Friday, November 25th, 2016

Louisa Johnson – So Good



Katie Gill: The main problem is the backing. During the verses, it alternates between cheap and sleazy. The freight train of sound that’s the chorus drowns out the backing there, but in the more understated verses it’s all the more noticeable. Still, for a play by numbers pop song, I like the concept of “party girl who doesn’t like to party.”

Alfred Soto: A One Direction henchman contributed to the writing and presumably Louisa Johnson herself to the ersatz smokiness of the vocal and quasi-aerobics of the chorus.  Whom do I blame for the fake tape effects?

Cassy Gress: This is the song from the end credits of an Ocean’s # movie, or some other movie with a close-up shot of a cigarette butt falling into a puddle, with (inexplicably) lyrics about partying instead of going to work. Sure, it’s a shitty, self-destructive thing to do, but does that really merit all this drama?

Will Adams: Perhaps this is just my own experience as a compulsive phone-checker at parties speaking, but I find it hard to believe that Louisa Johnson has completely lost track of time from 10pm to 3am. It’s harder to believe that “Here” apparently had this much influence.

Iain Mew: It’s essentially “Here” rewritten as an internal conflict where the side of the singer who wants to carry on partying wins out. There’s a conflict in the fact that Louisa’s confidence and the desire for a big chorus emphasise the positive while the music, perhaps dictated by the source material, dwells on the negative, but it’s not a conflict that makes it any less enjoyable.

Thomas Inskeep: The hyper-dramatic song structure of “So Good” (think Adele) pairs awkwardly with the “I’m gonna party all night” sentiments of Johnson’s singing. Ultimately, the combination is a little like milk and Pepsi: sure, you can drink it, but why would you want to?

Ryo Miyauchi: Louisa Johnson works a tough swagger for a stone-cold song that demands such a thing, but it needs to put more of the “guilty” in guilty pleasure. She embraces the thrill a little too much for the fun to be anything regrettable. Her night shift doesn’t seem all that important either.

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