This record, especially the beginning, sounds like it might have been produced by Zero 7. I like this song for its instrumentation, arrangement, and soulful vocals.
Canadian singer / actress Lennon Stella has a really beautiful, touching song here. Beautifully crafted melody, chords, and lyrics. Excellent, dynamic, soulful vocal performance. This is my favorite ballad of 2020 so far. My only piece of advice on this track would have been to back off on the piano mechanics.
Dude… Quit stalking your girlfriend or else she’ll dump you and write a song like this about you. Justin Caruso, a DJ and producer from Los Angeles, has a nice catchy tune here. It does sound like he took classes at The Chainsmokers Academy of Music though. So far so good, Mr. Caruso, but I hope you take your art in more interesting directions in the future.
If you’d have told me this was a Calvin Harris record, I’d have believed you. The melancholy lyrics remind me a bit of his track “Sweet Nothing.”
For a second, I thought Kelly Ripa made a record. I like this track despite several things I don’t like about it. Way overboard on the auto-tune. The same three chords are repeated throughout the song, verses and chorus. How about changing things up for the Chorus, huh? And there’s no bridge. A really good bridge would have propelled this song into something quite excellent. Look for an acoustic version if you prefer that kind of thing.
Meet French singer Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier. Sure, she’s kind goofy looking, but I like that. Not that it matters what the heck you look like when you’re making records, but if I’m going to watch someone sing, I’d rather they look interesting and not like every other manufactured pop star. Plus, there’s that bonus mole! I really like the hook on this record. She really brings it with a solid and passionate vocal performance.
Well produced, well crafted pop song. Nice to hear some dynamic range. I wish more pop artists would remember than when they make their entire song loud, then none of it’s loud. You gotta have those mellower parts to make the punchy parts punchy. There is one thing they do in this song which is really popular right now and it bugs me. Instead of doing proper background vocals, they just copy and paste a lead vocal and modify the formant. It’s lazy, dumb, and creatively bankrupt and I wish producers would knock it off. Take the extra time and make some proper background vocals with some three or four part harmony using interesting chords. You spent so much time making the record; don’t blow it by mailing it in with the formant knob!