Clare Maguire isn't really my thing. I don't follow her music, nor do I particularly mind her, but there's plenty of other bits of music that I'll put on before I listen to her stuff. Not that it's bad or anything, but that drama of a major vocal with epic styling a la Florence et al just isn't my steez though I can appreciate it. But when the title of an email cleverly declares it's subject with 'Teengirl Fantasy x insert name here' then there's no doubt I'm going to open it and have a listen to what lies therein. Which in this case was a Teengirl Fantasy remix of Clare Maguire's 'The Last Dance', the title track from her debut album, which was released last week.
When I was first asked for feedback on Clare Maguire mid last year, I replied something like this: "A bit too *I'm a woman making powerful songs* for me..." because Maguire gave off somewhat of a Florence vibe - and sorry, but I'm simply not a Florence and the Machine fan. I just don't like her voice. And I'm still sore at her for that Gang Gang dance rip off.
But back to Clare; I did though, also say in my feedback that "there's something very Annie Lennox about her vocal presence which is cool". That still rings true, and whilst I'm still not a particularly a fan of Maguire or this single, Teengirl Fantasy twirl it out into something simultaneously throbbing, deep, diaphanous and with euphorically danceable highs in this 7 minute long mix. Total winner. Check it: