Monday, November 20th, 2017

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be

Fate isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…


Alfred Soto: Talk about maximizing one’s industry contacts for that cross-platform and cross-promotional action!

Sonia Yang: A country song rearranged as a deceptive gospel ballad with sly Auto-Tune and drum loops that flirt with dance-pop territory. It’s not as exciting as it could be, but at least that chorus is an endearing earworm, the kind you find yourself humming around the house when you least expect it.

Jonathan Bradley: Bebe Rexha puts herself on Florida Georgia Line’s turf, which in this case turns out to be gospel-tinged country balladry coming off like Uncle Kracker updated for 2017. I’ve already outed myself as someone susceptible to FlaGaLine’s shenanigans, but Rexha’s voice curdles round the piano line’s too-easy lope, and Haircut One and Haircut Two are in too-oleaginous form to make up for the lack of chemistry.

Edward Okulicz: “If it’s meant to be!!! It’ll be!!!” — those syllables alone trigger a legitimately painful headache. The verses are shopworn country cliche, and the chorus hopefully but hopelessly leans in to gospel, only the blend of the voics and that line are horrible and debilitating rather than uplifting. Really, it’s hard to imagine a less flattering use of Bebe or FGL’s voices than what’s here.

Nortey Dowuona: Bebe Rexha does OK, but Florida Georgia Line continue to be a blight on every song. The piano is smooth, but the harmonies are flat and the 808s just bumble along and crash into everything. Ugh.

Iain Mew: “Meant to Be” is quite frustrating for what it nearly is. It turns against its own lazy first verse, makes the fact that Bebe Rexha sounds like she and her “pretty feet” would rather be back in Doncaster into a part of the narrative. It even makes her singing the exact same words for the second chorus as the first sound like a call out of the Florida Georgia Line position, a statement that however relaxed he claims to be, she can see the line being pushed. But then, with everything set up, they then just abandon the conflict, not even quite fully formed, and chorus their way out to nothing but an abrupt early finish.

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