Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Swedish House Mafia ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 070 Shake – Lifetime

*Tony Soprano voice* There is no Swedish House Mafia…


Oliver Maier: Clearly modelled after the Weeknd in structure and scope, there are at least moments here — such as the hook, on which 070 Shake is excellent — that evoke the delirious, discomfiting nightscapes of more vivid artists like Neon Indian. Let down primarily by the aimless verses, on which Ty Dolla $ign is characteristically nothing, and the momentum stalls too hard.

Juana Giaimo: I enjoy the hazy vibes of the song, but the verses and the chopped-up post-chorus seem to be random sections they added after, as if they suddenly remembered they needed more than a chorus to make a song. 

Alfred Soto: Chopping the hook into cracker-ready morsels makes mishearing a requirement. Do they sing “in the lifeline” at one point? Paging Tony Hadley.

Mark Sinker: A neat way to make this song more (or possibly less) sinister is to mishear every relevant couplet as “Watching the guideline! Don’t change the guideline!”

Andrew Karpan: Largely forgettable and workmanlike stuff, if not for the brief moments of intense scatting from 070 Shake, a catchy advertisement of range that’s still on my mind, just like the best jingles.

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Ty Dolla $ign has a magnificent voice, resonant enough to make even very silly vocal lines seem important and expensive. Unfortunately, it’s wasted effort here — Swedish House Mafia’s production is loud without having any distinguishable characteristics, and, even disregarding the atrocious vocal chop, 070 Shake cannot hang whatsoever. It’s the kind of song that would be best used soundtracking the trailer to a very bad sci-fi MMORPG.

Nortey Dowuona: A rippling synth, which leads in thundering drums and loping bass, nearly topples the song before it begins, with 070 Shake smashed against the walls and melting into the shivering, whirligig synths. Ty’s warm hum centers and slows the song with it’s buttery color, but as 070 Shake tries to wriggle out, Ty steps in and pulls her from the cracks, allowing her to reassemble herself, with 070 Shake connecting all the disparate synths, the loping bass and thundering drums together. This careful contraction is built by the Swedish trio, who seem to have returned unbothered and ready. “Don’t You Worry, Child” was a perfect way out, now the rippling synth strums placed at the end feel like a proud door kick that has brought them back to us.

Reader average: [8.66] (3 votes)

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One Response to “Swedish House Mafia ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 070 Shake – Lifetime”

  1. I think Oliver and I had exactly opposite views on this lol

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