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Knee Deep in the Hoopla by Starship

Published October 17, 2021

Knee Deep in the Hoopla by Starship

I don’t know why but I suddenly got it into my head I wanted to listen to Starship, and after a lengthy conversation about which version of the band to listen to (Jeffersons, Airships, Starships, oh my), I disregarded it all and just went for this one. I actually really loved it. It’s not smart or clever, but it’s solid 80s pop that sounds exactly of the time it comes from. We Built This City is a favourite and has been stuck in my head ever since I listened to it, but all of it has a similar and fun sound.

If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power by Halsey

Published October 17, 2021

If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power by Halsey

This is a great album from Halsey, just as expected. It was well done in the fact that each song sounded a little bit different - ooh this is a bit like Avril Lavigne, this is a bit like Taylor Swift, etc. But they all still worked well together and all had that deep-rooted Halsey sound within them. I’m not sure any of the songs particularly stood out as one that would live long in the memory, but as a whole body of work, I really loved it.

Cinderella

Published October 15, 2021

Cinderella

It knows it’s a cheesy movie and it leans into it - they’re not trying to be too serious so that if you can relax and go with it, you get swept along in the magic and colour and recognising the pop songs and singing along. It’s fun, it’s a bit of rubbish fun. It’s slightly unfortunate for Camila, who has a great voice, that she has to stand and sing next to Idina a lot… but then I was impressed by some of her comedy moments.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 3 thoughts

Published October 11, 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 3 thoughts

It always surprises me how quickly a theme week arrives but here we are with Movie Week, and boy it was such a colourful collection of characters that gathered at the bottom of the stairs as the show began. We were also treated to a gorgeous pro dance opening the show with the wonderful Johannes and Kai taking centre stage - it made me warm to Kai a little bit more.

Dutty Rock by Sean Paul

Published October 10, 2021

Dutty Rock by Sean Paul

This album vexes me on a few levels, but none are too bad. Overall, Sean Paul is excellent, talented, and iconic in his own way. I like to listen to the tracks as they were originally released, but the album on Apple Music was the re-release that capitalised on Beyoncé’s popularity - never mind, I went with it. It’s a long old album, with a couple of songs on their twice… and I can’t tell you how confusing it is to me that there’s a song called Shake That Thing, but it’s not the shake that thing song.

Firebird by Natalie Imbruglia

Published October 10, 2021

Firebird by Natalie Imbruglia

This was a bit of a surprise, if I’m honest, it’s a really good album - the first half in particular. Obviously Natalie’s been around for a long time and made some good music, but I don’t know if I was expecting a huge amount from this album. It’s really good pop, not pushing the boundaries but an artist doing what they do very well. I do feel like the first few songs are stronger than the second half, it trails off a bit, but even so, the whole thing is very listenable.

A second helping of Ted

Published October 9, 2021

A second helping of Ted

The second season of supremely popular comedy Ted Lasso came to a close yesterday with the final episode wrapping up lots of open threads but also derailing everything for a cliffhanger to lead us into season three. I loved this series just as much as I loved the first one, but it can’t be denied that they are two very different beasts. As I mentioned when I wrote about the first series, I still have a desire to write about each episode individually, but for now I’ll focus on the main things that jumped out at me over the last twelve weeks.

The Courier

Published October 7, 2021

The Courier

This film has all the ingredients to make something really special, and although it was ultimately a good watch, I feel like it just missed the mark. Although there was plenty of activity right from the start, it took a while to actually grab you and get invested in what was going on. Clearly the stakes were high, but you didn’t really get that sense until a good hour or so in.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 2 thoughts

Published October 4, 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 2 thoughts

Nerves ahoy as this is the first week when someone actually gets voted out. After last week’s incredible opener, where everyone put in a good show and we saw a minimum of mistakes, I think the nerves and the training schedules started to get the better of some people as there were a lot more wobbles during the evening. But let’s see how that played out, couple by couple. No Tom & Amy this week, but hopefully they’ll be back next week.