Stacie Orrico – I’m Not Missing You
This is the first song from her third album, which will be released this August, and I have to say I’m quite disappointed – it’s nothing on Stuck, More To Life or even I Could Be The One. There is no progression from her old sound – it’s all a bit dated. Maybe my mind will change after more listens but so far I’m unimpressed.
Guillemots – Made Up Love Song
By some strange chance I have been to see Guillemots live twice, even though I’m not a huge fan. I have gained quite an affection for them though, as they seem quite adorable and the singer, Fyfe Dangerfield (his real name!), is kind of quirky and sweet. The video is similarly so, and very enjoyable to watch, but I don’t think I’ll ever have their album on repeat.
Taylor Hicks – Do I Make You Proud
So this probably won’t get released in this country, but a new American Idol can’t go without comment. If you haven’t seen any of AI this year, you should watch some of Taylor’s performances cos he is quite a character and he’s certainly a good singer, although I do wonder if he got “the grey vote”, because there were other male singers who I thought were better, but Taylor is good fun and deserves to win way more than Carrie Underwood did. She was rubbish! Anyway, Taylor’s song is just typical Idol first single fodder, and I think it will do as well as they usually do, but I also think Taylor will find his niche with older ladies who like their soul music and gradually leave the mainstream market to Katharine and Chris (although Eliot was my fave, I don’t think he has the charisma to become a superstar).