Rita ris­ing to her own tune

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - with MIKEY CAHILL


It’s fi­nally hap­pened. A pop star­let has gone and used Au­to­tune’s pow­ers for good. The last time this oc­curred was when van­guard Cher un­der­wa­ter war­bled with Be­lieve in ’98.

Lon­doner Rita Ora, 27, opens her sec­ond al­bum Phoenix with Any­where. It starts with fin­gerclicks and a mus­ing gui­tar build, then what I’d call “un­der­stand­ing” back­ing vo­cals and a vin­tage Calvin Har­ris kick­drum and bass combo bring us to cli­max be­fore she hits us with an out­stand­ing drop and stut­ter­ing, treated vo­cal loops: “Fun, lit­tle less fun, lit­tle less over ovvvvverrr ovvvver­rrrr, ovvvvverrr moyyy­eeee”. Yes, she goes Kath and Kim with the Au­to­tune and sounds like a foxy­moron (com­pli­ment).

Al­low me to cryo­geni­cally freeze this re­view in 2018: Rita Ora is mak­ing charm­ing chart pop and I’m here for it.

That’s all in the first song, I bet­ter calm my farm.

New Look spins the tale of a clingy part­ner who wants to know your ev­ery move, you just know it won’t end well when there’s “an­other girl in the back, what’s she do­ing, what’s she ask­ing?” Who would step out on lovely Rita? She’s “been out on my grind.” Kerb, kick him.

Lonely To­gether feat. Rita Ora is an Avicii (RIP) jam, that’s far too keen on get­ting to the bells and whis­tles cho­rus with­out let­ting the song mar­i­nate first. It’s a throw­away glassy-eyed, rav­ing-in-a-field, goon-slurp­ing hit and it’s had 117 mil­lion views on YouTube.

Let You Love Me is a midtempo pop banger, Sum­mer Love is a drum’n’bass hum­mer right when we need it, Girls feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX sings “some­times I just wanna kiss girls”. Cue: cul­ture wars think­pieces. Shh.

Ora will ig­nore the noise, she’s out here on a grind and find mis­sion and re­gen­er­at­ing.

VER­DICT Harm­less pop that sees Ora soar and score

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