Single Review: Clare Maguire – The Last Dance

By on Friday, 7th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

Birmingham singer Clare Maguire may be barely in her 20s but she’s already got received more accolades in her brief time in the public eye than most acts garner during full careers. Last year she won Q’s award for Next Big Thing, she’s on MTV’s Brand New for 2011 longlist and this past Monday she was named as the #5 artist of the BBC Sound of 2011, so you’ll definitely be hearing more about her as the year wears on. And no doubt you will be hearing this song loads: her forthcoming single, ‘The Last Dance’, will be released on 20 February on Polydor. Her debut album, the heavy-sounding ‘Light After Dark’, follows a week later.

The bog standard ‘80s style synth build is nothing to write home about, but the focus of this song is understandably not the instrumentation or the gospel-y backing vocals that are probably unnecessary when all is said and done, but on the voice of Maguire herself. It’s already been compared to the soul stylings of Annie Lennox‘s and the depth of Stevie Nicks‘s. But what struck me the first time I heard this song was how much Maguire sounds like Kate Bush. Maybe I am too young but I am not a Kate Bush fan, but I am aware that any comparisons made to her must not be made lightly. I’d be most interested to see this woman live and see if her pipes are the real deal or like too many acts in the top 40, this has all been overproduced by a major record label for a slick finish. ‘The Last Dance’ is not awe-inspiring, but it’s not bad. Let’s see how a whole album of material stands up to scrutiny when it’s released on 28 February.



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