In case you haven’t noticed, here at CBR HQ we are all about the single.
In this age of guaranteed instant gratification and limited attention spans, there’s something about this format that really works. Not that we’re against albums, EPs, and other longer formats, but amidst all of the other internet junk begging for our eyes and ears, everyone really should be able to make time to listen to one song (plus maybe a b-side too if we’re lucky).
Which brings us to this week’s release, brought to us by Hallelujah Boy. Since his return after 7 years of dormancy, we’ve seen only singles make their way into our inbox. This week’s A-side, “Gone,” definitely represents a lot of what we think a good single should have: immediate sounds grabbing you from the get-go, catchy hooks aplenty, and over and done in about 3 minutes or less. It worked in the 50s with 45s – no reason it shouldn’t cycle back now!
Now, no true single is complete without a b-side, and this week we’ve dug up another gem from the ITP’s back catalog, “Tapping the Brakes,” from one of two records the group released in 2005, “Second Hand Rubbish.” Still love that one line – “Don’t go getting your hopes up.”
Hopes are high around here for the first songs from the next round of Song Club to drop very soon. Sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out when they do!