Cody Simpson, ‘So Listen’ Feat. T-Pain – Song Review
Simpson and his guest rapper make heavy use of Auto-Tune throughout the song. While the 15-year-old obviously doesn't need the gimmick, he's going for a more current style, and the vocal technique fits the R&B-influenced track, which finds the young singer wooing a potential girlfriend.
The hook brings a huge, wobbling computerized bassline, while Simpson sings simply, "So listen to me / So listen / Listen to my heartbeat." T-Pain raps, "I'm just trying to love you / Can I get a witness? / Let the church say amen / Cause I know that you need a man / And Im gon' do whatever I can / To stop with all the dissin' / Get to the kissin' / Baby you know what you missin.'"
'So Listen' carries an understated, ultra-cool vibe, much like Joe Jonas' 'Just in Love,' and somehow finds a home at the intersection of R&B, hip-hop, teen pop and electronic dance music. It's not a perfect fit for Simpson, but he doesn't sound out of his element, either. It appears that the Aussie singer has found a new sound he can grow into.
'So Listen' is available now on iTunes. The song is expected on Simpson's next album, which is due later this year.
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