Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Anne-Marie & Little Mix – Kiss My (Uh Oh)

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Alfred Soto: Lumidee’s “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh)” was one of those aerodynamic miracles of the R&B-drenched pop scene of the early ’00s, unblemished by radio play and still shiny. Anne-Marie and Little Mix revere it so much that they cede large swathes of a vacant composition to replaying it.
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Leah Isobel: The vocal density creates enough interest to counteract the cynicism of leaning on an early-2000s nostalgia sample (and the indistinct meme-lyrics – “love the feeling/hitting different,” how corny). In the post-chorus, when all four singers play off of each other, that sample’s melancholy explodes into communal joy with the hands-in-the-air feeling of a roller coaster drop. It’s a cheap thrill, but it works.
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Juana Giaimo: Little Mix may have great voices, but their backing vocals here seem to be pasted on top of Anne-Marie to make her look less anonymous. The “uh-oh”s in the chorus are too invasive, and the spoken cheerleading-squad bridge was completely unnecessary.
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Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: This would probably be a [6] if it were Little Mix ft. Anne-Marie instead of vice versa. I will not explain this any further.
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Ian Mathers: Why even use the Lumidee hook? The rest of the song is fine, but that feels a bit like stolen valour (god, what a horrible phrase). It doesn’t help that tonally the interpolation feels very different than “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh)” did — there’s a fine line between the thrill of changing up the energy of an element like that and the feeling that they didn’t know what they were doing with it in the first place.
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Katherine St Asaph: Why would you use the Diwali riddim (via Lumidee) then not actually use it, burying it beneath Britchart production and vocalists who don’t seem to know it’s there? Why would you turn a flirty sample — “Never Leave You” had words, you know, and context — into a bleep for “ass”?
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Scott Mildenhall: “Never Leave You” is not to be sanitised. However many quasi-raucous chants you include, it will always sound forced compared to the beguiling wonkiness of Lumidee’s quiver. Functionally, “Kiss My (Uh Oh)” is more than fine — the generic UK pop production is tried-and-tested — but when those sounds are burying the Diwali Riddim of all things, it’s hard to shake the sense that a balloon has been deflated.
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Nortey Dowuona: Another middling reheating of Nigerian/Jamaican pop drums with overladen synth horns and a Lumidee ripoff? And Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade are stuck doing backup? Sigh. At least it sounds fine.
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Wayne Weizhen Zhang: This song is perfectly fine, but what if I told you there was a Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj collaboration with the same conceit where the pop stars sound like they’re putting in 110% as opposed to 85%? 
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2 Responses to “Anne-Marie & Little Mix – Kiss My (Uh Oh)”

  1. Maybe it’s just stan goggles but I agree with Jacob lol.

  2. Like buses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDODAVam1pY

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