I told myself that I was going to do Drinking From The Bottle's review. Then, I thought again. Nope.
Music video for Sweet Nothing.
What do you get when you put soul and art into a song? You get Sweet Nothing, the fifth single of 18 Months, Harris' recent album. The Scottish DJ had set his eyes on the target so underrated in today's music industry, that you can never forget Florence Welch, from the indie band Florence and the Machines (or Florence + The Machines). In fact, due to Florence's busy schedule, she still did time to record her vocals for Sweet Nothing. And here we are!
But, as always, there's got to be some background information with the review. Sweet Nothing actually debuted as a single back in October 14, before the radio airplay launched the song's success into a spiral gateway up the charts. Florence, if not well-known for her band, is actually one of the most underrated singers that is currently in the pool of the music industry. For her signature in Harris' song, and with the single skyrocketing up the charts, it can hardly be known that Florence's identity could be well spread; her name on everyone's lips.
And the main artist? Calvin Harris? Nothing could be said of him. With 18 Months, the singles had been all over the place. With featured artists like Example, Kelis and Ne-Yo, it instantly shot Harris back to cloud nine following the smash single with Rihanna's We Found Love. With the release of the new single with Tinie Tempah, it seemed that Harris' fame was currently stabilised.
Sweet Nothing boasts spectacular performances from not only the female side, but Harris' work in production. Easily the best song off 18 Months, nothing could be said that this was a great pair to work with. Though some question the lyrics of the song, it still consisted the magnitude of the artists that managed to pull through with such effort. The standout of the song has not been noted, but it should be. Harris' beats continue to pound through the set and the way it moves you, partnered with sympathetic and yet unforgiving lyrics to love, it sets you apart on your own world to a dance revolution.
And the key word here is 'flawless'. As always, the underrated singers are always left wanting, but this time Florence does the best that I feel is the greatest. Combining sheer tone and wonderful vocals on a club banger that is usually incorrect and largely based off wine and other drugs, it melts away within the song as the context rolls over with easy drumming. Special vocals, as critics have praised, I found it hard for Florence to ditch the way that she should sound like, as most artists have. Unlike any other artists, Florence can sing any type of genre, spread across multiple tones and notes, proving herself one of the best in her current generation.
So I put my faith, in something unknown (I'm living on such sweet nothing); But I'm tired of hope, with nothing to hold (I'm living on such sweet nothing); And it's hard to learn, and it's hard to love when you're give me such sweet nothing; Sweet nothing, sweet nothing; You're giving me such sweet nothing. - Florence Welch
This collaboration was almost a match made in heaven. With lyrics that sound depressing, mixed with beats from Calvin Harris, mixed with a joyous tune that you enjoy, they all add up to the simplicity of what dance pop should sound like. Throw in a dollop of Florence Welch's irresistible vocals and the great bite as she ends the bridge of the song, one which I feel was the best part of the song.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Calvin Harris strikes back!
SOUND: 9/10 - A dance vibe carries on a mournful tune, they add surplus to magic.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Well-written, there's nothing more to say here.
OVERALL: 27/30 - One of the best songs that I have heard in awhile, but could almost be made better as I felt that it should've hit the pinnacle which fans were expecting. As long as the radio is jamming, Sweet Nothing could still remain in the top 10 of the Billboard charts for now. In a nutshell, Florence's deep voice and tentalising tone pairs up with Harris bass-dropping beats, combine to a music heaven that must be heard to be inspired. Depressing lyrics and great vocals almost set this apart from most club bangers with a song that is relevant and not just wine, beer and... you know the rest. I will be playing it for days, and I hope you do too. See ya'.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.