Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Major Lazer ft. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar – Sua Cara

By popular demand…


Ryo Miyauchi: The inevitable Anitta-Major Lazer collaboration sounding exactly what you’d expect to a slightly disappointing degree has more to do with Diplo than the singers involved. Anitta shows up to style and pose all cool as usual while “Sua Cara” sounds no less anonymous than “Know No Better,” only thing distinguishing itself being the producer tag.

Josh Langhoff: Major Lazer songs live and die by their novel timbres, and “Sua Cara” shoves three pretty good ones in your face. Electro flute and squinchy honk emerge from their indifferent surroundings with the clarity of rotting teeth in a dental nightmare, while Pabllo Vittar’s vibrato approaches heights of Glambertian splendor. Nothing can beat the “way-ay, oh” hook from “Lean On,” but I won’t begrudge this lot their trillions of YouTube views.

Jibril Yassin: It turns out Major Lazer can still craft something memorable when they get off the EDM/trop-house balloon and head south. The flutes and Pabllo’s fantastic turn of a vocal give this a powerhouse-in-the-making feel.

Alfred Soto: Anitta owns this track, harmonizing with herself as she grabs a beautiful boy’s face and chants the title hook. But I won’t get fooled by sampled flutes again, not after Skrillex and Diplo  almost made Justin Bieber as sultry as a dolphin on “Where Are U Now.”

Austin Brown: Despite the presence of two vocalists more than up to the task, this slice of electro-dancehall falls into the same trap as most Major Lazer imitators–an indecisiveness about whether to aim for bacchanalia or transcendence, rhythmically and melodically signified respectively. It’s too simple a riddim to blow you away, but too debased a melody to offer the androgyne bliss of Diplo’s Bieber collabs.

Nortey Dowuona: Average latin pop with grooveless drums, a tepid bass line and cloying 2010 EDM synths. Meanwhile, Anitta and Pabllo are harmonizing in a complete, harrowing coo.

Reader average: [6.16] (6 votes)

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4 Responses to “Major Lazer ft. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar – Sua Cara”

  1. I feel like people are so invested in Anitta’s international success that they’re ignoring when she’s not very good. I like this song enough, but the video is so underwhelming that it’s bizarre that it was the biggest pop moment of the year in Brazil.
    That said, I wish you would cover Pabllo’s solo work. “K.O.” is one of my favourites this year.

  2. Score is too low. >:( but also I agree w Luca on that we should cover other Pabllo songs. Todo Día ?

  3. Todo Dia is not legally available anywhere until a legal dispute with Rico Dalasam over royalties is cleared. ): K.O. is still better, though…

  4. It’s hard to understand how Anitta is becoming so successful in Latin America when people know that she really isn’t a good singer.

    There are many great singers in Brazil… High level singers that have power enough to be on the top of the world charts – if they have a chance!

    I’d like you guys to cover Brazilian singer IZA. Her interpretation for the song “I put a spell on you” is really outstanding!