Listen// Music versus lyrics

Beckett’s latest electropop offering falls short on lyricism.

50% of most music genres comes down to lyrical content. No matter how good an instrumentation is, lyrics that like impact or logic can damage a song – particularly if the lyrical failings happen during a notable moment like a chorus.

That’s unfortunately where Beckett‘s latest single Butterflies fall in. Musically, the track is an 80s-tinged electropop gem that has some enjoyably vintage synth lines, a retro-feel disco beat and some wonderful vocalwork from Claire Ridgely. It’s just the lyrical content that brings it falling down.

While lines such as “people say after one comes a two, but that’s not necessarily true” appearing 30 seconds in leave the track on shaky ground, there probably is some overly complicated mathematical way of that statement being correct.

But it’s the chorus use of “like turning into a butterfly, step back when I shed my skin” that really puts a brake on proceedings, as its common knowledge that butterflies do not shed skin. It’s not enough alone to make this a poor song, but it’s placement in the song – as well as repetition and the focus it gets – means that once you observe it, you can’t feel the same way about the song.

Musically the track is excellent, so it’s a shame that a lyrical slip up has such a detrimental effect on the track.

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