You often see TV advertisements for CD's of 'Drivetime Rock', or indeed
heard local radio segments under the banner of drivetime. Drivetime, for
those not in the know, is hummable if unchallenging middle-of-the-road
pop-rock, with the likes of REO Speedwagon, Bonnie Tyler and
Starship the usual guilty parties. Modern equivalents come in the
form of the Stereophonics, Maroon 5 and Rob Thomas.
With the emergence of Wire Daisies, you can add another band to that list.
Mary Jane is competent, if unremarkable pop-rock from a band who have recently supported Robbie Williams. While the chorus of "Because
you're beautiful, wonderful... You must have had respect for Mary Jane" is
unlikely to rival Morrissey for transcendent prose, and the whole
song is very much formulaic music-by-numbers, it is unfussy and
unpretentious enough to be fairly enjoyable. It passes the time nicely
enough, shall we say. One suspects, however, the single lacks the pizzazz to
stand out in the crowd, Treana Morris' powerful vocal (which alternates
between Stevie Nicks and Berlin's Teri Nunn)
That said, it'll probably be enjoyed by desperate housewives who find
Travis to be threatening, edgy, alternative music (and bonus points
to me for managing to get the word pizzazz into a review, the first time the
word has probably been used since circa 1987).