Singles Bar | OMR Reviews May 18th
Singles Bar – this week, releases from Scissor Sisters and Flo Rida.
The staff of One More Robot magazine takedown two rubbish new pop singles from the always dramatic Scissor Sisters and bulky hip-hop fiend Flo Rida.
Scissor Sisters – ‘Only the Horses’
Gay royalty band Scissor Sisters are back with an insipid new single that fails to capture the humour, ecstasy and musical freedom of their earlier work. Inspired (as so much recent pop music is) by eighties new wave and nineties European house, ‘Only The Horses’ is a mess of washed out synths, overused cliches and weak instrumental hooks. Worse than any lack of originality is the lack of lead singer Jake Shears’ trademark falsetto. What is a gimmicky band without a gimmick? Just a band. – Alex De Petro
Flo Rida – ‘Whistle’
The latest single from Flo Rida is more influenced by guitar-based pop than hip-hop, with ‘Whistle’ being a slightly more laidback joint than the party ready club bangers we have become accustomed to. The melody of the up-tempo guitar synth is uncomplicated while the annoyingly catchy chorus distracts from the less the subtle innuendo of the lyrics. But it is the tune whistled throughout the track that the real hook here. It’s frivolous hip-pop at its best (or worst) depending on how you look at it. If Jedward reinvented themselves into dirty mouthed rappers this is probably what it out sound like. Scary thought. – Karen Lawler