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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler


1954 ★★ “Can’t life my life stuck in an old cliche,” re­solves Michaela May on her de­but sin­gle. In the very next line, she con­tin­ues “Time to break the mould, time to do things my own way” Hmm. Top marks for ef­fort there, Michaela...


For­ma­tion ★★★★ Columbia “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the mak­ing,” brags Bey­oncé on For­ma­tion. As if to un­der­score her in­tent, two days af­ter this song dropped, the for­mer Des­tiny’s Child star blew Cold­play off the stage at the Su­per Bowl Half­time Show. Based on the lat­ter’s per­for­mance, a mild sea breeze might have ac­com­plished the same feat. But Bey­oncé went fur­ther than that, us­ing the event to show­case not one of her great­est hits, but this same new track that most peo­ple in the sta­dium had never heard be­fore: a power move that might have been con­sid­ered ballsy even if she were head­lin­ing this im­mense global spec­ta­cle, and the song wasn’t the most po­lit­i­cally out­spo­ken she’s ever recorded.


FloriDada ★★★★

Domino Records Strictly speak­ing, this sin­gle from An­i­mal Col­lec­tive’s forth­com­ing Paint­ing With al­bum sneaked out late last year. But it passed me by un­til I heard it in a cafe re­cently and thought “Wow, that sounds like An­i­mal Col­lec­tive meets The Beach Boys on N-Bomb.” (Yes, mu­sic journos de­ploy the same hack­neyed sen­tence struc­ture even when we’re com­pos­ing our pri­vate thoughts.) I duly Shazam-ed the track and it tran­spired I was right on one, if not all three, of those counts. Truly, truly bonkers.


Last Night ★★ The Sher­locks are a York­shire four-piece who’ve just fin­ished sup­port­ing The Lib­ertines on a sold-out UK arena tour. “Can you re­mem­ber last night?” they de­mand on their new sin­gle. Well, if I’m not very much mis­taken, I stayed up late lis­ten­ing to medi­ocre in­die mu­sic and count­ing the tiles on my kitchen floor. El­e­men­tary, dear boy.

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