This week, there are more returning entries than new ones, Rachel Platten goes to Number One and Mr Brightside is back on the charts.
99 – Throne by Bring Me The Horizon
98 – Waves by Mr Probz
95 – Riptide by Vance Joy
86 – Naïve by The Kooks
84 – Mr. Brightside by The Killers
83 – Real Love by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Following their smash hit Rather Be, Clean Bandit once again have teamed up with Jess Glynne for Real Love. Just like on Rather Be, the instrumentation at the opening and Jess Glynne’s vocals are excellent on Real Love. However, I think it lacks the energy of the former single, and the production is more electronic than before, which I don’t think is as good. This is a solid dance track, but both artists have done much better.
74 – Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont
92 – Saving My Life by Gorgon City ft. Romans
85 – R. I. P. 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood are an indie act whose last big single was Sweater Weather in 2013. R. I. P. 2 My Youth is the leadoff single from their last album and it is really good. The hazy production and multi-tracked vocals create a great atmosphere that is so different to Sweater Weather. The lyrical themes about losing innocence mirror the production, creating a well-rounded and powerful indie track.
37 – Good Times by Ella Eyre
The latest single from Ella Eyre’s debut album Feline leaves much to be desired. Eyre’s vocals are good, as she utilises her lower range in the verse and then goes higher as the tempo and production increases. However, everything else about the song falls flat. The production feels a bit generic of Eyre’s work with Rudimental and lyrically it is nothing special.
New Number One
1 – Fight Song by Rachel Platten
This is another self-empowerment anthem that if anything, doesn’t really pump me up. The lyrical themes have all been said better before in songs like Born This Way, So What and Perfect. The instrumentation is very clichéd, with a crescendo towards the chorus that feels very forced. I put this song on “Wouldn’t Turn Off” when it debuted, but it has really fallen in my opinions since then. It isn’t a bad song, but in a week as strong as this, it doesn’t hold up to other songs of this genre.
Best of the Week
R. I. P. 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood
Worth a Listen
Waves by Mr Probz
Riptide by Vance Joy
Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont
Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Naïve by The Kooks
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Throne by Bring Me The Horizon
Real Love by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Saving My Life by Gorgon City ft. Romans
Would Turn Off
Good Times by Ella Eyre
Worst of the Week
Fight Song by Rachel Platten