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Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner - 'Written In The Stars'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:37 UK time, Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tinie Tempah

Little word of advice. Do NOT pay special attention to the way Eric Turner sings in this song. In particular, try really hard NOT to focus on the way he breathes. The way he gasps and gags in between every line - particular after "seasons come and go" - could, to some ears, be considered monumentally distracting. And once you've spotted it, it could possibly ruin your enjoyment of the song as a whole.

Not that there's anything wrong with his singy bits, I might add. That epic, power-ballad howl acts as an angelic counterpoint to Tinie's grubby snicker. Eric is all heart and brain and lofty ambitions about fate and destiny, while Tinie is all groin and lizard-throat and funny-bone and elbow-in-the-ribs, and sharp tongue.

Between them, they make a perfectly-rounded and human whole.

(Here's the video. It seems to have been filmed on the other side of the camera from that DJ Fresh one.)

There's a perfect pop moment in this song. One of those immaculate experiences which never grows tired and always packs the same punch, and unusually, it's to do with the video. Normally I'd be adamant that songs which only work with the video alongside are flawed in some way, but there's something brilliant about the way Tinie delivers the line "I only make hits like I work with a racquet and bat" and then mimes hitting a home run, while dipping one knee.

I have, in all seriousness, rewound that bit several hundred times. So I KNOW that it doesn't ever get old.

AND it goes some way towards illustrating why Tinie Tempah is barnstoming his way towards a third Top 3 hit, or higher. By which I mean it is a daft thing to say, but a funny thing to say, and if it DOES top the charts on Sunday, also a true thing to say. So he's not just bragging, he's bragging in an engaging, charming fashion, about something which happens to be factually accurate.

Which is all you can really ask from a pop song.

Well that, plus the sound of a blue whale emptying his blow-hole in between each line of the chorus.

Five stars Download: Out now

www.tinietempah.com
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Europlop says: "I know it's not the normal style of music we review, but the new single by Tinie Tempah is bloody amazing."

Popseeker says: "It's a really great song and clearly has some real emotional backing behind it"

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