* Guy's obviously got a formula - find one of the biggest singles of the year and do an almost exact copy, watered down for Australian audiences of course. This time, Guy does dance!
This one adds 95% of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" for the verses, bridge and music in general, and 5% of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" for the chorus - and makes it sound like a Glee cover version... maybe that was the plan? Last edited: 25.10.2013 04:01
**** I do like it and it grew on me a little but it's still a disappointment and one of his worst singles [if only I knew what was to come, lol]. I was reluctant at first due to the similarities to "Wake Me Up" but I never thought it was a carbon copy or anything and I actually much prefer this to "Wake Me Up" as it's so much more interesting and the vocals are better. Also this is fun which is something Avicii's track is not. Chorus is a lot of fun and I echo what 392 said below that the speediness of it is really good. Surprisingly has aged okay for me so far.
Shame it had to be subject to such extreme amounts of hate which I still think is completely irrational even when I try to be as unbiased as I can. I'm glad he promoted it on not one but two talent shows (oh the audacity of doing such a thing!) so it could be a big hit and just piss of all these haters. And of course I wanted it to be a big hit because it's Guy :p
Peaked at #28 on my personal chart in 2014 Last edited: 13.06.2015 12:25
* Oh great, another rip off. He can sing but he is really starting to do my head in. The fact that this is going to go top 5 because of X Factor is really making me enjoy this even less. Go back to R&B Guy because you can actually sing that well.
**** Apart from being forced to give Avicii originality credit, I think I quite like the "folk"/"country"-dance trend because at the bare minimum, it's different. I expect if everyone and their mothers jump on board I'll get sick of it quickly, but at the moment I'm certainly more interested in this than yet another party dance-pop track, or an addition to my beloved collection of Armin things. I must say I'm actually surprised Guy Sebastian (or I should say, the song's writers/producers) bought into the trend just four months after "Wake Me Up" became huge; while "Timber" didn't really surprise me as Dr. Luke and his team are surely well up to date with what's going on, Australian pop usually can't suggest the same. I'm interested to find out if DNA were involved in this because if so, between this and Nathaniel's "You", I think that would prove that they really have a lot more to their production skills than we had been led to believe.
I suppose I should talk about the song too outside of its concept. I think the verses and pre-chorus are really strong; not as content with the breakdown but it doesn't bother me like certain other songs have. The production is watered-down for sure, but it hasn't put me off. I listened to it a couple times just now and on my second listen I noticed that it moves very fast - not in a way that it feels short, but in a way that it seems to have a whole lot of different sections that last about 15 seconds each. I haven't timed it or anything, but I know in "Wake Me Up" the sections (verse, chorus, breakdown x2) seemed to last a fair bit of time, and I think most songs in general are like that (even those infamous 10-second-verse songs usually had longer choruses). I've thought about it and have decided the reasoning behind the short sections in this song is probably to do with ensuring anyone who doesn't like a particular section is given the relief they desire before they manage to change the station, which I must admit is a pretty good tactic I'm surprised isn't used more often (or maybe I just haven't taken notice of it before). Outside of marketing tactics I think the fast pace works pretty well for helping make the song enjoyable, along with the bonus that if this somehow becomes the next "A Thousand Years" (maybe if he decides to perform it on XF next year?), it shouldn't become as boring.
And as of my double-check-that-what-I-said-is-hopefully-accurate listen, I can feel this growing on me a lot. Which means I have to up my score from 3* to 4*... maybe that's how it's doing it :O :O
*** Adjusted average rating under my better system: 3.13 (Correct as of 24/12/2013, I probably won't keep it updated).
And that's the one thing I can't figure out. Why this? Personally I find the kooky chorus sort of fun and amusing, I don't care what anyone says, it's wacky and nothing like anything I've heard in the pop charts. But then admittedly, the song does lack substance. It's all over too quickly and doesn't do much else that I can't call filler. I guess that's what this is. At least it's not too boring. Last edited: 24.12.2013 09:49
***** Great song, which is surprising for Guy, considering I find him/his music very average. I do see the "Wake Me Up" comparisons but this is actually much better executed imo. Last edited: 17.08.2014 10:38
***** Diese schlechte Bewertung überrascht mich auch hier. "Like A Drum" hat (fast) alles, was ein Hit braucht. Klar klingts etwas nach Avicii & Co., aber das ist ja nicht das erste Mal das ein Track ähnlich klingt wie andere. Ich finds cool - 5+*