Marina & the Diamonds – Oh No! (Watch)
I was a bit surprised that this was chosen as the next single for Marina, as it hadn’t particularly stood out to me on the album, but when combined with this glorious video it now makes perfect sense. This is the kind of song Amy Studt might have released if she’d been allowed to continue being ace. If only all pop videos could bring a song to life in the way this one does. I’ve never been entirely sure if I like Marina herself (her derision of Girls Aloud in her song Girls makes me wonder if she really wants to be a popstar at all, since she has clearly missed the point of GA) but I’ve listened to her album quite a lot and wouldn’t say there were any weak tracks, so for that alone she gets my approval.
Maroon 5 – Misery (Listen)
They’re a subject of hate from many pop fans, and I can see that there is a slightly irritating attitude about them, but I throroughly enjoyed both of their albums so far. The new single Misery is from their third album, which they have always said will be their last, and it’s very much on the same lines as their previous work. While I’m pleased they have stuck to the sound that earned their success, it would have been nice to have an updated version as this could have easily been released five years ago. Still, I like it and will definitely buy the new album. Hopefully the video will be as fun as this fan-made attempt – I love his jumper!
Selena Gomez & the Scene – Round and Round (Watch)
Since I can never muster the courage to watch anything Disney other than High School Musical, I don’t really get who Selena is. All I know is she date(s/d?) a JoBro, had a small hit with Naturally, and looks about 6 but is presumably older than that. She resembles Rachel Bilson’s blander-looking younger sister. Her music is pretty bland as well. Naturally suggested Selena has potential for poptasticness, but Round and Round follows the same old Disney template of sounding like a good pop song but not actually being one. It’s been like this since the days of Hilary Duff – albums full of songs that were almost but not quite good, with the odd over-hyped triumph like Come Clean and Can’t Be Tamed. Occasionally there’s a genuine triumph like See You Again, but Selena hasn’t created hers yet.