WonkeyDude98 Analysis: Pop 101

WonkeyDude98
I'm sorry. I did not expect to be reviewing Marianas Trench so early after my Astoria review, but I had to. Honestly, I figured this was an album with the title being "Pop 101". Nope it's a song. But it's a parody. Is it good at what it does? Let's see.

The beat is a barrage of a lot of stuff you would see in modern pop, and they all come in as Josh Ramsay cues them to. There's a synth line that plays the same note to oblivion, four chord structure, Black Eyed Peas-esque strings, a beat drop, a fading bass, 808s, pitch shifting, filter sweeps, bleeding falsetto, and later banjos and gang vocals. It's a perfect masterpiece of generic. There's also a dance section at the tail end of the song, very clearly ripped off from the drop of Nicki Minaj's "Starships".

Along with the beat which subliminally disses literally every modern popstar (especially Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Songs, and the Black Eyed Peas), the lyrics go after everyone too. They mock the simplicity and monotony of pop, with references to the Black Eyed Peas, Mumford & Sons, and more subliminally, Justin Timberlake and Usher. It's really satisfying. There's partying, DJs, "baby baby baby baby baby baby" (very clearly ripping on Justin Bieber), and "higher desire fire". It's a mess and it works. Quite ironic is that they ripped off one of the most talentless singers ever, Jason DeRĂ¼lo for the hook. Specifically, the hook rips the chord structure from "The Other Side", but this is much better.

Then we have the rapper Anami Vice, and Marianas Trench made a good choice, not only tearing on singers who get nobody rappers on their songs, but also their choice to make them filler. Anami's bridge is so short I might as well include it: "Quick now, fill in the gaps (Okay!)/Water it down, eliminate that which you really would rap and/Give 'em a classic like ca-ca-ca-CASH MONEEEEYY!!"

The video is a rip on everyone, from Miley Cyrus' discography, to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy", to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It", to, an extent, songs like Jason DeRulo's "Wiggle" and Brandon Beal's "Twerk It Like Miley". It's the perfect disrespect.

I give this song a 4/5. It's satire is astounding, the tone is well though out, and the production is actually pretty catchy (though that was intended, to represent how pop is generally catchy but soulless). However, I do take off points for being actively grating on the hook (Josh, we get that you want to make fun of intense falsettos but this was just jarring), and for laying it on WAY too thick. If you can't take a joke, I don't recommend this song. Other than that, great song. This is WonkeyDude98, signing out.

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