IT’S A GOOD POP SONG BY A MAN.
His name is Conor Maynard and the tune is called ‘Can’t Say No’ and it features a not-all-that-clear use of the word ‘coming’ but it’s very very good. Catchy tune, production that doesn’t sound like it’s been focus grouped to fuck through the lowest-common denominator of commercial hits, and a bloke fronting it all who isn’t what society would call ‘traditionally handsome’. I suppose that last point isn’t something that’s particularly necessary to the ‘whole package’; I certainly wouldn’t exactly turn this song down if it was sung by someone I find MIND BLOWINGLY FIT. But the fact that a man’s rugged good looks aren’t being shoved down my throat over the pop tuneage he’s peddling (in a manner that goes past bordering on patronising and fucking sets up camp and lives in patronising) is, along with everything else, really refreshing.
(I could do without the ‘attitude’, but I accept that girls are being told they they are amazing just the way they are and that’s what makes them beautiful rather a lot in pop at the moment and perhaps it is about time they were treated like shit again.)
The song, along with it’s B-side, are up on iTunes for pre-order and sadly said B-side is a bit over an over-emoted piano moment, but let’s not sound the J-J-J-J-J-J-Jessie J siren quite yet. Let’s give the fellow a chance.
So I believe there’s only one thing left to say: