So far I have devoted a lot of my time and effort on this blog to talking about the sounds and tracks that I love and that move me. Occasionally, I think I will post about an especially terrible song. There are many vomit-inducing dance tracks, but I will reserve a post for only the most atrocious.
This brings me to “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack. Below is the track. Take a listen, form your own opinion, and then read what I think below.
If you like this track it doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, I would probably dance to this song if I had consumed enough drinks or I had just won the lottery and was partying the night away. Under those two circumstances, I imagine anything might sound good. I also don’t hold it against you if you like this song because you have some great memory attached to it. Maybe this song came on during a particularly good night out, maybe you met your significant other while dancing to this song at a club, or maybe you were listening to it in the car on an especially beautiful day and you associate it with that. Those are all fine reasons to like a song.
However, none of those things have happened to me, so here is what I think about this song:
Between the straining vocalist and lack of musical texture, this track is like nails on a chalkboard to me. At some points, the vocals and music conspire to sound borderline whiny. If you were to take a bite out of this song it would probably taste and feel like a communion wafer (saltine cracker for those who have never taken communion) rather than a sweet delicious hunk of challah or brioche. What is brioche in music form? Glad you asked! See my previous post about “The Dark” by Boom Jinx.
The song is also completely lazy. This track first assaulted my ears in a Bud Lite commercial, and I thought, “Are you kidding me? Budweiser tried to make a terrible dance song for their commercial to appeal to a young audience?!” Come to find out, this is actually an Afrojack production, but you wouldn’t know it. It actually sounds like it was whipped up by someone in the Bud Lite advertising team with a cheap software program in order to meet a deadline! It takes effort and talent to craft a cohesive theme as an artist, and I don’t see that here. There is nothing to link it thematically with Afrojack’s previous work unless you count soulless and empty sounding as a theme.
This is the type of production that I fear people will link with my musical tastes. Afrojack is laughing all the way to the bank though, so don’t expect tracks like this to go away.
For a pop heavy track that doesn’t sound like it was whipped up with free iPad software see Tiesto’s “Wasted”.