JLS - 'The Club Is Alive'
There are hallmarks of quality all over this song like chicken pox on a toddler - signs that this is exactly the kind of thing our nation's pop youth should be enjoying on a regular basis, if they want to grow up to be the kind of fine, upstanding citizens who can do a sudden backflip in a nightclub without kicking someone's drink over/glass eye out.
Take the Sound Of Music reference. I'm amazed no-one has thought of throwing that in before. It's perfect! The little minor-key warbly melody gives that great big Austrian hilltop moment a bit of metropolitan urgency, and they do it twice. Once without the banging beat and once with, after a shouty count-in. Amazing.
And this is all over a bed of stormy synth strings and spiralling bleeps. It's startlingly moody for what is supposed to be 'just' silly old pop music.
(Here's the video. Union jack-the-lad swing.)
Also, as a personal delight for me, there are the lyrics. Now I love JLS lyrics. They are clearly written by people who know that they absolutely do not have to make any sense whatsoever.
If the band are in the middle of doing what they do, and you, the audience, are concentrating on the words they're saying over, say, how they look, what muscles are flexing, which way up Aston is, the beat, the music, the clothes, the bagginess of Ortise's trousers, the hair, the teeth, the twinkly eyes, the voices, or what the song is saying even if the words are not, chances are you're not really JLS's core demographic.
So it's perfectly fine for them to trot out a like like "you could be the DJ, I could be the dancefloor, you could get up on me" without anyone batting an eyelid. It sounds like it might make sense, so probably it does. Even though it's DANCERS that get up on dancefloors, not DJs.
In fact, it you really want to be a stickler for accuracy, a better analogy might be "you could be the DJ, I could be your mixer, you could tweak my pitch control for beatmatching purposes and then crossfade me, all night long."
It still sounds like utter filth, but at least the metaphor is consistent.
Awarded one extra star for the "hey!" You know the one.
Buzzin Pop Music says: "The enormous club track represents a change of direction for JLS."
Music Is My King Sized Bed says: "I am NOT a fan of the chorus though...especially that Sound of Music sampling."
FizzyPop!! says: "It is certainly what a modern boyband should sound like - part pop, part gimmick and part club."