Featured Mashup: ‘Genie in the Club’

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Last week, Camila Cabello released “Crying in the Club,” which has had many comparing the song to Christina Aguilera’s breakout song “Genie in the Bottle.” So like the internet does best, someone created a mashup of the two songs and it’s probably the best thing that I’ve heard on the internet so far this week.

“Genie in The Club” is the instrumental of “Crying in the Club” with the vocals from “Genie in the Bottle.” It’s not a true mashup but that’s besides the point of this. This mashup is just so so good. It was everything that I didn’t know I wanted. It was like this is what a “Fifty Shades” remix of the 1999 hit. Like it made me want a legit “Fifty Shades” remix of the song.

The instrumental added a lot more depth to the song that you really didn’t know existed. It’s like they took it and just made it stand out even more than ever before. The instrumental made a sexy song just even sexier than no one could ever imagine. It’s probably one of the best mashups that I have heard in a long time. It probably one of the first that just clicked and worked right away.

The vocals on the song just fit everything so well. Like the way the chorus hits when the build is just right. It magical and works. Then you can hear all of the ad-libbing that Christina did and it really just proves how underrated Christina truly and really is. She get’s overlooked because of the fact she came out at the same time as Britney Spears. Sure, Britney had the catchy songs. But Christina shined more vocally and this mashup proves it so well.

The only thing really wrong with it is that it’s not featuring both Camila’s and Christina’s vocals. That really would have made the song pop and just rock. It’s not totally the creators fault since there isn’t an acapella version of Camila’s song yet.  But it just makes the song lack some that makes it amazing.

“Genie in the Club” is a great mashup and really makes the 1999 vocal’s of Christina shine more than the original song. While it’s a sexier version of the her song, the missing duet between Christina and Camila keeps the song from being amazing.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Single Review: ‘Crying in the Club’ by Camila Cabello

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The first solo single from Fifth Harmony is here and boy, it’s a doozy. Camila Cabello teamed up with Sia, who helped write the song, to unleash her siren’s call into the clubs of the world. This would be an overly dramatic opening but the album is called “The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.”

“Crying in the Club” is dance song that doesn’t sound like a dance song. The lyrics aren’t about that “club love.” The lyrics are heartbreak and how music helps Camila get over that. The arrangement of the song is well produced. Especially in the music video version of the song because it has a lead in verse before it’s the actual song. The lead in transitions perfectly into the song and it’s just something you don’t get to hear unless they are performing the song on tour.

camila-cabello-crying-in-the-clubThe vocals on the song are good and really flow with the style of the of the song. The problem with the vocals is that it sounds too much like Sia. The problem lately with the songs that Sia has had a hand in just sounds so much like her that you think you are listening to a new Sia song. While the song is good, it really doesn’t help the singer that is performing the song stand out. The artist needs to make the song their own but they seem to be just copying the way that Sia is performing the song for the demo they hear. It’s taking away the artist standing out and their success. If people go “I like this song from Camila! I’ll have to listen to what other stuff she puts out” and it’s not like the first song they heard, it will turn away the crowd that is not likely it because it’s not like what they originally heard.  While the opening portion of the music video sounds more like her than the actual song, no one is going to remember it because of it only last 1:44 out of a 5:20 music video.

The video isn’t bad unless flashing lights causes you to have seizures. If that is the case, then this video isn’t for you. It pretty much tells the story of a girl who got tired of crying alone so she pulled herself together enough to head to the club where the music soothes and heals her broken spirit. The premise is overdone but it works for her. It would have been nice to have more of a story that what is presented in the video. It’s just five minutes and 20 seconds of her dancing and looking sad and cute. Like what caused her to have so many questions in the intro? There just so much untouched potential that they could have done with this video.

The song isn’t a bad, actually, it’s really good. It just sounds too much like Sia. The video’s version of the song is amazing with that intro. The problem with the video is that the concept is overdone and something that helps sells the song but not tell the story.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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