Tuesday 29 July 2014

[Review] Jessie J Feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - "Bang Bang"

Jessie J kind of fell off with her second album Alive.

Hoping to reclaim former success with album number three, the Diva has released its lead single, the much hyped Bang Bang. A song that should make her relevant alone with its featured artists: vocalist Ariana Grande and rapper Nicki Minaj.

With a gospel influence and two capable singers at its helm, I was expecting one helluva vocal show from Bang Bang. It's an expectation that never really fulfilled, with the song peaking after halfway with a throat-busting (A Cappella) run from Jessie that should see the singer blow out her voice box sometime this year when attempting live. After that "moment", it's a noisy stumble to an unsatisfying conclusion.

The pair do attempt to riff over one another at the end, but their voices become so light and tonally similar that they're almost indistinguishable from one another at points. The person mixing the track really dropped the ball here, and should have known something wasn't right the moment Nicki's voice became the most prominent thing during a sing-off. But perhaps she earned it- she was, after all, the best thing about Bang Bang.

Rating: C-


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