Euphonik A Cappella
Don't You Worry Child - Single (2013)
Review By Michael Marcus
July 1, 2013
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For the first 51 seconds of Don't You Worry Child, Euphonik A Cappella tries to do for Swedish House Mafia what Voices in Your Head did so memorably for Rihanna last year: a choral arrangement of a dance track! with a THX chord! I have to hand it to arranger (and current RARB reviewer) Nicholas Wright for taking a risk and trying something unexpected, if not exactly different. It doesn't quite work, however. This reimagined introduction throws these wistful lyrics into sharp relief, but the singers don't bring a wistful tone to match — they just sound strained.
The rest of the track does not fare much better. Mostly it sounds like Euphonik is just checking off boxes. Pitch-perfect melody? Check. Chords in tune and correctly voiced? Double check. Metronomically correct tempo? You can practically hear the click track. Half-time breakdown at the end? Damn straight. They just forgot the emotion; I think the synths on the original are having more fun.
I hate to have to go negative for RARB's very first single review. But don't you worry, Euphonik — get that studio energy up, and you'll surely knock the next one out of the park.