Lisa Børud – Me Without U

“It’s been a while since I’ve heard string-stab samples in an intro.”

Tim: Lisa debuted with a fairly decent entry in Norway’s Melodifestivalen Grand Prix this year; clearly of the belief that three minutes is too long for a pop song, here’s her even shorter follow-up.

Tom: Huh. It’s been a while since I’ve heard string-stab samples in an intro.

Tim: Not a bad song, that, is it? Good and fast, as I suppose it has to be to get itself finished in that short time without feeling like it’s missing something. And it really doesn’t.

Tom: Yeah, fair play there, there’s even time for the song to build.

Tim: Typically low key first verse, but then that speed means we get to the meat of the song that much faster, hitting the high energy of the chorus in barely thirty seconds – which is, of course, the all important point as far as the streaming payout goes. As for that meat, it’s really quite meaty indeed – lyrics are fine, volume doesn’t let up, melody and production underneath is great, and those violins in the middle eight are lovely to hear.

Tom: It’s not going to set the world on fire, but it’ll do as a solid middle-of-the-playlist track.

Tim: All in, nice song.