Singled out

first_imgI Said Never Again (But Here We Are)Rachel Stevensout now« « « « «You’d be forgiven for thinking this sex-with-your-ex ditty is the comeback single from (an albeit far saucier) Abba, with its retro swing beat and familiar vocals. But no, it’s the new lead single from everyone’s favourite pop sex-siren Rachel Stevens. The record company blurb for the track announces it as an edgy return “to the glamour of pop synonymous with Rachel”, complete with a video filmed in what looks like a mock-up women’s prison. In reality it’s about as edgy as a bouncy ball and the only thing Rachel is synonymous with is… actually we had better not go there. But we still love Rachel all the same, and the single’s not bad either. She should get back with Jeremy Edwards of Holby City fame. Now there was a power couple to be admired.HighJames Bluntout now« « « « «On to more serious stuff. Ok maybe not, but pop music’s very own bona fide ex-admiral action man James Blunt deserves to be humoured as much as he wants. In all fairness however, this single is a rare thing: it’s a case-in-point for a subsequent release that actually improves on the album’s lead single. Whereas the ubiquitous smash of the summer, You’re Beautiful, made you want to literally smash the television screen when it appeared on MTV Hits for the zillionth time for want of a subtler sentiment, here Blunt’s trademark softly, softly warbling slowly builds around an acoustic guitar that yearns for another play. A soaring chorus follows, and we’re sold. Well done Blunty, you’ve done it again you wonderful, multitasking, NATO peacekeeping crooner.I’m In LoveAudio Bullysout now« « « « «Going all soft worked for Mike Skinner and The Streets last year on the beautiful Dry Your Eyes. The same really cannot be said for this attempt at breaching the sensitive side by beat freaks Audio Bullys. The retro kitsch that made the otherwise unimaginative 90s remix act on Shot You Down a bearable exercise is totally extinguished by the lacklustre production. In the place of a pop sensibility is the most annoying synthesiser loop recorded since A-ha discovered the joys of computer technology. A droning vocal which repeats the same three words (try and guess which ones) completes the insufferable experience. Just count yourself lucky it clocks in at under three minutes.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

David Haig & Siubhan Harrison Will Rock the Boat in Guys and Dolls

first_imgDavid Haig (Yes, Prime Minister) and Siubhan Harrison (From Here To Eternity) will roll the dice in the previously reported West End revival of Guys and Dolls as Sarah Brown and Nathan Detroit, respectively. Headlined by Jamie Parker and Haig’s Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Sophie Thompson, the classic tuner will begin previews on December 10 and play a 13-week limited engagement. Opening night is set for January 6, 2016.Rounding out the cast of gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls will be Lucy Jane Adcock, Abigail Brodie, Cornelius Clarke, Momar Diagne, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Lorna Gale, Nic Greenshields, Selina Hamilton, Ian Hughes, Frankie Jenna, Jacob Maynard, Neil McCaul, Genevieve Nicole, William Oxborrow, Max Parker, Carl Patrick, James Revell, Giovanni Spano, Gavin Spokes, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie Mae Sumner and Liam Wrate.Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show follows a desperate Nathan Detroit (Haig) in prohibition-era New York. He needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (Thompson), whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson (Parker), a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown (Harrison), a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen “sinners” for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?The Chichester Festival Theatre transfer will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright. View Commentslast_img read more

Man arrested for 61 counts of rape

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with 61 counts of rape, a man was arrested in Barangay 9, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Police officers of Cabatuan and Sagay City, Negros Occidental served the warrant issued by retired Judge Erlinda Sendino Tersol of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Cabatuan dated Oct. 17, 2001. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN Sabajas – resident of Barangay Talanghauan, Cabatuan – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9 p.m. on July 23, it added.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Sagay City police station. The 62-year-old Roel Sabajas was the No. 1 most wanted person in the police station of Cabatuan, Iloilo, a police report showed.last_img