Scissor Sisters - 'Fire With Fire'
I always loved the expression "fight fire with fire", because it really takes some thinking about. "An eye for an eye" has a certainly grisly logic to it, and implies that revenge is about swapping places with the person who has wronged you, leaving you both disfigured. But to fight a fire - metaphorical or real - with with another fire, just makes for a big fire. It doesn't make the fire go away, just ask anyone who ever got into a flame war with an idiot on YouTube.
A full list of the things that fire IS good at fighting would include the following: wood, the cold, raw food, over-inquisitive grizzly bears, paper, the deceased (in a respectful way, naturally), an unfriendly ambiance in a living room, marshmellows, the Guy, potatoes in foil, the lack of a sing-song in a campsite situation.
But I guess most of those wouldn't scan.
(No video, cos of the ads.)
Am I the only one who can hear something of Westlife's 'World Of Our Own' to the chorus here? It's definitely pitched somewhere between that's songs billowy lurch and Take That's more recent booming hugery. Which might be a sticking point for anyone still pining for that '70s rehash glam-trash thing that made the band famous in the first place.
Me, I was never that bothered. Too much Thomas The Tank Engine, too many deliberate, knowing steals from other (and let's face it, better) artists of the past. Even their one unshakeably great pop moment to date - 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - sounds better with a lot of space around it, so the mind has a chance to recover.
AND, apart from 'World Of Our Own', I could never stick Westlife, try as I might. So it comes as something of a shock to be won over by a more sincere, more open-hearted, more WESTLIFEY version of a band who previously were all haughty flash and cliquey cool.
Not that it's automatically true that anything which seems to ask big questions about we and us is automatically more sincere than a song about taking your mother out dancing. And you could just as easily argue that the thing the band used to do well was NOT take a leaf out of every other returning boyband and do a bit of a Coldplay arena shuffle.
But for me that would deny the glory of the chorus. Which is grand.
Who says two wrongs can't make a right?
The Chemistry Is Dead says: "It's always nice to hear Jake Shears singing properly."
Muu Muse says: "The Sisters' [new] single is an abridged dance-rock anthem for the new decade."
The Pop Web says: "There's a real danger of this single just being a little too soft an option and thus killing the momentum of the album campaign before it's even got going."