Single Review: Scouting For Girls – ‘Don’t Want To Leave You’

Yes, they are releasing this week. Didn’t you know?

So, you’re busy skipping along to the new Scouting For Girls album, past the Keane-esque and very impressive ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, through the wonky-pop/bubblegum productions of ‘Little Miss Naughty’, ‘Goodtime Girl’ and ‘Famous’, and just when you thought it’d be a nice fast-paced jog home, DUN DUN DUN. Along comes ‘Don’t Want To Leave You’. Scouting For Girls’ first attempt at a real ballad for single release.

Now this could go either way, it’s one of those things where it’s best to weigh up the positives and negatives and conclude from there… maybe we should try this:

Negative: Starting with a negative is never a good sign.

Positive: That’s more like it!

Negative: Some of the lyrics are quite frankly, awful. Observe: “I know it’s hard/But life’s a bit like that” and “This is a song/You can sing along to”, (hardly a great opener to a ballad) *cough cough, cue tumbleweed*. 

Positive: Some of the lyrics are GOOD! And they are sung with a bit of welly AND emotion, which is always nice to see from someone who isn’t always top of your list for wellyful and emotive singers.

Negative: Some of the good lyrics are repeated a bit too much.

Positive: The boys manage to refrain from becoming caught up a frenzy of their usual silly musical theatrics, which helps emotive-itivity.

Negative: ‘Don’t Want To Leave You’ used to be called ‘Silly Song’, which is not very emotive. At all.

Positive: The video is all slow motion-y and woody.

Negative: Why did dear Roy take his beloved out to the woods to tell her he doesn’t want to leave her?

Positive: It’s quite a nice song.

Negative: “Nice” doesn’t always achieve success.

Positive: You’ve managed to finish on a positive, boys! Bravo!

‘Don’t Want To Leave You’ is a bit of a turning point, but it’s also just another Scouting For Girls song, if you get what I mean. It’s nothing overly special or ground-breakingly revolutionary but it shows us a different side to Scouting For Girls, even if, at times, it sounds like it’s walking in the shadow of the far superior ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, which was emotive and HUGE, as opposed to emotive and “nice”.

Rating: 3.0 STARS

Download: October 11, 2010 (OUT NOW)

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