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McFly: Shine A Light (Featuring Taio Cruz)...

Updated on May 12, 2014

Shine a Light: I like...

I really like this second single from McFly. It feels intuitive and familiar. Kinda got under me real quick, like Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, especially the chorus.

I'm gonna be honest here - I don’t completely get the video and I’m not sure it matches the sentiments of the lyrics, but anyway...

I do like Taio Cruz. He’s definitely a talent. Multi-faceted (singer, songwriter, producer). He features in McFly’s video and also produced the song. I’m getting a bit tired of his image though. He seems to wear the same thing these days. Dark shades, trousers, t-shirt, dark leather jacket. Simon Cowell has a predictable dress code too. Maybe it’s a brand thing. It’s possibly a calculated move rather than an ‘I-can’t-think-of-anything-else-to-wear’ move.

The dancers in the ‘Shine A Light’ video look familiar --- or rather, their style of movement. I don’t know if you’ve heard of a group called Hurts (who are bri-lli-ant, by the way - breath of fresh air if you ask me). In their single, ‘Wonderful Life’ (released Aug 2010), they had these dancers who moved in a similar way. I’m wondering if McFly are using the same dancers. I find the way they dance fascinating: strange, beautiful, precise (more apparent in Hurts' video). I also happen to think it’s an absolutely amazing vid. One of the best I’ve seen in a while.

McFly's Album: Above the Noise...

McFly's latest album comes with a new flavour. Some people prefer the band's previous style of music and were a tad disappointed with their new style. An opinion they're perfectly entitled to. Each to their own and all that. I personally found the old McFly a bit too sugary and neither here nor there on my music radar.

Change and growth are necessary and I think it’s good to experiment creatively. I don’t have to like what they come up with and neither do you, but it’s essential for the artist to play. In that sense, I commend the band for taking a chance, experimenting, switching things up.


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