This week's new singles

Metallica | L-Vis 1990 | The Overtones | Helium Robots | Pixie Lott | Clock Opera

Metallica
Hate Train (Mercury)

Who rides the Hate Train? Where does it stop? And have the fares gone up 7% since the new year? Intriguing questions to which the answers are: James Hetfield; "the sorrow"; and, well, to be honest, haven't a clue as have been too busy bashing head against a wall in time to a monstrous riff thank you very much. This track, part of an EP of offcuts from the band's Death Magnetic LP, may never make up for the booboo that was Lulu, but it goes about its business 29.2% harder than anything else on this week's "slate". And it sells Jägermeister in the buffet carriage.

L-Vis 1990
Tonight (Island)

I like to imagine that, rather than being the nom de tune of London producer James Connolly, L-Vis is actually a reincarnation of The King. I do so simply because something pretty wild must have happened for the most successful artist in the history of rock'n'roll to start making super-modern but somehow forgettable house music.

The Overtones
Say What I Feel (Warners)

Manband used to be a respectable term, referring to the extendable waist that allowed a trouser to be loosened after a hearty plate of pasta and mash. Today, sadly, it means a gang of grizzled males crooning some rubbish in the hope of persuading a fully grown woman to reduce her mental and physical capacities to that of a 14-year-old. The manband in question, the Overtones, are both dull as dishwater and half as attractive in total as the cleft in Gary Barlow's chin, but they do add a layer of crapulous doowop harmony that really does make everything better.

Helium Robots
Jarza (Theo Parrish Translations) (Running Back)

Like being stalked by a murderous skateboard in Kyoto in the year 2234. In a good way.

Pixie Lott
Kiss The Stars (Mercury)

Anybody unfortunate enough to have seen the video to this track may never sleep again, but the song itself is bad enough. Set to a backing of customarily nasty trance pop, the vocals have been Auto-Tuned, but only by a little, so that you believe you're listening to a robot pretending to be human rather than the other way around. Worst of all though are the lyrics – "Put the plug in the socket give me all your power," yelps Pixie repeatedly, which at the very least is a massive flunk of electricity 101.

Clock Opera
Once And For All (Moshi Moshi/Island)

The hunt for the new Coldplay continues. Reports persist of a moving melancholic vocal being spotted in Ulan Bator while the party sent to capture the soaring keys of Kazakhstan have mysteriously disappeared. For now, therefore, the industry's making do with this – a carpeting of pop-rock bathos with a minimal techno underlay.

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Paul MacInnes

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