First Hit #1: April 1, 2006
Sean Paul has been doing an accessible reggae fusion for a while, and Temperature is as simple and direct as it gets – if you are cold, have sex with Sean Paul. The only really interesting thing about it is that it kind of defies the season. Lyrically, it’s a song for winter – after all, it’s a song about keeping someone warm. However musically it’s a song for summer, because it’s bright, fast-paced and vaguely tropical. Which, again, kind of makes it a song for winter, because it’s an escape from the cold, and this way Sean Paul can keep you warm not only with his love-making capabilities but also because his song is an appropriate distraction from the cold weather outside. Still, that said, it doesn’t quite feel appropriate for that weather either – weather I am naturally sitting in the middle of at the moment – because a sunny atmosphere does not quite fit an atmosphere where the sun is cold and distant. No wonder it was a hit at the leading edge of spring.
Also of note is the fact that the video awkwardly segues into another song, as though it’s part of some weird marketing effort for the next single.