Al's album ticks along nicely enough, with jangly enthusiasm, unassuming vocals plus...
Jack Smith 2004
Spiky tyke Alistair Griffin may have been outshined by a certain Cornish pixie (or pisky, if you're local) with a mooey voice on Fame Academy, going by the name of Alex Parks. But that hasn't stopped the spunky Whitby wonder from fighting back with a collection of mainly self-penned pleasant pop songs.
Surprisingly, there's only a mere smattering of covers. Trouble is, there just isn't enough meat for any self-respecting student of pop stuff to get their teeth into here. Al's album ticks along nicely enough, with jangly enthusiasm, unassuming vocals plus enough cheese to keep a whole family of mice happy 'til next Xmas.
"Bring It On", the Griffmeisters signature tune on the show, is still the standout track here with its singalong happy clappy chorus. "A Lover's Prayer", with hee bee Bee Gee Robin Gibb, is heartfelt enough, but Al's version of "Jealous Guy" is so wet it could be wrung out and used to fill Rik Waller's bath. Fame seems a wee bit far off yet, but maybe if he adopted Alex's cow-like moo that could all change.
Review courtesy of Top Of The Pops