British singer Alison Goldfrapp has slammed the artistic credibility of British singer/songwriter James Blunt after branding his mega-hit YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL "irritating" and "over-rhymed".

Blunt's love ballad was knocked back to number two in the British charts on Sunday (21AUG05) by pop-band McFly, after spending five weeks in the number one spot.

But the quirky BLACK CHERRY hitmaker is astonished the track has become so popular.

She says, "Catchy tune, don't like it. I think he sounds like some weird guy with fuzzy hair from the 70s.

"I don't like it at all - those lyrics! My God! I mean, fine rhyming is fun, but he's literally pulled out anything that rhymes.

"I mean workmen are whistling it. Which is a good thing I suppose because it means it's infectious.

"But then so are viruses, and they're no good are they."