8 years of dominance, a string of number 1’s across the world, there isn’t a single song on here that doesn’t deserve to be present. Picking a favourite from these songs is near impossible, Lucky Star is literally a perfect pop song, while Express Yourself is as relevant today as it was back then.
It’s the context that makes these songs so memorable, it feels like you are looking in on real lives, playing out in this whirlwind of ‘Fleetwood Mac’. It allows all 5 members of the band to showcase their story, whether bathed in metaphor or taken at face value.
The union of Winehouse and Ronson is one of the best of the last decade, the production only ever adds to the rawness of the vocals, taking a song like Rehab from a great opener into a modern classic.
Something Got Me Started does exactly that, a funky, catchy slice of pop that sets the tone for an upbeat and consistent album, one I had forgotten was this good.
For two years UK radio was full of the hits from Come On Over, Man! I Feel Like A Woman, That Don’t Impress Me Much, When and You’re Still The One had major crossover appeal and still see heavy rotation over 17 years on.
I probably complain a bit too much about ‘nice’ music, saying that it’s boring or tedious, but sometimes ‘nice’ just isn’t enough. There’s glimmers of some talent in here, the emotion heard in Goodbye My Lover for instance, but it never quite pans out how I wanted it to.
The most impressive thing for me is the layering of sound, especially on a song like Sonnet. Strings, guitars and Richard Ashcroft’s voice flit in and out effortlessly, it’s immersive throughout.
One look through the tracklist and it’s obvious, song after song is a classic. No Woman No Cry, I Shot The Sheriff and Is This Love are all great memorable songs,the first of which appearing in a striking live version.
The title track opens the album as it means to go on, self indulgent and ridiculous as it nearly reaches the 10 minute mark. The main hook appears every now and again, but the rest of the song becomes lost in the madness.
The Boxer and Cecilia showcase the pair’s magical dynamic together, it doesn’t take long to understand why Simon & Garfunkel were a perfect match for the British public.