Snap judgment: Paula Abdul's new single -- We had three experts sound off on the ''American Idol'' judge's ''Dance Like There's No Tomorrow''
Generations of pop stars have risen and fallen since Abdul last released a new single. But after 12 years away from the (radio) airwaves, she’s back with the trance-y tune ”Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow.” How does it stack up? A panel of experts weighs in…
”’Dance’ reads like the rallying cry of a generation in danger of losing itself in America’s new drug: its obsession with celebrity and its narcissistic belief that life only exists in front of a camera.” He also notes that the lyrics describe Abdul’s ”desire for total escape from reality.”
THE ENGLISH PROFESSOR
”The tortured syntax?’I don’t want you to play no slow song’ — reflects her fear of patriarchal suppression,” he says. ”If only that insensitive DJ” she mentions — possibly a Simon stand-in? — ”would spin a fast song, Paula too could evolve to her highest capacity.”
THE VOCAL COACH
He contends Abdul’s singing is weak and entirely in ”chest voice, which is normal speaking range.” Compared with old tracks, ”there’s less voice than before. Maybe she pulled out a few warm-up exercises. I can almost guarantee she didn’t go into training for six months.”