TEXAS | Can't Resist

LYRICS:

(I know I can't resist)

I believe that you told me
A promise lives with lie
Such a tease as you hold me
There's hunger in your eyes

That's the way that I remember you
When the sun was high
And the nights were cool
It seems that lately
I just dream of days
In the silver skies
That I can't be rain

I know I can't resist
I never wanna fall asleep
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away
I'm scared of what I miss
But don't you know his taste's so sweet
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away

That's the way I remember
The summer sun was high
To the cold of November
I'm still in silver skies

That's the way that I remember you
When the sun was high
And the nights were cool
It seems that lately
I just dream of days
In the silver skies
That I can't be rain

I know I can't resist
I never wanna fall asleep
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away
I'm scared of what I miss
But don't you know his taste's so sweet
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away

I'm falling for your sentimental charms again
I'm finding it so hard to break it
But every time the pleasure turns into pain
I'm more inclined to stand than take it

This is the way I remember you
The sun was high
And the night was oh so cool
It's how I remember you

I know I can't resist
I never wanna fall asleep
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away
I'm scared of what I miss
But don't you know his taste's so sweet
I only wanna dive in deep
And I've tried and I tried I tried to walk away

I know I can't resist

INFORMATION:

Available on:
x Texas - Red Book (2005) CD
x Texas - Can't Resist (2005) CD-S

Credits:
Written by McElhone/Spiteri/Higgins.
Produced by Brian Higgins for Xenomania Music Ltd. and Johnny Mac.
Mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent.
Vocals: Sharleen Spiteri.
Keyboards and programming: Sharleen Spiteri, Johnny McElhone, Michael Bannister and Tim Powell.
Guitars: Shawn Lee and Nick Coler.
Backing vocals: Sharleen Spiteri and Miranda Cooper.
Published by EMI 10 Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd, Xenomania/Warner Chappell.

Single information:
Peak position: #13 (UK charts)

Notes:
Sharleen Spiteri (Texas' vocalist) said the following about "Can't Resist": "The song is Texas having a fresh look at that Giorgio Moroder vibe of uplifting electronic pop but with sexy slow vocals. I wanted to combine modern sounds with a real Billie Holliday kind of feel. When I was growing up my dad would be away at sea and my Mum, my sister and I would be at home blasting disco and Abba alongside her old Billie Holliday albums. I knew the spirit I wanted. I knew I could emulate that Billie Holliday sensibility - not the framed icon with the beautiful flower in her hair, but the slightly dark woman on the edge, this tortured brave singer who struggled around this merciless music circuit. It's a bit of a homage from my heart".

REVIEWS:
x Sharleen Spiteri and co sound in pretty sprightly form (...), with a bounce to the beat that recalls their 1999 hit Summer Son. The chorus to this one might not be so immediate, but, as with all Texas tunes, if you give it an inch it will take a mile - what seems innocuous on first hearing is burning a path to your musical brain by the third or fourth.
"I believe that you told me a promise laced with lies" is the intriguing opening, later resigned in the bridge passage to having "fallen for your sentimental charms again," frustration the obvious emotion.
With the customary sleek, immaculate production, the only thing that might grate here is Sharleen's tendency to draw out the notes in the verses - a mannerism I personally didn't warm too. Other than that? Business as usual. Ben Hogwood

x Getaway and Can't Resist both owe more than a little debt to Summer Of Love-era New Order as well as to bubblegum electronic pop; crisp and fresh, they could be sung by anyone, though Spiteri's voice adds a sheen of classy heartbreak. Leon McDermott

x Lyrically "Can't Resist" doesn't offer much, with lines such as "this is the way I remember you, the sun was high and the night was oh so cool", not doing much to stir the emotional feel of the song.
Plaudits must be given however to the production team of Xenomania (...) for producing what will undoubtedly be a top 10 single. Sharleen Spiteri sounds soulful and almost Shirley Bassey-esque in parts, as a deep funky electronic bassline drives the backing with a campness that even the Scissor Sisters would be proud of. Mark Jefford

x A welcome change in direction from Texas who have had the odd sublime pop moment but all too often have doled out dull mediocrity in place of pop glam. This time they have opted for an electro track with slightly darker vocals, had they have been the first to do it I might have been hailing them as pop diamonds, however they are about three years too late.
You see everything is relative and while the change of direction is good, you've got to look at the competition around them, but first lets hear what the ever modest Sharleen Spiteri thinks of the track "I knew I could emulate Billie Holliday sensibility - not the framed icon with the beautiful flower in her hair, but the slightly dark woman on the edge, this tortured brave singer who struggled around this merciless music circuit".
Yes quite, that is obviously though a right load of bollocks because Spiteri can't even stand in Holliday's shadow never mind emulate the (tortured) voice. She's been given a decent beat and a half decent backing track to play with on Can't Resist and the truth is that the competition when it comes to electro are Alison Goldfrapp, Kylie and Ana Matronic all of which would have made a better fist of this track.
Different Texas, still bland i'm afraid. kev

x (...) the influence of Brian Higgins of Xenomania looms, but not that much. The seething, slinking helplessness, haplessness even, is something that no other artist who's worked with Xenomania has mustered - even though they appear to be capable of everything else - and it's all down to Sharleen's performance. If you're so dismissive and hip that you have to attribute other good things to the production help, then yes, certainly the sleek electronic pulses the song rides on are excellent, and call to mind New Order in places, and fit with the verbosity of the chorus, lines spilling beyond their natural limit and those imposed by the beat perfectly encapsulating the sheer feeling of desperation that often accompanies confusing attraction. The "I've tried, I've tried" refrain reminds me a tiny bit of Garbage's underrated album track Wicked Ways, another point in its favour if only for me. Also, the way she sings "tease" in the first verse slays me, and it's got a good beat, so apologia be damned. Edward Oculicz

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