The Irish cheeky chappie was back on The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC1. No, not Graham but Niall Horan from One Direction. Anyways Niall performed his new single Too Much To Ask, and I have admit as melodic as it sounds and as soothing as a voice he may have I’m not much of a fan. I openly admit the song’s not bad but it’s not something that I’ll be rushing to download or buy anytime soon. For me, it’s as if Niall’s trying to be James Morrison and he isn’t quite pulling it off, though I’ll give him credit for trying. There’s also some friendly banter between Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston Matt Lucas, Nicole Kidman and Jane Fonda. Also Jan reveals some insight behind that infamous police mug-shoot. Apparently the White House had a hand in it. Bet you probably weren’t aware of that were you.?
Recent review I did for Tunes Trends & Threads of Beth Ditto’s new single Fire (Disciples remix). Read and enjoy
Only just this moment finished watching from front-woman of 00’s indie band The Gossip, Beth Ditto, perform her new solo single Fire on BBC1 on The Graham Norton Show at the moment. It’s actually really good and Beth’s just such an amazing vocal force to be reckoned with, seriously everyone this woman’s been gone for too long but this just makes up for in the best way possible. There’s just something in both her voice and performance that makes the whole thing totally electrifying. Fire is miles away from the iconic Standing In The Way Of Control.
British electronic/rock/hip-hop band Gorillaz are back with a brand new single, We Got The Power, on The Graham Norton Show right now and it sounds great. It was about about 4-5 years ago (I think) since we last heard anything from them and the absence was worth it. I admit I’m hooked within moments of the intro and the vocals are catchy. The lines ‘We got the power to be lovin’ it each other no matter what’ and ‘We got the power to do that’ are an amazing hook and just go round and round. This is one heck of a tune and is from their new album Humanz. Welcome back Gorillaz. Also Noel Gallagher’s on the side of the crowd, just caught a glimpse of him.
Watching Harry Styles performing his new solo song Sign Of The Times on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, it’s got a good intro to it but unfortunately I can’t honestly say I’m a fan. I openly admit it sounds alright but it’s not exactly growing on me, it’s as if he’s trying to pass himself off as a British Bon Jovi but has managed to miss the mark. I openly admit I wasn’t a One Direction fan so it’s probably me being a little biased about it. Sorry Harry dude but I’m afraid I won’t be rushing to get/download it anytime soon.
Not long finished watching US singer, and The Voice UK coach/star, Jennifer Hudson perform her latest single Remember Me on The Graham Norton Show. It doesn’t sound all that bad, bit of a slow starter if I’m being honest, but non-the-less her voice sounds good. It does pick up some pace after about 20 seconds thereabouts. Can’t say I was impressed to be honest but credit where it’s due she has got a really good voice full of soul and she does hit the high-note. Nice touch with the violins in the background.
So, after a small-ish sort of absence he’s back and he’s got Take That on the show performing their new single Wonderland. I think this must be the first time they’ve performed since Jason Orange left leaving them as a threesome. In all fairness Wonderland’s actually quite a good song and it’s gripping from the word go. Gary Barlow’s voice practically knows no bound. The line ‘Music Makes Me Feel Good’ just goes round and round your head, it’s quite catchy. Nice song lads. And as always these guys know how to engage their audience.
Listening to another as yet amazing R&B record on the radio, Radio 1 to be precise, and what a tune. It’s called Angels/Your Love and the guys’ voice on this song is both soothing and melodic and just seem to cut straight through and is on the Hottest Records on 1Xtra at the moment. If you ever get the chance check it out, it’s worth a listen. Once again America I thank you for some get music
And the print version of High Tides One To Watch from the Nottingham Post. For the full interview go to the Published Pieces page