitive that I felt, once you’ve heard ‘She’s So Lovely’ you’ve pretty much heard all Scouting For Girls have to offer. However, having recently stumbled upon ‘Love How It Hurts’ I feel ready to give Scouting For Girls another chance.

I must say that I am very impressed. After (I feel) a very repetitive sounding first two records, ‘Love How It Hurts’ is refreshing to hear. Having said this, it isn’t the most groundbreaking song in the world – something you could easily hear Westlife or The Script releasing, with a fairly generic structure within pop music. Yet there is something about it that makes me want to listen over and over again.

There is no doubt that Scouting For Girls have always been able to produce catchy pop-music, but it was always that little bit too repetitive. Their first album particularly seemed a little childish, they seemed to be playing it quite safe with very simple songs. With ‘Love How It Hurts’ I think they have shown potential. It’s still fairly simple, but just has that edge of something a little bit more. Scouting For Girls have grown up.

As I said before, it isn’t the most ground-breaking song ever written, but it’s certainly a start. Who knows in a few years time they may even produce an entirely original album!

4/5

‘Love How It Hurts’ was released on 10th July. A bonus track edition of ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’ including this track is expected later on this year.

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Who could forget 2006 when The Feeling burst onto the scene with ‘Twelve Stops And Home’. The debut album spawned hit after hit singles such as, ‘Sewn’, ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘Love It When You Call’. This success continued into 2008 landing the band a number one album with ‘Join With Us’.

Now the guys are back with new single ‘Set My World On Fire’, do they have another hit on their hands?

Well, it’s been over a year since I first heard the song, acoustically in a bar in South London and then I instantly fell in love with it. It’s upbeat, catchy and just makes you wanna dance – everything a Feeling song should be! As I write this I have the song blaring out, with the sun shining in through the window – I am in Heaven.

Having known the song for over a year it has been great for me to watch it evolve and develop over that time, and hearing the final mix just brings back so many memories of hearing it live. It also means that I can assure you it stands the test of time, it still sounds just as fresh as the first time I heard it, and I can tell it’ll stay firmly stuck in my head for years to come!

And as always with The Feeling there are some beautiful, heartfelt lyrics in there like ‘I can feel you in my heart, every time we part’ which is reinforced with a heartbeat-style drumbeat running through the song. But the line that really sums the song up for me is this: ‘It’s a little bit more than I ever hoped for!’.

‘Set My World On Fire’ is just perfect for a sunny day. It has the ability to put a smile on your face whenever you hear it, which for me is what perfect pop music is all about.

5/5

‘Set My World On Fire’ is released on 2nd May, followed by The Feeling’s third album ‘Together We Were Made’ on 20th June.

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Who could forget June 2007 when The Hoosiers burst into our charts with ‘Worried About Ray’? Their debut  album ‘The Trick To Life’ spawned several other hit singles, such as ‘Goodbye Mr. A’ and ‘Cops And Robbers’. Ultimately, The Hoosiers were a little bit different. Their ‘Odd-Pop’ branded music was refreshing to see.

Well now they’re back with ‘Choices’, ahead of the release of their second album ‘The Illusion Of Safety’. Have they still got it?

Initially I was a little underwhelmed. ‘Choices’ is a much more Dance orientated song than any of their previous singles, and in many ways more mainstream than ever before. They seem to be following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and the like and going down the 80’s road.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the resurgence of the 80’s in the charts, but I don’t want everything to sound the same! Initially, this resurgence provided a bit more variety in the charts, but I think it’s becoming too influential. Now it’s pretty much all we ever hear. If you look at the charts now you’ll find that there’s about 2 out of 40 singles which aren’t Dance or R&B.

Anyhow, enough of my rant about the charts. No one can deny that this song is catchy beyond belief. It commands you to sing along and you can’t resist the temptation to dance. It passes the ‘In My Head’ test, in that it’s in there most of the time, and I haven’t got bored with it!

And having recently heard ‘Bumpy Ride’, another track from their upcoming album, I am filled with hope for ‘The Illusion Of Safety’ which will be released 16th August.

4/5

‘Choices’ was released 2nd August.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 10 years since Pop Princess, Sophie Ellis Bextor burst on to the scene with the fantastic ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’. Since then she has released three incredible albums (‘Read My Lips’, ‘Shoot From The Hip’ and ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’) and hit after hit of perfect pop and dance records such as ‘Catch You’ and ‘Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)’. And the latest addition? ‘Bittersweet’.

What can I say? She’s done it again! ‘Bittersweet’ is a wonderfully catchy dance track which I can instantly see being played on dancefloors up and down the country for years to come. With blissful beats and divine lyrics like ‘one touch and there’s a rush of electricity’ – you simply can’t help but dance and sing along to it!

