I was faced with a choice, at a difficult age. Would I write a book, or should I take to the stage

Sunday, July 18

It's gone CRAZY. Buttons, colours, fonts. How overstimulating!
But let us just pull ourselves together for a moment to exclaim heartily over the new Natasha Bedingfield song "These Words".  

We were alerted to Tash's efforts by the lovely Michael Bush-Pavilion. He doesn't usually make mistakes, so we investigated and were pleasantly surprised. It's very good, for something with a Bedingfield connection. Consider all the crap that has that connection for just a moment:

  • Daniel Bedingfield's entire output
  • Natasha Bedingfield's entire output apart from "These Words"
  • Natasha's bloody stupid website
  • That dire H&Claire b-side that Daniel has a writing credit on
This song has some VERY CHARMING FEATURES. It sounds, we thought initially, like MisTeeq. Michael wasn't having it. "It's more Nelly Furtado," he explained patiently over at the Lizjournals, and of course he is quite right. It also has a faint whiff of Ms Dynamite about it. Let's give it a listen, shall we? YES.
0.01: interesting turntable noise
0.07: a little disclaimer from Tash: "These words are my own." Jolly good
0.15: chords are named. D, E, F.
0.29: Furtado-esque "wa-oh"s
0.43: first run of the chorus and of course it is a veritable CRACKER.
1.08: something about "Shelley and Keith" perhaps, and about the song having a "hip hop beat". This claim remains unverified.
1.13: pleasing little Casiotone noises are in the background.
2.04: Natasha seems to make the noise that a mobile phone makes when the battery is low.
2.20: the middle eight. The only portion that's a bit crap
2.38: But don't despair because the lovely chorus is getting another run! With some added shouty bits
3.23: "Yeah, uh." Whatever HAPPENED to grunting at the start of every song? It was all the go in pop in about 1999-2000.  You simply couldn't MAKE a pop song in those days that didn't have a bit of "uh, uh" in it. Possibly courtesy of Darkchild. So this is a bit of a throwback in that respect
3.36: It just stops, rather than fading out, as dictates "the style of the times".
This song is officially Fop's very own "Some Girls" for 2004. (Subject, you understand, to change.)


At 6:48 am, Blogger Jessica said...

The lyrics are "Read some Byron, Shelley and Keats, recited it over a hip-hop beat", but Shelley and Keith sound just as good to me!

At 9:10 am, Blogger Fop said...

Oh, of course!

That makes sense. It's a bit more pretentious than "Shelley and Keith" but I'm still pleased by it.

Thank you!


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