|Single Reviews: April 2007|
Oberst has long established himself as a leading songwriter of the noughties
generation, releasing a plethora of critically acclaimed and beautifully
crafted, diverse albums. Take, for instance, his decision to put out
two albums on the same day in 2005 - the charming, folksy "I'm
Wide Awake It's Morning" and the electro rhythm of the aptly titled
"Digital Ash In Digital Urn". This should go some way to explaining
just how fond of new challenges the still very young Oberst is, and
this is no exception. "Four Winds" is rather like The Waterboys
or maybe even The Wonder Stuff when Martin Bell is at the forefront
of the track. This is an easy, summery affair and it's easy to find
yourself being whisked away.
Malcolm Middleton - Beep Beep, I Love You (Full Time Hobby) 02/04/2007
does a Radiohead and censors the naughtiest part of the record in order
to perhaps appeal to the masses and maybe even dent the top 40. It's
a wise move, although the purists among us will favour the more corruptive
"Fuck It, I Love You" title that appears on his excellent
album "A Brighter Beat". It's a romantic number that drifts
along nicely, though if I'm brutally honest, practically every other
track on the latter long player betters this one. "Pleasant"
is the only word to describe this.
Elliott Minor - Parallel Worlds (Repossession) 02/04/2007
a solo artist, and this is immediately apparent without even reading
the press blurb, as the single sounds like a third year fistfight between
Busted and Fall Out Boy. It lasts about three minutes, like the fight
would, is rather flimsy, as the boys probably would be, and will not
be remembered in six months' time, let alone six years.
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