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See No Stars Review
Song: "See No Stars"
Review By: Michael Morgan
The production arrangement scores high on "See No Stars" with just the right amount of catchy rhythmic layers and dreamy synth backdrops. Some aerobic dance class or uptempo iTunes podcast in Anytown, USA is waiting for a track like "See No Stars" to be played. Some nice touches are the high-pitched synth lines between the verse and the bridge that repeat the chorus. It really helps perpetuate the infectious rhythm and hook of the song.
The background swooshes that kick off "See No Stars" are unavoidable and probably an unnecessary embellishment for a song with so many other things going for it, elements-wise. These swooshes persist throughout the song in a more subtle manner because they are quickly upstaged by a swift and cool Latin-style synth dance beat that resonates throughout the rest of the song, phasing in and out of volume like a wicked Doppler Effect.
Neoclubber's voice is not an overpowering barrage à la Christina Aguilera, but more like a subtle and pleasant Kylie Minogue dance club queen. The bridge of the song shows off her pleasant chops and knack for rhythm that is both playful and edgy. It's hard to tell whether or not her voice is smoothed out with Auto-tune tricks (which is probably a good sign that, if any, very little might be used, since it would normally be relatively easy to tell).
Lyrically, the song's verses are written in a poetic symmetry with a dynamic interchanging self-dialogue that is one-part philosophical, the other -- outright cathartic:
Love isn't in a bed of lovers
It's deeper in your head. Grow this!
Love isn't in the words of liars
It's deeper in your soul. Find this!
Fans of mainstream dance queen Kylie Minogue or indie dance club beats like Calvin Harris will thoroughly enjoy Neoclubber's flavorful beats and silky vocal timbre.
Review by Michael Morgan
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)