ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: letlive. – "Reluctantly Dead"

Guess who’s back, back again – it’s One Sentence Reviews! Check out what the music team thought of the new single from soul punks letlive.

Carolin Wolfsdorf – “Very generic rock, but alright to listen to.”

Molly Pearson – “I’m not quite sure what to think – I feel like I want to like it as I enjoy this genre of music but maybe the song is one that needs to grown on people.”

Katie Gamble – “Not bad, a little bit funky for this kind of genre.”

Thomas Gibbens – “Sounds fun, but a bit repetitive.”

Zoe Stanton – “A catchy tune but sounds similar to many songs of this genre; great to listen to to get you in a good mood.”

Young Kuk Noh – “Sounds very repetitive and quite generic, which is to be expected in this saturated genre of music; some variation would have been nice, but they played it safe.”

Sophie Shapter – “If you like Linkin Park, you’ll like this; catchy, punchy chorus, give it a listen!”

Alice Copeland – “Really liked the guitar vibes but felt the guy was shouting a little too much.”

Michael Bird – “Surprisingly straightforward from this band, Jason’s vocals are fantastic but the song lacks the energy typical to the group’s material.”

ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: The Strumbellas – "Spirits"

One Sentence Reviews is back, and this time the Insanity Radio music team are turning their attention to “Spirits”, by The Strumbellas. Listen to the track and see if you agree with our team!

Sam Barker: “An entirely predictable, but nonetheless enjoyable soft rock song that wins out due to the immediate singalong nature of the chorus, the charm of the lead singers vocals, and the brilliant hats sported by everyone in the music video.”

Kiran Hayre: “A cliche but nice song, the chorus is memorable however, I feel like the singing and music is detached from each other and it’s slightly jarring.”

Carolin Wolfsdorf: “Really enjoyable and catchy song, perfect car tune!”

Alice Copeland: “Some summery vibes, kind of a balance of Kodaline and Twenty One Pilots, somewhat forgettable/generic.”

Max Lawson: “An uninspiring but enjoyable song whose chorus encourages you to don the weird hat and participate!”

Tanyel Mustafa: “It could work as background music – maybe; a standard indie pop song that’s too standard to be memorable.”

Thomas Gibbens: “Far too generic and simple to truly gain the attention of the listener.”

Emily Dixon: “I’ve never heard these guys before but I thoroughly enjoyed this song, even though it sounds like they’re shouting….”

Joséphine Kcihc: “Fit for a compilation video of ‘things your wacky friend did at a festival that one time’, The Strumbellas’ ‘Spirits’ comes off as bland and chichéd (yes that is intentional), redeeming itself only when the guitar riff and drum beat come together in the chorus.”

Molly Pearson: “Whilst I appreciated how to the music built, I am sadly not an a fan of how the vocals built up to shouting, I thought it was a bit of a shame as his singing voice is so pretty – emasculation not intended!”

Michael Bird: “An intriguing balance of genres, the song embraces the ridiculousness of its over-the-top chorus and is all the better for it.”

Cheylea Hopkinson: “Sounds like something off a Microsoft advert, I should feel uplifted but I just don’t.”

Laura Shipp: “I wasn’t expecting to be a fan of this, but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me. I think it sounds weirdly summery despite the slightly dark video!”

Grace McCabe: “The repetitive chorus and catchy melody has made it impossible to get out of my head; this is an oddly great upbeat song for a bad day, singing about beating your inner demons but to a happy tune.”

Zoe Shapter: “The chorus is a bit too repetitive, however it is also catchy and easy to sing along to; a good song and lyrics for when you need a pick-me-up, however I don’t think the tune is memorable enough to make it big.”

ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: Years & Years – "Desire" (feat. Tove Lo)

This week’s One Sentence Reviews comes from a reimagined version of an old Insanity favourite. Years & Years have brought out a new version of early single “Desire” with additional vocals from the brilliant Tove Lo, and we at the Insanity music team thought we’d have our say on the reimagining!

Katie Gamble: “Quite catchy and dancy.”

