Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Nina Sky – Beautiful People

Gettin’ their Peggy Olson on…


Spencer Ackerman: Synopsis: Their man skips out on them so they’re going to the club and don’t care if he calls and who knows what might happen with some random dude. Reminiscent of Whitney’s “It’s Not Right But It’s OK”. Enh.

Briony Edwards: If I didn’t already think Nina Sky were awesome, I’m relatively sure I would have disregarded this song almost immediately. However, after a few goes, it’s starting to grow on me, and I do like the sentiment in the lyrics – I’m all for the girls being “for” the girls, you know. However, apart from a mildly pretty chorus, there isn’t much else about this song that even bears mentioning. Mad disappointing.

Anthony Miccio: Nina’s blase Beyonce is redeemed by the effervescent runway techno until the track climaxes with a nowhere-sassy-enough chant of “easy, breezy, beautiful Cover Girl.” With that, the song went from The Hills to an ad during The Hills. And I have DVR.

Michaelangelo Matos: If a Revlon sponsorship is what you’re after (and all you’re after), fine, but do you have to take it to the radio first?

Martin Kavka: This borrows a chord sequence from Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” — indeed, at moments it sounds as if it’s been mashed up with that DJ Sammy cover from earlier this decade — and it plagiarizes a (copyrighted?) tag line from CoverGirl cosmetics. Usually, this would bother me to no end. But insofar as the lyric claims that relationships are frequently sources for frustration, and that beauty is self-expression (and not for the sake of catching or keeping some man), I’m very pleased by the absence of the mythic consolations that too often stain pop songs.

Ian Mathers: After “Move Your Body” and “Oye Mi Canto”, I liked Nina Sky, but I would have assumed they made straightforwardly pretty music. But what “On Some Bullshit,” “Celle Qu’il Te Faut” and this song make clear is that when they get pissed off their music gets a lot more interesting — even if, as with “Beautiful People,” it means the melodies aren’t quite as compelling.

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