Saturday, 27 March 2010

2002 Daniel Bedingfield: If You're Not the One

Not content with notching up eleven number ones off their own bat, Westlife (possibly fearing overkill) have now started sub-contracting others to have hits on their behalf. Well that's what it feels like anyway - 'If You're Not the One' is far removed from the garage dance of 'Gotta Get" and falls squarely in the love power ballad-y arena that Westlife have made their own. What makes this slightly more palatable is the reining in of the handwringing angst in favour of a more subdued tone that sounds almost demo like when compared to the excesses of something like 'Unbreakable', helped in spades by the fact there's only one of Bedingfield to make his case. But the path marked 'good points' is not a long one, and 'If You're Not the One' soon splinters off onto the major road paved by the treacly sentiment that comes from overplaying your hand in the 'I love you so much' stakes and an in-built wetness that comes complete with its own drainpipe and guttering. "If I don’t need you then why am I crying on my bed, if I don’t need you then why does your name resound in my head?" - love or mental illness? It's a fine line Dan.

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