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"H" is for "Gin&Tonic"
LOADED feat. Sean Paul
Highest scorers: 10x3 (@Osiris, @Weslicious, @Music Is Life), 9x2 (@Ana Raquel, @soratami)
Lowest scorers: 4x1 (@abael), 5x1 (@Cutlery)
My score: 8
5 voters: #40, 7,30 avg.
10 voters: #21, 7,90 avg.
15 voters: #24, 8,02 avg.
18 voters: #32, 7,92 avg.
And thus you lot proclaimed "So Nice" the best collaboration of Part III. How appropriate for this one to go now after we learned about a new collab between the two coming up in 2,5 weeks. Written by Kumi, Sean Paul, Arama Brown (Hannah Montana's "Just a Girl", BoA's "Touched" !!!) and Toby Gad (you know the guy) and produced by the latter, the track was one of the newer album tracks on "Bon Voyage". This was somewhat unexpected, even considering that we had a couple of international collaborations at the time. Still I was pretty excited, as Sean Paul is great, and I've yet to hear a song where his presence made it worse. The bumpy ride on the bopperoo street is quite nice, I would say. The two sound good together and Sean Paul here and there brings a lot of charm. The beat is undeniable all throughout, but my favorite part is the middle 8, where he starts and Kumi finishes. Just so good. Although I do believe this could have been shorter, as at only 4 minutes mark it somehow feels like it's going forever. The lyrical content is all about getting drunk on a party night, which is quite ironic, since Kumi doesn't drink, as far as we know:
Can't walk straight, I'm feeling dizzy, baby
We don't care; if you do care, you lose
Everybody, if you wanna party it up,
don't care; let's start from zero
@abael (4) decided to give us a linguistic lesson, "Lyrics aren't great on a base level. Usually Japanese is pretty consonant heavy, which works well when it comes to pop. It almost seems like they avoided them on purpose here, when that percussive impact was sorely lacking." I'd say it's more vowel-driven, although considering it's syllabic, it's a pretty fair share between the two. @otenkiame, help us.
Leave it to @Yeziirl (7) not to feel the best part of the song, "I dig the verses and sean paul seems like a fitting collab here, but the chorus just annoys me."
@otenkiame (7,5) tells it like it is, "Bopping and fun. This track with Sean Paul works so well because the two singers sound so good together. I mean, it astounds me how natural they sound together. I'm obsessed with the sound of the beat before the pre-chorus, by the way. My only gripe is that sometimes I feel it's too long?"
@Eskiath (8) noticed something my ears didn't, "Initially the autotune really turned me off but I noticed how much it popped in concerts and so then I grudgingly didn't mind it. Listening to it now though, there's barely any autotune and all it does is enhance the sound." Dddd, there is like only 3 part with it though.
@Music Is Life (10) loves a bop, but then again, we all do, "OOF A BOP! When that pre-chorus came in my wig was slightly moved, but the chorus tore it all the way off."
@Weslicious (10) is in on the joke, "I'm a sucker for when she lets off the streamer bomb during the main show final songs on tour, and this got that treatment and thus my heart. A true Hin & Tonic bop!" It does pop off live.
As I just mentioned, this goes off live and makes for a very fun experience for those in the audience. Perhaps that's the reason it's performed quite frequently. Speaking of "H" is for "Gin&Tonic", they even put the "H" in the lyrics on the screen behind her, dddd.