First Hit #1: January 18, 2014
My first impression, the first few seconds in fact, was positive. I don’t remember hearing a harmonica on a pop track in ages, it was nice to hear a sound that was not exactly new, but different, something you don’t hear every day.
My overall impression of the song is less positive, it quickly devolves into big beats and club nonsense, but then it’ll reference square dancing ant that’s kind of goofy and interesting. There’s some sort of old time fiddle party influence in there, which is certainly strange, but it’s appealing as well. The problem is that those elements conflict with modern affectations, like drowning singers in autotune and making a song that’s largely about butts. Going old time is at least new, but Pitbull and co. – There are 11 credited writers, which is too many credited writers – can’t quite quite figure out how to make the two elements work together. It just sounds like a club banger played over something more traditional, and while that’s an interesting idea, it’s not quite musically successful. Still, there is value to an experiment even when it doesn’t get the right result, and I like that it’s at least a new direction in some ways.