Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lily Allen- Hard Out There

So, Lily Allen ey? One thing’s for sure, she’s certainly back! She's top of the charts and center of discussion, right where she belongs. I pray her comeback success open up the single charts and radio air time for other acts that aren't mindless dance and rap music.

‘Hard Out There’ reminds me of The Smiths, it’s fun, poppy and very catchy but with those all important tongue in cheek lyrics.  Her voice is as sweet as sugar with a beat perfect to dance to with its hand claps, dancing piano and regular beat. Though I am praying that the auto tune on the chorus is ironic. It certainly bodes well for the new album.

Her new single has caused quite a fuss, well to be correct her video has been. Personally I think this proves what Lily’s always said; the worlds broken and full of ignorance and stupidity.

It's a direct parody of Blurred Lines
 To me to me it seems that the vast majority of critics and the public are either missing the video’s satire, despite her lyrics explaining this, or feel threatened by her pointing these truths out, so instead they hide the message by scapegoating the video.

Call me crazy, but it makes zero sense to me why this video can cause so much negative hype when Rihanna can produce videos and ‘songs’ like ‘Pour It Up’ without a word said; come on that video could be passed off as soft porn. Okay granted ‘Blurred Lines’ did cause a fuss, but why does it take an extreme example like that to make people open up their eyes? For me it highlights the poor state of Pop music and the charts, as well as society. Bring back the days when Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys were in the singles charts!
Uho, Sexy...
Well I suppose the silver linings to this dark cloud is that its brought a lot of attention to her and the single and at least she’s finally back and telling it how it is.

You can also find this review at http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/

Friday, 8 November 2013

Echo Bench – V4V-Word Records

Album cover

What do you get when you combine three very talented Israeli women who are painters, film makers and sculptors? Well according to singer and guitarist Noga Shatz, bass player Shahar Yahalom and drummer Alex Levy you get gritty noise pop. Dirty guitar, fast drumming and raw passionate vocals, what’s not to love?

Album opener ‘Same Mistake’ has a steady hip moving beat with a desperate croon. It’s a rather sedated opener, calm and calculated. ‘Out Of The Blue’ is jerky, fun and sassy, while ‘High Noon’ has a  ‘Killing An Arab’ era Cure feel about it, with its exotic twists and hooks. This is contrasted nicely by ‘High Roller’ and ‘Liquid Sky’ which are fast and dirty, heavy on the distortion.  ‘After Party’ is a fabulous song; with its stop start opening that growls at you from behind the sofa. ‘French’ pounces at you but with honey sweet croons, it’s like the tiger cub of punk songs. The song was re-mixed by Colin Newman of Wire; he gave it a fuller feeling so that is surrounds you.

‘Flesh A Bone’ ends the album much like ‘Same Mistake’ opened it; gritty and patient as it broods waiting for its moment. Although it is a disappointing end as there is no final crescendo and I don’t think the fade out end really worked as you sit through the song waiting for a big ending.

Sculptor by  Shahar Yahalom
Echo Bench is an addictive album, it stays circling in your head all day and I think deserves success and exposure. I am privileged to have this opportunity to share it with my reader/viewers.

Echo Bench is available for free download from www. v4vRecords.it 
Artwork by Noga Shatz