“The time has come,” Jonathan said, “to talk of many things: Of Lennon clones and HMV, and lots of bizarre things, but now they’ve got a new single, one more from Lola King.” Okay, Jonathan didn’t say those words. But since I gave them a shoutout a couple months ago, I think it would be fair to talk about their newest single, “The Great Divide/I Don’t Care if You Say I’m Going Nowhere.” Of course, for those of you who don’t want to click the link, I said that, at the very least, they have potential. As they have (at the moment), only two singles to their name, and not even a single LP, I feel it would be very premature to say anything else. So, without further ado, I’ll just cover the songs.
“The Great Divide.” Sadly, this song is not as excellent as “Bounce Together” and “This is not a love song.” That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s a low-key ballad that I can assume is a song about using travel through a great divide as a metaphor for a relationship. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really have as memorable a hook as “Bounce Together.” And, seriously, I can’t do much more than say, it’s not a bad song, but it’s not a great one. There isn’t a single aspect of this song I can’t say that about. Except maybe the mastering. Whoever’s mastering this should really lean more about the Loudness War. Acoustic Guitars should really not sound this ear-splitting.
“I Don’t Care if you say I’m going nowhere.” Yes! This song has a catchy hook, unlike its A-side. Unfortunately, apart from the hook, I’m really not finding much interesting to say about it. The lyrics seem to be extremely repetitive with a chorus that goes “I don’t I don’t I don’t I don’t I don’t care care care care when they say when they say when they say I’m going no-no-no-where.” Sadly, the verses aren’t that much better. I’ve listened to four songs by this band, and this is the first one I’ve listened to that I can say I don’t like.
But there’s one more song on the single on SoundCloud. “Too Easy.” Fortunately, this song restores quite a bit of the good will that “I Don’t Care if You Say I’m Going Nowhere” took away. The song sounds interesting, with its mix of acoustic guitars and percussion that sounds like Hurra Torpedo guested on the track. However, there’s one big problem, and it’s the first two choruses. The voice in the chorus sounds distorted, and I can’t understand why. She sounds like Greg Lake yelling about innocents raped by napalm fire, but the distorted vocals don’t fit the song at all. Also, Lola King’s brother Dan has a solo that may be even better than the ones on “Bounce Together.”
Overall, this single is a lot slower than “Bounce Together/This is Not a Love Song,” and, for the most part, not as good, but I sincerely hope “Bounce Together” doesn’t become a hard act to follow. They deserve better than being a one-hit wonder. Just keep at it, Lola, and I can only say that I hope you get along better with your brother than Liam and Noel Gallagher do. Your work complements each other’s so perfectly.