Music is a secret friend we need when there is no one to talk to. It will put you in a good mood when no else is willing to and we never forget the friends of need. The latest single “We Are Warriors” by Avril Lavigne dedicated to front-line workers of Coronavirus pandemic has been appreciated by the fans and is being loved by everyone worldwide. ListenOnRepeat presents you with the latest weekly reviews of most trending songs from the last week. Take a look!
Alicia Keys – Good Job
“Good Job” was originally written so that Alicia Keys could express her gratitude to some of the most important people in her life. “You’re the engine that makes all things go/ And you’re always in disguise, my hero.” Clearly, since the Covid-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown in most of the world, these lyrics have taken on an altogether more global meaning.
Keys partnered with the American broadcast network CNN to release the track as part of their “Heroes” campaign, which seeks to celebrate ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things in these troubled times. Through this project, the song acts both as a thank you and as a rousing call, keeping people’s spirits high.
By now, we have been in this situation for long enough for the dust to have settled – it might well be the perfect time for a jolt of motivation and positivity. Indeed, since the song premiered a couple of days ago, many listeners have responded very emotionally, clearly drawing a powerful message.
Not least Keys herself, who commented: “every time I play it, I want to cry because I’m thinking of my mother, I’m thinking of my grandmother, I’m thinking of friends of mine who can’t make ends meet.”
On the track, Key’s voice shines through more than ever, raw and unfiltered against a backdrop of sparse piano playing. If some thought that her last hit, “Underdog” was a little safe or formulaic, this one lays everything bare. It’s hard not to feel the realness in her voice, and for the words not to hit home.
When the phrase “you’re doing a good job” repeats on the chorus, its meaning is amplified as we think of all the servicemen and women who are on the front lines, saving people and sending them home to their families.
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Avril Lavigne – We Are Warriors (Official Audio)
The enduring question of Avril Lavigne’s resurfacing has always been whether she is able to achieve real relevance in the current cultural climate, beyond the appeal she holds to fans who grew up with her.
Lavigne is a relic of the early 2000s, of a time where punk meant stud belts, teenage angst, and MSN. She came of age in that period, as did so many of her fans, and they hold a real affection for her still – presumably because she provided the soundtrack to many of their growing-up experiences.
But let’s be honest, her style of music, and the cultural milieu that surrounded it, has not aged particularly well. Looking back, we would be forgiven to cringe at some of that sound, where punk, rock, emo, goth, and pop all got thrown into a blender with the resulting substance losing all bite and attitude. Yet, there is also a fondness there as well, for those who are of the right age group.
“We Are Warriors,” however, has more chance of attracting new fans than some of her other, newer releases. Adapted from a 2019 single entitled “Warrior,” this version acts as a tribute to all of the medical workers on the front-line, which gives it a distinctly global appeal, something that exists separately to the genre.
Lavigne laid out her feelings in the following statement: “Ever since our world was turned upside down a few weeks ago, I’ve seen everyday people put on their armor and go into battle.”
The image used for the single pictures Lavigne dressed as a warrior with a Game of Thrones aesthetic shining through. On “We Are Warriors,” her message is clear and her voice sounds better than many might remember. A broadly positive response spells good things for Lavigne.
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