True testament to the effect reality TV can have on the charts, 23 years since its initial release, this week Britain’s Got Talent helped Tracey Chapman’s classic Fast Car speed into the charts.
But that is where the Overtones comparisons to the talented soulstress end, unfortunately for them.
The Overtones reached national recognition after performing on Dancing on Ice, becoming the evening’s house band in March, with specially arranged versions of retro and contemporary hits - from Adele’s Rolling in the Deep to Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers’ Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Now their debut album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Love, has gone gold.
The Longest Time, originally a hit for Billy Joel, is the current single from the five-piece who blend classic 50s’ harmonies with modern pop.
How the track will go down in 2011 remains to be seen, the simplistic and repetitive lyrics are a far cry from what our charts currently favour and while the vocal lead wouldn’t sound out of place amongst the likes of The Wanted, the boyish sweetness is sickly in this context, not to mention insincere.
That’s not to take away from the five-piece all of whom are clearly talented and whose harmonies are flawless.
Nonetheless the God’s have spoken (well the reality TV producers) and The Overtones will probably be sticking around, well, at least until the Britian’s Got Talent goes one better.
FemaleFirst Antonia Charlesworth
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