Singles Club – Spector, Eminem, The Wombats, Manic Street Preachers, Gaz Coombes

I’ve been too busy opening my mountain of advent calendars every day to listen to music but this morning I pulled myself together for the last time to bring you Singles Club! Bigger and longer and more tedious than ever! Enjoy…

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Spector – Untitled in D

Along with the the Wombats and Circa Waves, Spector are probably my favourite straight up indie pop band on the scene right now. I desperately adored both of their first two albums so it was with some anticipation I tuned in to Spector’s new single ‘Untitled in D’. And bloody hell it is perfect.

After the bands dalliance with the 80s on their last record, this latest single feels like a return to the anthemic euphoria of their stunning debut record. It’s a shame the song came out just a little too late to make my top ten songs of 2017 list (coming soon).

Eminem – Untouchable

I’m not sure how happy I am with Rick Rubin’s collaborations with Eminem. I’m not really a fan. I don’t think the Beastie Boys style beats really suit Em’s flow.

As is typical of latter day Eminem, ‘Untouchable’ feels like ten different songs all scrapping it out with each other for prominence which makes for a messy whole. This is Eminem however so obviously there are moments of genius. Lyrically, Mathers still seems as angry and inspired as ever, but there is a nagging feeling that he can’t maintain it over the length of a full song any more. A little disappointing.

The Wombats – Turn

Love, love, love this band. Their albums have suffered a little from diminishing returns but there are moments on each that I cherish dearly, ‘Turn’ is a little too similar to some of their other tracks to truly be a Wombats classic but it still features a sing along chorus and a toe tapping backing track.

As with most of their songs, ‘Turn’ will probably only truly make sense when being thrashed within an inch of its life on stage. On record though, it’s a seven out of ten kind of track.

Manic Street Preachers – International Blue

The Manics are a band that I have never really kept up with. I have heard singles here and there but I haven’t properly listened to any of their albums since the 90s. ‘International Blue’ is unlikely to change that but it is vintage Manics. Melodic, emotive and just… massive. This song could have slotted in nicely on ‘Everything Must Go’. The musical breakdown towards the end is a bit naff though.

Is this a return to form? I’ve no idea to be honest. It’s pretty good though.

Gaz Coombes – I Believe in Father Christmas

I LOVE Christmas. I love presents. I love pigs in blankets. I love pigs outside of blankets. I love pigs in sandwiches. I enjoy sausages. Wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, Christmas. I love Christmas songs.

Greg Lake’s ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ is a classic but Gaz Coombes adds an acoustic tenderness that brings the song to life. This gorgeous live version recorded with my old pal Adam ‘Buckles’ Buxton is really something special. As this will probably by my last Singles Club of the year, this feels like a fitting place to end it.

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