The Saturdays - 'Missing You'
A controversial song, this. And one which has cause more than a few ripples since it first escaped onto the internet a few weeks ago. People have been quietly asking each other if they've heard it, and if so, what they think, as if there needs to be a common agreement as to whether it is good or bad.
Something hidden deep in the song's DNA is engagingly bad, or worryingly good, and it's got everyone's quality alarms jangling like a wind-chime in a hurricane. And it's not just about the song. People are now wondering whether, if it IS bad, it represents final proof that the band who gave us the (still) amazing 'Up' have lost their way as a potent pop force.
So, before we find ourselves in the middle of a pop vigilante mob, setting fire to the Sundays' lawn by mistake, let's have a good look at this thing, and see if we can't get to the root of the problem.
(Here's the video. Scunthorpe has never looked so good.)
Now, it's probably fair to say the key line here is "I miss missing you". It's the main bit of the chorus, and of course it sounds like gibberish at first listen. So if you can stomach that - and a fair few people have already fallen at the first hurdle - you're probably well on the way to enjoying the whole thing.
If you're a little lost as to what it means, it suggests a mournful feeling about a long-dead relationship which you suddenly realise you don't even remember that well, and this makes you sad. But no, this is about a current relationship which has lost its fire, and as Rochelle so bluntly explains, "love is only true if it hurts".
Ergotherefore, what you miss is the feeling of anguish you once had when you had to be seperated, because even THAT would prove there was some kind of chemistry still there.
Naturally, the people who want to write the band off are keen to see an ironic parallel between the lyrics of the song and their current predicament. "Hah!", they sneer, "we miss missing you too, now you're all BACK and RUBBISH!". But that's sneery and rude, so we'll have none of that here.
What we will have here is a moment of appreciation for the bit where they sing "begging to get back together", because that's an undeniable peak in a song which is constantly building towards something. It's slow, moody, ponderous, a little bit boring at times, but when it gets to that bit, it's like you've finally pulled your bike over the top of the hill and you're starting to accelerate down the other side. That's the good bit.
On the other hand, the verses are overblown and daft. And crucially, the little quirks on the voices - Frankie's too-thick autotune, Mollie's croak, Vanessa's slightly blocked-up nose - are sometimes louder than the voices themselves.
Still and all, it's a grower. I've a feeling that even the most snarky of disappointed Sats fans could still find themself having a bit of a moment with that chorus, given the right circumstances.
As for whether it spells doom for the group in the long-run...well I hope not. Not until Girls Aloud bury the hatchet at any rate...
The Sound Radar says: "It feels like an element is missing."
Melismatic says: "It is continuing The Satz downhill slant into Hot AC territory with yet another mid-tempo sparkler."
The Beat Review says: "It's actually better than 'Forever Is Over' which I think was overly done"