Single Review: Matt Cardle – ‘When We Collide’

The X Factor never fails to amaze me. Not just in a hideously cynical way that people like me who are NO FUN AT ALL would understand, but also in a positive way… sort of.

The X Factor truly is a Juggernaut amongst Lilliputians when it comes to the show’s affect on the music industry and those that are forced to stand like skittles (sadly not the edible variety) and witness the unstoppable force that is the X Factor winner as they rise to megastar prominence in a nothing-short-of-spectacular fashion, catapulted high above those that have tried and failed and those that are indeed still trying to make it into the all-powerful, (and maybe not so) all-seeing public’s eye.

Problem is, there’s no stopping it. Not now. It’s just too big a force. You could either resent the show, it’s warped view of fame and all else that it thrusts upon our society, go and buy Trashmen’s ‘Surfin’ Bird’ but you’d probably get brushed aside or into line like a stray hair on Theo Hutchraft’s head, and the very fact you’re caring about the whole subject matter means you’re only fuelling the fire. You could try and ignore the affect it has completely, but odds are you’d end up getting flattened by the steam-rolling monolith itself because you chose to be Not So Clever and stand where it’s rolling (pretty much everywhere), and then of course, you could always find yourself incapable of resisting them temptation altogether and go and buy the winner’s single, but then you’d also be climbing onto the steam-roller and adding to the power and might of the already powerful and mighty force that it has.

Not that there’s anything wrong with buying the winner’s single, just to clarify, but all I’m saying here is The X Factor is unstoppable, because no-one saw how big it would become back when it was on a budget, and now it’s viewing figures are unprecedented for Saturday night viewing.

Sure it may have had a bit of a slip-up here and there (Steve, Leon, and unfortunately, I fear Joe is going the same way), but the wheel’s aren’t exactly falling off the X Factor bus just yet, in fact, with a shiny new winner under his belt, Simon’s about to brush off his bank card and buy a whole new one.

And now onto Matt Cardle. Whilst I appreciate him giving a good stab at the “I’m going to make real music” thing and turning down the opportunity to sing something predictable like Whitney’s ‘Greatest Love Of All’ in favour of something with a little more… growl. Obviously he wants to shift that “Oh, but he only sings song made famous by ladies whilst wielding a crap acoustic guitar” name he’s been slapped with. Only problem is, as rough and as gruff as Matt Cardle looks on the outside, he’s a bit of a charisma black hole really, and he’s most certainly not rough and gruff when he sings (quite odd, because he was when he was in his band, Seven Summers). In fact, I actually find it very hard to listen to such a heroically valiant vocal from the Biffy Clyro clan get turned into a whimpering, reedy, falsetto-ridden snoozefest.

The video will be along in a few days, and it’ll obv feature footage from “Matt’s long and arduous journey” as he “worked so hard” and slaved it out in front 15 million people each week, interspersed with scenes of him surrounded by ribbons or something. Oh, how so very hard it is to sing on a stage for ten weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Matt’s voice at first, and when Aiden Grimshaw – the only person in the history of X Factor I’d had a proper go at this “connecting” malarky with – was eliminated (read: cheated) from the competition, Matt became my “favourite” to win. Unfortunately, with ‘When We Collide’, which sees Simon oust the original title for fear that it may not, God forbid, be commercial enough to put the word “horror” in what now is basically a pop single title.

And I do mean that. I’m no die-hard fan of Biffy Clyro, but what I have heard from them always delivered a definite kick, so I checked out the original version of ‘Many Of Horror (When We Collide)’, and to my disgust, I could not believe how badly produced the new version is. First thing you note is the distinct lack of guitars compared to the original, then you note the useless falsetto Matt injects into it, to no avail, and then you notice his desperate attempt and trying to sound manly when he growls a bit, and THEN he pretty much squeezes out any life left in the song by introducing the Westlife staple: a key change, or at least, a half-arsed attempt at one, before falling to his knees in what is probably the most painful finale ever. I suggest the X Factor contestants are contractually obliged to stay standing during their performances from now on.

When you consider all these factors, Matt tried to do a serious, “real music” cover, but it turned out to be a damp cloth. The roar, the passion, and the vocal and musical depth have been mercilessly sucked out of ‘When We Collide’ faster than Simon Cowell’s bank balance is rising and thrust before us in a limp, flaccid form that has as much appeal, musically, as sitting in a nail gun.

But that’s another flaw with The X Factor. It’s not a music contest. Any people who still believe it’s about music and finding real talent is as out-of-tune with the current goings-on in the music world as, well, The X Factor itself. It’s basically a popularity contest. That’s all. Matt was the underdog: a seemingly worthless painter and decorator from Colchester with alright looks and a big “emotional” voice. Unfortunately, if this was based on true talent, the final three last night would’ve comprised of Rebecca, Aiden and believe it or not, Katie, because at least she had some kind of artistic vision. On that logic, I suppose I should be saying Cher too, and whilst she was indeed something “new and never-seen-before” in the tiny, inclusive world that exists as The X Factor stage, in the real world, she is in fact an amateur singer and an appalling rapper, a.k.a: nothing “new” and nothing “never-seen-before”.

Matt on the other hand, well, as much as I bid him good luck in this music thing he’s got going on now, his first single’s a bet of a wet fish, and he’s about as exciting to talk to as driftwood.

But hey, it’s a singing competition right?

Rating: 2.0 STARS

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  1. slaneyvalley

    A well written summary. However what I find very annoying is the X-Factor winning song is never actually a Christmassy type of song. I can’t remember the last time I heard a Christmas No.1 that actually referred to the festive season – what a shame.

    1. RandomEnigma

      I agree with slaneyvalley…I would actually love a nice upbeat, festive tune instead of the usual dreary ballad. As for the song – well I actually thought it sounded rather decent live last night on The X-Factor, possibly the best X-Factor winner song ever! :O

      But I imagine the studio recording sounds absolutely horrendous. Syco have always been known to add a gospel choir, a key change and if the song is a long one, an edited down version. But in the last year or so, they’ve opted for really cheap production on X-Factor alum. Like the terrible synth on Jedward’s All The Small Things. And Eoghan Quigg’s album. Even talented acts such as Shayne Ward have had really horrible production on their newest music – I think its Syco just deciding to put really cheap ‘ravey’ production all over the song in order to “modernise” and “commercialise” their acts sound. Expect a horribly produced album of covers from One Direction in a couple of months which will obviously sell phenomenally because they’re “so fit innit?”

      As for The X-Factor 2010, I found it so tedious that I won’t be tuning in next year. I hate all the judges bar Dannii, the only sane, gracious one (I’d still tap Cheryl though ;)). None of the acts blew me away. Most of them were inconsistent (Mary, Matt in the final few weeks), dull (Rebecca) or simply awful (Wagner). I’m tired of the boring formula, the same old comments being spewed out all the time (I wanted to throw my television remote through the TV screen when Louis says for the umpteenth time “You’re in the final! You look like a popstar! You have an amazing recording voice! You remind me of a little [insert star name] here! You’re gonna be the next Beatles/Westlife/JLS/Aretha Franklin/Jesus Christ! I want the whole of [insert town/Ireland in here] to pick up the phone AND VOTE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE AMAZING/THE NICEST PERSON EVAR/SUPER TALENTED!” to Cheryl’s “I thoroughly enjoyed that performance!” to Simon’s smug, annoying face – I loved when your one from Glee sang right in his face and he was clearly uncomfortable. Anyways off on my own tangent…) and the sheer commercialism of it!

      Plus there are too many X-Factor artists clogging up the charts right now and although you do get the odd gem from them, their music is formulaic and generic. Plus Simon seems intent on following current music trends – which I’m not a fan off due to a lot of songs released in 2010 being awfully bland and manufactured – but because he is Simon, it will sound ten times worse.

      So goodbye, X-Factor. I won’t be tuning in for Season 8 (and I actually mean it this time). Maybe I’ll watch Must Be The Music instead.

  2. Gerard McGarry

    Good post OddOne – a lot of valid criticisms in there. Couple of points…

    Christmas themed single? The idea is nice, but the reality? If X Factor wasn’t in the way and big stars started putting out Christmas singles, we’d all be up in arms about the cash-in on the holiday season. The internet is sometimes its own worst enemy! Maybe a lot of pop stars haven’t bothered to release a Christmas single in the last few years because of X Factor, but if they started I can almost guarantee we’d hate it.

    Though I could do with never hearing the original Do They Know It’s Christmas ever again. I always thought there was an audio problem with the single version we had in the 80’s, but it turns out it’s really that bad!

    As for the Biffy Clyro song itself, I did a bit of a comparison between the two versions. Yeah, Matt’s falsetto replaces Simon Whatsits more nuanced vocals, and the edges of the song are smoothed out far too much. Cheap production, if you like. I’d imagine it’s been done quite hastily though. The one upside of it is that it has drawn attention to Biffy Clyro, and it’s given us something less twee than the usual Winner’s Single twaddle. Last year’s Joe McElderry Does Hannah Montana was an all time low for winners’ singles.

  3. Gerard McGarry

    Funny observation about X Factor winners for you – no matter who they are, you will never take them seriously as an artist. It’s a bit like Cheryl Cole, you know that there isn’t a bone of talent in that girl’s body – it’s all done for her: stylists, make-up artists, songwriters, managers, etc. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl, blah blah blah, but I can’t see her sitting with an acoustic guitar on her knee furiously scribbling the lyrics to her next hit.

    Likewise the X Factor alumni. I think they will accept fame at any cost, even if it means giving up any control over their musical direction. And people aren’t stupid – look at Joe McElderry’s chart position this week. Last year’s winner can’t even chart! I just think that with the exception of the truly talented ones (Alexandra and Leona), nobody really has much respect for X Factor winners. That’s why they perish in the bargain bins 12 months after their glorious win.

  4. Dara Hickey

    Oh actually, there have been a few success stories who I do take seriously (in my eyes, not Simon Cowell’s “If you sell a million records, you’re a megastar ‘success'” story) from the X Factor, people who swam against the tide and did indeed prove they had an ounce of backbone to be unique.

    Aiden Grimshaw is one of them, but I fear dreadfully that we won’t ever see or hear of him again (he seemed pretty pissed off to be voted out instead of Katie). Another would be Diana Vickers, who’s branched out on her own, without Simon’s help (except for the X factor promotion); unfortunately I see her losing steam very fast and she needs a big hit, even bigger than ‘Once’ to save her now.

    Another would in fact be, believe it or not, Joe McElderry. He, for me, has the best voice from any X Factor winner, and I commend him for saying no to Simon when recording his album (it was orginally meant to be an album of pop/rock covers), and the end result was actually something that an X Factor winner’s début album had never been before: fun.

    Matt looks like he could join those select few if he does indeed get creative control over the album and distances himself from these production-line stars like Alexandra Burke, JLS, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis.

  5. supersare

    Oh dear me, someone is extremey cynical aren’t they? But then calling yourself Odd one I suppose you’re bound to be…

    Anyway, give this single a break! Yes, obviously it’s a popularity contest as the general public decide on the eventual winner, but acts who havn’t won have gone onto succeed (JLS), the single is a well written song by a brilliant group originally and Matt’s voice interprets it differently to Biffy’s but it’s still a great song nonetheless.  He has got charisma, he’s just a nice bloke – that doesn’t make him boring.  I really hope he does well, his voice is unique and of course it helps he’s attractive but I’m happy for him and feel so sorry for people who can’t find joy in his singing.

    Didn’t want to sound offensive or anything but the point needed to be made!!

    Simon Cowell will make a mint out of it, but who cares?? It’s all about the music!!

    1. Dara Hickey

      I’m afraid it’s not about the music in the slightest. It’s about lining the puppet-master’s pocket with cold hard cash.

