Single Review: Different Story – Wolfette
(Lavaland Records) Released 1st August 2011
Reviewed by Guy Sangster Adams
Sublime pop from the equally stunning singer-songwriter, Wolfette, and her co-writer and producer, the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, Gisli Kristjansson, who together have cleverly and triumphantly melded a reimagined Hi-NRG, by way of ZTT’s take on electronica, with 1990s alt rock – Shoegaze, Britpop, and something altogether darker and heavier – to create an immediate, swirlingly anthemic song, which is perfect for the now, and to which resistance would not only be foolhardy, but most probably futile.
Different Story tells of impasse in a relationship on the verge of rupture and the spirited eleventh hour refusal to forget the love that first brought the couple together, or to forgo hope for reconciliation and passion reiginition. Wolfette’s wonderful vocals evocatively colour the light and dark, from the breathy, brightest of bright choruses, to the more sinister, stiletto sharp, edginess of the bridge. All of which adds to the very welcome stylistic echoes which imbue Different Story, from Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, to Lush’s Single Girl, and shades of Shirley Manson and Debbie Harry, intriguingly bringing to mind two Blondie tracks from opposite ends of their discography, One Way or Another and Maria.
Lyrically and musically Different Story urges, infectiously so as it transpires, to dance all over deadlock, and in so doing embrace hope and the promise of brighter things to come. Different Story also highlights the promise of a bright future with which Wolfette abounds, whilst also providing a fantastic, hope inspiring moment to enjoy right now!