If you haven't heard this track yet, then you must have been hiding under your stairs for the last few weeks. In every petrol station, supermarket, and on every radio station, Brendan Benson's latest single seems to be on some kind of eternal repeat.
What a great little song it is too: A sparkly little intro motif, the perfect sound for a beautiful sunny day, and then a wonderfully quirky love song tacked on the end. First impressions may lead you to believe that Cold Hands may appear a little contrived with its perfect production, lyrics and Benson's totally inoffensive vocals apparently pitched right at the kind of people who listen to Radio 2, hang out in petrol stations, and go to supermarkets with the hope of meeting their next partner.
After a few listens (I spend far too much time in the supermarket), it gets in to your head and makes straight for your heart to give it a little squeeze. It is after all, a perfectly crafted pop song and Benson (who is effectively a one man band) is proving himself to be one of the strongest songwriters around at the moment. Cold Hands (Warm Heart) does exactly what it says on the tin.