STOP AND RECOGNIZE:
Kelly Rowland has done something brilliant again.
Remember “When Love Takes Over” (yeah-ee-yeah)? WELL OF COURSE YOU DAMN WELL DO. I ONLY WROTE ABOUT IT LIKE FIFTY BILLION TIMES.
From the singer who gave us “Work” comes the new, OFF-THE-CHARTS AMAZING new single produced by David Guetta, “Commander.”
The song is basically a next level surge of energy, complete with explosive vocals and not one, not two, but three shouty moments in the chorus.
And now, an arbitrary list of reasons as to why this song will own souls upon its release:
1. The command “Dance!” is spoken within one half of a second before the song begins.
This lets you know that the upcoming song is about to be very good.
2. Constant use of metaphor.
“From here on out, I’ll be your commander…and right now I command you to dance!” Kelly is taking this whole ‘leader of the dance floor’ business quite seriously here, and she’s going to tell you about it throughout. I like a girl who commits.
3. “You see the way these people stare, watching how I fling my hair.”
Any song that involves hair-flinging has a 94.7% chance of being amazing from the get-go. This song follows suit.
4. Commander as Over
“Your comaaaaaaander” is the new “oveeeeeer (yeah-ee-yeah).” Shout it out from the rooftop.
5. The more-than-good middle eight.
“Let’s make these people move, you know I need some room…”
6. “I’m about to act a fool…TURN THE LIGHTS OFF.”
It’s kind of like an ode to Michelle Williams‘ Unexpected album. Really though, it’s the writing trademark of Rico Love, who also wrote the amazing “Hello, Heartbreak.”
7. It reminds me a little bit of BoA’s “Energetic.”
In that she, too, commands us to “report to the dance floor.” AND LIKE A SHEEP, I RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN.
If the rest of Rowland’s musical output from this era sounds anything like this, this album is going to be–as we VIP in the industry like to say–“hot fiya.”