Tom: We described the first single from the new album, Dancing, as a BANGER. It’s even been getting some airplay, although it’s very definitely a Radio 2 and Heart single, if that makes sense.
Anyway, no-one’s going to manage two BANGERS in an album, are they?
Tim: Erm, excuse me.
Tom: Well, apparently not. Which is a shame, because this feels like it could have easily ended up in that territory.
Tim: What? What are you talking about, man. Sure, it’s not at Dancing levels, but this is damn good.
Tom: Okay, so my problem. First up: I can’t hear “caution, caution, amber lights” without replacing it with “engine engine number nine” off… well, the long series of samples that ended up with Fatman Scoop. My overactively-referencing brain aside, though, this track seems to sit in an awkward position.
Tim: Why? It’s in a fantastic position as far as I’m concerned – great tune, energy, voice as ever.
Tom: It’s not a slow ballad — that “yoou-oo-oou” has too much of a build into it for it to possibly be the Big Emotional Number — but it’s not a big pop track either. And it doesn’t help that, several times during it, I found myself absent-mindedly hearing ‘Dancing’ over the top of it in my head. They’re too similar for the first two singles.
Tim: Hmm, see I didn’t re-listen to Dancing, and I didn’t leap to that conclusion. In any case, this isn’t quite going for full on dance tune BANGER like Dancing was – it’s going for a big pop number, and it succeeds as far as I’m concerned.
Tom: Still, for someone whose career has run for all this time, getting one Proper Track off an album’s an achievement.
Tim: And two Proper Tracks, out of two, is a very good achievement.