Hey guys! Who remembers 2016?
Katherine St Asaph: Like you buried a 2016 time capsule, but when you went to dig it up it had rotted and the contents merged with the rest of the decade.
Claire Biddles: This sticks so closely to the template for c. 2016 dance pop that it could be a parody. Squeaky chorus noises! “Not giving up/in”! Vague tropical ~vibes~! I don’t know about you but I’m tired.
Alfred Soto: A hackishness dwells in the hearts of Krewella — from their CVS Pharmacy pain reliever moniker to their flat beats. Besides the munchkin vocals, I can’t figure out what annoys me about “Team” other than the manipulation of optimism and fraternity for such shallow ends.
Maxwell Cavaseno: It’s a heck of a lot of clichés both lyrically, and musically. But you can’t say that Krewella don’t know how to execute them to perfection. The worst you could say here is that “Team” sounds like everything you’d expect for its audience as a summary of how they think and feel and what they like. Its not too challenging, but it’s tricky to nail it to a T.
Jonathan Bradley: The back-to-back cliché of “The way you were looking at me like a deer in headlights/Didn’t they tell you to not bring a knife to a gunfight?” is a deep hole to have to clamber out of, and Krewella… kinda does, actually. There’s nothing fresh about a hook that makes me wonder how I so quickly forgot “Where Are Ü Now,” but reworked into EDM uplift, its presence is not unwelcome. The warm swells of house synth are a complicating throwback texture, enticing in their subtlety, even as they hold back too much.
Will Adams: I’ve been iffy on Krewella from the get, but they do far better with bite than uplift. “Team” won’t reinvent any wheels, but its grooving chorus is more than serviceable for a rowdy house party.
Will Rivitz: There are a lot of bad things about this song — it’s inane, it’s annoying, it’s meaningless — but it’s something even worse than those three: forgettable.