STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82537-15701 LABEL: LPW FORMAT: CD Single ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-08-10
Reviewed by Simon Eden
"Dumb & Stupid" is a new song and single release packaged with "It Never Stops" which is from Phil's 'Movements In Space' album. 'Dumb & Stupid' kicks off with a stadium rock two chord riff, launching into verses dominated by the drums with bass guitar and the "Ooooos" of female backing vocals. There is the repetitious use of a non-lyrical phrase in the bridges which is used to build the song to a crescendo towards the end accompanied by a repetitious lead guitar riff ending in a feedback fade out. The "Dumb & Stupid" vocals tell of the difficulty in a particular personal relationship, but maybe lack narrative in place of airing annoyance. "It Never Stops" faces up to the drudgery of life, dreaming of escapism from the same old repetition of life. Even though it tells of other people's perception that he is living a dream, as being self-employed he can work when he likes, he is sick of "living in this skin". With punchy guitar crunches in the chorus balanced with the bass line carrying the melody in the verses and the occasional Indian sounding lead guitar/sitar the song structure follows a classic pattern.
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