Single Review: Amelia Lily – Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)
Branded as an X Factor rock chick, a UK Kelly Clarkson if you will, she made her way through the contest with a band often backing her up. Yet, by some magical pop miracle, Amelia Lily made her debut a few months ago with one of the most pristine, glistening electronic efforts you’re likely to hear all year. Her second effort, ‘Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got) is – hallelujah! – another slice of the infectious electro, so at least for now, any fears of a generic Avril Lavigne-a-like have been firmly pushed beneath a shimmering pop surface.
The down-beat electro backdrop is reminiscent of Tangled Up-era Girls Aloud – like Can’t Speak French with a little more attitude. This is a great thing as far as pop nostalgia is concerned – Xenomania used that era to establish the girls as one of the most important girlbands of the century, the question is whether a similiar sound will do the same for Amelia Lily. If anyone can manage it, it’s Xenomania that have the ability to elevate you to the top of the crop.
I gave it a minor mention a few lines ago, but this tune, as the title suggests, is saturated in attitude. Despite the considerably laid-back beat, Amelia Lily commands attention with her powerful vocals. Between belting out the massive bridge – potentially even more memorable than the actual chorus – there remain plenty of sing-a-long moments, particularly the middle eight in which she sounds a tad like Ms. Katy Perry.
Given the support she received with her first release, Amelia Lily should soar to similar heights with this impressive sophomore effort. Formed around her definitive, punchy delivery, there isn’t much more Lily could have done to fulfil her side of the bargain – a pretty unique sound (at least, until Girls Aloud fight back for their Xenomania tunes), the gigantic ‘You Bring Me Joy’ and an equally as massive second single. Like her debut, ‘Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)’ doesn’t initially sound too massive, but a few plays in and you’ll be hooked and, should the radio and music TV help out, so will the rest of the country.
Words: Simon McMurdo