Single Review: Pixie Lott – ‘Can’t Make This Over’

I’ve come to an agreement with myself. No, I’m not or in need of self-help/guidance/rehabilitation or whatever: it’s that The Saturdays’ management and Pixie’s management have a lot in common.

First, they’re both money-stinging fat-cats with nothing better to do than count the ways in which they can line their pockets. Evidence is in the fact that The Saturdays’ management shoe-horned Flo Rida into their single ‘Higher’ in the hope that it would sell more, and of course that ridiculous “mini-album” concept thing they got goin’ on.

Another thing they have in common is that they both can never seem to choose the right single for release. When Pixie announced the re-release of her dry-as-dead-bark début album, she confirmed it would accompany the single ‘Coming Home’, a duet with Jason Derulo. But alas, closer to the release date, we found out that the lead single would in fact be the emotionally vacuous ‘Broken Arrow’. And now, the release of that all-important and long-awaited duet with Derulo is being put off once again, this time in favour of an even more dire song, which incidentally, notches up her fourth ballad release out of just seven singles.

An odd thing with Pixie, is that whilst she’s very fond of these ballads, clenching her teeth through the parts where it all gets a bit much and warbling on with the vibrato of a mountain goat on a pogo stick, no-one else seems particularly bothered by them. Look at ‘Cry Me Out’ – that missed the Top 10 (peaked at #12), and then there was the woeful ‘Gravity’, which peaked at #20; ‘Broken Arrow’ also peaked at #12, and the way things are going, ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is going to miss the Top 20 altogether.

The song itself is actually quite dull, giving me the impression it was released because it’s supposedly a ballad for the festive season, but alas, the song discusses a laddie who’s not sparking Pixie’s interest anymore and how she “can’t make this over” because of almost exactly the same reasons she discussed in ‘Broken Arrow’.

Although ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is quite a bit catchier in places than ‘Broken Arrow’, Pixie’s earnest falsetto doesn’t work quite as well as I’m guessing she hoped it would. As sincere as she clearly intends to be, it does sound very, well, false. She continues with the typical tools of her trade: an army of metaphors and pejorative personifications mixed together with a humming middle eight that doesn’t exactly celebrate Miss. Lott the Singer or Miss. Lott the lyricist; the humming appears auto-tuned and the lyrics are as inoffensively uninspiring as a semi-deflated balloon.

Here’s the video. Something strange is definitely afoot…

I’ve got it! Everything is upside down! Yep. That’s it. Sign me up for the next Sherlock Holmes film please.

Pixie has never really provided much of a thrill to me on the musical front, nor does she come pre-packed with a boisterous bravado or some kind of interesting personality, she’s just another brick in the wall of generic popstars. ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is another production-line ballad with the credentials to be better than what it’s turned out to be, but from what I can hear, I’m tired of Pixie’s failed love life, particularly if it comes in the stale, vapid truism that ‘Can’t Make This Over’ comes in.

Rating: 2.0 STARS

Download: December 20, 2010 (OUT NOW)

Featured Album: ‘Turn It Up: Louder’

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  1. Gerard McGarry

    I was going to call you out on criticising the management – surely Pixie herself has some degree of final say in her creative/commercial endeavours? But then when you think of the missed opportunities – being a guest judge on X Factor and not exploiting that for all it’s worth, and appearing in Fred: The Movie. Why would anyone agree to appear alongside that moron?

    Anyway, I have to agree that there have definitely been some bad management decisions for Pixie in 2010. 

    What I liked about her in the first place was that she seemed vibrant and young. A bit “yet another blonde popstar”, but I liked Turn It Up and Boys and Girls. I won’t listen to this though – mostly because I’m not really that fond of ballads, but also because Pixie needs to try much harder to keep our attention. As a popstar, she still needs to prove herself.

    1. Dara Hickey

      Exactly! Couldn’t have put it better myself: Pixie needs to keep our attention and by releasing ballad after ballad (although ‘Turn It Up’ and ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’ were good) topped off with the occasional generic upbeat tune she’s eventually going to disappear of even Radio 1’s radar.

      At first I will admit, she seemed like a great addition to 2009’s sudden uprising in female pop starlets (Pixie, La Roux, Florence, Little Boots, Lady GaGa, Ladyhawke etc.), but gradually she’s been sidelined by far more interesting celebrities and popstars and even though it’s Christmas, releasing a ballad is going to make her harder and harder to be appreciated in the public mainstream.

      Oh, and she’s shite in the abomination of a ‘film’ Fred: The Movie. Please don’t ask how I was forced to go and see it. That little shit’s voice is still ringing in my ears.

      1. Gerard McGarry

        I actually found Mama Do a bit gimmicky. Don’t know if you saw the tutorial video she did showing people how to do the hand clap move in the video, but that’s what killed it for me. I did like the other two upbeat singles though. And I think Gravity. Cry Me Out got a bit screechy.

        Did anyone expect that she’d be good in Fred? She’s playing the forgettable bit of fluff. No-one ever remembers those actresses. Being a corpse on Grey’s Anatomy would have been a better role. Love that you called him a little shit though. Say what you see…

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