February 2014 – Sale Of The Century


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DCCXXXVI – February 2014

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7879
10
RIPTIDE
Vance Joy
7880
4
BRAVEHEART
Neon Jungle
7881
3
WILD HEART
Vamps
7882
1
RATHER BE
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
7883
5
CRYING FOR NO REASON
Katy B
7884
4
READY FOR YOUR LOVE
Gorgon City featuring MNEK
7885
2
FEELIN’ MYSELF
will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard
7886
8
IF I LOSE MYSELF
Alesso vs OneRepublic
7887
3
DIBBY DIBBY SOUND
DJ Fresh vs Jay Fay featuring Ms. Dynamite
7888
4
DARK HORSE
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
7889
4
SHOT ME DOWN
David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey
7890
2
STAY THE NIGHT
Zedd featuring Hayley Williams

 

I like Riptide, and so should you; it’s nice and gentle, but steers clear of being boring. Braveheart’s good and all… if you discount the rap in the middle, that is. If you like risk-averse pop that has no interest in trying anything new, then Wild Heart is the song for you; it’s certainly not for me. I was trying to place the keyboard sound in Rather Be, and do you know what, I think I’ve done it. If you’re old enough to remember Sale Of The Century in its “And now, from Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week” incarnation, it sounds like Clean Bandit have managed to salvage the organ that was played in the background as the contestants were offered brand new colour tellies for £50. I know, such decadence.

Well, it’s about time we had another decent single from Katy B. This could be the nearest that the world of dance music ever gets to a power ballad, but trust me, this one’s a corker. Ready For Your Love’s another good ’un, whereas will.i.am… look, it doesn’t matter what any of us say, he’s going to do his own thing, it’ll be a hit and he’ll move on to the next idea that takes his fancy. On the bright side, he’s one of the few pop stars around who’s genuinely unpredictable.

If I Lose Myself is fairly average, but Dibby Dibby Sound, for better or worse, demands attention. It’s loud, brash, saddled with a really stupid title… and nowhere near as terrible as it could’ve been. I think it’s because it is so ridiculous, that’s how it gets away with it.

Dark Horse has its moments, no doubt about that, but frustratingly the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Oh for goodness sake, David Guetta, the Audio Bullys did this eight years ago and what’s more, they did it much better. I wonder how Hayley Williams feels about Stay The Night being a big hit – Paramore can’t hit the Top Ten to save their lives, but once she goes off and collaborates with other people, she reaches the Top Two. This is the second time she’s done that now, and the second time she’s done it with a half-decent song. Good work, Ms Williams.