Pixie Lott - 'Gravity'
Being a polite, glass-half-full, supportive kind of person, I've held off commenting on this song for as long as possible, because really, I want Pixie Lott to get the most out of her time in the pop limelight.
OK, to some people she's a stage-school madam with a growly voice who represents all that is wrong with modern music. And when I say some people, I mainly mean old people. I'm not so sure. 'Boys And Girls' is still a firm fixture on my iPod, 'Cry Me Out' sounds more and more like a well-made high-quality modern pop song with every play (on Radio 2), and she's nowhere near as self-consciously THEATRICAL as Paloma Faith, for which we should all be grateful.
However, there's a big problem with this song, one which it will take more than an impassioned delivery and immaculate production to get around.
(Here's the video. If you liked the 'Single Ladies video, you should've put a tutu on it. Oh you did.)
The problem is, it's 'No Air' by Jordin Sparks. I mean it REALLY IS 'No Air' by Jordin Sparks. It's not a bad version of 'No Air' by Jordin Sparks, but that doesn't detract from the general air of 'No Air' (by Jordan Sparks) which puffs up whenever the song starts.
Normally, two songs being drawn from a similar pool in the great well of inspiration isn't a big deal. As any musicologist can tell you, there are only 12 notes, only so many combinations of those notes which are pleasing to the ear, and even fewer of those which can be strung together to sound so appealing that people are prepared to click on a download link and welcome them into their lives.
However, 'No Air' has recently been featured on Glee, so it's back in the public consciousness again, which makes this now come across like a photocopy of a painting of an original.
And according to the sleeve-notes, this song took four people to write. FOUR. None of whom wrote 'No Air' by Jordin Sparks, which was itself written by a further SIX people.
Life can be so confusing sometimes, even for an optimist.