Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and surprise surprise, Post Malone is on the charts, so we get to talk about him this week!
Despite how condescending that intro might have sounded, I’m actually a fan of Post Malone. I don’t think he is anything super great, but he is able to make catchy music that sounds good and appeals to a wide range of people, including me. I have reviewed both “Sunflower” and “Wow.” from him, and both of these tracks received fairly positive scores (with “Sunflower” being better than “Wow.”). Still, he is not an extremely incredible artist, either. Aside from a few exceptional tracks, most of his songs range from average to good, which is not a super great thing if you want longevity in the music industry. However, right now, he is thriving, especially on the charts! So, let’s see if his newest single “Circles” is one of his better tracks or if it falls in the trend some of his other songs reside in.
“We couldn’t turn around ’til we were upside down
I’ll be the bad guy now, but know I ain’t too proud
I couldn’t be there even when I tried
You don’t believe it, we do this every time”
As can be deciphered from the first verse, this is a song about Post Malone and an unnamed girl having relationship troubles, most likely having led to a volatile breakup. A topic Post Malone has definitely covered before, but it’s one that he has handled pretty well in other songs, so let’s see what the chorus can offer us here.
“Seasons change and our love went cold
Feed the flame ’cause we can’t let go
Run away, but we’re running in circles
Run away, run away
I dare you to do something
I’m waiting on you again, so I don’t take the blame
Run away, but we’re running in circles
Run away, run away, run away”
Post Malone is known for his catchy hooks, and this song is no exception. I remember I got this hook stuck in my head the first time I listened to it, and I barely knew any of the words. His vocals here not only sound pleasant, but they hit that infectious sweet spot that just gets stuck in your head for days. Just because something is catchy, though, does not make it good. Fortunately, this chorus is pretty good, so the fact that it is catchy only makes it better. I also like what he is doing lyrically here. Love is often referred to as a flame, so having him directly use metaphors that relate to that is awesome. Also, the “run away, but we’re running in circles” line is fantastic, as it displays their rebellious attitude while showing that they are not getting anywhere with one another, inevitably leading to their presumed breakup.
“Let go, I got a feeling that it’s time to let go
I said so, I knew that this was doomed from the get-go
You thought that it was special, special
But it was just the sex though, the sex though
And I still hear the echoes (The echoes)
I got a feeling that it’s time to let it go, let it go”
The second verse comes in after the first chorus, and while it is not bad, it really does not do anything special. It does nothing more than reiterate on the themes of the song that have already been brought up. It’s not a bad verse because there are not really any lines in particular that are bad, and if both of the verses flipped positions in the song, I would probably say this verse is better than the first one, but it really just does not do anything that would make me like it. Same goes for the bridge of this song.
Overall, I would probably say this is one of Post’s better songs! The instrumental on this is amazing, taking inspiration from the glory days of Foster The People. The soft guitars, bouncy percussion, and pleasant synth melodies combine to make a listening experience that is both relieving and enjoyable. This feels like the perfect song to enter into the autumn season with, as it even has allusions to the weather becoming colder. Post’s vocals are as good as always, and this might be one of his catchiest songs yet. Lyrically, this song lacks a little, as he does not say anything that has not been said before (even when comparing it to his old music), but that does not stop the general charm of the track. As such, I’d give this track a 4 out of 5. Do you agree?
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