Sunday, 6 April 2008

Martina Topley Bird - Carnies

2003's not quite golden child returns with some assistance from Danger Mouse and RHCP collaborator Josh Klinghoffer. Teasing bass runs, unobtrusive synth and cascading drums are teamed with nostalgic, sweet vocals, and the by-product surprisingly makes for a chunk of pretty unmemorable MOR. The former Tricky vocalist's latest single just doesn't seem to go anywhere – the harmonic structures are too predictable, and the lead up into the chorus culminates in an almighty let down every time. The knowing high notes are supposed to make up for this, but apart from the euphoria at the moment of their first appearance, they're as predictable and placed as the choruses. It's a shame that this feels so underdeveloped - a huge let down following her genre-hotchpotch and Mercury nominated debut album 'Quixotic'.

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