I looked up the last rate before I sent my votes in and was so relieved everybody seemed to hate 'Gentleman' as much as I did!
Wordshaker Rank | 11th (11th in 2015)
VIPs | @Sally_Harper (10) @Hazey's Mom (10) @Ezz (9)
Villains | @AfternoonsInUtopia (1) @imaduck (2.38)
Rank Change | +2
Score Change | +0.49
Most Solo Time | Vanessa, Una, and Mollie
Hazey Says | Not much to praise about this, it’s cute at times but that’s about it. I can’t really get behind it completely because it sounds like a failed attempt at a 2000-era Britney midtempo/ballad with a bubbly chorus. So, I guess that’s when you guys are always calling songs derivative. (4)
This was almost the name of the album, but the band decided to go with a made-up word instead, so when you Google the word, only their album shows up. (Five Business Moguls) This was also the first song to have all five band members listed with songwriting credits (along with Ina Wroldsen)
In 2015, most people just thought it was one word: “cute” but ultimately nothing to write home about.
@Sally_Harper (10) - I feel like everyone else is going to tank this but I love it, it’s been one of my favourites since the album was released. To change the lyrics slightly, I know, that it’s cheesy and lame, but it’s so, lovely, etc. All five sound great, the music speaks to me on a “this could be in a Sonic game” level, and I love the “Deeeeeeeep” harmonies in the chorus.
@Hazey's Mom (10) - Wonderful vocals and harmonies!
@Ezz (9) - Love the layered vocals and Vanessa's ad libs.
@Phonetics Girl (6) - Ok, this can go as the sacrificial lamb of downtempos!
@Scaper (6) - Dated before it was even recorded.
@Attis (6) - My God how many midtempos are stuffed in this album.
@daninternational (4.5) - The high key vocals and the production choices.gif make this a bit of a boring mess.
@louciano (3) - They should stay away from ballads.
In 2015, Deeper was barely beaten by "2am" (#72 vs. #69) and the album got a break before "Not Good Enough's" untimely exit. Both are faaar better songs than this, so hopefully the album gets a long break this time.
The only ladies that ever got mentions for this have been Mollie and Vanessa, so although it's 3 to 2 in favor of the former, we'll call this a Monessa song.
Back to the B-Sides with the next cut at #69, after Beggin' and Bigger were the first two B-Sides to leave us.
I never knew this was originally intended for Amber Riley. That kind of explains why their vocals sound so strained. It feels like the song isn't suited for them at all (bar Una).I really like Leave A Light On. They barely made any changes from the Amber Riley original though which is a shame.