All You Can Do - Glenn Meling Single Review
Glenn Meling is a nomadic Norwegian part-time courier who has apparently never spent more than a year in one place! He has however studied Media in Melbourne, had a small flat in Ealing and has connections in an area that frequently bottoms out polls to find Britain's most desirable places to live, namely Hull! He currently only has 80 friends on his MySpace page and less than that have actually played the track he is releasing, for free!
'All You Can Do' is available now as a free digital download from Glenn's own website page. It is a preview for the forthcoming album 'Sometimes A Bigger Heart', due out "soon". Glenn has produced the single himself with the help of Steve Honest (Yes really), and it has been described thus "It is easy listening that you could listen to all day long, well maybe not." Uhmm.
There is no denying that over the course of the last couple of years there has been a certain penchant for purloining all things 80's. Most have cherry picked the best parts of the excessive, flamboyant and exuberant period, made slight and effective alteration and moved on with a new take on said musical movement. What Glenn appears to have done here is to take all things tedious, mundane and instantly forgettable about the period and made it his own. If you hadn't seen a picture of Glenn but needed to make an educated guess based on the single you'd do hard not to imagine blouson jacket sleeves rolled up to the elbow, a baggy pair of oxfords over a some suede pixie boots and a long soft quiff! Glenn has gone for a posturing pop/soft rock amalgam the likes of which you would get if you were unlucky enough to cross China Crisis with say Rick Astley! Not good (Well not unless you happen to be an ageing fan of both).
His "meaningful" lyrics speak wonders for themselves..........
Give it your heart, that's all you can do,
Give it your best, the best of the nature that is you.
Embrace those who wish you well,
Screw 'em who give you hell.
Paint a picture in your head,
Somewhere they can't hurt you,
And that's all you can do.
So there you go, apparently that's all you can do. (It takes a special kind of Bono to pull off this kind of sentiment and still seem credible). Glenn Meling is obviously making, what he sees as, an earnest attempt at redressing the musical balance back firmly towards the middle of the road, having expressed his dislike for the current "rubbish" that is being released for the publics listening pleasures. I'm afraid he hasn't convinced me that a trip back to the musical mediocre is for the better. 'All you can do', the single, is free to download now, so if you've got a spare 4 minutes check it out and decide for yourself.