JLS - 'One Shot'
You've got to love a song with two tempos. I mean most songs have just the one. They begin, tick away the minutes, sometimes stopping, sometimes starting up again, but they really don't ever tend to deviate from their one central pulse. But this has got TWO. TWO!
The opening verse is wafty and slow, Aston calmly explaining that he's got his eye on a special someone and he's trying to screw his courage up into a little ball so that he can go and ask her out. Then there's some ravey synth action, which is whizzy and fast and we're into the chorus, which is - and this is where the genius lies - BOTH OF THESE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME!
Phee-yoo! That is some fancy musical wizardry and no mistake!
(Here's the video. It's got magical microphone stands. That is all you need to know.)
And that's not the only amazing thing that is going on here. Once we're through the mirror of Two Tempos, we enter a crazy topsy-twisty world where up is wrong, down is high, left is brown, and lyrics no longer have to make sense.
There are two brilliantly daft moments which are worthy of discussion.
Brilliantly Daft Moment 1:
"Sometimes I pinch myself a mile away"
From where? Here? Where you are? Where SHE is? What are you trying to say here, exactly?
Brilliantly daft moment 2:
"I know she's the reason that my heartbeat
Goes like da-da-da, d-da-da-da..."
[LONG, MEDICALLY SCARY PAUSE FOLLOWS]
That's right, JLS would like it to be known, in musical form, that this is the girl for them, the girl they would forever regret not asking out. And this is not because they can see a long and happy future together, or a simple case of young lust run riot into verbally dramatic territory. No, it's because she makes them DIE.
Well he did say he'd love her until "the end" I spose...