November 2010 – Dangerous


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DCXCVII – November 2010

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7454
8
JUST A DREAM
Nelly
7455
1
ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)
Rihanna
7456
1
PROMISE THIS
Cheryl Cole
7457
10
HIGHER
Saturdays featuring Flo Rida
7458
3
HAPPINESS
Alexis Jordan
7459
4
SHINE A LIGHT
McFly featuring Taio Cruz
7460
2
THE FLOOD
Take That
7461
10
SAFE
Westlife
7462
1
THE TIME (DIRTY BIT)
Black Eyed Peas
7463
5
LIKE A G6
Far East Movement featuring the Cataracs and Dev
7464
2
YOUR SONG
Ellie Goulding
7465
1
LOVE YOU MORE
JLS

 

Nelly’s music has definitely matured over the years. It’s hard to believe this is the same man who did Country Grammar. By the time Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World) finally vacated the Top Ten, Cheryl Cole’s single (which went straight to the top while Rihanna had to settle for second place) had gone out of the Top 40, climbed back in, dropped back out and fallen out of the Top 75 altogether. And yes, Rihanna’s single is that much better than Promise This, in case you were wondering. You probably weren’t wondering, but I don’t care, I’ve told you anyway.

Higher is OK… ish. Can’t help feeling the Saturdays might be trying a bit too hard on this one. “I gotta turn this car around,” warbles Alexis Jordan in the video for Happiness. Just one small problem with that, she’s sitting in the back seat of a moving car and there’s nobody driving. Later on, she hops into the driver’s seat and takes control of the vehicle, but instead of turning the car around like she said she would she decides it’s much easier to slam the car into reverse and go back the way she came in a method that surely contravenes at least half of the Highway Code. Remind me never to accept a lift home from Alexis Jordan, yeah? Still, good song.

Bloody hell, McFly have hit something of a purple patch here. Two decent singles in a row – impressive. Next, it’s Take That. PROPER Take That, no less, with Robbie Williams back in the fold and everything. What’s more, something’s happened to the band’s sound – no more of that wishy-washy rubbish like Greatest Day, this is a Take That that’s prepared to say “wash your mouth out son, or you’ll find yourself floating home”. The heart and soul has returned to the band’s music; now, I’m not suggesting that this is Robbie’s doing, but there’s no other way to say this – the band sound totally revitalised.

From a rejuvenated, re-energised and vastly improved Take That… to Westlife. Well, it is nearly Christmas so a single was due from them. Maybe they need to bring Brian McFadden back into the fold, because this is so desperately predictable it’s not even funny. The Black Eyed Peas have reworked (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. That’s it, I give up, all bets are off with this lot.

Like A G6 is, not to put too fine a point on it, absurd. Ellie Goulding has only gone and improved on Elton John’s Your Song, hasn’t she? Well, I think she has, anyway. Sometimes songs work best when they’re stripped right down; certainly happened here. Even with the sound off, it’s obvious that Love You More’s a slowie; the video’s been shot in black and white with lots of moody lighting. Coming straight after Your Song really doesn’t help it much, either.