By Matt Pais
RedEye Sound Board
January 30, 2013
What a relief that the demise of LMFAO won't deprive us of its members' creative powers.
"Pop Bottles," the debut solo single released Wednesday from Sky Blu (the half of LMFAO that's not RedFoo, and yes, I had to Google if that was one word or two), shockingly goes in a much more sophisticated direction, recruiting a host of classically trained musicians to support a touching, somber song about pain and love.
No. Of course not. Opening with the not-at-all-true statement, "Had a few hits, now we changed the game" and hinging on a hook that's, uh, not exactly the same as "Party Rock Anthem," "Pop Bottles" seemingly exists primarily for the purpose of making a video to go along with the song. Hearing the chorus of, "Pop bottles, make it rain, every night it's all the same/hit the club, hit the after-party, then we hit the plane," automatically generates visions of what the 100 percent literal video will be, and the real-life club settings that then will aim to re-create that vibe. Never mind that most people would argue doing the same thing every night, no matter what it is, can get redundant, but Sky Blu certainly sounds fine with it.
Don't get me wrong. The song's danceable. If comes on at an event when I'm up and moving, I won't sit down in protest. I guess I just appreciate club music that sounds like it took more than two minutes to write and 10 shots to properly enjoy.
Blu's album won't arrive until summer; I can only pray that spring breakers will manage without it.
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