I’ll say this for this song, it’s certainly different. This is, quite literally, a club-music squaredance, complete with the “Swing your partner round and round” refrain. This kind of thing has been done before (I think the first example was the Nineties Eurodance remix of “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex), but so rarely that it still seems absolutely bizarre. Pitbull references Miley Cyrus in his rap verse, which seems fitting as she was the most recent person to try this combination (with “Hoedown Throwdown”), but that was a musical number in a film vehicle and an obscure failed single, not a Number One hit on the pop charts. In short, this is a spectacularly bad song, but I will admit it makes for hilarious listening.
Archives for November 2013
Strange as it seems, OneDirection, previously the poster boys for shallow, soulless formula-pop, are now genuinely trying to establish themselves as a credible music act, first with the classic rock pastiche of “Best Song Ever”, and now with this attempt at an acoustic Indie Folk ballad. And the truth is, they’re not really doing that bad a job. Granted, this song is a little more simplistic than the average Mumford and Sons song, but it has a real sense of dark atmosphere that seems almost surreal coming from these guys, and I find myself in the very unexpected position of looking forward to their new album.
This is one of those rare and beautiful occasions where Lady Gaga actually lives up to the hype. This beautiful, sad ballad is the most emotional and honest thing she’s ever released, and it shows off her voice and performing ability to a degree that hasn’t been seen since that notorious video of her singing “Captivated” and “Electric Kiss” before anyone even knew who she was.
This song was one of the biggest surprises I’ve had in a long time. With its stirring music and intensely vivid word choices, it features an intensity and dramatic heft I never thought I’d see from the what was previously the most notoriously gutless soft rock band of their era. Not only is it probably the best thing they’ve ever recorded…it’s an absolute revelation coming from them, and I only hope this epiphany is reflected in their future output.