This week, we get a new top two, an X Factor winner teaming up with an American Idol winner and Flo Rida… For some reason.
98 – Fester Skank by Lethal Bizzle ft. Diztortion
92 – Eyes Shut by Years & Years
85 – Confident by Demi Lovato
81 – Irresistible by Fall Out Boy
The fanfare that opens Irresistible forms the basis of the whole instrumentation and I love it. Fall Out Boy could always do anthems well, from songs like This Ain’t a Scene and Uma Thurman, and this is now exception. While the chorus doe sslightly kill the build up from the verse, this is a good song if you need pumping up in the morning.
78 – Weird People by Little Mix
74 – My House by Flo Rida
A slow tempo doesn’t suit Flo Rida at all. His best songs are where he sounds like he is having fun, not like this where he just comes across as a bit sleazy. The production on My House feels processed beyond the point of no return that it doesn’t sound like anyone involved knew what they wanted the tone to be; a party or a sex jam. This song just feels like a mess.
59 – Hey Boy by Take That
21 – Second Hand Heart by Ben Haenow ft. Kelly Clarkson
I wasn’t expecting this level of gritty production from an X Factor winner. The production has a depth to it that was a welcome surprise, with the only thing letting it down being the synth on the chorus. Unfortunately, while Ben Haenow is quite good, Kelly Clarkson is much better. Her experience shows as she is a lot more reserved on her verse before letting go on the bridge. Overall, Second Hand Heart is a better pop song than most X Factor debuts but I think Haenow needs a bit more experience.
2 – Perfect by One Direction
I don’t think One Direction have many more singles left in them; the teenage girl fan base is starting to move away from them to bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. If they want to survive, then songs like Perfect are not the way to do it, as I think this song is quite boring. None of the members have the emotional depth to pull off a song like this and the production just leaves them very exposed or swamps them completely instead of finding a useful middle ground. They need something better than this if they want to continue being the pop stars thy have become.
1 – Turn the Music Louder (Rumble) by KDA ft. Tinie Tempah and Katy B
On this track, I don’t think that either Tinie Tempah or Katy B were used to their full potential. Tinie Tempah is best when he sounds like he isn’t as serious as he is here, and Katy B does dark and mysterious much better than a club banger. The stuttering production is different, but not exactly good. It is too heavy and edged but the backing vocals behind Katy B are a nice touch. Tyhis had potential, but overall just falls quite flat.
Again, for such a small week, no need to do a best/worst.
Worth a Listen
Eyes Shut by Years & Years
Confident by Demi Lovato
Irresistible by Fall Out Boy
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Weird People by Little Mix
Hey Boy by Take That
Second Hand Heart by Ben Haenow ft. Kelly Clarkson
Would Turn Off
Fester Skank by Lethal Bizzle ft. Diztortion
Perfect by One Direction
Turn the Music Louder (Rumble) by KDA ft. Tinie Tempah and Katy B
My House by Flo Rida