And what’s more, it passes the ‘In My Head’ test with flying colours! Having had it in my head for several days, I’ve never for one moment become remotely irritated by it, in fact I just love it all the more! And the fact that it has remained in my head for so long just proves how catchy it is!

This has, of course lead to some embarrassing situations in public, when I have suddenly burst out with something like ‘Any time you call my name’ or ‘So won’t you show me all there is to know’!

So, to conclude: ‘Bittersweet’ is an absolutely fabulous track, (which I cannot stop listening to!) leaving me very excited for the release of ‘Straight To The Heart’!

5/5

Bittersweet will be released on 3rd May.

Sophie’s fourth studio album ‘Straight To The Heart’ is expected for release in August this year.

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One Shot – JLS

JLS are arguably one of the better acts to come out of the money-making machine, The X Factor. Their self titled debut album went straight to number one in the UK charts along with both of their previous singles ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody In Love’. So how does ‘One Shot’ measure up with their previous singles?

Predictable. Do not be fooled by the first thirty seconds of this song, (although even that isn’t much better, very Westlifeish and typical of Louis Walsh) it soon sounds the same as every other track from their album. Which is a real shame. I will admit that for a few seconds at the beginning I was excited. Sure it would be very generic of Louis Walsh, but really quite different for JLS.

There really isn’t much new to say about ‘One Shot’, it’s basically ‘Everybody In Love’ but with different lyrics. JLS are officially the Scouting for Girls of R&B. Yes it’s catchy, I can tell that as it persists on entering my head every few minutes, but soon it just blends into ‘Everybody In Love’ and I can barely tell the difference.

My opinion is that it’s neither good nor bad. It just sort of washes over me, and personally I find it quite stagnant. Basically, if you liked ‘Everybody In Love’ and ‘Beat Again’ you’ll love ‘One Shot’, but if not – avoid this track!

2/5

‘One Shot’ will be released 22nd February

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12-year-old *ahem* 15-year-old Justin Bieber, who could very well be mistaken for a modern-day version of Little Jimmy Osmond, released the first part of his debut album ‘My World’ in November last year with Island records. The second part of the album is expected this March. Can Justin Bieber prove that age isn’t necessarily wisdom with ‘One Time’?

It’s Disney gone R&B! His style could probably be described as a mix of Eoghan ‘Eggnog’ Quigg and Usher – very strange indeed! But this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Despite the fact that his voice has not yet broken, Bieber actually has a good voice! The song follows a typical R&B structure, which ordinarily would seem generic, but the novelty element is how cheesy the record is whilst it still retains that R&B style. 

So, lets not sniff at his young age. I have to admit that I’m surprised at how well he has done with his debut, working with writers such as Usher and Christopher ‘Tricky’ Stewart on the album and reaching number 11 in the UK singles chart with ‘One Time’. So for that reason, unlike so many who have dismissed him because of his age, I do respect Justin Bieber as a serious artist.

Taking into consideration that this song is not really the genre that I would usually find myself listening to, ‘One Time’ does strike me as being something a little bit different from the usual drab that dominates the charts. Having said that though, I can equally see how it can easily become annoying.

3/5

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Glee, cult American *High School Musical The Second* TV show which has swept the nation has released it’s debut single – a cover of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin”. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great song, but since Joe McElderry sung it on X Factor, it seems that we just cannot get away from it! I wouldn’t mind as I love the song, but it wasn’t even a particularly good cover, very mediocre. But anyhow, this isn’t about that brainwashed halfwit, this is about Glee, so how does it measure up with the original? Is Glee really worth all the hype?

Oh dear. This can only be described as over cheesy karaoke. Now, as you should well know by now, I love cheese, I really cannot stress that enough, but this is too cheesy! It’s just bad in every possible way, and it really grates even on first listen. The video also completely mimics High School Musical’s ‘Breaking Free’ with the Glee Cast performing to an empty hall. There’s a very good reason that it’s empty; they don’t want to hear you murder a classic.

It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just in the show, or even on the soundtrack, but the fact that they saw fit to release this as a single is appalling. The worst thing is that it has only been released for the sole purpose of making Ryan Murphy a ridiculous amount of money. Everyone is obsessed with two things at the moment; Don’t Stop Believin’ and Glee. Put the two together and what have you got?

To be honest I’m ridiculously amazed that this is not a Disney project (and I still can’t quite believe it). It has Disney written all over it (that is the money-grabbing Disney we know of these days, as opposed to the Disney that created the magic of our childhood’s). If this is the only version of the song which you have heard, maybe it’s bearable, (and that is entirely down to the song!) but in comparison to Journey’s original version, it is like winning tickets to see Bon Jovi, but ending up with Jedward; a downright travesty!

1/5

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