August 2011 – Like A Rolling Stone


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DCCVI – August 2011

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7539
8
SUPER BASS
Nicki Minaj
7540
8
BACK TO BLACK
Amy Winehouse
7541
1
SHE MAKES ME WANNA
JLS featuring Dev
7542
8
DOWN WITH THE TRUMPETS
Rizzle Kicks
7543
4
LITTLE BAD GIRL
David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris
7544
1
SWAGGER JAGGER
Cher Lloyd
7545
4
JAR OF HEARTS
Christina Perri
7546
1
PROMISES
Nero
7547
2
MOVES LIKE JAGGER
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
7548
2
HEAVEN
Emeli Sande
7549
1
DON’T GO
Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra

 

Nicki Minaj is a permanently smiling, multi-coloured ray of sunshine and I have no idea how much of that is an act or really her. She’s definitely carved out her own niche though, and that has to be a good thing, even if the music isn’t all that great. Back To Black’s next, only reaching the Top Ten in the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death (it initially only reached No.25), which just goes to show how unfair the singles chart is – a song like this really deserved better. Mind you, a singer like her deserved better too, but there we are. A massive sign of disrespect from JLS in the video for She Makes Me Wanna – rather than a stage, they’re performing their new (and surprisingly OK) single on a monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Has nobody told them that’s not what they’re supposed to be used for?

I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I like Down With The Trumpets. Little Bad Girl sounds for all the world like David Guetta on autopilot, and no amount of guest appearances can hide that. Swagger Jagger… yep, it’s still incredibly terrible. When it released, I reviewed it and said, amongst other things, “It doesn’t help that the melody used in the chorus sounds very, VERY close to Oh My Darling Clementine, but worse than that is the way she implores her listeners repeatedly to “get on the floor.” I’m pretty sure there are bank robbers who could only dream of sounding as demanding as Ms Lloyd when they say that.” Pretty much sums it up for me.

It takes talent to make such an angry song sound so gentle, but Jar Of Hearts has managed it. Whoever decided that the song didn’t need a beat made exactly the right decision there. Come to think of it, Promises is good too. Been a good week, this one!

Usually, a singer in his early thirties boasting that he’s got the moves of a man in his mid-sixties would not be a good selling point, but Mick Jagger isn’t your average pensioner so Adam Levine just about gets away with it. Does Heaven mark the beginning of Emeli Sande’s “oh my God, she’s bloody everywhere” phase? Only time will tell… I tell you what though, Don’t Go’s really good. I like the way it holds back where other songs like this would’ve gone in with a harder sound and spoiled things.