This week, we get six tracks from Bring Me The Horizon and a song that asks the question “Who farted?”.
99 – Scars by James Bay
84 – Superstition by Stevie Wonder
81 – Drown by Bring Me The Horizon
66 – Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon
97 – Avalanche by Bring Me The Horizon
95 – Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon
91 – True Friends by Bring Me The Horizon
True Friends fits Bring Me The Horizon’s more classic rock aesthetic, and in my opinion, this is the best of their songs to chart this week. This doesn’t mean that I don’t find issues with the song. I am still not a fan of Oli Syke’s vocals, and I think that here he can sound very strained. The production is solid but it does feel somewhat in the band’s comfort zone. Overall, it’s an ok track, but I won’t be revisiting it.
88 – Help is Coming by Crowded House
87 – Doomed by Bring Me The Horizon
83 – Ditmas by Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons third album, Wilder Mind, got a very mixed reception. Some liked the departure from acoustic folk rock and a move towards more electronic music, while others thought it just didn’t work. I admit that I am in the second group. On Ditmas, the rollick of older Mumford & Sons songs like Little Lion Man is gone and the electronic production just doesn’t really suit Marcus Mumford’s vocals. I do hope that they go back to their roots with their future material.
80 – Hourglass by Disclosure ft. Lion Babe
Disclosure are a group who have always been hit and miss for me. I can always appreciate their production and instrumentation, but their choice of vocalists has been mixed at best. For me, Hourglass is another song where the production is minimalist but interesting. However, the vocals just don’t go anywhere. Some of the vocal effects are good, but a more powerful vocalist would have been better.
78 – I Wanna Get Lost With You by Stereophonics
As a proud Welshman. I have always had a soft spot for Stereophonics. I Wanna Get Lost With You demonstrates what I really like about the band. Simple, yet effective guitar riffs with a hazy production that reminds me of The Killers. I’m glad that this band are still making music, as I am not normally disappointed.
62 – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off by Ella Eyre
This subdued cover of a Jermaine Stewart song starts so beautifully, with muted piano and string harmonics. This is Ella Eyre’s best vocal performance to date so far in my opinion, as she isn’t straining to be heard over pounding EDM. This is what Ella Eyre should be doing more, as she takes the formally upbeat track and gives it a much song. In my opinion, this is an improvement on the original.
59 – Shut Up by Stormzy
58 – Let It All Go by Birdy & Rhodes
Birdy and Rhodes collaboration shows off both vocalists and couples it with some effective harmonies in the chorus. The subdued orchestration puts both the lyrics and the vocals at the forefront of the texture to create an atmospheric and emotional track.
47 – Never Forget You by Mnek and Zara Larsson
The vocal performances on this song are very good. Both Mnek and Larsson deliver a confident and heartfelt performance. But once again, the instrumentation is far too dark for the lyrical themes in the song. Also, it is yet another limp drop after a very dramatic build-up. I think a less electionic instrumentation would have fit this song better.
27 – Two Minds by Nero
Nero’s fascination with orchestral music is clear from the opening of Two Minds. This is of course coming from the group that wrote The Dubstep Symphony. However, after the drop, all of the instrumental colour of the opening is drowned out and replaced by various synths. This song starts so well, but just falls flat once the beat drops.
18 – WICKEDSKENGMAN 4 by Stormzy
This song starts with someone asking “who farted?”… This doesn’t give a good first impression of the song. However, Stormzy’s flow and lyrical creativity is quite good and the beats remain interesting throughout. I just wish that the start was better and less childish, as it really doesn’t match the themes in the rap itself.
Best of the Week
We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off by Ella Eyre
I Wanna Get Lost With You by Stereophonics
Worth a Listen
Scars by James Bay
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Let It All Go by Birdy & Rhodes
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Drown by Bring Me The Horizon
True Friends by Bring Me The Horizon
Help is Coming by Crowded House
Hourglass by Disclosure ft. Lion Babe
WICKEDSKENGMAN 4 by Stormzy
Would Turn Off
Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon
Avalanche by Bring Me The Horizon
Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon
Doomed by Bring Me The Horizon
Never Forget You by Mnek and Zara Larsson
Shut Up by Stormzy
Two Minds by Nero
Worst of the Week
Ditmas by Mumford & Sons