Sophie Ellis-Bextor - I Won't Change You (Polydor)
release date: 29 December 2003
Latest offering from the really posh popstress: Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Featuring a verse that sounds like a thousand other songs, a pre-chorus laced with "oh yeah"s, and a big chorus with cheesy, poor sounding guitar, I Won't Change You meets every stipulation of the monstrous "pop" genre we've created.
Playing host to the quite frankly brilliant line, "Tried to change my figure / My diet too / I'll still change my underwear if that's ok with you" (brilliant!), I Won't Change You really flaunts Ellis-Bextor's lyrical aptitude, or lack thereof. That said, she has an amazing voice, if only she could harness and use it instead of wasting it on dull pop songs.
The composition has a definite disco feel to it. There are some daring dabbles into electronic pop, some nice vocal overdubs and a surprisingly funkified bassline, which carries the song very well. But it's the only thing that does. These are minor advantages to what is essentially another plagiarising, infertile pop song in a genre that is getting extremely tired.