Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Bülow – Sweet Little Lies

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Katherine St Asaph: A Canadian artist with a single that’s an aughts throwback, in how it sets the melody to “Lonely No More” to the fidgety drumwork of turn-of-the-century R&B. But Bülow’s scratchy voice is thoroughly of now, even when she tries (not super-convincingly) to get guttural on the bridge. The result: a curiously chill emo.

Scott Mildenhall: She don’t wanna steal “Lonely No More”, but she don’t wanna have to pay for it. Not a problem now that it’s as canon as Pachelbel; and for a bonus the lesser resemblance to Fauré’s “Pavane” comes free of charge. It’s a fine act of artistic larceny, thieving not one, but two indelible melodies at once (not to mention the title). “Sweet Little Lies” is in many ways bang average, but its sources elevate it.

Joshua Copperman: Never mad when something reminds me of “Lonely No More” (except for this one time), and a YouTube user points out the similarity to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait, which is just as accurate. Theoretically, any blend of those two songs would be an adult contemporary masterstroke. And yet aesthetically, this is very much Kiiara territory, if not quite the heights of Billie Eilish or even Halsey. Halsey especially, because this song swipes the best line from “Without Me” — compare “Tell me all your problems, make them mine” to the original, actually evocative “Running from the demons in your mind/then I took yours and made ’em mine.”

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: The most obvious tell of bad poetry is in a particular type of overuse of metaphor. In bad poems, figurative devices are used and then discarded like matches, never committed to for more than a line or two. “Sweet Little Lies” isn’t the worst regarding this, but Bülow does run through metaphorical cliches with ruthless efficiency.

Alex Clifton: This is a less emotional Ellie Goulding warbling over the beat to Ariana’s “break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored,” trying to evoke the intimacy of directly whispering in your ear, and it all comes off as bland. Bülow has a pretty voice, but she’s not done any favors by the repetitive production and lyrics, constantly looping but never going anywhere. Some songs can do that and have emotional movement through doubling verses–like “Mr. Brightside,” the greatest example of them all–but this song stays too flat to grow.

Will Adams: A few sweet little tricks arise in the song — descending harmonic sequences, skitters, faraway synth pads in the chorus — but Bülow’s vocals stay the same throughout, unmoved by anything.

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3 Responses to “Bülow – Sweet Little Lies”

  1. @Copperman thank you for referring to Lonely No More, I spent a solid fifteen minutes trying to figure out where I had heard the melody before!!

  2. I thought legit thought this was a 90% match cover of Dido’s “Thank You” but with Billie Eilish vocals lol.


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