The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Noah and the Whale – "2 Bodies 1 Heart"

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noahandthewhale300.jpgWith folky British singer-songrwriters achieving greater prevalence of late, lesser known bands like Noah and the Whale are beginning to break through. Following the release of the sunshine-filled “5 Years’ Time”, the BBC 6 Music regulars are back with the release on 7

The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Radiohead – "Jigsaw Falling into Place"

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radiohead.jpgRadiohead, it seems, are hell-bent on world domination. First there was the record-breaking digital release of In Rainbows, a controversial decision that stuck two fingers firmly up to the flailing EMI. Then they sold out huge chunks of their European tour. And then came the physical release of the album, which has ensured they’ve been flying high for all that exists of 2008 so far. And this week the Oxfordshire quintet are back to really pound the udders of the cash cow.
As well as causing all sorts of hoo-haa at Rough Trade East on Brick Lane on Wednesday night, Radiohead have opted for some traditional promotion in the form releasing the single ‘Jigsaw Falling into Place’. And what better reason to add to Yorke and co’s millions than this little nugget of Radiohead goodness!

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week: "Waving Flags" – British Sea Power

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britishseapower.gifIt’s a whole new year which means there’s a tirade of exciting new music out there waiting to tinkle with your eardrums. Say goodbye to nu-rave, laters Ronson covers, so long (again) band-reforming-casher-inners, and hello to female soul-singers, folk, and er, British Sea Power!
Among the first releases of 2008 is British Sea Power’s ‘Waving Flags’, taken from the band’s forthcoming third album Do you like Rock Music?, due to be released on Rough Trade later this month. The strong melody created by guitarists Yan and Noble harks back to the high quality indie-pop pioneered by the likes of Jarvis Cocker before goons like Coldplay came and infected the genre with U2 style guitar-riffs and Chris Martin’s perpetual whining.

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week – All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

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Some people may claim to hate music of the festive variety, but with Jesus’ Birthday mere days away, I think we should take a moment to celebrate the Achilles

The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Alicia Keys – 'No One'

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The ‘big-voiced diva’ seems to be quite the thing at the moment. Adele is busy flying the flag for London cool-kids with her ultra-trendy image and pop anthem ‘Pavements’, newcomer Duffy is getting in touch with her inner Marianne Faithful (everybody has one, don’t you know?), and Wino is, well, who knows what Wino is up to. But she does occasionally grace us with the aural treat that is her outstanding voice.
It is easy to forget then that the likes of Alicia Keys have been pioneering lady-crooners for years. Her new single ‘No One’, taken from her latest album ‘As I Am’, cements her firmly in the driver’s seat of this particular bandwagon.
The track has been happily nestling in the top ten, just above Wino’s somewhat over-played collaborative cover of ‘Valerie’ with Mark Ronson for a good six weeks now, and for one good reason. It’s a perfect slow, ballad-y, pop song.

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Babyshambles – "Pretty Sue"

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babyshambles.gifWith all the police-dodging, crack-smoking and groupie-shagging, you might wonder when Pete Doherty manages to find the time to write new material, let alone play it live, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the new Babyshambles track ‘Pretty Sue’ posted on the Babyshambles MySpace yesterday.
The song is a pretty rough demo version performed live, but the presence of typically Babyshambolic guitar alongside Pete’s pained (in a good way) vocals shows that it will be a really good track when it’s all polished and produced and whatnot.

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week – Ye Old Hope – Florence and the Machine

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Ordinarily, the term the term ‘Female Singer-songwriter’ is met with a resounding ‘eugh’, but have a listen to Florence and the Machine, and you will realise they are not all floral dress wearing, acoustic guitar wielding, Alanis Morissette wannabes!
When you first hear ‘Ye Old Hope’, the most noticeable element is South Londoner Florence Welch’s voice. With a sound as gravelly as it is strong and powerful, she belts out the song with the punkish edge of Karen O. According to Florence, she learned to sing ‘In church, in the school choir, at weddings and funerals, watching The Rocky Horror Show, everywhere’, which would account for the rich and varied sound she has crafted with her vocal chords.
Set against the backdrop of pelting drums and dirty distorted guitar, the song becomes an aural treat, that is as bluesy and traditional as it is fresh and edgy.
Florence and the Machine remain unsigned, but with fans including Alex James, and a slot supporting Scout Niblett that went down a storm at Scala last Monday, we will probably be hearing a lot more from Florence before 2008 is out.

The Greatest Song in the World This Week: 'Vinalhaven Harbour' – Stephanie Dosen

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stephanie%20dosen.jpgImagine if, whilst wandering down the smack-addled road to the Grunge Hall of Fame, Courtney Love had taken a wrong turn, got lost in the woods, swallowed a copy of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and befriended a peacock. Stefanie Dosen is what you would get. Alright, the similarity probably ends with aesthetics, but indulge me.
Dosen describes her music as ‘cradlesongs for ghosts gone astray’ which might sound a tad pixie-pretentious. But listen to her voice float delicately over the Nick Drake-inspired guitars on ‘Vinalhaven Harbour’ and you just might end up surrendering yourself to the dreamy, fairytale world Dosen’s music inhabits.

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week: 'On My Own' – Vincent Vincent and the Villains

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Just in case you hadn’t had enough of middle-class, skinny jean-clad youths doing their best Joe Strummer impressions, despite them being young enough to have been conceived while their parents shagged to The Clash, Vincent Vincent and the Villains released new single ‘On My Own’ last Monday on CD, 7″ and Vinyl.
Being as I have more than a penchant for everything moody and beardy when it comes to music, I originally put up a bit of a resistance to listening to anything played by a passenger on The Libertines’ bandwagon. However, the funky baseline that opens ‘On My Own’ sucked me in, and like a devoted real ale drinker having a sneaky pint of Stella, I decided to give Vincent Vincent and the Villains a chance.
And right I was to do so!

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The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Britney Spears – Gimme More

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Sometimes you get a huge yellow spot on the end of your nose that you hate, and wish would go away. But then secretly, when locked in the secret cavern of the bathroom, you squeeze and prod at it, and despite the lingering sense of self disgust, you actually grow to love the filthy blemish that has afflicted your face.
That is how I feel about Britney Spears