Friday, September 23rd, 2011

New Boyz ft. Chris Brown – Better With The Lights Off

Might have some strong feelings on this one…


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Jonathan Bogart: Offense taken.
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Katherine St Asaph: “Better With the Lights Off” ft. Chris Brown. Fortunately, the song doesn’t redeem that.
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Alfred Soto: Never mind his bilious private life: Chris Brown is a delicious target because he participates in drivel like this.
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Jer Fairall: I’m not sure there’s a right way to take being told you look better in the dark, but this track is a charmer in nearly every other regard. The synths buzz and squeal with geeky enthusiasm, and the mixture of handclaps and percussion stomps crash together with a kind of guileless maximalism, a spot-on setting for the Boyz’ bright, playful delivery. Chris Brown continues to spend his 2011 sounding unburdened by the trials of being Chris Brown, which might be as good a look as is possible for him these days.
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Erick Bieritz: In “Backseat,” the previous partnership between the New Boyz and the Cataracs, the groups tried to meet in the middle and emerged with a clumsy “Like a G6” knockoff. On “Better with the Lights Off,” the Cataracs instead strike out for Guetta territory, and everyone benefits. Electro-hop is a wince-inducing term, but in this case it’s accurate. If the New Boyz are really dedicated to jettisoning the svelte minimalism that made them famous in the first place, this isn’t a bad way to do it.
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Brad Shoup: AutoTune works better when you’re fighting it. Holding notes, no, doesn’t fly. The well-rested synth riff is shelved, I’m sure, to build anticipation, which is theoretically admirable, but that shit is too good to shelve for sequencing nonsense. The titular conceit is super country; if Jerrod Niemann ghosted this I would not be surprised. Brain’s gotta be turned off for this one, like a DFA1979 song or something.
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Jonathan Bradley: Still jerks, no longer doing anything new.
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One Response to “New Boyz ft. Chris Brown – Better With The Lights Off”

  1. but he told you to not take this the wrong way, how could you possibly be offended??