      Unfortunately, as we can see from a lot of Simon’s recent pop efforts, not all has gone swimmingly, but we can see that he’s opted to give all his acts a cheap, overly-produced “dance-rave” sound (‘Gotta Be Somebody’, ‘Ambitions’, ‘Start Without You’), and yes I can call them cheap as two are covers, and the other heavily samples ‘Iko Iko’ by The Dixies.

      He’s doing it because it’s what he thinks is big now; everyone wants a little bit a dance-pop so why not let everyone piggy-back on the sound so that he rakes in more.

      As for Matt, I am a supporter; always have been. And I appreciate him giving a good stab at producing real music and how he wants to take creative control over his album, but ‘When We Collide’ doesn’t cut the mustard quite yet.

      I understand your point of view and I realise I’m going to get criticised for what I write if people don’t agree.

  6. Ricardo

    Well that was an unprejudiced review. Not. You say you were backing Matt to win but seem to have developed complete contempt for him because of this single?


    “as much as I bid him good luck in this music thing he’s got going on now, his first single’s a bet of a wet fish, and he’s about as exciting to talk to as driftwood.”



    This ‘music thing hes got going on now’ has been going on with him for more than 12 years – thats how long hes been gigging and writing and trying to get a break. Hes not as unexciting to talk to as driftwood as you would know if you’ve seen or heard the many interviews he’s had to give since winning. Hes charming, cool, down to earth and amusing and the interviewers seem to love him.


    As for the single I have the Biffy album original and yes this is overproduced and probably not what Cardle would have done himself but it was one of several produced in a batch, done with all the remaining contestants weeks ago, so its hardly had attention lavished on it. Plus Cardle had throat problems at the time.

    ALL of that said I still find I love it and play it compulsively. Maybe that makes me a bad Biffy fan and I should instantly hand in my pseuds membership badge – but – sorry – thats the the way it is for me. Its different but good and the last note is fantastic.

    I will come clean and admit Cardle is the reason I have watched XFactor this year – for the first and last time, reeled in by a friend I respect who spotted him at the start. The show doesn’t interest me; his ability does. I’ll follow his career and buy his music because I love his voice and what he does with it, and funnily enough I liked Aiden too almost as a byproduct. The fact they are XFactor contestants is irrelevant to me because funnily enough I try not to judge on prejudice.


    One thing that has amazed and amused me though in this one year of watching and following is the number of writers and commentators who watch this show compulsively just to sneer at it. Whats that about?

    1. Dara Hickey

      As well-written your argument is, it’s based on a very flimsy assumption that I’m being prejudiced.

      I’ve watched Matt perform from the very start, so you can’t call me prejudiced about his voice, style, ability etc., because I’ve gotten to know him very well as an artist and as a person. Prejudice is “pre-judging”, but I already knew a lot about Matt, his cover of the song and The X Factor, so I’m not being prejudiced in the slightest, I’m just being open about my opinion.

      As a critic, it can be expected, and as a critic who’s never really liked Biffy Clyro or the song ‘Many Of Horror (When We Collide)’, I made the judgment fairly and on the song and how it convinces me as a listener. I do like Matt, I really do, and some of his performances are the best I’ve seen on the show (vocally). I also like his band Seven Summers and his rockier voice, which seems to have taken a back seat for his X Factor stint in favour of a more commercial, ‘pop’ voice.

      I hope it works out for him. But I hope that when he comes back with his real début single, that’s it’s something that he really shows us what he can do (versatility-wise, so perhaps a rock track), and I also live in hope that it isn’t produced by some shitty pop producer Simon’s latched onto the project who wants to try his hand at a rock/ soft rock sound.

      And to clear up what I meant by “this new music thing he’s got going on now”: It was meant to represent his newfound mainstream attention and recording career, not the fact he’s just entered into the world of music.

      And as a final note, I understand a lot of my writing can be very… “cynical” or sarcastic etc., but it’s part of how I write. I’m not the kind of person who will write for ages about how amazing something is, I’ll often look to the things I can make people laugh with – “exciting as driftwood” was a lighthearted joke; the bromance he shared with Aiden Grimshaw was hilarious (especially when they made curry :L:L:L).

