Iyaz - 'Solo'
There now follows a diary of musical experience, based on personal reactions to a pop song over time:
Oh come on! This is just as bad as Sean Kingston! The music has no weight to it. It's all whisper-soft and cheap and brittle. It's like lift music, or a home keyboard's demo button, or something. AND they've nicked the chorus off Janet Jackson, so the strongest melodic hook in the entire song comes from an older song which was better produced and better sung in the first place.
OK, granted, not everyone is going to remember this, and of the people that DO, only a small percentage are going to care. I'm probably only using it as a stick to beat Iyaz with because the song as a whole hasn't sparked much of a reaction. But this makes me IRRATIONALLY ANGRY, and therefore I feel JUSTIFIED and VENGEFUL.
Don't panic, it'll pass...
(Here's the video. It's tropical, as you'd expect.)
After Some Time And Further Listens
Well, it's not like 'Again' is the worst song in the world to pinch a melody from, is it? And which of us is so content with our own company that we'd argue with the sentiment of the chorus? "I don't want to walk this Earth if I gotta do it solo" is something we've all felt, right? So, OK, they can have that.
And this Iyaz fella...he's a pretty cool young fella, isn't he? I'm sure underneath all the layers of plastinating vocoderpolish there's a good voice struggling to be heard. And if Jason 'Jason Derulo' Derulo can make it big by putting together impressive harmonic displays and then pouring a thick layer of aural perspex over the top (hello JR Rotem!), why can't Iyaz?
I'm right about the music though.
People sometimes honk on about 'the test of time' as if this is an actual test you can perform that will definitely, scientifically prove the worth of something. It's not. And even if it was, the fact that people like this song now - and they do - means it's succeeding on its own terms. Anything else is a bonus.
I would've probably recorded it very differently, but then I daresay if our relative situations were reversed, Iyaz would've written a different review, and nobody would've wanted to watch the video. So, y'know...whaddyagonnado? *shrugs*
Neon Limelight says: "Sadness never looks so...relaxing."
Idolator says: "If he wants to establish a genuinely unique identity, he needs to venture beyond sounding like a carbon-copy Sean Kingston."
Common Sense Media says: "Iyaz relies too heavily on the harmonies of this previous hit to carry the single."