With its catchy guitar-driven melody and bright vocals, Nerina Pallot's new single is the very definition of radio friendly. Taken from her well received second album Fires it somehow manages the trick of being ridiculously upbeat ("all good people know the world is OK; we can do anything") without offending one's inner cynic.
Pallot gets away with this because, when you strip away the superficial perkiness, her song conveys a rather desperate optimism; its sweet sentiments, we are told, are fuelled by tequila and cigarettes and a submerged sadness. It's a smart but subtle touch which doesn't impinge on the overall shiny niceness of the music.
Pleasant and infectious as this is, it's only the lowest of fences that stops it from falling down the Norah Jones hole. Repeated exposure will send you scrabbling for your Kristin Hersh and PJ Harvey albums: women who sound like they actually drink tequila on a regular basis rather than just sing about the stuff.