Today’s Singles of the Week features new songs from a host of familiar faces. The lady with the big voice, Christina Aguilera, has paired up with rapper du jour, Pitbull, on new single ‘Feel This Moment’. This week also sees the latest releases from X Factor graduate Misha B as well as former Lighthouse Family singer Tunde Baiyewu. However, starting off today’s reviews is a new track from singer-songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli who’s collaborated with Boyzone’s Ronan Keating…
‘Send Out a Message (To the World)’ by Kirsty Bertarelli feat. Ronan Keating (Rating: *1/2)
Reviewed by Jeremy Williams
Staffordshire born and a former Miss UK, Kirsty Bertarelli is best known to date for co-writing All Saints’ hit single ‘Black Coffee’, but having signed on the dotted line Bertarelli is determined to show a different side to her musicality. Though 2012 saw her achieve success with a Armin van Buuren remix of ‘Twilight’, Bertarelli is heading up the release of her Don Mescall dÃ©but, Love Is, with the optimistic ‘Send Out A Message (To The World)’, which also features Ronan Keating.
Unfortunately, not even Keating can save what is quite possibly the blandest single of 2013 so far. Bertarelli is not a bad singer, but she hardly stands out in a music industry currently overcrowded with distinctive female soloists. Her pretty average vocal in the right hands might have been produced to infinity to ensure chart-ability, but in the honest arms of Mescall, Bertarelli is left sounding more karaoke queen than rising chart proposition. With Keating proving gruff, his half-hearted effort only adds to the closing time sing-song effect.
Though Bertarelli has proved her worth as a songwriter in the past, ‘Send Out A Message (To The World)’ is as lacking in inspiration as her vocal delivery. With tediously obvious lyrics, ‘Send Out A Message (To The World)’ fails to inspire as it wishes.
While Bertarelli’s Love Is may surprise upon release, the verdict on ‘Send Out A Message (To The World)’ is one of true tedious mediocrity.
‘Here’s to Everything (Oh La La)’ by Misha B (Rating: **)
Reviewed by Greg White
Born and raised in Manchester, we watched Misha Amber Bryan rise to fame as she made it to the semi-finals on the eighth season of The X Factor. Since then she’s enjoyed modest success with her singles ‘Home Run’ and ‘Do You Think Of Me‘. While some ‘mix-tapes’ have also been released, there seems to be a reluctant vibe coming from Misha’s label, Relentless, and plans for a full album release in July still seem to be sketchy. Finding Misha’s fan niche certainly seems like it may be an issue the label are having.
Produced by Mike Riley, with song writing credits going to Misha and Talay Riley, ‘Here’s To Everything (Oh La La)’ is a booming, drum n bass, pop number that’s obviously vying to be a song of the summer. We only see that happening if several strong drinks are involved on the listener’s part. Unfortunately, what we have here is probably one of the most generic dance songs released so far this year.
Although the track is slick and well-crafted, none of the sections of the song are particularly catchy. The ‘oh la-la-la-la’ bits sound just like every other mildly Caribbean-influenced pop vocal out there. It’s pretty similar to what Rihanna sounds like when she tries too hard to flavour her tracks with a thick island accent. What Misha B’s X Factor viewing fans originally fell in love with seems to be absent; a powerful and heartfelt vocal, or any underlying meaning present in the song itself. The lyrics are extremely common, and lack as much personality as the music: ‘here we go like satellites / chasing stars but we are blind / still we grow we ignite / put your hand inna the sky / put your hand inna the air / here’s to everything’… Errm, what? Here’s to everything? Obviously this is meant to be some sort of anthem for the underdogs, but haven’t we had enough of those over the past several years? Not to mention that the likes of P!nk, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha at least did it with a bit of personality, killer choruses, and even humour.
Overall, this X Factor alum’s latest is a bit of a dud. Nothing in the video adds anything interesting to the song’s non-message. It tries too hard to over-sexualize Misha B; although a bit of wind, rain, hair-flipping, and pyro-technics are always nice in a pop video. Better luck next time, Misha.
‘Diamond In A Rock’ by Tunde Baiyewu (Rating: **)
Reviewed by Lee Williscroft-Ferris
Tunde Baiyewu is famous for two things; both arguably as important as the other. Firstly, he was the lead singer of Lighthouse Family, who rose to fame in the 1990s with tracks such as ‘Ocean Drive’ and ‘Lifted’. Secondly, his surname is notoriously difficult to pronounce, leading many to refer to the 44-year-old simply as ‘Tunde’.
Since the demise of Lighthouse Family, Baiyewu has married a Nigerian model and released two solo albums, the most recent of which, Diamond In A Rock, came out earlier this year.
The eponymous second single from the album is very much reflective of Lighthouse Family’s easy listening style. It’s undeniably pleasant; unfortunately, though, the positives end there. Let’s face it – there’s easy listening and then there’s music that is destined for the background in B&Q. As much as it pains us to say it, the Lighthouse Family being the ultimate guilty pleasure, ‘Diamond In A Rock’ definitely falls into the category of musical wallpaper.
The fundamental issue is that even those who would happily listen to it are highly unlikely to part with coin of the realm to download this retro-inspired tune. It’s nice – when ‘nice’ is the most you can say, one should probably stop talking.
‘Feel This Moment’ by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera (Rating: *)
Reviewed by Jamie Clarke
‘I’m a genius, I mean brilliance,’ Pitbull raps on the A1 (Ah-Ha) ‘Take On Me’ sampling single, ‘Feel This Moment’.
It’s terrible – Just to get that out of the way. It really goes to show how far Christina Aguilera’s star has fallen that she has to guest on this terrible single.
There’s no doubt the single will chart well, Pitbull seems to provide drunken anthems for the masses and they lap them up like a glass of cheap Jacobs Creek rosÃ©.
But for an artist like Christina Aguilera, and she is an artist despite recent album sales, this single acts as an admittance that she needs a hit – she needs to be associated with a hit again, it’s an admittance that she can’t do it on her own.
It’s reminiscent of JLS’ ‘The Club Is Alive’, which was also a terrible song. It would be brilliant for the sake of this review if there were a saving grace, but there really isn’t.
With this single Christina Aguilera, who scaled the highest heights with ‘Dirrty’, ‘Candyman’ & ‘Fighter’, has nailed the final nail on her pop coffin. Pitbull, who has been dead and buried since his career began in the eyes of many, could be referred to as the Grim Reaper of pop.
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