BSBB Round 1: Passenger, "Let Her Go" vs. Lorde, "Team"
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Let Her Go

Passenger

Team

Lorde



KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: There’s only one song about “letting go” from 2014 that you need to know about, and this ain’t it (shout-out to Idina Menzel). English singer-songwriter Passenger kind of sounds like he’s singing through a fan with his nose pinched, and it’s not cute. Lorde’s “Team” is the opposite — I’m actually a huge fan of this song, and basically everything Lorde touches. At almost half Passenger’s age, this teen breakout star is already leaps and bounds ahead.
My Vote: “Team”

ERIKA RAMIREZ: Lorde’s “Team” is entrancing. And I can’t help but love the 16-year-old who took over the music industry by going against the grain and simply being herself.
My Vote: “Team”

JAMIESON COX: "Team" is by no means the finest Lorde song, but it's still very good, with a whip-smart beat and a neat intro that says more about her potential than a dozens spins of "Royals.” "Let Her Go" is tepid pop-folk that sounds like the kind of song hobbits would write if hobbits were real. Shut it down.
My Vote: “Team”

NICK WILLIAMS: I respect Lorde more than anything for her lyrics, which are poetic and insightful. “Team” was the perfect follow-up to “Royals” because it brought the same underdog-in-the-world sentiment, and made her a very coherent artist to the industry. Even if it might seem old news now, I think the line “I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air” will remain a special lyric for her.
My Vote: “Team”

`JEM ASWAD: It’s nothing personal, but “Let Her Go” is exactly the kind of 2010s pop song I hate: a soppy, strummy sobfest that makes me want nothing more than to bury a fist in the singer’s simpering puss. I’ll take Lorde’s sultry, smoldering slow burn over it any day of any week.
My Vote: “Team”


OVERALL WINNER: “Team”

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