Let’s forget about media drama and take a song at musical face-value for a second: This song is a great example of 90’s R&B throwback with a touch of hip-hop attitude and the production polish of a current studio session. Melodic, with a strong chord progression, and nice beat-kit. If this song had a proper [much needed] bridge and a strong non-fade-out finish it would be just about flaw-free. Maybe some harmonies would be nice as well, although the lack of vocal layering kind of adds to a “less is more” elegant simplicity. ★★★
"The Voice" is back. A beautiful, classic track that’s straight-forward and focuses on non auto-tuned vocals, a live string orchestra, and for most of the song just a little light rhythmic beats, courtesy of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. All bets are off in the last 49 seconds of the track where full live drums come in, any vocal restraint is cast aside, and Mariah’s voice soars. ★★★★½
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This is everything I love in a Justin Timberlake song: Urban, dark, edgy, heavy beat, scratchy effects, flawless mid-range baritone vocals, smooth layered harmonies, and 7 minutes long of so much pre-chorus, chorus, post-chorus, bridge, and breakdown that you won’t even be sure which is which. This song is just what I needed after “Suit & Tie”, “Mirrors”, and “Take Back The Night”, which while respectively great, were a little more light and airy, leaving me thirsty for some deep 808 thumping.
The song is reminiscent of “Tunnel Vision”, but more refined, with more dramatic contrast in verse/chorus structure, and more emphasis on melody - all wrapped up in a tidy little Timbaland package with a signature Justin beatbox outro that will knock you right out. ★★★★☆
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what was your opinion on scream and shout? sorry if you already answered this and i just didn't see it. i liked it. it's not what i expected, but it's not bad
Well, I didn’t want to say, because I don’t want to put a damper on all the happy Britney stans right now, but I’ve been asked this so many times today I guess I should just post it.
I am not a “stan”. Stans are defensive biased blind followers. I am a real, good, unbiased fan, and sometimes that means being honest. The same way you would be honest with your best friend.
Will.I.Am is super repetative and lazy lately. He produced some of my fave songs ever, especially in the mid BEP era and Fergie solo album. But I feel he has gotten lazy and relies too much on gimmick.
Scream and Shout is basic and repetitive. It has a good beat and somewhat fun effects but they sound dated and too familiar. There is no real singing on the track (see also: Big Fat Bass) and they even skipped out on having a cool bridge.
British accent Britney and the “Britney, bitch” soundbyte are the most redeeming qualities and the reason I will still listen to it. Other that that there’s not much of anything clever or creative about it, lyrically, musically, or otherwise. That being said I still like it! Just being real about why I don’t love it.
You can measure a singer’s place in the pop-star pecking order by the quality of the Max Martin/Shellback song she releases. For Xtina, the news ain’t good. “Your Body” is a sluggish and nearly hookless hookup anthem, apparently dredged from that part of the Stockholm harbor where the Swedish hitmakers toss their D-list material.
So what are your thoughts about Triumphant?
I’m a little sad, cuz although I like it, I know it’s not as likable by all audiences as it could be. Which is fine for Mariah and her fans.. I think at this point she’s making music that makes her and her fans happy.
But I do think it’s too… I don’t know. She needs to stop doing inspirational songs (she has enough) and start making them more fun. Especially if they are a non-ballad hip-hop/rap song. A good example was Migrate. That was a hip hoppy song with a rap feature but it was FUN and a JAM. Like bump it in the club.
This new single doesn’t make me want to bump it in the club. Also she needs to layer vocals less. The parts where she is singing non-layered sound SO CLEAN and good… I think the most disappointing part of this track is that she didn’t even sing verses.. just choruses and bridge. It’s less like Mariah feat. rappers and more like Rappers feat. Mariah and that’s not good for a 1st single off the album. The vocals on the last choruses were really good though, she still has an amazing voice.
Looking forward to single #2. It better not be a ballad.