Flo Rida – Right Round

First Hit #1: February 28, 2009

As big dumb dance music, there are few better places to start than Dead or Alive, and even if Flo Rida’s interpretation sounds largely like a misremembered lyric, it still works in his own song, which is actually a surprisingly great piece of dance music. Sure the lyrics aren’t anything special – mostly about how much money Flo Rida is spending – but they’re delivered rapidly enough to work, because it’s connected to a propulsive, synth-based beat that goes between relentlessly pushing forward and breaking down on the chorus – which features an uncredited Kesha pulling out a star performance. It’s best not to think about it too hard, but it’s actually a pretty decent bit of synth-driven dance pop, enlivening what could have been a pretty rote record with some quality performance and composition. It’s not quite a song that sticks, but I’m always a bit happy to hear it.

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One Response to Flo Rida – Right Round

  1. musicosity1 says:

    I love “Right Round,” and I like the verses of this song. I’m not crazy about how the bass drum switches from backbeat on the verses to four-on-the-floor on the chorus; it makes between the seam between the two songs more obvious, when the opposite should have been the goal. Also, I wonder if Flo Rida knew, or cared, that Jessica Simpson had already redone this song well, also with new verses, back in 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEF51olmziE Her version also had four-on-the-floor, but all the way through.

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