I know, it's been a long time. Do we still have any readers? Will Pete and Brendan notice my return?
Well the subject that has drawn me back is the new Destiny's Child single, much discussed elsewhere no doubt, but it can probably stand a few more lines from me, just. It goes without saying that it's a thousand times more radio-friendly than anything Beyonce put out during her solo stint; three bites out of the surfboard of pop are better than one, especially if the teeth are steely and the eyes rolled back in the head. Those sharp orchestral stabs sound like 'In da Club' sped up and played backwards (though to be honest, the call to arms of 'Can you keep up' sounds like more fun than any competition with 50 Cent, which is likely to involve working out and comparing scars, you know, like Mel Gibson and Rene Russo do in Lethal Weapon 3). It also has a brilliant video.
Digressing a little. I've always been a sucker for those choreographed en masse dance routines - you know the ones - the zombies in 'Thriller', the school kids at the end of 'Baby one more time'. It goes back to West Side story I suppose, still the only musical I can stand. Ok, now everybody jump at the same time. Bliss.
I also love the economy of the track; as far as I can tell there's only about 50 seconds of song, repeated over and over, drummed into you by the relentless, slightly too fast percussion. It leaps instantly to the top of the heap of Destiny's Child songs.