  7. supersare

    Can you not see that the X-Factor show creates a win-win situation for all? Apart from generating alot of money, much of which will be tax which makes it’s way back into the governments coffers admittedly and obviously alot going to Mr.Cowell, it also creates jobs through all sorts of means. The public who watch it every week enjoy it, the acts themselves seem to enjoy it too. Music is an effective medium to spread optimism and happiness to the nation, and boy do we need it at the moment! Is it so hard to see that this Matt has a talent that people enjoy, and yes the song does have a polished feel to it, but the crucial point is his voice shines through as been amazing and beautiful to listen to – which is what people pick up on and makes him popular, it’s quite simple really!

    Please find some positivity for your own sake..sometimes looking for negatives and aspects to criticise can overshadow the wonder that can be found and appreciated in the simple things in life. 

    1. Dara Hickey

      The X Factor is not a win-win for all. At all.

      What about the losers? People like John Adeleye who had a shite mentor and no media attention; John had been slaving away trying to get a break for even longer than Matt, AND he has a nicer voice, it may not be as powerful, but look at Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston (of old) et al: they had powerful voices, but they weren’t enjoyable to listen to in the slightest.

      And I’m sure I don’t know what you mean when you say it “creates jobs through all sorts of means”. Care to elalorate? And yes, music is a huge force on today’s society, and optomism is what’s needed, which is why songs about forgetting responsibility and troubles and just going out and partying have been so big over the last coiuple of years (don’t think I don’t know about this, it’s why The Script’s second single from ‘Science & Faith’ missed the Top 40).

      And other thing I can’t just leave is that Matt’s voice is not the reason he is so popular. If people from the X Factor garnered public backing through their voice alone, Jedward wouldn’t have had a #1 album and Wagner would’ve been ousted in the first week. Wagner actually believes he’s the most famous person in the history of the X Factor, and that he’ll be remembered long after Matt – he actually said that at a performance in London two nights ago. You call that a positive, win-win repercussion?

      Matt is popular because of his backstory and because of him being the media’s good little paper-seller for the past three months. He sold the tabloids so they depicted him as a (and I quote these adjectives) “humble”, “heroic”, “cancer-battling” painter & decorator; your typcial “Last Chance Saloon” story. This of course is a perfectly true depiction of Matt, but look at Storm Lee Gardener, who was in a similar situation to Matt – the media depicted him as a “stubborn and pretentious”, “thirty-years-too-late rock God wannabe” because Lord Simon didn’t take to him instantly; they didn’t for one moment consider reporting something that was concrete (something that was actually true), like the fact he was gay. You didn’t know that did you? Because they media didn’t tell you; they told you what they wanted you to know.

      It’s the same with Katie Waissel; a charming young girl with all the credentials to be a popstar, but the media have pretty much destroyed her chances. Don’t say it’s because she has a weak voice, that she got kicked out and that’s why people hate her – nowadays you don’t need an amazing voice to be successful, good examples of this would be Pixie Lott, Cheryl Cole and Jason Derulo.

      At the end of the day, they only thing, the sole thing you need to be successful and to get people to like you in today’s music industry – X Factor winner, runner-up or a new unsigned act – is media support. The perfect example of this is continued success and celebration of Cheryl Cole, who’s unfortunate love life is more exciting than her music (yet, she sells papers, and so is in the public eye more often), and Nadine Coyle who flopped with her début single ‘Insatiable’ at #35, and her début album of the same name, at #42 (because the media depict her as “the bitchy one stopping the group from getting back together”), despite Nadine being the far more vocally talented one.

      And that’s not based on an assumption or an opinion, that is ALL fact.

    2. Gerard McGarry

      I meant to respond to this comment earlier in the week – sorry, but you’re being completely naive.

