September 2014 – You’re Not Alone


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DCCXLIII – September 2014

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7969
3
I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE
Sam Smith
7970
4
BLACK WIDOW
Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
7971
2
MAPS
Maroon 5
7972
1
PRAYER IN C
Lilly Wood & the Prick and Robin Schulz
7973
3
SUPERHEROES
Script
7974
2
WON’T LOOK BACK
Duke Dumont
7975
10
NEW FLAME
Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross
7976
7
AMNESIA
5 Seconds of Summer
7977
6
WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS
Ten Walls
7978
1
BLAME
Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
7979
6
BLAME IT ON ME
George Ezra
7980
4
LULLABY
Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly
7981
1
CHANGING
Sigma featuring Paloma Faith

 

More deathly-paced tedium from Sam Smith, I see. He’s not a bad singer, but his music doesn’t do anything interesting. If you wanted a committee to come up with something that sold well without taking any unnecessary risks, this is the sort of music they’d come up with. Black Widow spends its first minute building up to the point where it should kick off, but… nothing. It’s a novel approach, and it doesn’t work – it sounds like the song’s unfinished. Meanwhile, Maps is pretty unremarkable, so much so that the background noises from the events shown in the video do their level best to drown out the song. Ah, finally something half decent – Prayer In C is a lovely summery number.

Oh, the Script are back. Don’t blame me, it’s not my fault. Anyway, it’s another uninspiring pop anthem, but you probably suspected that already, didn’t you? Duke Dumont’s new one is great, and the video contains robbers escaping from the scene of the crime on pogo sticks and police officers chasing them on Segways. Now, you tell me that’s not a BRILLIANT idea for a video.

Chris Brown’s latest video is brought to you by Beats Audio, judging by the astonishing amount of product placement. I really don’t think he’s seen the video for Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker, because if he had he wouldn’t have had the following in his video: a lovely sunny day, lots of women with not much on and, most importantly, Chris Brown dancing around with an umbrella. Thankfully, all these things have helped to largely distract me from the song, which is incredibly boring. After that rubbish, I’m actually glad 5 Seconds of Summer have turned up… at least I was until the song started. It’s not often I find myself saying “One Direction are better at doing this sort of thing”, but… yeah. There we are. The Ten Walls single’s really good though, and is that a sample from Massive Attack’s Unifinished Sympathy I can hear in there? Dunno about Giant In My Heart… it’s not bad, but it really sounds like a “oh heck, now I’ve got to follow up a smash hit” type follow-up single. Blame’s a bit disappointing, mind you, both Calvin Harris and John Newman have better songs in their arsenal than this and they probably know it too.

I… I… like Blame It On Me. It’s a catchy song for the right reasons, but that said, the lyric video seems to suggest that holding onto a telly that’s plugged in as you get dropped into a pool full of water is entirely safe. I’m not sure that would be advisable in the real world, but I dunno, maybe I’m just overly cautious. Meanwhile, well done Professor Green – the lyrics to Lullaby are superb, and he doesn’t even attempt to sugar-coat them to make them more palatable for the radio stations. Changing’s a bit of a let-down though, it just sounds a bit too similar to other songs that have been in the Top Ten recently.