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Flo Rida ft. Akon - 'Available'

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Fraser McAlpine | 09:20 UK time, Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Flo Rida


While it would be improper to speculate over Flo Rida's thoughts on monogamy in the context of a music review, let's just say that judging by this song, he seems like a pretty dependable kind of fella. He can see other women now that he's available, as it's now "the right time". He's a single man and that's his "situation", all right?

If you've just come out of a long-term relationship and you feel as though you've been a prisoner for last few months / years of your life, then this song should send you running frantically for the dance floor. Its solid beat; reassuring repetition, and simple, catchy lyrics are club-friendly and confidence boosting (assuming you have just been dumped and need a boost, that is).

(Here's the video. Does anyone believe that Flo can type?)

Yes ladies, Flo Rida is "finally free", and he's brought along a few of his music industry friends to tell us all about it. Look, there's Will.I.Am, twiddling his knobs and having a little rap, and Akon, who's telling the world to come and get him, in his typically high-pitched way.

An anonymous female voice provides a welcome break from the testosterone-attack (yes, even Akon), but before you know it, Flo Rida tells us that he is confident he can "get her giggling" before he takes her out onto the floor to "get her wiggling." And it works! Her seductive reply? "You got me wiggling", sung through a mouthful of autotune robofluff. High-five, fellas!

You've probably gathered that this song isn't going to change your life, but it will probably get you dancing. With lyrics that border on child-like at times "I ain't got no girlfriend / you ain't got one either" and a few comedy oooh wooo oooh's also thrown in, you could be forgiven for laughing out loud the first time you hear it. But Flo Rida isn't known for social commentary, after all, and if you want to let your hair down then you're not really likely to care.

So if you're feeling broken-hearted and wondering whether to stay in and feel sorry for yourself instead of hitting the town - play this song before you make any rash decisions. If it makes you smile, you may be on the mend.

Three starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: November 23rd
BBC Music page

(Kay Smith)



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