July 2016 – Lift Me Up


DCCLXV – July 2016

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8154
5
SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER)
Adele
8155
2
DANCING ON MY OWN
Calum Scott
8156
2
DON’T LET ME DOWN
Chainsmokers featuring Daya
8157
9
DON’T MIND
Kent Jones
8158
2
PERFECT STRANGERS
Jonas Blue featuring J.P. Cooper
8159
6
TREAT YOU BETTER
Shawn Mendes

I… actually don’t mind Adele’s new one. That’s a surprise, usually her singles are far too slow for me, but this one’s fairly sprightly by her standards. The video’s a bit odd though, it’s almost as if they only had a small amount of storage space for the footage so they bunged all the shots on top of each other and hoped for the best.

Calum Scott’s done a downtempo ballady remake of Robyn’s Dancing On My Own and I really wish people would stop sucking all the life out of old songs. This turgid slab of anguished howlery stayed in the Top Ten for FIFTEEN WEEKS – that’s just not fair, you know. If anything, Don’t Let Me Down’s even more infuriating – at least Dancing On My Own sets out its stall from the first few seconds and sticks to the plan, but the Chainsmokers’ effort threatens to pick up speed a couple of times and then bottles it. When it does finally spring into life, it’s far too little, too late. There’s a potentially decent song here, but the production lets it down big time.

Don’t Mind is a bit bloody tedious, isn’t it? It’s come to something when Adele’s single is shaping up to be the most upbeat entry of the month… oh, thank heavens for Jonas Blue. In the grand scheme of things, Perfect Strangers isn’t all that special, but in the context of this week’s singles chart it’s a rare sign of life. Right now, I’ll take anything I can get.

Finally for July, Treat You Better. Not great, not terrible, just resolutely and determinedly average.