They both look at least five feet tall in this video, which is an improvement of sorts…
Anthony Easton: 4 points for a fantastic video.
Alex Macpherson: No amount of bright colours in the video can disguise this song’s essential beige character. This merits none of your attention whatsoever.
Keane Tzong: Practice makes perfect: “I Wish” is a direct descendant of previous Xenomania sad-disco ballads “The Loving Kind” and “Call the Shots”, true, but it puts both of its predecessors to shame. Did either of those two songs have anything as lovely as the “oh no” bits here?
Edward Okulicz: A slightly more glittery version of that Xenomania/Girls Aloud ballad template which, in the Cahill mix, channels its inner Vengaboys especially clearly — just listen to the “oh… no” hook and try not to think of “Boom Boom Boom Boom!”. But crucially, it longs that little bit more open-heartedly and accessably than “Call The Shots”, possibly because the two Mini Viva girls are more distinct to hear than any of Girls Aloud (except for Nadine). A slow-burner, but a fantastic one.
Frank Kogan: On the Cahill radio edit, our two diminutive vivants seem to be pulling themselves asunder, attempting quirky passion while the track insists on a smooth ski-resort glide. The result sounds off-kilter, good neither for gliding nor for feeling. The original mix fares even worse, forgoing the glide in favor of a slow trot.
Matt Cibula: I don’t know why anyone thought this would be a big big hit. There’s no there there.
Martin Skidmore: The singing is okay, if a little nasal and flattened on the lower notes. The music is thoroughly enjoyable, in a mostly old-fashioned way, and at times it’s irresistibly lovely too. Very good.
Ian Mathers: I was lukewarm enough about “Left My Heart in Tokyo” that I didn’t even blurb it, but this is great. We get a lot of dance music here, and I like plenty of it, but normally I can like it from in front of my computer without feeling like I need to go out and dance to it immediately. But “I Wish” had me wishing I was living somewhere where I could go out and expect to hear this one.
Alfred Soto: As I was about to allege that this nimble number steals Pet Shop Boys’ “Did You See Me Coming” outright, I remembered that Xenomania produced the damn thing. But Tennant and Lowe needn’t have worried: this post-Melanie Spice grrl vocal doesn’t challenge Patsy Kensit in the femme Europop sweepstakes. Kylie Minogue, however, may want to phone her agent… or work with Tennant-Lowe again.