      X Factor creates jobs? From what I’ve heard, Syco music employs less than 40 people. Incredibly efficient for a company that shifts millions of records each year, and apparently represents 70% of Sony’s music sales. So all that money from all those millions of customers goes to a very small number of people. It’s not making anybody rich at all.

      In fact, I even have an issue with the charity singles that the X Factor releases. The contestants and the television format are used to create and promote the single. The British public fund the song and the charity by buying the single, giving Syco another number one hit, and Simon Cowell looks like a great guy for backing this charity. But how much of his own money does he donate, I wonder?

      I don’t think you have a right to complain when someone criticises The X Factor. The fact is, the format is severely flawed, and people who care about the show, who care about what it can do for undiscovered talent, have a right to expose the shoddy parts of the show. You can’t personally attack OddOne for having an opinion! Some of us would like to see a more talent-focused competition that relies less on character assassination of its contestants in the press. Some of us would like to see the singers being developed as the show progresses rather than being picked off methodically each week. It’s getting a little boring at this point.

  8. supersare

    Look, the only reason I’ve commented on this was because I’m a musician and a fan of Matt Cardle.  I don’t have any pretensions WHATSOEVER to know everything about the music industry or Simon Cowell and his company’s either.  I’m certainly not naive either as I’m guessing I’ve been around a bit longer than some people commenting on this blog.  My point was that there are lots of subsiduary businesses that benefit from the music industry, and the jobs they provide – you must realise this? Music retailers, etc; and remember the legitimate businesses are all paying taxes that get re-circulated into the economy, what do you suggest? That music becomes free in order to bancrupt Simon Cowell??

    Other contestants that left the competition earlier such as John Adeleye have a ‘foot in’ now so it’s up to them to make the most of the opportunity they now have. I’ll let you into another secret, you can’t believe everything you believe in the press and believe it or not, many of the Great British public know this! And incidentally, it was pretty obvious that Storm was gay wasn’t it?!

    Look, I don’t really do slanging matches and obviously x-factor splits opinion so agreeing to differ on this seems like a sensible option to me.  The only ‘personal attack’ I’ve made was on OddOne for saying they were cynical and I’d challenge anyone to differ on this observation after reading their comments.  I can criticise if I like, isn’t that the point of this site? We still have free speech in this country and I only wanted to stick up for Matt, wish I hadn’t bothered now.

    Merry Christmas!


    1. Dara Hickey

      We do indeed have freedom of speech, but you criticised my review – which can be expected – it’s what I expect when I write a review, but what can’t be expected is that you expect not to be criticised in return.

      And I never believe everything I read, without wanting to sound too snobbish but I’m a bit too educated to read the tabloids. I read the broadsheets, but I keep in touch with what’s reported in the world of the celebrity with the tabloids. If you did the same, you’d see that every year the tabloids favour certain acts and even the Judge’s – they daren’t say something bad about Cheryl because she sells so many papers for them.

      This year, Dannii spoke out about how a “writer who’s probably in an even bigger position now” for The Sun (she kept the identity hidden) said to her “We’re going to be nice to you this year” before the start of the first live show. She then said that she too believes the media picks and chooses who it favours and who it criticises.

      That says it all. You may be able to throw the old “don’t believe everything you read” staple at me there, but you’d be foolish to. Why would Dannii lie about something that could get her thrown off the panel? Surely she’d be safer talking riskily about something that actually happened? That may be an assumption, and ill-informed assumption at best, but then you consider that Dannii is just about the only Judge this year to actually speak the truth about the acts; the only one who saw through Cher, then only one who stayed factual (unlike Cheryl’s non-factual, emotional responses) about Wagner, the only one who realised Mary’s following had an expiry date. So on that logic, I can draw that she’s telling the truth.

      So, going back to how this all started. I’m still a supporter of Matt, but I’m waiting for some real material before I make more judgements. However, The X Factor has never and will never be about real talent, and it has almost no positive impact of society except that it entertains 15 million people with a bit of glorified karaoke.

      I suggest you re-read Gerard’s most recent post. There’s a lot of very good argumental points raised in his post, like how Simon will never donate his own money to charity, much rather just release a charity single and send the proceeds from that to a charity.

  9. supersare

    Can I ask why you skim over the ‘only positive’ aspect of the show when as far as I’m aware, this is an entertainment website? Do you not think there is any value in entertaining 15 million people? You’re not the only one whose highly educated or reads broadsheets and seeing as you refuse to agree to differ or respect my opinion then I suggest you try and be a bit more tolerant to others.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      That’s the problem that X Factor has to resolve – the show sells itself as a talent competition and an entertainment show. As an entertainment show, it succeeds. Massively. That’s due to the silliness and bickering and novelty acts.

      For years I’ve watched people audition for this show in the genuine hope that it’ll expose their talent to the nation. People have sold out their family background, been crucified in the press and they find themselves following Wagner on stage.

      I’m one of those people who believes that X Factor is a talent contest, and there hasn’t been much talent on the show this year. It’s been strongest when Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke won, two entertaining females with fabulous voices. So far, I like Matt’s approach to his win – that he’s glad the competition’s over and he seems to want to stamp his personality on whatever record eventually comes. And likewise, I don’t mind his version of Many Of Horror. I just hope he finds a way to maintain his integrity as he continues his music career.

  10. supersare

    Obviously, you’re on some higher intellectual plain than myself and my ‘argumental’ (that isn’t a real word incidentally) skills aren’t quite up to scratch so I’ll leave you to get on with your griping…just remember that music is a bit like beauty: As beauty is in the eye of the holder so the wonder in music is in the joy of the listener.

    And I really, really hope that Matt is Christmas No.1!!


    1. Dara Hickey

      I’ll make you aware that I am dyslexic.

      But that’s not the point, the point is yes, as Gerard explains: The X Factor is indeed a great success as an entertainment show, and the public do love it, but a lot of the millions of viewers don’t see the overwhelming pile of negatives that really do outweigh the positives.

      I’ll say it again: until Matt releases some original material I’ll withhold my judgement on his work ethic as so far, his music career consists of one self-selected cover. However, The X Factor has been going for eight years, and in that time I’ve grown to see beyond it’s shiny, “all smiles” visage that it promotes. I’ve also been able to see that in those eight years it’s had nothing more than negative repercussions beyond it’s entertainment value, and from what I can see, that’s not about to change.

      Sure there have been successes – Alexandra Burke is one, and Leona is another. But out of eight winners and eight other alumni that have gone onto receive record deals, that’s a very low success rate.

      Simon Cowell recently announced he’s dropping Shayne Ward on the quiet next year, in favour of Joe McElderry, who’s debut album has failed to shift 100,000 units. He plans to do it during The X Factor 2011 rush, so as to minimise publicity about it. That just goes to show how spineless and ruthless the show is.

  11. Eric Allan Welsh

    Having read the lengthy tome to which you extol about the adequacies of Matt the Singer against the inadequcies about his choice of single and the following comments above, I find it very hard to believe in you as a competent “reviewer” as such…

    Take for example, the point given by Ricardo about Matt’s  ‘music thing hes got going on now’ – 12 years – which, if your bio is anything to go by, is more time than you have spent in school…

    Your statement about you never believing everything you read, without wanting to sound too snobbish but being a bit too educated to read the tabloids… well, as an avid reader of The Times, I would tend to take offence at that remark, seeing as it has been sold as a tabloid since 2004 – which henceforth makes you a follower of all things Dependent/Grauniad/Torygraph! 

    When you have sampled life, come back and review it and then we shall take it from there…  I shall leave you with this postscript:

    “The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out”

    (Oscar Wilde)
    1. Dara Hickey

      I’m sorry if I offended you, and I read The Times too. I’m also sorry if you found that I was unaware that it has been sold as a tabloid since 2004. I’m also sorry that you have the talent of writing in such an ignorant fashion. Plus, I’m fiercely anti-Tory, despite coming from a long line of them.

      Let’s not get into politics though, I have said from the beginning that I support Matt, but certainly not The X Factor. My reasonings are well established and are justifiedm which is more than I can say for your comment which is more of a personal offence thanks to your dislike for my writing style. Soz. 