Molly Pearson: “The song is is not bad, I would listen to it once maybe but it is my desire that it wouldn’t get played again!”

Michael Bird: “Interesting update of a fun, enjoyable track that the band have since eclipsed with more recent material.”

Julia Khlyzova: “High quality disco goodness!”

Jess Temple: “Feel-good summer party vibes!”

Thomas Gibbens – “Why do you have to punish me with autotune?!”

Zoe Stanton – “Catchy, upbeat and uplifting: sounds like a typical Years & Years tune.”

ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: Walk the Moon – "Work This Body"

Next up for the One Sentence Reviews treatment is the latest single from ’80s revivalists Walk the Moon. Check out the song, and what our team thought about it, below:

Kiran Hayre: “Absolutely love the folk/country meets 80s pop vibes, Walk the Moon are just so much fun and refreshing to the music industry.”

Zoe Stanton: “Fun and funky, very upbeat and easily puts you in a good mood, almost has a 90s pop sound.”

Thomas Gibbens: “Sounds like someone wrote an 80s anthem in 2016.”

Georgia Johnson: “Unusual changes in tempo in the backing track and sounds almost child-like; not a fan.”

Izzy Sheeran: “Bouncy beat and fun rhythm, but nothing new or creative.”

Halina Hayre: “Nothing new or original, heard before, nothing special.”

Laura Shipp: “Can definitely imagine dancing around my kitchen to this, so I am definitely a fan!”

Emily Dixon: “I feel like it’s trying to be so many different styles all at the same time.”

Michael Bird: “A fun, throwaway and oddly disjointed pop song that gets better as it goes on, peaking in the brilliantly off-the-cuff piano run before the last chorus.”

Cheylea Hopkinson: “80s-inspired feel typical of Walk the Moon, a fun and bouncy song.”

Nur Adila Adam Daud: “Cheesy, corny, a bit too happy and reminds me of a nursery rhyme.”

Neka Tamana: “Good happy beat, similar to their previous single.”

Ije Chukwurah: “Upbeat, lively and engaging.”

Julia Khlyzova: “At times it sounded like it could be an upbeat Disney soundtrack.”

Carolin Wolfsdorf: “Perfect background music for an independent coming-of-age film.”

ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: Eric Prydz – "Breathe" (feat. Rob Swire)

Our latest series of One Sentence Reviews is for “Breathe”, by Eric Prydz and featuring the vocals of Rob Swire. It’s on the Insanity Radio playlist right now, so check out what our music team had to say about it!

Zoe Stanton – “Upbeat, electronic, could have a bigger lead up to the chorus.”

Thomas Gibbens – “Seems okay, not my jam.”

Ijeoma Chukwurah – “I like the repetitive electro melody, it puts you in a trance, but the drum line could have been a bit stronger as the melody is overshadowing it.”

Adila Adam Daud – “It’s a nice song and has potential to have a bigger impact, not my kind of thing but it has some nice qualities.”

Neka Tamana – “Not great, pretty repetitive.”

Katie Gamble – “Sounds like a video game, nothing special.”

Amy Dunn – “Quite catchy and fun, but not as good as Pendulum’s stuff.”

Sophie Shapter – “Sounds familiar and catchy, could be big, though the background reminds me of Mario Kart and could get annoying…”

Tara El Kashef – “Passable background music for taking a selfie pretending to meditate.”

Cheylea Hopkinson – “Would sound good through headphones, but it’s not for me.”

Emily Dixon – “Rather underwhelming, would be good background music in a trendy shop in the Sims.”

Leah Hewerdine – “It sounded like aliens.”

Kiran Hayre – “I’m inclined to describe it as colourful, I could imagine this being quite fun live with great lighting.”

Molly Pearson – “The lyrics have a nice melody but the music reminds me of a song one of my friends created using effects from video games.”

Michael Bird – “Lacklustre lyrics are all that let down an enjoyable electro slow jam, produced if anything a little too immaculately.”

(Station Manager Guest Review): Young Kuk Noh – “Its ehhh… he tries too hard to sound good, but in reality it was pretty disappointing.”

ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS: Chvrches – "Empty Threat"