Track Review: Cody Simpson, 'So Listen'

57 Billboard Rating

CODY SIMPSON FEATURING T-PAIN
"So Listen" (3:06)
Producers: Shawn Campbell, DJ Frank E
Writers: various
Publishers: various
Label: Atlantic Records

After a few slower ballads that showcased his evolving vocal skills, Australian teen Cody Simpson has returned to dancefloor fare with "So Listen," featuring T-Pain. The first single off his still-untitled debut album grooves sensually but falls flat with uninspired singing and a forgettable hook. The beat rides the acoustic guitar, and swaying snare snaps are bizarrely mashed with a wobbly bass riff, which nods to dubstep music but seems a little dated in doing so. The chorus is the biggest letdown, with lyrics like "So listen/To to to me" and distracting, stuttering vocals. Compared with previous hit "All Day," this hook flies in one ear and immediately out the other. While T-Pain's guest spot adds some refreshing energy, "So Listen" is an unremarkable return from a promising up-and-comer.

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