Never Went To Church ****
THE cheeky geezer has one of his warm-hearted moments. While not as strong as Dry Your Eyes, Never Went To Church, an ode to his dead dad will raise a tear with anyone who has lost someone.
Mariah Carey ft. Snoop Dogg
Say Somethin' *****
SHE may be the biggest-selling female artist ever, but for most of us you'd be hard pressed to remember five of her biggest tunes. And this certainly isn't one of them.
NOT a remake of Hall & Oates' I Maneater, but in many ways a f remake none the less. Nelly's
comeback sounds like something Gwen Stefani would do. Sassy and beat-tastic it has the drawled-out lyrics of The Black Eyed Pea's Fergie. But a soundalike tune is nothing to be ashamed of when it's this good. Surely one of 2006's big party tunes.
Love Like Semtex *****
GIVEN the state of the world at the moment, this is perhaps not the best song title. But this isn't some cod-political rant but a swaggering dance/rock crossover.
The Youngest Was The Most Loved *****
YOU can call this classic Morrissey but really it's classic The Smiths. Lush and epic it's a rallying call to outsiders, locked away in their rooms (even though his original fans might actually own the house they are in now). The chorus has lyrics: "There is no such thing in life as normal", which for Morrissey's fans is as good a line as "There's more to life than books you know, but not much more".
So Under Pressure *****
POOR old Dan. She's always going to be Kylie's sister. Her music is always going to be judged on that, and sadly this sounds like an offcut from one of Kylie's albums. Dannii needs to find her own sound.
Follow Me Home *****
ANOTHER week and another Sugababes single. The fourth from hit album Taller In More Ways is one of their downtempo, thoughtful numbers. There's not much bite in this but the Soul Seekerz Vocal Mix breathes some life into the tune.
World At Your Feet *****
GIVEN that Embrace are huge in Scotland, I'm reviewing the official England song for the World Cup. It's not a very good football tune but as an Embrace song it does everything we know and love with an epic singalong chorus and upbeat lyrics.
Krafty Kuts & Tim Deluxe feat Ashley Slater
Bass Phenomenon *****
A FLOOR-FILLING sensation splicing Acid House, electro and breaks into a brain-boiling body shake. This is a cross between Fluke and Daft Punk and the creepy voice from a dark pit comes from Ashley Slater who was in Norman Cook's pre-Fatboy Slim outfit FreakPower and sang the mantra Tune In Turn On Cop Out.
Sooner or Later *****
THE last of the Blue boys to release a solo debut, Duncan has the eye of the ladies on him and much of his success will be down to his looks rather than his music. While not as good as Simon Webbe's offerings, its soft-hearted centre is better than Lee Ryan's or Antony Costa's.