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Jason Derulo - 'Ridin' Solo'

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Fraser McAlpine | 09:58 UK time, Saturday, 8 May 2010

Jason Derulo

Wait wait wait...what's that you say you're doing, Jason? You're riding "tholo", are you? Really? "THOLO"?

Is that the name of your racehorse? Your skateboard? Your bike? It's your bike, isn't it. That's what all the stuff about you getting on your 'ride' is all about, isn't it? You've got some immaculate 10-speed racer, and an axe to grind.

Hey, we're not here to judge. We've all been there. You've had a bust-up with your girlfriend, probably over the amount of time you spend grooming yourself in the bathroom/wardrobe mirror/hall mirror/kettle reflection, and now you just want some time to get your head together. Why not go for a nice bike ride?

Thee if you can get yourthelf thorted, get thome ecktherthithe.

(Here's the video. You're not getting in MY car with that jacket on, iPad or not.)

Now, I mean no disrespect to anyone with any form of speech impediment whatsoever. It's just, seeing as Jason's making enough of a fuss about his urge to purge that girl from his life to write a song about it, and release that song as a single, would it not have been a good idea to have written a chorus which uses words that he can actually pronounce?

Jason clearly doesn't have a lisp, his sibilants hiss out from every other word in the song. And he delivers them all perfectly, it's just this one VERY KEY word he seems to struggle with. Which seems kind of strange.

Hell, even spelling it out doesn't help. It may be like "Ess Oh Ell Oh" to him, but to us, it weaves alarmingly from solo to tholo and back again, and always in some kind of elvish robo-yelp. Most odd.

Nice work otherwise, obv...

Three stars Download: Out now
www.jasonderulo.com
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(Fraser McAlpine)

CS Perspective says: "Smack us in the face and tell us to shut up because this song is undeniably catchy."

Idolator says: "Way to work those trends, Jason!"

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