LETHAL BIZZLE — BACK TO BIZZNIZZ (V2): Lethal Bizzle makes a strong bid here for my award for best song title of the year, with the brilliantly-named Selfridges Girl Not On MySpace. It’s a tender tale of the Bizzle trying to find love with a shop girl that he can’t track down on the internet. Hey, we’ve all been there . . .
Included here is Babylon’s Burning The Ghetto, Bizzle’s storming update of Babylon’s Burning by the Ruts. It’s proof that artists can sample much-loved tracks without trampling all over the memory of the original.
Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles turn up on Boy, which borrows its galloping rhythm from their own La Belle et La Bete. Other guests include Kate Nash and rappers Ghetto and Slinga RIP.
AMY MACDONALD — THIS IS THE LIFE (V2): You may have heard Amy’s single, Poison Prince, on the radio recently as it’s been getting quite a lot of play. I didn’t really mind it too much until someone pointed out to me that it’s an open letter in song form, addressed to one Pete Doherty . . . at which point it became rather hilarious.
Basically telling the rapscallion to get his act together and stop with the drugs already, Amy uses lazy rhymes like “your eyes in a daze, your life is like a maze” and warns her poison prince that he’ll soon be knocking on heaven’s door, if he’s not blimmin’ careful. Having said that, it’s certainly heartfelt, and the tunes — mixed by Rolling Stones legend, Bob Clearmountain — are strong enough, so it will be interesting to see how Amy’s songwriting matures.
VELVET REVOLVER — LIBERTAD (RCA): It’s now 20 years since Guns ‘n’ Roses released their seminal Appetite For Destruction album and “Hair Metal” briefly took over the world. But, listening to Libertad, it’s hard to believe that those intervening decades ever existed in the minds of the former Gunners who make up three-fifths of Velvet Revolver.
It’s been three years since their debut, Contraband and, on Libertad, VR sound tighter and more confident as a band. As with all the best metal, it’s by turns lewd, histrionic, slightly camp and downright funny.
There are a couple of obligatory ballads for the lighter-wavers but, mostly, Libertad is full-on rock riffing from start to finish.