Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Veronica Maggio – Stopp!

It was out in Sweden last summer, but it’s only just made its way to Denmark, so we’re reckoning that falls in our catchment area…



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[6.80]

M. H. Lo: Not that many people noticed, but, of all the women who released “Ronsonized albums” last year, Veronica Maggio can boast of having the second best. This isn’t the strongest song from that album, but you can see why it makes a good (second) single, especially beyond Sweden: not only is the chorus simple and insistent, but it centers on a word that has a track record of success for girl groups from the Supremes to the Spice Girls. This, approximately, is about as good. Extra marks for totally trumping, in her video, Beyonce’s suddenly-pathetic robot hand.
[8]

Martin Kavka: This isn’t the most immediate Swedish pop song, but it may be the most immediate Swedish pop song to have a harp in its pre-chorus. I wish that Veronica wouldn’t sound so needy here, but the lyrics, about a girl who can’t get over her ex, would seem to call for it.
[6]

Alex Macpherson: Unfortunate: Maggio’s voice exists at precisely the same nasal, unchanging pitch as the low-level, chronic whine of a teenage girl forced to go grocery shopping with her mother even though she was in the middle of talking to her friends online and she’d already arranged to meet them and what if someone sees me and you’re always asking me to help you and no one understands and [fade to grey]. Worse, there is the sneaking suspicion that Maggio thinks she’s being cute.
[3]

Rodney J. Greene: I like that this song latches on to a couple pieces retro-soul signifyin’, but Maggio doesn’t try to do anything stodgy, or, worse yet, cute with them. Thus, the stomp ‘n’ clap beat is played on machinery and the deep horns are recruited in service of a failed attempt at soothing some rather nervy singing.
[8]

Iain Mew: The moment early on when the horns that have been sidling up in the background suddenly draw attention to their presence by dropping out is particularly great, as is the repeat later, followed by Veronica trading melodies with herself, but the whole thing is lush and enjoyable.
[7]

Hillary Brown: Just this side of perfect, due to a sense that something’s being put over on one and there’s actually not very much song here. But if that’s so, the smoke and mirrors (her wonderfully strained voice and the intelligent and kinda sexy beat) are quite impressive. Yay Sweden!!!
[8]

Jonathan Bradley: Even if the beat stomps just a little too tentatively, and the climax crests a little too smoothly, the gauzy slide of the instrumentation hints at a sly intrigue. Over the course of three minutes the song’s soft tug becomes something close to intense. There’s a little froth, but there’s plenty of fizz.
[7]

Additional Scores

Dave Moore: [7]
Edward Okulicz: [7]
Martin Skidmore: [7]

21 Responses to “Veronica Maggio – Stopp!”

  1. And Jazmine’s out of the Top 10!

  2. Is this the closest consensus of any song yet?

  3. Is this the closest consensus of any song yet?

    Only the average standard deviation will tell us!

    =avedev(a1:a10) is .92, which is the lowest I’ve recorded (I imagine that anything under “1” is by definition very consensusy).

  4. Um, also, wtf is going on in that picture.

  5. Can you explain that formula for dudes who ain’t mathematically aware?

  6. ha rev your blurb reads like a response to the lex’s. my reaction probably more closely resembles his too – though it’s not that her voice is too whiny, but that it’s hardly there.
    stopp? all youtube’s got is pause, but that’ll do.

  7. Haha, this ain’t ilx. You can, and in fact please should, use my real name.

    I do admire the juxtoposition though.

  8. This piece of shit pushing Jazmine out of the top 10 is not something we should be celebrating. And if I’d been on board when Jazzy was covered it wouldn’t be happening.

  9. Macpherson must be the ever-present party pooper. This is a great song, I like how she punctuates everything she sings with an exclamation mark. That and the steam train kind of rhythm to her verses.

  10. I think “party pooper” is probably better applied to everyone who gave Ms Dynamite, KIG or Ciara low marks tbh. I mean, would you even play this limp Scandopop at a party? And if so, dear God, why?

  11. There does seem to be a “Swedish? Seven!” reflex going on.

  12. I’m with Lex: I’m appalled that this pushes my favourite single of the year so far out of our top ten. Except I thought this was okay.

  13. Rodney, that was just the excel formula. I’m not sure why I put it there, except that I’m a loser. The mathematical formula for average deviation is here:

    http://www.animatedsoftware.com/statglos/sgavedev.htm

  14. Lex, if it’s any consolation, this is probably the least controversial track we’ve done, whereas Jazmine is in the top 5 (though this might have changed).

  15. Dave, I don’t think that “average standard deviation” exists. Your score of .92 is average deviation, right (as opposed to standard deviation)?

  16. I like ‘Stopp!” fine (but it’s got nothing on her stellar 2006 single “Dumpa Mig”), but in no sane universe is it better than “Lions, Tigers and Bears”.

  17. “Maggio’s voice exists at precisely the same nasal, unchanging pitch as the low-level, chronic whine of a teenage girl forced to go grocery shopping with her mother even though she was in the middle of talking to her friends online and she’d already arranged to meet them and what if someone sees me and you’re always asking me to help you and no one understands and [fade to grey]. ”

    You say that like it’s a bad thing… ;)

  18. Woops, I meant average deviation! Didn’t even notice that. And h/t Frank for the controversy score formula.

  19. This gets a 6 automatically for finding a way to not punch me in the face with its Ronson fetishist-ness and gets the extra 7 for actual feeling in her voice. I get undertones of t.A.T.u. Which reminds me that I should really start evaluating songs like wine more.

  20. ‘There does seem to be a “Swedish? Seven!” reflex going on.’

    Thought it was Italian tbh.

  21. How fitting that our least controversial song so far should be well on its way to having the most comments.