So True has it's track list and I'm surprised, but let's talk about the second single off Avicii's upcoming major debut album: You Make Me.
Lyric video for You Make Me.
Make no mistake when I say True is one of my most anticipated albums, and You Make Me certainly ups the ante and the hype even much more. Featuring fellow Swedish singer Salem Al Fakir, the track could very well be a 'make or break' single for the DJ, especially coming off a highly and commercially successful first single in the form of Wake Me Up: emotionally amazing, gratuitously harmonious and effortless, the single is harder to top than anything else. But you want your fans to know the tone of your album am I right? What better way with You Make Me. The single might just be adequately enough served, as we await Avicii's album.
The piano replaces the acoustic in which it sits from the first single, Wake Me Up, as the song gets up to a very productive start. In kicks the vocals, as the instrumentation gets put on the back pedal, with Salem's soaring vocals angling high accompanied with hand-clapping invigoration. Not too bad, as the song does seem to struggle from some cracks, but Avicii's never been bad. Then the chorus foams in, as you finally see a clear and bigger picture of what it really is. The falsettos that is laid down feels tight and seemingly out of place. While you may point at the chorus and say, 'that wasn't what I was expecting', then you might as well guarantee Avicii's talent as something even extraordinary. Mixing EDM with acoustic guitars in Wake Me Up, he does it again with piano, and making production life seem as easy as bread and butter. You Make Me doesn't guarantee life after success from Wake Me Up, but it's enough to leave you thinking that the space for the album True in Avicii's closet might've opened up.
It's amazing how Avicii's genre matching skills are unmatched so far in the EDM world, maybe Calvin Harris coming in close second, but nothing so far really proves to be a match in Avicii's competition. You Make Me, if anything at all, is pure EDM while remaining in his roots, making sure that it's overall a club banger. The beats are notoriously infectious, while Salem's vocals needing more than just one listen to really get used to due to it's unorthodox style. Overall, it may not seem like it, but you'll be chasing down Avicii's coat-tails once the album comes out.
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Originality: 8/10 - You Make Me is the next step in Avicii's pipeline, and such an extent with genre-mashing that he has done it again. Superbly.
Sound: 8/10 - While the Salem's falsettos may feel out of place, the overall track comprises of most new boundaries, and needs to be listened to be surprised.
Lyrics: 8/10 - Not exactly good nor flattering, but for an EDM track, it's standard issue.
Overall: 24/30 - You Make Me isn't as flashy nor radio-play definite, but it's not atrocious nor utterly un-listenable. While it will make you dance, it's memorable at the same time but not as meaningful as the single before. Overall, it's a nice change of pace and I will be playing it for days, no doubt.
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