Monday, 9 April 2012

Review and Video: Jessie J ‘Laserlight’


jessie j laserlight video


I am a sucker for a song that makes me feel like I can take on the world single handedly [Mary J Blige knows what I'm talking about-link] and David Guetta has the ability to create that emotion down-to-a-tee with his derivative/reductive music production. So it's no surprise that it's just what Jessie J is serving up on new, David Guetta co-produced, track LaserLight.

Taken from the padded-out, re-release of Jessie J's debut album Who You Are what struck me most about LaserLight is how concise the vocal is. No runs, no over the top belts, just a clean and solid delivery of a melody that finally allows a listener to appreciate her voice's tone and timbre without the audio/mental overload usually provided by the tricks and trills she so loves. Its a great change of pace and style for the singer/songwriter and works well here, complimenting the tracks building, and some might say "busy", production.

LaserLight isn't perfect, though. Firstly it sounds quite a bit like David Guetta's, superior, Sia collaboration Titanium [here], and secondly it finishes somewhat abruptly, as if without having fully delivered on what was promised at the start. The addition of a stronger, more commanding middle-eight/bridge would have probably sorted that out, but failing that the song finishes without reaching any real climax.

Still, I really liked Titanium, so why wouldn't I like LaserLight?

Rating: B--

Thoughts?


27 comments:

  1. whatsup up with jessie j and her song titles??? first domino now laserlight 

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  2. I like the song, its chirpy, funky and this is how I like JJ to sound! The only other song of hers I have really appreciated her vocally on is 'Big White Room', she sounds fantastic there.

    Otherwise I don't know how I feel about her, sometimes her voice sounds really strained/pulled and when she ascends her range (see Who You Are) it feels like torture on my ears. And she takes melisma and just overdoes it for me sometimes ie 'Mamma Knows Best' I want to like her I am just finding it's just out of my touch, maybe when she records new material will I be willing to join her team...

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  3. What's wrong with those?

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  4. All his songs sound the same. That is all. 

    Also, I love the sarcasm in the first paragraph!

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  5. the lyrics dont go along with what the song is about... 
    its not even a good metaphor for what shes talking about.... 

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  6. totally agree about her voice sounding strained 
    i feel shes a powerful vocalist but it just sounds messy at times 

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  7. but titanium with sia is a diamond in the rough i love that song 

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  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TswOLHUQFPk
    What a singer. She's not even using a proper mic...no reverb on her vocals, nothing. Amazing.

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  9. Come over to our team Stuey...join the dark side!!

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  10. Her next hit will be 'Coathanger'....all about how she hates hanging around...she's scared of the dark...there's a bend in her heart etc etc

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  11. Lol ok, I am there! (Did not take much there lol) I always think if you have to try and like an artist then its not really worth the effort..

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  12. HA! That's a lot more deep than a lot of the shit out now. 

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  13. Let's hope that happens for me with Lana Dull Grey...sorry Lana Del Ray ;o)

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  14. It's easy...here's another inanimate object song...
    "Cat Toy"
    Oooh baby baby....you're just like a cat toyYou make my heart jingle, got me purring all night.I wish that I could hold you, you're my cat nip boy,You got my heart racing, as I'm chasing left and right. etc etc

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  15. You need to start writing songs, make that publishing money! The talent you have for it is clear for all to see here! LOL

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  16. LOL! Still, karen!?! You obviously aren't listening to her enough! You should be listening to her album at least twice, maybe even three times, a day! Eventually your brain will stop fighting it and we call express our love for del rey together.

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  17. Dr Devotee prescribes LDR, three times daily. Love it!
    In other news I hear that Lily Allen is headed back into the studio. Sheesh  - that girl's 'retired' more times than Cher.

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  18. Sigh she suffered from her usual problem for me, good singing and good writing but mediocre producing. Waiting on a good acoustic or live performance for this.

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  19. I actually died a little inside when I read that

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  20. Lol DD what can I say? I'm a big softie when it comes to diva love!! ;)

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  21. Lol the diff is Cher has had something to retire from, followin Lily on Twitter however always makes for amusing reads!

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  22. Pmsl....you HAVE to do that one at your next gig, as a dare from us DD readers! We also WANT video evidence of said performance!

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