I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in February and March. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s lesson: V.V. Brown.
British singer V.V. Brown‘s Travelling Like The Light was, very simply, the best pop album of 2010. Her voice is rich and beautiful, every song is insanely catchy, and the playful retro girl-group vibe that permeates the album makes the whole affair loads of fun. What I appreciate most (and what can be chalked up to the cultural divide across the Atlantic) is that the songs are pop without being dance-pop. Don’t get me wrong, the tunes definitely make you want to get up and move, but the music doesn’t tread into dumbed-down, ringtone-centric club territory that weighs so heavily on current American pop music.
It was actually an easy task to pick just one song to represent V.V. on my mix — “Shark In The Water” is instant earworm material. Have fun getting it out of your head: