Single Reviews: September 2006


Muse - Starlight (Warner Music) 04/09/2006

Muse, with world domination quite within grasp release what is the lead track to their acclaimed album, "Black Holes and Revelations". Complete with Wakeman'esque symphonic breaks, is a song that is both uplifting, musically, yet quite downcast lyrically. As Matthew Bellamy sings the line..."far away, this ship has taken me far away, far away from the memories, of the people who care if I live or die...." and so it continues, leaving the listener with the question, "Is Matt suffering from the exhaustion of music's lifestyle, or just hinting that he might?"

However this turns out to be answered, this is possibly the band's crowning moment, a moment that has been hinted at previously, but this time affirms what is now certain. A great song, with great sound-scape, quite literally magical. 9/10

Nick James

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Albert Hammond Jr. - Everyone Gets A Star (Rough Trade) 04/09/2006

T: It's blatantly obvious that this guy is a member of The Strokes when you hear this track, although his Pavement influence is also evident. Funnily enough - and you might look at me strangely here - it reminds me ultimately of Malcom McLaren's "Double Dutch"...

N: Coming from a band of such weight, the dead cert has never been such a confident bet, and sure enough, Albert reworks what could have easily been a Strokes number. Perhaps a little too slow moving, and weighted, to be truly amongst the greats, but with an album due on the 9th October, we won't have too wait too long for the outcome. 7/10

N.B. Check out this single on the artist's myspace, trust me it's worth it.



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