October 2012 – The Certainty Of Chance


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DCCXX – October 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7699
9
TURN AROUND
Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo
7700
8
SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES)
David Guetta featuring Sia
7701
5
ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN
Ellie Goulding
7702
2
SKYFALL
Adele
7703
3
LIVE WHILE WE’RE YOUNG
One Direction
7704
1
DIAMONDS
Rihanna
7705
7
TROUBLE
Leona Lewis featuring Childish Gambino
7706
1
DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
7707
8
ONE MORE NIGHT
Maroon 5
7708
6
STANDING IN THE DARK
Lawson
7709
1
SWEET NOTHING
Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

 

Blimey, this Conor Maynard chap hasn’t done bad for his first few singles, has he? He’s now a big enough name to have Ne-Yo as a guest star on one of his songs, whereas a year ago Conor Maynard was nowhere. She Wolf isn’t much as songs go, but the video features a wolf that gets its own back on the hunters who are chasing it across a wilderness; its method of escape is very simple – it alters reality and disintegrates them. Next time, you’re in deadly peril, just do what the wolf did and you won’t go far wrong.

There’s a lot to be said for Anything Could Happen, and the good news is that most of it’s positive, at least from my point of view. Skyfall is your average Big Bond Ballad, and that’s the problem – it’s an average Big Bond Ballad. Live While We’re Young repurposes the opening riff to the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go for a song that includes the line “let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy ’til we see the sun”. This is, of course, unacceptable. Diamonds is OK though, so at least something half-decent stopped it from going to Number One.

Trouble is… hell’s bells, it’s actually pretty good. Leona Lewis has reined herself in for this one, so no excessive vocal theatrics; the only thing I’m not sure about is the guest rap near the end – was it necessary? Don’t You Worry Child’ll never go down as a classic, but sod it, it’s not bad is it?

Maroon 5 are definitely getting better; I haven’t hears a song of theirs I don’t like for a while now. Lawson are next with another song that fell out of the Top Ten with unseemly haste, and on this evidence I can understand why; it’s not particularly memorable. Calvin Harris and Florence Welch make a good team, y’know, it’s just a shame that Sweet Nothing isn’t better.