Thursday, July 8th, 2021

KSI – Holiday

It could be so nice…


Ian Mathers: So I guess the moral is, if you just keep KSI away from (sigh) YUNGBLUD and let him be corny, it works out pretty OK. Kind of shocked to find out this sunny, good-hearted vibe was coming from the same dude who made so little impact on me when I tried to listen to “Patience.”

Madi Ballista: KSI’s soothing tones and the fluttery acoustic guitar make “Holiday” sound like waking up on a lazy Sunday morning. Evocative lines like “strawberry shirts in the sunshine” add a wonderful splash of color to the emotional landscape. I could coast on the easy rhythm of that chorus forever, letting it carry me out to sea; the outro, beautifully resolved, feels like the glimmer of the setting sun on the ocean.

Tobi Tella: Like going to New York and spending every day in Times Square; the ride is fine enough, but there’s the lingering feeling that millions of people have done this same exact thing better.

Edward Okulicz: Oh sure, that’s a perfunctory chorus. But like sunshine after rain, like dessert after dinner, it couldn’t be any other way. And this is so perfectly fond, so full of good vibes, it’s really a second dessert after dessert, and like one appallingly sunny day leading into another.

Nortey Dowuona: The guitar and plastique percussion buoy KSI’s light, pleasant voice as the kicks and snares alight. KSI and his echoes fly up into the sky, dipping in and out of the cloudy synths, feeling so happy and free.

Alfred Soto: It flirts with the treacly, but the vocal commitment helps.

Juana Giaimo: I was ready to hate this before pressing play, but it’s late, I’m tired and I find myself enjoying this light-hearted and generic love song. What can I say? I guess sometimes I’m a little generic too. 

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