Of all the Dancing clones, I have to say, Every Little Part of Me is my favorite. It’s a sweet, icy little bop.
It is kind of disappointing that all these songs share so many similarities when they absolutely did not need to.
What Every Little Part and Dancing share in terms of production for example, is not essential to Dancing. Why not have it be exclusive to Every Little Part then?
Or Lifetime for example has nothing to do with Dancing and Falling outside the chorus, why ruin it with that copy-paste chorus?
I understand that during the creative process, making such distinctions makes no sense since the timeline of when a song springs to mind and when it's finished may blur into the timeline of the realization of whatever other song. And of course they cannot know what will eventually be on the album. But when they put the track list together, and they see all these similarities, why not go an extra mile to change them? Not out of a need to satisfy my personal OCD, but merely so that the songs can shine brighter individually.
Elsewhere, I feel like Raining Glitter fails in representing both its disco and its country influences. The idea that what makes it country is a guitar bit repeated ad nauseam throughout its entire length feels so limp as a concept. Like, have a guitar in there, sure, but both country and disco have used guitar play organically to do something more interesting than just replacing what could effectively be achieved with a beat or a sample. Why not explore that potential? As for its disco side, when it starts out so refreshing and different during the verses, why let it devolve into that kitsch disco fodder during the chorus?
These are all songs with great lyrics, vocal melodies and deliveries, let down by the production... It's still good quality production and it suits the songs, but it feels... misguided.
(By the way, I disagree that Live a Little is a Dancing clone, I hear no association between them other than the fact that they both fit well on this record.)