Whether you can empathise with Badly Drawn Boy's latest offering depends entirely upon your ability to relate to his predicament in this song: jilted lover, relationship gone bad... hmm, sounds like most of us can have a fair stab at that.
A hit in waiting, then? Not really. Understanding where he's coming from is one thing, but these pianos are all a bit grand, aren't they? Hushed verses? Attempting to actually, y'know, sing? Pah! Get with the times, man. There's something missing, a bit of rapping perhaps or maybe just a half-spoken half-sung delivery from the big G himself. As it is, what we have here is something traditional, a semi-classic piece of songwriting. As we all know, you'll get nowhere doing that these days.
There is a Hot Chip remix, though, and if that were released as the A-side then Scissor Sisters might well have been quaking in their stilettos...
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