This song may come across as a little gimmicky, but as pop versions of old folk songs go, this is one of the better ones. The original song lends itself well to this ultra-sparse arrangement, and Kendrick’s understated performance is oddly arresting. And as a fan of Classic Folk, I just can’t help finding the fact that a recording of a 1930s Folk Song was actually a Top Ten hit in 2013 somehow inherently thrilling.
Archives for July 2013
After the disaster that was “Can’t Be Tamed” and her subsequent three years without a hit, I thought we’d finally gotten rid of Miley Cyrus, but apparently not. As for this song, it doesn’t challenge “Can’t Be Tamed” for the status of her worst single, but it’s definitely a close second. This is one of the most lethargic, lifeless party songs I’ve ever heard, and the lyrics use so many cliches you’d think Cyrus was going for a world record.
The singles from Bruno Mars’s Unorthodox Jukebox album had a large part in launching the retro-R&B trend that would dominate 2013, and like the last two singles from that album, this is yet another exercise in stylistic nostalgia. However, whereas “Locked Out of Heaven” was Police-style white Reggae and “When I Was Your Man” was old-style soul, this song has the sound of an uptempo disco love ballad. The lyric is perhaps a little bit too similar to that of Mars’ first solo hit, “Just the Way You Are”, but this is nonetheless another superb single from one of modern pop’s most consistent talents, and holds up well next to the other stylistic throwbacks in the R&B genre that year.