After lending her voice to ‘Repeat‘, Jessie J has once again collaborated with the French DJ, David Guetta, to release her newest single off the platinum début album, ‘Who You Are‘. After her previous singles, fans and music followers would have been expecting a bold and creative piece of music but for some ‘LaserLight‘ has not quite ticked all the boxes.
Firstly, it is not the most unique sound, portraying Guetta to be lazy as he borrows the guitar strums and beats from ‘Titanium‘. The echoing of this previous single really hits the listener, and not in a good way. It makes ‘LaserLight‘ appear generic and rushed, as though no thought really went into it. The overall sound is nothing out of the ordinary for Guetta fans as it conforms to the needs of club-goers without any really display of musical talent; it is simply a regurgitation of ‘Titanium‘ and nothing more. Also, during the bridge-line and chorus there is, what I think of as electric organ/keyboard, invading the composition which is a little irritating to the senses; it just sounds out of place.
Enough of Guetta, it is after all written and performed by Jessie J. Personally I have never thought much of her vocal talents for she has a tendency to wail in an attempt to belt out the lyrics in some places and that is not always pleasant to listen to. Which is a shame because when she is actually singing, Jessie J had a strong and striking voice which can be seen in the verse of ‘LaserLight‘. She starts off very well, but the chorus let’s her. It is a very unbalanced single in terms of her vocals; one minute she is controlled and harmonious and the next she is unruly and out-of tune. The lyrics, on the other hand, are very balanced and quite lovely when you can actually hear them. It regains the listener’s trust in the team’s creative skills, as the metaphor of the laser-light is a powerful one that emphasises the rest of the heavily personal imagery – although it is a little ambiguous in places with the laser light being both protective as well as “burning”, depends on how critical you want to be I guess. The mentioning of their names is slightly annoying and ruins the mood though; we know who they are.
Despite the messiness in the writing and producing, it still possesses an atmosphere that will dominate dance-clubs up and down the country. Taking the composition and the lyrics into consideration, it has the same empowering effect as ‘Titanium‘; one that makes you feel like you can take on anything. It is this positive vibe that will infect listeners alongside the expected catchy pop melody and make it a possible success on the charts.
Check out it out for yourself below: