P!NK “Raise Your Glass”
Vocals come in at 8 seconds and the stuttering-type effect from the opening guitar even makes the instrumental engaging.
CHORD CHANGES: 6
The chord changes within the loop are nice, but that loop doesn’t change.
The song is popping from soft to loud quite often without once losing its energy.
2 MINUTE CHANGEUP: 10
“Oh shit, my glass is empty. That sucks!” “So if you’re too school for cool…” The lyrics + the dropout speak for themselves in terms of attention getting engagement.
The hook repeats the title several times and the immediate repetition of the “never be, never be” and “come on and, come on and” makes the hook instantly memorable and catchy.
A very concise ending that leaves you wanting more, and even though the song technically resolves, it doesn’t feel like it.
At just under 3:30, the song is average pop length that seems to work well for the song.
TIME BTWN RELEASES: 8
While it’s been two years since a new album, it’s only been 8 months since her last charting single peaked courtesy of a performance at the Grammys.
A combo of P!nk’s popularity and the lack of songs called “Raise Your Glass” makes this track super easy to find.
The energy, upbeat melodies, party vibe, and attitude one expects from P!nk all rolled into one? Feels like a smash.
FUTUREHIT POTENTIAL: 90%
NELLY “Move That Body”
A 13 second second intro that is little more than some drum beats and a brief synth line? Not so compelling in 2010.
CHORD CHANGES: 4
The song basically has one linear pattern, though some chords pop thru in the bridge.
No real change in dynamics, but there are some instrumentations that come in and out that approximate some level of diversity.
2 MINUTE CHANGEUP: 6
Changeup happens a bit too long after the two minute mark, but it does shift things slightly, though not necessarily dramatically enough for true proper engagement.
Pretty simple, but adding the different things to do with “that body” allows for decent repetition that makes the hook fairly memorable.
Short, brief, and lacking resolution
Another song just shy of 3:30 that could have benefitted from a bit longer run time, perhaps with better use of the guest rappers T-Pain and/or Akon.
TIME BTWN RELEASES: 10
This track comes two months after the leadoff single from the new project, keeping fans engaged and awaiting a new record.
In addition to a Technotronic song called “Move That Body”, the word “that” is so generic that search ends up competing with “Move YOUR Body” (Eiffel 65) and “Move YA Body” (Nina Sky).
A simple party/dance lyric like this can work, but the flatness of the song does not suggest a super charged hit.
FUTUREHIT POTENTIAL: 61%
CORINNE BAILEY RAE “Is This Love”
Even though Corinne doesn’t sing until 11 seconds, the background chorus gives the allusion to the hook by singing “that I’m feeling” at the 8 second mark.
CHORD CHANGES: 10
The original had solid chord changes, and the arrangement only enhances them.
Pretty standard but given that the song has a mellow vibe to it, it doesn’t really veer too much but you don’t necessarily want it to either.
2 MINUTE CHANGEUP: 5
The second chorus comes in at the two minute mark, and just delivers more of what you’re already getting in the song.
A classic hook that’s made even more endearing by the slow soulful/jazz spin.
A standard fade does not allow for the song to really be indelible upon completion.
All songs this week are just under 3:30, which makes it tough for any of them to dominate a listening session.
TIME BTWN RELEASES: 7
Her last album was released 9 months ago and there hasn’t been a noticeable single since.
Good to cover this song because of its relative popularity, but in search it’s competing not only with the Bob Marley original, but also with “This Love” (Maroon 5) and “Is This Love” (Whitesnake).
If you like Corinne’s soulful mellow sound and are a fan of this classic, you should get engaged because the arrangement is sexy and divergent from the original.
FUTUREHIT POTENTIAL: 70%