That said, this song is in some ways the best and worst display of her talents. Listen for:
1) Uggg, the autotune. It really makes the vocal sound terrible. The problem I have is I'm sure she could've sang this song perfectly well without it with a few more takes and some comping.
2) The compression. The vocal is absolutely crushed during the b-section and chorus.
3) The sound. Wow, the vocal really sounds strident during the chorus. Cuts through the song though.
4) The nice short ping pong echo on the vocal to give it some space. This technique of two different timed delays left and right is being used more and more in pop music.
While it sounds like I'm ragging on the song, it really does have a great melody, hook and arrangement. It just goes to show that something doesn't have to sound great by itself to sound good in the song!
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