Taio Cruz, "Dynamite"

72 Billboard Rating

On his first single, "Break Your Heart," Taio Cruz made his plan to love and leave explicit from the beginning, his smooth vocals enabling him to get away with such an admission. The U.K. singer is equally clear about his intentions on "Dynamite": Here, the goal is to party 'til the break of dawn. " 'Cause I told you once, now I told you twice/ We gon' light it up/Like it's dynamite," he shouts over a beat similar to the one from his No. 1 hit. "I wanna celebrate and live my life/Singing ayo, gotta let go." If the tune's lyrics become somewhat monotonous-and raise the question of how successful Cruz would be without the repetitive formula-that's precisely the point. Between his commands and Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco's production, going all night never felt so good. --Gabriella Landman

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