It’s Sunday, it’s whatever the time is on your watch/clock, it must be time for Pick of the Pops (Vol 3).
This weeks it’s all about the songs. Sometimes an artist comes along and has a flurry of hits and sometimes they just manage one huge one. This week is all about good stand alone songs which are well written, well produced and were well received. End off.
Sarah McLachlan – Do what you have to do
You may have heard the odd song by Sarah McLachlan and in particular “Angel” which has been featured in a number of films and TV programmes. I first heard her music on the “Due South” pilot although I didn’t know it at the time. On a trip to the USA I heard her music again in a record store and bought my first of all her albums. I’ve also been lucky enough to see her in concert in Glasgow. She has a fabulous voice and writes songs, which also contain great lyrics. She lives and works mainly in Canada and has toured extensively within the “Lillith Fair” framework.
Dionne Bromfield – Ouch that hurt
Dionne has featured heavily on a number of radio stations including Radio 1 & 2. Amy Winehouse, who was Dionne’s Godmother, signed her to her new record label Lioness Records. The resulting album “Good for the Soul” is heavily influenced by Amy’s style.
Scott Matthews – Elusive
Sometimes a song comes along which sticks out like a sore thumb Elusive is such a song. It’s so far proved to be a single hit for Scott Matthews, however the song won the Best Song Musically & Lyrically at the Ivor Novello awards in 2007.
Katie Melua – The Flood
The Flood, taken from her fourth album “The House” and is a well structured and produced pop song. Katie has a other hits but for me this is her best.
Python Lee Jackson – In a broken dream
A wee step back back in time now to 1973. Rod Stewart is becoming more widely known when “In a broken dream” is released. Rod did a session for the Python Lee Jackson band and the result is probably one of his best ever.
Annie Lennox – The Gift
Annie needs no introduction. The Gift was featured on her first solo album “Diva”. The song wasn’t chosen as a single although it’s a great track. The rhythm at the beginning sort of leads you down the garden path which makes the track even better.
Don Henley – The end of innocence
Don Henley is best known for being the drummer and one of the founding members of The Eagles. After all the fallouts and final breakup of the band he embarked on a solo career and this track was one of two, which were huge hits worldwide. This is a sunny day song when you’re in the car driving to somewhere nice.