Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us

But we don’t like this…


Alex Clifton: I could predict every part of the melody before it happened, not just from an “oh-that-makes-musical-sense” way but in an “oh-I’ve-definitely-heard-that-before” way. On top of that, it’s generic and bland. I don’t know who Wees wants the “us” to be: all girls? Girls who have had their hearts broken? Girls with specific trust issues? I’ve seen this described as a “female empowerment” song that’s railing against societal standards for women, but if that’s the case, we’ve got a world of those songs already, and many of them are much better than what Wees has delivered here.

Alfred Soto: This blandly inspirational would-be anthem needs a stronger or more charismatic vocalist than Zoe Wees, for whom fading into a crowd seems like the point.

Thomas Inskeep: Here’s what makes this better than Wees’s last single, “Control“: it has a modicum of tempo. So I’ll give it +1, because apart from that, this is just as bad, from its fauxspirational lyrics to her overwrought vocal.

Iain Mew: The familiar melodic, rhythmic and inspirational patterns may sound like yet another “Read All About It” without the rapping, but at least it doesn’t sound like “Read All About It Part III.

Katherine St Asaph: Zoe Wees is a little like Bibi Bourelly, in that she adds grit and presence to material that would otherwise be workaday glurge. The rawness to “Girls Like Us” is more in Wees’s vocal than the trod-smooth melody and lyric, though “we don’t know who we trust, not even the ones we love” is a tad more honest than par.

Juana Giaimo: I appreciate that pop music is covering mental health these days, but I’m bummed out that most of the times it is just empty phrases that use the same metaphors we already know (darkness, mirrors, cages). Zoe Wees’ voice doesn’t work for me either. Last time we covered her, I thought it was because it didn’t work with ballads, but with this synthpop production she seems to be dragging the song down. But being fair, the music alone sounds as anonymous as the lyrics. 

Reader average: [4] (1 vote)

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