Bell X1, Flame
Initially, the vocals sounded like they had been lifted from a Savage Garden song, and confusion reigned in the Nouse office as we wondered whether or not we had the right CD in the drive. However, it all started to make sense when we discover that it was produced by jazz hobbit Jamie Cullum. The guitars are fashionable, the harmonies weak, and the bongos questionable.
Jack Johnson, Better Together
Strictly for lounging about to on sunny Sunday afternoons, Johnson’s latest single is quite pleasant, but there’s not much else to say about it.
The Young Knives, Here Comes The Rumour Mill
According to various members of the music team, their guitars are grating, their vocals are annoying, and the singer sounds like Justin Hawkins. However, the B-sides are much better.
Probably the pick of the bunch. Battle’s single sounds like a Bloc Party covers band fronted by the guy from The Music, but it goes on for about a minute too long.
David Banner, Play
It’s just a fat man who looks like Abu Hamza shouting about sex over a really dull beat.
Singles this week were reviewed by Camille Augarde, Mike McGovern, Robin Seaton and Kate Smith.