Sunday, December 12, 2010

Matt Cardle may have won X-Factor, but the song's rubbish

Sorry, but it has no merit at all. It is too low at the outset for Matt's tessitura; it has all the musical clichés of a Stock-Aitken-Waterman plastic pop fabrication: intro; verse; verse; chorus; bridge; chorus; outro... yawn. The modulations are tediously predictable and the lyric banal: love, split, angst...

So, this just leaves one serious and worthy contender for this year's Christmas No1. And it's for charity: Sir Cliff is donating all of his download royalties to Alzheimer's Research. So, whether you love Sir Cliff; want an actual Christmas carol to be No1 at Christmas; support Alzheimer's Research; loathe the Simon Cowellisation of the charts; or just want a bit of fun, please help to spread word of this campaign far and wide!

Download 'Little Town' at iTunes.

Merry Cliffmas!


Blogger Cap'n Jim said...

Your Grace

I find it hard to imagine your grace watching such programs on the television.

It seems to me that erudite comment on matters of religio-politics or politico-religiosity & comment of matters "X- factor" are somewhat contrary.

Maybe I am mislead?

12 December 2010 at 23:45  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Cap'n Jim,

Even His Grace's ashes occasionally require a little light relief. When there is neither Beethoven nor Shakespeare, one is forced to pay homage to a large flat screen upon which may be observed a variety of moving images.

And it is, after all, Christmas. And it is, after all, for charity - a particulatly important one. So imagine away: apparently prejudicial mutual exclusions are but a tension in the unresolved via media of His Grace's afterlife.

12 December 2010 at 23:56  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I am beggining to wonder if your ashes were not the promoter for greensleaves:)

12 December 2010 at 23:59  
Blogger Dr. Love said...

Sir Cliff's version pales in comparison to Amy Grant's classic effort.

13 December 2010 at 00:26  
Blogger Mr Eman said...

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13 December 2010 at 09:59  
Blogger Mr Eman said...

Tut, tut, don't be so ungracious.

Gregorian chant it isn't but how good to see two thoroughly decent young people reach the final of the show. And one has to congratulate Simon Cowell for the opportunties given to these two shy and unassumuming entertainers.

How refreshing too after witnessing the 30 year old strumpet Christina Aguilera with her indecent and soft pornograhic display the night before. Disgraceful for a family show.

Yes, one would prefer a christian show to top the charts and Cliff Richard would be a good result.

Well done Matt and Rebecca, all the very best best for your futures.

13 December 2010 at 10:04  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

I agree the song is trash that's why I am buying the new album from The Priests titled Noel. A collection of beautiful Christmas carols.

13 December 2010 at 10:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putting the whole X-Factor part of it aside and looking at the song on it's own. I have to say your grace that you are totally worng on this one.

"Many of Horrors" by Biffy Clyro is a song of simple perfection. It may not be a music snobs idea of...well music but to label it "Stock-Aitken-Waterman plastic pop fabrication" is insulting.

13 December 2010 at 11:57  
Blogger Phil Taylor said...

Don't forget that you can also get it from Amazon, here:

13 December 2010 at 12:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being an expat, I am pretty insulated from everyday events but I heard a snippet this morning on Radio 4 during my daily commute to work. Maybe there's something wrong with me but I really felt like the little boy watching the Emperor parade his nakedness for all the world to see. Has English taste become so bad, or the English public so blind. It was awful, dreadful beyond my worst imagining (and I thought the Eurovision was pretty near rock bottom). Off key, tuneless, talentless, dismally awful ... the Emperor can't sing; listen!

13 December 2010 at 13:23  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Cranmer your interest in and knowledge of popular music never ceases to surprise me. I had you down as Monteverdi man

13 December 2010 at 14:14  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

Mr Cranmer -

While I like Sir Cliff's song (we sang it in my previous church a good few Christmases ago) and approve of your support of the Alzheimers Society charity, I wonder how much inclination there is on the part of the public to download it? Even allowing for Christian tribal loyalties that might induce some to make the purchase, I doubt that many people will be inclined to do so. As for the winning singer - Matt Cardle has an amazing voice with an impressive reach, but the single is remarkably vapid and forgettable. Rebecca Ferguson was a worthy runner-up; she has a very distinctive and rich voice. I can't understand a word she says, however.

Mr Davis - are you a Monteverdi man? Or is Palestrina more your bag?

13 December 2010 at 14:31  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Caedmon's Cat

I like most early music (and much else besides) but I confess I had not listened to Paletrina, an omission that I have now rectified via the wonderful Spotify, thanks for the tip

13 December 2010 at 17:05  

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