I was a bit surprised when Daisy Dares You came on TV the other day with Number One Enemy. It looked like the end of a brief stint of positive single reviews. The intro to the song is sung in that girly Lily Allen, bored-voice style. It’s enough to put you right off, but if you’d stopped listening after the first verse, you’d have missed a great chorus.
In fact, the chorus is the selling point of Number One Enemy. The verses are virtually redundant – it’s all about that upwards inflection when Daisy screams “STOP!” It doesn’t take long for that chorus to burn itself into your mind – and as the song reaches its climax, it gets stronger and more listenable.
Until that Chipmunk cameo.
Sorry, but what is it about that helium-voiced plonk? “Ha ha, Mister Munk!” His rapping is pathetic, redundant and totally unwanted. Maybe the label insisted on teaming Daisy up with a ‘big’ name to help sell the record, but it wasn’t needed. I can see how Chipmunk appeals to the demographic, but he’s a total waste of space.
Newsflash! According to this Guardian feature on Daisy, Chipmunk wasn’t the original rapper on the track either:
the song that all the hype, blather and word-of-mouth excitement hinges on, No 1 Enemy featuring a local rapper called J2K, is a sure-fire hit, the sort of exuberant guitar-driven rush that will make top record company executives scratch their heads and wonder why they hadn’t thought of the idea of a British Avril Lavigne before.
Bet you’re even more disappointed now.
Before we leave the complaints about this track, I thought I’d share this quote from Breaking More Waves, who are not fans of Daisy’s tunes…
Daisy Dares You is a homogenised repackaged version of teen blandness. The look? Duffy meets Pixie Lott. The sound? Avril Lavigne meets Pink, all watered down for the kids. With auto-tune.
The Duffy lookalike comment is virtually spot on. But what you’ve got to give Daisy (Daisy Coburn, when she’s not daring people) credit for is penning most of her own tracks with collaborator Matthew Marsten. And she’s only sixteen years old. It’s a great start for such a young artist, and it’s so nice to see an energetic, angry track instead of the usual listless crap.