P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:52/15 ——  —————————— 1 13    WHAT'S HOT     & gHAT'S NOT —— new album —————————————————————————— MELANIE B — HOT (Virgin) Contrary to its title, the first solo album from Melanie B is a disappointingly lukewarm affair. Mel's duet with Missy Elliott and her cover of Cameo's Word Up promised a sassy and streetwise alternative to her tamer work with the Spice Girls. But she appears unable to shake off the more commecial leanings of her past. And the result is a collection poised uneasily between breezy bubblegum pop and edgy R&B. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— See: www.bbc.co.uk/entertainmentnews R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:52/14 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 2/13 MELANIE B — HOT (Virgin) Feels So Good is a less than triumphant start. It's a sparky sing-along which would probably have worked well over three minutes, but for some inexplicable reason is stretched out to wive. The upbeat lyrics are unexpected, given Mel's much publicised marriage break-up — but there's a dramatic switch of tone for vitriolic new single Tell Me. "All you loved was Mel B's money," she sings in typically no-nonsense style, against a background of squelchy keyboards and fractured beats. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— See: www.bbc.co.uk/entertainmentnews Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:55/07 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S oOT —— new album ———————————————————— s/13 MELANIE B — HOT (Virgin) Deceptively- titled Hell No may sound like the cue for a further rant, but it signals another mood swing as Mel asks a lover for forgiveness. A soft ballad in the sale style as MamaL it features splashes of harp and the kind of piano flourishes which would do Richard Clayderman proud. The old Mel resurfaces in the line: "Don't act like you never lied to me." But don't be fooled — this song is so slushy you may need Wellington boots to get through it. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— See: www.bbc.co.uk/entertainmentnews Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/04 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 5/13 FINLEY QUAYE — VANGUARD (Epic) In thesf post-Olympic glory times, when Britain is once more fed faceless political tittle-tattle, it's good to know there's still a maverick in our midst Finley Quaye l—y have been — not unreasonably — expected to rest upon his laurels and churn out Maverick A Strike Pt II. Not so. Instead he has boldly struck out to produce an album that, while retaining roots in reggae, has broadened its mind to relocate his addictively distinctive voice in a much broader landscape. —————————— by Chris Charles ——————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Lottery 555 Showbiz 540 Charts 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 060 Mon 09 Oct 12:33/01 —— n—w albpm ———————————————————— 7/13 PLA @BO — BLACK MARKET MUSIC (@ut) Stop them if you think you'v— h—ard thhs on— before. Daste In Men provi—es a terrific start, a winning mix of speam piston dpuls Bqt trqd to t—e law of dimhn—shing S—ow—iz 566 Pop piz 562 Top 00 165 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu S—nw"—z
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:42/04 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S OOT —— new album ———————————————————— 8/13 PLACEBO — BLACK MARKET MUSIC (Hut) American rapper Justin Warfield slots comfortably into the band's machine- like sound on Spite & Malice. And the soft(ish) Blue American provides a welcome change of pace from the non-stop musical maelstrom which surrounds it. The band's melodic touch is evident throughout, particularly on blistering Slave To The 'bge. But for a third album there are precious few signs of development. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— Showbiz 566 Pop Quiz 562 Top 40 565 Lottery 555 TV Guide 600 Movies 541 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:50/36 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 9/13 RONI SIZE/REPRAZENT — IN THE MODE (Talkin' Loud) The Bristol drum & bass collective are back with their follow- up to Mercury Prize winner New Forms. Fans will not be disappointed with an offering which draws on the combined talents of Roni, DJs Krust, Die, Suv, MC Dynaljte and vocalist Onallee. With a harder, edgier take on their sound, it features guest appearances from rapper Method Man among others. Out Of The Game's phat beats and the manic speed of Mexican showcase the band's ability to get bodies moving. ———————— by Jatinder Sidhu ———————————— Showbiz 566 Pop Quiz 562 Top 40 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:54/04 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT     & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 10/13 BEAUTIFUL SOUTH — PAINTING IT RED (Mercury) Prepare for the return of the Beautiful South — the group which turned irony into gold. Millions of album sales down the line, Paul Heaton and co are unsurprisingly reluctant to change their formula. So we get more bitter-sweet love songs for bitter-sweet thirty-somethings. It's all served up with lots of musicianly aplomb, of course, but as usual all that world-weariness soon becomes wearisome in itself. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Lottery 555 Showbiz 540 Charts 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:41/32 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new single ——————————————————— 11/13 U2 — BEAUTIFUL DAY (ISLAND) With the music scene sinking ever further into grey conformity, where are the true rock superheroes when we need them? Oh, here they are now... During a 20 year career, U2 ha÷— rarely disappointed, and Beautiful Day shows that they're not about to start now. A glorious sunburst of a tune, it marks a return to the anthemic daxs of old and shows there's plenty of liwe laft in that old beast called rock and roll. Makes you wonder why so many other bands bother, really. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:41/06 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT   "/,"--'(,/  & WHAT'S NOT —— new single ——————————————————— 12/13 ROBBIE JLLIAMSKY B MINOGUE — KIDS The man with the smirk sings with the woman despdrate for credibility. Sounds like a duet from hell. It's not that the song is a travesty — the chorus is kind of catchy — but their vocals prevent this from being the listenable tune it could have been Their grating voices tear through the track, and when Robbie hits a high note it's time to run for cover. Robbie's spoken verse is ghastly and his penchant for "quirky" lyrics is no longer funny or appdaling. —————————— by Hamid Amirani ——————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:36/07 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT     & WHAT'S oOT —— new single ——————————————————— 13/13 ATOMIC KITTEN — FOLLOW ME (Innocent) Another non-descript girl group deliver yet another throwaway pop tune. Woohoo! This is supposed to have a "mature" sound but really it is more of the same useless, Saturday morning TV ear candy. It may be passe to attack packaged, manufactured girl/boy groups but the fact remains that the majority are awful, and AK are no exception. Follow Me is not dreadful — there have been worse songs. But it is still instantly forgettable fluff. —————————— by Hamid Amirani ——————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Showbiz 566 Pop Quiz 562 Top 40 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:10/10 ——   ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 4/13 MELANIE B — HOT (Virgin) Lullaby could have stepped straight from a feelgood cereal ad, while ABC 123 hs — fittingly enough — R&B by numbers. The album does have its plus points, however. Mel ppoves that she has a strong and versastile voiceN And she relishes the chance to sink her teeth into whole songs rather than wait in line for scraps with the Spice Girls The production credits are impressive — with Jam and Lewis and Sisqo among contributors — but the arrangements are sometimes surprisingly leaden. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— See: www.bbc.co.uk/entertainmentnews Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/02 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 6/13 FINLEY QUAYE — VANGUARD Epic) New single Spiritualized is the epitome of Finley's dalliance with pastures new A tale of unrequited love, it embraces the best bits of Lloyd Cole to create the perfect vibe for doing nothing Then there's the free'n'easy ska pant that is Broadcast, n—lechecking Dennis ise and his "home and away eyes". Add to that the Lee Pery-esque Chad Valley and the mesmeric Feeling Blue and you've got Britain's latest Gold Medal winning performance. Enjoy. —————————— by Chris Charles ——————————— R1 News 563 The Vibe 561 Movies 541 Lottery 555 Showbiz 540 Charts 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menp Showbiz
P564 CEEFAX 2 564 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/04 ——  ———————————————    WHAT'S HOT    & WHAT'S NOT —— new album ———————————————————— 7/13 PLACEBO — BLACK MARKET MUSIC (Hut) Stop them if you think you've heard this one before. Black Market Music finds Placebo sounding as spiky and hedonistic as ever, but if it's all a little familiar — it is at least played from the heart. Taste In Men provides a terrific start, a winning mhx of steam-piston dxums and harsh metallic guitars. But true to the law of diminishing returns, the more songs they pound out at full throttle — the less effective they become. —————————— by Nigel Packer ———————————— Showbiz 566 Pop Qtiz 562 Top 40 565 Top 40 Lottery Main Menu Showbiz