I Can't Quit Thinking This Could've Been Better...
Posted October 09, 2016
While I can't deny that this song is growing on me, I also can't help but think that it could have been much more. This is Capital Kings' first song since lead singer Jon White left, so it needed to show with some power what the group was going to be without him and with Dylan "AVRY" Housewright as the new singer.
Musically, they progressed just as I thought they would - more pumping house beats with some big room influence. While this song sounds a bit better in this aspect than their similarly styled "Upgraded," it still falls a bit into the generic territory. Cole's rap is the highlight of the song lyrically, which isn't surprising as he is the only remaining founding member. Featured artist Reconcile confused me a bit on his rap - I guess I'm just not a huge fan of his style, and I find it relatively difficult to understand exactly what he is saying. He does great on his shout-outs during the buildups to the drops, though.
I have always been on the optimistic side of Dylan's joining of the group. That being said, his part isn't as great as it could have been, but that doesn't seem to be entirely his fault. The biggest flaw with his section of the song is that it doesn't last long enough. Dylan has a great voice, but he doesn't get to show it off enough on his first outing as a part of the group. This could certainly be a result of the duo not having finalized exactly what his style will be now that his is a Capital King, but I still wish he could have had more to sing. Furthermore, as great as he is, I still much prefer Jon White's voice. Dylan has proven he has a great voice in live shows, but Jon's vocals are just so unique, and he brings me right into the music more.
While I am always excited about new Capital Kings music, this new song worries me a bit about where the group is headed next. If they can continue to produce unique music that stands out, with lyrics that are fun and meaningful at the same time, I should be satisfied. I hope Dylan gets more time to develop his style, but most of all, I hope Capital Kings doesn't fall into a slur of producing generic EDM that is ultimately forgettable. Thankfully, this song doesn't go quite that far, but it does make me more cautious about their future endeavors. In time, we will see what happens next.
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