      Matt the Singer is good yes, but I feel, as I wrote in my review, that his poppier-sounding vocals would’ve served better had they taken the back seat and his rockier vocals came to the foreground on this song. I then stated I will reserve judgement on Matt’s work ethic and further credibility as a ‘real’ music artist until I see some original material. There is nothing erroneous about that argument.

      And yes, I maybe be 16 years old but let’s not be ageist. Oh, and there’s no need to add the author of that quote, fear not, I’m well-read.

      As for my reviewing competancy, well, we all have opinions of others and I realise that when I put my writing out there I should expect to be criticised. And for the love of the Lord above will you people get the hint of sarcasm? “This music thing he’s got going on now” was a sarcastic comment referring to his contract with Syco and ultimatley ridiculing the idea of the show and the contract. I am more than aware of Matt’s musical path pre-The X Factor.

  12. supersare

    Can we just clarify here who is writing in an ignorant fashion?!

    Mr Welsh was only putting you right on a few things, he wasn’t being ageist at all!

    Shouldn’t you be calling people nubes on an xbox game or something anyway?


    1. Dara Hickey

      Even if he isn’t being ageist, you most certainly are.

      That was a vile comment and it’s clear to see you’ve run out of constructive criticism and have resorted to simply offending me for standing with my own opinion and refusing to accept that ‘When We Collide’ is Matt’s best work.

      If you have a strong opinion, write a review about it, then at least I wouldn’t feel obliged to play with your elitist, hideously stereotyping games.

      If I was going by you’re logic, I’d be knifing people and smoking joints in the nearest car park with a bunch of drugged up cronies nd rite lyk dis.

      Now shut up unless what you’ve got to say relates to the topic at hand, the very fact you stereotype someone my age as someone with the inability to write deeply offends me.

  13. Gillian

    Hello this is Gillian reporting live from her toliet,

    I just like to say I have a phobia of rubbish.

    I would have used a rude word but i’m being forced into the spam.

    I have no idea why.. i mean.. I’M GILLIAN.

  14. Gillian

    Hello this is Gillian reporting live from her toliet,

    I just like to say I have a phobia of rubbish.

    I would have used a rude word but i’m being forced into the spam.

    I have no idea why.. i mean.. I’M GILLIAN.

    1. Dara Hickey

      MATT!? Is that you!?

      YES BOY! Oh we could have such a laugh on here!

      People meet Matt, my incredibly talented best friend. He has PHAWBYAAS like Gillian McKeith. Door-knobs is one of them.

  15. Dara Hickey

    @ Supersare

    I want you to justify why you said what you said. Surely you’d expect someone like me to be “riled” at that comment?

    It was nothing short of an offensive remark. And the fact I’m 16 does no instantly mean that I spend my days sat in front of an XBox and have an inability to write. That is stereotyping and the majority of society have a rather dim view of that.

    Until you explain why you said what you said, this is my last comment.

  16. supersare

    Look seriously, I was surprised that your only 16 as you write in a much more mature style that’s all.


    I’m sorry for having a laugh at your expense…if you want to try and verbally bully me then carry on, did you get my message?


    1. Dara Hickey

      I’ve replied now. Sorry, sometimes the messages take a while to notify.

      I’m agreeing to call a truce now. We both have our opinions on the ‘When We Collide’, we both have our opinions of Matt and we both have our opinions of The X Factor. I respect your opinion but as I said earlier, I won’t judge Matt’s career until and album arrives.

      Sorry about being too offensive.

  17. Irina Popescu-Smith

    ..peeps, everyone will forget who Matt is when X Factor comes out next year anyway 🙂


    As for the song, sorry, but he murdered it. Because using all the mainstream artifices managed to trivialize the message of the song: it is a song about the dynamics in a couple that suffers from domestic violence. And compared to his other covers, this one is quite disappointing: he can’t carry the low notes in the beginning and the fasletto doesn’t work for this song.

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