This week, we get Justin Bieber’s newest foray into tropical house, Jess Glynne attempts a ballad and David Guetta teams up with Sia again.
96 – Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett
89 – Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
61 – Thriller by Michael Jackson
92 – Say Nada by Shakka ft. JME
87 – Same Old Love by Selena Gomez
81 – Army by Ellie Goulding
It seems to be that every week, a new single from Ellie Goulding’s upcoming album Delirium is on the charts. What I normally like from Ellie Goulding are her folk rock tinged songs, and Army is a subdued synth-pop ballad. But the vocals are placed in the forefront of the mix, which is a definite strength of Ellie Goulding. The instrumentation is a little boring, but I don’t think that is the point of this track. I am now intrigued with how this latest album will sound as a whole, so we shall just have to see.
72 – Grown by Little Mix
The gospel opening to this track starts a very propulsive track. The vocals mirror the rock and roll production well and it is a lot of fun. However, the post-chorus instrumental with tinges of EDM and 808s ruins the opening. They should have stuck with the gospel rock aesthetic, as it fits the lyrical themes much better than the electronic production. Overall, it feels a bit disjointed and could have done with a bit more of an edit.
63 – Bang My Head by Daivd Guetta ft. Sia
Two big collaborations between these two artists (Titanium and She-Wolf) catapulted Sia into the mainstream. On Bang My Head, the hazy production is a nice change from the previous singles. Sia has always been a strong vocalist, despite sometimes generic production from Guetta. But here, it is at least different. I think it sounds like Imagine Dragons, but the Imagine Dragons singles that I am not that much of a fan of, like Demons and Amsterdam. The drop however is so jarring that it slightly ruins what comes later. This song confuses me on so many levels, but it feels like more of a mess than Titanium or She-Wolf.
49 – Dude by Lethal Bizzle & Stormzy
This song has literally one chord in it. One chord. An F minor arpeggio forms the entire beat. However, that isn’t the point. It is meant to show off Lethal Bizzle and Stormzy. Bizzle is good, but Stormzy is better. The repetition of “nah fam, you ain’t that dude” however gets irritating and so does thebeat. A better production would have made this song great, but Lethal Bizzle and Stormzy can’t save it.
47 – Touch by Pia Mia
I wasn’t a fan of Pia Mia’s previous single Do It Again. I am not a fan of her vocal tone and for me, Touch is more of the same. The beat feels like three different songs were randomly combined and the drop kills any intensity previously built. The effect on the guitar is truly grating and when combined with pan flute (seriously, pan flute), it is not a good mix.
46 –Take Me Home by Jess Glynne
After the ballad queen, Adele, returned last week, anyone with a newly charting ballad was going to have a tough job. I loved Jess Glynne’s up tempo singles Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, and I think that suits her more than this. Take Me Home has good sentiment and like Army, puts the strong vocals at the forefront. I think however it needed either smaller or grander production, instead of being trapped somewhere in the middle. Jess Glynne sounds great as usual, but needs something bigger or smaller behind her.
41 – I’ll Show You by Justin Bieber
29 – Reality by Lost Frequencies ft. Janieck Devy
10 – Focus by Ariana Grande
The production on Focus sounds like if Stomp did a cover of Problem. The Jamie Foxx sample as the chorus doesn’t work at all. Ariana Grande sounds fine, but she was much better on Love Me Harder. The sax and brass line over the bridge however is pretty cool. But overall, Ariana Grande has done much better.
This week, nothing stood out as the best or worst. So I am not doing best/worst of the week or honourable/dishonourable mentions.
Worth a Listen
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Army by Ellie Goulding
Take Me Home by Jess Glynne
Bang My Head by Daivd Guetta ft. Sia
Grown by Little Mix
Reality by Lost Frequencies ft. Janieck Devy
Would Turn Off
Say Nada by Shakka ft. JME
Same Old Love by Selena Gomez
Dude by Lethal Bizzle & Stormzy
Touch by Pia Mia
I’ll Show You by Justin Bieber
Focus by Ariana Grande