OneRepublic - 'Stop And Stare'
Oh great. Snow Patrol take a year off and NOW look what's happened. Here's OneRepublic with the same musical bag of tricks, only buried under even thicker layers of production sludge. And the interesting thing about this situation is it's very obvious that this is going to be a big hit. So pointing out the very clear similarities in style, tone, content, sound, point, usefulness and, and EVERYTHING is just going to irk the people who like it, and there's clearly quite a lot of them/you about.
After being soundly criticised last time for only giving the band three-out-of-five and saying they ended 'Apologize' like Coldplay ended 'In My Place' (neither of which are particularly terrible things to do in a music review. Just ask Enrique Iglesias), I've decided to give in and give the band a hearty slap on the back for a job well done. I mean why bother making trouble for yourself?
After all, this is clearly going to be another chart smash, why not join in the fun? It might be really comfy up there on that gravy train. I may even put my special gravy wellies on, so's not to spend the rest of the day smelling of wet meat. And if I take a slice or two of bread with me, I've got my lunch sorted out too.
So, here's a list of seven things which are AMAZING and not ENTIRELY DERIVATIVE OF OTHER THINGS about this song.
1: The way the melody basically consists of two or three tiny fragments of tune, which get repeated over different chords.
2: The enormous wobbly reverberations going on behind the band, as if they are playing in an enormous cave.
3: That metronomic, tick-tock feel, where the acoustic guitar and bass pound away at every beat with equal vigour. This gives the chorus all of its power. That's why the producers of American teen dramas really love songs like this. Not that there are any, of course. This is the only one.
4: When was the last time you heard a song which started quietly, got really REALLY LOUD, pulled back for the second verse, EXPLODED INTO ENORMOUS CACOPHONY, and then ended all quietly again? That's practically unheard of in this day and age.
5: Whale-noise guitar in the background. It's what the e-bow was invented for.
6: Oh I don't know. Something about the swoony hugeness, I dare say...
7: They do like that 'In My Place' ending, don't they?
There. Now please don't get aggressive again. I tried REALLY HARD. Here, have two extra stars, I'm off for a Bisto butty...