April 2015 – The Name Of The Game


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DCCL – April 2015

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8041
1
HOLD MY HAND
Jess Glynne
8042
10
ELASTIC HEART
Sia
8043
2
BLOODSTREAM
Ed Sheeran
8044
6
LOST STARS
Stevie McCrorie
8045
2
JEALOUS
Nick Jonas
8046
8
FIRESTONE
Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell
8047
4
CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH)
Dr. Kucho and Gregor Salto featuring Ane Brun
8048
1
CHEERLEADER
OMI
8049
1
SEE YOU AGAIN
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

 

I like Hold My Hand. It’s poppy, happy and doesn’t pretend to be any more worthy than it is. It’s also the only new song in this week’s Top Ten. Nice easy start there, then.

Elastic Heart’s quite the curate’s egg. I really like bits of it, but other bits get on my nerves. Luckily, the former bits outweigh the latter, and that’s good enough for me. Can’t say the same for Bloodstream, though – things are the other way round there.

Stevie McCrorie won The Voice, and to celebrate he released a single that went straight in at No.6 and then dropped 62 places the following week. It’s a cover version of a song performed by Keira Knightley (no, really) in a film called Begin Again, which, I’ll be honest, I have never heard of. I’m sure it’s very good though, possibly. It was co-written by the chappie from New Radicals and… yeah, sounds like it too. Jealous is better… actually, it’s better than anything the Jonas Brothers have ever done. Come to think of it, I may be damning the song with faint praise here because as pop songs go, it’s really good.

No sooner does the beat kick in on Firestone than it decides it’s kicked in far too early and promptly buggers off again. Annoying when that happens. It comes back in gradually, almost tentatively, as if it’s not entirely sure at which point it’s supposed to arrive, and then after a half-hearted attempt at showing its face gives up again before giving it one more brief attempt, after which the song ends. Can’t Stop Playing doesn’t have that problem – the beat knows exactly what it’s meant to do and when and the song’s vastly superior for it. Don’t mind Cheerleader either, it’s got a chilled out, summery sound. The trumpeter could’ve given it a rest for most of the song, but that’s about the only complaint I have. See You Again sounds a bit… well… final, doesn’t it? Just by looking at the lyrics, I’m interpreting it as one friend saying goodbye to another forever. The sentiment’s good, not least because it doesn’t descend into being sentimental, but I get the impression that this song is part of a bigger story and it’d work better as a part of that. Blimey, that’s a cheery way to end the month.