DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #209 -


While Zayn Ma­lik is busy reinventing him­self as a hip­ster, One Di­rec­tion band­mate Harry Styles seems keen on be­ing the new Rob­bie Wil­liams. He’s cer­tainly chan­nel­ing RW on his first sin­gle, Sign Of The Times, which has topped the charts in a whop­ping 84 coun­tries. Make no mis­take; this is no kid­die pop al­bum, more like “boy band sur­vivor morphs into adult artiste”. The fact Harry de­mands to be taken so se­ri­ously means, sadly, most of the fun has been scrubbed away. “Turgid” and “tr y-hard” are words that spring to mind. On Ever Since New York he sounds like a bar­gain-base­ment Ed Sheeran; a bay­ing busker who makes you think, “If he ever writes a de­cent song of his own he could be get some­where.” Still, Harry is get­ting sex­ier as he ages and that’s def­i­nitely the right di­rec­tion.


At age 21, Bri­tish “it” chick/model Dua has been wait­ing in the wings for her mo­ment for some time. Her first sin­gle came out back in 2015 but it’s only now we’re get­ting her longtouted, long-awaited de­but al­bum. Has it been worth the wait? Does she live up to the hype? Well, she has a se­cret weapon up her sleeve in the song Be The One. It should eas­ily cat­a­pult her into the big time. Com­ing across like early Madonna, this track was not penned by Dua. Sim­i­larly, Madonna’s big early hits were con­ceived by oth­ers, but Dua is in­volved in the bulk of the al­bum. If she can write her own songs as good as Be The One she may well snatch the Queen Of Pop crown some­time soon.


So be­gins the mu­si­cal push­back against Trump start­ing with the world’s most suc­cess­ful vir­tual band. On their fourth al­bum, Mur­doc, Noo­dle, Rus­sel and 2D call on a stel­lar cast of sup­port­ing tal­ent in­clud­ing Mavis Staples, De La Soul, Rag’N’Bone Man and Grace Jones to help get their mes­sage out. As on Saturn Barz (Spirit House) this whim­si­cal project of Da­mon Al­barn and Jamie Hewlett at­tempts to take a few steps for­ward. Th­ese are edgy, nerd­like grooves made to im­press folks who be­lieve Star Wars is the great­est movie of all time. Go­ril­laz chasers might want to get their hands on the Su­per Deluxe Vinyl Box Set edi­tion con­tain­ing 14 in­di­vid­ual pieces of dif­fer­ent coloured 12” vinyl, plus a 54-page art book. Fan-tas­tic!


Of­ten all it takes is one song to cre­ate a star. By that same mea­sure, the artist can wind up a one-hit-won­der if there’s noth­ing else as catchy in their reper­toire. Amer­i­can indie les­bian per­former Laura Per­golizzi – aka LP – is cur­rently at those cross­roads. Her break­out sin­gle Lost On You is the sort of thing Ce­line Dion might have tack­led if she was born in Cal­abria not Canada. It’s a song that packs a heart-tug­ging emo­tional punch. Like Sia, who turned her song­writ­ing into a prof­itable side ca­reer as a pop star, LP has writ­ten hits for Ri­hanna, Cher and Christina Aguil­era. Her al­bum’s sec­ond sin­gle, Other Peo­ple, sug­gests she might just write an­other time­less clas­sic, or ten, be­fore her time is done.


Hard to be­lieve that a few decades back Take That were a five-piece, Bri­tish boy band whose de­but mu­sic video saw them wear­ing leather jockstraps, smear­ing each other in jelly and f lirt­ing with the gays. Nowa­days the band has been re­duced to a trio. Rob­bie Wil­liams comes and goes depend­ing on his f luc­tu­at­ing solo suc­cess. Their orig­i­nal gay man­ager is gone and they’re now more like a “man band” that mums adore. Lead That-ter Gary Barlow can still con­coct a de­cent tune – the an­themic sin­gle Gi­ants is the best thing they’ve done in a long time. But Won­der­land will leave TT forever as the UK’s big­gest pop act of all time to never quite cut it overseas.


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